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Kilimanjaro climbs and Wildlife Safari Special Offers: 6 Days Machame Route-$1950-per person 7 Days Lemosho Route-$2150-per person 6 Days Rongai

Kilimanjaro route Success Rates

Kilimanjaro route Success Rates based on our last Kilimanjaro climbing groups.Kilimanjaro route Success Rates

Lemosho Route 8 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (96%)
Shira Route 8 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (97%). Uhuru Peak (95%)
Lemosho Route 9 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (97%)
Lemosho Route 7 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (94%). Uhuru Peak (92%)
Rongai Route 7 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (97%). Uhuru Peak (95%)
Machame Route 7 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (97%). Uhuru Peak (94%)
Rongai Route 6 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (96%)
Machame Route 6 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (96%). Uhuru Peak (94%)
Marangu Route 6 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (92%). Uhuru Peak (90%)
Marangu Route 5 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (49%). Uhuru Peak (47%)
Umbwe Route 6 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (48%). Uhuru Peak (46%)

The Best  Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes.
Whether it is your first time to climb Kilimanjaro or whether you have climbed many other mountains, we have a best climbing route for you.  We encourage you to select the route that best suits you- and make the most of your comfort and increase chance of success to the top.

Rongai Route: Rongai 7 days route begins at the northern side of Kilimanjaro. We walk through a true wilderness area towards the toothed Mawenzi Peak. The Rongai route is a steady ascent, and is favorite by those with little experience

Total trip duration is 9 days.

Shira Route: Shira 8 days route approaches the summit from the west via Barafu camp and Stella Point, before descending via the Mweka Route and Millennium camp. We walk across an alpine plateau and pass through the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau.
The 8 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization and also gives the perfect view of the glaciers on the crater rim, before joining with other routes and making the final ascent to the top.

Total trip duration is 10 days. 

Lemosho Route: Lemosho 8 days route approaches the summit from the west by the lightly-used Lemosho route. Lemosho route is considered to be easier and more beautiful than any other trail and it retains a real sense of unspoilt wilderness. We travel through forest and moorland from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau.

The 8 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization and also gives the perfect view of the glaciers on the crater rim, before joining with other routes and making the final ascent to the top.

Total trip duration is 10 days.

Machame Route: Machame 7 days route approaches summit through forest from the west and joins the other trekking routes before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful. The 7 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization, and also gives the perfect view of the Barranco walls.

Total trip duration is 9 days.

Marangu Route:  Marangu 6 days route is the most popular ascending route and is well established route on Kilimanjaro and is the perfect for those with no camping experience.
Marangu is only route that has the luxury of sleeping huts along the way with evening meals taken in a communal dining area. There are even showers (cold) and some flush toilets, which to some are actually a bit of a luxury on the mountain.

Total trip duration is 8 days.

Umbwe Route:  The shortest route on the Mountain, the path can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! It’s a steep and rough trail up to the first camp, Umbwe Cave. The route is offering a real sense of adventure for the intrepid climbers.

Total trip duration is 8 days.

For safari information, please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Kilimanjaro route Success Rates

Kilimanjaro Group Joining Itineraries

Kilimanjaro Group Joining Itineraries on different routes starting on any day of the years, this trek is also available as private trek.

Kilimanjaro Group Joining Itineraries

Our Group Sizes
Minimum pax in the Group is limited to 4 people and maximum pax is limited to 12 people. We combine climbers in the group if they belong in the same route and trek on same date. However, we can also provide private climbs.

Trip Notes The Trip Notes will be sent to you with your booking confirmation, as it is the final definitive statement of inclusions and trip details, and it forms an essential part of our booking contract with you. Both to assist your understanding and to avoid any misunderstandings.

Our trips
Our trips are for active, flexible-minded people who enjoy the unusual and the adventurous. For trips that have an emphasis on mountain trekking , you need to remember that even the easiest trekking involves some exertion, so you should be reasonably fit and sure that you will enjoy the activity.

