FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MOUNT KILIMANJARO
How Difficult Is It To Climb Kilimanjaro?
It Requires No Technical Climbing Experience, And Any Moderately Fit Person Can Summit The Mountain.
What if I am Slow?
We have at least one guide for every three trekkers, so you can move at your own pace. Guides will remind you to walk slowly as ascending at a slow and steady pace gives your body a chance to acclimatize.
Which Route Should I Take?
Your Decision Will Depend On Where You Want To Sleep And The Hiking Distance Each Day And Number Of Days Of Each Route. On The Marangu Route, You Sleep In Huts With Simple Beds, While On All The Other Routes, You Sleep In Tents. There Are Two Main Routes On The Mountain: The Marangu And Machame. You May Also Want To Consider The Rongai Route As It Is Far Less Traveled. The Lemosho Route Is A Good Choice If You Want A Longer Route (8+ Days).
How Is The Weather On Mt. Kilimanjaro?
Temperatures Range From 25 To 30 Degrees Celsius At The Foot Of The Mountain And -15 To -20 Degrees Celsius On Top Plus Wind Chill. Lower Down, It Can Be Wet And Humid, But Higher Up, There Can Be Snow. Rain And Snow May Be Encountered Any Time Of The Year!
Can Children Climb Kilimanjaro?
The minimum age set by the National park Authorities for summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro is 12 years old. However, younger children can attempt the summit with special permission. Younger children can also trek on the mountain without reaching the summit.
What happens If someone cant continue climbing? does the entire party descend?
We offer excellent client-to-guide ratios, therefore if someone cannot continue, one of our guides will descend with them while the rest of the party continues.
If I fail to reach the Summit Can I get a refund?
No. As the price includes your park fees, food, equipment, etc, a refund cannot be paid to those who do not make it to the summit.
Can I use my mobile phone on the Mountain?
Of course, these days a phone is more than just something to speak into, and you’ll also find your phone useful for taking photos, recording sound, using as a torch, playing games in the campsite, tracking your exact location etc etc etc. So do remember to bring a battery pack/powerpack or two, to make sure you can keep it charged during the trek
Is it guaranteed that I will reach the Summit?
You can rest assured that with all of our treks the aim is to maximise your chances of making it to the top. By monitoring the pace of the trek, the amount of food and rest that each trekker gets and their overall health and well-being, as well as devising different routes on the mountain, we maximise the chances of our clients to stand on the Roof of Africa.
That said, the ambition for all treks is to make sure that all trekkers fulfil their potential – which does not necessarily mean reaching the summit. We will not jeopardise the health of anybody just so that we can say that all trekkers who booked through us have reached the top. We want you to enjoy your trek, to have a fantastic experience and to love the mountain almost as much as we do. And we want you to feel that you have done the best you can. But above all else, we want you to be safe. Everything else is of secondary importance. So if it is felt that you are not fit or well enough to reach the top, you will not be allowed to try.
Are The Guides Trained In First Aid And Altitude Sickness?
Kilimanjaro guides are trained in acute mountain sickness (AMS) and basic mountain first aid. However, they are not doctors or paramedics. Climbers are responsible for bringing their own first aid kit and medical supplies.
Do you provide medicine to Climbers with Altitude Sickness?
Yes we provide medicines, but we recommend climbers to come with their medicines that they normally use
Do you Offer Charity Treks for Mount Kilimanjaro?
Private charity climbs on Africa’s highest mountain are the prefect option for family and other parties and especially for celebrated charitable groups climbing Kilimanjaro mountain to raise funds for causes which command their heartfelt support. Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca donates 50% of your climb profits towards a charity of your choice. Read More On Kilimanjaro Charity Climbs