How to prepare your body for a High-Altitude Trek

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Hola!

How are you guys? Hope you all are doing good. Today, I’m back with an article that is really gonna help the trekkers around the world.
Trekking has emerged as one of the most loved sports by youngsters. It has the exact level of thrill and adventure anybody wants in life. To prepare for a trek, you need to know about it first.

So what is Trekking?

Trekking is the gain/loss of altitude by walking on a trail either to a peak or a pass. The most popular treks in the world include the Himalayan Treks and they attract quite a large population on the adventure. Most people start to  prepare for a trek 2-3 months before the actual date.

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Why do people love trekking?

Trekking packs the exact level of thrill and adventure mixed with conversations and landscapes that one just cannot miss going to a trek. If you are set to prepare for a trek, then you’ll absolutely love the rewards of it.

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How much does it cost to trek?

The one very great thing about a trek is that it can be really affordable but at the same time really expensive. It actually depends on the trek how much is it gonna cost?
Treks to the Everest base camp cost a lot whereas treks to lower altitudes cost less.
The starting price of a trek is Rs.3650(Nag Tibba Trek) and the most expensive being Rs.50,150(The Everest Base Camp). Collecting some good pocket money also comes in to prepare for a trek.
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Why High-Altitude requires prep?

Our Human bodies are meant to stay at a lower altitude than the mountains because of lack of oxygen at height. To prepare for a trek, you need to prepare this body first because if your body cant sustain it, then eventually your mind wont help you.

Most people make the mistake of climbing altitudes too fast that they become prone to Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) and believe it or not, it is one terrible experience. One gets headaches, body pain and some also lose their consciousness because their body cannot adapt to that altitude.

Anything above the height of 10,000ft can be considered High-Altitude and one has to be very careful about getting into it.

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Here’s how you can prepare for your High-Altitude trek.

Jogging:

Since trekking is an act of walking upwards gaining altitude in a slow but steady manner, a person needs to have some stamina.
Most of us that think we are healthy and we have enough stamina to climb up a mountain or gain an altitude, we are wrong.

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The only way to test if you are ready for a trek or not is to jog for 25 minutes and cover 4kms in it.
If you can do this, you are ready for the climb.
Try jogging in the morning as its the best time meet fellow joggers and have some motivation.

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Yoga:

One of the best and ancient ways of getting fit is Yoga. If you are Human, I hope you already know about Yoga and the wonders it can do. The Indian Monks do Yoga and most of them live in the Himalayas at altitudes we can’t even think of. They live without any luxuries and bare-bodied in cold temperatures, that’s how fit they are.

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Skipping Rope:

My personal favorite in staying fit is Skipping Rope. Since I’m also a Boxer, skipping is in my daily routine and I have to say I have not seen any exercise better than this one.
If you only have one month before you head to your trek, start by doing 1000 skips per day.
It will double up your stamina in a very less time and you will soon start enjoying it. You can lose upto 4 kgs in one month if you follow a healthy diet and skip everyday. I’ve lost it and I can say that is works.

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These are possibly the best ways to get fit for a high-altitude trek and if you ask me to pick one, I’d go for all the three.

 

An article by

Anubhav Bhatt

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