Your Safety &
Frequently Asked Questions
Our guides are incredibly experienced and prepared for all eventualities, having scaled the mountain countless times and in all conditions. They’re energetic, enthusiastic fun and will keep you going with support and laughs along the way, ensuring you the best possible chance of making it to the tip.
Safety however is always on their mind and our guides and entire support crew are there to ensure your safety throughout.
*The cost of the climb includes mountain rescue so if anyone should need to be evacuated from the mountain at any point, we can move swiftly to ensure you get the care you need.
*We carry with us all necessary medical equipment the whole way up the mountain, including first aid, a full oxygen tank and equipment for checking blood pressure, heart rate etc to monitor your healthy throughout and act accordingly.
*We have with us enough guides and assistant guides that if anyone needs to move to lower altitude to give more time for the acclimatization process we’re able to do this. This helps to ensure that everyone has the best chance of making it to the summit.
*Key to staying healthy throughout the climb is to drink plenty of water. Intake of fluid not less than 3 liters per day is recommended. This will improve blood circulation and other body functions.
*Walk slowly. It is important to give you as little force as possible on the body while it is trying to adjust a reduced oxygen supply. We will walk together at a pace that is comfortable for everyone, slow and steady wins the race.
*Climb high, sleep low – this merely means climb to a higher altitude during the day and sleep at a lower altitude at night. This is done through a well arranged itinerary that includes acclimatization hikes to higher levels (climbing higher than the camp) and then descending back down to the camp (sleeping low). Our itineraries all have this feature.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be extremely fit to take part in this trek?
Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can trek Kilimanjaro but If you attempt to climb Kilimanjaro without the proper training you may not enjoy the trek as much as you would have with adequate training. The best way to train for Kilimanjaro is to strap a pack on your back and go hiking as much as possible. By doing so your feet and joints will become accustomed to the constant walking you will face on the trek.
What is the success rate for the Machame route?
In the last calendar year, from April 1 2018 to March 31 2019, the success rate for each route was 92%
What are the accommodations along the trail?
Following all routes, trekkers camp all the way up. Don’t worry – our awesome team are there to set up camp and our mountain chefs will keep your tummies happy and well fueled. The only exception is Marangu Route, in which huts are provided all the way up.
Do we carry our own luggage on the trip? If not, what is the weight the porters carry?
You will not be responsible to carry your luggage up Kilimanjaro. The porters can carry approximately 30lbs (15kg) of your luggage; the rest can be stored safely at the hotel. You will only be responsible to carry your day pack with the essential and personal items you need to have with you at all times.
What qualifications do the guides have?
The mountain guides have to attend certified courses that are offered by Tanzania National Parks before they get their Mountain Guide Licenses. A Porters Association also selects the porters; they will carry an identification card allowing them to carry your belongings, and assist you up the mountain.
If the trek becomes too difficult for me can I turn around?
Yes you can. If you are in any physical danger or suffer from altitude sickness the porters will be able to assist you down the
What is the highest altitude we will hit on this trek?
The highest altitude reaches 5895m.
How can I prevent altitude sickness?
1. Stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 4-6 liters per day.
2. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other depressant drugs including barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
3. “Don’t go up until symptoms go down”. People acclimatize at different rates, so make sure that you properly acclimatized before going higher.
4. Before your trip, maintain a good work/rest cycle, avoid excessive work hours, and last minute packing.
5. Listen to your body. Do not over-do things the first day or two. Avoid heavy exercise.
6. Take your time. Pace is a critical factor on all routes. "Pole pole" (go slowly) is the phrase of the day.
7. Walk high sleep low: If you have enough energy, take an afternoon stroll further up the mountain before descending to sleep.
How much do you recommend we tip the porters and/or local guides?
Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated component of your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek. It should be an expression of satisfaction with those who have assisted you throughout the expedition. Tipping is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the East African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to your guides, assistants, cooks, and porters, as an important source of and supplement to their income
.A method that’s popular is for everybody to contribute 10% of the total cost of their trek towards tips. So if you paid US $2500 for your trek, you should pay US $250 collectively for your crew. (If there were only one or two of you, it would be better to pay slightly more than 10%.). A realistic amount for a trip of 5-7 days length would be between 200-300 USD per climber for tips. Here is a suggested amount per trip:
***Please note that these are only guidelines and tips can be based on personal opinion
If paying each crew member individually, you can use the following chart as a guideline:
Tipping guide in USD (or equivalent in local currency) per group per day spent on the mountain:
Per Chief Guide: US$10-15 per day
Per Assistant Guide: US$8-10 per day
Per Cook: US$7-$10 per day
Per Porter: US$5-8 per day
Gifts in addition are also appreciated – e.g. warm clothing or footwear.
These are mere guidelines, and you may wish to alter them if you feel, for example, a certain porter is deserving of more than his normal share, or if your trek was particularly difficult.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is an incredible achievement. It’d be our absolute pleasure to guide you all to summit……
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Outstanding the whole way through. Seamless organisation and planning - quick responses to all of our questions and so much flexibility in planing our itinerary.
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31st October 2022