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Nepal Altitude and Fitness  
Trekking in Nepal mountains requires a certain level of physical fitness and stamina. Hiking up, going down or even walking for a long time becomes strenuous for someone who’s used to sedentary western lifestyle. The heart, lungs, leg & abdomen muscles, as well as the knee & ankle joints work very hard during a trek trip. Your GP would advise you to go through some basic examinations before involving in any vigorous exercise.

Although normal trekking to Everest, Annapurna, & Langtang trails may not be physically demanding like mountaineering, still it’d be prudent to expose your body to some strenuous exercises as part of your preparations for trekking in Nepal. Jogging, cycling, and if possible walking up & down a hill would prepare your body to face the challenges the high mountains offers. Similarly, swimming, tennis & stair-climbing build up your stamina.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization:
Every rise you make in the high mountain trails to gain a new exciting perspective also requires you to make friends with the nature. Medically, for trekkers, making friendship with nature means acclimatizing your body to high altitudes. You must have heard of Altitude Sickness if you’re thinking of trekking in Nepal. We request you not to ignore the word “acclimatization” even if only 5% of trekkers experience any symptom of Altitude or Mountain Sickness. Although rare, they may prove fatal. Even if you have already trekked or climbed Nepal mountains several times before, do not forget that Altitude Sickness does not care your fitness level or past experience.

Always report to your guide if you feel any symptoms like nausea, headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath etc. You may still proceed if the symptoms remain mild & you feel fit & energetic otherwise. If the difficulty goes on increasing, immediately descend to a lower level where you feel good.

The best way to acclimatize the body is to gain a maximum height of 300 meters only in a sustained & day long walk.

Click here to read Wikipedia article on Altitude Sickness in detail.

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