Trek Training Advice

There are some wonderful treks around the globe just waiting to be enjoyed.  Some of the most popular are Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or even some of our great British challenge walks such as The Pennine Way or Coast to Coast path.  Wherever you go, you can look forward to stunning scenery, challenging walking, possibly the experience of different cultures, and making some good friends into the bargain.  If you are not physically fit, and used to hill walking however you will not enjoy it as much, and may not even manage to complete the trek.  Good preparation is therefore absolutely essential to ensure that you get the most out of your trekking experience.


Undertaking Trek Training Walks with Peak Walking Adventures is one valuable way to train and prepare for your trek.  We hope that you will also find the following trek training advice useful.  It is based on our own personal experiences of trekking and training for trekking.  

Top Ten Tips - Our Advice for Overseas Trek Training & Preparation

  1. Start early!  If you are not a regular hill walker, then start your training and preparation at least 6 months before your trek.
  2. Find out exactly what is expected of you and plan that into your training. Find out how much weight you will have to carry, what distance you will walk each day, how much ascent and descent during a day, what type of terrain you will be walking over, and whether you will be camping. 
  3. If you don’t currently exercise regularly or have any doubts about your health, then seek medical advice before embarking on any training or fitness programme.
  4. Once you have started training, do it regularly. Build exercise into your daily routine. Walking, cycling, going to the gym, running up and down stairs and active sports are all useful.
  5. Hill walking should be an essential part of your trek training. Get out in the hills or mountains as often as possible. Many people find it useful to undertake trek training walks in the UK that are more challenging than the trek they are preparing for. This especially true if you will be trekking at altitude which feels much more difficult due to the lower oxygen levels in the air that you breathe. 
  6. Research what clothing and kit you will need in good time. If you need to buy anything, do so well in advance of your trek. Wear it and carry it on your trek training walks for at least a couple of months before your trek.
  7. Ensure that your walking boots are comfortable and a good fit. There should be a gap between the end of your toes and the end of the boot. Wear them regularly for walks up and down hills for several months before your trek.
  8. Seek medical advice regarding what vaccinations and medicines you need for the countries you are visiting well before you go. Some diseases may require a course of vaccinations over a period of time. You may also need to think about budgeting for them as many are not available on the NHS and can be expensive! 
  9. Rest for a few days before you go.
  10. Have fun with your training, and have a great time on your trek!  Many people who have trained with Peak Walking Adventures have found that they have enjoyed the Trek Training walks so much, that they have become regulars on our guided walks after their overseas trek is over. 


Trek Training on Kinder Scout
Trek Training on Kinder Scout
Train on terrain appropriate for your trek
Train on terrain appropriate for your trek
Enjoy your training!
Enjoy your training!
Stanage Trig Point
Stanage Trig Point

Trek Training Walk - General Information
General information sheet about undertaking trek training walks with Peak Walking Adventures, including advice regarding what to wear and what to bring with you
PWA General Information - Trek Training
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