Mt Kilimamjaro safety and Rescue
AHLA highly recommend that every traveller intending to climb Mt kilimanjaro should secure a travel insurance, All climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting the mountain. Ask your doctor if high altitude trekking is permissible for your age, fitness level and health condition. Ask if you have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause problems on the climb. Ask if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization. Ask whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines.
What to do while on Kilimanjaro
Drink lots and eat much:
Drink lots and eat: We recommend a fluid intake of 5 – 8 litres daily (re-hydration salts). Fluid intake improves circulation and most other bodily functions. Fluid intake does not add to fluid leakage from the body. You need to drink lots of water. If your urine is clear, you are drinking enough. Drinking lots during the day will also help you to sleep well.Eating well gives your body the egergy and helps it to adjust accordingly to the altitude.
Walk slowly: It is vital to place as little strain as possible on the body whilst it is trying to adapt to a reducing oxygen supply. Unless there is a very steep uphill section, your breathing rate whilst walking should be as if you are walking down the street at home.
Walk high Sleep low( pole pole in Swahili ): This means taking every opportunity to take afternoon excursions to a higher level before descending again to sleep. This is not a good idea however if you already have some symptoms of altitude sickness.
While climbing mt kilimanjaro make it a worth while experience, mingle around with other travellers ,share some fun stories , take pictures, enoy the views, dance and sing Kilimanjaro songs with AHLA CREW. Lough ,smile ,cry ,just be and soak yourself with nature and....in nature , and dont forget the climb is a journey not a destination!!
Precaution: Don't involve on smoking or drinking alcohol when attempting this mountain as it might bring about losing energy to accomplish this adventure of your life time.
Mt kilimanjaro Rescuing procedures
Mt Kilimanjaro climbing is done by number of experienced mount Kilimanjaro guides, assistant guides as well as porters depending on the size of the group.
If it happens that our client fails to continue and has minor sickness they will be assisted by our guides and Mt kilimanjaro park rangers rescue team and descent the mountain and be taken to the hospital if needed to be.
While waiting for your colleagues in a hotel we will be monitoring your health as well as keeping you busy with other popular activities around Kilimanjaro region and nearby town of Arusha. But all depends with the itinerary and time available.
If it happens that our client fails to continue and has minor sickness they will be assisted by our guides and Mt kilimanjaro park rangers rescue team and descent the mountain by a wheel stretcher to the base of the mountain where there would be a rescue tranport waiting be taken to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. Or the other option and which is very advanced and reliable is by using helicopter.
The company has entered a contract/membership with Intensive Care Air Ambulance (ICAA) AMREF Flying Doctors which can evacuate you incase of any problem should it arise. The rescues at Mountain Kilimanjaro take effect from 4000m high and below. Worry not if you are at the high point than that you will be taken down to where the helicopter is by our crew and mt kilimanjaro park rangers rescue team.
For more information about the Air Ambulance please read this website: http://www.amref.org