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17
Apr
12

Concordia Dreamin’

We’ve been talking about it for years and finally a group of us are going to trek to K2 base camp, Concordia this summer. After going through various blogs and reading about other trekkers’ experience, the planning and training is in full gear!

Cali

For starters I begin the day with a quick walk with our yellow lab, Cali (short for California). Following which I indulge in a healthy breakfast of a whole wheat English muffin paired with an assortment of fresh strawberries, blue berries and bananas. After which I put on my hiking boots and backpack loaded with books and onto my 2 miles (3.2 km) walk to Starbucks for a caffeine treat. Sometimes I manage to fit in a weight training workout before lunch but I haven’t been able to reach my goal of 2 workouts per day as yet – nonetheless the closer we get to our departure I will ensure 2 visits to the gym per day – weight training in the morning and cardio conditioning with interval training in the evening.

with love from Starbucks

I’ve been strict about my evening workouts which consist of leg work and interval training. Not much can be done about elevation sickness but interval training helps so I run fast, slow, fast, slow, fast, slow…followed by running on steep slopes. Interval training aids the heart beat in recovering faster and that’s the secret to overcoming altitude sickness. Going through blogs I’ve learnt that people of all ages and at various fitness levels have completed this trek from the traveling backpackers all the way from England to a group of senior citizens from California – so as long as a person is in good shape this trek is doable. However, I don’t want to take a chance and be turned around after the second day only thus, I am trying to get in the best physical condition possible.

So far I’ve managed 2 to 3 morning workouts per week on top of the daily evening workout. My morning workout encompasses lunges, squats and 5 to 10 lbs weights. Instead of focusing on cardio I tend to concentrate on muscle toning so that the trek will not leave my body sore.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Evening workouts are followed by another walk with Cali so that she’s calm during the rest of the day. In total, I walk around 6 miles (9.6km) per day but it’s all on a flat service. To compare we’ll be walking roughly 8 miles (13km) per day in mountainous terrain for nearly 2 weeks.

Going back to healthy meals, lunch is usually light and high protein such as daal (lentils). Dinner is heavier but consists mainly of whole grain pasta, chicken or beef and a leafy green salad packed with walnuts and fruit such as currants, cranberries, watermelon or sliced granny smith apples. The weekends are another matter though and don’t include a visit to the gym. Greasy food like Pizza is also devoured on Saturday or Sundays.

On to gear, since the first part of the trek is usually warm during the day, trekkers have to carry breathable light clothes for the heat and heavy waterproof gear for the snow later on. Snow jackets, trekking poles and warm sleeping bags are required. We will also be carrying crampons though most trekkers have completed the hike without using crampons but some blogs strongly recommend their use – better safe than sorry!

There will be 6 of us in our group and about 30 porters including a guide and a cook who will accompany us on this expedition. Stay tuned for more and advice from previous Concordia conquerors is welcome.




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