We guarantee to provide a strict standard of service in all our climbs, including:
Professional, experienced, mountain guides Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain hardwear tents Quality Mess tents with table and chairs Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food Clean, purified drinking water Private, portable chemical flush toilets Crisis management and safety procedures Fair and ethical treatment of porters Environmentally responsible trekking Summit Emergency Oxygen Pulse OximetersWalking Poles Sleeping Mattress Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa.

Safety
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).

Travel insurance
all customers travelling with Pole Pole Kilimanjaro are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.
Please click the links on the button below to book your trip.

Route Name                                            Trip Prices 
Machame Route 7 Day: 2-4 PAX:           $1650 per person sharing
Machame Route 6Day:  2-4 PAX:           $1530 per person sharing
Rongai Route 7 Day:  2-4 PAX:              $1680 per person sharing
Rongai Route 6 Day:  2-4 PAX:              $1560 per person sharing
Marangu Route 6 Day: 2-4 PAX:            $1600 per person sharing
Marangu Route 5 Day: 2-4 PAX:            $1500 per person sharing
Lemosho Route 9 Day: 2-4 PAX:            $2030 per person sharing
Lemosho Route 8 Day : 2-4 PAX:           $1900 per person sharing
Lemosho Route 7 Day: 2-4 PAX:            $1780 per person sharing
Shira Route 8 Day : 2-4 PAX:                $1900 per person sharing
Umbwe Route 6 Day: 2-4 PAX:              $1580 per person sharing
Meru 4 Days : 2-4 PAX:                          $780 per person sharing
Meru 3 Days: 2-4 PAX:                           $660 per person sharing

For safari information, please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Kilimanjaro Group Joining Itineraries

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbing Prices

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbing Prices are great if you wish to experience the trek with other climbers from around the world. Our groups often range from 4-10 people so the prices are more affordable. The maximum number of clients in a group climb is 10-18 persons depending on the route chosen.

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbing Prices
From a recent private climber: “Excellent expedition, great leadership, thorough in every aspect. Outstanding leadership and great manner.

Our Group Sizes
Minimum pax in the Group is limited to 4 people and maximum pax is limited to 12 people. We combine climbers in the group if they belong in the same route and trek on same date. However, we can also provide private climbs.

Trip Notes The Trip Notes will be sent to you with your booking confirmation, as it is the final definitive statement of inclusions and trip details, and it forms an essential part of our booking contract with you. Both to assist your understanding and to avoid any misunderstandings.

Our trips
Our trips are for active, flexible-minded people who enjoy the unusual and the adventurous. For trips that have an emphasis on mountain trekking , you need to remember that even the easiest trekking involves some exertion, so you should be reasonably fit and sure that you will enjoy the activity.

We guarantee to provide a strict standard of service in all our climbs, including:
Professional, experienced, mountain guides Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain hardwear tents Quality Mess tents with table and chairs Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food Clean, purified drinking water Private, portable chemical flush toilets Crisis management and safety procedures Fair and ethical treatment of porters Environmentally responsible trekking Summit Emergency Oxygen Pulse OximetersWalking Poles Sleeping Mattress Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa.

Safety
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).

Travel insurance
all customers travelling with Pole Pole Kilimanjaro are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.
Please click the links on the button below to book your trip.

The Trip Notes will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

For Safaris please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbing Prices

The Best Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

The Best Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro is ultimately up to you but whenever you choose our team will work had to make sure you have a life changing experience. So climb Kilimanjaro with Pole Pole Kilimanjaro Tours Ltd, the high altitude trekking specialists, for the ultimate trekking adventure any time of year.

The Best Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
Whether it is your first time to climb Kilimanjaro or whether you have climbed many other mountains, we have a best climbing route for you.  We encourage you to select the route that best suits you- and make the most of your comfort and increase chance of success to the top.

