Trekking on Kilimanjaro: At the end of a long day’s climb, you’ll want to relax, rest, and revitalize for the next day’s trek. So listed below are the food we provide on Kilimanjaro.
- Recuperate mind and body in a warm, solar-lit dining tent, and take pleasure in hearty gourmet meals every day.
- Nutritionist-designed meals include an optimal balance of complex carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
- Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
- Unlimited purified drinking water provided daily.
- Chefs are trained for preparing hygienic food and aware of allergy safety.
- Custom dining tents and comfy chairs included on every trek.
Kilimanjaro Altitude Sickness
About Altitude Sickness
If climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is in your bucket list, then sooner or later you will hear about altitude sickness.
For those who are unknown with the facts of altitude illness, here are the answers to the most common questions regarding mountain sickness.
The definition of altitude
High Altitude: 1500 – 3500 m (5000 – 11500 ft)
Very High Altitude: 3500 – 5500 m (11500 – 18000 ft)
Extreme Altitude: above 5500 m (18000 ft)
Altitude sickness is various symptoms that can come about when someone ascends to a high altitude too rapidly, without sufficient acclimatization.
The body can adjust to the reduced air pressure at a higher altitude, but only at a rate of about 300 m (1000 ft) altitude gain per day. If you ascend faster, then you may develop altitude sickness.
There are three main forms of altitude sickness:
- AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) – very common when climbing Kilimanjaro.
- HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema)-a fluid buildup in the lungs.
- HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) – a fluid buildup in the brain.
Both HAPE and HACE are potentially serious but are thankfully extremely rare during a well-planned Trekking on Kilimanjaro.
There are also other symptoms you are likely to experience during a Kilimanjaro climb due to the altitude. They are considered normal and shouldn’t worry you:
- Breath faster
- Out of breath sooner
- Experiencing periodic breathing at night (where you stop breathing for up to 15 seconds and then breathe very fast to make up for it, scary but harmless)
- Wake up frequently at night
- Urinate a lot more often than usual
A few tips on avoiding altitude sickness
- Keep drinking
- Make sure you eat plenty
- Keep warm
- Keep your day pack light
- Pole pole- Slow and Steady
One of the important fundamentals of a successful summit attempt is being properly equipped. Before make sure that that you are well prepared with everything to help you successfully summit the Roof of Africa. Print the Checklist below and tick it off, this sample piece of the list will be an essential part of your preparation for the climb.
- A valid passport and visa
- The Airline tickets
- health card with immunizations (Yellow fever)
- Travel insurance
- Medical insurance
- US$ cash / Travellers Checks / Credit Card
- Duffel bag – large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters. An extra bag to be left at the hotel with extra gear.
- Small luggage lock – to lock zippers
- Day backpack – between 20 – 35 liters. Large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
- Water bottle/containers
- Ski-pole / walking stick
High Altitude Gear
- Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket
- Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outerwear)
- Polar fleece (middle layer)
- Thermal underwear (under layers)
- Mittens or warm gloves
- One pair thermal (polertex) socks
- Hiking pants
- Regular underwear
- Raincoat or Poncho
- Water-resistant semi-stiff hiking boots
- Shoes for overnight camps like sneakers, running shoes, etc.
- Socks – several pairs for the climb
- Liner socks – to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters
- Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
- Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
- Water bottles – two or three (total capacity at least 4 liters)
- Headlamp, a good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb
- Water purification tablets
- Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap
- Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries
- Toilet kit (soap, toothbrush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
- Sunscreen and lip protection, SPF 30+
- Ziploc bags, to protect the camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
- Toilet paper
- Money belt for passport and valuables
Medical and First Aid Supplies
- Headache tablets
- Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
- Diarrhoea – Imodium
- Nausea – Valoid
- Malaria – Prophylaxis
- Water purification tablets
- Muscular sprains
- Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages
- Antiseptic cream – Betadine
- Flu and colds
- Eye drops
- Insect repellent
- Camera, extra lenses and film (ASA 200 film recommended)
- Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
- Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
- Energy snacks and sweets
- Video camera, tapes, battery packs, and tri-pod
Please note: This checklist is only a guideline. We will send you a comprehensive checklist once your booking is confirmed.
Kilimanjaro Best Time to Climb
Kilimajaro is chill all around the year anyway but, if you are combining your trekking on Kilimanjaro with other activities, the days will be warm but the nights and early morning safaris are cold.
January, February and the first half of March are the warmest months, with wonderful clear morning skies and evening, making this very suitable time to climb.
June, July, and August- are the cold months in Tanzania. Although it’s still warm during the day, nights are very cold.
August and September are peak seasons for avoiding busy trails. September is a little quieter and also warmer than August.
Climbs around full moons are very popular for noticeable reasons.
You can experience the rainy season in April and May, which generally means one pretty heavy thunderstorm every day on Trekking on Kilimanjaro. However, even that is not guaranteed and it doesn’t last for hours with most of the rain hitting the coast. So although some people want to avoid this, others embrace it, as rain equates with more solitary slopes.
There is another short rainy season from November to December, although the showers are short but quite refreshing too. October is usually a great time for Trekking on Kilimanjaro & climbing, getting in just before the rains do, but when there are lesser crowds.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, so trekkers need to prepare accordingly for trekking on Kilimanjaro. Below are some tips to follow for summiting Kilimanjaro and are as follows:
- Walk slower than you ever have before
- Get to know the crew
- Be sure toenails are cut close
- Store your boots in your sleeping bag every night
- Make a Kili playlist
- Keep things in perspective
- Repeat a positive mantra ‘nguvu kama Simba,’ which is Swahili for ‘strong like a lion.’
- Start visualizing the summit well before you step foot on the mountain
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