Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Choose the season and route carefully
There are over seven known routes. However, the majority of climbers choose three routes. For instance, Rongai route will take about five days, and you approach the mountain from east. When you compare it with the other two, you will realize that this route lacks a lot as far as scenery is concerned. Lemosho route is considered to be the best in providing scenic journey, and it will take about nine days. Also, it has a high success rate.
As far as seasons are concerned, rainy seasons are two. First, March to end of May and then November to end of January. The fact that northern slopes are drier than the south makes the Rongai the best during rainy seasons. Moreover, you will experience sleet and snow when you reach high up the mountain.
It is necessary to choose an operator who offers a private tent with a toilet. Always select a tour operator that offers you a waterproof, zippered, and portable bathroom tent. You may not realize how important it is until you start your climbing journey.
Weigh your bags
The rule of the thumb is that no one climbing a mountain should carry more than 15 kg per bag. This rule is strictly enforced. If your bag is weighing more than 15 kg, you will be required to pay for an extra on. This is because they want to protect porters from carrying heavy loads. Things that you need on a daily basis such as cameras can be accommodated in your day bag. This bag needs to be less than 5 kg.
It is not a must to be “super fit” to climb. However, you need to have an acceptable level of fitness and health. Thus, you do not need to be a world marathon runner to climb the mountain. A lot of people find it quite difficult to get to the top because they strain a lot during early stages of climbing. You need to give yourself some time to acclimatize.
Water is vital when climbing. Also, it helps you to acclimatize. You will be offered at least three liters per day. Remember that dehydration can cause various illnesses. Thus, you need to ensure you remain hydrated at all times. Otherwise, you will suffer headaches.
Respect the mountain
You should never take the task of climbing the mountain lightly. In fact, the activity is quite demanding and gets more difficult as you move up.