Mountains Climbing Advice
How far do we hike each day?
Mostly the hiking or climbing distance maximum is about 10 km (6.2 miles). In order to adjust to the change in elevation, hence you can hike or climb short distance per day at a slow pace. Exact numbers of distance you can see in day descriptions.
How should I physically prepare for my climb?
Kilimanjaro is considered by many to be the easiest high mountain to climb. However, the altitude of 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) is still extremely high and proper preparation is essential. It is helpful to engage in aerobic exercise a few times a week for two months prior to the climb. Also, it is absolutely essential that you understand the causes and symptoms of altitude sickness before beginning the trek.
What are the signs of altitude sickness?
Almost everyone will experience some form of altitude sickness while hiking Kilimanjaro. Although the symptoms are easily treatable with rest and hydration, more serious symptoms can sometimes develop. Please be sure to read the Altitude sickness information before planning your trip to understand the symptoms, prevention and treatment of altitude sickness.
What happens if someone has to descend because of altitude sickness?
On your trekking you will have several guides/assistant guides. If someone is too sick to continue, they will descend with an assistant guide.
What is happening to Kilimanjaro ice cap?
According to the United Nations Environment Program, Kilimanjaro ‘s icecap receded 55% between 1962 and 2000. The mountain has lost 82% of its icecap since it was first surveyed in 1912. The glaciers are vanishing due to regional warming, most likely caused by global warming.
What is the best route to climb?
We recommend the climbing routes of Marangu, Machame and Lemosho. The western camping routes are more scenic than the eastern routes and usually have better weather. For fitter climbers, the Western Breach, an alternate route to the summit may be taken from Machame route.
What is the best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?
Although you can climb Kilimanjaro at any time, it is generally believed that the best months to climb are September and October. It tends to be drier during these months and there are fewer tourists in Tanzania. It is advised to try to avoid climbing during Tanzania ‘s rainy season of March, April and May.
What will the porters carry and what will I carry on the climb?
Porters will carry most of your luggage. You will carry a small day pack that contains your drinking water, rain gear, camera and even picnic lunch.
Why do we make the final ascent to Uhuru at midnight?
The final ascent to Uhuru is made at night because of the weather patterns on Kilimanjaro. Clouds begin to roll in almost every day at 10am. If you summit during the day, you run the risk of being caught in snow, hail or rainstorms. The midnight trek to the summit is designed to ensure your safety. You will also have the best views from the top at down.
Can children climb Kilimanjaro?
The minimum age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authorities for trekking to Uhuru Peak is 12 years old.
What kind of climbing gear do I need?
You need to have the following stuff for your climbing:
Boots, thermal underwear, warm clothes- top and pants, water/Windproof Pants and shell, socks (at least 6 pairs to be changed at least once on the way up), winter hat/balaclava (cover head and ears), water bottle, gators (for wind and mud), gloves (water/wind proof), neck warmer or scarf, sunglasses, flash lights, and batteries, walking stick, sleeping tent (for all other routes other than Marangu), sleeping bag and rain wear. Please be advised that we do provide sleeping tent and mattresses on our climbs.
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