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Training for your Kilimanjaro Climb

Physical Preparation
One of the most daunting aspects of the climb is getting prepared with the right level of physical fitness.  Given the mountain is a “walking” mountain, most people assume that anybody can climb it without any physical preparation.  While this is true with the right guide, we recommend preparing for the climb by doing basic exercises for strength and endurance activities for both stamina and  mental readiness.  This will make the climb much more enjoyable and allow you to focus on the beauty of the mountain and not be anxious about whether you will be able to summit or not.  Contact us today to receive recommendations around basic training steps that you can start to increase your chances of success!

If you can begin to get your body used to climbing at altitude that is fantastic.  The reality is that unless you live in the Rockies, Alps, etc., the ability to train at altitude is limited and unrealistic.  For those of us who do not have access to higher altitude trails, there is equipment available to help you simulate altitude so that you can complete your readiness.  Check out the list of companies that provide altitude simulation devices on our page about acclimatization.

 

Mental Preparation
Most people are surprised when we mention mental conditioning as well as the physical activity but it is something we firmly believe in.  The reason for this is simple; reaching Uhuru Peak is probably just as mental as it is physical.  Sir Edmond Hillary (New Zealand mountaineer and also the first person to summit Mt. Everest), stated it best when he said “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.