NEPAL LEADERSHIP TREK

RETREAT, RENEW, RETURN

MAY 14 - MAY 27, 2017

                         FOR CORNELL UNIVERSITY ALUMNI AND GUESTS

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Fitness

If you consider yourself to be in average to good physical condition, and a pretty good hiker, and you exercise before the trek, then these moderate hikes should not be a problem.  The trek includes 3 days of hiking for about 5-6 hours, as estimated on the maps for average hikers, mixed in with 2 shorter days, and 2 layover days. Porters will carry your overnight gear, so you only need to carry a light daypack when trekking. We can help you to bring the right stuff if you have never been trekking before. A group phone call will be scheduled to answer any questions.

Our pace is slow to moderate, and we do take breaks, but our route requires that we ascend or descend a number of long stone stairways.  (These are the foothills of the Himalayas after all, and these are the trails that connect all of the villages.) The entire group generally hikes at about the same pace as we carry on conversations throughout the day.  We just plod along, without pushing hard. Most people enjoy the hiking and the scenery.  We have had participants from ages 25 to 65 on these treks without issues.

The highest altitude we reach is 10,529 feet at the top of Poon Hill, for just a few hours. Elevations for the remainder of the trek will be significantly lower. These altitudes are low enough, and we will acclimate on the approach, so that altitude should not present serious issues for anyone. In summary, you do not need to be a fitness fanatic, but you will need to be ready for some level of exertion on the trail. To prepare for the trek we recommend hiking (steps or inclines are good), or aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, or fitness center machines that strengthen the legs about 3 times per week.

If you have questions about your fitness, please call one of the trek leaders, Clint Sidle at (607) 229-4580, or Dan Tillemans at (607) 277-5548.