Organizing your Kilimanjaro Trekking:

Organizing your Kilimanjaro Trekking:

1. Correct organizing climbing Kilimanjaro

1.1. Climbing Kilimanjaro is allowed only on established and developed routes. 

1.2. Free and independent climbing Kilimanjaro is strictly prohibited.

1.3. Entrusting such an important responsibility for the success of your ascent is worth only to professional companies that have a tour operator’s license, as well as confirming the fact that the host has a license. 

1.4. The group for the ascent can include any number of those who wish, however, individual tourists are still recommended to join the group. The maximum number of tourists, at which it is possible to maintain the optimal organization and control over the condition of tourists, as a rule, does not exceed 12 people.

1.5. During the ascent, you must have a qualified escort. As a rule, the escort must include a leading guide, an assistant guide, a cook, porters (on average, 3 people per tourist). Even if you are climbing without a group, you must have such an escort. 

1.6. Plan your ascent well in advance. Only then will you have time to receive a complete and much-needed briefing on the upcoming trip. 

1.7. Remember, despite the fact that the minimum duration of the route may be 5 days, but the maximum chances of real success will only provide you with a 7-day route. 

2. Age Recommendations

2.1 The Kilimanjaro National Park authorities have set a minimum age of 10 years at the summit.

2.2 We recommend climbing Kilimanjaro only children over 13 years old, therefore if you are accompanied by a child under 16 years old, you need to notify us in advance. 

2.3 There are no restrictions on the maximum age limit, as evidenced by the presence of persons over 70 years of age in the tourist groups. If you are 60 years old or more, we strongly recommend that you pay your attention to your health condition before the upcoming ascent. 

2.4 Everyone is advised to undergo a preliminary medical examination prior to departure. 

3. Safety and Health

3.1 Climbing Kilimanjaro is very dangerous. 

3.2 In case of unfavorable weather and the choice of non-professional attendants, according to statistics, more than 1 person out of 3000 is killed.

3.3 The most common illness is altitude sickness / altitude sickness (caused by lack of oxygen in thin air at high altitudes). Initial symptoms include headache, insomnia, nausea, indigestion, apathy and eventually disorientation, loss of coordination, difficulty breathing, and even death. 

3.4 As a rule, every tourist, to one degree or another, experiences mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It should be noted that 25% of travelers experience them so badly that they have to stop climbing ahead of schedule. 

3.5 Is your physical fitness suitable for climbing? If you can run 30 minutes without shortness of breath, then you are quite fit.

3.6 The Lemosho Trail runs through large wildlife habitats that are unpredictable and can also be dangerous to you. Make sure that an armed ranger is accompanying you along this route. 

3.7 During the ascent, you will definitely need medical insurance. Climbing Kilimanjaro the mountains falls under the category of extreme tourism, so you should take out special insurance for the period of climbing Kilimanjaro. 

3.8 For complete safety, we recommend that you additionally take out medical insurance from the side of Tanzania. It costs from 25 USD per person and enables prompt communication directly with the local operator, which will speed up the solution of your problem. This insurance is optional and does not exclude the need for international travel insurance.

3.9 Remember to consume 4-5 liters of liquid daily, water is most suitable. To do this, you need to always have a bottle of water with you. 

3.10 If you have a sore throat, cold or breathing problems, then climbing Kilimanjaro above 3000 m is prohibited for you. 

3.11 If you have heart or lung problems without a doctor’s opinion, we do not recommend that you go up the mountain. 

3.12 A yellow fever vaccination certificate is recommended (for Tanzania as a whole). It is advisable to vaccinate 10 days before the planned entry into the country. Please note that the vaccination is valid for 10 years, so you can also visit other African countries. 

3.13 It is strongly recommended to drink a course of “Lariam” (or meflochil) for prevention, having previously consulted with your doctor.

4. Season

4.1. Choosing the right season for travel is extremely important, as your safety will also depend on it. 

4.2. Weather conditions will also affect your chances of success when conquering a mountain peak. 

4.3. Climbing Kilimanjaro in the most unfavorable weather conditions will make your ascent twice as difficult 

4.4. When choosing the wrong season, you will be faced with deep mud, rain, drizzle, fog, snow and hail. 

4.5.  Climbing Kilimanjaro has a mixed climate, ranging from equatorial to arctic. At the foot of the plain with an average temperature of 30C, then there is a zone of tropical forest, where the temperature gradually begins to decrease and precipitation is possible. At the top, the temperature is below zero, and can drop to -25C.

5. Acclimatization

5.1 An essential part of preparation for the upcoming ascent, which in no case should be skipped. 

5.2 Before starting the ascent, you need to completely get rid of the accumulated adrenaline, adapt after a long flight, get enough sleep and fully regain your senses. That is why you cannot go to the ascent on the very first day upon arrival, even if you are an experienced climber. 

5.3 Heat, sun, food and water different from the usual: your body must get used to all this before the ascent. Food and water contain a different consistency of bacteria and minerals that your digestive system must get used to.

5.4 Acclimatization should take place in environmentally friendly conditions, in this case at low altitudes such as Arusha, Moshi or Marangu. 

5.5 Acclimatization at high altitudes is also important and you have to go through it. Its essence lies in the fact that after passing half the way, you will move at a high altitude, and the overnight stay, as a rule, will be at a lower altitude. It is also advisable to make an additional stop for one more night at an altitude of 2700 – 3000m. 

6. Excess baggage

6.1 Permitted baggage when climbing Kilimanjaro – 15 kg.

Note About Packing List

The luggage that porters are allowed to carry is limited to 35 pounds (ie: 15 kgs)

Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at a rate of $10/bag/day

You can leave extra luggage at your hotel in Arusha or at our office (do not leave any valuables like cash, jewelry, electronics.