Climb Preparation

What exactly do I need to do before my Kilimanjaro Climb?

First of all, you’ll need to know when is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro. From there you will fill out a group or private climb form and put down a minimum of a 20% deposit. After 24-48 hours, you’ll receive a confirmation email that has detailed instructions on what to do next.

Over the next several months you’ll want to focus on a few items. Such as, the clothing you’ll bring and wear on the mountain, the equipment you’ll bring and the training schedule you’ll need to stick to to make the summit.

Gear and Clothing

gear for kilimanjaroWhat you wear on the mountain varies from day-to-day and even hour-by-hour. You will want to pack the appropriate layers to accommodate whatever the day has in store for you. It is imperative that you bring enough layers to handle the wet, warm rainforest all the way up to the frigid, windy summit night with a hot desert region in between.

Equipment

In addition to the clothing, you’ll also have to decide what sleeping bag, backpack, trekking poles, day pack and camera you’ll want to bring. You can rent sleeping bags, sleeping mats, trekking poles and ALTOX from us or you can bring your own. Keep in mind it needs to be lightweight so it does not exceed the carrying limits for the porters.

Training

elliptical trainingHow you train can significantly help with your Kilimanjaro climb. Training is essential for summiting Kilimanjaro. It is not an easy task to climb the tallest mountain in Africa. The terrain changes daily. In the rainforest, the trail may be muddy and steep. Soon after, it becomes a dusty, unrelenting uphill climb with soaring temperatures. Even though the trekking is slow and the days are short, you will still need to be in good shape to make the summit. The summit day is especially demanding since you begin in the dark. It is cold and windy and even after you make the summit, there is still a long descent to the camp and rest below.

Get out and hike or go to the gym and use the elliptical, stair climber or both or just get out and walk. If you don’t have hills, go to a stadium and walk the stairs.

Travel Requirements

Ther are several other items to consider in preparation for your Kilimanjaro climb and traveling to Tanzania.  What are the are entry requirements regarding a passport and visa? What vaccinations are required?  Is travel insurance really needed and how do I choose which plan is right for me?  Do I need to exchange money before I go to Tanzania? What is Tanzania’s currency?

Visa and Passport

passportFirst of all, a passport and Visa are required to travel to Tanzania. Make sure your passport is up-to-date. If you are traveling from the U.S. you can acquire your visa at Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is $100 USD and you pay for and receive it at the passport window inside the terminal.

Health and Vaccinations

vaccinationsAdditionally, you’ll need to decide on or find out what vaccinations are required to travel to Tanzania. If you are traveling from the U.S. you are not required to have any vaccinations. However, you will want to make sure you are current on your Tetanus and may want your doctor to prescribe Malaria pills. You may also want to schedule a wellness check up to make sure you are fit to make the climb.

Travel Insurance

injured touristA question we receive all the time is whether or not travel insurance is needed. It is mandatory. You will want to make sure that whatever insurance plan you go with they cover high altitude trekking,medical and repatriation costs, and trip cancellation. We recommend Travel Guard.

Currency

tanzanian shillingsAnd finally, the currency of Tanzania is the Shilling. However, U.S. Dollars are accepted everywhere. Make sure they are newer than 2009 and bring plenty of small bills for tipping

When To Go

Best
January, February
July, August, September, October
Good
June, December
Ok
March
Not Recommended
April, May, November

Gear List

The appropriate gear and equipment are required to climb Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro treks have a wide range of temperatures so the best clothing is a lot of layers.

Start Training

  • Hike with a Pack
  • Gym: Elliptical, Stairmaster
  • Walk with a Pack
  • Climb Stadiums Stairs

Travel Requirements

  • Visa and Passport
  • Health and Vaccinations
  • Travel Insurance
  • Currency