Rongai Route: Rongai 7 days route begins at the northern side of Kilimanjaro. We walk through a true wilderness area towards the toothed Mawenzi Peak. The Rongai route is a steady ascent, and is favorite by those with little experience
Total trip duration is 9 days.

Shira Route: Shira 8 days route approaches the summit from the west via Barafu camp and Stella Point, before descending via the Mweka Route and Millennium camp. We walk across an alpine plateau and pass through the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau.
The 8 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization and also gives the perfect view of the glaciers on the crater rim, before joining with other routes and making the final ascent to the top.
Total trip duration is 10 days. 

Lemosho Route: Lemosho 8 days route approaches the summit from the west by the lightly-used Lemosho route. Lemosho route is considered to be easier and more beautiful than any other trail and it retains a real sense of unspoilt wilderness. We travel through forest and moorland from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau.
The 8 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization and also gives the perfect view of the glaciers on the crater rim, before joining with other routes and making the final ascent to the top.
Total trip duration is 10 days.

Machame Route: Machame 7 days route approaches summit through forest from the west and joins the other trekking routes before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful. The 7 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization, and also gives the perfect view of the Barranco walls.
Total trip duration is 9 days.

Marangu Route:  Marangu 6 days route is the most popular ascending route and is well established route on Kilimanjaro and is the perfect for those with no camping experience.
Marangu is only route that has the luxury of sleeping huts along the way with evening meals taken in a communal dining area. There are even showers (cold) and some flush toilets, which to some are actually a bit of a luxury on the mountain.
Total trip duration is 8 days.

Umbwe Route:  The shortest route on the Mountain, the path can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! It’s a steep and rough trail up to the first camp, Umbwe Cave. The route is offering a real sense of adventure for the intrepid climbers.
Total trip duration is 8 days.

For Safaris please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

The Best Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbing:
We combine Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs in the group if climbers belong to the same route and trek on the same date.
However, we can also provide private climbs.

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs
Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs are great if you are travelling alone, or just wish to experience the climb with others from around the world. Our groups usually range from 6-14 persons. The maximum number of climbers in a group climb is 14-18 persons depending on the route.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Joining Instructions:
The Trip Notes will be sent to you with your booking confirmation, as it is the final definitive statement of inclusions and trip details, and it forms an essential part of our booking contract with you. Both to assist your understanding and to avoid any misunderstandings.
Please find the booking form on the button below to book your trip.

Route Name Arrival Date Starting Date Price Availability Itineraries
Machame 6 Day June 27,2015 June 28,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day June 14, 2015 June 15, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day June 21, 2015 June 22, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day July 5, 2015 July 6, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day July 12, 2015 July 13, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 7 Day July 19, 2015 July 20, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Lemosho 8 Day July 14, 2015 July 15, 2015 $2,150 Open – Click Lemosho 8 Day
Lemosho 8 Day Aug 16, 2015 Aug 17, 2015 $2,220 Open – Click Lemosho 8 Day
Shira 8 Day Aug 23,2015 Aug 24,2015 $2,220 Open – Click Shira 8 Day
Rongai 6 Day Aug 30,2015 Aug 31,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day Sept 13,2015 Sept 14,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 7 Day Sept 20,2015 Sept 21, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Marangu 6 Day Sept 27,2015 Sept 28,2015 $1,550 Open – click Marangu 6 Day
Machame 6 Day Oct 9,2015 Oct 10, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day Oct 16,2015 Oct 17, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 7 Day Oct 23, 2015 Oct 24, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Machame 7 Day
Rongai 7 Day Dec 13, 2015 Dec 14, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Machame 6 Day Dec 19, 2015 Dec 20, 2015 $1,750 Open – click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day Dec 26,2015 Dec 27,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Lemosho 7 Day Dec 15,2015 Dec 16,2015 $1890 4 left – Open – Click Lemosho 7 Day
Shira 7 Day Dec 06,2015 Dec 07,2015 $1890 Open – click Shira 7 Day
Rongai 7 Day Dec 17,2015 Dec 18,2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Machame 7 Day Sept 06,2015 Sept 07,2015 $1,850 Open – Click Machame 7 Day
Shira 6 Day Oct 11,2015 Oct 12,2015 $1,850 Open – click Shira 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day Aug 9,2015 Aug 10,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day Jun 13,2015 Jun 14,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Marangu 6 Day Jul 13,2015 Jul 14,2015 $1,550 Open – click Marangu 6 Day
Lemosho 8 Day Aug 30,2015 Aug 31,2015 $2,220 Open – Click Lemosho 8 Day
Shira 8 Day Sept 20,2015 Sept 21,2015 $2,220 Open – click Shira 8 Day

