Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in Africa, which is in the bucket list of many adventurer hikers. Hikers need five to eight days to summit and back and complete the whole trip.
To complete the challenging task, a little preparation can help you a lot. Here are some tips to help you conquer the majestic mountain.
- Choosing the right Kilimanjaro tour operator is one of the most important things that you should care for. So it’s recommended to do your own research for this.
- Choose a longer route that gives the highest chance of success with the lowest risk of altitude sickness.
- The main problem hikers experience in the mountain is the altitude sickness. So the best pre-Kilimanjaro summit exercise is hiking.
- Keep hydrating is a must. At high altitude, there are many chances of dehydration. It can increase AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), headache, fatigue and weakness. So drinking plenty much water can help you a lot.
- In the high altitude, an extreme level of exertion burns your calories too fast. So to fuel you, take good calories of food. Bring some high-calorie snacks to munch on.
- “Pole Pole” should be your mantra for the whole journey. In Swahili, it means slowly and gently. It helps you in a successful summit.
- Packing the right essential gears is the utmost importance for climbing Kilimanjaro. So make the print out of the gear list and double-check it.
- Getting adequate sleep is important on the mountain to recovering better from the daily exertions and get fresh energy for the next day.
- Believe in yourself. A positive mental attitude can keep you going when challenges arise.