10 tips for climbing and summiting Mt Kilimanjaro
Folks often underestimate Kilimanjaro. It takes preparation, a good mindset and teamwork to trek Africa's highest mountain. And there are also some things that just make the experience better. Here are 10 tips to help you climb – and summit! – Kilimanjaro.
1. Prepare physically
2. Take it pole, pole
3. Expect symptoms of altitude sickness
Taking medication for altitude sickness
Your team is there to look after you
4. Don’t skimp on the warm clothing
Hire a down jacket from Follow Alice
But still remember the sun …
5. Break in your boots beforehand
Also break in your socks
6. Learn a few Swahili phrases
Basic Swahili phrases
Jambo – Hello Jina langu ni … – My name is ... Nafurahi kukuona – Nice to meet you Habari yako? – How are you? Niko vizuri – I’m well Tafadhali – Please Asante – Thank you Choo – Toilet Nimechoka – I’m tired Kitamu! – Tasty! Lala salama – Goodnight Kwa heri – Goodbye (to one person) Kwa herini – Goodbye (to more than one person)
7. Bring wet wipes!
8. Pack a spare water bottle
9. Bring plenty of snacks
Snacks to share
10. Bring cash for tips
The tipping ceremony
Tips are an important source of income
How much should I tip?
Bring money with you to Tanzania