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Kilimanjaro frequently asked questions

Kilimanjaro frequently asked questions

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenge that will give you a lifetime experience. Known as the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro has 2 peaks that’s Mawenzi and its main summit Kibo which is also known as Uhuru Peak.

Choosing the best climb route to climb mount Kilimanjaro is always tricky, but the most important aspect to look at are your needs like budget, strength as well as the time frame for you to accomplish the desire for your once-in-a-lifetime trekking adventure. We are here to help you make your trekking dreams accomplished.

Q: Is there cell phone reception signal on the mountain?

 A: There are few areas where you may have cell phone reception. Our guides will let you know where you can assess signal. Our guides will have VHF ICOM radios on the mountain which provides a smooth communication from the mountain to our offices. You may want to bring your own satellite phone, they work better even on the mountains.

Q: Is there power supply on the mountain?

A: There is no power supply on the mountain. It is therefore important to ensure your electronic devices and head lamp are fully charged and bring along some extra batteries.

Q: How fit do I need to be for the trek

You don’t need to be an athlete or a highly trained mountaineer however you need some physical training to strengthen your muscles and get used to endurance because on the mountain you will be walking about 7 kilometers on many days. We recommend that your training for Kilimanjaro include strength training exercises and regular walks or jogging on different trails.

Q: What food do I expect while on the mountain?

 A: We do have a variety of food and cater for any dietary requirements. Most of the food will include carbohydrates and proteins, and of course some vegetables. Soups will be served daily. We recommend you to bring along some snacks as well.

Q: How many hours will I trek every day.

A:  Expect to trek on average 6- 8 hours. However this depend on the route and itinerary you have chosen. The longest and strenuous day is on your summit day trekking at least 14 hours.

Q: What gears do I need for the trek?

A: We have prepared a list of recommended trekking gears. Click here to learn more.

 Q: Is there a weight limit for my luggage?

A: Your daypack should weigh at most 7 kgs including 3 kgs of drinking water, while your duffel bags (carried by your porter should be at most 14 kgs.

Q: How cold does Kilimanjaro get?

A: The weather is quite unpredictable on Kilimanjaro, generally expects temperatures at 20F and may fall up to -20F. or sometimes below that.

QHow is the toilet situation on the mountain?

A: Campsites are mostly furnished with basic pit latrines. There are public facilities commonly known as “long drops”. However, you can book from us a private portable toilet at an extra cost.

 Q: In case one does not make it to the summit in a group trek will the whole group have to come down?

 A: In case of such a scenario the trek will still continue because we have some of the crew members assigned as a rescue team in place to take care of the affected individual while the rest continue with the trek.

 Q: What safety measures do you have in place while on the mountain?

A: Our guides are highly trained on attitude sickness management, and are certified wilderness first responders. Every day the guides will ensure they check your Oxygen level at least twice using Pulse Oximeter. In case of an emergency, we have a rescue plan in place. Lightweight stretchers, a first aid kit, and an oxygen cylinder.

Q: When is the best time to trek Kilimanjaro.

A: Mount Kilimanjaro is accessible all year round, however, it is best to climb during the dry season when the mountain is less precipitated, from the mid of December through to the beginning of March, and then from late June through the mid of October.

Q: Will I need a Visa?

A: Yes, you need a visa. You can apply for a Tanzanian visa online. Click here – https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

Q: Is Kilimanjaro climb dangerous?

A: Kilimanjaro climb is relatively safe. But, like in any other high altitude climb, there is a risk of high altitude sickness problems such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).  Our guides are well trained to identify the symptoms and provide first aid in extreme mountain situations. It is therefore important to follow our guides’ instructions and be open about your health and how you feel while you are on the mountain. You also need to choose a Kilimanjaro Itinerary wisely so at to take into consideration the acclimatization factor and your experience with high altitudes.  We provide free advice related to what itinerary may best fit you. Contact us.

Q: Can you prepare for altitude fitness?

A: Not really. While you are at a high altitude you simply have to walk slowly and drink enough water. Just focus on your own pace while you are on the mountain. Even when others walk faster past you.

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