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KILIMANJARO ALTITUDE SICKNESS GUIDE

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ALTITUDE SICKNESS GUIDE FOR KILIMANJARO TREKS

The general impression is that a climbing tour of Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania is an easy mountaineering option, since the 5895 meter mountain has been successfully climbed by hardy children and by octogenarians. It is not. It is a perilous undertaking for a number of reasons and must not be underestimated. A trekking voyage on Kilimanjaro, whilst it does not demand technical mountaineering skills nor special equipment, is a demanding African vacation challenge which must not be undertaken without due preparation. You will be traversing several climate zones, from tropical forest with muddy, slippery paths, to steep, boulder-strewn natural stairways, with searing sun on shelterless heathland, freezing alpine nights, vertiginous rock wall ascents, loose stones, unstable scree, blinding snowfields and arctic glaciers. On lower slopes especially on Rongai Route, there are aggressive buffalo. Elusive leopard and mighty elephant have been seen on alpine slopes. Scorpions and snakes are not so rare. But none of these things account for the number of 0.1% deaths on the mountain. Acute Mountain Sickness, AMS, also acknowledged as altitude sickness, is the killer. One person in every thousand dies on the mountain, including support staff and porters. Most are rescued alive and more than half of all the climbers on Kili need to turn back before reaching the summit. Most deaths are preventable.

Adequate warm clothing and strong, safe shelters are ultra-necessary. Plenty of water and a high-calorie diet are super-essential. Avoid over-exertion and exhaustion. Go “Pole, pole”, slowly and carefully. Wear sunglasses and protect your skin. Most important of all, acclimatize slowly to changes in altitude. Climbing too high, too fast, causes a deficiency of oxygen in the blood which leads to potentially life- threatening changes in brain and lung tissue which can be avoided if ascent is slower. Make a point of hiking higher during the day and sleeping lower at night. Be sure you are at your peak of fitness. Preferably prepare by ascending lower, gentler Mount Meru a few days before you attempt the Mount Kilimanjaro climbing challenge. Kilimanjaro National Parks Authority, (KINAPA) have overall responsibility for safety and rescue on Mt. Kilimanjaro. They have ranger and rescue posts on major trails. Their approval and permission must be obtained for every proposed route and trail variation, every tour operator on the mountain, and every member of support staff. A nominal rescue premium is included in your tariff, but we highly recommend you get travel insurance that covers mountain evacuation at 5895 meters - 19340 feet altitude. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca ensures that their staff are well-trained, highly experienced and well-equipped, and that their clients are given the best of advice, support, guidance and care. Each trekker has their own personal support guide and each team is led by an experienced head leader guide, trained to ensure the health, safety and success of his or her charges.

Review Below The Complete Guide On High Altitude Sickness For Your Kilimanjaro Climb

It is important to know exactly what AMS is, how it affects sufferers who climb the shinning Kilimanjaro mountain, and how to avoid it. At sea level, we live beneath a thick blanket of air. Its weight increases pressure on the air we breathe, which decreases with increasing altitude. It is harder to inhale the same amount of oxygen at higher altitudes. Read More On Altitude Sickness & Its Causes

At around 3000 meters, (almost 10,000 feet.) above sea level, some people climbing Kilimanjaro will experience mild AMS: headaches, nausea and a feeling of malaise, similar to the onset of a cold. Appetite is diminished and sleep is restless. If you continue to ascend without acclimatization, the headache may become far worse. Read More On AMS, HACE, HAPE Symptoms

To prevent altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro, acclimatize yourself a few days in advance by a leisurely trip to nearby Mount Meru, where your body can adjust in delightful surroundings. Failing that, be as fit as possible and choose an operator offering extended itineraries with slow ascent and acclimatization days with a private, experienced head guide with 250+ climbs over a 25-year period. Read More On Avoiding Altitude Sickness

There are only two effective treatments for AMS during a climbing expedition on Kilimanjaro. The first is to ensure adequate time and rest periods for acclimatization. The second is to descend back to lower altitudes. Anything else only covers up the symptoms leaving you at risk of considerable discomfort, lasting after-effects or even death. Read More On Responding & Treating Altitude Sickness

