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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Rescue

While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro weather gradually changes and might start experiencing altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air as one gains altitude. It is likely that you will experience some form of mild altitude sickness when climbing a high mountain climb.

Some of the symptoms that you experience are headache, light-headedness, nausea, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite, loss of balance and dizziness,however in most cases these sickness can be controlled by light painkillers such as panadol, tylanol and others which are available.

Our experienced mountain guides are trained to identify these conditions and offer advice. All climbers are also advised to inform their guide of any change they feel in their bodies.

We highly recommend that you seek medical advice before you attempt your mountain climb to know whether you are fit enough. After the advice you can start light training to prepare yourself. Taking a travel insurance is also recommended, whether it’s your trip, your possessions, your luggage, or your health, travel insurance — and most important, the right kind of travel insurance has become an essential item to pack for smart travelers.

Some Useful Tips

Drink lots and eat much:A successful Mount Kilimanjaroclimb is supposed to drink as much water as he/she can, at least 3 liters per day or more. Conditions on the mountains can make you lose your appetite, however you have to try to eat a balanced diet as much as possible to generate the energy you need for the climb. Our mountain cooks are well trained and prepare palatable diet for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Walking pace should be slow (Pole Pole): Walking at a slow pace is recommended to take full advantage of acclimatization.

Accommodation on the mountain: With exception of Marangu route where accommodation is on park huts. You have to camp on all the other routes, Kilimanjaro Centre For Trekking and Ecotourism (KCTE) will provide all the camping equipment but you have to bring your own climbing gear.

To increase your chances of reaching the summit, our itineraries have been designed in such a way that you have to trick your body by walking to high altitude and then descending top a lower altitude, this is referred to as acclimatization.

Our entire Kilimanjaro climber is accompanied by experienced mountain guides, assistant guides, a chef as well as porters. The number of mountain crew allocated to each climb depends on the size of the group.

If it happens that our extreme client fails to continue and has minor sickness will be assisted by assistant guide return back to the gate else chief guide will be taking care of the matter and leave the group with his assistant to continue.

Kilimanjaro Rescue and Safety

In the event that one of our climbers is injured or fall seriously ill, we have an emergency rescue plan in place that has to be followed by our mountain crew. We also get flying doctors membership to all our climbers so that those seriously ill climbers can be evacuated from the mountain by a helicopter ambulance (weather permitting) and transferred to some of the best medical facilities in East Africa. After admission at the hospitals our office then communicated with the climbers travel insurance to settle the medical bills.

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Kilimanjaro is Africa’s most celebrated mountain, the name Kilimanjaro has aroused feelings of passion, wonderment and awe. “Its name is synonymous with Africa itself, and few mountains anywhere on earth have been so enshrouded in romance and mystery. Even the names of the towns which grace the base of the peak have a dream-like quality to them , Rongai, Machame, Moshi and Marangu. Slave traders in another century were guided by it. Great writers with no interest in mountains have written about it. Songs have been sung about it. Empires fought for it. And all the time the stories and myths of Kilimanjaro have grown – some true and some false. Yes, the partially preserved skeleton of a leopard does exist on the icy crater rim at 5,670 m (18,600 ft). No, Queen Victoria did not give the mountain to the Kaiser as a birthday present. But however one looks at it, Kilimanjaro does possess an atmosphere, a personality of the type of which legends are easily born.”

Towering to a height of 5,895 metres (19,340 feet), and resting on a base 80 by 50 kilometres, Kilimanjaro dwarfs any other peak on the African continent. (The next highest summit is Mount Kenya at 5,199 metres – 17,058 feet.) On a clear day Kilimanjaro can be seen from a distance of 160 kilometres, soaring 4,900 metres (16,000 feet) like an island into the sky. It is often described as the highest free-standing mountain in the world in that it is not part of a mountain range, but rises in splendid isolation above African plains.