Karagwe Tours & Safaris

Kilimanjaro FAQs

We receive questions on climbing Kilimanjaro all the time. We have gathered an inventory of the most frequently asked questions on hiking Mt Kilimanjaro in general, and also about climbing Kilimanjaro with Muraa African Safaris specifically.

Mount Kilimanjaro can be mounted anytime all over the year. Many tourists choose to climb during the dry seasons: December to March, June to October. Many of them regard the best months to climb Kilimanjaro to be January, February and September.

 

The trek up Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb. You do not require any mountaineering equipment to reach the summit. In fact, any person in good physical state can be able reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. You should be able to run for at least half an hour without feeling shortness of breath. You should also be able to walk for at least 2 hours in hilly terrains without feeling overly exhausted. No one with a sore throat, cold of breathing problems should go beyond 3000m. Any person with heart or lung complications should consult his/her physician before trying to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

 

All Tanzania National Park (TANAPA) fees are included in our Kilimanjaro price. Presently, the conservation fees at Kilimanjaro National Park are: US$70 per person per day and US$50 per person per night for camping. Crew entry fees and Tanzanian Forest Services Agency (TFS) fees (applicable for Rongai, Shira and Lemosho routes) As you have to pass though the forest are also included in our Kilimanjaro climbing price.

 

The minimum age boundary established by Kilimanjaro National Park for children hiking to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old.

 

You can expect equatorial to arctic conditions on Mt Kilimanjaro. Depending on the route chosen, you will begin your trek in dry plains or tropical forests with average temperatures between 25⁰C and 30⁰C. You will then go up through numerous terrains and weather zones to reach at the lastingly snow-capped summit. Expect rainfalls and sub-zero temperatures on your trek.

 

Regarding on the route selected, most Hikers take 4-6 days to touch the summit. The longer you spend on the mountain, the more time your body gets to acclimatize, the higher the chance you will prosper in success to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

 

Soft kit bag for porters to carry, small daypack for you to carry, rain cover for backpack/bags, dry sacs for packing inside, sun hat/cap, woolly hat/toque, scarf, balaclava, sunglasses, waterproof jacket and trousers, four-season duvet jacket, warm upper body layers, thermal under layers, trekking trousers, shorts (optional), underwear/sports bra, waterproof gloves, thin gloves, gaiters, thick socks, thin socks, waterproof hiking boots, spare laces, jogging shoes or flip flops for around camp, walking poles, sleeping bag, water bottles or hydration bladder, water purification tablets (optional), water flavoring or rehydration salts, favorite snacks, knee support (optional), eye protection goggles (for wind/dust/glare on summit), head torch, spare bulb, camera, memory cards, spare batteries, towel, toiletries, lip balm, sunscreen, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, personal first aid kit, medication (Diamox optional), insect repellent, pen/paper/playing cards

 

Any extra luggage you do not need to carry with you on Mount Kilimanjaro they can be left at our office. You should keep valuable items with you at all times.

 

On all our safaris we make use of specially designed and converted Toyota Land cruisers. We have put a lot of thought into adapting them to the rugged African bush, the rough conditions and the bumpy roads, providing maximum comfort and at the same time ensuring the best safari experience for our guests.

Our safari vehicles have large sliding windows and pop-up roofs, offering excellent views and giving our guests fantastic opportunities for safe and undisturbed photography while on game drives.

In Kenya we normally use minivans in game drive viewing with pop-up roof. These take 6 passengers in 3 rows so each has a window seat. The mini-van has dominated the scene in Kenya for a very long time – both for the usual airport to hotel transfers and for the safaris into the parks and reserves.

Each porter can carry up to 20kg of luggage.

Our typical food on the mountain includes:

Breakfast:
-Coffee,
-Tea,
-Porridge,
-Fruits,
-Fruit juice,
-Scrambled eggs/omelet,
-Sausage,
-Toast,
-Margarine,
-Honey and jam.

Lunch:
-Hot tea,
-Coffee,
-Chips,
-Sandwiches,
-Biscuits,
-Pancakes with honey or jam, and fruits

Dinner:
-Soup,
-Cooked meat or vegetarian meal (these include chicken/beef with rice,
sliced fresh carrots and green beans, mashed potatoes, and salads),
-Fruits, and fruit juice, and variety of hot drinks.

If you have any suggestions about meals, please do not hesitate to advice and we will work on it as you prefer.

Absolutely yes we can cater for vegetarian, gluten-free, or any other special diets. Kindly ask at the time of booking.

 

Yes, absolutely! Since we do not join groups together, you can select to start your hike on any day you select.

 

Before attaining their license, all guides required to attend training provided by Kilimanjaro National Park – on theory and practical mechanisms as well as First Aid. They will need to pass an exam before they can get their license. We would never consider anyone who is not certified. We constantly interview potential applicants before we would employ them. We would only use someone who is knowledgeable, has good attitude and good English as assistant guide. We reject a lot of candidates asking for job because they do not meet our standards. Before we would promote someone as chief guide, he would need to have a lot of experience on the mountain and has many good feedbacks from clients. Still we would retrain lead guides and let them know of clients’ feedback so they can keep improving.

 

We constantly boil and filter drinking water for our clients. Cooks at all times to make sure the food is well cooked and gears are sterilized with clean hot water before they are used. The mess tent is cleaned on a daily basis. Mess tents are exclusively reserved for clients’ use and we do not let porters to sleep in them.

 

Absolutely the price also includes the pay of a porter to carry the oxygen tanks during your peak attempt.

Affirmative, portable toilet is available for rental at $200/group (up to 4 climbers).

 

You will require one chief guide and an assistant guide for 2-3 hikers.
For 4-6 hikers, you will require one chief guide and 2 assistant guides.
For 7-8 hikers, you will require one chief guide and 3 assistant guides.
For 9-10 hikers, you will require one chief guide and 4 assistant guides

You will require 4-6 porters per person for your group. This rest on on your group size and the weight of your luggage.
The porters will transport all the tents, food, and the luggage that you do not require while trekking so you will only need to carry a day pack during the day.

We use high quality Eureka tents exported from the USA, Canada and Australia. We also offer foam mattresses intended for mountain excursions

 

All of our chief guides are skilled and certified in the following areas: altitude sickness and recognizing symptoms in the early stages, emergency use of oxygen, wilderness first responder and performing CPR. Each guide brings a first aid kit which includes: paracetamol, Imodium, ibuprofen, rehydration salts, paraffin gauze, sterile swabs, bandages, plasters, cotton wools, latex gloves & tongs, antiseptic disinfectant, antimicrobial cream, antihistamine, Diamox, etc.

We check in with the clients and crew every day at camp as they are armed with mobile phones. Each ranger post also has radio communication.

Since you will require many guides and assistant guides, an assistant will take the ill person down while the rest of the group goes on. If the person is actual sick then we call for a dispatch for stretcher – the rescue fee is included in your quote. But before getting that point, our guides are very watchful and they will monitor the health of every person daily on the mountain to make sure that the sickness does not get to that point.

We would endorse that you carry no more than 10kg. The average is 7kg. You only necessity to carry the essentials 3 L drinking water, valuables, camera, lunch/snacks, rain layer. The rest of the items you can leave with porters to carry.