Travelling tips

For people visiting Kilimanjaro

There is a lot of information given about travelling to the roof of Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 5895masl. After years of experience as porters, guides and tour consultants, we believe we can share a few tips to make your journey a success story. On your first day in Tanzania, we will ensure that you have some time with our guide who is going to brief you on what is required and what you should expect. Our guides are very experienced and have so much knowledge about Kilimanjaro that they cannot wait to share with you.

Preparation

Physical preparation is important of course, but being mentally prepared is better. Having facts about the mountain from different sources will increase the chances of you reaching the summit. Our tour consultants are always available to contact for more information after booking with us. It takes great effort and more endurance that you would imagine.
You should make a point of learning about the distances and timescales involved, the path and elevation, the outfits and weather. "My first time at Kilimanjaro was a nightmare. I signed up as a porter and had no idea where I was going and what to expect. Even though I made it to the last camp through Machame Route, I developed fear of hiking the mountain which was there to stay. I told people that I will never go back to Kilimanjaro again no matter what. It took me ten years in hiking programs to kill the fear (Joshua Mshambala).
You will need to exercise and make your muscles ready for the challenge ahead of you. Imagine walking a distance of 15kms on a steep slope for up to 10 hours. Find yourself a hill and practise by hiking the hill at least three times a week. Cycling can also be good in developing lung capacity. Kilimanjaro is not a sprint, it is a marathon so slowly does it. The key point is endurance, you will need to prepare yourself physically to be on your feet for anywhere between 6 and 12 hours per day, which is not as easy as it may sound! As long as you have stamina, you are in a good position to climb Kilimanjaro.