The old saying is that ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ This can hardly be more true than when you are taking on a challenge such as Kilimanjaro. Start your pre-climb training early, then build it up gradually. There is lots to consider here. When should I start, what activities should I be doing? Should I train alone, or get specialist help? What about my diet ?
Everyone is different, so there is no single correct answer. But simply ‘doing nothing’ is not an option. The day after you have decided to climb, that’s the day to begin your training!
It’s fair to say, the effects of high altitude are one of people’s biggest worries on a Kilimanjaro climb. Nobody can guarantee that you won’t suffer from altitude sickness, and no preparation can guarantee that it won’t affect you.
But by choosing a responsible operator you will significantly reduce your chances of suffering, and by following their advice you will adapt and acclimatize as best as possible to the conditions at altitude.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is tough – not dangerous, but it needs to be treated with respect. And that involves consulting with an expert – your doctor – to make sure that you’re fit and good to go.
There are no shortcuts with this, you need to know if there’s any condition that might hamper the progress of your journey to the summit. And we at Easy Travel need to know of any medical conditions you may have.
Don’t take any chances with your trip. It is crucial to ensure that you are up-to-date with vaccines when you visit.
And don’t leave your vaccine planning until the last minute – you should be checking your vaccine status and thinking about what you need, well before your departure date. And if you are not sure, do consult your doctor or vaccination clinic.
There are many good reasons for having good travel insurance, but to book a trip with us, it is an absolute requirement.
And because this is a specialist trip, on which you will climb to nearly 6,000 metres, it is not enough to have an ordinary travel insurance policy. In particular, you need to be specifically covered for high-altitude risks.
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