Earlier this month I completed the Lares Trek in Peru. A challenging trek which took me to 4,800 metres above sea level. The Lares Trek is higher than than the famous Inca Trail and more challenging.
However, trekking in the Andean mountains is not the same as a hike back home. For one thing, the air is thinner at that height. Unless you have lived above 4000 metres at some stage, for several years, you may feel some side affects of altitude sickness.
So when you embark on any of the treks in Peru be sure to take your time. When your guide says “take it at your own pace”, do exactly that. Everyone reacts differently to a multi day hike.
You do not have to race to keep up with the leaders. The only person you have to compete with is yourself. So the goals you set are the only ones which matter. Your goal may be to simply complete the trek. This is fine and quite easy to set your own personal strategies against.
For me, completing the Lares Trek was what I had come to Peru to achieve. I was not interested in competing with anyone but myself. I knew I would not be the fastest in the group and I was fine with that.
So I set myself the following strategies for completing each leg of the trek.
- Take it slow
- One step at a time
- Take 50 steps and rest
- Increase to to 100 steps if I felt okay
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
- Keep positive.
This strategy kept me positive to complete the trek. It was easy to measure my success with stepped out goals which I could see.
And I did complete the trek successfully.