What will I be eating?
The food is fresh and plentiful so make sure you eat well (it’s typical to lose your appetite at altitude, so you may have to make yourself eat at times). The meals are usually high in carbohydrate content, and you will eat foods like porridge, bread, stews, soups, potatoes, meat dishes, pastas, fruit & veg.
I have a specific dietary need; will there be enough for me to eat?
Being vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free or having other dietary requirements is usually not a problem provided you let us know well in advance (airlines need to know at least 8 weeks prior to the departure). If you feel you aren’t getting enough energy because of your dietary requirements please talk to the leaders on the trip – they can’t help unless they know there’s a problem. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.
What is the celebration meal?
At the end of your challenge, there will be a final meal together as a group to celebrate your achievements. Please check your trip itinerary to confirm whether you will need to set aside funds to pay for this on the night.
Do I need to bring snacks?
Bring enough snacks to keep you going each day - around 3 - 4 tasty treats a day plus 6-8 for summit night will suffice. We recommend a combination of slow and fast release snacks such as cereal bars (e.g. Tracker), flapjacks, salted nuts, chocolate bars such as Mars or Snickers, and a packet of sweets. Bringing a combination of treats will keep you interested in snacking as consistent energy levels are very important. This trip is all about the calories as you may be expending around double your usual calorie intake!
How much do I need to drink?
You will find that you need to drink significantly more whilst trekking at altitude and need to do so in order to keep the effects of altitude at bay. You should be drinking small amounts at regular intervals to keep well hydrated. You will be provided with plenty of sterilised water at breakfast, lunch and in the evening so keep topping up your personal water bottles/hydration systems. Ensure that you bring sufficient water-carrying capacity. You will need to bring at least 3ltrs water capacity in total, with a 1ltr (35oz) water bottle and 2ltr (70oz) bladder or another 2 x 1ltr bottles. You will need to have one bottle down your jacket on summit night as bladder hoses and mouth pieces tend to freeze at higher altitudes even with insulation on them.