You won’t be very happy in an ancient tent that leaks. Gear takes quite a battering on the mountain, and it isn’t just used for your climb.
You want an operator who regularly checks and updates their equipment. Complaints about tiny, leaking tents from budget operators is commonplace. Is the tent going to be big enough for the two of you – and your kit?
You don’t want to be storing your bags outside in the rain and cold. Most reputable operators use high-quality 4-season, three-man tents, for each two-person sharing.
Do they provide a mess-tent for meal times? It may seem unimportant that you eat your meals as an outdoor picnic, but as you climb higher and it gets colder, this gets less appealing.
And what if it is raining? Sitting in your tent trying not to spill soup all over your down sleeping bag is not a pleasant way to dine on the mountain.
If you are renting gear – is this good quality gear or simply stuff that’s been donated by previous climbers?
You may feel like saving money and not buying that expensive down jacket, and you can rent one. If it’s some old cheap thing that hasn’t been cleaned in ten years, you’ll soon regret that decision.
Public or Private toilets
Some operators give their clients private toilet tents with a chemical toilet.
This is a matter of personal preference. The public toilets at the camps are not a pretty place to be. They are the “long drop” variety, do not flush and the smell can turn the strongest of stomachs.
But the provision of a private toilet is another expense. Most of the high-end operators provide this as standard. It’s up to you to decide how important it is for you.
Travel Insurance for climbing Kilimanjaro Considerations
Always read the small print. Yes! We said it. We have become accustomed to not reading “the small print” because it’s boring. It won’t be so boring if you accidentally purchase a policy designed for sitting on the beach when you intend to climb a very high mountain!
When you are buying travel insurance for your trip to Kilimanjaro, it’s important to check that the policy you select covers you over 6,000m. It needs to provide for the activity that you are undertaking. Which is high-altitude trekking.
We like World Nomads, because they seem to understand that not every vacation involves sitting around doing nothing!
What to Expect
What’s the food like? What’s it like sleeping in a tent? What does an average day comprise? How much walking do I actually do each day? Where do I go to the bathroom?
For any medical issues, please seek advice from your Doctor or other healthcare professional. Questions? Feel free to ask.