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Fitness Preparation

Walk to get fit

So you have signed up for an adventure - trekking the most wonderful trails in the Alps! You definitely some level of fitness in order to get maximum enjoyment out of your walking holiday, but the beauty of our bespoke treks is that we fit the walk to your ability.

Preparation is the key to achieving your goal of enjoying your walking holiday on these stunning mountain treks. We will tailor each days walk to suit your requirements and make sure that you are aware of the daily distances travelled and any height gain, so you know what to expect.

TREK GRADING
We grade our treks from 1 to 10 (1 being relatively easy & 10 being extremely hard), each trek receives a grade depending on the difficulty of terrain and numbers of days of sustained trekking.

BESPOKE TREKS - PICK YOUR GRADE:
There ARE easy treks in the Alps. And this is the beauty of working with our experts who can tailor bespoke trekking holidays for you: we listen to your needs and choose from the hundreds of trails accordingly.

Alpine hiking trails are varied and can have enormous daily elevation heights and gain to challenge the fittest of our clients. However, with 1000's of kilometres of trails we can also show you stunning walks through Alpine forests and meadows where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains that are no more strenuous than the walks you take at home.

Have a look at our trek grades page for more information - our day trek routes can span anything from a grade 3 to a grade 9. Enough variety to challenge our clients who have already attained a super level of fitness and stamina, but also include families with children and people who simply want to enjoy these breathakingly beautiful mountains.

View our trek grading information.

NUTRITION AND HYDRATION
No matter what your trek is graded, or your level of fitness, one of the most important things when walking at altitude is your nutrition and hydration. Poor nutrition or hydration can severely affect your physical performance so it is important to get what you eat and drink right.

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Fitness Questionnaire

Take our short questionnaire to help to determine your trekking fitness level.

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Nutrition and Hydration

In addition to health and fitness, good nutrition and hydration will be vital during the trek. Good nutrition and hydration improve your physical and mental performance, giving you energy to walk, think clearly and help regulate your temperature. Also consider what you like and what keeps you happy! You’ll be burning lots of calories and losing essential fluid each day so it is imperative you carry the right kinds of food and enough water based fluids with you. Decide on what foods, snacks and fluids will provide you with the best sources of energy for your mountain day and try everything out before you go. If you’re not familiar with the kinds of food and drink that would be good when exerting yourself on a daily basis do some research beforehand and trial what works best for you.

Hydration

It is essential that you stay hydrated before, during and after each day on the trek. The amount of fluid you take each day really depends on your personal needs, the duration and intensity of the day. This will be affected by the weather conditions. We suggest a minimum of 1.5 litres of water or water based fluids in an easily accessible, leak proof, reusable and cleanable container. Depending on the itinerary there might be opportunity to replenish your water supply during the day. Ask your guide if there’s a water stop or if on a self-guided trek check your daily route cards so you can plan accordingly.

Food

You know what suits you best and food is fuel! Your trek itinerary suggests roughly how long you will be trekking for each day. The meals provided on the trek will give you a balanced nutritious diet. Evening meals will consist of a starter of soup or salad, main course of meat or vegetarian option with pasta, rice or potatoes and vegetables plus a dessert. Continental breakfasts consist of cereals, yogurt, bread, jam, meats and cheese, hot drinks, juice. Dietary requirements can be catered for, please specify at the time of booking and remind each accommodation on arrival.

On the Trail

You know what works best for you whilst you are out and about in the mountains. Snacks, trail mix, fresh sandwiches and fruit are available in towns and some villages. There will be opportunity to purchase fresh food most days from a local bakery or supermarket. When staying in the more remote locations the refuges will provide you with a packed lunch at an additional cost, make sure you order this on arrival for the following day. If you have a bag transfer it is worth having a stock of non perishable snacks in your transfer bag so you can top up your backpack with your favourites.

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