About Climbing

About Climbing

Frequently Asked Questions

Which route I should take?

Because it’s difficult to describe in a few sentences all the routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro, we provided you a full description Choose your route. In general most of the average climbers decide for Marangu route, probably the most convenient one, especially if you take an extra day for acclimatization.

How much hiking there is per day?

Mainly you will be hiking around 10 km or 6.5 miles per day. We will adjust the way of walking to the group and to the fact that most of the people are not used to high altitude so we will trek at slow pace. Exact distance you can find in itineraries.

When is the best time to climb?

Although you can climb Kilimanjaro at any time, it is generally believed that the best months to climb are September and October. It tends to be drier during these months and there are fewer tourists in Tanzania. Also good time to climb is late June to September or you can try in late December to early March. It is advised to try to avoid climbing during Tanzania’s rainy season of March, April and May.

How fit I should be?

Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru are considered by many to be the easiest high mountains to climb. However, the altitude of 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) for Kili is still extremely high and proper preparation is essential. It is helpful to engage in aerobic exercise a few times a week for two months prior to the climb. Also, it is absolutely essential that you understand the causes and symptoms of altitude sickness before beginning the trek.

Can I get altitude sickness?

We recommend that you consult your doctor first before you decide to climb. Anyone can get altitude sickness and almost everyone will experience some form of altitude sickness while hiking Kilimanjaro. Although the symptoms are easily treatable with rest and hydration, more serious symptoms can sometimes develop. In this case there is no other choice then descent from the mountain. On your trekking you will have several guides/assistant guides. If someone is too sick to continue, they will descend with an assistant guide.

Are there any health restrictions?

We expect you to have received prior consent from your doctor and dentist. Note if you have a cough, cold, or any respiratory illnesses, diabetes (or any illness due to irregular blood sugar levels) do NOT attempt to trek these mountains. It can be dangerous and could prove fatal. If you do attempt it anyway (we need written approval from your GP), park regulations restrict you to trek above 3000m. If you have any physical disabilities please let us know. Also note: You are NOT permitted to trek these mountains if you have any of the following; Cardiac problems, high/low blood pressure, pulmonary diseases as well as respiratory problem.

How much baggage can I have?

It’s possible to take one medium sized bag or back-pack with max. 15 kg. On trek to Kilimanjaro we won’t take any suitcases. All the bags for Kilimanjaro have to be water-proof. A small back-pack is very handy to carry items necessary during the climb on the mountain. Suitcases, other heavier and unnecessary things can be stored in town hotels while you are on trekking. We will do our best to take care of your luggage while you are with us on a trip, but still SUNSET AFRICA Ltd. cannot be held responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen baggage or personal property. We advise you to arrange adequate baggage insurance.

What kind of cloth I need?

  • Light layers
  • Sweater, warm jacket
  • Thermal underwear
  • Good socks for climbing
  • Good walking shoes

What to bring?

Here is some of the things you need, but check also our extended information on what to bring: anorak, fleece, water-proof jacket/pants, gloves, shirts, shorts, trousers, skirts, emergency foil blanket, thermal underwear, sun hat, balaclava/woollen hat, walking boots, trainers, socks, gaiters, sunglasses, snow goggles, water bottle, torch(flashlight), water purification kit*, walking pole, toiletries, sun cream, sun block and salve, whistle, penknife, towel, camera, film, batteries, four-season sleeping bag, day pack, toilet paper and heavy duty plastic bags.

Do you provide any equipment?

We provide tents, mattress and a sleeping bag. However, we recommend that you bring you own personal sleeping bag.

Will porter carry all my bags?

Porters will carry most of your luggage. You will carry a small day pack that contains your drinking water, rain gear, camera and lunch.

How many people in one group?

It really depends on the time of the year, high or low season, but the group is never really big, because the regulations don’t allow us to do that. Most of the groups have no more then 6 climbers.

Is tipping a custom?

Yes tipping is a custom and it should be 10 to 15% of your total price for the trek. It is very much appreciated by porters, cooks and guides.

How about accommodation?

On the Marangu Route, the first two huts sleep four people each, and the last hut is dorm-style with bunk beds. On the other routes, you sleep in 3-person dome-style mountain tents, two people each.

What is included in the cost of climbing?

  • Transportation to and from park gates

  • Mountain guide, assistant guide and 2 porters per climber

  • Cook and 3 meals daily

  • Camp/hut fees and equipment

  • All park entry
  • Water throughout the climb

What is not included in the rate?

  • Tip (recommended 10-15% of total cost)
  • Items of personal nature

  • Other drinks and food
  • Airport transfer

How about first aid and rescue from the mountain?

Our guides carry first aid kits that contain bandages, over the counter medicines, and some emergency supplies. Guide does not carry any prescription medicines so you will have to bring your own. All rescues are carried out by KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Park)

Can children do the climb?

Children can climb the mountain but not younger then 10 years old. If you really want them good then take them to the mountain when they are even a little bit older then 10 years. Children get bored with slow pace trekking, so they start doing thing which take to much of their energy at low altitude. Their small lungs have to work harder at the higher altitudes to get oxygen, causing them to get tired at times. But the main reason is simply a matter of communication. A child cannot express his/her altitude sickness symptoms accurately. This can be dangerous.

Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates?

Why not two extraordinary experiences at the same time. Plan your trip and climb to the highest African mountain carefully and reach to goals: Reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. See the summit of Kilimanjaro on a full moon night.

There is not many as spectacular things as seeing the summit of Kilimanjaro on a full moon night. To enjoy your climb even more we recommend you to plan your climb on one of the below dates and have a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature.

It is not just seeing summit in moonlight, if you are lucky enough to have a clear night, the whole evening and night will be special. You will have some fantastic views already from your overnight campsite on the highest of three volcanoes. Later you will be able to see all the beauty of the glacier gleaming in the moonlight. It will be so bright you won’t need your torch on, so climb to the top will be even easier. Your ascent will be awarded with some of the most stunning views.

But don’t forget that planning your trip on a full moon date is one thing, but you will also have to be lucky to have good weather and clear night. Even if bad weather can take a full moon night away, it’s worth trying.

Here are the full dates on Kilimanjaro for 2008:

  • 9. august
  • 7. september
  • 7. october
  • 5. november
  • 5. december






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