Do I need training for Kilimanjaro?
While it is not necessary to undergo any specialised form of mountain specific Kilimanjaro training, we do strongly recommend that if you’re planning to climb Kilimanjaro training should be at the forefront of your mind.
Why should I train for Kilimanjaro?
The principal reasons for undertaking an appropriate regime of Kilimanjaro training are that if you are reasonably fit when you fly out,
- your body will deal with the rigours of adapting to high altitude much better
- you will enjoy the whole experience much more
- you will be much more likely to reach the summit
An unconditioned body can usually be pushed to the summit one way or another but considerably more suffering than necessary is involved and less is gained and remembered from the experience.
The difference between having an awareness and appreciation of your surroundings or else having to concentrate on your breathing to the exclusion of almost everything else, will normally boil down to the simple issue of whether you have chosen to take your Kilimanjaro training seriously in the months leading up to your expedition.
Some frequent remarks we hear are ‘I wish I’d trained more seriously for this,’ and ‘I didn‘t realise it was going to be this hard,‘ and ‘I’m going to have to come back to try this again!’. Too often the adventurer will procrastinate, waiting for a piece of kit before starting, or allowing themselves to be let down by team mates. We advise climbers to guard against this and start their Kilimanjaro training today, even if this just means a little truck strengthening by doing an 8 minute abdominal lesson off an old DVD.
While we’re happy to welcome climbers back for a second attempt, we want your climb to be successful the first time round.