Planning For the Adventure of a Lifetime: Preparing to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

June 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

For this once in a lifetime experience, careful planning is key. As you prepare to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain the world, it’s important to consider carefully what each stage of your trip will require.

This mountain challenges thousands of people a year, not all of whom succeed in reaching the top. Here are a few planning tips to increase your chances at summiting this peak.

Preparing for Your Trip

Every time of year offers a unique experience of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, so consider what you most want out of your adventure. For instance, February is one of the warmest months with some of the clearest views, while July through September it is often more dry and cooler.

You should try to arrive in Tanzania at least a day before heading to Kilimanjaro, and plan to stay at least a day after your climb, time enough to refresh and recover both from traveling to Africa and from the exhaustion of your hike.

Of course, just to get to Tanzania there are various documents you will need to have prepared, particularly your passport and a visa. Be sure to include your immunization papers and any insurance documents, as well as the receipt for your trip.

Packing

Pack lots of layering clothing that you can add and remove as you pass through the different ecosystems and experience rapid changes in elevation. Include items that are made of breathable, moisture-wicking fabric, and be sure to include protective gear such as hats, bandanas, gloves, sunglasses, and a poncho. Invest in quality hiking boots, warm, waterproof, and broken-in, and bring thick socks–your feet are your best friends on this trek!

A sleeping bag that is lined for warmth and appropriate for all seasons is a must. Trekking poles can help steady your way, and a head lamp–with batteries–will allow you to see at night, whether climbing or around the camp. Bring a large water bottle and even a water bladder (such as a Camelbak) to be certain that will you stay hydrated all through the climb. Research water filtration tablets as well, for an easy way to ensure clean drinking water.

Miscellaneous

Think of what is necessary for an extended camping trip and many days in the sun. You will need plenty of sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, hand sanitizer, a First Aid kit, and any prescriptions you have. Ideally you will also bring snacks to fuel you on the way, a camera for lots of photo opportunities, and any toiletries that you can’t do without.

Pack most of your items in a duffel bag, which the porters will carry up the hill for you. Keep all of the personal gear in a daypack, easily accessible for things that you will need as you climb.

Prepare to bring the essentials, but pack light! The most common mistake climbers make is to bring way too much stuff.

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