Physical fitness is of the utmost importance. Other than altitude this is the only other major determining factor on whether you achieve your goal or not.
We recommend that you train for 3 months before attempting the climb. This training can be done in a gym however it would be better outdoors where you can simulate actual conditions. Climb a few hills and got trekking for several hours a day. Make sure that you wear the gear that you plan to wear when climbing Kilimanjaro. It is especially important to break your shoes in if they are new.
At the gym, concentrate on strengthening your legs as they will be doing most of the hard work. Your training should ensure that you acquire the necessary leg strength, endurance and confidence necessary to climb the highest mountain in Africa.
Having the correct gear is extremely important. You need to be comfortable as you climb. We suggest that you wear layered clothing as temperatures vary widely. This will mean you can easily adjust accordingly. Avoid cotton material, instead use material constructed of moisture wicking material that effectively pull sweat away from the body to keep you dry.
Foot wear: Warm hiking boots with several pairs if socks and sock liners. Waterproof gaiters are also important.
Outer layers: waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, gloves or mittens, balaclava
- Toilet paper
- Headlamp and batteries
- Lip balm
- Trekking poles
- Quick drying towel
- Hand sanitizer
- Sun screen
- Bug spray
- Sun hat
Medicines: Painkillers, anti-diarrhea tablets, blister kit, Diamox.
Please ensure that you pack wisely as only a maximum of 15 kg of luggage for porters to carry can be brought. This should include items that you will not need between campsites.
You will only need to carry a medium-sized daypack, containing items that you will need during your daily walks.