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Kilimanjaro faq

A Kilimanjaro climb costs $2,500 on average. This post explains all the costs involved in a Kilimanjaro climb so that you can make an accurate budget for yourself. 

Inside Your daypack on Kilimanjaro, you will have: waterproof gear, sun hut, extra warm clothing, water, snacks, Packed lunch, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug repellent and camera. When you’re on the mountain, most of your gear will be packed in your large duffel bag, which our porters will carry.

Over the course of your climb, you’ll be trekking through five different climate zones, from the warm humid forest to the ice and snow of the glacier-covered summit so you’ll need a variety of kit to cover the varying Kilimanjaro climate condition.

Our porters will take your 15kg (max) duffel bag after breakfast and you won’t see it again until you reach camp in the afternoon. You’ll be carrying a daypack (25-35 liters is ideal) containing everything you’ll need for the day’s hiking.

At the daily briefing on Kilimanjaro, the guides will let you know the weather conditions to expect and advise you of any specific items you’ll need to keep you safe and comfortable on the trail.

It’s a good idea to have a waterproof stuff sack or similar to line the inside of your daypack, in case of heavy rain it’ll give another line of defense against your gear getting soaked.

Always check that your daypack has a built-in rain cover. If it doesn’t, purchase one separately and keep it accessible at all times in case of a sudden downpour.

Get your full Mount Kilimanjaro which guides you through everything you’ll need to bring on your Kilimanjaro climb.

Yes, technically speaking, Mount Kilimanjaro is also relatively safe compared to other mountains of similar altitude and the risks are low compared to other mountains. However, this is not to say that it is easy to reach the summit or that there are no risks involved.

The Kilimanjaro climb it depends upon which route you climb the treks extend from 5 to 9 days. The shortest route is Marangu route, which likewise has the most reduced summit rate for the whole mountain. Summit Kilimanjaro is not just about the climber’s degree of fitness; it additionally has a lot to do with the body’s capacity to adjust to the high Altitude. For a great many people acclimatization is accomplished by investing more energy in the mountain. Kilimanjaro treks go through four particular climate zones. At the base of the mountain the temperature is ordinarily somewhere in the range of 70 F and 80 F. The temperature rapidly decreases as you gain altitude and go through the different zones. The night temperature on Uhuru peak can drop to 10 F, at high altitude the weather conditions can change quickly and its deal to be set up for extraordinary conditions.

People of all ages and different fitness levels all have a good chance in making the climb. To better equip our climbers, at Nyamera Treks and Safaris, we do offer a fitness assessment and with the results, we will customize individual’s fitness programmers before trekking.

Be appropriately prepared. A basic piece of your arrangement will be to guarantee that you very much prepared for the climb. Be physically prepared it is significant that your body is well prepared for the physical difficulties it will confront while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro ensure you start preparing a long time ahead of time to arrive at the fitness levels that are required to finish the climb. Be mentally prepared if you believe you can, you will. This ought to be your mantra when climbing Kilimanjaro. Your psychological stamina will get you through the more difficult pieces of the climb. You might be physically fit and have all the correct equipment, yet without an uplifting altitude you will battle and may not finish the summit.

The avoid altitude sickness you should appropriately Acclimatized and this requires some seriously energy. The fundamental method to forestall it is to not climb too rapidly. If you give indications of altitude sickness, at that point you should plummet else it could be deadly. The aides will think about the manifestations of altitude sickness and they will realize what to look like after you and how to keep away from it.

Kilimanjaro guides are trained in acute mountain sickness (AMS) and basic mountain first aid. However, they are not doctors or paramedic’s climbers are responsible for bringing their own first aid kit and medical supplies.

Kilimanjaro guides are trained and certified by the Kilimanjaro national park. They start out as porters and work their way up to assistant guide. (After about 2 – 4 years) they go through the national park certification process.

Is there an extra charge or is our money returned in case of illness or injury?

If a client cannot walk because they are injured or sick, at least two support staff will assist this climber down. There is no extra charge for coming down and taken back to the hotel, but you will get no money back for that mountain days you missed, and you will be responsible for medical assistance and extra hotel nights. We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any medical expenses and further evacuation.

A very careful approach is undertaking. We carry full medical supplies that could possibly be required from, oxygen tanks to resuscitation equipment. Everyone is assessed daily, both morning and evening for; respiratory rate, heart rate, blood pressure and O2 saturation levels. We can also provide full medical support with a qualified expedition doctor, if needed at additional costs per group.

We provide our climbers with carefully selected ingredients that will give you the required nutrients for an intense trek. We can also cater to all of your special dietary requirements for all your meals. Snacks such as muffins, cookies are also provided during breaks, paired with coffee or tea, or hot chocolate!

All of the water we supply our climbers are treated and filtered using the Katelyn water system, which ensures top quality water daily for drinking and food preparation.

For both Mt. Kilimanjaro & Meru, we would be providing chemical toilets, which are transported up the mountain by the team of porters. We also supply the group with toilet rolls and treated water. But for Marangu route (Mt Kilimanjaro), there will be public toilet available on the site.

