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    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: How Fit Do You Need to Be?

    October 16, 2012  /  By:

    Greetings Zephyr Adventurers:

    My name is Meesha, and in July 2012, I had the pleasure of going on Zephyr’s Kilimanjaro Trek and Safari in Tanzania.  For the benefit of those considering the trip, I thought I’d pass along a few words about my experience.

    I am 48, and prior to this hiking trip, my hiking resume consisted of a 7-mile hike at the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania circa 1996, and the Classic Inca Trail hike in 2009 with Zephyr Adventures.  I planned to train seriously for at least 6 months prior to the Tanzania trek.  As luck would have it, early on during training I injured my left foot (again) and was forced to stay off of it.   Thankfully, my foot recovered to the degree that my doctor was comfortable giving me clearance for the hike. I knew I wasn’t fit, but I decided to go. 

    I was excited about our first hike in Tanzania.  However, my excitement waned as it quickly became apparent that my fitness level was not sufficient for the hike.  Victor, our fabulous local head guide, approached me, and I was fearful that he was about to tell me that I couldn’t go any further. To my great surprise and relief, he talked to me about how I was feeling and got a feel for my situation. Moments later, he took my water bottles and my day pack and told me that I could go at my own pace.  And that is exactly what I did.  I went very slowly and methodically, and appreciated companionship of the two local guides who patiently hiked with me. The second day, I made my daypack lighter, picked up a smaller bottle of water, and simply kept going.  I was never pressured to go faster than what was comfortable for me.  

    The rest of the group was in very good shape (oldest person was 69).  They could all hike at about the same speed, and I was always the last person to reach the camp.  But, I was always accompanied with at least two of the wonderful local guides and occasionally our fabulous Zephyr guide, Erika, would purposely slow down and share the hike with me.  I attempted to reach the summit, but after hiking to about 16,000 feet I decided to return to base camp.  I was showing many signs of altitude sickness and I decided to not push my body.  I didn’t make it to the top, I got to see and feel the magnificence of being above the cloud. The rest of the group was able to keep going despite similar symptoms, and they all made it to the top (Hurray).

    Before the trip, my friend who hiked to the summit last year told me that the trek was long, dusty, cold, and that I may experience altitude sickness….well it was all of those things, but that is what made it an adventure.   I can’t wait to go on that next adventure that will put me outside of my comfort zone, challenge me, and allow me to see such beautiful land, people, and wild animals.  I see that Zephyr has thrown a new challenge out there; hiking the Hadrian Wall.  Some day, when I have trained for at least 6 months without injuring any body parts, I hope to take on that challenge.

    My friends tell me that I am very brave to have gone on this trip.  I, on the contrary, do not believe there was anything brave about what I did.  Courage is not what you need to go on this trip.  Preferably you need to be very physically fit, but more importantly you need to be resilient, open minded, and open to new experiences. If you have these attributes, Zephyr will guarantee you a fabulous adventure.  

    Congratulations to Meesha for reaching her highest altitude ever and, more importantly, for considering her climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro a success even though she didn’t make it to the top. That is what it is – a success. We agree with Meesha that willpower and a positive attitude are two of the key elements to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, so don’t be afraid to give it a try. At the same time, we recommend you DO spend the time in advance to get in shape. You will enjoy the trip more and have a safer experience.

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      Group Tours says:

      I think that is any situation where fitness comes into consideration, you need to be a little more fit than you think you should be.

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    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

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    Changes to Your Itinerary
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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    Different Location Every Night
    We will be covering as much ground as possible, which in turn means that we will be staying in four different hotels. We will have to pack up every day but this allows us to bike from hotel to hotel.

    Route Directions
    It’s all about the adventure! (It’s even in our name) We wouldn’t want to disappoint by providing a guide with you the entire way, holding your hand. We will provide detailed route directions before each day’s ride as well as have GPS units available. Our guides will be on the trail with you but you won’t need to worry about staying with the pack or keeping up with faster riders.

    Bicycles
    We have available for rent very nice 27-speed touring bicycles that are suitable for the road conditions we encounter on this trip. You have your choice of drop down or upright handlebars and standard or SPD pedals. You can also rent a road bike for an extra charge. Bicycle rentals come with a front handlebar or rear bag and a lock but you must bring your own helmet.

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    Flights
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    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    Weather
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    Equipment
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    Difficulty Level
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    Physical Preparation
    If you want to prepare physically prior to the trip, your enjoyment will likely increase!  We recommend anything that strengthens your core and shoulders/arms.  Yoga, sit-ups and push-ups are all good.  If you belong to a gym, you might ask a trainer what would be good exercises to prepare for kayaking.

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    No Single Supplements
    We get to journey to the end of the earth! Limited space comes with the territory and therefore, no single supplements are available for the overall trip. The lodging will be dorm style for the majority of the tour, but you may be able to request a single supplement for our hotel nights. If this is something you’d like to consider, please let us know as costs vary.

    Lodging and Meals
    Seeing as we are basically leaving civilization behind in order to explore one of the remotest places in the world, meals and lodging isn’t of the five-star quality kind. For instance, it is difficult to find fruit, but we believe it’s all a part of the experience!

