A trip of those that you do not forget is a demanding experience but once it is over, it leaves you with an insurmountable taste. In combination with a week in Zanzibar is plan 10. There are people who say, Pay for going to suffer? It is clear that if that question resonates in your head it is not your trip. The mountain has that; it is not for everyone, but for a more mental than physical issue. The Kilimanjaro is a demanding mountain but it has the advantage of being technically very easy, it is not necessary any knowledge in mountaineering, nor any material typical of mountaineering. So if you’re reading these lines you’re probably getting bitten by the bug to try it.
Why climb the Kilimanjaro?
The truth is that for this there is not much response, if you like the mountain the answer is very simple; it will be an experience that you will not forget in life. If you do not like the mountain, I think it’s not your trip. The summit day is quite demanding and there comes a time when you go higher with your head than with your body, so it has to be something that moves you and makes you climb even when you do not have even a gram of energy left. For Climbing Kilimanjaro this is what you need to keep in mind.
Only for this moment, it is worth all the evils of the world
Is the ascension hard?
We went up the Rongai route, it is not the hardest, but it is not the best to acclimatize. The first days we honestly did not seem at all difficult (I’m not exactly in shape), it climbs very slowly and you arrive like a rose at the end of the stage.
That’s right the summit day is one of those that you do not forget in life, it’s hard, really hard, but not impossible either. We repeat we are not in shape and we did it, very tired but we got it. Simply that the day of summit many factors come together: accumulated fatigue, height, cold, the summit stage is made completely at night starting at 23:30 at night or so. All these factors make the attack to the summit a demanding day, but as we say not impossible, nor do you need to be an overqualified mountaineer, but neither a vermin of sofa.
If you really dream of uploading it, go ahead, the head works miracles, but with common sense, if you exhaust yourself climbing the slope of your town, it is better that you change your plans.
Do you need a lot of training?
It is more important to train the mind than the body, which obviously must meet a minimum. If you are able to climb 1000mts of altitude without dying in the attempt, you can climb Kilimanjaro. The stages do not usually overcome this gap (at least for the Rongai) so it is like climbing a hill a day.
Does altitude sickness really affect?
This is the great unknown of this trip, altitude sickness is something that does not have a pattern, each organism reacts in a way. We did not have any problem except the suffocation if you try to do something fast. The guides are aware of this and make you climb from the first day to a turtle rhythm that comes to surprise at first, but it helps a lot that height is not a problem.