4 to 5 hours per day at a slow, steady pace
15-50kms per day at a slow, steady pace
Introductory to Moderate Level
Introductory walking with several moderate stages
Introductory cycling with several moderate stages
Up to 6 hours per day at a steady pace
Up to 65km per day at a steady pace
Moderate to Challenging Level
Up to 7 hours per day at a steady pace with ascents of up to 1200m or more at times
Up to 75km per day at a steady pace over undulating to mountainous terrain
Up to 9 hours per day often in mountainous terrain. Pack carrying may be required
Up to 90km per day with some 1000m+ ascents in mountainous terrain
On our walking holidays, the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We recommend you have a good base level fitness gained through being active, and that you step up your regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore more in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next accommodation. During the day is when the most features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimise every situation you encounter.
As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work three times a week for three to six months leading up to your walk. The best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and cross-country. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to do an injury!).
Using your gear before departure (boots, daypack, clothing etc) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’.
Inclusions & Equipment
The exact inclusions and equipment for each of our adventures is listed once you've found the trip you want. Our trips are generally more inclusive than others in the market place in line with our philosophy of minimising 'extra payments' displayed outside of the main trip price as well as out of pocket expenses once you reach your destination.