    Shuttle Time
    In order to get you from civilization to these remote locations, there will be some time spent driving in vans. This can’t be avoided, but we guarantee it’s worth the trip!

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    Snow
    Weather is always unpredictable and winter in Yellowstone is no exception! It is possible that there may be no snow, but don’t fret, we plan great alternate activities to take the place of the cross country skiing and snowshoeing if this happens to be the case.

    Snow Coach
    While in Yellowstone, we’ll be taking the snowcoach to get from place to place. These fun and funky snow vehicles can get quite crowded as they fit all our gear and people from two vans into one! But they are definitely a part of the experience and allow us to do and see things that wouldn’t be possible without them. Plus we strive to be responsible citizens of this sensitive area and not waste resources for the 30-mile trip in! (Snowcoaches get about 2-3 miles per gallon of gas)

    Pack Appropriately
    Since we’ll be transporting in the snowcoaches, and therefore have limited space, you’ll want to pack smartly. Wear what you want to wear for snowshoeing and pack your extra ski clothes, lunch, and x-c shoes in your ski backpack. This will be on your lap during the snowcoach ride. Your overnight bag should include only what you need for two days: toiletries, wallet, reading materials, pjs, dinner clothes for 2 nights, ski clothes for Day 3 (clean base layers), socks, and shoes (if you don’t want to wear your boots to dinner).

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    Shuttle Time
    We get to explore the 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park – and given the sheer size of the park itself, we will have to have spend time shuttling from point to point. But no fear, keep your eyes peeled as we drive as we will get to see some amazing sights along the way!

    Food and Lodging in Yellowstone
    Staying inside the park is a top priority – you get to explore and experience so much more by staying in the heart of Yellowstone. Since it is a national park, the accommodations and food options are not going to be equal to a five-star hotel. But, we think the rustic experience just adds to the overall adventure!

    Delays in Yellowstone
    It is not uncommon to get stuck by one of Yellowstone’s famous “Bison Jams”.  This is when a herd of bison has decided to cross one of the roads within the park and causes a traffic jam.  Though they can be inconvenient while trying to stay on time, it is a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else.  Additionally, July is one of Yellowstone’s busiest months so the park will be crowded.  Your guides try to manage this by timing the tour schedule appropriately as well as showing you lesser known (and frankly better!) vantage points for some of the biggest attractions.

    Beer Activities
    This beer tour is anything but typical. We will technically only be touring one brewery during our trip. We figure, being in the gorgeous setting of Montana and Wyoming, why keep our guests indoors? We’ll certainly be quenching your thirst with a wide variety of beer throughout the trip with beer-paired dinners, meet and greets with brewery staff, and tastings in breathtaking settings (like overlooking Old Faithful!) You’ll learn and taste just as much, if not more, than if we were taking you from brewery to brewery.

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    Shuttle Time
    We’ll be exploring a number of breathtaking and diverse hiking trails and bike paths – not to mention some amazing breweries. This means we will need to shuttle to and from trailheads and breweries. We will also be driving to and from the Great American Beer Festival that is being held in Denver. We promise the road time is worth every amazing sight and sip of this trip.

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    Visiting a Developing Country
    Tanzania is a developing country which means life is taken at a slower pace. It also means no internet. We highly recommend taking this rare chance to disconnect and give your brain a little peace and relaxation!

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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    What to Expect On This Trip

    As on all of our adventures, we want to ensure you have the best experience possible – which is why we like to set expectations appropriately for every trip.

    Cost
    Alaska is one expensive place! On average, it is 20% higher in all costs compared to other parts of the US and the price of this tour reflects that. Despite this, the last trip we ran in Alaska was rated a 4.5 out of 5 (5 = outstanding) in “Value for Money.”

    Wildlife
    Alaska is also one wild place! It is quite possible to see a moose as you roll along the trail, or a bear in the road as you walk to dinner. Even though we spend our time in the most populated areas of Alaska, wildlife sightings are common (although actual encounters are rare). We take precautions to make sure you remain as safe as possible while out and about. Our guides are trained to minimize our risks.

    Rain
    Alaska is also one wet place! Weather is one element out of our control and Alaska is well-known for its wet climate. You should be prepared to have moments of skating or biking on wet pavement. Fortunately, the mountains continually cycle the air and the rain usually doesn’t last all day. Since our trip dates are near the solstice, the days are very long, allowing us to adjust our schedule as necessary by delaying our trail activities until things are drier. If we absolutely are not able to skate or bike, there are plenty of other fun things to do!

    Changes to Your Itinerary
    While everything under “What is Included” on the right side column will remain the same, the actual restaurants, hotels, and activities listed in our itineraries are subject to modifications. Changes that are out of our control are common – a restaurant closes or loses its awesome chef, a winery changes its visiting hours, a hotel gets remodeled, a road or trail undergoes construction. You are entrusting us to create an outstanding vacation for you and so it is possible we may take the liberty of making necessary changes (even at the last minute, during the guides’ scout trip) to the itinerary that will improve your overall trip experience. If there is any one experience that is going to make or break your trip, please discuss this with us in advance! We will attempt to keep our website itinerary as current as possible and communicate any major changes with you in the weeks prior to the tour.

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