How To Prevent Altitude Sickness When Climbing Kilimanjaro

Preventing Altitude Sickness is a key factor to success when trying to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. But what is Altitude sickness? What are the symptoms? And how can you avoid it! This guide will hopefully answer all of those questions and more! Altitude Sickness – “I’m really fit, I’ll be OK, won’t I?” Not necessarily. Everybody responds to altitude differently and unfortunately if you have not been at altitude before you will not know how you will cope! I have been cycling at 4650m above sea level in Bolivia and believe me that... Read More


Top 10 Medical Essentials for Hiking Holidays

As a Pharmacist working in travel health I think I can safely say that packing a comprehensive medical kit is not high on anyone’s list of fun things to do pre adventure of a lifetime. It is a tedious, often overlooked but crucially ESSENTIAL part of the packing process for those about to embark on a hiking holiday in any climate. I have drawn on both my personal experience as a backpacker and my professional experience working in travel health when compiling this list.  My aim is to provide you... Read More


What is Altitude Sickness?

Thinking of heading off to visit the Ancient Inca ruins at Macchu Picchu high in the Andes in the Cusco region of Peru? Altitude or ‘Mountain’ sickness is something you may want to think about before you travel. Altitude sickness can occur at any height above 2,500m and usually occurs when a person climbs to a high altitude too quickly. Macchu Pichu is set at around 2,430m above sea level. This means your likelihood of developing mountain sickness here is actually low. However, many travellers end up flying to or... Read More