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Gorilla Trekking Difficulty – How Difficult is Gorilla Trekking?

Gorilla trekking is relatively difficult depending on one’s fitness levels. Gorilla trekking is also relatively hard as it involves walking through thick forest, valleys, hills, and swamps, Gorilla trekking can be challenging for one physical unfit leading to exhaustion.

How hard is gorilla trekking?/How difficult is gorilla trekking − is one of the most frequently asked questions by travelers while preparing for their gorilla tours.

Uganda gorillas are found in mountainous-forested areas and gorilla treks in search of these great apes can go up to 8 hours, scrambling through dense vegetation up steep, muddy hillsides, sometimes to altitudes of more than 3500 meters.

There are no permanent routes, no signs, no directions, and more often than not, and no clearings, which is why park rangers carry machetes.

At higher altitudes, you will also have to contend with a thick overgrowth of stinging nettles that can easily penetrate light clothing. As if fiery skin rashes weren’t enough of a deterrent, it also rains a lot in this area and can get very cold.

Also, at this altitude, you will certainly be a little breathless, but someone of good fitness who does a reasonable amount of walking is unlikely to find the walk all that tough.

So if you’ve booked a gorilla safari and you haven’t had any hiking experience, you’re advised to do some exercise and achieve some level of physical fitness. Being in shape, physically fit will make your gorilla trek in Uganda more enjoyable.

Most travelers plan their gorilla safaris about six months before the safari begins. That is the perfect time to get you physically fit for your gorilla tour.

However, your level of fitness should not prevent you from a gorilla trek. A porter can assist you and you can even be carried into the forest on a modern sedan chair or bamboo stretcher by rotating porters.

It’s not demeaning work for porters, but it’s very profitable because they make a lot of money by local standards and are grateful for the opportunity.

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