The regulations stipulate a minimum age requirement of ten years with no maximum age limit. But you need to have decent fitness levels and no underlying health issues that might put you at risk during the ascent.
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Kilimanjaro is a high altitude trek up the 5985 m tall mountain. No matter how fit you are you cannot escape the effects of altitude. Contrary to perception acute mountain sickness has nothing to do with age, sex, fitness, diet etc. It just a harsh reality that hits you once you breach 2400m mark and intensifies at 3000m mark. Symptoms include a headache, fatigue, sleep disturbance, problems with the digestive system and dizziness etc.
You will be provided with a three full meal a day that will take care of your nutritional needs without compromising on taste. Special dietary requests will be met but advance intimation is necessary.
On Mt. Kilimanjaro, overnight accommodation is always in the tents at designated camps which are erected every afternoon and dismantled the next morning as the trek resumes. Unless you have chosen the Marangu route which is dotted with rustic huts and climbers get to sleep in huts in dormitory-style accommodations.
The best time to go on a Mount Kilimanjaro trek is between January and February and between July and October. The conditions are excellent with clear skies and very little humidity.
The journey to the glittering peaks of the plateau is a trek through five distinct habitat zones and varying altitudes. The ascent is a veritable equator to the arctic experience as you go from cultivated land> rain forest> heath moorland> alpine desert and finally arctic summit. Irrespective of which route you choose, days will be hot and nights chilly. The weather is prone to being wicked and shifting without warning. Better be prepared for all possibilities.
Yes, referred to as the “long drop”. Relieving is the bushes unless they are willing to fork out extra for portable toilet.
It’s expensive. The climb can cost you anywhere from $1500 to $7000 depending on who you use.
Our guides are trained to effectively monitor clients constantly and assess if they are suffering from AMS and, if so, how severe that AMS is. They are also trained to respond in the case of a moderate or severe case of altitude sickness – besides capable of arranging immediate evacuation.
Yes, you must have a permit and all climbers. The Tanzanian government regulations mandate trekkers are to be accompanied by a registered and licensed guide regardless of the route without exceptions.
We highly recommend purchasing travel/medical insurance for your trek. Accidents and other unintended consequences can never be predicted for prepared enough for. Makes sense to cover your risks.
Yes, most of the gear and equipment is available for rent and hire.
Always remember to tip the guide. Tip more for exceptional service. They are poor and provide invaluable support to you on the trek.