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Mount Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness

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Mount Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness is known as one of the worst health threats while climbing a high altitude. As Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of the African continent Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the biggest challenges every climber faces.

The highest peak of the mountain touches 5,895m height making it the highest free-standing peak in the world. Therefore Kilimanjaro Safety is the most important aspect of your climb. While climbing higher than 2000m almost 90% of the climbers feel Mount Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness . At the higher elevation usually the number of oxygen molecules per breath decreases.

So when someone attempts to trek the higher peak of a mountain without acclimatizing it causes a kind of fluid build up in the lungs and brain. Due to which during the Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro while oxygen level lowers the breathing gets faster and harder.

Due to faster breath heart-beat gets faster. The faster heartbeats cause fluid to leak from tiny blood vessels which result in a potentially dangerous fluid build-up in the lungs and the brain. For any serious ailment our Kilimanjaro Rescue operation is always ready to evacuate sick climbers.

Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness Symptoms should not be avoided and once the symptoms elevate and the climber does not recover, we start our emergency evacuation procedure and with the help of Kilimanjaro rangers, the climber is brought down in a stretcher, helicopter or a recue car depending on the severity of the health situation.

Some of the symptoms of Mount Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness are:

  • After reaching a specific height usually, the body starts reacting to the lower oxygen molecules.
  • It results in feeling some health issues like; mild headache, shortness in breath for few seconds or feeling little drowsy.
  • Sometimes these get worse like; a severe headache that doesn’t respond to painkillers, vomiting, exhaustion/ weakness, few people feel insomnia where few people feel excess sleepy.
  • Travelers can also feel clumsiness, faster heartbeat, hallucination, and gradual loss of consciousness.

Now the question arises – How to Avoid Altitude Sickness Kilimanjaro ? The most common reason for Kilimanjaro Acute Mountain Sickness is climbing the higher altitude in less time either to save money or time. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not something very easy thing to do, so before climbing your dream peak it is wiser to get ready for the challenges.

Reading about Health and Safety guidelines is recommended and don’t worry Kilimanjaro Rescue team is always there for you.

  • Walk high, sleep low : Before climbing this 5,895 m height it’s better if you can spend some time at some little higher altitude. It will help your body to get a little acquainted keen to the heights. Mount Meru Climb before Climbing Kilimanjaro is a good way to acclimatize your body. This will help you achieve highest Kilimanjaro Routes Success Rates.
  • Slow and steady : Pole Pole..!! That’s what you will listen to from your guide while trekking. Follow their words, and reach the summit. Slow down your speed, enjoy the scenic routes of the Kilimanjaro as well give your body to get acquainted with the high altitude. Don’t take smaller itineraries, it won’t allow you acclimatize properly which increases the chance of feeling AMS.
  • Drink much more water than you think you need : Drinking plenty of water or juice or any kind of fluid will help your body to stay hydrated as the higher altitude dehydrates your body. So staying hydrated will help your body to acclimatize quicker.
  • Eat And Sleep Properly: You need to eat sufficient at every meal, try to have some food loaded with energy and carbohydrate. Mostly on higher altitudes, trekkers don’t feel much hungry and don’t take food as much they need which drain their energy. So keep eating to balance your energy.
  • Diamox: It is recommended in the Altitude Sickness Tablets Kilimanjaro. This is one of the most useful Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness Treatment.

Finally, choose the best tour operator like Snow Africa Adventures for an amazing Kilimanjaro experience. We help you in Preventing Altitude Sickness Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to a great extent. We will tell you the Best Time To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro suiting your requirements. Our incredible Kilimanjaro Guides , porters and chefs to are very friendly, supportive and professional. They make you feel like a family.

So start planning your unforgettable Kilimanjaro tour with Snow Africa Adventures today. We promise with our dedicated and well articulated services you won’t be disappointed.

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Climbing FAQ

The iconic mountain which considered as the roof of Africa attracts more than 30,000 trekkers every year not only because of its height but also because of the panoramic view of the mountain. While Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not for the faint-hearted, but for many trekking enthusiasts, this is a dream to climb Kilimanjaro to touch the snow-capped summit.

Dry season from June to October and December to march has good scenery, good view and high percent of summit successful rate.

According to us. Lemosho is the best ascending Route while Machame route being the second and Rongai route being the third best route.

Kilimanjaro international Airport is the Kilimanjaro and safari gateway. You will be taken from there to Arusha City one or Moshi town one hour for overnight. The following day drive to Kilimanjaro mountain park gates.

You need layered clothing as it is chilling cold up on the summit and all gears from Kilimanjaro Climb Gear List .


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