Your hiking boots are the most important gear you’ll have on Kilimanjaro! They are your first step on the journey to Uhuru Peak.
While they should be warm, waterproof and have ankle support, above all make sure they’re broken in by the time you land in Tanzania. If you can’t get some good trail hikes in prior to your trip, wear them to the office, while you walk the dog, on the treadmill at the gym… It’ll be a great conversation starter!
It might be a bit early for some of us to hit the trails, so before summer is in full swing, did you know you can start training for Kilimanjaro in a parking garage (or any tall building)? Stair climbing intervals are a great way to get your legs and lungs in shape for the climb. Mix things up by alternating legs or skipping steps, and be sure to add on your boots and day pack for full effect. TS staffer Ali even trained in a subway station!
Photo of Porter Square Station courtesy of Tracy Levin
Pole-pole! Take your time trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro!
A positive attitude and measured pace will keep your heart rate low and your breathing steady, helping you feel well as you reach higher and higher elevations. Our guides know that this relaxed pace helps with acclimatization, and they’ll make sure you’re on track to safely summit with reminders to go pole pole, Swahili for slowly, slowly.
Where is Kilimanjaro? The tallest freestanding mountain in the world and highest point in Africa is located in Tanzania, which is in East Africa. One of the famed Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro reaches a height of 19,341 feet and contains 5 different ecosystems. You’ll want to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to start your climb! Feel free to call or email us to discuss your travel logistics, when flights are cheapest, and our flight contract: http://www.thomsonsafaris.com/about-us