The world-famous Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano situated in Tanzania and is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park. There are seven official trekking routes to ascend and descend Kilimanjaro: Lemosho, Lemosho Western-Breach, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe, which take about six to eight days to complete. Among the seven paths, Rongai is the most accessible trekking road and the best fit for beginners and first-timers. Even though there are several trekking route options to choose from, the hike up can be tough. With the proper preparation and dedication, you can face any kind of challenge. Here is a guide on how you can prepare for your hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Know the Best Time to Climb
The ideal time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is when there is little to no rain. January and February are the warmest months in Tanzania. In contrast, the driest months are from August to October.
Train for the Challenging Hike
If you aren’t a professional or experienced hiker, it would be best to train for the hike months in advance, so you can be prepared to face any difficulty. It is important to be physically fit for this hiking experience. Going for daily runs, bike rides, or gym classes can improve your cardiovascular health. Using weights and doing core exercises will help to strengthen your legs. Ensure to practice your training in your trekking boots, so you get used to them and avoid getting any blisters while on your hike up the mountain.
Practice Acclimatizing to High Altitudes
If your body responds well to the high altitude, the hike will be easier for you. It is advised to spend some time at a high altitude immediately before your trip to get used to the environment. Another tip is to take longer routes of eight to nine days to improve your chances of acclimatizing before you reach the summit.
Wear the Right Hiking Gear
Wearing the right kind of clothes will make your hike a comfortable experience. The most crucial part of your hiking gear is your boots. Make sure they are comfortable and you have worn them before to avoid blisters during your hike. You will also need warm gloves, a hat, thermal clothing, a head torch, waterproof trousers, and a waterproof jacket.
Pack the Necessities
Carry plenty of water bottles to stay hydrated on your hike. Make sure to pack reusable bottles to avoid littering on your trek. Additionally, pack some snacks like energy bars or cereal bars. Other must-pack essentials include a first-aid kit, an extra pair of socks, your phone, camera, charger and power bank.
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