HOW CAN I TRAIN TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO?
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly. Being in good shape is an important aspect along with developing lower body strength. Aerobic fitness allows the body to function efficiently with less oxygen, and a fit body is more likely to withstand the stress of consecutive days of hiking and camping. Finally a positive mental attitude can work wonders for you when fatigue and doubt arise.
HOW HARD IS IT TO CLIMB MT. KILIMANJARO?
That’s a difficult question to answer because some people don’t train much and fare very well, while others engage in a disciplined training programme and succumb to the altitude in a few days.
The best advice would be to train adequately, and get yourself in the best possible hiking shape. The mountain is a big unknown, and you won’t know with certainty how you will react until you are there.
CAN AN UNFIT PERSON CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO?
The best exercise that you can do to prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro is HIKING
The best and perhaps the only exercise you need to do is to Hike. After all, that is what you will be doing on the mountain. Ideally, you should try to hike as much as possible on hills or mountains to simulate ascension on Mount Kilimanjaro. Doing day hikes is superb training. Try mixing in a little bit of cross-training programmes, such as, running, biking, swimming, weight training to build over-all fitness. For those who don’t have access to trails but have membership to a gym, you can train very productively on a stair master machines.
If you don’t have access to trails or a gym membership, then try to WALK as much as you can with EXTENDED WALKS on the weekends.