Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing – Get to the Top of Kilimanjaro
The Roof of Africa as Mount Kilimanjaro is affectionately known is located in Tanzania, Africa. It has the tallest peak in the entire world at an astonishing 19.029 feet above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro climbing and hiking continues to be big business in Africa. Is it as tough as climbing Mount Everest? Can anyone, even untrained climbers make it to the top?
Mount Kilimanjaro climbing or hiking requires a good tour guide. You are only allowed to climb or hike with an operator/guide along the established routes. Therefore, if you are thinking about attempting a Mount Kilimanjaro climb, plan ahead, do your research and contact a reputable guide. The best times to go are in high season, which is January through March and September through October. It is during these times that the weather conditions are best for climbing or hiking.
Unlike Mount Everest you do not have to be a highly experienced or trained climber to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. The paths are such that extensive climbing equipment and techniques are not needed. However, you should be in good physical shape! You should train by hiking, climbing stairs or smaller mountains with a pack on your back. You want to build up your stamina levels and get your body used to extremely long hikes on uphill paths. You should also have a physical before making this trip; you don’t want to find out about health problems while you are dealing with the low oxygen levels at 18.000 feet. You may also want to ask your doctor for medication to bring with you to help deal with altitude sickness.
Most packages include a porter to assist you with carrying your personal gear. Typically the porter will carry up to 30lbs for you. Therefore, make sure to pack accordingly. You will need to deal with varying temperatures and you need to be prepared.
Most packages try to time your reaching the summit so that you can watch the sunrise over the crater and plain; an amazing site that some say is a spiritual awakening. Remember that the high altitude and low temperatures will affect your battery life in your camera. So wrap them in your sleeping bag or jacket so that when you reach the top your camera will work properly! When you do reach Uhuru Peak you will find a box with a book inside. This is where those who reached the summit before you recorded their feelings and reactions to the experience. Make sure to record yours as well for future hikers and climbers to read!
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