Mt Kilimanjaro is one of the most majestic and awe inspiring mountains in the world. Its snowy peak is visible from the hot savannah below, and many people visit Tanzania each year on Africa tours to attempt to scale its peak.
However, despite having a reputation for one of the easiest climbs for such a high mountain, many people go unprepared and face difficulties as a result. Now, Tucan Travel, which provides a variety of Africa tours, has listed some tips for anyone who is considering taking on the mighty Kilimanjaro. These tips include:
- Altitude can become a serious problem while climbing Kilimanjaro, so it is a good idea to acclimatise to the region for a week or so before attempting to climb it. It is also a good idea to attempt a smaller mountain first, such as nearby Mt Meru, as this will provide further acclimatisation.
- Even the ‘easier’ routes to the peak of Kilimanjaro are hard work, and a good degree of physical fitness is required to avoid any problems. People who are planning to climb it should carry out some basic training in advance to arrive in good shape.
- Kilimanjaro can be scaled quite quickly, but people without any experience should try to take it slower on a five or six day hike to avoid problems with the altitude.
- Although it is hot at ground level, conditions are freezing at the peak. Warm weather gear will therefore be absolutely necessary.
- For the best view from the peak, try to arrive at sunrise. This will mean beginning the final push in the middle of the night, but is well worth it.
Kilimanjaro is a very popular attraction for people going on Africa tours, but travellers should follow these simple tips to enjoy the best experience when they arrive.
More information on climbing Kilimanjaro, and other Africa tours, can be found at http://www.tucantravel.com or by calling +61 2 9326 6633.