You should absolutely not climb against a doctor's prescription, or if you are pregnant, or have severe difficulty in breathing. If you are over 3500 meters and you have a burden of colds, cough, or an elevated body temperature gets a nose bleeding, you will get the strong advice of the guide whether you should continue or descend to prevent altitude sickness.
Porters provide you with daily drinking water. The first day water will be bottled, but on the mountain you drink cooked and filtered fresh water. You need to drink at least three litres of water per day. The porters arrange breakfast, lunch and a solid nutritious dinner (several courses). You have to supply energizing daytime snacks yourself.
The communication to the park rangers at foot of the mountain goes through mobile phones.
All guides carry a first aid kit. Every night on the mountain you will get a briefing by the guide about the itinerary of the following day.
Mileage varies depending on the route and day. On average, you should expect to be on the trail for four to six hours per day. Guides set a deliberately slow pace ("pole pole", or "slowly, slowly") in order to give clients adequate time to adapt to the thinning air. Individual clients need not worry about not being able to keep up with the group because the guide will dictate a pace to ensure group cohesion.
Summit day is an arduous day, with trail times averaging between 14 and 16 hours. Most of the trails used on our Kilimanjaro treks are well-defined and of good quality. There are no technical skills necessary to tackle any of our routes, and only very short sections with steep drop offs. Your guides will help you pick the best path if and when difficult sections are encountered. For the most part, the trails are very steady and safe.
Mountain Cuisine: Our professionally trained cooks serve up the best cuisine on Kilimanjaro, using the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
Breakfast: Toast (with honey, jam and/or butter); French toast; pancakes; sausage; bacon; eggs (scrambled, fried, poached, omelet); cooked vegetables; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas), cereals; hot cereal; tea; coffee; cocoa; juice.
Lunch: Cold meat sandwiches; tuna or chicken salad sandwiches; grilled cheese sandwiches; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas); eggs; French fries, tea; coffee; cocoa; juice
Dinner: Beef, chicken (roasted, stewed, curried); pasta; rice; vegetables (stewed, boiled, steamed, curried); potatoes (mashed, boiled, fried); corned beef + cabbage; Ugali (local dish); fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas); tea; coffee; cocoa, juice Special Diets If you have any special requirements, just let us know. We'll arrange it with our cooks
Drinking: Water After your guide, drinking water is your best friend on the mountain, and we suggest you meet each other regularly - as regularly as 4 litres a day. All water is fresh mountain water, which we boil and filter
Re-Supply Fresh Foods: We re-supply the climb with fresh food, half way into your climb. That way we ensure our cooks have the freshest meat, fruit and vegetables. This also prevents food from going bad by having to carry it for the whole trip.
Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was and great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street- Emmanuel
The Machame route is our most popular and successful route leading to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hikers sleep in tents which are carried up the mountain by porters. The Machame route is a very scenic and beautiful route, which can be completed in 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 days, allowing for more time to acclimatise. The key to the success of the Machame route is its topography, allowing hikers to climb high and sleep low, helping towards better acclimatisation.
Also known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that the Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the only route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it the cheapest option). It is also the only route offering accommodation on the mountain, in A-frame huts.
It is unfortunately a well-known fact, that the 5 day Marangu route has one of the lowest summit success rates of all the routes up mountain. If you choose the Marangu route, we strongly recommend hiking the route over 6 days, to increase your chance to reach the summit successfully. This is the only route, which provides comfortable communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. Mineral water, soft drinks, beer and chocolates are also sold at most sites. The Marangu route utilises the same route for the ascend and descend.
The Umbwe route is known for its caves. The first night you actually sleep at the Umbwe Cave Camp with two more caves that can be visited en route the following day. The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably one of the most scenic, non-technical routes on Kilimanjaro. There are however higher risks involved when attempting to summit via the Western Breach / Arrow Glacier and overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp.
The Shira Plateau is one of the most scenic and most fascinating areas on Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicles, to within a 1/2 hours walk of Shira Hut (4000m). Even this drive is very spectacular indeed and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general. Game is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest, grassland, heath to moorland. The fast ascend by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatisation, after which it will be possible to ascend Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via the Barafu hut.
The Shira route is only offered to hikers who are already acclimatized to 4 000m, by hiking either Mt Meru or Mt Kenya a few days before attempting Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicle, to within a ½ hours walk of Shira Hut (3 850m).
The Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible. The Lemosho route is one of the quieter routes up Kilimanjaro, this advantage however disappears when the route combines with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.
For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds, the route is a superior option to the Rongai route. Unlike the Rongai the Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route, which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.
We do not recommend hiking the Lemosho route during the rainy season as the start point of the Lemosho Route is particularly inaccessible during the wet season. Climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometers of the road following heavy rains.
The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.
The Rongai route’s premier advantage is that it is one of the quietest routes on the mountain.
A disadvantage is the long travel time to the starting point of the route. The route also becomes busier when it connects with the Marangu route just before reaching Kibo hut.The Rongai route descends along the Marangu route as well, however you still sleep in tents, and do not use the A-frame huts of the Marangu route.