The Quest of Glory: Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

Mount Kilimanjaro Hike
15
Oct
  Blog

The Quest of Glory: Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

There is something magical about Climbing Kilimanjaro; hence 30,000+ trekkers are trying to summit this majestic height every year. However, Kilimanjaro hike needs no expertise mountaineering skill but undoubtedly one of the most challenging peaks of the African Continent.

The routes of the mountain are though quite challenging but can be conquered by working out on a few factors. Here are a few of the factors you should take care of during your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike to make it a successful climb to the summit.

Choosing the Right Season

Right Season For Kilimanjaro Hike

Being the highest peak of the African Continent acquiring 5,895m height, Kilimanjaro is one of the unique mountains that go through 5 climatic zones. The mountain lies just next to the equator hence it changes its climate very frequently. So choosing suitable weather has an important effect on your hiking journey.   

The preferable weather for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the dry season as in the wet season mountain trail-ways became slippery. The heavy downpour makes the hiking very hard, so the dry season is more preferable. January-March and June-October are usually considered as the dry season and the best time for Kilimanjaro hike with less rainfall and fewer snows fall.

Deciding the Route

Deciding the Kilimanjaro Route

Choosing a suitable route is one of the most crucial parts of your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike plan. Deciding the best route according to your physical stamina is a true task. However, there are 5 prime routes to ascend the mountain here we present the best route that provides more chances to get success.

Machame Route- More popularly known as the Whisky Route; Machame is one of the most popular routes of Kilimanjaro. The route is one of the oldest routes of the mountain and highly appreciated between the trekkers as it’s one of the most successful routes of Kilimanjaro.

However, the route is more preferable for the fit people or those who have some hiking experience but it offers a great acclimatizing opportunity. The route offers 85% success.

Lemosho Route- Titled as the most panoramic route of the mountain, Lemosho is one of the newer routes of the mountain. The route is approximately 42 miles from the gate to the gate. The route offers a great acclimatizing opportunity with a 7 to 8 days itinerary.

The route offers a 95% success rate.

Northern Circuit Route- The route is one of the best routes of Kilimanjaro that offers 360-degree views of the mountain. The route offers a high success rate with its 9 days climbing itinerary.    

This route offers a nearly 95% success rate.

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Opting for the Right Tour Operator

The most important and crucial part of planning for Climbing Kilimanjaro is choosing the right trekking operator. There are thousands of tour operators you can find while searching for Kilimanjaro trekking operator. But choosing the right one is a real challenge. Here are few tips to consider while looking for a trekking operator;

  • Prefer a local operator
  • Make sure they have all the needed certificates
  • Make sure they follow all the rules of TANAPA
  • Don’t go for cheap packages that will ultimately give you a worse climbing experience

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Exercise Well for Trekking

Exercise Well for Trekking

Exercise well is what is highly advised. A good physical fitness can lead you to the peak of Kilimanjaro successfully. Here are few tricks and tips for doing needed exercise;

 Aerobic training:-

  • Long-distance jogging
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Walking

Strength Training:-

  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Front and Reverse Leg-curls (thigh muscle and hamstrings)
  • Step aerobics
  • Sit-ups
  • Kettle-bell rows / swings
  • Shoulder presses
  • Back and shoulder flies
  • Short hiking

Following a Right Diet

Following a Right Diet

Diet is another important aspect to take into consideration while climbing Kilimanjaro. During your Kilimanjaro Climbing make sure to have a healthy diet that includes a lot of carbohydrates to give your body enough energy.

A day on Kilimanjaro includes 4 meals;

Breakfast- mostly provided porridge, sausage, eggs, and toast with marmalade or jam

Lunch- these are mostly packed lunch that includes boiled egg, sandwiches, a portion of chicken, crisps, snack bar, fresh fruit, and a drink.

Afternoon snacks- peanuts, popcorn, biscuits and snacks with tea

Dinner- Dinners usually have chicken curry, spaghetti bolognese, fresh vegetables, and plenty of rice, pasta or potatoes, followed by a yummy dessert such as pancakes or banana fritters.

Stay Motivated

Stay Motivated

One thing that is needed to boost yourself is your mental stamina. As the mountain is so challenging that sometimes at the mid-way many of the climbers quit the hiking, hence it is advisable to hike in groups. 

You can keep some motivated music tracks to boost your energy-

  • “Africa” by Toto
  • “Anyway” by Martina McBride
  • “Beautiful Life” by Nick Fradiani
  • “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
  • “Brave” by Sara Bareilles
  • “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis
  • “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Travelling Tips

Only preparing for Climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t enough to make sure you prepare well for the journey too. A hassle-free journey can boost your energy to a superb level-

Getting your flight booked

Get your flight booked prior to avoid paying huge amount of air-fare. There are many international flight operators flying to Kilimanjaro, few are as follows-

  • Emirates flights          
  • Ethiopian Airlines flights     
  • Turkish Airlines flights
  • Qatar Airways flights 
  • flydubai flights           
  • RwandAir flights
  • KLM flights    
  • Kenya Airways flights

Organising VISA and other Useful documents

Visa and Passport are 2 important documents to keep ready before flying to any overseas country. Apart from a few countries, all other countries citizen needs to have Visa to enter Tanzania. 

Passport- makes sure it has 6 months of validity from the date you are entering the country Visa. Visa can be applied and acquired through online. Once you give your details and apply online you will get the confirmation within 48 hours and you can collect the visa at the airport upon your arrival. 

Consult your doctor and Take Required Vaccinations

Consult your doctor and Take Required Vaccinations

It’s highly advisable to meet your physician once before flying for Tanzania. Make sure you take all the needed vaccinations before entering the country. As the country is a high Malaria prone area it’s recommended to take precautions for malaria. A yellow fever card is also recommended for entering the country so make sure to take the vaccination. Apart from this just check with your doctor what else vaccination is needed.

Apart from all these make sure you get the right gears and high mental stamina to meet all the challenges. During Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing make sure to hike slow and steady at your own pace. Just take care of these facts mentioned above and have a great time on your Kilimanjaro hike; that is a dream for many.

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