Training to Climb Kilimanjaro

How to train before the ascent? Tips for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Trekking to Kilimanjaro is not a technical climbing, you won’t have to pull yourself up, overcome obstacles, use crampons and do other actions required for special climber’s training. But at the same time, the ascent to the Uhuru Peak is a work at the breaking point especially during the summit ascent. It is really hard and it is necessary to have a good physical form and willpower to reach the top of Kilimanjaro.

In this article we are going to give short recommendations for those who has never been to the mountains but who goes confidently to his dream. One of the base exercise is a jogging, of course. As we do not know your current level of training, suppose that you did not train before and start from zero. There is nothing wrong, among our clients there was eighty-six-years-old woman from Russia who has successfully conquered Kilimanjaro and has set the Guinness World Records  as the oldest person in the world to have reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was the first climb for her. It is never too late to start!

Two kilometers are the optimal distance for the elementary trainings, in this case, it is not so much about quantity of kilometers, but the stability and self-organization. The most frequently problem of beginners is a pain on the right side while running. To avoid unpleasant consequences, it is necessary to eat at least 2-3 hours before the training and make a good warm-up.

If you have a pain on the right side, just pass to a fast walking tempo or to step, until you will feel better, try to breathe deeply. The deep breath allows to accelerate an outflow of blood from internal organs and normalize blood circulation. Don’t worry, you are on the right way to your dream – Kilimanjaro!

The first trainings had done, the body began to get accustomed to efforts, this raises a question about increasing of runs distances, but you should not hurry up. If you did not practice an active sport the last few years, it would be enough to run 2-3 kilometers during one month.

«Physical exercises can replace a lot of medicaments but no one medicament in the world cannot replace physical exercises».

Denis Urubko, one of the most famous contemporary climbers, and many others recommend a cross country jogging, with slopes and rises, with the balance between the classic run pace and the acceleration. Such stress-efforts allow the body to adapt to the similar efforts in mounting conditions.

Our ultimate objective of trainings is a little marathon, if you can successfully run a 10-kilometre distance, so you possess an essential level of physical training. Two weeks before the climbing start we strongly recommend to stop any trainings, to eat right and take required norm of vitamins, to give your body a full rest. However, it should not be forgotten that even the ideal training will not let you avoid to get a high-altitude acclimatization – focus on it while climbing! Every person can reach the top, who even has never run at all, but good acclimatized to the height. Most of programs provide a very fast ascent therefore many people do not reach the top. You can often see kneeling men in the prime of life, having an athletic build who cannot go further, while eighteen-years-old girl passes by…

If it is your first climbing experience, we strongly recommend you to take the Lemosho route or Machame route 9-day program (7 days in mountains + 2 days before and after climbing) which will help you to conquer successfully the highest point of Africa.

It should also be noted that sport will help you not only while climbing but in your daily life. Everybody knows that people who practice sport regularly have a strong resistance to stress, different diseases, they are more cheerful and disciplined. Do sport and conquer Kilimanjaro with Altezza Travel.


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