What are the tips for successfully summit?

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What are the tips for successfully summit?

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  1. To increase your likelihood of getting that coveted photo of yourself on top of Uhuru Peak, here are seven tips that can help you reach your goal!
    Stay a while. 
    For the highest chance of success and the lowest risk of altitude sickness, choose a longer journey to the summit rather than a shorter one. 
    Take a hike.
    It is true, Kilimanjaro is not a technical mountain, but that does not mean it is not a physically demanding, strenuous climb. The altitude alone increases the difficulty of the journey.
    The best exercise to prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro is hiking because that is what you will be doing on the mountain. 
    Other exercises such as running and weightlifting can help, but the bulk of training, if not all of your training, should be hiking.
    H20 Must be you lovely friend.
    At high levels of altitude, you dehydrate much quicker. Dehydration can increase your chances of headaches, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), overall fatigue, and even grouchiness, so drink plenty of water.
    For many climbers, it is quite common to get a slight headache because of the change in altitude. Drinking sufficient amounts of water can help stave off added discomfort associated with dehydration headaches.
    Water is collected from the nearby mountain streams and treated with Aquatabs water purification tablets.
    It is provided at campsites only, so we recommend carrying at least 3 liters of water to keep hydrated while you hike. It is also wise to drink at least a liter of water before and after you climb each day on the mountain.
    Take it slow.
    Pole, pole is a phrase that you will often hear while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. In Swahili, it means slowly, gently, softly, quietly, be calm, or take it easy.
    When taking on a challenge like Kilimanjaro, remember slow, and steady can mean the difference between successfully reaching the summit and turning back early.  
    Acclimatizing to the low levels of oxygen in the mountains takes time, and it is essential to be gentle with your body so it can get used to the lack of oxygen. Don’t race to the next campsite – it is not helpful at all to be first. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.
    Gear up. 
    While climbing Kilimanjaro, it is of the utmost importance to make sure you have the right gear.  One of the essential items for your climb is a pair of waterproof boots that have been broken in on your long training hikes with the same style of socks you plan on wearing. 
    Blisters are the enemy, as are cold feet, so an extra pair of warm socks and liners are key.  Hand and neck protection is also necessary.  Freezing fingers, toes and a cold neck, are no fun so make sure you bring extra warm gear to keep from getting cold.  You can always peel off layers later (and you will during your descent). 
    Treat yourself. 
    At high altitude, people often lose their appetite.  Even with the extreme levels of exertion, getting the calories in to keep you going can be a strangely challenging task.
    To make sure a decrease in appetite doesn’t make you run out of the fuel you need to make it to the top, we encourage you to bring some of your favorite, high-calorie snacks to munch on for your climb.
    Learn what you can.
    When going into the unknown, it is smart to set expectations. By reading as much material as you can about your trip, you learn what can happen on the mountain before it happens. In essence, it prepares the mind to handle possible challenges ahead of time thereby reducing the magnitude of stress or anxiety they would otherwise cause.
    We encourage everyone who is climbing Kilimanjaro to read people’s accounts of their trip to familiarize with what the days at elevation entail. This may be in the form of personal blogs, travel forum posts or YouTube videos.
    If you ask around, it is very likely you have a friend or friend of friends who have done it. Give them a call and ask about their experiences.  You may find there are quite a number of similarities in what people have to say about their climbs.
    Hike, eat, sleep, recover.
    On the mountain, you will quickly find yourself in a routine. You wake up, eat breakfast, hike. You eat lunch, hike. You eat dinner, sleep.
    Getting adequate sleep is important on the mountain, but easier said than done. As the body is adjusting to the altitude while at the same time overcoming jet lag, you may find yourself waking up frequently throughout the night or not being able to sleep altogether.
     

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  2. Choose a good company:

    Despite what seems like an endless list of “recommended” Kilimanjaro companies, there are only a handful of world class operations on the mountain. While it is always good to ask people you know for their recommendations, you need to do your own research.
    Many companies out there do not have standardized procedures which means that the service they provide can be hit or miss. Therefore, established operators with a long-standing reputation for excellence are the only guide services you should consider.
    An experienced guide knows how to set the right pace for the group. He or she knows how to detect and treat altitude sickness.
    The guide understands how to improve your chances of reaching the summit, successfully and safely. And perhaps most importantly, good guides can coordinate a rescue in emergency situations because they have been trained in safety protocols.
    It is often tempting to choose the lowest price when making booking decisions. Resist this urge when it comes to climbing Kilimanjaro. Cheap or unknown companies cannot be relied upon for safe and quality services.
     

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