7 Steps To Climb Kilimanjaro Part 1

by Razvan Jr - Date: 2010-07-17 - Word Count: 572 Share This!

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most popular mountains in the world thanks to its 19,336 feet peak, making it Africa's highest peak. What many people do not know is that it is the world's tallest mountain that can be summited by nearly all walks of life, sort of. We say "sort of" because you will be going through five distinct climatic areas if you want to reach the peak. In this article we will offer 7 important steps that will ease your attempt in reaching the peak of the Kilimanjaro.

1. Tour Operator - it is vital to find the best tour operator you can find which is why we strongly advise you to search thoroughly because this tour operator will be crucial to your attempt. Plus, you are permitted to climb the mountain only with an organized trek and through pre established routes. We advise you to not get cheap as the "very affordable" tour operators, will not help you very much, and it's usually the contrary.

2. Book Early -This will allow you to climb Kilimanjaro during the high season, which is in January-March and September-October. We advise you to visit it during the high season because during these months the weather is the mildest for climbing the mountain. While it can be climbed any day of the year, it can provide a more enjoyable experience if you're trekking beneath great weather.

3. Exercise - get in shape by climbing stairs, running, walking the dog, bicycling, or any other method that focuses on core strength and increasing aerobic capacity. You will need to get fit so that you will build up your stamina, crucial to any mountain climbing, and even more important for Kilimanjaro's altitude. We recommend that you get a medical checkup so that you will be 100% fit for your attempt. It is obligatory to get a travel insurance to protect the unforeseen circumstances that may occur during your expedition.

4. Equipment - make sure that you get everything that you will need but the weight must be cut down to a minimum so that your assigned porters will be within there required pack weight minimums. While packing, take into consideration the variations in temperature and the altitude. You must not worry about carrying the equipment because a porter will take up to 30 lbs of your personal gear in a duffel bag, the rest will be carried by you. You can rent some of the equipment as well as some clothing, but you may end up with a very small sleeping bag and a very large jacket! It's best to review the equipment list and be well prepared.

We will end the first part of the article by sharing a couple of tips regarding this great adventure upon you wish to embark. First of all, you need to know that a trek can cost from $2,500 to $5000 dollars per person. The fee will include food, guides, park fees, camping and transportation to/from the mountain. Get decent food, make sure that the porters and guides are well paid and of course, well trained. Last but not least, you need to learn more about AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness which normally gives climbers headaches, disorientation and nausea. If you feel any of the above, we recommend that you stop and descend.

Stay tuned for the second part of the article where we will be presenting the remaining 3 steps along with a couple of useful tips.

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