So you have signed up for a summer adventure trekking the Tour of the Monte Rosa. Now is the time you make sure you are fit and ready in order to get maximum enjoyment out of your trek. Tour of the Monte Rosa is a great challenge and preparation is the key to achieving your goal.
The Tour of the Monte Rosa is for sure a stunningly beautiful trek but it isn’t easy and each day you will experience some challenging terrain. The Tour of the Monte Rosa is physically demanding, you will be travelling over rugged and mountainous terrain with a sustained amount of ascent and descent on a daily basis. Make sure you are aware of the daily distances travelled and the height gain and descent so you know what to expect.
We grade our treks from 1 to 10 (1 being relatively easy & 10 being extremely hard), each trek receives a grade depending on the difficulty of terrain and numbers of days of sustained trekking.
THE TOUR OF THE MONTE ROSA IS A GRADE 8 TREK:
GRADE 8 Strenuous & Demanding: Tour de Monte Rosa: This is one of the most physically demanding treks we offer and a supreme level of fitness is required for the type of terrain you will encounter on this trek & previous mountain trekking experience is essential. Each day the trek has continued and substantial height gain and decent of over + or -1500 m per day without a break. You will trek to an altitude of over 3000 meters & the terrain is remote, exposed and difficult at times with steep, rocky ascents and descents.
NUTRITION AND HYDRATION
One of the most important things in addition to fitness is your nutrition and hydration during the trek. Poor nutrition and hydration can severely affect your physical performance and it is important to get your nutrition and hydration right, you will be burning lots of calories and losing essential fluid each day so it is imperative you carry the right kinds of food and enough water with you to avoid dehydration and malnutrition.
It is advisable to drink plenty of water before you sent off on each days trek so you are fully hydrated. A pack lunch can be bought from local supermarkets when staying in villages or from the accommodation if ordered the night of arrival. If you are not familiar with the kinds of food and drink that would be good when exerting yourself on a daily basis do some research beforehand and trial what works best for you.