Most people complete the TMB comfortably and enjoyably. It is a long trek, but spread over 8 full days of walking with a rest-day in the middle.
Those that don’t complete the TMB are normally not fit enough or have badly blistered feet. It happens to very few of our clients – normally less than 2 people per year.
If you come prepared you will have a good trek.
You will want to enjoy the entire trek and not feel constantly pushed to your physical limits: it is better to suffer a bit in training than suffer whilst on your holiday. The trek pace should feel like low intensity exercise and you should be able to walk and talk when ascending.
If you take regular walking weekends and are happy covering 16-22km (10-14 miles) each day, with a number of ascents and descents, you will comfortably finish the trek. If you have a sedentary lifestyle and go on short walks once a month you will need to get much fitter in advance. During a typical day on the TMB you should expect to walk for between 6 and 8 hours and be outdoors for 8 or 9 hours. Most of the ascents and descents are not steep, but on 5 days you will climb and descend 1000m.
Age should not be a barrier in any way. Previous clients have ranged in age from 14 to 76 years old. In our experience, the least prepared and unfit are men aged 40-50 years who work in offices.
Sore feet and blisters can ruin your trek. It is essential that your boots are worn in before you arrive: new boots are likely to cause problems. In addition, your feet need to be slightly ‘hardened’ to avoid blisters and hot-spots. A few, reasonably long, weekend walks before the trek will make a big difference. If you want to be sure that you will have no problems, tape your feet from the first day of the trek.