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Common Mistakes to Avoid On Mountaineering Tour

Planning to explore the Mountains of the moon on your Uganda Safari holiday? The Climb to Rwenzori mountains is a bit challenging compared to the summit to Kilimanjaro. There are various safari packages that lead you to Mount Stanley and depending on the route selected for the adventure to the mountains (Rwenzori Central Circuit, Kilembe Trail and Bukurungu Trail) all rewards you with the unique experience of Glaciers in the Mountains. When you plan to climb Rwenzori mountains, Rwenzori expeditions lists a lot of mistakes to avoid when planning and even when you’re on the Mountaineering tour with us.

Not Ensuring Your Physical Fitness

Anyone above 15 years can climb the Rwenzori mountains, but don’t make the mistake of going without preparing your physical fitness and climbing before you acclimatize.

You’ll conquer the Rwenzori’s without physical defeat if you acclimatize to higher altitudes around the mountains before starting your hiking quest.  If you’re new to climbing mountains, Rwenzori Mountains is not for most beginners but try simpler Mountains with in Uganda, and never miss on the trial in Virunga Massif.

However, you must at the least be physically prepared for the challenge in high altitudes. Visit your town gym, do some regular runs to charge your muscles, and train your lungs for less oxygen breathing.

Do not climb alone

Rwenzori Expeditions discourages travelers that think and feel that they can climb Rwenzori Mountains on their Own! Uganda Wildlife authority doesn’t accept private tours to Rwenzori Mountains while on the Walk to the Rwenzoris, most recommended adventures are guided by experienced park rangers and porters to Rwenzori’s.

Don’t move fast and without drinking water.

When climbing mountains, some of the most common mistakes are not carrying enough water to hydrate your body and moving fast like it’s a race. You must keep a pace and rhythm and bring enough drinking water. Climbing twenty thousand feet a day can drain your body of all liquids and leave you for death.

When hiking, the primary causes of altitude sickness are over-exertion and dehydration; one leads to the other. Drink more than enough, preferably before you start feeling thirsty, and take it easy. If possible, avoid getting out of breath or working up a sweat; take smaller steps.

It’s hard at first; first-time climbers are not used to mountaineering at a steady pace when rambling in the fells at low altitudes. Once you find a comfortable rhythm, the hiking pace becomes second nature. Fortunately, you’ll have a guide; please adhere to their advice like a blind man to a walking stick.

Don’t pack the wrong gear and clothing.

Climbing the Rwenzoris with the wrong gear will make you hate the entire expedition. You’ll be hiking in the remotest, harshest environment; ask your tour company to guide you with a packing list.

Appropriately done, packing for a mountaineering tour becomes an artful routine. Whether you’re just starting or a savvy climber, packing is a crucial stage that needs thoughtful planning.

Packing gear will include an extended list of underwear, goggles, a hat, outer pants, climbing boots and gloves, a flashlight, etc. Get the right backpack to carry the gear. You’ll also need one for snacks, meals, and camp gear. Since your porter carries the packs, you will need a backpack for day trips to carry your hydration liquids and snacks at a minimum. Check on the Packing List

Don’t forget to tip, although it is optional.

Tipping is not just about giving crumpled change to your guide at the end of the trip. Your crew will avoid dangerous mistakes when they know you appreciate their work. Talk to them, encourage them, and a thank you can bring remarkable experiences.

Tipping on climbing trips is a good gesture but not necessarily, a common practice with hikers. When hiking Rwenzori, the crew of two lead guides, porters, and the cook plays a huge role in the success of your summit. They ensure your safety, health, and comfort by taking proper precautions in what you eat, sleep, and how much climbing you will do each day.

Tip your crew handsomely with your conversations, companionship, and money. Besides, you will directly support their families and the communities with whatever money you gift them.

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