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Tips For Successful Climb

Tips For Successful Climb

The first point is very important for avoiding altitude sickness and your guides will likely keep reminding you:

Keep drinking! It’s very easy to dehydrate at altitude without noticing. The air is very dry so you breathe off more moisture. Also, your body adjusts to the high altitude by eliminating more water. Keep replacing it.

Also,  make sure you eat plenty! Most people lose their appetite at altitude, but the cold weather and the long days mean your body burns through a lot of calories. Keep replacing them. You will need them. High carbohydrate foods are better than fatty foods. (Any good tour operator will have considered that in their shopping and meal planning.)

And keep warm! The correct gear is a must, not just because shivering isn’t nice and hypothermia dangerous, but also because staying nice and toasty will lessen your risk of succumbing to altitude sickness.

Keep your day pack light. Only take what you really need. Every extra kilo needs extra oxygen to carry.

And last but not least, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and most definitely do not touch sleeping tablets! Or you may not wake up again…

And that’s about it. Even if you are not in a position to afford extra preparation for the altitude (e.g. a Mt. Meru climb), if you are healthy, pick a good route and operator, arrive a couple of days early and take on board all of the above tips, you have a very good chance of making it to the summit.

There is nothing quite like Kilimanjaro anywhere else on earth. The world’s tallest freestanding mountain and the only place on land where you can clearly see the curvature of the earth! It is a challenge, no doubt, but the rewards are immense – the friendly welcome and endless encouragement from the Kilimanjaro guides and porters, the endemic fauna, the history, geology and local mythology, and the warmth of the sun rising over Africa, climbing slowly above the summit of Mawenzi and catching the glacial ice that accompanies you along the crater rim to a namely Uhuru Peak (the Kilimanjaro) 5895m.

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 You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided free. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb but if you don’t have one, you can hire from us by the price shown below.

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 Most people prepare for Kilimanjaro climb with fitness training. While getting reasonably fit makes sense, the gym workouts or sprinting up flights of stair etc. will not prepare your body for the demands of a Kilimanjaro climb. You need to get your body used to walk for several hours in the uneven country, for several days. But any fitness training beyond that will not increase your chances to reach the summit. It’s the attitude that will get you, not your lack of fitness.

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