– You want to go to altitude
– You want adventure
– You will travel around the world to get it
– You want to challenge yourself
– Will you pay for it?
You pay for what you get. There are THREE things to consider when you are picking the right trekking company to travel with. I will list them and go into a discussion about them.
1). Pick the acclimatization schedule with extra days!
2). Be able to contact professional staff weekly, prior to the trip to get the best advice on how to prepare
3). Make sure the staff on the ground are being well looked after.
1). Most people know nothing or very little about how their bodies react at altitude, they also know very little about altitude, acclimatizing, how much you should go higher in any given day. They also trust the information provided to them. They shouldn’t trust the information and look out for companies who follow what everyone else is doing.
We are all different, some people adapt well, others don’t, so why sign up to a trek and have the same itinerary everyone else is doing. I will be more specific, out of all the thousands of people to attempt to climb Kilimanjaro over 50% of people fail………………. you might thing 50% didn’t train properly, or they were not that fit or they couldn’t suck up the pain. No they decided to save some money and climb in less days and did not make it to the summit of Kilimanjaro. That the goal, isn’t it?
They have spent Thousands of dollars to fly to Africa, Nepal, Peru, Europe, dedicating hours and hours of time to prepare gathering gear and equipment and training hard for months prior the the trip. People need to spend the extra dollars to do it right. If they decided to climb Kilimanjaro on an 8 day trip they would have over a 90% chance at making a safe and enjoyable climb. 4 and 5 day treks up Kilimanjaro are stupid, dangerous and what a waist of time.
People spend weeks and months preparing, do it right, add the extra days to your trek. The best companies have additional days built in at the critical acclimatization points based off research for your safety and want to give you the best possible chance at success, adventure and enjoyment. DO NOT SCRIMP ON ACCLIMATIZATION……..
2). Adventure is great, travelling the world, seeing amazing places, people and going places very few people ever venture. You need to prepare correctly so having access to people who have been on these adventures many times is key. Ask the company you sign up with everything. Reading random blog posts and internet reviews is not the way to go. Contact the trekking company and ask them all the questions you have. Good companies will have details dossiers, training advice and constant advice, training and preparation set up for you so you can gather the knowledge and information you need to undertake your chosen adventure. Use the extensive experience on offer and make sure you are getting the information you need when you need it.
3). You will find a lot of cheap pricing on the internet and if you are on a budget that’s fine. Just remember the cheaper companies are not paying their staff correctly, they are probably not insuring them and looking after them. You might think you can get a cheap deal and save some money but someone is getting stiffed. You have the privilege to go on these adventures and most of the people serving you live in the third world or in developing countries they need to be respected so cheaper trips doesn’t necessarily mean better or right for the local people. We have a duty to build up these people and places so consider them when you decide to go on a budget internet deal that looks great.
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