The Kilimanjaro trail is a standard hiking, so you have to train yourself according to Mount Kilimanjaro training programs. Start exercises to make your shape and easy for your legs to work downhill and uphill, with your day-pack climbing up you will need to build your physical fitness and mentality strong.
How do I prepare for mount Kilimanjaro climbing
Again the very best way to train yourself to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, is to prepare for climbing to high altitudes. Although this is difficult for most people, remember that the higher the altitude and the longer the hikes, the better. Whether it be to hike 2,000 feet to the top of the local hill or climbing larger mountains further a field; just being out hiking up hill is the best. This also allows you to get used to your backpack and boots, running and biking are also very good and at least take you outdoors so you can test your equipment. Stair masters and climbing machines at the gym will work if outdoor hiking isn’t an option.
Try not to go for short hard blasts of exercise but long sustained workouts instead. An adequate training regime is to maintain 80% of your max heart rate (220 minus your age) for an hour, three to four days a week. Remember high altitude mountain climbing requires acclimatization and a strong mind is as important as a strong body.
So we are recommending you to:
- Do aerobic exercises of the body to function with less oxygen as on summit day there is less oxygen.
- Hike on hills and mountain or on gym trail machine to practice hiking
- Increase hiking distance and time of hiking to increasing your stability as on mountain you will have long hiking days.
- Wear your boot and day park on hiking as you hiking with daily on mountain.
- Eat more fruit and vegetable. Reduce red meat, smoke and alcoholic.
- Getting your body shape and physical trails.
- Rest and sleep well
If you are fairly fit and choose a climbing itinerary that allows plenty of time to acclimatize you have the formula for success.