Training Ideas for Everest Base Camp if Based in the USA
The best way to condition your body to this type of physical
exercise is by hiking outdoors. Explore the natural beauty of the USA’s
spectacular landscapes, diverse terrain and some of the nation’s best
backpacking hikes. From impressive mountain ranges and rainforests to deserts
and rugged coastline, the nation’s vast National Parks boast an abundance of
wildlife and vegetation rich climates, perfect for hiking. So, what are you
Following our blog on what training you need to do for
Everest Base Camp, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best hikes in
the USA to inspire your Everest Base Camp training ideas.
Yellowstone National Park
The most popular hikes in Yellowstone are through wooded
areas or geyser basins. If you are looking for something more challenging for
your Everest Base Camp training, you’ll want to explore some of the trails off
the beaten track. One of the most popular hiking trails within the National
Park is the route from Dunraven Pass to Mount Washburn. The route takes an
average of 4 hours to complete so will be a good test of your physical
endurance and the climb to the 10,234ft summit is well worth it as the
panoramic views of Yellowstone from the top are truly unforgettable.
It is worth bearing in mind that for most of the year, the
best trails for hiking in Yellowstone are covered in snow. To avoid these dangerous
conditions, the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park is between July
and September. So, if you are planning a visit to Yellowstone National Park
during your training for a trip to Everest Base Camp with Kandoo Adventures, be
sure to visit during the summer months and set off early to avoid the crowds!
Yosemite National Park
The Half Dome Trail is a 17-mile round trip and it takes
between 10-14 hours to complete, so is best suited to experienced hikers. The
trail offers remarkable viewpoints and waterfalls to rest at along the way. At
the summit of the 4,800ft trek, you will need to apply for a permit to climb to
the top of the Half Dome with the cables provided and be rewarded with a view
reaching across whole park.
Of course, the park offers shorter trails which are ideal
for less confident hikers. We would recommend checking out some of these if you
are visiting the area. It is advised that you are able to walk for 5-6 hours
with minimal breaks before you embark on a trip to Everest Base Camp where you
will have to walk up to 8 hours every day for 7-8 days in a row. Don’t push
yourself too hard and start with smaller walks as your strength and endurance
will build up gradually over time.
Olympic National Park
If you really want to test your mountain fitness, the
Klahhane Ridge Trail to Mount Angeles in Olympic National Park should be on
your Everest Base Camp training bucket-list. In total, the trail takes 4-6
hours and reaches an altitude of 2,551ft. The final stretch to the summit of
Mount Angeles is very steep and requires some rock scrambling but once you are
at the top it is totally worth it for the awesome panoramic views over Olympic
Practicing incline hiking is a hugely important part of your
preparation for the Everest Base Camp Trek, so aim to get outdoors where you
can. If you are new to hiking, it’s best to explore long trails in the US with
an experienced mountaineer for safety.
Rocky Mountains National Park
The Emerald Lake hike is a great first hike in the Rocky
Mountains as it can be completed by just about anyone. The route takes between
2-3 hours to complete, and the manageable elevation gain will help you
acclimatise to the higher elevation if you haven’t trekked any mountains in the
Rockies before. For more experienced visitors to the park, the Odessa Lake to
Fern Lake trail is a more challenging route in terms of duration and elevation.
There are several ways to walk this route but on average this trek will take
4-7 hours to complete, so physical and mental endurance are a must for this
route. Along the way you will visit several stunning lakes and be greeted with
views of the evergreen trees that cover the parks valleys.
Smoky Mountains National Park
Things to do in the Smoky Mountains National Park include
hiking the Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte. This route offers everything from
clear creeks to woodland trails and even takes you to the highest peak in the
park at 6,593 feet which offers panoramic views of the surrounding land. Other
challenging routes include the 11 mile round hike to Mount Cammerer which
provides an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet.
All in all, the Smoky Mountains National Park offers an
abundance of great hiking trails ideal for Everest Base Camp training to boost
your mountain experience and build endurance.
Alternative Training Ideas
We understand that not everyone has access to mountainous
regions in the US and many will require travelling long distances. A great
Everest Base Camp training alternative to hiking in national parks in the US is
going on regular long walks in your local area. This will be extremely
beneficial for improving stamina and helping to build your body up to being
able to walk up to 8 hours a day for 7-8 days in a row. So, grab your walking
boots and get trekking. Practicing spending lots of time on your feet is
ultimately the best way to prepare your body for trekking Everest Base Camp.
Another essential for any Everest Base Camp training plan is
strength training. Your body needs to be strong enough to endure long periods
of hiking with equipment, so strong legs are a necessity. As well as regular
strength training, you should include walking on an inclined treadmill or stair
master at least 2 times per week in a gym if you don’t have access to long
hiking trails in your local area. Always remember to stretch after any strength
training session to relieve your muscles and prevent injury. Stretching will
also improve your flexibility which will allow your body to recover faster.
Kandoo Adventure’s Himalaya Training Guide recommends
the following exercises to prepare your legs for long hiking expeditions:
- Front and reverse leg curls
- Step aerobics
Exercises to will help you strengthen your upper body and
- Should presses
- Back and shoulder flyes
- Kettle-bell rows/swings
You can work on improving your mental stamina in a number of
ways but we recommend challenging yourself in a physical activity and pushing
your body past what it thinks is its breaking point to reach a certain goal.
Take running for example. If you are new to running start small and tell
yourself, you will run for 5 minutes without stopping then walk for 30 seconds
before starting again. Slowly increase the running distance and challenge
yourself to completing a 5k and so on. You should set goals that challenge you
but aren’t completely unachievable. Be realistic!
With the right training plan and a
determined mindset, anyone can complete the challenging trek to Everest Base