7 Tips for Climbing and summiting Mt.Kilimanajaro
Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is a lifetime opportunity. Being one of the popular climbs, people from all over the world are attracted to Tanzania to hike, one of the seven summits of the world. And nothing can match the experience of standing on top of the Roof of Africa. However, climbing the World’s tallest free-standing mountain has its own challenges for which you must prepare yourself. And the key to a successful summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is being prepared properly beforehand. Below are listed some of the guidelines which you can follow to prepare yourself ahead of Mount Kilimanjaro trekking:
- Study Something about The Mountain: Pick The Right Time and Route
The main key to summiting Kilimanjaro is acclimatization. So, for a successful summit chooses a longer route to the summit rather than a shorter one as it provides better acclimatization.
The success of your Climbing Kilimanjaro varies in accordance with the number of days spend on Kilimanjaro, the chances of a successful summit depends significantly with days spent. Notably, people who opt for an 8-day trek have the highest success rate.
The trek to summit Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,341 feet) should not be underestimated as it has its own challenges. It is better to choose a long trek than a shorter trek as, in the long run, it will assure you of a successful summit. However, people choose the shorter trek Kilimanjaro in order to decrease the cost of money. However, if you are planning this thrilling adventure, then it is recommended that you should try everything possible to summit successfully, so it better to choose a longer trek than a shorter trek as if you are unable to summit it and coming back to Tanzania to fulfil your dream might be a costly bargain in exchange of saving few dollars for a shorter route.
- Pick A Right Tanzania Tour Operator: Your Trekking Team Is Very Important
Even though Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing does not require any professional skills to trek, the highest peak of Africa, for your trek to the summit Kilimanjaro you still need professional local tour guide from reputable local tour company. The local guides are useful on your trek and work effortlessly to make your trip a success by helping you to get to the top. The trekking team not only helps you to guide through the routes to summit Kilimanjaro but also plan your trek according to your strength and help in finding the right acclimatization during you trekking.
The guides with their years of experiences not only guide you but also motivate you to reach the top of the peak with their stories and enthusiasm.
So, while choosing your tour operator, make a thorough research, and look for their experience, also verify if they are certified tour operators or not. If you are searching for a trustworthy and reputable tour operator for your Kilimanjaro Hiking Tours, the AQ Tours & Safaris is the one for you. We are one of the leading tour operators for Kilimanjaro having years of experience. We have some of the best guides in the business who are knowledgeable in Geological formations, the ecology of the mountains, wilderness medicine and leadership.
- Get into Shape: Climbing Means Legwork
Even though no technical training is required to summit Kilimanjaro, but that does not mean that you don’t need any physical training. Anyone who wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro needs to have a good level of health and fitness. As summiting Mount Kilimanjaro peak is accessible for most fit individuals. However, before summiting, you must be physically fit so that you can enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. It is recommended to do some intense physical exercise for approximately three to four months before your schedule climbing. And if you have any access to hills or mountains in your area then it is best to spend one of your weeks for a walk, which would be really helpful while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Sort Your Head Out: Bye-Bye Placate Zone
Being mentally prepared is as necessary as having physical fitness for trekking Kilimanjaro. One should be really clear and should know the mountain surrounding before heading up to the summit. As some might be not accustomed with mountain life including camping, dirt, bugs, and going for toilet outdoors, these might be horrifying to those who might have higher expectations. So, it is necessary to be practical and clear about the situation you would face while Climbing Kilimanjaro like be prepared for camping during your trek as it is necessary for acclimatization. Also be ready to use baby wipes and a bowl of warm water to clean yourself during your hiking period. However, we provide chemical toilets or portable toilets during the climbs.
- Be Hydrated: Hydration Is an Important Factor
Hydration is the key during your journey to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, as dehydration increases the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), headaches and fatigue. So it is important to drink sufficient amount of water to remain hydrated during the journey. As at high levels of altitude, dehydration is much quicker.
Drinking plenty of water can help avert the discomfort associated with dehydration headaches. It is suggested drinking at least a litre of water before and after you climb each day on the mountain. And daily 3 litres of water intake is recommended.
Always remember to add purification tablets to the water before you consume it. You can also add energy supplements to make the water taste better.
- Determination Is the Key to Success
The determination is the key factor while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. So always believe in yourself and be determined that you can and you will summit Kilimanjaro. As at some point of your expedition you are sure to get exhausted and feel terribly sick and might want to give up. So, it is important to remain determined that you can reach the peak. This positive attitude would keep you going and you can summit Kilimanjaro. Always remember that one step at a time would help you fulfil your dream.
However, while your trek don’t let your determination overshadow your health. As your health is the most important thing. Keep a tab on your AMS symptoms, your guide would also be monitoring you. If any your symptoms aggravated, then listen to your guides and group members.
- Don’t Worry Be Happy: Remember to Enjoy Yourself
The most important thing to keep in mind during your trek is that you are on a vacation. So, be relax, keep your mind open, so that you enjoy yourself during the trek. You would have a plenty of time after arriving at the camp. So utilize this time to relax, rest and to interact with your fellow trekker and guides. It is important to have this time throughout your journey as it helps you to remain positive and relaxed, then being nervous and tense. Also, remember to bring some of your favorite snacks or chocolates to munch during your journey as people often lose their appetite while at altitude.
These are some of the basic tips for a successful summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. So if you are interested in Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing and want to conquer the roof of Africa then we at AQ Tours & Safaris are here to help you achieve your dream.