Here are a few last minute traveling tips & FAQ’s:
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There are regular flights operates with connection from Dubai, Doha, Amsterdam, Paris and London. Please note that delays happen, thus it is important to allow some suppleness with airline travel arrangements. It’s important to ensure that the ticket purchased can be changed in-case of flight delays or if you want to go back home earlier than intended time. Tickets purchased over the internet and using air miles are often non-transferable so please be aware of this. While at the check-in desk ask the attendant to check your luggage all the way to the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania destination.
Please remember to purchase flights that give you the ability to change dates should you need to reschedule. Internet fares and frequent flyer fare purchases often have limited or no flexibility should you need to change and the ticket may be exempt should a change need to be made for whatever reason.
You may want to carry or wear some of your gear (hiking books, sun hat, hiking pant and shirt / blouse, carry water bottle etc.) during your flight to Tanzania as your baggage may delay.
Pack any and all items that you cannot be without in your carry-on luggage (i.e. medications, prescription sunglasses, etc.). Remember to remove any sharp objects from your carry-on luggage. This may decrease time spent at the emergency checkpoints in the airport terminal. Your checked bags should not weigh over 50 lbs. (20kg). You are allowed to check 2 pieces of checked luggage. Duffel bags are the easiest to handle.
The permit to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro is for one time entrance only, once one exits the mountain cannot be able to reuse the permit; new entrance permit must be processed and paid to renter the park areas.
All of your major expenses are covered while on trip with us. In addition to the funds you will decide to carry, you will need to take some additional funds on the trek/Safari to cover items such as beer / soda / gifts that you might purchase along the way (especially during safari). If you plan on using your credit card while traveling overseas, call you credit card company to let them know where you are traveling.
Porters, guides and cooks expect to be tipped at the end of the trek; the following is what was recommended from our previous travellers:-
Guide $ 25- $ 35 per day
Assistant guide $15 – $25 per day
Cook & assistant cook (they will divide based on their functions) $30 – $40.
$8 – $10 per day per porter.
Total amount will be divided based on number of clients in the group. Depending on the service offered you may tip less or more at your preference. Credit cards are only accepted in larger hotels/shops, so you will also want to bring some cash for souvenirs, bar beverages, phone calls, etc. US Dollars are accepted everywhere and smaller bills are always appreciated.
How much equipment will I carry?
Your backpack should contain all of your personal kit for the day ahead; a 10L – 15L backpack / rucksack will be sufficient. On an average day you would expect to carry; headlight/torch, waterproof clothing (Poncho or rain jacket & trouser), sun hat, light gloves, 3 litters of water, first-aid kit, spare laces, valuables and snacks.
How far will I trek each day?
Average of 4 hours a day, apart from the summit early morning when you will walk up to 10 hours. You will usually start your days trekking around 3.30am; please see daily program for more details.
Please bring along your favourite snack food that you know you will eat even when you are not hungry. People tend to lose their appetite at altitude.
Please bring an extra pair of light-weight shoes for around camp as your boots may be wet upon arrival.
Do not forget insect repellent, medicine for an upset stomch and digestive system, and any other medicinal needs you may have.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present. We recommend Global rescue.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite. Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. All travelers to East Africa, including infants, children, and former residents of East Africa, may be at risk for malaria. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites.
All travellers should take one of the following drugs:
Atovaquone / proguanil,
primaquine (in special circumstances).
Fitness for Kilimanjaro
A fitness regime for Kilimanjaro
Any journey to a life time goal has to have preparations. These preparations involve building your mental and physical stamina. Just by committing yourself to a regime and successfully managing it, you will have already fortitude you intellectual.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro don’t require mountain technical acquaintance nor does it require special mountain equipment. We recommend to our clients to perform exercises that will make use them; particularly leg muscles to their threshold, strengthening lungs capacity. A little bit of weight lifting won’t ruin.
Altitude sickness is the main reason why people fail to reach to the summit – and this can strike you regardless of whether you are fit or not – there’s no doubt that you do need to be in reasonable condition to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro, and will have a much more pleasant time on the mountain if you are fit and healthy.
The following is the fitness regime for one wants to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you believe you have a good fitness level you can skip number 1 – 4 and start from no 5 onward. When undergoing Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking training regime, bear in mind that in descending can be most challenge than ascending especially with uneven terrains. One will need to perform this regime in a period of 100 days prior the trekking date:
Walk (paved path) for at least 2 hours and swimming.
Walk (paved path) for at least 4 hours carrying on your back a rucksack / backpack with bearable weight. You can spice up with swimming sessions (not with your pack).
Running / jogging the same distance you managed to walk earlier. Do not carry any load. Spice up with aerobic exercises.
Increase running distance by half. Do not carry any load / Aerobic exercises
Start walking up small hills with medium weight backpack / rucksack on uneven terrain.
Find longer and steeper hills as well as gradually increase the weight in your rucksack / backpack. At this stage make sure you use most of the things you will be using during your Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking; i.e. Rucksack / backpack, hiking boots, water bottles, trekking poles, etc. Note that you when you are trekking Kilimanjaro your backpack / rucksack weight will range between 6kg (11 lbs.) and 8kgs (18 lbs.)
It will be advantageous to train with extra weight (more than what you will carry during climbing). Alternatively you can climb stairs of any high raising building with some loads on you back. One should do between 4 to 8 rotations 3x a week.
During hill walking training try to drink between 2 -3 litters of water to get yourself accustomed to what you will be doing during Kilimanjaro.
Ideally carry sand or soft bottles of water as weight. As part of your weight in your backpack / rucksack 2 – 3 litters of water that you will drink, waterproof suit and/or poncho.
Don’t forget to train for going down hills with the same amount of weight. Best outcomes on downhill training will be with your backpack / rucksack on in a rough terrain.
Stop training a week before your trip to Tanzania to trek Mt. Kilimanjaro
One can prepare mentally to be goal driven as well as focusing on a day at a time. This will make you enjoy most out of the trip. Remember there is more to see and experience besides summiting the world’s highest free standing mountain, with your trekking companion, the nature and amazing views.
Physical training for climbing any mountain is just one part of triumphing shape. If you live an unhealthy lifestyle you may as well use the climb as your motivation to change.
Medical check-up is very important prior undergoing any of the above exercises and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ask your doctor all questions about altitude sickness in relation to your medical condition. Check and see if you have any allergies.
Kilimanjaro Expedition Equipment List
1 warm fleece jacket
2 Synthetic t-shirt
1 pair of warmer hiking pants
2 pairs of long underwear (leggings)
1 pair of underwear per hiking day
1 warm hat that covers ears
1 sun hat
1 pair of glove liners/ wind proof gloves
1 Pair of gloves or mittens
1 pair of trekking waterproof boots (light weight) with ankle support
1 soft (without frame or wheels) duffle bag for porter to carry
Plastic bags of different Sizes (to keep item dry in case of rain)
1 warm mountain sleeping bag (0 or -10 rated F)
1 pair of trekking poles (two poles)
(Please refer to your physician about first aid kit).
Other relevant factors you may consider are that it is better to buy trip cancellation insurance at the same time as you pay for your flights for the trip you are going on. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your rescue and lost baggage) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to self, business issues, etc
You must arrange adequate travel insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek. You should ensure that your policy covers you for high altitude climbing as most standard policies will not include this. We applaud that you make copies of your policy and keep one copy with you at all times.
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.
Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.
If you plan to visit countries in this region that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.
Rabies, pre-exposure vaccination, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.
Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors.