TIPS FOR CLIMBERS
A: Physical Fitness
Although Kilimanjaro is not a technical mountain climb, it is a major challenge, and you shouldn’t underestimate the rigors of attitude. Remember that the Uhuru peak is 500m (1,640 ft) higher than the Everest Base camp! The pace of your ascent coupled with good acclimatization will help you on the climb, but it is essential to be mentally and physically prepared before you start. The regular hike is one of the best ways to prepare, increasing frequency and length, as you get closer to the trek. All aerobic exercises such as cycling, running, swimming, and aerobics classes are good for strengthening the cardiovascular system. Any exercise that increases your heart rate for 20 minutes is helpful but don’t overdo it just before the climb.
B: ALTITUDE AND ACCLIMATIZATION
Altitude are generally defined as follows
- High altitude 2,400m – 4,200m (8,000 ft – 13,800ft)
- Very Higher altitude 4,200m – 5,400m (13,800ft-17,700ft)
- Extreme altitude above 5400 m (17,700ft) Uhuru peak is 5895m/19,340ft
It is likely that all climber will experience some form of mild altitude sickness during the Kilimanjaro climb.it is caused by the failure if the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at on increased altitude. There are many different symptoms, but the most common are headache, light-headedness, noises, loss of appetite tingling in toes and fingers these mild forms are not serious and will be normal disappear within 48 hours.