Mountain Safety

The main considerations for safety are Acute Mountain Sickness, dehydration, overuse injuries, and hypothermia. Energy plays a big role in all of these considerations. Managing energy is crucial for any activity. The main considerations for managing energy are food intake, liquid intake, proper sleep, and pace. Kilimanjaro Bliss guides and staff help you manage all of these to maximize your chances of summitting. 

The gear you have also plays a role in safety because what you bring assists with energy management. We also help you properly prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro by giving you advice on what and how much to bring. Being in incredible physical shape is not essential, but being in reasonably good shape by being regularly active, even a little bit, is essential. We also help you with how to train for your climb.

Gear:

Click on the link What to Bring to get a list of what you will need.

What to Bring

Food:

Our cooks are trained in providing nutritious and balanced meals which will help you maintain the calorie intake you need on Kilimanjaro. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, which consist of western and traditional Tanzanian style meals.  We send you a food questionnaire prior to your trip, so that we can cater to your specific dietary need.  The effects of altitude can cause you to lose your appetite, however it is important for you to eat at all mealtimes in order to maintain hiking strength and health. 

Water Purification:

Your guiding team will ensure that you are sufficiently supplied with purified (boiled) drinking water every day.  If you plan to use a dromedary bag, you should also bring a water bottle for summit day as dromedary hoses may freeze at altitude on summit day.  It is important that you drink plenty of water regularly while hiking Kilimanjaro to reduce chances of dehydration and improve your ability to acclimatize and ultimately summit.  Your guide will regularly ask you to drink, and you SHOULD DRINK!

Sleeping:

We provide up to date tents and thick, foam sleeping mats to keep you warm and dry. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, although we can rent you a sleeping bag if you need.

Toileting:

At each campsite, we set up a private toilet tent, which contains a plastic toilet. Each campsite also has public “long drop” toilets. If you need to use the bathroom on the trail, find a spot behind a tree or rock. We recommend bringing pee bottles so that you do not have to leave your tent multiple times during the night to urinate.