Tips for a
successful Kilimanjaro climb:
The first point is
very important for avoiding altitude sickness and
your guides will likely keep reminding you:
drinking! It’s VERY easy
to dehydrate at altitude without noticing. The air
is very dry so you breathe off more moisture. Also,
your body adjusts to the high altitude by
eliminating more water. Keep replacing it.
Also make sure you
eat plenty! Most people lose their appetite at
altitude, but the cold weather and the long days
mean your body burns through a lot of calories. Keep
replacing them. You will need them. High
carbohydrate foods are better than fatty foods. (Any
good tour operator will have considered that in
their shopping and meal planning.)
And keep warm!
The correct gear is a must, not just because
shivering isn’t nice and hypothermia dangerous, but
also because staying nice and toasty will lessen
your risk of succumbing to altitude sickness.
day pack light. Only take
what you really need. Every extra kilo needs extra
oxygen to carry.
And last but not
least, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and most definitely
do not touch sleeping tablets! Or you may not wake
And that’s about it.
Even if you are not in a position to afford extra
preparation for the altitude (e.g. a Mt. Meru
climb), if you are healthy, pick a good route and
operator, arrive a couple of days early and take on
board all of the above tips, you have a very good
chance of making it to the summit.