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SAFETY ON HIGH ALTITUDE

SAFETY ON HIGH ALTITUDE

Safety is number one on the Mountain. Summit is number two on the Mountain. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Also Mount Kilimanjaro is the free standing mountain in the world that everyone can climb without technically and Equipment . Walk up on the higher altitude that provides the challenge at 5895 Meters (19341) at the Summit there’s less 70% of Oxygen available at sea level.

THE DEFINITION OF ALTITUDE

  • High altitude: 1500_3500 Meters( 5000_11500 Ft)
  • Very high altitude: 3500_5500 meters( 11500_18000 Ft)

WHAT IS ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Altitude sickness is a range of symptoms that can occur when someone ascends to high altitude too rapidly without sufficient Acclimatization. The body can adjust to reduced air pressure at high altitude. But only at a rate of about 300 meters( 1000 ft) altitude gain per day.

THERE ARE THREE MAIN FORMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. Acute mountain sickness(AMS)

Is very common when you climb mount Kilimanjaro.  Sometimes if you walk in high altitude and it’s your first time to be in high elevation like this it can happen if you will not follow what the mountain guide tell you what to do in order to be safe. But when you follow the things which the guide tell you to do you will be safe and you will make your dreams reality

2. Higher Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Is fluid build up in the lungs.

3. Higher Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

Is fluid build up in the brain. Symptoms and signs usually come on within 12 to 24 hours of reaching a high elevation and then get better within a day or two days as your body adjusts change in Altitude.

SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
  1. Headache
  2. Dizziness
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Fatigue and loss of energy
  6. Shortness of breath
  7. Problems of sleep
  8. Loss of appetite.
TREATMENT OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Diamox is the standard medical prophylaxis agent for high Altitude illness. The medication is effective preventing acute Mountain sickness. It’s recommended to take 125 mg tablet twice a day and you can start to use it two days before your hike it means when you start your flight to Tanzania to climb the freestanding Mountain in the world or when you arrive at the Hotel. And before hike after breakfast you recommended to take 125 mg and after lunch 125 mg. Being this medicine 24 hours before arriving at high altitude and continue for 48 hours while at high altitude. You may continue taking Diamox up to 48 hours longer if your symptoms indicate the need for additional pills. it’s recommended that before decide to go to the higher altitude or to climb the higher mountain more then 3500 meters ask your Doctor about Diamox or any altitude medications.

Let us tell you about Oxygen saturation level.

  • Normal oxygen saturation is 99 to 88 to 75 up to 70.
  • And below Oxygen saturation is under 70 to 65 to 50.
  • Low oxygen is caused by the acute mountain sickness.

But when you follow what the guide tell you to do on the higher altitude you will be safe and you will make your dream to come reality. 

Pulse Oximeter

The guide use pulse oximeter which show the oxygen saturation and pulse levels.

Digital Thermometer

Check your body temperature with the guide’s digital thermometer.

Blood Pressure Machine

They check blood pressure with digital machine.

Stethoscope

check lungs with stethoscope

Medical KIT

We provide emergency Oxygen cylinder and medical KIT.

We have Certified Profession and Experience Guides who have knowledge and they trained by the wildness first responder. So all guides know how to use emergency Oxygen Cylinder. We Provide important medications which will help the guides and all crew.
We would like to tell our customers to have important medications from their doctor’s prescription which will help them on higher altitude which are : Diamox for altitude, ibuprofen which is pain killer Imodium or Ciprofloxacin which is for stomach and Captopril for balance blood pressure.

We would like to advice our customers to drink enough water in order to help them in higher altitude it’s means water is medicine in higher altitude. You can climb mount Kilimanjaro without using medication if you will drink enough water and make to the top if you drink more then 3 to 4 liters of water from day one until last day.

Plastic Bottles is not allowed in side of Kilimanjaro national park, so make sure you have water bladder which is 2 to 3 liters and 1 to 2 water bottles which will help you on your hike. And if you will come with Travel and medical insurance it will be good.
The Travel and medical insurance will help you to get Emergence Helicopter in High altitude when get problem.

Goduru Travel is the one of the company which have good service both on Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru and Safari.
You will enjoy your trip all the way up to the top of FREESTANDING MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD. You will feel that you are at home.

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