Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and does not require any technical climbing! All you need is to walk slowly but steadily. For the summit to be reached, your body must sufficiently acclimatize itself. It is important to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepared for the Kilimanjaro expedition. Another important part of the preparation is having the proper equipment before you depart to Tanzania.

Physical preparation

It is very important that your body is properly prepared for the physical challenge of Kilimanjaro. The better prepared you are, the better you plan to conquer the highest point of Africa. Good preparation will make a significant contribution to your own confidence and your mental strength.

Mental preparation

Mt. Kilimanjaro is an amazing experience and anyone is able to reach its summit (Uhuru peak). Think about this when you prepare yourself for the expedition. You will not be alone as the Africa Sights Safaris team will make you feel welcome and will be there with you all the way. Always think positively and you WILL enjoy the climb! Remember it is a journey and not a destination.

How will I get fit?

The type of condition is more important than the degree of fitness. Kilimanjaro is a walk and the interesting part of it is you take your time, no rush, so the best preparation you can have is to walk, preferably under simulated conditions. Even after your regular jogging/running exercises, your leg muscles aren’t fully prepared for the seven days of quiet, yet heavy, continuous walking. For the heavy walking tour, you should ignore the elevators and shortcuts and walk for long distances instead.

 

  • Go walk, for example, in addition to regular fitness to let your muscles develop more. If possible, opt for walking at varying altitudes so that you can practice walking up and down at a various incline
  • Once you’re able to walk 80 kilometers in one week, you have done the Kilimanjaro Machame Route. Train your body for extra resistance for your muscles, because on the mountain the inclination varies.
  • In a period of eight weeks, using the gym and the many hikes, you can become fit enough for the Mt Kilimanjaro climb.

Medical check-up before starting a physical training program

It’s always a wise decision to get the approval of a doctor. Also knowing your health conditions from the doctor is every essential key as you will be hiking at a high altitude and it’s very risky if by a mistake you didn’t consult a doctor and found out you have heart or lung problems and you need evacuation from Kilimanjaro.