Simple precautions avoid common health problems associated with African climbing expeditions on Kilimanjaro mountain. Rapid changes in humidity and temperature cause coughs and colds, with flu-like symptoms from breathing cold air at high altitude. Aspirin, warm salt water gargles and anesthetic or menthol throat lozenges ease discomfort. Read More On Kilimanjaro Health Issues

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KILIMANJARO TREK GUIDE- HOME

Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca is a fresh team name for a long-established partnership between AfricanMecca Safaris and one of our most experienced, dependable and registered team outfitters on Kilimanjaro to provide discerning climbing experiences.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB INTRODUCTION
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KILIMANJARO CLIMB INTRODUCTION

AfricanMecca believes Kilimanjaro is a mountain with attitude. Towering enigmatically like an ethereal island in the sky wreathed in mists, at 5895 meters, it is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest stand-alone mountain in the world.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB PRICES

Here you will find prices for various recommended and acclimitized routes for Kilimanjaro including Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Marangu. We recommend you customize your private climb based on your preference and group size.

TOP 10 REASONS TO CLIMB WITH US
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TOP 10 REASONS TO CLIMB WITH US

We have 10 great reasons why you should climb with us. The first is a pioneering approach to guiding standards on Mount Kilimanjaro. Uniquely, we offer every trekker his or her own personal support guide (1 GUIDE : 1 CLIMBER RATIO).

WHICH KILI ROUTE TO CHOOSE?
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WHICH KILI ROUTE TO CHOOSE?

There are six approved routes for a Kilimanjaro climb with Uhuru Trails By AfricanMecca, each offering different advantages and drawbacks. Regardless of which route you choose, you need not be a rock climber, superlatively fit or supremely well-equipped.

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OUR MOUNTAIN FAMILY TEAM

We trust our clients to the care of some of the best experienced mountain guides in the Tanzanian travel industry. Our guide leaders have 100 hundreds of climb experiences in between 10 to 20 years' of the best way to succeed in climbing Kilimanjaro.

BEST TIME TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
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BEST TIME TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

One of the best times for a Tanzanian trek vacation on Mount Kilimanjaro is in the warm months of January and February when clear skies afford excellent views of superb scenery, especially from the upper slopes; though, expect some snowfall during this period.

UHURU SUMIMIT SUCCESS GUIDE
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UHURU SUMIMIT SUCCESS GUIDE

Trekking to the roof of Africa can be a glorious, triumphant achievement that can color the rest of your life with self-confidence and pride. Or it can be an ordeal or even an abject failure. You need to know exactly what you are letting yourself in for.

KILIMANJARO SAFETY CLIMB GUIDE
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KILIMANJARO SAFETY CLIMB GUIDE

It must be clearly understood that Mount Kilimanjaro is a dangerous environment where climbers are risking their lives. One person in every thousand (0.1%) will die on the mountain and more than half of these deaths could be preventable.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT GUIDE
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SAFETY EQUIPMENT GUIDE

Kilimanjaro kills those climbers who go beyond their sensible limits. We have an enviable safety record because its leaders do not waste time on technological fixes on high altitude, but get sick and injured trekkers off the mountain without delay.

KILI ALTITUDE SICKNESS GUIDE
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KILI ALTITUDE SICKNESS GUIDE

The general impression is that a climbing tour of Kilimanjaro is an easy mountaineering option, since the 5895 meter mountain has been successfully climbed by hardy children and by octogenarians. It is not. It is a perilous undertaking.

FAQ ON KILIMANJARO
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FAQ ON KILIMANJARO

Review Frequently Asked Questions for our Kilimanjaro treks. Questions range from custom private climb options, charity climbs, Crater Camp add experience, costs, tipping, a day on a climb, packing list, reducing ecological footprint to combining safari.

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KILI GEOLOGY, HISTORY & TRIBES

Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, is a unique Tanzanian highland vacation destination: a stand-alone pinnacle which creates its own climate in zones of distinct character, from fluted glacial columns and cathedrals of ice on the summit.

GUIDE ON KILIMANJARO PARK
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA

When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend a safari visit to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire & Selous. You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas in Western Tanzania, and experience a primate chimpanzee safari at Mahale or Gombe ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

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