A: We recommend three Kilimanjaro routes, namely: Machame,Rongai and Lemosho. This is for two main reasons; they are the
most scenically varied and beautiful, and offer the greatest chance of success due to the length of time spent gaining altitude slowly, and the
shorter final ascent route via Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. The main point though is the time taken to climb - the longer and slower you go the
better your chance of success, and having plenty of beautiful and varied scenery helps you to go slowly.
A: In most cases, clients arriving in Tanzania on an overnight flight on day one, spend the afternoon getting to know their Kilimanjaro guides and crew, and receive a full briefing. This gives them enough time to settle in, get over the long flight, and get ready for the climb. They spend the night in Moshi, and then proceed to the mountain the following morning.
It may sound like a waste of time at this stage, but preparation and familiarisation is crucially important to maximise your safety and chances of
success. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a big task even with plenty of time, and it is simply not wise or worthwhile to rush it. We have seen several
people who were fit, young and determined fail because they tried to rush the mountain.
A: Tipping is discretionary but very much appreciated by the crew. The recommended amount would be around $100 per
person for your group. Transfers to and from Kilimanjaro Airport and one night in a hotel before and after the climb are included in the cost of
luxury climbs. The only additional costs you should expect to incur would be tipping, unless you wish to purchase any curios or drinks before and
after your climb
A: The minimum climbing age is 12 years, but anyone between the ages of 12 to 16 needs to take extra care and be monitored very closely as altitude
sickness can creep up on undeveloped bodies and be much more severe than in adults.
A: Our luxury specification climbs provide a wash tent where you may stand up to wash yourself with hot water,
provided in a bowl. You may use as much as you wish within reason, as the water is sourced from streams on the Kilimanjaro. On the lightweight
specification climbs, you would wash in your own tent or outside. Again, hot water is supplied for you in a bowl. On the luxury and VIP climbs a
long drop loo is provided for your group of climbers. On the lightweight specification, climbers use the public long drop facilities on the
A: All meals on Kilimanjaro are prepared with as many fresh ingredients as possible. Breakfast during the climb
would consist of a selection of fresh fruits, cereal, porridge, and something cooked such as eggs, sausage, tomato, along with tea, coffee or hot
chocolate. Lunch during the climb is often eaten en-route in the form of a picnic. Your cook sets this up in advance and it would usually include:
fresh vegetables, fruit juice, hot soup, sandwiches with cheese or ham, a chocolate bar, and tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Dinner on Kilimanjaro is
always three courses, and usually follows these lines; starter of soup with bread, main course of a carbohydrate like rice or pasta with a meat dish such as bolognaise, a pudding which will be banana fritters or something like it, tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
On the mountain it is essential to try and eat as much as possible and to keep very well hydrated on the climb. Your body uses up to three times as
much water compared to normal whilst at altitude, so keeping hydrated is essential. Take in as much liquid as you can during meals - hot drinks,
cold drinks and soups are all there to keep you well hydrated. Keep drinking during the day - you should be drinking at every opportunity and at no
point on Kilimanjaro should you be in need of a drink.Special diets can be accommodated with prior notice.
A: All climbers and our Kilimanjaro crew are monitored with oxymeters twice daily to assess their physical
condition and their response to the
increasing altitude. The information is relayed to the operations base, where there will be a duty manager dedicated to each climb.
A: If the guide or the manager at base camp is unhappy with the situation for any client or crew member they are
urged to either stop where they are, or to leave the mountain before an emergency situation arises. Every effort is made to allow climbers or crew
to walk off the mountain, but if all goes wrong, we have special stretchers to carry people off. All Kilimanjaro climbs are accompanied by fully
qualified and regularly updated first aiders, including CPR training.
A: We believe that Kiliamanajro safety starts well before a climb with training our guides and crew to ensure that
they know how look after our clients and themselves properly, including avoiding situations that could lead to risk, and watching for anyone who is struggling, not eating or drinking, or unresponsive. The next stage is to brief our clients well, to make sure that they do not put themselves in danger when on the mountain.
This is followed up with twice daily scheduled communications with base while on Kilimanjaro, and all trips carry a two way radio and a satellite
phone for use at any time. Our climbs are always guided by highly experienced people who know the mountain and its characteristics well, and thus
know how to deal with any situation such as a rapid change in weather. Every trip carries a pulse oxymeter, supplementary oxygen, first aid kits,
two way communications and a stretcher.
A:The procedure for acclimatisation on Kilimanjaro is to ascend very slowly, and to camp slightly lower than the greatest altitude reached each day.
It also helps to ensure that you eat and drink far more than you feel you need to, and to snack and drink as often as possible during the ascent.
The camps on the Machame Route are at 3000, 3840, 3950, 4100, and 4600 meters and then back down to 3100 meters.
A: We operate two main climb specifications on Kilimanjaro, lightweight and luxury. The luxury climb offers large dome tents designed for three people but used for two, a walk in mess tent, tables and chairs, and a loo tent. The lightweight climb uses smaller tents and thinner foam mattresses, uses a smaller tent for the mess, and has stools instead of chairs, and no loo tent. On this climb you would use the public loos at the camp site. Please see the climbing kit list page for greater detail.
In addition to these frequently asked questions, we occasionally get more detailed questions, or questions relating to people's particular wishes
for a climb. We've added some of these below as we feel they show how well our teams on the mountain in Tanzania work to get everyone to the summit:
A: All of our food on Kilimanjaro is freshly prepared, East Africa has wonderful vegetables and fruits, we even
have porters who come mid-climb to do a fresh re-supply. Some cans are used for example beans and mushrooms, but even the soups are not packaged,
freshly prepared. We do have chicken and beef as proteins - we do not use fish as it is very perishable. Should you need vegetarian options, our
cooks are well versed.
A: The mattresses we use on Kilimanjaro climbs are custom made from foam and sealed with a canvas cover. They are
about 3 inches - so much more comfortable than a typical foam pad mattress. Our sleeping bags are -30°f rated Mountain Hardware and dry cleaned after
every climb, but you are more than welcome to bring your own, but note that they are included as well as thermal liners for extra warmth.
A: We do not bring AED, as generally, only very experienced health practitioners should use those. We carry
supplemental oxygen, which generally will suffice to give a client an extra 7 hours to hike down. Only in extreme cases will clients be carried
down with our stretchers - out goal is to not have clients get to that point, so hence our accurate preventative health monitoring. We also have
portable altitude chambers should clients develop extreme AMS. Again, our guides are trained to catch these symptoms before any of these extreme
conditions occur. The Crater camp is high and so altitude is not for everyone - if you react badly to altitude, we would suggest doing the Lemosho
8 day climb whereby you skip the Crater camp and ascend via Stella point from Barafu. The Crater does not emit gases.