Being a Tanzanian, with a wealth of local knowledge and years of mountaineering experience, my aim is to give you an exceptional trek with a personal touch that you will not come across with many other organised tours. I am able to keep the costs minimal for all my climbers without jeopardising your safety while supplying great food and equipment on the mountain.
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Machame Marangu Rongai Umbwe Lemosho Mt. Meru
1. MOUNTAIN SICKNESS OVERVIEW
Mountain sickness is an illness that ranges from a mild headache and weariness to a life-threatening build-up of fluid in the lungs or brain at high altitudes.
Every trekker should be aware of the conditions that are likely to occur on the mountain, so necessary preparation and steps should be taken to avoid them.
Hypothermia: Hypothermia is a condition where the normal body temperature of 37°C drops below 35°C. This may be caused by rain, improper clothing, getting wet from perspiration, etc. It is recommended you wear warm clothing that is waterproof and allows for ventilation. Keep yourself active.
Frostbite: Frostbite is, literally, frozen body tissue - usually skin but sometimes deeper - and must be handled carefully to prevent permanent tissue damage or loss. This is a result of low temperatures. It is advisable to bring good warm gloves (with insulation) for the fingers and thick wool socks for the feet as temperatures can drop drastically on the mountain. Acute Mountain Sickness: Headache, fatigue, undue breathlessness on exertion, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty sleeping and irregular breathing during sleep are the common complaints. These are symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which usually develop during the first 36 hours at altitude and not immediately on arrival. This is a direct result of failure to acclimatize properly. To prevent this, ascend slowly and drink lots of water.
Pulmonary edema: A more serious form of mountain sickness is high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). This illness occurs when fluid builds up within the lungs, a condition that can make breathing extremely difficult. HAPE often comes on quickly. Symptoms include shortness of breath, gurgling sounds from chest, production of frothy white sputum, cough. This is a serious and dangerous condition, you need to advise your guide about your situation and do not attempt going any further up the mountain. Usually it is recommended that you be taken to a lower position. If left untreated, it can progress to respiratory collapse.
2. MEDICAL CONDITION
If you have cardiac problems, high/low blood pressure, pulmonary /respiratory difficulties, it is recommended that you obtain approval from your doctor prior to booking the trek.
3. TREKKING GEAR
It is important to have all necessary trekking gear and clothing for your trek. Some of this can be hired at the park gates, but it’s advisable you bring your own gear.
Avoiding dehydration, we recommend trekkers to consume 2-3 litres of water per day, this also helps with acclimatization.
5. TREKKING PACE
It is recommended that you walk at a slow pace throughout your trek to minimize the risk of mountain sickness. This will also help with acclimatisation. It is important not to exert yourself.
6. FIRST AID KIT
It is necessary you carry your own small first aid kit.
7. BAGGAGE AND WEIGHT LIMIT
Waterproof rucksacks are recommended and the total weight should not exceed 15 kgs. For excess luggage a separate porter will be required, at an additional cost.
8. PARK REGULATIONS
All National Park regulations are to be obeyed at all times, as both Mnt Meru and Mnt Kilimanjaro lie in National Parks.
We recommend light foods especially carbohydrates such as rice, bread and cereals. Citrus fruits and bananas are advisable too. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, fats, and rich foods.
We provide the following meals:
Breakfast: Fruit, fruit juice, cereal/porridge, eggs, bread/pancakes, sausages, margarine, jam/honey, tea/coffee/drinking chocolate.
Lunch: Boiled egg, sliced carrot and cucumber, sandwiches.
Dinner: Soup, bread, rice/pasta/potato, chicken/meat, mixed vegetables, salad, lentils, fruit salad, and tea/coffee/drinking chocolate.
10. OUR PRICES
Park entry fees, camping / hut fees, rescue fees, transfers, English speaking mountain guide, assistant guide, porters, cook, 3 meals a day while on tour, camping equipment (tents, mattresses, chairs, tables and mess tent).
Personal requirements such as health insurance, accommodation before/after the tour, hire of any clothing and equipment, and tipping to the crew.
11. TIPPING GUIDELINES
It is expected for you to tip the guide, porters and cook. This can be discussed prior to your trek with your guide, as he can advise you on the recommended amounts.
12. RECOMMENDED ITEMS for trekking:
- Warm Sleeping bag
- Waterproof rucksack & daypack
- Woollen hat or balaclava
- Boots and light trainers
- aterproof trousers and jacket
- Waterproof poncho is useful
- Long sleeved shirt
- Thermal underwear
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves and mittens
- Small towel and wash kit
- Water bottle
- First aid kit and insect repellent
- Strong Sun protection
- Torch (head mounted preferable)
- Spare batteries
- Some plastic bags/bin liners
- Walking stick/ski pole
- Roll mats
NB. We recommend that you take several layers of clothing (synthetic materials preferable), rather than thick layers. Boots/walking shoes must be well worn in and warm enough for the cold conditions.
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