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Trekking is a popular sport for people who want to improve their physical and mental health while exploring the wonders of nature. Trekkers tend to lead a happier and healthier life than the rest of the crowd. Trekking has been shown to improve physical fitness and health. It helps tone your leg and upper body muscles. Trekking increases heart and lung capacity, which reduces blood pressure and cholesterol. It helps to control body sugar and fight diabetes. You burn around 200 calories per hour when trekking with a 30 lb. backpack. It also increases antioxidants, which helps your body fight infections and prevent diseases like cancer.
High altitude trekking is for people who want to take their physical stamina to another level. Atmospheric pressure decreases as a person’s altitude increases, making it harder for the body to absorb the amount of oxygen is it used to.
However, the human body adapts to it and becomes more efficient at delivering oxygen to the body’s cells. Trekking regularly at high altitudes will cause your body to adapt to using less oxygen, which will improve your stamina for other activities. That’s why some athletes include high altitude exercise in their training program.
Trekking can also improve your mental health and bring about a positive outlook on life. The exercise increases your energy level, reduces stress and helps you sleep better. In addition, walking outdoors has a calming effect on people. One study reported that people who spent 50 minutes walking through nature had less anxiety and more happiness compared with those who walked near traffic.
Although there are many scenic places for high altitude trekking, there are some that are simply amazing. For a shorter trek, you can see the archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu in a few days on the Inca Trail in Peru. In one week, you can go from tropical jungles to glacial snowfields on the routes at Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. You can see great views of Mount Everest from the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, which is a 2 week trek.
Another popular trek is the Tour du Mont Blanc, which takes you from France to Italy to Switzerland and back. One of the most difficult treks in the world is the Snowman Trek in Bhutan. It crosses more than 10 passes above 14,000 feet and takes over 3 weeks to complete.
Justin has enjoyed high altitude trekking for several years now. Sure, he’s a physical fitness nut who appreciates how much outdoor exercise makes him feel great. But to him it’s more his fascination with nature and experiencing some of the most amazing places in the world. It’s about sharing those experiences with friends and meeting new people along the way. Justin will tell you that his favorite times in life have been his high altitude trekking vacations and he looks forward to them every year. He was in Peru last year and this year he’s contemplating a European trek, possibly Mont Blanc.
High altitude trekking is a great sport, but it can also be a dangerous one. Although trekking at high altitudes can improve your stamina, it can also make you seriously ill. Climbing too high too fast can lead to altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which can immobilize you or require hospitalization. There is also a risk of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or High Altitude Cerebral Edema, both of which can be deadly. Other risks include dehydration, skin damage from the sun, poisonous plants and insects, and parasites. Weather can change quickly at high altitudes and severe weather can pose risks as well.
That’s why Justin came to Good Neighbor - to protect himself in the event of an illness or accident.
Trekking insurance plans can protect you while trekking at high altitudes. In addition to ensuring you have proper medical coverage, good trekking insurance plans offer medical evacuation and other specialized care that may be needed when you are trekking.
Justin realized the importance of trekking insurance the first time he and his girlfriend were trekking in Colorado. His girlfriend became seriously ill with AMS to the point of requiring hospitalization and neither of them had insurance to cover it. Her care was delayed and became very expensive, which ruined their trip entirely. Justin made sure he purchased a trekking insurance plan for his next trip and it turned out that he needed it. The weather changed suddenly overnight and high winds blew his group’s tents away. Their lack of sleep that night led to AMS the next day to the point of needing to be evacuated from the site.
Justin used his trekking insurance plan to receive evacuation services and hospital care, and he avoided a big expense. Be like Justin and protect yourself with a trekking insurance plan today. Get started by selecting one of the featured plans below or by getting a quote now.
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