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Climb Kilimanjaro, the ultimate guide

The thrill and excitement people that climb Kilimanjaro experience are immense and cannot be conveyed in form of words. Being located 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above the plains of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Africa. In fact this is one of the world’s tallest mountain peaks that are covered with thick snow and a dream destination for trekkers across the globe.

Mount Kilimanjaro treks get the unique opportunity to experience four entirely different climatic zones as they walk through this way to reach the summit. Although there are several routes that take you to this heaven on earth, Marungu and Rongai have been the most preferred ones. Trekking this mountain is quite tiresome and demand high levels of physical stamina and health conditions.

Few tips that can help you climb Kilimanjaro are mentioned below:

  • Your goal to conquer this tallest summit is achievable if and only if you hire an efficient tour operator. Mt Kilimanjaro treks would prove to be a smooth cake walk as long as the tour operator would take you through established routes and is familiar with the local conditions.
  • Jan- March and Sep-Oct months are ideal periods for Mount Kilimanjaro treks mainly because the weather conditions favour trekking. So make sure to book well in advance.
  • Get yourself physically fit and prepared before you jump into action on The Day. Get yourself a pair of hiking boots and do some hill and mountain hiking. This is proved to be the best way to prepare you for the long hike up on Kilimanjaro. Ensure you build some stamina and also take required medical tests to check your fitness levels. This is imperative since none of us would like to risk our lives at a place that is 18,000 feet above the ground level. Travel insurance is also one of the mandatory requirements for people who climb Kilimanjaro.
  • Ensure you carry everything that is required to withstand rough weather and varying temperatures. Although there are porters available to carry your bags and personnel gear in a duffel bag, pack your bags light as you also have the facility of hiring some equipment and clothing locally.
  • Design a route plan in such a way that you can complete your entire journey within a time span of 6-7 days. Marangu, Rongai, Machame, Shira and Limosho, all these take you to Kilimanjaro. However, Marangu and Rongai routes are relatively easy to trek. Also try and choose long routes when you climb Kilimanjaro as this will give you ample time to get used to the local climate and also start your summit during early hours of the day.
  • Heed slowly and cautiously and keep drinking lots of water. It is recommended to consume at least 4-5 liters of water a day. Do not worry as the mountain stream water is naturally cool and good suitable for consumption.
  • The toughest part of Mount Kilimanjaro trek is when you reach Uhuru peak and be determined while you trek this.

Time your journey and make sure you watch sunrise after reaching the summit.