Thomson Safaris staffers at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. You’ve always wanted to climb Kili, but you’re not sure if you’ll be able to summit. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, and as such, trekkers need to prepare accordingly. Fortunately, many Thomson staffers have climbed…
Meet Thomson staffer Sam, she’s headed to Kilimanjaro later this year, and is sharing the training tips that will increase her chance of summiting the Roof of Africa. She’s also letting us in on what motivates her to travel, and keeps her going when training is hard. We hope you are as inspired as we are.
Your hiking boots are the most important gear you’ll have on Kilimanjaro! They are your first step on the journey to Uhuru Peak. More recommendations from Thomson Safaris for footwear on your Kili climb.
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.
One of the famed Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro reaches a height of 19,341 feet and contains 5 different ecosystems. Call Thomson Safaris to discuss your travel logistics to Tanzania.
Tanzania has cool, dry weather from June through October, and it’s a great time to climb Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris… especially in early June or October when there are fewer climbers.
Want to get away from cold winters? Climb Kilimanjaro in December – March when it’s warmer, green and lush. You’ll see the “snows of Kilimanjaro,” and many newborn animals out on our Thomson Safari.
What kind of training do you need to summit Kilimanjaro? You’ll want to develop a good cardiovascular base and focus on Kili-specific strength training like squats, lunges, and calf raises. Try one of Thomson Safaris favorite leg-strengthening and stability moves!
The rest step is one of the most effective ways to transition your body weight to your bones from your muscles while hiking. Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro guides can show you how on the trail or watch this helpful video.
Thomson Safaris Kilimanjaro crew will provide unlimited purified water, you should plan to drink 4-5 liters each day to help with the altitude.