Acute mountain sickness and prevention

Mountain climbing care
Acute mountain sickness is also known as High Altitude Sickness.

Climbing mount kilimanjaro successful need proper planning and care to achieve kilimanjaro summit. Kilimanjaro climbing routes recommended with enough acclimatization are machame, rongai and lemosho route.

Kilimanjaro climbing routes

Most mountaineers or tourists who have climbed mountain are aware of mountain sickness. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of 7 mountains in the world. Climbing mount Kilimanjaro is one of adventure activity which need precautions on safety and security.

Many people are not used to high altitude hence acclimatization is important so that mountain climbers became used to the condition. It is important for guides and climbers to pay attention to symptoms and prevention of High Altitude sickness.

Please note that Kilimanjaro trekkers, climbers who hike too fast to high altitude mostly above 8000 feet have high risk of getting High Altitude Sickness. It doesn’t matter of your age or level of physical fitness. Everyone should follow the principle of climb pole pole means climb slowly slowly. People who lives at or near sea level have high risk, hence should get enough acclimatization.

At High Altitude there is less atmospheric pressure and lower oxygen hence going up without proper acclimatization causes illness which can influence performance of lungs, nervous system, muscles and heart
Acclimatization and climbing slowly slowly helps climbers to breath enough and having enough oxygen.

High Altitude sickness prevents climbers from reaching Kilimanjaro summit. That is why Kilimanjaro climbing expedition and Mountaineers Adventures Ltd (KEMA) make sure all tourists get information and proper care. kilimanjaro trekking expeditions,kilimandscharo klettern in Tanzania is amazing, book online now.

Kilimanjaro trekking routes machame, lemosho and rongai

There are several symptons of high altitude sickness
Some of them are Headache, difficult in sleeping, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, rapid pulse, shortness of breath with exertion.
The mountain climbing guides are well trained and are aware of these. Guides take care of climbers to ensure comfort, health and safety throughout the hiking trip. These guides will monitor climbers and take early enough measure. The Tourists should obey advise from guides for your safety.

More advise for climbers are:-

-Drinking enough water usually about 3-5 litres a day
-Avoid smoking or alcohol
-Eat high carbohydrate diet
–You can consider to use acetazomide (diamox) to speed acclimatization
-Minimize number of climbers in a group, this will help guides monitor each traveler as each tourist acclimatize at different rates.

How to treat acute mountain sickness.

As first symptoms show the climbers should descend to lower altitude rapidly and with safety.

Oxygen bottle is preferable for supplement of oxygen when needed
Most Kilimanjaro climbing routes need 6 days minimum, how ever it is advised to consider 7 days for Machame route.
With enough precaution, tourists should conquer Kilimanjaro and touch snow at Highest point in Africa. Book online now, inquire now: