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Plan a successful Kilimanjaro Climb

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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 Kilimanjaro climbs. 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

Organize 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 Equipment’s

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!

Planning and prepare earlier all necessary gears for your Kilimanjaro climb.  Bring those items that are not optional but  essential for your comfort, safety and enjoyable climbing.

Mental Preparations


It is possible to summit Kilimanjaro successfully, before you have succeeded this should be topmost in your mind when preparing for the summit attempt.

You should always remain in a positive state of mind, planning now Kilimanjaro climb with Kilimanjaro Brothers.

Physical Training

Kilimanjaro climb may not require special mountaineering experience, but long distance trekking and hiking experience sure helps!I t is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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.

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.

Travel insurance
Make sure that you have adequate travel and medical insurance in Kilimanjaro climb.

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

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

Go slowly


Go slowly as it’s very important to ensure you enjoy the scenery and time you give your body to acclimatize.

Drinking enough water

Make sure that you drink at least 3 – 4 litres of liquid a day – preferably water.

Walk high-sleep low.


Walk high- sleep low” Try during the hike or after arriving to the designated camps as is essential on your acclimatization day.

Climb light


Climb as lightly as possible; this becomes even more important on your summit night. Extra weight will slow you down and will also make breathing more difficult.

Kilimanjaro climb Packing


You need to take enough clothing and packed items should be wrapped in plastic bags to prevent them from getting wet in case of rain.

Clothes

You needs underwear, thermal hiking socks, gloves and mittens, warm head protection, rain coat, sunglasses and sun protection cream and hiking boots and a walking stick.

Choose the outer jacket that keeps you keeping you warm, protect you at temperatures of as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius, keep the wind out and yet still “breath” Other clothing like shorts, sweaters and T-shirts are strongly recommended, especially during hiking on the lower slopes, when the day temperatures are still high.

The only way to ensure that you are dressed warmly is to follow the principal of wearing the correct clothing layers, starting from against the body.

Accute Mountain sickness(AMS)


AMS commonly affects people at high altitude, Be sure to prepare well and seek medical advise.

Malaria


Malaria occurs below 1800 meters and you should use the recommended prophylactics. Please consult your doctor about these. Currently, there are various preventative medication products available which will be effective against the malaria strains currently found in Tanzania.
Women using oral contraceptives should consult their physicians before using prophylactics.

Other useful tips

Wet wipe


There is no washing water at Barafu, Kibo and Arrow Glacier camps. Wet Wipes are very useful.

Snacks


Take enough snacks like energy bars etc. Avoid the toffee like energy bars as they get very hard and difficult to eat in low temperatures but rather but the cereal type energy bars.

Sun protection


Wear a good quality pair of sunglasses (with UV protection) and use adequate sun protection cream with a protection factor of at least 20+.

Thermal Flask


Use a thermal flask for your water on the summit night, other water bottles might freeze solid.

Camera


Taking pictures with a fully automatic camera at the summit of Kilimanjaro is possible, and most people do this. Keep safe your battery in your camera when going into cold areas at high altitude. A mechanical camera works just as well, provided you have the knowledge to operate it successfully. Cameras exposed to cold do not cease functioning, but remember that if you keep your camera inside your jacket and the lens becomes warm, chances are that it will form condensation when suddenly exposed to extreme cold. This condensation will freeze under conditions at the summit. Therefore, keep your camera dry at all times. Moisture freeze at the summit WILL cause your camera to stop functioning if its not kept dry at all times.

Film Camera


ASA 200 film is good for taking photographs in relatively little light. You might reach the summit just before sunrise and may not wish to wait due to the altitude and the cold. After sunrise, film with ASA 200 or 100 are fine. There are numerous classic photo opportunities, some of which are only available in low light conditions. If you can, and if you are a serious photographer, we recommend that you take a small, portable tri-pod with you. Also remember that it is sometimes so cold that you cannot hold the camera steady.

Water on Kilimanjaro climb


we recommend that you be on the safe-side and use water purification tablets before drinking or using purification pumps

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