Medical Checks

Like taking part in any other arduous sport or activity, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro should not be undertaken lightly or without the appropriate preparation. One of the first preparatory tasks should be a visit to your own GP to discuss if altitude trekking would be suitable for a person of your age and condition. They will be able to advise whether this is an experience you should embark on or not.

Apart from a general assessment of your own personal health and fitness, you should also check if you have any pre-existing medical conditions that can cause problems on such a climb. Check if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization. Ask whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines.

The minimum age for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old, but there is no maximum age limit. The climb however is strenuous and presents health risks, especially to people in high risk categories. Serious consideration should be given to carrying out the trek by anyone under the age of 18, or over the age of 60.

It is important that you prepare yourself physically for the trek beforehand by training correctly, eating a sensible, healthy and appropriate diet and having the relevant vaccinations.

Kilimanjaro Tours strongly recommend that you speak to your own GP before embarking on a trek or any training for one.

Kilimanjaro ToursIf you would like more information, or have any questions, please contact info@kilimanjarotours.co.uk or call Kilimanjaro Tours on 0800 081 9014