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs Include:

  • 2 Nights accommodation in Arusha or Marangu
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • Two nights hotel in Arusha
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess  tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of  fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets:
  • Crisis management and safety procedures:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
  • Summit Emergency Oxygen:
  • Pulse Oximeters:
  • Walking Poles:
  • Sleeping Mattress:
  • Flying Doctor Service:

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs Exclude:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb.

Safety on Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs:

Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).

Travel insurance on Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs:

All customers travelling with Pole Pole Kilimanjaro are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.

For Safaris please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Kilimanjaro Open Group Climbs

Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro

When you join group climbs on Kilimanjaro. We will keep the size of the group at not more than 14 people for smooth running of group climbs on Kilimanjaro. On safari, the group zise will be not more than 6people a safari vehicle and each is guarantee a window seat. The join group option applies only to people requesting to join an group and keep cost down, you are more than welcome to book your own private trek or safari.

Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro

Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro Instructions:
The Trip Notes will be sent to you with your booking confirmation, as it is the final definitive statement of inclusions and trip details, and it forms an essential part of our booking contract with you. Both to assist your understanding and to avoid any misunderstandings.
Please find the booking form on the button below to book your trip.

Route Name Arrival Date Starting Date Price Availability Itineraries
Machame 6 Day June 27,2015 June 28,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day June 14, 2015 June 15, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day June 21, 2015 June 22, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day July 5, 2015 July 6, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day July 12, 2015 July 13, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 7 Day July 19, 2015 July 20, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Lemosho 8 Day July 14, 2015 July 15, 2015 $2,150 Open – Click Lemosho 8 Day
Lemosho 8 Day Aug 16, 2015 Aug 17, 2015 $2,220 Open – Click Lemosho 8 Day
Shira 8 Day Aug 23,2015 Aug 24,2015 $2,220 Open – Click Shira 8 Day
Rongai 6 Day Aug 30,2015 Aug 31,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day Sept 13,2015 Sept 14,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 7 Day Sept 20,2015 Sept 21, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Marangu 6 Day Sept 27,2015 Sept 28,2015 $1,550 Open – click Marangu 6 Day
Machame 6 Day Oct 9,2015 Oct 10, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day Oct 16,2015 Oct 17, 2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 7 Day Oct 23, 2015 Oct 24, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Machame 7 Day
Rongai 7 Day Dec 13, 2015 Dec 14, 2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Machame 6 Day Dec 19, 2015 Dec 20, 2015 $1,750 Open – click Machame 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day Dec 26,2015 Dec 27,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Lemosho 7 Day Dec 15,2015 Dec 16,2015 $1890 4 left – Open – Click Lemosho 7 Day
Shira 7 Day Dec 06,2015 Dec 07,2015 $1890 Open – click Shira 7 Day
Rongai 7 Day Dec 17,2015 Dec 18,2015 $1,850 Open – Click Rongai 7 Day
Machame 7 Day Sept 06,2015 Sept 07,2015 $1,850 Open – Click Machame 7 Day
Shira 6 Day Oct 11,2015 Oct 12,2015 $1,850 Open – click Shira 6 Day
Rongai 6 Day Aug 9,2015 Aug 10,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Rongai 6 Day
Machame 6 Day Jun 13,2015 Jun 14,2015 $1,750 Open – Click Machame 6 Day
Marangu 6 Day Jul 13,2015 Jul 14,2015 $1,550 Open – click Marangu 6 Day
Lemosho 8 Day Aug 30,2015 Aug 31,2015 $2,220 Open – Click Lemosho 8 Day
Shira 8 Day Sept 20,2015 Sept 21,2015 $2,220 Open – click Shira 8 Day

Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro Include:

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess  tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of  fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
  • Pulse Oximeters:

Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro Exclude:

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb.

Safety on Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro:

Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).

Travel insurance on Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro:

All customers travelling with Pole Pole Kilimanjaro are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance. The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure. During travel the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation and repatriation cover.

Please contact us about other available trips and dates or about starting a group on your preferred dates.

For safari information, please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Join group climbs on Kilimanjaro

Altitude Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Altitude Sickness normally occurs at high altitude around Gilman’s Point, Stella Point or on the Summit of Kilimanjaro. The record shows that more than 80% of climbers suffer from this illness but they recover and still make it to the top. For those who get seriously ill, the only proper cure is to descend by at least 600 m. The symptoms of the illness include reduced urine output, nausea, anorexia, headaches, rapid pulse, insomnia and swelling of the hands and feet.

Altitude Sickness

To help prevent the onset of acute mountain sickness, reduce the pace of your trekking. Eat as much as you can since altitude will reduce your appetite. Drink as much water as you can. Three to four litres per day including hot drinks such as chocolate, decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea. While trekking with us we’ll feed you as much as we can to make sure that you keep your energy levels up.

Along with all the natural precautions, there are also preventative medicines such as Diamox. This is available and you should consult your physician for specialist advice. Fluid build-up may cause a situation known as edema, which can affect the lungs, preventing effective oxygen exchange, or affect the brain (cerebral) which will result in the swelling of the brain tissue. When this situation occurs you will need immediate assistance. Our guides always trek with an oxygen kit to deal with such circumstances.

Hypothermia
Hypothermia occurs when your body fails to generate enough heat to keep your body at the right, warm temperature. Since the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro can change quickly and a covering of mist and rain is commonplace – your clothes can get wet and this will leave you feeling cold. Check your climbing gear to avoid this common problem and make sure your carry a raincoat or poncho even in the dry season. On Kilimanjaro it can rain at anytime.

Treatment of this illness is simple but should not be underestimated. Remove all the wet clothes and wear dry warm clothes. Stay by the cooking fire for a while then rest and wrap up as warmly as you can. Sleeping in a sleeping bag with your colleague can also be an effective treatment to warm up quickly.

Sun related injuries
About 55% of the earth’s protective atmosphere is below an altitude of 5000m. Above that height, far less ultraviolet light is being filtered out, making the suns’ rays much more powerful. It is strongly recommended to use a 20+ sun protection cream at lower altitudes, and a total block cream above an altitude of 3000m. Wearing sunglasses when on Kilimanjaro is necessary. The sunshine at the top of Kilimanjaro in the morning makes the Kili ice shine and can lead to snow blindness. Snow blindness is a painful injury and might require your eyes to be bandaged for sometime.

For Safaris please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Altitude Sickness on mount Kilimanjaro during climbing

Weather on Kilimanjaro

The Weather on Kilimanjaro is unpredictable due to Tanzania’s proximity to the equator (between 1 and 11.45 degrees latitude south of the Equator and 29.20 and 40.35 degrees longitudes east), this region does not experience the extremes of winter and summer weather, but has dry and wet seasons instead. The local weather conditions on Kilimanjaro can be somewhat unpredictable to say the very least. Rainfall varies from 2100 mm per year in the rainforest belt to less than 120 mm per year in the summit zone. Similarly, daily temperature changes are unexpected when compared to normal weather cycles, and are largely dependent on altitude.

