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Should I Get a Medical Check Up before the climb?

Pre-Climb Medical Check

Before embarking on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro it is important that all travelers get a medical check from their family doctor. A basic check-up will ensure that their fitness levels are adequate and that their overall health is up to the challenges they’ll face on the mountain. An examination could also expose any unknown issues, such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, or respiratory issues.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a strenuous, challenging journey and it is important that travelers are aware of any conditions that might exist prior to starting their hike. It is also important that their guides and porters are aware of any potential health risks too. Emergency situations can – and do – occur on the mountain and knowing how to react to them can be crucial in times of distress.

It is also important that the guides are aware of any medications that you are taking too. Some prescriptions can have adverse effects while at altitude, which could play a role in a climber’s overall health while traveling on the mountain. Consult with your doctor prior to bringing any medications with you on the trip to ensure that they are safe to take while traveling.

Your health and well-being are of utmost concern throughout the trek. That starts with having an accurate picture of your condition prior to ever starting. Once a doctor has cleared you for the climb, you’ll be all set to begin your adventure of a lifetime.

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