You need to be able to hike for a full day with around 1000-plus feet of elevation gain, carrying a full daypack. Beginners are invited on day hikes that can accommodate a range of skill levels. That said, the more fit you are the more fun you will have. If you are looking for adventure and up to the task of a full-day of trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.
The alpine terrain, however, can be challenging and the weather unpredictable. Additional training recommendations for intermediate and advanced day hikes, include hiking for three days per week at least 12 weeks prior to your trip. Start with short hikes about one hour in length with a light daypack. Also, the altitude can really catch people off guard, so for a 72-hour period before your trip begins, ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of sodium and fluids.