At over 19,000-feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest summit. The trek to the Roof of Africa is a strenuous and committing trek that requires proper preparation for maximum success. To ensure the best chances of success on the mountain, it’s essential to have a proper training plan and start getting shape for high altitude trekking as soon as possible.
When starting to train for high altitude trekking, the focus should be on endurance, strength and stamina. On the mountain, expect hiking days of 6 to 8 hours, with summit day being 12-16 hours, and carrying packs from 5 to 10 pounds. On most trips porters will be carrying your gear minus your daypack, which includes clothing, water, and food. The perfect training program focuses on the same skills and conditions that should be expected on the trek. Thus, the focus should be on strengthening core and legs, plus hiking uphill for extended hours with a heavy pack.
Given a proper training regimen, as well as a healthy diet and hydration, Kilimanjaro, while still an intense and difficult trek at high altitude, is made much more enjoyable. The goal of the program is to increase overall endurance and strength, while increasing cardiovascular ability and carry a weighted pack for extended periods of time. Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is dedicated to improving the overall fitness of our clients to maximize their best potential for success.
Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides takes pride in our balanced approach to training for the big hills. Our guides have climbed Kilimanjaro many times and have perfected a training regime coupled with real world experience in the Colorado’s mountains to maximize your training time and prepare you for the mountain. The advantage of training in Colorado is its proximity to the dozens of peaks above 13 and 14,000-feet. We will teach you the techniques and skills built over years of experience to practice efficient uphill climbing, movement, rest, and conservation of energy needed to succeed at altitude. Also covered will be proper nutrition and hydration to fuel your ascent of the mountain. We’ll use our peaks in Colorado to prepare you for the experience of trekking at high altitude.
If you are looking for a one-day crash course or an extended training program and a week in the mountains with experienced, trained guides, Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides can create the perfect custom and private training program for you to live your dreams!