Kilimanjaro Tips

Choose an operator that’s registered, has registered guides, has porters’ interests at heart, and an environmental policy.

Communicate any health problems to your tour operator when you book.

Choose your route according to what you want: scenery, challenge, type of accommodation, and size of group.

For a quiet climb on a well-traveled route, avoid the full moon, as this is when the summit is the busiest.

Train about two months before you leave—this also helps to "train your brain" that you’re heading off for a challenge. Squats, lunges, and lots of hill walking with a pack are essential.

Read up on altitude sickness and symptoms and take the necessary medication with you. Add a day to get acclimated if possible or consider climbing Mt. Meru first.

Drink 3–5 liters of water a day. The rule is 1 liter per 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) ascent.

Take only photos; leave only footprints.

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