August 29, 2016

Mount Kilimanjaro FAQ’s

When should I go?
Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time throughout the year.Some consider the best months to climb as December through March, and September through October.However the as mentioned above Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time throughout the year,however we do Not recommend April to end of May due to rainfall.

What is the weather like on Mt. Kilimanjaro?
The Kilimanjaro temperature range from 25oc to 30oc at the foot of the mountain and 0oc and below on top, plus wind and for more information please see weather page.

How difficult is it to climb Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Kilimanjaro requires no technical climbing experience and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain. However, one should not undermine this Mountain due to the fact that gradually change of weather and altitude makes most of the alpine to fall altitude sickness. For this reason mark Kilimanjaro as the most difficult thing they have ever done in life time of which isnt.

Which route should I take?
Mount Kilimanjaro climbing consists of six official routes to the top which are Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai, Umbwe and Shira. The Mweka route is left for descending from other route with exceptional of Rongai (which uses Marangu to descent) and Marangu which you can ascend and descent on the same path.With exception of Marangu route which uses Park’s huts as accommodation,you have to camp on all the other routes.You tour operator will provide all the camping equipment while you are expected to bring your own personal climb gear.If you prefer to rent the climb gear from us get in touch with us and will be more than happy to rent to you the gear you need at an affordable rate.

Marangu and Machame are the commonly used routes but it doesnt mean that they are the beautiful more than other routes to the top of Kilimanjaro. Basic decision can be made will choosing kind of route to climb they include available time you have, budget, type of accommodation and kind of challenge you are looking for as well as view points.

How long does it take to reach the summit?
This depends much on the nature of the person you are? Mount Kilimanjaro has lots of records for the former climbers. For example there some people who have climb for 5 hours to the top, other 1 day and others 2 days but basically their history goes back to experience obtained to Mountain Everest.
Kilimanjaro is officially trekked for a minimum of five (5) days for Marangu route, Six days (6) for Machame route and this is what you will be paying to the park authority. Other parks spend from five days (5) to eight days (8) including the acclimatization days. Yet it will be the decision of the climber which route should they use as per their wishes.

How do I cope with the change of altitude?
Always remember to maintain a slow and steady pace from beginning to end. Going slowly allows the body to acclimatize while hiking. Those who start out too quickly will have troubles higher up the mountain as the body will be overexerted. This still holds true if you are spending an extra day on the mountain. Drink plenty of water and get lots of sleep.

What kind of climbing gear do I need?
See the Kilimanjaro Packing List.

Can children climb Kilimanjaro?
The minimum age set by the National Park Authorities for summiting Mountain Kilimanjaro is 12 years old. However children can climb up to 3700 m and thereafter waiting for their elders to trek down or they can trek down to the gate and meet our tour guide with a vehicle and transfer them to the designated hotel or lodge in Arusha or Moshi,where they can wait for their parents to complete the climb.However we have had several children aged 12 climbing mount Kilimanjaro successfully.

How many guides, porters, and cooks will we have?
Please see our porters link for more information.

Are the guides trained in first aid and altitude sickness?
Kilimanjaro guides are trained in acute mountain sickness (AMS) and basic mountain first aid.However, they are not doctors or paramedics. Climbers are responsible for bringing their own first aid kit and medical supplies. Under any unlikely event guides or assistants guides are responsible to assist you to trek down at least 3000 m to see if the illness gets better. If the situation is serious they have to quickly call the office for the arrangement of evacuation by helicopter which is an Air Ambulance. See the requirements for the Kilimanjaro Rescue.

Are the guides licensed / certified?
Kilimanjaro guides are trained and certified by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. They start out as porters and work their way up to assistant guide. When they are ready (after about 2-4 years), they go through the national park certification process. This certification isn’t cheap to acquire as one has to be really competent.

Does the company have a 24 hour emergency telephone number?
+ 255 (754) 203 301 or + 255 (783) 203 301 Nicholas Minja
+ 255 (754) 873 639 or + 255 (782) 873 639 Angel Minja

Will there be oxygen for our group on the trek?
Emergency equipment such as oxygen bottles are provided on all treks at no charge.

Will there be a hyperbaric pressure bag for our group?
considered essential emergency equipment in high altitude,in addition to free oxygen bottles Big Expeditions also provide hyperbaric bag free of charge.

What additional costs can I expect when I travel with you?

Extra expenses include:

Tips for guides and porters
Rental equipment (sleeping bags, hiking poles, etc.),however you can bring your own in case you do not want to rent.
Lunches, dinners, and drinks at your hotel in Moshi/Arusha,if not included on the cost of your climb.
Any personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, etc.).

Do you have luggage (weight/size/number) limitations on your climbs?
Please see the porters link into the website.

What’s the food like during the climb?
We are among the best companies which offer balanced diet and palatable dishes while climbing as well as while on a camping safari.

Can we bring something for the porters?
Most climbers donate some of their gears to the porters after the completion of their climb.

Is it better to do a safari first….then the trek? Or do the trek first?
Most people start with the trek and end with the safari, since they finish the hardest part of their trip and are able to relax on their safari. However, depending with the itinerary we can accommodate either way. Due to the schedule some clients starts safari and then join their counterpart arriving from their home for Kilimanjaro only and climb as a team.

Starting with trek then going on safari is recommended as starting with the safari you gain some weight as you do not do any physical activity but sitting on the vehicle and viewing wildlife.