Our private treks & climb can be from 5 to 10 days, depending on which route you chose. It is important to remember that not only fitness but also enough acclimatization is needed to ensure whether you reach the summit or not. The single most important factor depends on the number of days taken. The high summit success rates, the park minimum is 5-days – that’s 3.5 days to the summit. Only about 50% of those on 5-day climbs reach the summit. Of the roughly 1,000 climbers we take up the mountain each year, we average 8 days and we get just over 90% of our climbers to Uhuru Peak. Breaking that down, the results are dramatic when comparing the summit success rates vs. the number of days on the mountain.

Technical day packs are the best choice and important for climbing Kilimanjaro. Day packs are small versions of large backpacks that are made for multiday backpacking trips, where one would require the capacity to carry a tent, cooking equipment and a sleeping bag.

The best times to climb for the weather (avoiding rain) are January to early March and July to mid-October. There’s a long, dry winter and a green season with two rainy periods at each end. December, January, February and March are the warmest months, with clear mornings and evenings, and clouds building during the day that occlude the summit in the early afternoon hours. The predictable patterns of weather make it a good time to climb. The main rainy season lasts from the beginning of April to early June. At this time, dense cloud formations massed over the mountain reduce visibility, and you can expect frequent snowstorms on the summit and heavy rains on the lower slopes. The longest and driest season runs from mid-June to mid-October. During this time, it can be very cold at night. During Kilimanjaro’s “winter,” there is a persistent dripping belt of clouds girdling the whole mountain above the forests and the moorland contour, leaving the summit and a few other distant peaks poking through. Above the clouds, it is usually clear and dry, and this is one of the best times to plan the trek. In late October, the clouds finally give way to rain, and until the middle of December, the mountain is often shrouded in heavy clouds, with persistent showers from base to summit. The best months to ascend the mountain are January, February, July, August and September. Avoid climbing during the April-May heavy rain season, and November (the short rains) if you can. 

The best route to climb Kilimanjaro is the Machame route and Lemosho route over 7 or 8 days – excellent acclimatization and an easier summit night make these winners by a long way. The Lemosho route, summit success rate? Due to its longer length profile, summit success rates on the Lemosho route are one of the highest on the mountain. Whilst there are no official statistics, the average success rate across all operators is 90% for the 8-day trek and an 85% success rate for the 7-day trek.

Yes, it’s mandatory to have travel insurance that covers you for high altitude trekking up to 6,000 meters if you plan to climb Kilimanjaro.

Due to the high altitude, remote location, and demanding conditions of a Kilimanjaro trek, travel insurance is compulsory for all participants. Anyone taking part in a Kilimanjaro climb will be required to show proof of insurance before the start of the trek.

  • The typical tip is: Porters $10, per day per porter.
  • Cooks $ 10 to 15 per cook
  • Assistant guides $ 15 to 20 per day per guide.
  • Kilimanjaro guides $ 25 to 30 per day and upper guide.

A 25% deposit is required at time of booking to hold your climb/safari, and after come here the finally 90% payment to be made in cash on your arrival in Tanzania.

No, but we can schedule transfer from Nairobi by Riverside shuttles for an additional charge.

You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (Tents, food, cooking, items etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb.

Technical Clothing

1 – Waterproof jacket, breathable with hood.

1 – Insulated jacket, synthetic or down.

1 – Soft jacket, fleece or soft – shell

2 – long sleeve shirt, light – weight, moisture – wicking fabric

1 – Short sleeve shirt, light – weight, moisture – wicking fabric

1 – Waterproof pants, breathable (side – zipper recommend)

2 – Hiking paths (convertible to shorts recommended)

1 – Fleece pants

1 – Shorts (optional)

1 – long underwear (moisture – wicking fabric recommended)

3 – underwear, briefs (moisture – wicking fabric recommended)

2 – sport Bra (women)

Head wear

1 – brimmed hat, for sun protection

1 – knit hat, for warmth

1 – balaclava, for face coverage (Optional)

1 – bandanna (Optional)

Hand wear

1 – gloves, warm (Waterproof recommended)

1 – glove liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)

Foot wear

1 – Hiking boots, warm, waterproof, broken – in, with spare laces

1 – GYM shoes, to wear at camp (Optional)

3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic

3 – Sock liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn underwear socks to prevent blisters (Optional)

1 – Gaiters, waterproof (Optional).


1 – Sunglasses or goggles

1- Backpack cover, waterproof (Optional)

1 – Poncho, during rainy season (Optional)

1 – Water bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)

1 – Water bladder, Camel-back type (Recommended)

1 – Towel, lightweight, quickly – dry (Optional)

1 – Pee bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (Recommended)

Stuff Sacks or Plastic bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate


1 – Sleeping bag, warm, four seasons

1 – Sleeping bag liner, for added warmth (Optional)

1 – Trekking poles (Recommended)

1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries

1 – Duffel bag, (waterproof recommended) for porters to carry your equipment

1 – Day-pack, for you to carry your personal gear

  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent, containing DEET
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes (Recommended)
  • Snacks, light – weight, high calorie, high energy (Optional) Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip long (Optional).
  • Camera, with extra batteries (Optional).