I am not in a good physical shape. Can I still participate?
To climb the Kilimanjaro you need to have a fairly good physical condition. Start early with your training. Endurance sport is ideal to prepare you for the ascent. If you don't have a reasonable endurance (able to 4-6 hours of walking per day) you can actually not qualify.
What about altitude sickness?
Mount Kilimanjaro has an altitude of 19341 feet. This means that on the summit there is about half the oxygen in the air compared to sea level. Your body will have to work hard to get enough oxygen. Altitude sickness is caused by lack of oxygen, often in combination with going up too fast. Sometimes it’s due to personal sensitivity. We make sure we don’t go too fast so our bodies have time to acclimatize. In addition to a slow ascent, you can take Diamox, a drug that reduces the risk of altitude sickness.
What about eating and sleeping on the mountain?
The porters take tents to each camp. These tents already be set up when we arrive in the camp. Your luggage will be waiting for you in your tent. You will only have to inflate your mattress (possibly auto-inflating) and take out your sleeping bag. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken care of, so you don’t have to cook yourself. You only have to bring your small snacks (twix, mars, snickers, energy bars ...).
Which vaccinations do I need to go to Tanzania
Check with your doctor or GP. He/she knows exactly what you need. Yellow fever, Hepatitis A and B are the most important vaccinations.
What about malaria
We're going in August. That's a cold season and so there will be fewer mosquitoes. In addition, as from a certain altitude (from the first day of the climb) there are no mosquitoes because it is too cold for those critters. You can ask your GP a prescription for an anti-malaria drug. Highly recommended.
What if on the mountain it turns out I am insufficiently prepared physically or I get sick?
If you are sick or your body can’t recuperate enough, than need to turn back. There are plenty of guides to take you back down again, to the city of Moshi. You will then wait in the hotel until the group returns. The additional hotel costs will be on your expenses of course.
Do you have any other questions, would you like more information or something unclear? Do not hesitate to contact us