What to Expect
This massive mountain called by the natives long ago "shining mountain," or "White mountain" believed to be protected by the Gods and Spirits guarding the silver and precious stones, is the highest mountain in Africa. This ancient solitary mountain is the largest volcano in the world and ranked number 3 on the “Seven Continents of the world”
This Great Land Mark of Africa is a tremendous attraction and is in the number one wish-list of most trekkers from all over the world.
At its foothills the surrounding savannas and vast plains are truly an all time classic image. We are sure and promise you that you will enjoy the dramatic treks, and most breathtaking unspoiled landscapes you have ever seen.
Our guides, assistant guides and Sherpas are native professionals of Tanzania and expert mountaineers with excellent knowledge of all ecological zones on Kilimanjaro mountain.
They are extremely friendly and vibrant people, responsible and a lot of fun.
At all times the entire team works very hard to give you a pleasant journey by providing excellent services.
During your expedition up Kilimanjaro us you can expect:
- Guides and assistant guides that are well trained in first aid and CPR should you experience any difficulties on the mountain.
Climber safety is our primary concern.
- Guides and assistant guides that speak fluent English as well as German, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Communication with the guest is a must to have a great experience.
- Guides that have more than 10 years of experience, they provide exclusive attention and dedication to excellent customer service
- Sherpas (Porters) that work extremely hard caring all the gear and provisions
- You carry only a small day pack with the supplies you will need for the day’s hike
- Sherpas that always travel ahead and set up your camp every day. Camps are always ready and tea is always waiting when you reach camp so you can relax and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the endless mountains
- Equipment that is dependable and the finest available
- Flexibility to create groups and single climbs Special arrangements for special occasions (example, honeymoon specials, or companies team building events)
- Exceptional mountain chefs that provide delicious hot meals Rental gear that is dependable and reasonably priced
- Any high attitude mountain demands respect and it will challenge you every step you take.
- By obeying the rules you will succeed to the roof of Africa and Kilimanjaro will surrender to you.
- Climbing Kilimanjaro doesn’t require technical equipment neither do you need to have climbing skills; however, this is a strenuous climb and you need to be well prepared and physically fit.
- It is a good idea that you see your physician or a cardiologist to test your fitness level. This will increase your confidence and give you a more pleasant climb.
- Accommodation on the mountain varies depending on the route you chose up Kilimanjaro, this includes mountain lodges or high-altitude tents.
Policy for cancellation fees are as follows
Cancellations made 60 days or more before safari begins. 100% refund
Cancellations made 30 - 60 days before safari begins. 50% refund
Cancellations made 0-30 days before safari begins no refund
(Applies to all routes offered)
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Please read carefully and take the advice of our professional guides on high altitude sickness.
- The number of days we recommend to spend on the mountain is the number of days that most trekkers take. An extra night at half way to Uruhu Pick is advised for proper acclimatization, this will give you a much better chance to reach the summit. Mountain sickness starts to develop at the beginning of the first eight hours to 20 hours at high altitude below 3000m.
- The most possible way to acclimatize properly and prevent the development of AMS is by ascent gradually.
It is well advised to rest a full day every third day.
- The use of Diamox has been proved to reduce the AMS.
It is not advised to use Diamox to allow further ascent by a person with AMS already. Alcohol is never advised.
- Symptoms that you might experience will be headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. At any of these symptoms your ascent should stop and take plenty of rest. A mild painkiller is recommended to alleviate any pain.
- If any of those symptoms should occur or continue to worsen to painful headaches and vomiting the ascent should stop immediately and descend to an altitude where those symptoms stop.
- Trying to cut days on the mountain to save time and money is not wise and not recommended. The importance of acclimatization will help you to reach the summit successfully.
There have been many cases when trekkers ignore the advice of guides only to be carried down quickly.
Please understand that the sherpas are caring your provisions on their heads and back , they too need to rest and acclimatize. If you have any health problems or miner injuries you must seek the advice of your guide. This will help him to know the pace you need to take. Failing to do so can result in serious problems and frustration.
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What is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
January, February June, July, August, then December,.
Those are the most popular months to climb Kilimanjaro, although the months of June, July, and August are the higher seasons.
This requires making reservations ahead of time.
What kind of gear shall I take with me?
Choosing suitable equipment of what to bring to the mountain shouldn't be complicated, actually it's pretty simple. We advise you to take several thin layers of clothing that allows you to move with flexibility. Clothes that keep away the moister of your skin leaving you warm and dry on the inside.
The list that follows is the most essential and to help you decide what you will need the most up Kilimanjaro
- Outer shell waterproof pants
- Walking Boots
- Sunglasses/Sun Cream/Lip Balm
- Gaiters, socks
- Wool hat/hat that covers the back of your neck
- Snow goggles/scarf
- Toiletries/Toilet Paper
- Water Bottles
- Walking Poles
- Jacket wind-proof and shower proof (waterproof breathable)
Boots are probably the most important piece asked by trekkers. They must be the right fit and comfortable to avoid the chance of blisters or skin problems.
Do you have rental gear?
Yes, we do have rental gear.
What kind of tents do you use for your services and how many people stay in the same tent?
We use Mountain Hardware tents and 2 people per tent. If you request to be in a private tent, understand that the price will be higher.
Do you carry oxygen?
Yes, we carry oxygen if the client requests. This has to be requested at time of reservations.
Does it get very cold on kilimanjaro treks?
Because you are in Africa and so near the equator, you shouldn't be fooled that it will be warm, hot and dry.
Some of the treks are above 4000m and at night the temperature can drop to below freezing. The higher you ascend the cooler it will be. At early down on the summit of Kilimanjaro the wind-chill can make the temperature to -30 ° C. this equals to -22 ° F below 0 degrees. This means that it is cold enough to loose all the feeling in your fingers if you take your gloves off for only 2 seconds.
So remember that you will encounter many variations of weather and temperatures.
What happens if I get sick during the ascent?
An assistant guide will stay with you until you recover. Should medical emergency arise you will be taken down immediately. Our guides are professionals and will keep you safe at all times during ascent or descent and are well prepared in case of high altitude sickness.
Should an emergency occur are you able at high altitude have access to radios or mobile phones?
We carry cell phones and radios.
Our guides and assistant guides are professionals and well trained in CPR. They are well prepared to handle any high altitude sickness situation. They pay exclusive attention to all individuals climbing within the group. It is their responsibility to make you as comfortable as possible making sure that every member is doing okay.
We carry medical kits and the necessary equipment should an emergency arise.
You will be surprised to know that your cell phone will work on the summit of Kilimanjaro, so carry it with you and you might have a chance to call friends and family to share the good news of reaching the roof of Africa.
Any high altitude mountain demands respect and will challenge you at every step you take, by obeying the rules you will successfully reach the roof of Africa and Kilimanjaro will surrender to you.
Remember that Kilimanjaro is seriously high ( 19,340 feet) and shouldn't be underestimated. it's a real climb. It requires strength and good physical condition.
Our crew is compassionate, patient and a lot of fun and very much willing to give the most remarkable journey of your life.
What are you departures dates?
We are very flexible according to your schedule and requirements. You can travel with us all year around depending on what you want to see and do, please contact us for more information.
Any other questions you might have concerning the climb, please feel free to email us or call us. It is very important that all your questions should be asked prior the climb, so your mind is clear and you can enjoy you trek up to Kilimanjaro. Back to Top