Kilimanjaro isn’t technically challenging, but at 19,341′, the altitude is.
Almost every climber will experience some of the effects of altitude. It’s important to know what to expect, and how best to prepare yourself.
What Happens at Altitude:
- Low appetite, nausea, and headaches are common effects of altitude.
- Guides are trained to recognize when symptoms might be more serious.
- AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is a rare but dangerous side-effect of altitude.
- High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), a buildup of fluid in the lungs and brain, respectively, are highly unlikely possibilities.
- With Thomson, your guides are trained in high-altitude medicine, and can recognize and effectively manage these rare health issues.
How Thomson Helps You Combat Altitude’s Effects:
- Ample acclimatization time is the single most effective tool against altitude-related symptoms.
- Staying hydrated on the mountain can help mitigate mild altitude symptoms.
- Medications like acetazolamide (Diamox) and Ibuprofen might prevent or lessen symptoms. We’ll send information on options to discuss with your doctor.
- Remember: there’s no way to “train” for altitude, and your fitness level does not change your chance of experiencing these symptoms. If possible, plan for a longer trek!