Focus on safety
Aardvark Expeditions places a great importance on healthy procedures. Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro is no easy feat and one must always be prepared for what could happen.
One of the most common – and natural problems whilst climbing the mountain is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air as one gains altitude. We try to minimize this by acclimatizing each day. This reduces the severity of the symptoms. It is highly likely that you will experience some form of altitude sickness. Symptoms include headaches, light-headedness, nausea, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite.
It is advised to see a doctor before your climb. Your doctor will assess your fitness level and may prescribe Diamox (or similar) to combat the altitude sickness.
We also recommend that you drink 4 to 5 litres of water per day. This will keep you hydrated and prevent headaches.
Walking slowly also ensures a higher level of success in reaching the summit. It is important not to strain your body too much . Walking at a pace that you are comfortable with will ensure you do not exert yourself.
Apart from altitude sickness one may also develop cerebral or pulmonary edema; this occurs when there is a fluid buildup either in the brain or lungs. Although this is not as common as altitude sickness it is by 7 far more dangerous. With these edemas a climber must be evacuated as quickly as possible. Evacuation is done either on foot or on a wheeled stretcher until a point is reached where the national park rescue car can reach. The nearest hospital is KCMC which is one of the best hospitals in Moshi and Arusha.
You can rest assured that you will be well taken care of on your trip. We have highly skilled guides who are trained on first aid as well as emergency rescue procedures.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not easy; however it is not extremely dangerous either. Keep hydrated and don’t exert yourself and you will reach the summit of Africa in no time.