It is important for your body to acclimatize, and to achieve this, is to proceed slowly giving your body time to acclimatize to the increasing altitude.
There is plenty of time for each days trek even for those who will like to go very slowly.
If you decide that you cannot continue, or if your guide deems its unsafe for you to continue, he will assist you down the mountain, your guide knows a network of shortcuts and will escort you to the most convenient campsite or hut.
Mount Kilimanjaro & Meru does not require any skills or special equipment, many state that they are easily accessible however you should not underestimate either of them, general fitness is required.
Some very fit climbers say it is the hardest thing they have ever done, therefore the best you can do is to adequately train yourself to be in the best possible hiking shape.
You can find this info on the package page of the respective route.
You are expected to carry your own day pack which you will store what you need while on trek on that respective day, what you carry should be able to sustain you until you arrive at the camp. What you need in your daypack depends on your priorities, drinking water, basic medical kit, camera, a rain jacket, a hat, a pair of gloves, your favorite snack and a warm layer are among the essential items needed.
Your Backpack will be carried by a porter, the weight per porter is limited to 20kgs, if you bring excess of this you will be charged extra $100 for an extra porter for the whole climb, your backpack will be carried from camp to camp and arrive in time before you.
Except for Marangu route and Mount Meru climb where climbers sleep in basic huts , 3 person mountain tents are used to accommodate 2 climbers using other routes, with full ground pads to keep you and your gear dry. The tents are setup at camp for overnight, dismantled and carried along with everything else by our porters to the next camp.
The most common mistake most climbers make is over packing. It is important to keep luggage to the barest minimum when on trek, be selective in what you are to carry. See packing list. Baggage should be of round squashy type.
Due to its proximity to the equator, the region does not experience the extremes of winter and summer but rather wet and dry seasons. Therefore the best time of climb is during the driest months however traffic at the mountain is at its peak at this time (January – March is warm with lush green landscapes, June – October are the coolest months).The effects of climbing during wet season is mud, rain, snow, ice & cold can be very strenuous to the body reducing the chances for a successful summit (End of March – End of May & late November are the wet months).
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