It is important to know if you have the physical abilities to do a trip.
Here is some information to help you estimate your physical and technical
capacities and give you realistic goals.
A dream pushes you to do your best to attain it, and the mountain is a
great ground to push yourself. Having the physical abilities is more than just
keeping safe, it means you will have so much more pleasure and get to fully
enjoy your trip.
physical level guide:
Mountains can be unpredictable. You have to be well
prepared to gain the required level to approach mountains, but it isn’t
necessary to be over trained for it. Training comes with practice and, in a few
days, we can be surprised by our physical aptitudes.
We have come up with different routes of mountain
discovery accessible to the non-sportsmen. However, every trip requires a
different level. If you wish to succeed ascents or an important trek in high
altitude (such as climbing Mont Blanc), you will of course need to be well
trained for it, to ensure your safety.
Training is necessary before a hike or a big ascent if
you want to fully enjoy your trip. Otherwise, you might have muscle soreness
and difficulties to keep up with the group.
We recommend starting training a few weeks before your
trip by hiking on progressive difficulty paths if you are near a mountain
setting. You have to be able to walk up a 1500m ascend and back down without
suffering. There are no better ways to train for a mountain trek than training
in the mountains, but you can still work on your breathing by cycling and
running on slopes (or up stairs). Doing this workout twice a week with a 2h
session is already a correct physical preparation.
Recap: How to train?
We recommend training with a
long-term effort 2 to 4 times a week.
Jogging: 45 min to 1h30 per session
Bike riding: 1h30 to 3 hours per session
Power walking (with height differences if
possible): 2 to 4h per session
Swimming: 1h30 per session
If preparing for the mountain can be done a long time
before your trip, the altitude resistance needs to be adjusted. Around two
weeks before your trek, we advise that you hike progressively in higher
heights, starting from 1500m to 3000m. Ideally, you should spend a night over
3000m so that your body can slowly adjust to altitude. Whatever is your
reaction to altitude, relax, you will have less trouble breathing.
High Mountain requires techniques using special
mountain equipment such as the use of crampons, ice-axes, and roping. To
prepare for these methods, we offer a trip to climb Mont Blanc in 6 days with 3
days of training and 3 days of ascent. That way, you get to learn about the
techniques and practice in real conditions with your expert guide before the
big ascent and get to meet with your trip companions. It is also beneficial for
the guide which will have the chance to evaluate the group’s level and adapt
Mountaineering is the most exposed sport to
atmospheric conditions and bad weather: cold, wind, snowfalls, avalanches…
Getting used to being outside and working out in different climates will help
you resist to mountain climate changes, fairly frequent and sometimes very