Mount Kilimanjaro boasts the highest peak in Africa. Adventurers from all over the world travel thousands of miles just to climb the mountain and reach Uhuru Peak. It goes without saying that different people experience different things during their ascent.
Here are five first-hand tips from an exceedingly experienced porter, Mr. Faraja, from Viva Africa Tours. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro time and again, and he just returned from his last climb a week ago.
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5 Useful Tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro
Keep your clothes ready
After a certain altitude, when the weather gets significantly cold, a small but very useful tip would be to tuck in the next day’s clothes into your sleeping bag while you sleep. This way you will not have to jump into a freezing pair of clothes the next morning.
It can get dry and dusty
It is important to note that as you ascend higher, the atmosphere gets drier and less humid. This can affect your throat and nose; therefore, it is vital that you bring the right gear to protect your face from the dust. Hot beverages and lozenges can also relieve any symptoms caused.
Have a positive attitude
When it comes to strength, we need both mental and physical strength to get to the top. You may be fit and well-trained to climb the mountain, but it is also important to train your mind. Stay positive and believe that you can fight through every obstacle and make it to your destination. This applies to all aspects of life too. Here is an interesting quote: “Always strive to aim for the highest peak of the goals in life you have set, this way if you manage to reach even half way toward a goal, landing in the middle is not such a bad place to end up.” ― Victoria Addino.
Choose the right route
Choosing the 8-day climb is recommended. There are 7 routes up the mountain, but it is better to choose a longer route to help you acclimatize to the mountain. This way you can achieve your goal and also enjoy the climb. We personally recommend the Lemosho route.
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Hydration is a top priority
Naturally, you will be dehydrated faster at higher altitudes. This is why we urge you to stay hydrated throughout the climb. Set yourself a target of four to five liters in a day. Try to start your morning with one bottle and progress as the day goes by.
Kilimanjaro is a thrilling adventure that you will most likely remember for the rest of your life. It is up to you to accept this challenge, make the most of it, and put in your very best whenever and wherever you can. Best of luck!