How to train for Mt. Kilimanjaro

Training for Mount Kilimanjaro

It is possible to summit Kilimanjaro successfully. Many before you have succeeded. You don’t need to be exceptionally fit to climb Kilimanjaro, but you do need to get your body used to the particular demands of this hike.

Being aerobically fit for your trek is important, but so is having strong, conditioned legs that can withstand uphill and downhill strain for extended periods. Overly strenuous training regimes are unnecessary to prepare for your hike. All you need to do is a hike, as much and as often as you can. You need to be fit enough to walk because that’s what you will be doing.


A fit and strong body will ultimately help you to function better with less oxygen as you ascend the mountain. Your body must be adequately prepared for the physical challenges of Mount Kilimanjaro. This will also help to withstand the stress of consecutive days of strenuous exercise. Climbing Kilimanjaro is no walk in the park. It’s tough and no matter how fit you are, acclimatization can set you back. This is one of the main reasons many people fail to make it to the summit. You should always remain in a positive state of mind, but not overly arrogant.


Ideally, you should begin training for your Kilimanjaro trek at least two months before your hike. If you are completely new to hiking, remember to begin with shorter hikes at a slower pace. Important tip: train in the hiking boots you will be wearing on the climb to ‘break them in’ and allow your feet to become accustomed to the shoes.


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