Sep 05


Kilimanjaro | Article on how altitude effects a climber on Kilimanjaro

Climbing kilimanajro and the effects of altitude go hand in hand. read up on a climbers perspective of how altitude effects a climber on Kilimanjaro

How altitude can effect you on KILIMANJARO .Ok, so I have just arrived back from taking a group of 10 ladies up Kilimanjaro. The question that always gets asked is ‘how am I going to handle the effects of altitude on Kilimanjaro?’
A difficult one to answer as every person experiences a different sensation and there is no way that you can predict how you are going to feel. The effects of altitude hit all types of hikers. Strangley enough, it is the extremely fit hikers that seem to suffer the most.
What does altitude sickness feel like? There are various symptoms that usually appear. A throbbing headache, dizziness, nausia and a runny tummy. Usaully it is just a case of managing the symptoms until they pass. A typical scenario of someone suffering from the altitude on kilimanjaro involves the following process. They get dizzy, get a headache, feel nausius and usally land up vomitting. How we treat it? Make the hiker drink about a litre of water, take an ibobrufen for the headache and put them to bed. In most cases, the hiker will feel a lot better within about 3 hours. But wow, those 3 hours are going to feel like hell. You are going to experience a true battle between your mind and body. You will be so tempted to give up and go down. But once you endure the pain and suffering, you will be glad you didnt. Call it the rite of passage on Kilimanjaro if you will. Makes reaching  the summit of Kilimanjaro that much more rewarding

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