Climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s most highest point, can be quite dangerous because it takes a great deal of physical training and mental clarity. If you are interested in experiencing what it takes to get to the top of Kilimanjaro, it is best to do so with professionals such as those with Kandoo Adventures. They can ensure that you will reach the summit safely and have a great time while accomplishing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Before you head out on your trip, this article will provide you with some tips.
1. Be physically prepared
While climbing may not sound particularly challenging to you, it is still best to be prepared. Many tour guides recommend that you train your body weeks in advance of attempting this experience. Some ways that are helpful to train would include walking uphill with a heavy backpack on for an extended period of time. This will help to mimic the sensation you can expect to have while on your trek. If you do not have access to a large hill, consider wearing a backpack and working out on a stairmaster machine or a high incline treadmill. This can help simulate what you may feel on the trek. While it will not be exactly the same, it will help you prepare your body for an intense workout.
2. Be mentally prepared
If you are not accustomed to spending your days and nights in the outdoors, you may find it to be a challenge at first. Living on the mountain will be primitive and everyday luxuries like taking a shower or going to the bathroom indoors is not a viable option. It is best to mentally prepare yourself for having to use the bathroom outdoors, having to deal with a variety of bugs and other pests, or not being able to shower. While this may not seem like a big deal to you now, it may be a challenge for you in the moment. It is best to think about these things now and consider how you may handle uncomfortable situations. Being mentally prepared can help you avoid disappointment later on when you are on your trek.
3. Pick the best route for your abilities
There are many routes to choose from and you should pick the one that is best for your abilities. It is not the time to push yourself to the max and try to prove to yourself that you are a Navy Seal when in fact you are not. It is also important to understand that you will need to take your time and allow yourself at at least 7 days to trek the mountain.
4. Bring the right gear
There are many things you will need to be prepared for and one of the most important is your gear. Be sure to pay close attention to the equipment that you purchase for your feet as they are of utmost importance. Your feet will get you to the top of the mountain more so than any other part of your body. Be sure to have comfortable and durable hiking boots that are waterproof. Break them in before you arrive in Africa. It is also important to purchase a down coat that has about 65 fill of down. Do not forget to bring a Nalgene water bottle and a Camelbak brand water carrier. If you do not stay hydrated while on the mountain, you will not be successful in your endeavor.
And what about you? Have you ever thought of climbing a mountain?
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