Kilimanjaro almost killed me. The first time was no joke. Lessons were taught by the mighty Kilimanjaro on how not to mess with her without proper preparation and a healthy mindset. At the last hut, Kibo, was when I had to make the painful decision to turn around. At that point, the symptoms of altitude sickness had increased tremendously to the point I was experiencing symptoms of High Altitude Pulmonary Edemy (HAPE). It was heartbreaking to abort my plan to forge ahead because I was just a few hours away from the summit. However, surviving the ordeal taught me important lessons in dealing with high altitude trekking and ensuring a non-fatal ascent.
While many mountaineers aspire to trek up Kilimanjaro for very good reasons, one being the peak is part of the seven summits, it is prudent to keep in mind the dangers involved in climbing this non-technical trail. Your number one enemy in this case is the altitude, among other possible deterrents that are mentioned below.
Here are 13 ways to survive the dangers on the trails of Kilimanjaro and cross it off your bucket list for good: