If you are seriously intending to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, then you will need to do some physical preparation before traveling to ensure that the climb is an enjoyable event rather than a tortuous slog. Reaching Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, is well attainable by most people of normal fitness levels, but the fitter and more prepared you are, the easier and more enjoyable it will be. Your ability to acclimatize will also depend heavily on how fit you are.

Training for your climb of Mount Kilimanjaro should commence no later really than 8 weeks before your date of departure to give yourself the best opportunity to build up stamina, strength and fitness. By the time you arrive in Tanzania, you should be capable of walking between 4 and 6 hours a day with a small rucsac on your back.

Kilimanjaro Toursrecommend that you train using the boots and rucsac you intend wearing and carrying on your climb of Mount Kilimanjaro so that you are comfortable using them.

All aerobic activities such as walking, running, swimming and cycling are great training methods, but the best preparation for the trek ahead is to get out walking, especially in the outdoors, up and down hills. Covering distances over gradients will help to prepare your legs and muscles for the climb.

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If you have access to a gym or fitness instructor, you should be able to consult them for more personalized training programs to prepare you for your climb of Mount Kilimanjaro.

As always, before embarking on any training or fitness program, Kilimanjaro Tours would recommend that you consult your own GP regarding any potential health issues you may have that might affect your ability to train.