Kilimanjaro Climbing Health Issues

Kilimanjaro climbing might encounter several challenges for the period of climbing on health issues. Before starting your Safari, it is recommended to contact your doctor. On your entrance it is suggested that you have a day in Moshi or Arusha urban for the becoming accustomed of climate as well as resting from jet lag prior to attempting Kilimanjaro. Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time. However, the climatic condition may change and lead to the rain any time. It is therefore advisable to prepare yourself for such unforeseen climatic condition. Also frequent medical examination is advised before you start your adventure to Africa. Bayango Tours take precautions to control such unpredictable Kilimanjaro Climbing Health Issues.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Health Issues

There are frequent Kilimanjaro climbing health issues while hiking Kilimanjaro as listed below and majority of them are due to the changes of elevation and climate:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Mountain Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness generally occurs on the high elevation such as Gilman’s Point, Stella Point or on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. The proof shows that more than 80% of Mount Kilimanjaro climbers suffer from this sickness but they recuperate and make it to the top. For those who get severe illness the only right cure is to descent to at least 600 m from the point you are. The symptoms of the illness includes; condensed urine, nausea, anorexia, headaches, express pulse, insomnia, inflammation of hands and feet.

Habitually the prevention of this situation is by far to reduce the pace of your trekking from the first day, eating as much as you can since elevation change have a tendency to reduce desire for food wholly as well as drinking much water 3 to 4 liters per day including hot drinks such as chocolate, coffee or tea. While trekking with us we feed you much to make sure that you have adequate energy.

Along with all the natural precaution also preventative medicine (such as Diamox) is existing and you should confer with your physician for specialist advice. Fluid build-up may cause a situation known as edema, which can affect the lungs, preventing effective oxygen exchange, or affect the brain (cerebral) which will result in the swelling of the brain tissue. When this situation occurs immediately ask for assistance from our guide as we always trek with oxygen kit to take care of such circumstance.


The hypothermia illness is a state of affairs whereby your body fails to produce a proper temperature during climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Regularly Mount Kilimanjaro weather change and covering of mist and rain is a common thing. If it happens that a climber’s clothes get wet his/her body is likely to be unstable on temperature stability. As mountaineers we are aware of this and before climbing we always counter check your climbing gear to avoid inconveniences like this. Common gear like waterproof is a consent to have it even if is not a rainy season as on Kilimanjaro it rains anytime.

Curing this illness is easy except that you should not be undermined. Get rid of all the wet clothes and wear dry warm clothes. If the fire is light up for cooking then you can stay around for some few minutes for stabilization and thereafter retire as it might ruin your adaptation of mountaineering weather. The other more proper solution but takes time is by sleeping in a sleeping bag with your partner with no identical problem.

Sun interrelated injuries

About 55% of the earth’s shielding atmosphere is below an height above sea level of 5000 m. Far less ultraviolet light is being filtered out, making the sun’s emission much more dominant, which could effect to severe sun flaming of the skin. It is suggested to use a 20+ sun protection cream at lower altitudes and a total block cream above an altitude of 3000 m.Wearing sun glass when in Kilimanjaro mainly in areas with snow or ice is highly recommended. Basically the sunshine at the top of Kilimanjaro in the morning makes the Kilimanjaro ice shinning much and will bring to snow blindness. Snow blindness is a hurting thing and might necessitate your eyes to be bandaged for sometimes.

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