Weather on Kilimanjaro

For live weather forecasts click here http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Kilimanjaro/forecasts/5963

Mount Kilimanjaro has five major ecological zones, each approximately 3,280 feet (1,000 m) in altitude. Each zone is subject to a corresponding decrease in rainfall, temperature and life as the altitude increases. At the beginning of the climb, at the base of the mountain, the average temperature is around 70°F to 80°F (27°C to 32°C). From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit, Uhuru Peak, the night time temperatures can range between 0°F to -15F (-18°C to -26°C). This make Kilimanjaro weather very dynamic and you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.

Weather conditions near the base of the mountain tend to be tropical to semi-temperate and are relatively stable all year round. The lower plains are hot and dry with average temperatures of around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. As one heads away from the lower plains towards the rain forest, conditions become increasingly warm and humid.

Mount Kilimanjaro is divided into five distinct zones: cultivated farmlands on the lowest levels, next is the rainforest zone, followed by heath and moorland with alpine vegetation, and just before the barren, snowy summit is lunar-like desert. The climate and animal life changes from zone to zone.

The long rains typically occur from March to May and it is at this time when visibility is reduced and the mountain can become slippery. The shorter rains occur during November and December while June though October is summer time and is most conducive for climbing the mountain. However, weather on the mountain can change at any time and you should be prepared for rain – even during the dry season. One of the benefits of attempting to climb the mountain during the April and May is that there are fewer climbers -in fact you may have the summit all to yourself.

For safari information, please visit http://www.tanzaniaadventures.com/

Weather on Kilimanjaro climbs in different months of the year

Rescue and Insurance

Rescue and Insurance: Mount Kilimanjaro climbing is one of the ultimate challenges for both first time and regular climbers. Kilimanjaro has a range of different climates and you need to be equipped so that you are comfortable at the different altitudes.

Rescue and Insurance

In the lowland of Moshi and around Marangu and other entrance gates the weather is tropical (the temperature ranges from 20o c – 30o c) and sunny. As you climb the altitude changes and here is when the drama starts (at the summit 5o c and below).

As you ascend, Kilimanjaro weather gradually changes and gets colder and the increasingly thinner air can bring about altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air as one gains altitude. It is likely that you will experience some form of mild altitude sickness during your climb.

While attempting to climb Kilimanjaro climbing you may experience different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite, loss of balance and dizziness. In most case these sickness are controlled by taking a painkiller such as panadol or similar.

All climbers are advised to countercheck their body conditions, and should make our professional Mount Kilimanjaro guide(s) aware of any abnormalities. Our guides are experienced and trained to spot acute mountain sickness. Pole Pole Kilimanjaro carries oxygen on all climbs and we provide free pulse oxymeter checks at altitude which measure both your heart rate and the percentage of oxygen in your blood. This is to help us to ensure your health and safety at altitude.

You must take out travel insurance for your trip and ensure that the policy covers you for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. This is important. If you need to be taken down to a lower altitude as a matter of urgency, there are two options. Steel framed, mobile stretchers can be pushed by porters and can be used to take you down quickly. Furthermore, there are emergency helicopters based in Moshi. As there is full mobile phone coverage on the mountain, the guides are able to call the emergency base at any time to arrange for an emergency medical evacuation. The helicopters are available and are always on standby. and can reach evacuation points in less than 10 minutes once that have been called by the guide. With a helicopter evacuation, the aircraft will fly you directly to an emergency hospital in Nairobi / Kenya (just across the border).

If in doubt, seek a doctor’s advice before you travel and on your arrival listen to what your chief guide advises you. Some clients usually take Diamox before attempting Kilimanjaro and others take it when they are on the mountain. We recommend that you allow your body to acclimatize itself and only if there is a need, should you then take medication.

