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Training for Inca trail hike

  • Inca Trail Specialist
  • Updated: August 9, 2023
Training for Inca trail hike

Note: Before beginning any training program, it is advisable to consult a physician, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Preparing physically for the Inca Trail is essential, as the trek can be challenging due to the altitude and varied terrain. Here is a training plan you can follow to get in good shape before starting the trek:

  • Cardiovascular – Take regular walks. Start with short distances and gradually increase the duration and difficulty ; Incorporate cardiovascular activities such as running, cycling or swimming to improve your cardiovascular endurance.
  • Strength training – Focus on exercises to strengthen your legs, back and core ;Squats, lunges, lunges, deadlifts, push-ups and sit-ups are effective exercises.
  • Stair training – Since the Inca Trail involves a lot of stairs, integrate them into your training ;Find a place with long, steep stairs and make repeated ascents and descents.
  • Long hikes – As you get closer to the date of the trek, take longer hikes with the same backpack you will carry during the Inca Trail ; This will help you get used to walking long distances with weight.
  • Flexibility and stretching – perform stretching exercises to maintain flexibility and prevent injury Yoga can also be beneficial for improving flexibility and endurance.
  • Hydration and nutrition – Learn how to properly hydrate during training and maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Rest – Adequate rest is essential for muscle recovery and injury prevention. Make sure you get enough sleep.

Remember that consistency and gradual progression are key. Start with a training plan that suits your current fitness level and increase intensity and duration gradually. Also, listen to your body and don’t push yourself too hard, especially in the last few weeks before the walk. The goal is to arrive well prepared and enjoy the experience.