Planning the mount Kilimanjaro trip
Planning Kilimanjaro climb with Kilimanjaro Brothers prepare earlier the necessary gears for your Mount Kilimanjaro climbing at a high altitude. Bring those items that are not optional but essential for your comfort, safety and enjoyable climbing.
It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of Mount Kilimanjaro.
It is possible to summit Kilimanjaro successfully, before you have succeeded this should be topmost in your mind when preparing for the summit attempt.
You should always remain in a positive state of mind, planning now Kilimanjaro with Kilimanjaro Brothers.
Make sure that you have adequate travel and medical insurance in Kilimanjaro.
Go slowly as it’s very important to ensure you enjoy the scenery and time you give your body to acclimatize.
Drinking enough water
Make sure that you drink at least 3 – 4 litres of liquid a day – preferably water.
Walk high-sleep low.
Walk high- sleep low” Try during the hike or after arriving to the designated camps as is essential on your acclimatization day.
Climb as lightly as possible; this becomes even more important on your summit night. Extra weight will slow you down and will also make breathing more difficult.
You need to take enough clothing and packed items should be wrapped in plastic bags to prevent them from getting wet in case of rain.
You needs underwear, thermal hiking socks, gloves and mittens, warm head protection, rain coat, sunglasses and sun protection cream and hiking boots and a walking stick.
Choose the outer jacket that keeps you keeping you warm, protect you at temperatures of as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius, keep the wind out and yet still “breath” Other clothing like shorts, sweaters and T-shirts are strongly recommended, especially during hiking on the lower slopes, when the day temperatures are still high.
The only way to ensure that you are dressed warmly is to follow the principal of wearing the correct clothing layers, starting from against the body.
Accute Mountain sickness(AMS)
AMS commonly affects people at high altitude, Be sure to prepare well and seek medical advise.
Malaria occurs below 1800 meters and you should use the recommended prophylactics. Please consult your doctor about these. Currently, there are various preventative medication products available which will be effective against the malaria strains currently found in Tanzania.
Women using oral contraceptives should consult their physicians before using prophylactics.
Other useful tips
There is no washing water at Barafu, Kibo and Arrow Glacier camps. Wet Wipes are very useful.
Take enough snacks like energy bars etc. Avoid the toffee like energy bars as they get very hard and difficult to eat in low temperatures but rather but the cereal type energy bars.
Wear a good quality pair of sunglasses (with UV protection) and use adequate sun protection cream with a protection factor of at least 20+.
Use a thermal flask for your water on the summit night, other water bottles might freeze solid.
Taking pictures with a fully automatic camera at the summit of Kilimanjaro is possible, and most people do this. Keep safe your battery in your camera when going into cold areas at high altitude. A mechanical camera works just as well, provided you have the knowledge to operate it successfully. Cameras exposed to cold do not cease functioning, but remember that if you keep your camera inside your jacket and the lens becomes warm, chances are that it will form condensation when suddenly exposed to extreme cold. This condensation will freeze under conditions at the summit. Therefore, keep your camera dry at all times. Moisture freeze at the summit WILL cause your camera to stop functioning if its not kept dry at all times.
ASA 200 film is good for taking photographs in relatively little light. You might reach the summit just before sunrise and may not wish to wait due to the altitude and the cold. After sunrise, film with ASA 200 or 100 are fine. There are numerous classic photo opportunities, some of which are only available in low light conditions. If you can, and if you are a serious photographer, we recommend that you take a small, portable tri-pod with you. Also remember that it is sometimes so cold that you cannot hold the camera steady.
we recommend that you be on the safe-side and use water purification tablets before drinking or using purification pumps
Mount Kilimanjaro Trails
For Mount Kilimanjaro, climbing trails are well marked and maintained periodically. No technical skill required to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, but only some sports like Machame trail at Barranco wall where you need to scramble a bit for about an hour from 13,000 feet to 14,000 feet, top of Barranco wall.