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Using Trekking Poles when Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

There are very many people especially those that have never been mountain hiking and more so on the Kilimanjaro that wonder why people have poles while hiking.

The sole simple reason for using poles is the help it gives you to lift the load off your feet as you mostly descend.

You will not need to carry you pole from home as you can buy one on any of the gates of the Kilimanjaro.

The people selling the poles will help you adjust the poles to math your height and the size of your hands such that you can easily make use of it comfortably.

Dos and Don’ts when using trekking poles on Kilimanjaro

When you are walking, remember there are people behind you so don’t swing the pole. You may end up hurting people on the team.

Here are some of the things you need to note about the pole:

Stability and support

The pole give you balance since you legs are always over worked.

The paths on the Kilimanjaro are well maintained but this being a mountain, there are rocks, it can rain anytime of the day or year and therefore it can get muddy and therefore you will need extra support and the poles will give you this.

Traction and propulsion

Having the pole is more like having a car with four wheel drive. The pole will give you extra contact with the ground and push you forward as well as control you descending speed. Compare the situation with skiing.

Trekking poles help to save energy

The poles provide some level protection of the body and it lessens the strain on the body.

Choosing trekking poles

There are modern poles that are made out of aluminum or other composite materials. There are also local poles that the Masai people sell.

We strongly recommend the Aluminum poles being the best suited to use while hiking the Kilimanjaro.

It’s however not wise to carry a pole from wherever you are coming from. You can actually just rent from the people around the gates of the Kilimanjaro.

How to use trekking poles

Make sure you have adjusted the pole to the right height. After this, the principle for most poles will be the same. Make sure your hand rests at 90 degrees while the pole is resting on the ground.

This is how you will know that the height of the pole is right for you. Use the technique they use while skiing to easily make use of the pole.


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