How To Prepare For A High Altitude Hike



From the breathtaking, high-ridge panorama to the calm waters, a hiking experience should provide you with some of the most vibrant scenery you have come across. There are exhilarating experiences. However, none comes close to the feeling of sampling the crisp mountain air and the inevitable mishaps that remain etched in memories for years to come. A high altitude high isn’t your regular walk along the wild paths. You will need to carry out extensive research regarding the same to prevent any accidents or inconvenience. Here is what you need to consider before setting out for your first hiking venture.

Aerobic Training
Hiking usually comes with three main challenges. They include altitude, vague communications, and increased sun exposure. How you prepare to deal with them determines how successful and eventful your hiking experience becomes. 

One of the best ways to prepare for this high altitude hike is by including the right amount of cardio at a sustained level to improve your aerobic fitness. It would be best if you focused on maintaining a steady pace for the number of hours you will have to walk each day. Aerobic training, therefore, will help improve your VO2. High attitude areas have less oxygen, so you will need to generate more oxygen.

Gradually Increase the Distance and Altitude of Training Treks
It is advisable, to begin with, a series of shorter hikes before fully embarking on the main journey. As you engage in training treks, be sure to increase the altitude with a series of shorter hikes. You may start slowly and build up to walking around in fewer hours. It would help if you planned your last training trek a few weeks before the high altitude trek.

As earlier mentioned, this isn’t an ordinary trek. How you prepare, what you put on, and how you carry yourself are all critical for the event’s success.
You will need a backpack, trekking poles, portable oxygen, waterproof pack cover, and a first aid kit, all available at the REI.

Yoga, Breathing Rhythms Might Come in Handy
High altitudes don’t have as much oxygen. Don’t be surprised then if you find yourself breathless just after a short trek. A proven way to keep your breathing system under control is to do yogic breathing. But more importantly, you should understand how you can control your breathing system and increase more stamina.

Carry First Aid Backups
You can’t tell how much your body will be affected by the high altitude. And because you’re doing it for the first time, it is advisable not to take chances. Ensure you get a first aid kit and pack it with some drugs to help you just in case.

You Will Need More Energy
You will need to eat more than usual at high altitude. As you trek to higher altitudes, your muscles will burn more energy faster; thus, your body will need more calories and water to function correctly. Carry foods high in carbohydrates and sugar for more efficient energy production. 

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