At U. we pride ourselves on creating and delivering life-altering adventure tours that focus on ‘Responsible Travel’
Quick Facts About Mount Kilimanjaro
- It’s in Tanzania and actually sits 250 miles from the equator
- It is one of the 7 summits – the tallest mountains on all 7 continents and is generally considered to be the easiest to climb
- It’s estimated to be approx. 460,000 years old
- The summit is called Uhuru Point and is 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level
- It is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain – formed from volcanic activity – but once had three volcanic cones: Kibo (19,340’/5,895m), Mawenzi (16,893’/5,149m), and Shira (13,000’/3,962m)
- On that note, it’s probably pertinent to mention at this point that Kilimanjaro is dormant, not extinct!
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with U. Adventure Trips
Preparing For Your Kilimanjaro Climb
Packing for your Kilimanjaro Trip
Managing Your Expectations
Tips and Feedback From Other U. Travellers
- Pre-empt the chills and don’t be afraid to put on layers early
- Drink plenty of water. The higher the altitude the quicker you’ll dehydrate, which often leads to headaches – drinking water helps stay off dehydration headaches.
- If your phone is your camera, then invest in a solar phone charger! (but don’t expect cell coverage!)
- Take it slow! We cannot stress this enough. The quicker you try to reach the top, the higher the chance of you not making it there due to Acute Mountain Sickness.
- Remember sun protection. It might seem silly as we said it would get cold, but the chances of getting a sunburn in higher elevations are high.
- Remember to eat. You might lose your appetite at a high altitude, but you will need the energy for the summit. We have found that eating a little, frequently, is the best way to keep your energy levels constant
- Prepare for your trip – physically and mentally. Read about the climb, and learn what elevation means and how it will affect you physically.
- Take breaks when needed. It is very important to listen to your body when it needs rest, water, etc.
- Make sure you are rested. It can be tough to fall asleep at times as the body is adjusting, but get as much rest as you can at campsites.
- Trust yourself! You will get through this climb one step at a time (literally). You can do this!
- Enjoy every step of the way – even when it is tough.
- Celebrate when you reach the top! (Sheila MacDonald celebrated with champagne when she reached the top as the first woman in 1927)
Mindful High Altitude Trekking – Travel Responsibly and Share the Message
Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society
U. Ripples and U.Waves
- Leave no Trace
- Respect the Locals
- Respect the environment