Inoculations and Tablets we recommend for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Your doctor will be able to tell you exactly what jabs you need to get before traveling to Tanzania (remind them that you're climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, not Kenya - some people still get a bit confused about this!). Some inoculations can take a bit of time to get depending on current demand so it’s best to sort them out a few months before you leave. Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Yellow Fever are all strongly recommended. As well we recommend you carry some Ibuprofen or paracetamol to ease the effects of altitude sickness. Asprin is also a good treatment for altitude sickness, thinning the blood slightly.

Malaria and Mount Kilimanjaro

Malaria is cause for concern when traveling through Africa and Tanzania is no exception. However Mount Kilimanjaro is both too high and too cold for mosquitoes to survive. If you plan to extend your time in Africa beyond the climb we strongly recommend you take anti-malarials. If not, we strongly recommend you speak to your doctor before making a decision.

Diamox and AMS on Mount Kilimanjaro

Diamox is a drug that was originally developed to treat conditions such as glaucoma but has also seen good results in fighting altitude sickness. Some climbers choose not to take it at all, some choose to take it when they feel altitude sickness coming on and others choose to take it as a prophylactic against altitude sickness. Diamox works by making the blood more acidic, increasing respiration that in turn allows more oxygen into the body. Diamox is a sulfa derivative and as such can cause side effects in some people including tingling in the fingers and toes.

Many family doctors may not have come across this use for Diamox. If you wish to take it with you, make an appointment with your doctor and give them a print off of the information sheet on Diamox by the International Union of Alpine Associations. It has all the necessary information they will need as well as giving you more details on the drug. Download it here. If you are going to take diamox, you must drink 3-4 litres of water each day to remain fully hydrated