Training for Kilimanjaro

Training for Kilimanjaro, hikers on the way to Uhuru peak

Training for Kilimanjaro is very important when preparing for this once in a life time trip. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Being physically prepared increases your chances of reaching the summit. Your success in summiting the Roof of Africa largely depends on your physical endurance and mental stamina. By training for Kilimanjaro you will increase your performance during the hike and make it more enjoyable. It will also increase your mental confidence and strength, which are required for a successful ascent.

How fit do you have to be?

When training for Kilimanjaro, the type of fitness is more important than the degree of fitness. Since this will be a hike, the best training for Kilimanjaro involves hiking. If possible hike under similar conditions to those that you will encounter on the mountain. While running can be good, it will not prepare your muscles for a strenuous six-day hike. We recommend that you do regular walking in your training program. We also recommend gym training to increase muscle development. Going on a local 1 or 2 day hiking trial, is a very good and enjoyable way to train. When training for Kilimanjaro you must go for regular walks and make sure that they include uphill and down hills sections. When you go walking, wear your hiking boots and carry your daypack. Load your daypack with at least 5 to 6kg. This will simulate the conditions that you will encounter on the hike.

Training for Kilimanjaro – 8 Week walking and gym program

To assist you in training for Kilimanjaro, we have designed a fitness program that balances time and cost. The fitness program include both a gym and hiking program. Follow both at the same time over an 8-week period. Following the fitness program will prepare you for the physical demands of the hike. When you book your tour with us, you will receive our 8 week training for Kilimanjaro walking and gym programs.