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FITNESS REQUIREMENT - KILIMANJARO

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PHYSICAL APTNESS SUCCESS GUIDE FOR KILIMANJARO

To climb Kilimanjaro is not a serious mountaineering challenge. Children and elderly have succeeded in reaching the summit whilst superbly fit athletes have failed. This is because there are two problems. The major problem is rapid gain in altitude, which has little to do with your own fitness, but can be overcome by careful route planning. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca will help you optimize your summit chances. The second problem is the misconception that because Mt. Kilimanjaro presents a steady uphill trek, it does not require stamina and endurance. It does. You are looking at seven days or more of hard walking on varied surfaces in rapidly changing temperatures. To enjoy the experience, you need to be as fit as possible – both physically and cerebrally. If you are earnestly bulky in weight, a Kilimanjaro summit trip is probably not for you. Always have a thorough medical checkup before embarking on strenuous physical activity. Your legs and feet need to be well-prepared. Firm up your muscles by exercise, preferably weight-bearing. But work up to it slowly and steadily over a period of months, so that it is an enjoyable experience. Walking, especially hill-walking, is an excellent preparation, as is cycling. But where this is not an option, stair-climbing is a good alternative. Gym workouts are not necessary unless you prefer them. Dancing is also an excellent way to build up suppleness and stamina.

Your feet deserve careful preparation. A pedicure is wonderful, while rubbing with surgical spirit will toughen them against blisters, but soaking and paring hard skin, taking advice for corns and bunions and getting used to wearing your hiking boots will prevent or lessen the misery of sore feet on your Tanzanian hiking tour. If you are older, physically challenged or seriously out of condition, then a gentle start with yoga is good for all aspects of fitness, both physical and mental. Leg lunges and squats, core-building planks and arches, and arm-strengthening push-ups can all be increased slowly from gentle, supported routines to weight-bearing, muscle-building sets. Just take them as far as you are comfortable. You are not training for the Olympics, but working towards your own everyday optimum. Yoga breathing, stretching and joint mobility exercises also help to prepare both mind and body. Your mental attitude is important, because no matter how fit you are, there will be added pressure from searing and freezing temperatures, muddy forest paths, unstable mountain scree slopes and camping on windy, rocky ridges. It is advisable to try wearing the warmer clothing you will need at altitude and carrying your pack, loaded with few liters of water and extra weight, so there will be no unpleasant surprises when you have to do it for real. Test yourself over a seven miles (ten kilometers) hill route, walking fast or even running. If you can do it in less than 105 minutes (15 minutes every mile), you are ready to enjoy every aspect of your Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expedition, as long as you do not tempt altitude sickness by trying to climb too high, too fast. “Pole-pole”, is the motto on the mountain in Kiswahili, “Slowly, slowly”. Take it easy and take time to look around and really appreciate what you have achieved.

Review Below Primary Strategies For A Successful Summit Of Kilimanjaro

To climb Kilimanjaro is not a serious mountaineering challenge. Children and pensioners have succeeded in reaching the summit whilst superbly fit athletes have failed. This is because there are two problems. Read More On Physical Aptness

Obviously, a family group with older children on a trekking excursion in northern Tanzania will need to look at different options from those of a group of superbly fit young mountaineers. Your body is designed to function best at ground level and reacts badly to rapid changes in air pressure. Read More On The Right Acclimatize Trek

You will need far more energy than you imagine climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You will be trekking in challenging conditions, up steep inclines and on difficult terrain for upwards of six hours a day in rapidly changing conditions. Read More On Highlands Vitality

It may seem extravagant to prepare to climb Mount Kilimanjaro by taking a prior highland hiking practice on Mount Meru. Not so. You will more than double your enjoyment, preserve your health and avoid extra expense incurred as a retrial should you fail in your Kilimanjaro summit bid on first attempt. Read More On Mount Meru Acclimatize

KILIMANJARO TREK GUIDE- HOME
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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.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB PRICES
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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.

OUR MOUNTAIN FAMILY TEAM
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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.

KILIMANJARO HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDE
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KILIMANJARO HIGH ALTITUDE 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.

FIVE ZONES OF KILIMANJARO
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FIVE ZONES OF KILIMANJARO

Review the 5 geographical, flora and fauna zones of Mount Kilimanjaro. The zones include the lower countryside slopes, montane forests, heathlands and moorlands, the towering alpine deserts and the arctic ice cap summit of the shinning mountain.

KILI GEOLOGY, HISTORY & TRIBES
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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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GUIDE ON KILIMANJARO PARK

Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains (a.ka the Western Kilimanjaro wilderness), offering an amazingly diverse series of fauna and habitats. It is a superlative destination for trekking.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • First off, we had the most amazing time ever and wanted to thank you very much. Tanzania proved without a doubt to meet all of our expectations. Every detail was thought of on our trip by AfricanMecca and were are all flawless.
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  • I booked my safari holiday through AfricanMecca. They were the most helpful company I have ever dealt with and I work within the travel industry. I had the most amazing time. The holiday went as clockwork with no hitches anywhere.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA

When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.

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