Here are some things learned climbing Kilimanjaro for the 25th time. The main one is I am still shocked that very few people know anything about going to low oxygen environments. Going to extreme altitude above 5,500m / 18,000 feet is potentially very dangerous and you need to be informed.
1). So many people know nothing about going to high altitude
It is an amazing personal achievement for me to climb Kilimanjaro 25 times. My goal is to climb Kilimanjaro 50 times and help raise funds for the work of Fields of Life in East Africa. Some have been easier than others but once I have 8 days on the mountain and train 5/6 days a week I give myself the best chance. When I don’t have enough time to train and prepare I definitely notice the difference. So come prepared. Understand altitude, understand pacing, breathing and work hard in your training so you can enjoy not endure the Kilimanjaro climbing experience. We can help you.
2). You need to come trained and ready to climb Kilimanjaro
With more and more people going to climb Kilimanjaro with less and less training and preparation it certainly is a massive risk to yourself, staff and safety on the mountain. I highly recommend that everyone spends 8 days on the mountain and I suggest you use the Lemosho route which gives the most scenic views of Kilimanjaro. I have climbed Kilimanjaro in 5, 6, 7 and 8 days and really 8 days in needed to give yourself the best chance at success. Once you have made the smart decision to climb over 8 days you need to physically prepared. You need to be training 5 days a week, giving specific attention your your core, quads, calf’s and overall body strength. You need to be training 8 to 10 hours per week including one longer session with weighted pack packs. Here is the training I recommend. Feel free to call me and lets chat.
3). It was warm high on Kilimanjaro this time
Over recent years, 2010 to 2017 I have noticed the temperatures have been a warmer on summit night. The coldest temperature we experienced was -12 Celsius and on this climb the coldest temperature was – 4 Celsius and once the sun came up it warmed up quickly as was above freezing by 9am in the morning. We had one person over heat on the summit night so regulating your temperature is really important on the summit night. The glaciers are getting smaller and smaller each year and soon they will be gone. Read more about the best time to climb Kilimanjaro.
4). Read my Top 10 Tips for climbing Kilimanjaro
We wrote these top 10 tips 5 years ago and they are more relevant than ever. If you want to be successful climbing Kilimanjaro you will implement these tips and you will give yourself the best chance at safely and successfully reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.
5). Hydration is so, so important at high altitude on Kilimanjaro
We can not stress enough how important it is to pre-hydrate and stay in a well hydrated state while climbing Kilimanjaro. LEARN MORE and why hydration is critical at high altitude. This is not optional it is mandatory.
6). Pick more acclimatization climbing Kilimanjaro
i witnessed a lot of groups trying to climb in 6 and 7 days and people struggled to cope the long days and quick ascent to high altitude. Picking an itinerary with more days gives your body to better adapt to lower levels of oxygen and gives you a safer passage to extreme altitude above 5,500m/ 18,000 feet. We can help you get trained and ready for your 2018 and 2019 climbs.
Things learned climbing Kilimanjaro for the 25th time is based off a wide range of information working with a range of people over numerous routes and days spent on the mountain.