Travel Resources / Kilimanjaro FAQ

What is included in the Kilimanjaro price?
Your Kilimanjaro price includes park entry fees, camping fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the park entry gate, head guide, assistant guides, cook, porters and tents. 3 meals every day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). All of our guides cook and porters are paid a proper salary in accordance to the Porters Association requirements.

Are there any additional costs for Kilimanjaro climbs?
Additional costs include tipping to your guides, porters & cooks and hiring of clothing equipment if you do not have.  The recommended tipping is US $ 20 per day to the head guide, US $15 per day per assistant guide, US $15 per day to the cook, US $10 per day per porter.  This is split between everyone climbing.  Upon booking we provide an equipment hire list.  This covers things like clothing, walking poles, sleeping bags etc.  This list includes hiring prices therefore anything you choose not to bring from home can be hired once you arrive

How Do I Prepare to Climb Kilimanjaro?
This section covers what gear you need to bring, physical training, Tanzania entry requirements (passport & visa), immunizations and vaccinations, and travel insurance.
Please read carefully equipment page and make sure you have gathered everything before you depart on your trip.
How Should I Train for the Climb?
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly with a Kilimanjaro training program. Being in good shape is important in many respects. Obviously, strong, conditioned legs make it easier to walk uphill and downhill for sustained periods of time. General aerobic fitness allows the body to function efficiently with less oxygen. And a fit body is more likely to withstand the stress of consecutive days of hiking and camping. Finally, a positive mental attitude can work wonders for you when fatigue and doubts arise.

Should I Get a Medical Check Up?
All climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting the mountain. Ask your doctor if high altitude trekking is permissible for your age, fitness level and health condition. Ask if you have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause problems on the climb. Ask if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization. Ask whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines.

Where Do the Kilimanjaro Climbs Begin?
Our climbs originate in Moshi, is a short drive from the Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). If you fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, you should communicate your flight information to us, and we can arrange for transport from the airport to the hotel for a small fare.

Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Absolutely.  Climbers are strongly advised to obtain travel insurance immediately after booking their trip. Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Travel insurance covers expenses such as: trip cancellation, interruption or delays emergency accident and sickness, lost, damaged, stolen or delayed baggage 24-hour emergency medical assistance.

What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?  
The average temperature at the foot of the mountain is 25° to 30° C. On the summit, it can range from -12° to 10° C but is usually below freezing. At 3000m (above the tree line), the day temperatures range from 5° to 15° C and then cool off significantly at night. As you work your way up the mountain, you will traverse through many different climates that vary in temperature and precipitation. Light rain is fairly consistent in the lower rainforest section while the upper parts of the mountain often experience passing snowstorms.

Are there any age limitations?
If you're looking to break the record, the smallest age to reach the summit of mountain Kilimanjaro was 9 years old, and the oldest person who reached the summit of Kilimanjaro was 87 years old!

What language is spoken there?
Swahili is widely spoken in Tanzania as well in Kenya, Uganda, Eastern Zaire and Rwanda. Your guide will speak excellent English as well Swahili and usually also a native language. Some porters know English while others may have just picked up a few words here and there.

Can I combine Safaris with a climb?
Absolutely.  East Africa has some of the world's most wonderful safaris to offer. You can very easily do a multi-day safari before or after your climb.

What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?        
The average temperature at the foot of the mountain is 25° to 30° C. On the summit, it can range from -12° to 10° C but is usually below freezing. At 3000m (above the tree line), the day temperatures range from 5° to 15° C and then cool off significantly at night. As you work your way up the mountain, you will traverse through many different climates that vary in temperature and precipitation. Light rain is fairly consistent in the lower rainforest section while the upper parts of the mountain often experience passing snowstorms.

How many miles do we hike per day?                 
The number of hours you hike each day varies from 3 hours (minimum) to 7 hours (maximum), depending on the intensity of the slope and difficulty of the climb.

What is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro may be climbed at any time throughout a year, in the bimodal regime the March-May rains are referred as the long rains, whereas the October-December rains are generally known as short rains. January to May is very good with mild temperature.

 
 
 

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