10 Things to Know Before Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Is conquering the tallest mountain in Africa that is Mt.Kilimanjaro on your bucket list? If it is then you know you need to prepare for it, you can’t just wake up and decide to conquer it. Did you know that women and men between the ages of 40 and 60 succeed in climbing this mountain more than young people between the ages of 20 and 30? The reason being young people climbing the mountain start very fast and end up getting tired early, instead of going slowly. . It’s amazing eh?
Now, if you are thinking of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there are tips to help you prepare for the tallest mountain in Tanzania. These tips are:
1. Walk, walk and walk more
This is very important if you want to get to the top. You will walk a lot on everything if you climb this mountain, so start walking a lot in your Kilimanjaro climbing practice.
Many people as they prepare to climb Kilimanjaro forget that you reach each station by walking 5 or 8 hours a day. It usually takes 6 or 8 days to reach the top and therefore, you will be walking for 5 or 7 hours a day. Make sure you prepare for this.
2. Choose a climbing method beforehand
It is natural to be eager to reach the summit of Africa, but you have to be defensive and remember that there is no point in rushing.
Accelerating it can cause you more harm. People who want to climb a mountain in 4 or 5 days may decide to use the fastest route. This is why many people end up getting sick as they climb the mountain and thus, fail to climb it. Instead, go through all the channels and also read people’s opinions on these channels.
You will get a glimpse of the path that will suit you to the mountain with happiness and success. Being forced to return is sad, especially if your health is good but you have been impatient and thus have made a mistake by using the fast method and ended up being bitten. Remember, fast has no Blessing.
3. Water is your best friend!
Don’t you like to drink water? Start practicing drinking! Having a snack is a must if you hope to get far. Your body is more prone to dehydration because of elevation and this can cause you to feel dizzy or have severe headaches.
People who have successfully reached a peak and reduced safety recommend drinking 5 liters of water a day. This may seem like a daunting task, but it is worth it if you intend to reach the top.
4. Exercise in mountainous areas and gain weight
If you are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you will be carrying a heavy bag and you will have to climb the steep mountains with the bag.
One way to prepare for this is to walk through a hilly area near your home, wearing the bag. Remember to start with a less steep mountain but the intensity increases as you exercise. Also, add weight to the bag as you exercise.
5. Remember your goal
Did you know that the oldest woman who climbed Kilimanjaro was 86 years old? Angela Vorobeva proved to many who were worried about climbing this mountain that anyone could climb it. Being healthy is not everything.
As you climb Kili – a short name for Kilimanjaro given by the locals – you must remember your reason for planting and how you will feel if you accomplish your goal.
This will help you a lot if you feel discouraged. We hope that your reason for climbing Kili is more than just being able to brag that you have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
6. Dress modestly
You must have the right clothing if you do not want to freeze or get infected. A great deal of research on the best gloves, the best bag, the best shoes and even underwear helps to ensure that you feel comfortable as you go up and down.
You don’t want to worry about cold feet, broken mouth or no battery for a flashlight, being too tired. Simplify your life by having proper clothing.
7. Be prepared for a very normal life
Do not be surprised that during those 6 or 8 days you will be climbing a mountain, you will not be able to bathe. Ladies, please forget about cosmetics altogether!
Therefore, make a habit of ending it naturally and do not fear anything. You will all have this problem.
Some people have a hard time in camp life. Before you go up the mountain, try planning a small camping trip to get more camping experiences.
8. Hepatitis B is your enemy
It is very difficult to avoid steep disease. Also, transporters believe that people who exercise have a greater chance of getting sick because they want to speed up to increase the group they are riding with.
Speeding is not a way to successfully reach the top and descend without being bitten. The body needs time to get used to low levels of oxygen and walking slowly gives you time to get used to breathing more heavily to get used to these levels.
Be prepared for headaches, dehydration and vomiting. Expect it all to happen because of the change in angle and what you can do to reduce their severity is to climb slowly and drink plenty of water.
9. Avoid the Sun.
As you grow, the sun’s rays become more intense and more harmful. So when you walk, walk in shady places.
Also, sun exposure not only affects your appearance but also your ability to reach the top. Your body needs more energy if it is sunburned, so carry plenty of sunscreen.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is something to remember for the rest of your life. For many who have climbed the ladder, the journey to the summit is a most enjoyable one.
You will get a variety of emotions as you climb it but you will see an interesting landscape at an unusual level.
So, remember to enjoy the whole journey to the summit of Africa. It’s a strange thing.