Tips for Climbers
|A. PHYSICAL FITNESS
Although Kilimanjaro is not a technical mountain climb, it is a major challenge, and you should not underestimate the rigors of altitude. Remember that Uhuru peak is 500 m (1,640 ft) higher than Everest Base Camp! The pace of your ascent coupled with good acclimatization will help you on the climb, but it is essential to be mentally and physically prepared before you start. Regular hikes are one of the best ways to prepare, increasing frequency and length, as you get closer to the trek. All aerobic exercises such as cycling, running, swimming, and aerobics classes are good for strengthening the cardiovascular system. Any exercise that increases your heart rate for 20 minutes is helpful, but don’t over do it just before the climb.B. ALTITUDE AND ACCLIMATIZATION
Altitudes are generally defined as follows:
• High altitude 2,400 m – 4,200 m (8,000 ft – 13,800 ft)
• Very high altitude 4,200 m – 5,400 m (13,800 ft – 17,700 ft)
• Extreme altitude above 5,400 m (17,700 ft) (Uhuru Peak is 5,895 m/19,340 ft)
It is likely that all climbers will experience some form of mild altitude sickness during their Kilimanjaro climb. It is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude. There are many different symptoms, but the most common are headache, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and fingers, and a mild swelling of ankles and fingers. These mild forms are not serious and will normally disappear within 48 hours.
C. PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
D. OTHER HEALTH TIPS
E. EMERGENCY EVACUATION
For digital equipment, check with the manufacturer’s specifications for temperature range (especially battery life), water tightness, and general hardiness.
Prices are for the entire trek in U.S. dollars, payable in cash in Moshi. It is best to come well-outfitted.
• We provide tents and foam sleeping pads at no charge