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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip in Bolivia taking some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than because of distances travelled. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are especially good for developing the aerobic fitness and stamina you will need. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long hill walks.

Before flying to Bolivia, please consider the following aspects.


Our high mountain trekking involves going to fairly high altitudes. This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of the trip. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatization takes time. The most important rule regarding altitude is to gain height slowly which all of our trips are scheduled specifically to do.


If you are thinking seriously about one prevents AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), consider what experienced trekkers and climbers do. The key to avoid AMS is a gradual ascent that gives your body time to acclimatize. People acclimatize at different rates, so no absolute statements are possible, but in general, the following recommendations will keep most people from developing AMS:

  • At altitudes above 3000 meters (10,000 feet) your sleeping elevation should not increase more than 300-500 meters (1000-1500 feet) per night.
  • After every 1000 meters (3000 feet) you should spend a second night at the same elevation.