Despite being marked as an extreme sport, mountain climbing can be a highly rewarding and fun experience, especially when done right. Nothing however can prepare you fully for the terrain experience, the (sometimes) unpredictable weather, stretches of wilderness, dangers lurking from the (none) existing human interaction and creature comforts.
Mount Kenya being a high altitude mountain we focus on preparing our clients both psychologically and physically for the climb, the following are very paramount tips to help a client prepare adequately.
When hiking at high altitude hills or mountains (above 2200M Above Sea Level, the air is thinner and has less oxygen, which makes it more difficult for you to breathe. In order to complete the hike in the best condition it is important to prepare for a high altitude climb ahead the time.
There are no specific factors that contribute to someone developing altitude sickness. It doesn’t discriminate according to age, sex or physical fitness. With this understanding, you should do what you can to minimize this risk and train to become as fit as you can in the time before the climb.
Please take time to read and Follow these preparation tips for a high altitude trek and you will enjoy it even more, giving you more time to concentrate on the breathtaking surroundings and sceneries.
Training And Wholesome Prepping
Altitude is one of the factors we consider most while doing the climb and that’s the reason our programs in options of 3, 4, 5 or 6Days to ensure we do not overwork ours clients during the climb Whether taking up Everest, or scaling up Mt. Kilimanjaro-the roof of Africa or Mount Kenya you will require steady training before the climb days. Part of the physical and endurance training will involve taking up smaller challenges including rock climbing, hill and escarpments, terrain training, running, cycling and even the usual jogging to strengthen your muscle set.
Mental Preparedness/Mental Well Being
Positive thinking goes hand in hand with physical fitness; your mind must believe that you can. Keep your mind open to new challenges and scenarios that may call for slight deviation from laid-out routes.
Our well trained guides are always with you every step of the climb to ensure you complete safely
Drink Adequate Water
Dehydration can be fatal on high altitude, thus, you’ll need to keep your water bottle close by even when you are not sweating as you will still lose measures of fluid through breathing, urination and body perspiration.
Take sufficient water ahead of the climb days 2-4 litres of water a day.
Get The Clothing Right
Before you depart for the climb confirm with the gear list we serviced you with to ensure you have all the items. If you lack any and need help to get any mountain gear Call or email us
- Take a lot of water daily
- Walk a lot to strengthen your muscles
- Run to improve cardiovascular fitness.
- Climb stairs to strengthen leg muscles and lungs.
- Use biking/Cycling as a way to improve your cardiovascular endurance. …
- Go swimming to improve cardiovascular endurance.
- Do not overwork yourself in every activity
Adequate Travel And Medical Insurance
Travel insurance cannot be downplayed, not especially for such activities as mountain climbing (Technical Climbing) which is classified by some insurers as “extreme sports”. When shopping for this particular service, check out aspects such as the group (s) covered under different altitudes, cover for solo and group climbers, search and rescue as well as the amounts of investment or premium and its mode of payment. Be careful to read and understand the underwriter’s T&Cs as they may contain clauses that could possibly invalidate your cover in relation to proper use of equipment, right climbing gear, personal exposure and vigilance.
Medical insurance is not covered by us in this trip, kindly make arrangements to get one with your service provider.
- During the climb the body burns more carbohydrate than usual. Eat more starchy and sweet foods.
- During the climb drink more water to avoid dehydration
- During the hike the body will need more calories than normal, carry carbohydrate foods and snacks.
- During the hike Eat smaller but more frequent meals to avoid a stitch
Do not Litter in the forest/ mountain. Keep all the trash in your back pack until you find a dustbin or trash it when you descend the mountain.