Yeah, that’s right. Let’s train! You didn’t think you would be able to reach the top without a bit of training now, did you? Well, if you did, then you are in for a little surprise because you will need to train. People often think that climbing Kilimanjaro is an easy task. It’s not. You must be prepared, and you must be sure of what you are getting yourself into.
If something happens to you, then although no one will be sued legally just imagine the guilt on your guide’s heart and mind who couldn’t save you! He might not be able to give another tour ever! This is why you need to be prepared while climbing Kilimanjaro yourself. And here is how you can do that:
- The mountain is at a nice high altitude so you must start training yourself in order not to feel the cramps once you begin your trek. Not only will prior physical exercise help you keep up with the crowd but it will also make your experience all the more enjoyable. (Well, of course, if you don’t have to sit down due to muscle pain every next minute, you are bound to enjoy, don’t you think?)
- Now, remember that the mountain is at a high altitude. You might have very little oxygen. It is necessary then for you to have a healthy cardiovascular system. Not only will this make it easier for you to breathe but if you are tired from trekking and climbing, this will help you with the exertion. So try aerobics, or running or cycling, basically anything that keeps your heart at excellent speed and helps it become firm.
- Other than that, if you train yourself with push-ups, sit-ups and squats then not only will this help you out on the trip, but it will be a nice habit to have for your entire life as well. Having strong joints is something that will ensure you lead a happy and safe life hereafter so try to exercise whenever you can. But don’t overexert yourself. That will bring nothing but pain to you, and you don’t want your body to pain badly right before the trip, do you?
In addition to the physical preparation required for your climb, the cardio training, and the strength training, you must also try taking a hike if you can. Only for a short while, but enough to prepare you for the 6 to 10 hours of hiking later on. We hope you remember these training pointers and have a beautiful and fantastic journey Climbing Kilimanjaro.