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Climbing Kilimanjaro: My Journey with Biohacking and Mindset Mastery

Sofia Kakkava, a digital nomad, biohacking to go to Kilimanjaro.
Sofia Kakkava in Tanzania

Hello, I'm Sofia Kakkava, a coaching psychologist, leadership trainer, global speaker, and exclusive wellness retreats host. This summer, I am embarking on an incredible journey to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. As someone who lives part-time in Tanzania, spending three to four months a year on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, I have developed a deep connection with this land.

I have always loved challenges. With a background in martial arts and the honor of being a world champion, pushing myself to the limits is something I thrive on. This summer, I decided to take on the ultimate challenge: climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with a dedicated team.

Preparation for Kilimanjaro: One Month Out

With just one month to go, my preparation is in full swing. Here's how I'm biohacking my way to the summit and ensuring my mind and body are in peak condition.

Rest and Recovery

Adequate rest is crucial. I prioritize sleep, aiming for a solid 7-8 hours each night. My trusty Oura Ring helps me track my sleep patterns, including my blood oxygen levels, ensuring I’m getting the restorative sleep I need. This data helps me make informed decisions about my training and recovery.

Biohacking with Molecular Hydrogen Water

One of my secret weapons is my molecular hydrogen water vessel. Hydrogen water offers numerous benefits that are particularly valuable for a high-altitude hike like Kilimanjaro:

  • Reducing Oxidative Stress: The antioxidant properties help neutralize free radicals, reducing the oxidative stress caused by strenuous physical activity and high elevation.

  • Improving Recovery: Hydrogen water aids in muscle recovery and reduces inflammation, helping me bounce back quicker from training sessions.

  • Enhanced Oxygen Utilization: At high altitudes, the body struggles with lower oxygen levels. Hydrogen water improves mitochondrial function, enhancing oxygen utilization and aiding acclimatization.

  • Protecting Against Hypoxia: Hydrogen's protective effects against hypoxia help reduce the risk of altitude sickness.

Physical Training for kilimanjaro

Staying active is a non-negotiable part of my routine. I integrate various physical activities to ensure I'm fit and ready for the climb:

  • Cardio and Strength Training: These workouts enhance my endurance and strength, crucial for the grueling trek.

  • Flexibility and Balance Exercises: These help prevent injuries and improve overall stability.

Mindset Mastery for kilimanjaro

Mindset is everything. Here are some of the affirmations I use to keep myself motivated and focused:

  • "I am capable of reaching the top."

  • "I conquer challenges with strength and grace."

  • "I reach the top with my team, together we are unstoppable."

Sofia Kakkava is going to the summit of Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro Mountain

Every morning, I wake up and recite these affirmations, visualizing myself standing triumphantly at the summit of Kilimanjaro. This mental preparation is just as important as the physical training.

As I prepare for this incredible journey, I am reminded of the power of the mind and body working in harmony. Through biohacking techniques, rigorous physical training, and a strong, positive mindset, I am confident that I will reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Thank you for following my journey. Stay tuned for more updates as I continue to prepare and ultimately conquer Kilimanjaro!

With determination and resilience,


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