There’s no doubt that a Kilimanjaro tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail – so you need to know all there is to know about altitude sickness before you go.
This can actually occur in some people as low as 8,000 feet so you do need to bear this in mind – and remember that it is more common in fitter people because they’re more likely to want to race to the top. However, you need to make sure you give your body time to acclimatise to the changes in altitude so planning a longer ascent is always advisable.
Symptoms of altitude sickness include headaches, nausea and dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite and disturbed sleep.
You can help prevent the problem if you plan your Kilimanjaro trek carefully. For example, if you climb above 3,000 metres you should only increase your altitude by 300 metres a day and include rest days to allow yourself to acclimatise properly.
Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids as you climb and don’t overexert yourself as you go. Keep in close contact with the others in your party as people acclimatise differently and you don’t want someone in your camp to suffer, even if you’re doing fine.
Training for the hike is also essential so make sure you’ve put in a few practice walks to really ready yourself for the challenges you’re going to face. Get in touch with us here at Kilimanjaro Tours to find out more.