Rising 19,340 feet above sea level Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain.
Today, about 15,000 people attempt to climb Kilimanjaro each year, as a spiritual journey or as a personal challenge. This truly amazing experience will change your life and test your endurance.
What you need to know before you go:
Get Fit and Break in those Hiking Boots
Get physically fit, no need to be Superman fit, but be physically ready to make sure you reach the summit. Break in those hiking boots before you come or you will end up with blisters for feet.
Book in Advance
Make your reservations in advance and make sure everything is in place before you arrive. This will also give you a chance to see what equipment you can rent from the operator instead of having to schlep it with you.
Choose your Route
There are three popular routes; Machame, Rongai and Marangu. Each have their own pro’s and cons. Decide which one is best for you.
You will hear the Swahili phrase â€œpole poleâ€ a lot. It means to go slow and it is good advice or you may not reach the summit.
Be Mentally Prepared
This is definitely a mental as well as physical challenge. You should prepare yourself to endure this journey and the elements.
Tips on what to pack:
- Wet wipes
- Adequate sun protection
- Thermal flask
- Camera & Film
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