Overview of top locations for altitude training

There are still few top middle and long-distance athletes who have one altitude internship do not schedule in their annual program. Time for once a clear overview we thought at Altitude Dream. Australian athletes head for the thin air of Falls Creek, a popular altitude location Down Under. In Africa, altitude training is mainly done in the East of the continent, in America Boulder and Flagstaff are resounding names, and here in Europe the most suitable locations for altitude training are in the Alps and Pyrenees.



Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Height: 2300m

When: October - May

Ideal for: Runners who want to experience the Ethiopian way of training

Advantages: Friendly people who understand running. Great cultural experience. Warm weather all year round. Lots to do between sessions, cheap once you're in Ethiopia.

Cons: noise, pollution, traffic and other dangers of city life, hard to find good meat.

Iten, Kenya

Height: 2400m

When: May - March

Ideal for: Solo travelers looking for the ultimate walking experience.

Advantages: Comfortable accommodation in places such as the High Altitude Training Camp (HATC) from Lornah Kilpagat; athlete-friendly food, cheap once you get to Kenya, great running experience, good choice of off-road trails.

Disadvantages: Children who constantly accost you during training, difficult to find completely flat training routes; The trails are particularly muddy when wet.

Ifrane, Morocco

Height: 1660 m

When: May to October

Ideal for: Marathon runners who want to experience Africa without too expensive flights.

Advantages: Flat, quiet asphalt roads that are suitable for walking, cheap and good choice of food. Easy to reach

Cons: Unpredictable weather conditions and a short season, most off-road routes are uneven and gravel

Dullstroom, South Africa

Height: 2100m

When: August - April

Ideal for: Runners who want to taste the South African culture. Want to experience the local nature and cuisine.

Advantages: Good choice of cheap and comfortable accommodation, beautiful scenery, very many off-road routes

Cons: You are never far from the poverty and inequality of South African society.

Potchefstroom, South Africa

Height: 1378 m

When: All year round

Ideal for: The track runner who likes to combine warm weather with a light variation of altitude training.

Advantages: Nice weather, great facilities, large choice of accommodation thanks to ATP sports.

Disadvantages: The altitude is probably not high enough for real altitude training; difficult to find off-road routes for longer endurance runs.


Albuquerque, USA

Height: 1619m

When: March - October

Ideal for: Those who like to be in the city.

Advantages: Lots to do between training sessions, good food, relatively cheap, good weather almost all year.

Cons: Car is really necessary.

St Louis Potosi, Mexico

Height: 1850m

When: All year round

Ideal for: Track athletes who want to escape the winter

Advantages: Good weather, beautiful city, cheap accommodation and food, good facilities La Loma Altitude Training Center.

Cons: Approximately 20-hour travel time from Europe


Mexico City, Mexico

Height: 2240m

When: October - May

Ideal for: Those looking for a cultural experience linked to an internship.

Advantages: Cheap once you get there, lots to do between training sessions; The birthplace of altitude training.

Cons: Traffic, crime and other dangers that are always present in a big city.


Mammoth Lakes, United States

Height: 2400m

When: April to September

Ideal for: Those who want to apply the 'Live High, Train Low' principle prior to some track competitions in California

Advantages: Ideal for the Live High, Train Low approach; beautiful nature, good choice of food

Cons: expensive compared to other American destinations; a car is recommended

Boulder, USA

Height: 1655 m

When: April to October

Ideal for: Those who wish to participate in the many famous American road races.

Advantages: Runner friendly city, wide variety of trails and trails

Cons: Some local knowledge required.

Flagstaff, USA

Height: 2106m

When: April to October

Ideal for: Runners who want to experience the village life in America and combine this with a trip to some of the most amazing natural phenomena. (Grand Canyon)

Advantages: Excellent choice of trails that just start right in the center of the city, relaxed atmosphere, close to some of the most spectacular places such as the Grand Canyon; option for Live High, Train Low

Cons: Can often be very windy; suitable accommodation can sometimes be difficult to find


Falls Creek, Australia

Height: 1600 m

When: December - April

Ideal for: Those who are looking for beautiful nature and want to visit the competition from the Australian circuit.

Advantages: Good choice of walking routes, very quiet, very cheap accommodation outside the tourist season, very friendly, casual atmosphere

Cons: Hard to reach, few shops and restaurants are open outside the tourist season, not much to do between training.


Sierra Nevada, Spain

Height: 2320 m

When: April to October

Ideal for: Track athletes who need warm weather and want to combine this with a Live High, Train Low approach

Advantages: Good Live High, Train Low options; good facilities

Cons: very poor choice of walking routes without having to travel; expensive

Font Romeu, France

Height: 1850m

When: May to October

Ideal for: Those looking for an average height close to home

Advantages: Good gym and track facilities; possibility to train at a lower altitude, beautiful nature, good variety of routes and terrains; good self-catering accommodation options

Cons: Snow can be present until April; Very busy during the summer months, most of the walking routes are hilly or hard to find

St Moritz, Switzerland

Height: 1856m

When: June to September

Ideal for: Those who want to experience altitude training for the first time

Advantages: Excellent choice of easy to find walking routes; access to facilities is easy, very beautiful city

Cons: Very expensive

And finally..

Altitude tent in your own bedroom

Deluxe high altitude tent

Height: adjustable

When: All year round

Ideal for: Live High, Train Low height training. Until today the most efficient form of altitude training.

Advantages: Immediately at heights, training in one's own environment and without adjustments, training without reducing the quality, no movements.

Disadvantages: For short sleepers it is necessary to stay in the tent for a long time (at least 8 hours). Which can feel like an assignment.


About Altitude Dream

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