Mount Kilimanjaro climbing is an ultimate challenge of life for both first time and regular climbers.Weather gradually changes while you are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and might start experiencing altitude sickness. When your body fails to adapt quickly enough to reduced level of oxygen in the air as you gain altitude, you will suffer to altitude sickness. It is more likely that you will experience some form of mild altitude sickness when climbing a high mountain.
When suffering from altitude sickness you will experience the following symptoms – nausea,light-headedness, headaches, sleeplessness , loss of appetite, loss of balance and dizziness, however these sicknesses can be controlled by light painkillers in most cases. Light pain killers such as panadol, tylanol and others which are available can do the job.
All Kilitop Mountain guides have undergone extensive training in wilderness medicine and can easily identify these conditions and offer advice. As a climber, you are also advised to inform your guide of any change that they feel in their bodies.
As professional in Mountain climbing, we highly recommend that you seek medical advice before you attempt your Kilimanjaro trek to know whether you are fit enough. Once you have been found to be fit to attempt the climb, you can start light training to prepare yourself. Taking a travel insurance is also recommended, whether it’s your trip, your possessions, your luggage, or your health, travel insurance — and most important, the right kind of travel insurance — has become an essential item to pack for smart travelers. And if you don’t buy travel insurance — or the right kind — more than your trip could be ruined.
Some Useful Tips
Drink lots and eat much: To successfully accomplish your mission of reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, we recommend that you drink as much water as you can, we suggest at least 3 liters per day or more. Conditions on the mountains can make you lose your appetite, however you have to try to eat a balanced diet as much as possible to generate the energy you need for the climb. Our mountain cooks are well trained and prepare palatable diet for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
-Your walking pace should be slow (Pole Pole): To take full advantage of acclimatization, it is recommended that you walk in a slow pace to maximize your chances of summiting.
-Accommodation on the mountain: In all the official Mount Kilimanjaro routes with exception of Marangu where accommodation is on park huts. You have to stay in designated camping sites, Kilitop and Safaris will provide all the camping equipment but you have to bring your own personal climbing gear such sleeping bag, walking stick, clothing e.t.c.
-To enhance your chances of reaching the summit, our itineraries have been designed in such a way that you have to trick your body by walking to high altitude and then descending top a lower altitude, this is referred to as acclimatization.
-All our Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions are accompanied by our knowledgeable and experienced Mountain guides and other crew who are allocated to each climb 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.
Kilimanjaro Mountain Rescue
In the unlikely event that one of our climbers is injured or fall seriously ill, we have a well detailed emergency rescue plan in place that has to be followed by our mountain crew. We also get flying doctors membership to all our climbers so that that seriously ill climbers can be evacuated from the mountain by a helicopter ambulance(weather permitting) and transferred to some of the best medical facilities in East Africa. After admission at the hospitals our office then communicates with the climbers travel insurance to settle the medical bills
For more information about the Air Ambulance please read this website: http://www.amref.org