If you love trekking (which is probably why you are here in the first place) and if you are planning to schedule a trek to Kilimanjaro soon, then there are a few things that you must know. Whether you are already aware of them, or whether this idea of climbing Kilimanjaro has just struck you and you wish to find out more, we have the perfect details of things you should know before you get yourself ready for this massive trek:
- The best time for climbing Kilimanjaro is in the months of June to September or between late January to February. These are the dry months, where even though the temperature is a little cooler, you have a far less chance of slipping and falling. (Oops, did we just say that out loud?)
- Even though the porters do all of the heavy lifting, you must carry your handbag with you at all times. This bag will contain your lunch, a few snacks, some medicines (that we hope you never have to use), water, toilet paper, bug repellant and other things that are supposed to keep you warm.
- You must also always carry an extra pair of clothing in case the weather gets colder than expected, and you need to wear more layers.
- You must also be prepared to sleep in unfamiliar conditions. Most probably, you will have to reside in tents. That is exciting, but during windy nights, you must remember that your tents are made of nothing but cloth so pack your gear accordingly. Besides, not every tent has a bed so you must also pack your sleeping bags with you along with a sleeping pad.
- You don’t have to worry about food! It’s true, and you don’t. The hills often have beautiful and fresh vegetation so even if the place where you stay the night, or where you rest up for your lunch doesn’t have any nice crop growing in its vicinity, it does not mean that you won’t get fresh vegetables to eat. In fact, most of the food you eat will be better than what you eat back in the city.
So you see, there are a lot many things you need to know before climbing Kilimanjaro. Knowing them will not only help you brace yourself for the trip that you are planning to take yourself (or your friends) but also help you understand how things will be done. We hope you have a happy time trekking at Kilimanjaro!