I am booked for a trip to attempt Mera Peak in Nepal in April. I am looking at which Fitness Plan would fit best for this trip. I feel that the 12 week plan is too short but the 8 month plan too long to be able to stick with it successfully what with work, possible injury or sickness etc etc. Is there a 6 month or 24 Week alternative plan on the website that I can't find or is it easy to adapt one of the existing plans to work for a 6 month period? Any suggestions most welcome. Cheers James

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Hi James,

It depends on your current fitness level and how much you've been getting outside. Also, recommend taking a look at  especially because Mera is above 6400 meters.  Hope that helps.


Thanks for the reply.

Hi James. Im planning on doing Mera Peak in October. I was curious to know how you did on the trip and what program you recommend now that youre an expert ;^) I started the rainier plan on this site, so far I like it.

Hi Sean

My climb is in April so I've not actually done it yet (not an expert just yet) :-). In terms of training I took the 12 Week Mountain Training Plan and use it as a rough guide to the levels and frequency of exercises I should be doing but choose some of my own stuff to augment it. Basically Strength 2 x a week and Cardio 4-5 x a week. Fitness Bike, Stairclimber, HIIT and Weights are my staples. I'd prefer to do Running 3-4 x a week but I am nursing an achilles injury so have to avoid the impact from the running. I've 9 weeks left until the climb now. I will also soon be starting training at The Altitude Centre doing some hypoxic training and IHE sessions. I do this about 5 weeks out from an expedition for pre-acclimatisation purposes. Hope that helps.


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