One of the most important parts of planning a Kilimanjaro hike is to make sure you’re adequately prepared, both physically and mentally, for the task ahead. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’ll be easy – you do need to do some training before you head up the mountain.
You’ll be walking between five and ten miles a day to complete the tour of Kilimanjaro, so it’s important that you go on a few hikes first before you attempt to reach the summit. Plan to do at least two long distance hikes, as this will help you to get a feel for what it’s like to walk five hours a day. Plus you’ll be able to wear in your hiking boots – whatever you do, don’t try to climb Kili in a pair of new never-worn boots.
Aerobic training is another important part of preparing for your climb. You need to have a strong cardiovascular system as the higher you climb the mountain, the thinner the air will become – so you’ll have less oxygen to process. Make sure you do lots of walking. Cycling, swimming and jogging to help prepare.
Mental stamina is just as important as being in peak physical condition as well, as there are sure to be times when you want to give up and turn back. Long distance running is great for training your mind and helping you to work out how to push past your limits so you can complete the climb. To find out more, get in touch with us here at Kilimanjaro Tours.