If climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is in your bucket list, then sooner or later you will hear about altitude sickness.
For those who are unknown with the facts of altitude illness, here are the answers to the most common questions regarding mountain sickness.
High Altitude: 1500 – 3500 m (5000 – 11500 ft)
Very High Altitude: 3500 – 5500 m (11500 – 18000 ft)
Extreme Altitude: above 5500 m (18000 ft)
Altitude sickness is various symptoms that can come about when someone ascends to a high altitude too rapidly, without sufficient acclimatization.
The body can adjust to the reduced air pressure at a higher altitude, but only at a rate of about 300 m (1000 ft) altitude gain per day. If you ascend faster, then you may develop altitude sickness.
There are three main forms of altitude sickness:
Both HAPE and HACE are potentially serious but are thankfully extremely rare during a well planned Kilimanjaro climb.
There are also other symptoms you are likely to experience during a Kilimanjaro climb due to the altitude. They are considered normal and shouldn’t worry you:
A few tips on avoiding altitude sickness