I have been lucky and privileged to climb Kilimanjaro 19 times. Our recent climb had 11 climbers and all members made it to the summit. We have have had 100% SUCCESS on our last 7 climbs. This might sound great and make Kilimanjaro seem like an easy climb!
It is not easy and under estimated by so many people. We achieve the highest rates of success because we have the right acclimatization, good pacing, food and quality service before each climb. CLICK HERE for our remaining 2016 or 2017 dates.
CLICK HERE for our summit night video on Kilimanjaro. You have to make the jump from 4,650m/ 15,256ft to 5,895m/ 19,341ft a jump of 1,245m/ 4,085ft in one go into the lower realm of the death zone. This is challenging, dangerous and needs excellent physical preparation, which requires specific training and lots of it. We can help you prepare and understand the physical preparation needed to make the summit.
Climbing Kilimanjaro 19 times as shown me how dangerous the summit night can be. Stepping above 5,500m/ 18,000ft brings you above the high altitude zone and into extreme altitude. Trekking in the high altitude zone of 3,500m/ 11,500ft to 5,500m/ 18,000ft zone is dangerous and challenging. Moving above 5,500m/ 18,000ft needs to be treated with respect and the right acclimatization.
We had tired climbers, stomach aches, extremely tired legs and some climbers needed assistance on the way down. Climbing Kilimanjaro requires excellent conditioning and lots of prior training. We want to impart our knowledge helping you achieve Kilimanjaro so before you decide to climb Kilimanjaro pick the right acclimatization route and contact us for advice, training information and start building a training program that will work for you.
Despite being a mountain which is accessible to most people and not just experienced mountaineers, Mount Kilimanjaro should not be underestimated. Hiking to its summit is a serious challenge which requires significant preparation. With forward planning, the right acclimatization schedule and the right attitude to training, however, you stand the best possible chance of successfully and safely getting to the top of Kilimanjaro and back down again – and enjoying one of the most rewarding and spectacular experiences in the world. This information is designed to help you in your preparation. Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 18 times to date and available to help you prepare for your climb. We want to make sure you have the right gear. Watch our Kilimanjaro packing video. If you need further information contact us and we can help with you training, preparation and all aspects of the trip.
Training and Fitness
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical challenge which is well within the reach of most people who enjoy a reasonable standard of fitness. However, training specifically for the climb is essential to prepare you for the particular pitfalls posed by mountain walking. You are strongly advised to seek medical advice before deciding to arrange your climb and before starting a training program, particularly if you have any concerns about your health.
It is sensible to start training as early as possible before your scheduled climb. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight-training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than desirable. But the best physical preparation is activity which simulates, as far as possible, the demands on your body which will be happening during your ascent and descent of Kilimanjaro.
You should therefore aim to make walking up and down hills as the main part of your training. Taking regular and increasingly long walks will help develop the muscles which will be needed when you arrive in Africa. Try to find some local hills to walk up and down if possible. Gradually increasing the duration of your walks will help to develop your stamina and also assist in preparing you for being on your feet over long distances.You should also we walking and training during the week.
When out on training walks, ensure that you always wear the boots you intend to take to Kilimanjaro. Getting used to your footwear will help make you as comfortable as possible when it comes to your climb. It is also a good idea to wear the small day pack you will be taking with you on the climb so you feel at ease with it and gradually add weight to the pack to build strength.
Being mentally prepared will also be crucial to your chance of a successful summit climb. Progressively pushing the limits of your physical training will help develop your capacity to endure the strain. A positive attitude is also crucial. It is helpful to remind yourself when training and during the climb that thousands of people have achieved this feat before you and that you can do it too. But do be prepared for setbacks and particularly difficult stages during the climb. And remember that your guide will be there to encourage and inspire you!