Special Kilimanjaro: frequently asked questions

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Do I have to be very fit to participate in this trip?
Yes, definitely. If you try to climb the Kilimanjaro without proper training you may get to the top. The best way to train to reach the summit is to do mountain training. Train in long ports and with the greatest possible altitude change.

Are you provided with drinking water during the trip?
Yes, all the way.

How do we carry our luggage?
The luggage that we take for the route, not counting the small personal backpack, will be carried by porters. Porters are not allowed to carry more than 15 kg of luggage each.

What qualifications do the guides have?
The guides have certified courses recognized by the Tanzanian authorities and by KINAPA, an organization that watches over the Kilimanjaro National Park. In addition, the guides will give you an identification card that will allow you to locate the luggage in a simpler way.

Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag that withstands the temperatures on the ascent to Kilimanjaro?
It is advisable to bring it, but in case it is needed you can rent it.

If it becomes too difficult for me, can I turn around?
If someone at some point is not able to continue the route, our staff will accompany him to our hotel in Moshi. Our porters will help to make our dream to get to the summit come true.

What is the temperature in Kilimanjaro?
Temperatures fluctuate considerably with depending on the altitude and time of day. They drop as height increases. from 20 ° C on Kilema gate to -15 ° C on the summit of Kilimanjaro.

What is hypothermia?
Hypothermia is caused by brief exposure to extreme cold or prolonged exposure to mild cold. This occurs when a person’s temperature drops below 35 ° C. It can be detected if given the following symptoms:

  • Somnolence.
  • Very cold skin in the stomach or armpits.
  • Talk incoherently.
  • Cold is not felt.

What is the highest altitude we will get on this trip?
We will reach 5895 meters.

What is altitude sickness and what are the symptoms?
It is the physical discomfort caused by altitude and its atmospheric pressure. It occurs when the body has not adapted to altitude; to oxygen in the environment. There are many symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and hands. If you feel these symptoms we will step back to lower altitude, with the help of our human team, and you’ll be accompanied to your hotel in Moshi.

How can I avoid altitude sickness?
1.- Stay hydrated, that is, drink 4-6 liters of water a day.
2.- Avoid alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
3.- Do not continue ascending until symptoms have diminished. People acclimate to different rhythms.
4.- Learn to understand your body. Also, avoid hard exercise.
5.- Go up gradually.

Are heat strokes heavier?
Of course. About 55% of Earth’s protective atmosphere is below 5000 meters. It is recommended a high UV protection factor at altitudes below 3000 meters, and a total UV protection at more than 3000 meters. In addition, it is indispensable to wear dark sunglasses above 4000 meters. What tip is usually given to porters or local guides?Tipping is highly awaited and appreciated on the bike route to the top of Kilimanjaro. Tipping also has a positive economic impact within the East African community. While it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable importance to guides, aides, and porters.

What should I put inside my backpack?
The backpack is camelback style, small sized and you have to carry water. inside It is also necessary to take food, such as energy bars and products of this kind. You’ll also need sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm and a small kit of tools.

What travel insurance do I need to hire?
Insurance is included in the price along with the rescue insurance. The insurance company is AXA.