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Our Top 50 Tips for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
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Our Top 50 Tips for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
2). Have the best acclimatization. We recommend a minimum of 8 days on the mountain. More acclimatization means a safer climb. It also means an easier ride for the porters and it also means you will enjoy your Kilimanjaro experience so much more.
3). Train, train, train. You need to come fully prepared for this challenge of a lifetime. Kilimanjaro is highly underestimated by so many people. You do need to train, you do need to come fully prepared to get the most out of your Kilimanjaro climb.
4). Chose the right gear. We have the most watched Kilimanjaro packing video on You Tube. WATCH IT HERE. If you sign up to one of our Kilimanjaro climbs we send out a 45 page document with an itemized kit list for climbing Kilimanjaro.
5). Have the right trekking boots for your Kilimanjaro climb. Your boots need to be warm and well insulated with excellent ankle support.
6). Make sure you have the best guides. All our guides have gone through rigorous training and we have continual training available to them on the ground from our full time staff who are based in Arusha.
7). Make sure you pick a team who have their own full time staff on the ground. We have our own Ian Taylor Trekking staff on the ground in support of your climb. We invest in our staff, sending them to college and invest in them continually.
8). You need access to professional Kilimanjaro guides 5 days a week prior to your climb. Make sure you are getting all the up to date information on how to plan and prepare correctly for your Kilimanjaro climb.
9). Have the more staff on the mountain in support of your Kilimanjaro climb.
10). Have a security team as part of your Kilimanjaro trip. I have seen and heard of so many tents being robbed and items of clothing getting stolen. You need a security team to protect your valuables. We have 3 security guards for each team going up and down the mountain.
11). Have quality tents in place. We use Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 tents. These are 4 person tents for 2 people. They are warmer, more spacious and more comfortable. Remember you spend a lot of time in these tents. We also use a Mountain Hardwear Dome Tent with comfortable camping seats.
12). Have a professional chef preparing high quality food. We have 3, 3 course hot meals each day on the mountain. Our food and food menu is specifically designed to match the needs of each day climbing Kilimanjaro. Check out our food menu for your Kilimanjaro climbs.
13). Do some mental preparation for the climb. Kilimanjaro demands respect. You can gain mental strength from your physical training. Give yourself the confidence and belief you can make it up and down the mountain.
14). Be prepared for the outdoors. Do some camping prior to the trip. Test your sleeping bag, thermarest and make sure you are comfortable and warm using them.
15). Check each piece of gear you are bringing on the mountain and make sure it fits, works and makes sense to bring.
16). Make sure your team have oxygen with the group at all times on your way up Kilimanjaro. Make sure you have the right gloves.
17). Break in your Trekking boots. You do not want blisters on your feet at any stage of this trip.
18). Make sure your team have a satellite communications device on our climb.
19). Have 1 to 1 support for your summit night and summit attempt up Kilimanjaro.
20). Pre hydrate before you come on the Kilimanjaro climb.
21). Have your own portable team toilets in each camp site.
22). Make sure you are drinking 4 to 5 liters of water per day up and down the mountain. Hydration is critical for a successful climb up Kilimanjaro.
23). Make sure you have a cover for the nozzle of your camel bak hydration system. You do not want dust or dirt building up on your hydration device.
24). Make sure you bring hydration salts and hyper hydration sachets
25). Make sure you bring a multi-vitamin for each day on the climb.
26). Consider bringing Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex and Garlic. You should be taking these in your training and in the lead up to the trip. A strong immune system is really important.
27). Do not show up sick for your Kilimanjaro climb. Activate your insurance and reschedule. You run the risk of getting other people sick and ruining their once in a lifetime trip. Also if your immune system is weak you run the risk of getting much worse and limits your chances of reaching the summit.
28). Make sure your team have a number of oxygen cylinders with the group at all times on your way up Kilimanjaro.
29). Take Diamox on Kilimanjaro from start to finish. Always consult your own Doctor, our doctors recommend 125mg morning and 125mg late afternoon. This can vary on the person, symptoms and a range of factors. Make sure you are not allergic to sulfa’s.
30). If you are not keen on taking diamox, there are a few alternatives to taking diamox. Remember there is no substitute for good acclimatization.
31). If you want to limit your chances of fatigue. You need to travel with professional guides who know how to pace each day of the trip perfectly. Pacing at high altitude is critical to success. I personally believe having the right pace each day if one of the most important elements of a safe and successful journey up and down Mount Kilimanjaro.
32). Stay out of the sun as much as possible. With limited UV protection in low oxygen environments you need to be protected from the harsh rays of the sun. Use a brimmed hat, use factor 50 sun screen. If you get burned you add to the list of problems you can have on the side of a high altitude mountain like Kilimanjaro.
33). Our food and menu is second to none on Kilimanjaro, but you might want to consider additional protein bars for each day. I like a very small bag of trail mix on the summit night along with a couple of packets of Clif shot bloks.
34). Bring a battery pack. I use a Ravpower bank 22000 mah/ 83.6 wh
35). Bring a solar panel. I use a Solpro Helios Smart.
36). You need to wear a hat and sunglasses at all times. Protect your eyes from the sun especially if there is snow on the ground.
37). Make sure you sleep with batteries and your phone. I have built in a compartment to hold batteries and my phone which I take most of my pictures and video on. You want to keep these items as warm as possible.
38). Bring some dry bags to separate your gear. I have my socks and underwear (merino wool) in a separate bag. I then separate summit gear and try and separate my gear into what I need on a daily basis. Keep a separate bag for dirty cloths.
39). Bring some plastic bags for your camp shoes and keep dirt off the rest of your gear. If you are walking around camp you will pick up dirt and dust and you want to keep this off the rest of your gear and out of our bag.
40). Make sure you use your trekking poles. You will need them each day and I highly recommend them on all down hill sections of the trip.
41). Have a separate set of cloths for sleeping. Always keep 1 pair of socks to change into when you arrive into camp and use these socks while you are in camp.
42). Fill your Nalgene bottle each night with boiling water and but into your sleeping bag.
43). If you are cold in your sleeping bag but your your down jacket down in by your feet or wherever you are cold. It will add additional warmth.
44). Dry Shampoo can be useful along with some soap. You will receive hot water each day on arrival in camp and you may want to wash your hair. You may just want to stay with the baby wipe shower.
45). Make sure you trim your toenails before the trip. You can also consider bringing a nail brush for your finger nails.
46). Focus on one day at a time, don’t be thinking too much about the summit. The journey is far more important than the destination. This experience might just change your life so be present, enjoy each day as it comes.
47). Get your tent in order and get a routine in place for how you want to manage your tent. Once I arrive in camp I like to get into the tent, set out my air mattress and sleeping bag. If you bring an inflatable pillow get it blown up. Change into my camp clothing, new socks, layers and do a quick wash. I then get my toilet paper out, toiletries lined up and get my head torch in the same place. It is good to get into a routine.
48). Have the right attitude to what you are going to experience on Kilimanjaro. Be relaxed and calm at all times. One the biggest lessons I learned climbing Mount Everest and leading over 100 expeditions around the world is the more relaxed you are the better you will climb.
49). Get to know the staff and listen to their stories. All of our team have a story to tell and they are always looking to improve their English.
50). Here are 20 reasons you should pick Ian Taylor Trekking for your Kilimanjaro climb.