What to do while on Kilimanjaro
Drink plenty of water and eat good sized meals. You should drink as much water as you can can – a minimum of 3 litres per day. Also reduce or eliminate caffeine intake – as it has a diarrhetic effect which can increase your dehydration. Minor altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro also causes most climbers to lose appetite. It is important to try and eat as well as you can in order to generate more energy. Our mountain cooks are well trained and prepare tasty food for all diets.

Accommodation: With exception of the Marangu route where accommodation is in huts, you will be staying tents every night. It is important you wrap well up and stay warm. Wear a beanie on your head at night. Walking pace should be slow and steady. We recommend you take your time and walk slowly from one camp/hut to give yourself the best chance of fully acclimatizating as well as reducing tiredness for the next day. Trekking high and then descending to a slightly lower altitude to sleep is the best technique to help your body acclimatize. All Kili Base Adventure climbing itineraries have been prepared to follow this to give you every possible chance of success to reach the summit. Finally, don’t smoke or drink alcohol when attempting to climb this mountain as it might bring about a loss of energy and prevent you from accomplishing this adventure of a life time.

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Meals on Mount Kilimanjaro

Meals on mount Kilimanjaro including vegetarian, halal meals. We take great pride in serving delicious, tasty meals to all religious including Christians, Muslims and even more complicated meals. It’s something we are very passionate about. What about having a birthday cake during the climb? An anniversary dinner perhaps? Don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll find a way to create something special for you. From herbal teas and thick hot chocolate to chunky soups and nutritious main meals. We’ll do our best to re-awaken those taste buds. If you love your food – choose a deluxe style trip and let us really indulge you to the max!

Meals on Mount Kilimanjaro

Pole Pole Kilimanjaro has experienced mountain chefs who prepare delicious and tasty food to fuel your attempt for the summit. It is not uncommon for you to lose your appetite at high altitude and you should eat and drink as much possible. Good food and plenty of drinking water are essential ingredients, both physically and psychologically, to make your climb rewarding. At high altitudes, drinking a lot of water is essential for your health and helps prevent altitude sicknesses. Drink and eat as much as you can – we provide plenty of both.

Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary request (s) e.g. vegetarian, we are happy to cater for this as well.

Our mountain cuisine normally includes the following:

Specialty food like dried fruit, chocolates and cheeses. We carry cooler boxes and tupperware to keep all the food fresh throughout the trek.

Sample menu items on our Kilimanjaro menu for basic style trips:

Breakfast – Meals on mount Kilimanjaro: Fruit juice, fresh fruit, cereal, porridge, eggs, bread, French-toast, plain-toast, pancakes, sausages, margarine, jam, honey, tea, coffee, drinking chocolate. Boiled egg, spanish omelette or a fried egg with bacon and toast.

Snacks – Meals on mount Kilimanjaro: peanuts/crisps/popcorn/cookies/ chocolate

Lunch – Meals on mount Kilimanjaro: Sliced carrot and cucumber strips, avocado slices, boiled egg, vegetable, meat cutlets, sandwiches (egg/ cheese/tomato/tuna/meat/peanut butter), fruit. Boiled egg, salami sandwich, cheese, French toast, macaroni and meat sauce and bread.

Dinner – Meals on mount Kilimanjaro: soup of the day, bread, salad, rice/pasta/potatoes, chicken/meat, mixed vegetables (carrots,french beans,cabbage), lentils, fruit salad, fruit with custard, tea/coffee/milo/drinking chocolate. Spaghetti with meat sauce or fish with rice, fried beef with roast potatoes, rice, carrots, cabbage. Roast chicken with vegetable, fried rice, green pepper, carrots.

On the way to the summit we offer you a midnight snack comprising hot chocolate, tea or coffee and biscuits, orange juice or soup. We have also found that clients benefit from drinking a can of red – bull before their summit attempt!

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Meals on mount Kilimanjaro