Pre training

Pre training is essential to reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. It's no walk in the park!

Unless you have walked at anywhere near the height of Kilimanjaro you can't tell how the altitude will effect you. It pays to do a couple of higher altitude walks before you go but if you live in the UK this is pretty much out of the question. Plenty of walking in your local hills and mountains will get you walking fit. General exercise and trips to the gym are also a good idea but don't over do it. It pays to rest the week before you leave to avoid any last minute injuries. Personally I took plenty of trips into the Brecon beacons and Black mountains and tryed to walk for a minimum of 6 hours at a time. Walking with a reasonable full rucksack will get you used to carrying a little weight. You have to carry at least 3 litres of water, dinner, waterproofs and excess clothing on Kilimanjaro so it helps. Try to add in as much hill climbing as you can into your walks because Kili is mostly up.

The terrain on Kilimanjaro vary's quite allot from, dusty tracks, rock, scree, mud and lunar landscape with boulders everywhere. Try to fit in a mixture of surfaces into your pre training to harden your ankles and feet up for your trip.

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