Things to carry while trekking Kilimanjaro
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Tips For Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The highest peak in Africa Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the mountain climbs that most people have on their bucket list. Getting to Kilimanjaro from any part of the country is easy as there are many cheap flights Tanzania. Here are a few tips for climbing the highest free standing mountain in the world.

  • Mt. Kilimanjaro is considered more of a trek rather than a climb but even then it is a difficult task. You need to be fit to complete the climb. As you go higher and higher the oxygen levels keep getting lesser and most people get sick and hence do not finish. But if you are fit, you will be able to climb relatively easily. Ideally you should be doing some form of strenuous cardio exercises for at least 4 times a week. If possible try to climb a hill nearby, if not climb stairs for at least an hour every day. Keep a steady incline on the treadmill and train, this will surely help you in your climb.
  • There are many routes to climb Kilimanjaro, in fact, there are seven official routes. An ideal route would be the one that takes 7 days to 8 days to climb. This way you will not feel the low level of oxygen at high altitudes. Your body needs to get acclimatized to the condition and a 7 day climb will help your body. A 7-8 day climb may be costlier than other shorter duration climbs but it is money well spent.
  • Life on a mountain can be a daunting task. You will be camping in the open, there will be no water to shower for the duration of the climb. You need to go to the toilet outdoors, you need to use wipes to clean yourself. For all this you need to prepare yourself mentally. If you are mentally prepared to face any obstacle you will not be disappointed.
  • As you climb higher and higher you need to keep yourself hydrated. Many people may feel that the weather ought to be colder in higher altitudes so what is the need for hydration, well it may be colder but your body needs all the hydration that it can get. Your body gets dehydrated faster in high altitudes than at sea level. In fact, experienced mountaineers drink at least 5 litres of water when they climb and this should be your aim too when you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Do not rush up the mountain, you will get tired soon and you will not be able to complete the climb. Think of the climb up the mountain as a marathon and not a sprint. You need a lot of mental determination to make it up and when you go up slowly you are also getting acclimatized to the conditions, which is an added plus.
  • Get the right mountain gear for your climb. Since Kilimanjaro is a trek mostly you need the right type of gear, contact the tour operator and get the right clothes, shoes and other accessories.

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