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Visas and Training

Most tourists visiting Tanzania from overseas will require a valid tourist visa

Visas can be purchased upon arrival at the airport, but you can expect long queues, and for the process to take an extra hour or more that is why we highly recommend that travellers get their visa in advance if at all possible.

The visa fee for most nationalities will be US $50 for a single entry. Visa fee for a double entry is 70USD. For US citizens the fee is usually US $100 for a multiple entry. Tourist visas will be valid for 3 months from the issue date.
You may also be asked to provide proof of your return flight (such as an itinerary) when applying for your visa and proof that you have sufficient money to support yourself during your stay in Tanzania.. If applying at a mission or consulate, you will also have to provide 2 passport photos.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the time of your trip.


You are legally required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE for the trip. An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is now an administrative requirement for entry to Tanzania.
Local Travel Clinics also recommend that you have a Tetanus and Typhoid vaccination before you head to Kilimanjaro. These can be done at the same time as your Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Malaria Tablets are highly recommended – chat to your Travel Clinic about the various tablets that are available and when you should begin taking them. Some tablets can be taken a week before your trip, others two days before and others the day before.

This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please chat to us!

Most importantly, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased workload.

A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the expedition, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.

Physical Conditioning

Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack).

Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful climb of Aconcagua. You should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobic classes.

When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).

Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout.

Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you used most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.

Strength Conditioning

Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles.

The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and scree slopes, which will be encountered on Aconcagua.

Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.

Climbing Conditioning

This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In the months leading up to the expedition, it is important to do some long walks in the mountains.

Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to summit the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain on the African continent.