Thinking about doing the Annapurna Base Camp trek (Annapurna Sanctuary trek)? Then you must at least know that, you are going to face some challenges for which you must be physically and mentally prepared. Essentially, you will have to walk for 6 to 15 km per day on a rocky trail which goes up the hills and down to the valley floors. And all of that is done while carrying your personal backpack weighing approximately about 5 kg in general. Therefore, here we are going to talk about the level of fitness required to complete the entire ABC trek followed with some beneficial training advices.
First of all, trekkers who are going for the popular ABC trek must need to prepare and train themselves in order to complete the full course of their trekking route. In an average, 60km+ distance must be walked in total by trekkers which includes uphill hike at very high altitudes. Hence, it shouldn’t come up to you as a surprise that travelers must maintain appropriate amount of physical fitness, strength and stamina. It’s true that you don’t need to be an Olympic Gold Medalist to go for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. But that doesn’t mean, you should let your guard down as many people who deem themselves as a very fit person, usually forget that performing a simple task of walking with a 5kg load can get very tough at altitudes above 3,000 meters beyond sea level. Both physical and mental output is highly demanded. So, it can be advantageous to be prepared initially before beginning one’s trek inside the stunning Annapurna region.
We highly suggest carrying out several cardio-vascular exercises such as running, swimming, cycling and step climbing. Along with that, a set of extra exercises can be done to boost your strength level. For that, you can try doing Push-ups, Crunches, Pull ups and Squats. All in all, stretching habits before and after doing the above exercises can also be very helpful for your upcoming trekking journey. Not just physical, but trekkers should also be mentally prepared. Hence, mediation and simple forms of breathing exercises are also recommended. However, you must always keep in mind that you shouldn’t over do these exercises as it may lead to torn muscles which can take weeks or even months to heal. It can be exhausting to do these exercises so a proper diet plan along with some much-needed resting time are required.
In the past, several old aged trekkers and small children from around the world have been able to reach the spectacular base camp of Mt. Annapurna without having much fitness issues. So yes, old people and children can also join in for this trek but they must always avoid exerting immense physical pressure and have someone looking after them 24/7 during their trek. Lastly, these above-mentioned activities/exercises are not compulsory, but are suggestions which can help improve your chances of completing and enjoying the ABC trek.