How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb. More time was the best decision I could have ever made. I looked at a lot of companies offering this trip and decided that Ian Taylor Trekking had the best approach for me. Ian’s training advice, staff, food service and set up exceeded all expectations. A truly professional and perfect way to operate Kilimanjaro climbs. I can not recommend Ian Taylor Trekking enough.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

After reaching the summit,  it is hard to see how people attempt the Kilimanjaro climb in less than 8 days. We had some minor altitude issues in our group, people did have time to recover, adapt a little better and then still make it to the top. I had been on two previous trips to altitude and failed to reach my goal and got sick on the other.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

The food, service, pace, acclimation, support and safety was perfect. The whole trip really exceeded my expectations on all fronts.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

I really want to talk about the preparation and training as I feel this was an important part of my success. Yes the longer I spent at altitude the better my body used oxygen but the physical preparation I did really made a big difference in my experience climbing Kilimanjaro.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

I followed Ian’s advice and it made all the difference. The endurance training really paid off. I started slowly training 4 days a week for 1 month. Building the time I was training. I built slowly which gave excellent conditioning and preparation for the climb.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

My training consisted of 4 days a week building up to 5/6 days a week. I was jogging 3 days a week prior to building up my training, so I was not starting from scratch. I am lucky to live near some small mountains here in the US so I was able to get out once a week and train on uneven terrain. I hiked for 3 hours in the beginning with 10lbs in my backpack and I gained about 2,500 feet up and down in my training.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

I built this up to 5/6 hour hikes with 20lbs. I was hiking up to 4,000 feet up and down. I added more time and weight each month over a 6 month period.

I also trained in the gym on the stair master (rotating stairs) for 1 hour per day with a back pack starting with 10lbs and building up to 20lbs.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

I was doing this 4/5 times a week alongside my hiking day and after a few months I felt stronger and fitter. I really worked. After 5/6 months I felt very strong and felt ready for the climb. It was a lot of time and commitment but I didn’t want to fail again.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

My training along with taking the time to climb Kilimanjaro was critical to my success. Years ago I tried to trek to Everest base camp. We spent 1 night in Namche bazaar and I go really sick in Pheriche and had to return to Kathmandu.

How many days are needed for a safe Kilimanjaro Climb

Next year I will return with Ian and team and reach my goal of Everest Base Camp and Kala phattar. Ian’s itinerary has 3 nights in Namche Bazaar and really look forward to getting the view of Everest I really want.

There really is a right and wrong way to approach high altitude and I can say from a range of experiences Ian’s set up and advice made all the difference.

Susan Williams, Kilimanjaro 2016. 

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