GETTING READY FOR THE TREK
The following information is seen as an essential list of what you should take with you on the mountain. A supplementary list follows for extra items as well. Extra items can be extremely hard to source in Tanzania, and whilst the guides can often help out with kit this is simply not a reliable source as their equipment may be being used! Please also note that this list should be used to check off items that you have and this list, wherever possible, must be returned to your travel agent who will then forward it onto us.
We will also check over your kit in the pre climb briefing to make sure everything arrived safely – there are times when luggage does not arrive with the aircraft and in those circumstances we will do our utmost to make sure you are well prepared for you climb.
Please try and keep your total weight of equipment on the mountain to around 15kg (30 lbs). Please advise us if you will be bringing more.
A potential 3 month training program is as follows:
Climb date minus 3 months
• Gym / fitness class: Any selection of fitness session x 2 times a week: choose workouts that make you work hard and increase fitness rather than build muscle.
• Walking: Walk whenever possible – short 10 minute walks are fine, go to the shops, see friends, short trips you might normally take a bus or taxi for.
• Diet:Cut out soft drinks with sugar or sweeteners and junk food. Remember this is a once in a lifetime event – use it as a great excuse to get healthy!!
Climb date minus 2 months
• Gym / fitness class: Gym session x 3 times a week: again choose workouts that make you work hard and increase fitness rather than build muscle. No need to go crazy, but doing 3 workouts a week breeds discipline and mental stamina as well as improving physical conditioning. You can even substitute 1 gym session for an alternative activity such as Yoga (even better yoga session every morning!) or swimming
• Walking: Keep walking! – Short 10 minute walks are good, but increase your distance to at least 1 hour once a week. That’s only 4 x 1 hour walks for the whole month!
• Diet: Keep healthy but remember to feed the fire! When you exercise you will burn lots of calories and so replace lost fuel and keep very well hydrated – water is life, drink, drink. Lots of water helps flush out toxins and maintains a healthy perfusion of the body’s cells.
Climb date minus 1 month
• Gym session x 3 times a week: no need to go crazy on the gym sessions, simply keep up a good routine. Do not over exercise! Going over 3 times a week increases the risk of injury and muscle damage which will prevent you from even starting, which is not what we want.
• Walking: be realistic and set 4 hikes for this month of around 2 – 3
THE CLIMB TO SUMMIT MT KILIMANJARO
With more than 30yrs experience taking trekkers on Mt Kilimanjaro we shall provide you with some of the guidelines we provide to our clients when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and some of the expectations they should have also information about the do’s and dont’s.
Though we have a more detailed briefing before the climb and also every day in the evening during the climb our experienced mountain guides provide the client with a briefing of what should be expected on the following day and also what mountain cloths should they gear up with.
MOUNTAIN CREW : GUIDES & THE TEAM
Our climbs for Mt Kilimanjaro are lead with a trained experienced chief mountain guide who speaks English but clients can also be provided with their foreign language speaking guide when booking the trip.
The mountain crew is usually issued by the ratio of clients and also by following the national park regulations, also the ratio may decrease on the non camping route which is the Marangu route as this route has less equipment since less camping gear is required.
For example for a team of 2 Climbers may consist of
1 Chief Guide
1 Assistant Guide
2 – 3 Porters each per client (depending if its a camping or non camping route).
CHIEF MOUNTAIN GUIDE
Our chief guide is the leader of the entire group and ensures all safety precautions and makes all decisions for his entire group, they have all undergone training for Wilderness First Aid response and have a very good history of the mountain with years of experience and impressive success rates of summit
ASSISTANT MOUNTAIN GUIDE
Our Assistant mountain guides are also trained and some are qualified chief guides though we have graded them as assistant mountain guides all our positioned assistant guides have also undergone the same training as he chief guides as they are also decision makers and can also guide the entire group if the chief guide is not present.
Our cooks have also gone through additional training in terms of Hygiene, Food portioning and ensuring the client is provided with tasty meals which are also energy giving, the cook also ensures before departure to the mountain that the client has any allergies with certain foods or if vegetarian and most of all the trekkers drinking water is provided during the trek.
All our guides have their own selected team members this includes porters for Mauly its all about team work to give our clients the best service, Our porters are all ways checked by the Chief guides that they have the right mountain gear and are all trust worthy and careful with our clients belongings as they are the heart of the entire climb and undertake the hardest job in the climb carrying all equipment food and baggage.
GEARING UP AND BAGGAGE FOR THE TREK
During pre-briefing for the client we usually advice our client about packing the correct weight and necessities in the day pack and also baggage which shall have mountain cloths for number of days on the mountain any baggage that is not needed on the mountain should be left in the safe deposit at the hotel this also include money, jewellery, passport and other personal belongings
For the Water proof day pack usually we advice the client to pack the following items which should be between 5 – 10kg these include : First aid kit, Sun hut, Sun glasses, Sun screen, Energy bars , 3lts drinking water bottle or Drinking water system, Rain trouser, Rain coat, Camera, Fleece sweater, hiking poles and Lunch box provided by the Cook on the first day and at times during other days on the mountain.
Your rack sack or back pack contains mountain cloths which should be water proof though we provide a protective bag for this which is not water proof but helps to protect you back pack from getting torn this baggage is carried by crew porters during the climb and should weigh less than 15 kg and also a regulation by the national park.
NATIONAL PARK REGISTRATION
Upon arrival at the national park gates every client requires to be register their personal details and should have a copy of the passport number, also weighing of baggage is done at the park gates before we being trekking to the first camp through the rain forest.
We provide our clients with 3lts of water on the beginning of their trek which is transferred from plastic water bottler to either drinking water system or Nalgen drinking bottles during the rest of the climb the cook ensures that 3lts of water is provided by the cook everyday which is fetched from water springs but is boiled and filtered for safety and for more safety one can use the water purification tablets
MEAL ON THE MOUNTAIN
We provide our clients with 3 heavy meals each day breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and short tea snack before dinner. Depending on the number of days on the mountain and pace we provide lunch box on the first day and some other days between and at times if the pace is good hot lunch may be provided our meal consist of vegetarian dishes and non vegetarian
TOILETS AND BATHING
The National park has public built toilets on the mountain which are cleaned and maintained by the national park this are wooden pit toilets and can be used by both men and women for those who find it uncomfortable to use the public toilets can rent a portable chemical toilet that they can use during their climb