Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest walkable mountain in the world, and you don’t necessarily need any technical climbing skills to summit it. However, it is no small feat.
On a typical trip, you are walking 5 to 6 hours a day at high altitudes for up to 6 days in a row. Being in good shape is vital, not only physically but mentally. We are tentatively planning to hike in January 2013. That leaves us plenty of time for solid training. Before we start a more complex and advanced training program geared to prepare us for Mount Kilimanjaro, the first month will be dedicated to just getting into decent shape.
This means we will be climbing stairs for 30+ mins, hitting the gym to strength train, bouldering (because its fun and good for you), and starting to run. After about a month, we will start introducing endurance training and adjusting these activities to align with the challenges that Mount Kilimanjaro presents. We will keep everyone updated on our training efforts.
Also, check out this training program developed by Faith Jones, Personal Trainer at The Boulevard Club. I think we will be using this as a main reference throughout our training.