At 19,341 feet/5,895 meters, Tanzania 's snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the world's tallest free-standing mountain. It's also the world's tallest walkable mountain—and what a walk it is. To reach the summit, one must pass through five distinct climate zones ranging from rainforest to alpine desert and eventually glacial Arctic. Although it is possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without any specific mountaineering training or equipment, summiting the Roof of Africa is not an easy task.
The exciting thing about this mountain is that anyone who is fit and determined can make it up. No special climbing equipment or expertise is needed. That said, more than 50% of all attempts fail because people figure it's doable in shorts, t-shirt, and a couple of beers for hydration
Mount Kilimanjaro is located inside the Kilimanjaro National Park outside of Moshi town in a beautiful accessible village of Marangu where the headquarter of the park is located. There are different routes to the top involving different villages and scenarios. These routes includes Marangu route, Machame route, Rongai route, Lemosho route, Umbwe route, Shira route and Mweka route which is used for descent only.
With all these routes to the top Mount Kilimanjaro is however not only the highest free standing peak in the world but also highest accessible point. The chagga who inhabit the area of the mountain has not yet managed to give the meaning of Kilimanjaro with the exception of kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa.
TRAINING PROGRAM FOR KILIMANJARO.
When you train to climb Kilimanjaro, you should concentrate on both your fitness and your heart rate. Muscles become stronger if they are used regularly, at a suitable level and for a sustained period. This is known as the training effect. The heart is the most vital muscle to train, so that it can pump more blood more efficiently and deliver more oxygen. Your cardiovascular system - - your heart and lungs working together - - is severely tested by climbing altitude. Resting heart rate tends to increase at altitude.The increase is significantly larger at higher altitudes, however it should decrease as you acclimatize. Resting heart rate is,therefore, a good indicator of your body’s adaptation to altitude. Training programs differ widely Most people use hiking, running or cycling as their prime activity. We think it works best if you do both cross training and interval training.
- Cross training involves mixing in another form of exercise. For example, if the core discipline is running, we recommend cross train once a week by cycling or hill walking. Hill walking include carrying a daypack with 10kg of weight in it.
- Interval training involves varying the effort level sharply every couple of minutes during a single session. Challenging the heart to prepare for the varying effort. I suggest a rest day after every training day or a week.
Fitness, strength and stamina are all important for climbing Kilimanjaro. Don't rely on a single form of exercise. The smooth surface of a treadmill does nothing to prepare the leg muscles for climbing loose scree or difficult, steep terrain, or perhaps a strong head wind. Try to include some brisk hill walking or cross country jogging expedition, in months or weeks prior to your departure. Whatever the exercise, minimize the risk of straining the muscles by warming up slowly beforehand, including stretching, then cooling down gently afterwards. Stretching beforehand reduces the risk of injury. Afterwards it helps to prevent stiffness of the next day. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your training sessions.
More Essential Tips
- Start training in good time, if someone is fit a month of special effort might be enough, but if unfit aim to begin three to four months in advance.
- Also, if never use trekking poles before it's better to practice using them. They are very importance and a great companion on the mountain.
- Get used to boots, especially when they are new, to avoid blisters
- It’s also best to consult a medical doctor before your trip in case your doctor has any recommendations to offer based on your medical history. If you take prescription medicine, you want to make sure you bring enough to more than the entire trip (just as a precaution).
And take a few rest days before you leave for Tanzania! You’ll want to preserve some of those calories because you will need them on the hike!
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