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About Climbing Kilimanjaro

 

"CAN I CLIMB KILIMANJARO?"

Yes, you can! Every year, over 30,000 people just like you come to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain and Africa's highest peak.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a place of myth and folklore. Located 200 miles (325 km) from the equator, the mountain defies logic with its crown of ice.

Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination. People from all walks of life, from a 7 year old child to an 85 year old man, have successfully summited. But the challenge should not be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead. Rest assured, you will find the answers to all your questions here - at Kili Quests®.

Kili Quests® is an authoritative expert in the industry.Our clients happily refer us to their friends and family. Thousands of people have stood on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Won't you join us on the Roof of Africa?

 

HOW TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

1. How do I choose an operator?

There are hundreds of companies who service the mountain. Selecting an operator can be a daunting task. You want to be sure that your operator staffs experienced, competent guides, who practice high safety standards and treats porters well. You want an operator that has proven expertise, successfully serving a wide range of clients for many years.

2. How much does it cost to climb?

Do not select a company strictly based on price! Price should be only one component in your overall decision. Prices vary significantly between operators, however high prices and low prices should both be viewed with caution. Kili Quests® offers excellent quality climbs at reasonable rates. At our price levels, we can satisfy all park fees, pay real wages to staff, supply good food and equipment, while still providing great service to our clients, equal or better than climbs costing much more.

3. When are the best months?

The best times to climb Kilimanjaro tend to be the warmest and driest months - January, February, and September. June, July, August and October are also good months. However, temperatures and weather are unpredictable, and can change drastically based on the time of day and altitude. It's best to avoid the long rainy season, from the end of March to early June, and the short rainy season, from November through the beginning of December.

4. Which route should I climb?

The routes each have different characteristics which may or may not appeal to you. Consider the difficulty, scenery and crowds when you select your route. Other factors that should be considered are your age, fitness level, medical conditions, backpacking and hiking experience, experience at high altitude, degree of motivation, and any other special considerations. Kili Quests® recommends Northern Circuit, Lemosho, Machame and Rongai.

5. How many days are needed?

The more days you spend on the mountain, the better your chances for successfully reaching the summit. Statistics show that each additional day you spend acclimatizing increases your probability of success. We strongly recommend that you do not book the minimum number of days. Chances are you will experience altitude sickness, may not enjoy your climb and might not you reach the top. Seven or more days is highly recommended.

6. Should I join a group?

Our group climbs are limited to 15 people and are perfect for solo travelers, pairs or couples who want the company of others. Each group is comprised of climbers from all over the world. A small-party climb is the best way to climb Kilimanjaro because it ensures individualized attention, added flexibility and increased safety. Private climbs are available for parties of any size who want to climb certain route variations and want to be with only friends and family.

7. What do I need for the climb?

Follow the gear list and resist the temptation to bring more. You won't need it and it is just extra weight that you or the porters must carry. There are situations where climbers' luggage was lost by their airline and they arrived with no gear whatsoever. So they rented only the essential gear and upon completion of their climb, realized that what they had originally packed was very excessive. Try to limit all of your gear to less than 40 lbs. It can be done.

8. How do I train for the climb?

It is very hard to gauge the mental and physical strength needed to climb Kilimanjaro. If you've spoken to those who have successfully or unsuccessfully climbed it, you'd get a wide range of accounts. The truth is, like any other activity, some people excel at it and some people struggle. Two months of physical training is usually sufficient, doing day hikes for four to six hours, with moderate elevation changes (~1,500 ft) while carrying a 20 lb. pack.

9. What about altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is potentially fatal. However, most climbers will get some form of mild acute mountain sickness (AMS) while on the mountain. Your guide will monitor you closely during the duration of you climb. However, you should be aware of the symptoms of mild, moderate and severe AMS, and you must inform your guide of any symptoms immediately. Never try to hide your symptoms in order to continue climbing. There is always the possibility you will not be able to summit due to AMS.

10. What safety measures are taken?

Our guides perform health checks twice per day on to monitor oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate. Additionally our guides administer the Lake Louise Scoring System (LLSS) to help determine whether climbers have any symptoms of altitude sickness and if so, the severity. Kili Quests® guides receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses. Bottled oxygen is carried on every climb as a precaution and added safety measure.

11. Do you care for your local staff?

Absolutely. Kili Quests® is a strong supporter of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), an independent organization whose mission it is to protect staff from mistreatment on the mountain. Our staff is one the highest paid crews. Our porters have the proper gear and equipment to handle the mountain and their clothing sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm. Porter loads are limited to 20 kgs.

12. Why are some company's prices so low?

There is a fair share of budget operators who offer cheap climbs. However, these operators engage in appalling practices such as paying porters less than minimum wage or not at all, feeding porters only once or twice a day, forcing porters to carry loads greater than the weight limit, allowing porters to climb with insufficient clothing and providing poor shelters for porters to sleep in. Never climb with a budget operator.

13. Can I preacclimatize to altitude?

Yes. Altitude training systems work by simulating the high altitudes found on Mount Kilimanjaro. The altitude training system reduces the percentage of oxygen in the air you breathe. Through regular use, the body undergoes physiological changes to cope with the lower oxygen level.

14. Do you offer safaris?

Kili Quests® offers private safaris. We have one to seven day itineraries with accommodations in lodges, permanent tented camps, and luxury Serena/Sopa Lodges. Clients tour in well maintained Land Cruisers with custom pop up roofs for the best game viewing experience. Staffed by professional safari guides who have intimate knowledge of the National Parks of Northern Tanzania, our experts know where to find the wildlife.