Kilimanjaro health, safety and rescue

The Marangu Route, with its diverse landscape and fantastic views, offers a unique experience to test your will power, fitness finesse and mental strength. The route takes you through lush rainforest, where colobus monkeys roam, into heath and moorland, with its many ferns and ericas, until finally reaching the icy caps of the mountain top. The varying altitudes on this 7 day tour as well as a little help from lady luck offers a good environment for acclimatization, enhancing your chances of reaching the summit. Overnights on the Marangu Route will be in tents.

For Kilimanjaro climb safety measures come first before rescue

Based on the above subject positive altitude adaptation is a basic factor of Trekking Kilimanjaro safely and sound.

Safety and Rescue for our affordable Kilimanjaro climb.
Altitude sickness is triggered by the miscarriage of the body to adjust fast enough to the decreased level of oxygen in the air as the altitude increases. It is possible that you will experience some form of minor altitude sickness on a high mountain trek.

There are many and different indicators but the most common ones are headaches, dizziness, lucky of sleep, nausea and appetite loss. The mentioned symptoms can be regarded as normal for climbing Kilimanjaro. But, complications might develop on Kilimanjaro, so people who attempting to climb the mountain needs to be alert of the risks involved.

Based on our experience severe altitude sickness rarely develops for climbers. Cerebral edema is caused by fluid leakage from the brain. Cerebral edema is acknowledged by severe headaches accompanied with severe loss of balance and light-headedness. Pulmonary edema is produced by fluid accumulation in the lungs. Pulmonary edema is presented by cracking noises coming from the chest of affected person and when coughing up pink mucus is present. All of these conditions lead promptly to death unless instant descent is done.

Our concrete experience is that there are three main stages of reaching successful acclimatization. You will possibly still suffer some minor symptoms of altitude sickness before acclimating to function normally with reduced levels of oxygen.

Drink plenty of water.
Intake of fluid not less than 4 to 5 liters a day is highly recommend. This will improve blood circulation and other body functions. And you also need to drink 3 liters of water per day. Urine is the best judgement, if your urine is clear and copious, you are drinking enough.
Walk slowly. It is important to give as little force as possible on the body while it is trying to adjust to a reducing oxygen supply. With an exceptional of a very steep uphill section, otherwise, your breathing rate while walking should be as if you are trekking down the street at home.
Climb high sleep low. This merely means climb to a higher altitude during the day and the sleep at a lower altitude at night. This is done through a well arranged itinerary that includes an afternoon acclimatization hikes to higher levels (climbing more high past the camp) and then descent down to the camp (sleeping low). Most of our itineraries have this feature, but because of time and distance to be covered the longer 8 and 9 day climbs have more acclimatization walks.

Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue is a new service on Mount Kilimanjaro to ensure your safety while climbing the mountain. Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue offer the best and modern search and rescue services using helicopters that can fly in any weather. Kilimanjaro SAR strives to make Kilimanjaro the safest tourist destination in Africa.

An emergency medical service to ensure your safety while hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru with helicopters that can be deployed within 5 minutes. We ensure a quick response and guarantee your safety regardless the season.

The helicopter will pick you up from the designated area on the mountain, where the medical team will immediately start an in-flight medical treatment. Upon landing at KIA/Moshi Airport there will be transport, to take you to your hotel. If you require further medical attention upon landing, you will be taken to a modern private High Altitude Medical clinic ideal for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).Kilimanjaro SAR accepts insurance with Evacuation coverage up to 6,000 meters above Sea Level. Please be aware that coverage and eligibility requirements for this benefit differ by policy. View/Download information about the altitude limits offered by different insurers (153KB PDF provided by Kilimanjaro SAR). The website linked below showcases 75 different policies and providers that offer Medical Evacuation coverage.

Insurance: It is highly recommended that you have insurance that covers emergency evacuation 6,000 meters above Sea Level and you fill the required forms for SAR before starting your trek.

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