Everything You Need to Know For Your Mount Kilimanjaro Climb
If you want to stand on the “Roof of Africa” you need to do a Mount Kilimanjaro climb or Mount Kilimanjaro expedition trip.
Located in Tanzania Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people have attempted this climb and about 40% actually reach the top. You don’t have to be an expert climber to make it to the top, but you do need to be reasonably physically fit. If you want to conquer this mountain follow the tips below and experience the awe and wonder that is unique to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
The first thing you need to know is that you must have a Mt Kilimanjaro guide or an operator. There are many available, but do your homework and make sure you find one that is reputable and knowledgeable.
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You will want to book your expedition well in advance. The best times to climb are January through March and September through October. They call these times High Season because the weather conditions are the safest for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Make sure to get a thorough medical checkup before taking on this mountain! Remember you will be climbing as high as 19,000 feet on your Mount Kilimanjaro climb! You may want to get some medication to take with you to assist with altitude sickness. You should also prepare by working on getting fit and building up your stamina. Make sure you get travel insurance that includes medical insurance, it is always better to be safe than sorry!
While climbing Mt Kilimanjaro you will experience 5 major eco-zones, the rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers. Make sure you pack accordingly. Typically porters will carry up to 30lbs for you, so don’t worry about having to carry everything yourself!
There are at least 7 different Mount Kilimanjaro routes that can be taken, when planning your climb allow at least 6 or 7 days in order to increase your chances of reaching the top! You will want to pace yourself and drink 4-5 liters of water per day. Fortunately after the first day you will reach mountain streams which are naturally cooled and good to drink.
Most packages time the final ascent so that you can watch the sunrise over the crater. The views are spectacular! Remember to bring your camera. Make sure to read the specs on your camera to ensure that it will work correctly in the cold weather and of course bring extra batteries!
This climb has been said to be a very spiritual experience, life changing for many. Prepare in advance and you too can be standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’.
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