Mount Kilimanjaro climbing is an ultimate challenge of life for
both first time and regular climbers. Kilimanjaro unlike other
mountains in the world has funny weather to share. In the lowland
of Moshi town and around Marangu and other entrance gates the
weather is tropical (the temperature ranges from 20o
c - 30o c) and much sun on the day. As you climb the
altitude changes and here is when the drama starts (at the summit
5o c and below).
The Kilimanjaro weather therefore gradually changes
and might bring about 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
on a high mountain climbing.
While attempting Kilimanjaro climbing there are
many different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness,
nausea, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite, loss of balance
and dizziness. In most case these sickness are controlled by painkiller
such as panadol and other which are available.
All climbers are however advised to countercheck
their body condition and ask as many questions as possible to
our professional Mount Kilimanjaro guide(s) if abnormality arise.
Our guides are experienced with Kilimanjaro guidance and attends
regular train on issues concern Kilimanjaro including rescue.
We highly recommend that you secure your travel
insurance, seek for Doctor Advice before departure and on your
arrival listen to what your chief guide advice you. Some clients
usually take Diamox before attempting Kilimanjaro and others do
when they are at the mountain. We recommend that you leave the
body to acclimatize itself and if there is a need then you can
take the medication.
N.B: The biggest medication on climbing Mount
Kilimanjaro is a back off algorithm when thing aren't going in
a normal condition forcing issues might bring to a serious illness
or cause death.
What to do while on Kilimanjaro
Drink lots and eat much: A successful
Mount Kilimanjaro climber is supposed to drink as much water as
he/she can at least 3 liters per day or more. Altitude sickness
or normal condition in Kilimanjaro led most climbers to loss appetite
force to eat as you can to generate more energy. Our mountain
cooks are well trained and prepares palatable diet for both vegetarians
Walking pace should be slow: We recommend that
our clients should take their time to work slowly from one camp/hut
to another to maximize full acclimatization as well as reducing
tiredness for the next attempt.
Accommodation: With exception
of Marangu route where accommodation is on hut bases other routes
are supposed to be considered where to camp. Trekking high and
sleep on the low level is the best technique as the body acclimatizes
on fully perfection. All our Kilimanjaro climbing itineraries
have observed this condition for successfully Kilimanjaro climbing.
Precaution: Don't involve on
smoking or drinking alcohol when attempting this mountain as it
might bring about losing energy to accomplish this adventure of
your life time.
Mountain Kilimanjaro climbing is done by number
of experienced mount Kilimanjaro guides, assistant guides as well
as porters depending 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.
On the arrival at the gate you will find our
vehicle and will transfer you to Moshi town for a rest and medication
if necessary. While waiting for your colleagues in a hotel we
will be monitoring your health as well as keeping you busy with
other popular activities around Kilimanjaro region and nearby
town of Arusha. But all depends with the itinerary and time available.
If it happens that our extreme client fails to
continue and has major sickness will be assisted by chief guide
to the gate by wheeled stretcher. At the gate we will be there
to transfer you to a hospital in Moshi or Arusha depending on
the situation. Or the other option and which is very advanced
and reliable is by using helicopter.
The company has entered a contract/membership
with Intensive Care Air Ambulance (ICAA) AMREF Flying Doctor which
can evacuate you incase of any problem should it arise. The rescues
at Mountain Kilimanjaro take effect from 4000m high and below.
Worry not if you are at the high point than that you will be taken
down to where the helicopter is by our chief guide.
For more information about the Air Ambulance
please read this website: http://www.amref.org