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How to Plan a successful Kilimanjaro Climb?

How to Plan a successful Kilimanjaro Climb?

Planning a successful Kilimanjaro climb forces you to have a detailed information on picking the right time, choosing the tour company as well as a route, fitness practice, altitude sickness facts , high altitude medications and getting you to Tanzania, then to start your hike for successful Kilimanjaro climb!

Choose a Travel Date

The best time to have a good Kilimanjaro climb is during either of the driest months of January, February and August as well as September, July through October are the best months or June, December and March are good though have little rain and clouds.
The time between January and mid March or between June and October offers reasonable chances of a good Kilimanjaro climb check the current Kilimanjaro weather

Choose Route and Duration

There are basic 7 routes for climbing up mount Kilimanjaro. They all vary in length and difficulty except one which does not require you to camp. If you use the Marangu route your accommodation is in huts and camping is not allowed.

Five days is the absolute minimum duration for a Kilimanjaro trek, six is better. For the popular Machame route six days is the minimum, seven days is recommended.

Taking an extra day for acclimatization will greatly improve your chances to reach the summit. There are longer treks available for those who can afford them.

Choose your Tour Operator

There are Kilimanjaro local tour companies and Overseas Companies. Choosing to travel with a local tour operator is more advisable.

  1. Save up to 50%+ to what it would cost if you booked through an overseas based company.
  2. Know whom you’re going with and which company is ultimately taking you on your travel tour. The overseas tour operators will subcontract your tour out to a local agency, but often it is not transparent about who the local company is. In many cases, you don’t find out until you arrive.
  3. It is extremely difficult for local tour operators to market themselves internationally and they rely on agencies which results in the tour operators cutting their prices to rock bottom levels, as to be able to compete for the business. This does not benefit them nor the end traveler, since a significant portion of the markup is captured by overseas based travel company. Support the local economy by booking directly with a local tour company thus allowing them to charge a reasonable price that is still significantly lower than what you would pay. In the end it’s a win-win situation for both the traveler and the local tour company.

Don’t choose Kilimanjaro climb cheap tour operators, Park fees and services provided makes a Kilimanjaro climb rather expensive. The company with best facilities and guides will enhance you to get to the top.

What you should be looking for is a quality and responsible tour operator who also treats their staff well. Do NOT climb Kilimanjaro with a lower end budget operator.

Booking your Flights

The closest airport to Mt. Kilimanjaro is Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). Kilimanjaro Airport is situated half way between Arusha and Moshi, and most people land there.

Mt. Kilimanjaro itself is closer to Moshi. If you are planning an extended Tanzania trip you may also want to fly to/from one of the other main airports in the area: Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Mwanza

Organise your visa

In Tanzania, visas are required by most foreign nationals whether visiting for a holiday or to conduct business.

Tanzania does permit visa free travel for a period of up to three months to some foreign nationals, mainly those from African and Asian countries however in most cases, with the exceptions of East Africa neighboring countries, these visitors will still to obtain entry permit clearance. A Global Visas immigration will be able to advice you of the exact visa requirements for citizens of your country of residence traveling to Tanzania.

Who Needs Visa To Tanzania?
Check in Tanzania Immigration Portal for countries whose nationals require visa for a visit to Tanzania.
Stateless and those holding non-national travel/refugee documents or passports issued by an authority not recognized by the United Republic of Tanzania, must obtain a valid visa on each occasion they need to enter Tanzania

Get Vaccinated

You may need a yellow fever certificate and there are a number of other vaccinations recommended. Some of them need to be started some months in advance, so talk to your doctor as early as possible.

Depending on your travel plans you may also want to take anti-malaria medication. Talk to your doctor about it.

What exactly you need ultimately depends on the length of your stay and other places you may want to visit besides Kilimanjaro, e.g. Zanzibar or going on a safari.

Necessary Equipments

Many Kilimanjaro tour operators also offer other gears for rent, gears that you may not want to purchase for one time use only or may not want to lug around Tanzania on an extended trip.

Equipment you can often rent includes down sleeping bags, insulation pads and down jackets.

Beyond that you will also need very good quality, thermal under and upper layers of clothing, gloves, warm hat, good sunglasses, sunscreen (for the lips, too!), a day pack, rain protection for everything, water bottles/camel back and more.

Most importantly you need high quality hiking boots and they need to be well broken in!

Physical Training

Kilimanjaro may not require special mountaineering experience, but long distance trekking and hiking experience sure helps!

It also helps if you are used to camping out and roughing it, because you will certainly have to rough it when you climb Kilimanjaro.

Insurance

Travel insurance provides you with coverage against unforeseen circumstances. Deposits are nonrefundable upon trip confirmation and balance payments are nonrefundable within 30 days of the trip start date. Therefore, having travel insurance is a smart and practical means to cover your trip even if it was not required.

Travel insurance may cover your trip costs if you have to cancel your trip due to the following situations:

  1. Flight delays or cancellations
  2. Injury, illness or other medical conditions
  3. A death in the family
  4. Loss of employment

Other items that are reimbursed by travel insurance:

  1. Lost or delayed luggage
  2. Traveling expenses
  3. Hospital costs
  4. Evacuation

You must have a valid travel insurance policy in order to participate on our climbs. Travel insurance should cover high altitude trekking (not mountaineering), medical and repatriation costs, and trip cancellation. Furthermore, having travel insurance automatically qualifies you for AMREF’s Flying Doctors evacuation insurance, which is included in your trip. Without travel insurance, helicopter evacuation and medical treatment may be denied. Therefore it is very important that you acquire travel insurance.

Choose the policy that cover up to 6000mts, below are the insurance companies Brytesa https://www.brytesa.com/ Global Rescue https://www.globalrescue.com/ Ripcord Insurance https://www.ripcordrescuetravelinsurance.com/ and Word Nomard World nomard https://www.worldnomads.com/

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