With just over 8 weeks to go until we head to Tanzania on our Kilimanjaro Total Lunar Eclipse Tour, it is time to step up the training plan and prepare for our weeklong adventure on Africa’s highest mountain.
While it is not technically challenging, climbing Kilimanjaro is mentally and physically demanding, and so preparation is key if you are serious about reaching the peak. Many hikers arrive in Arusha with little or no training, and to save money, go for the shorter 5-day and 6-day routes, but you only have to look at the statistics to see that this equals failure.
In general, Kilimanjaro climbs of 6 days and less have a success rate of less than 50%…. something to consider when budgeting for your climb.
This time, we will be climbing the extended Machame Route, giving us plenty of time to acclimatize and adapt to our surroundings. In order to prepare for our ascent, we have relocated to our house in the Austrian Alps (lucky – I know!), and will spend the next 8 weeks hiking, running, and mentally preparing for our next big adventure.
Here’s a brief example of what our Kilimanjaro Training Plan looks like (we’re not doctors or personal trainers – this is just what works for us!!):
- Monday: 2 Hours hiking – ascending and descending to strengthen all leg muscles
- Tuesday: 40 Minutes Cycling and 20 Minutes Strength Training (squats, lunges)
- Wednesday: 2 Hours hiking on challenging terrain
- Thursday: 30 Minutes Running and 30 Minutes Strength Training
- Friday: 1 Hour Brisk Walk
- Saturday: Long Distance Hike +/- 4 hours
- Sunday: Day off!
Like most people, we have to work for a living, so we get up extra early and try to fit our Kilimanjaro training in before we start our day. If you cannot commit so much time during your working week, even 30 minutes a day will make a huge difference – especially if you push yourself at the weekend!
American Author Zig Ziglar once said, “It’s your ATTITUDE not your APTITUDE that determines your ALTITUDE” and nothing could be more true when it comes to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Stay positive, stay strong, and just when you think you can’t do it anymore, you will see the welcoming sign of Uhuru Peak glowing under the early morning sun – Victory!