Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

maranguroute

6 Days Marangu Route

Marangu Route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route is more popular because it can be done in fewer days and has permanent sleep huts at the campsites.

Machame Route

7 Days Machame Route

The Machame route, also known as the Whisky Route is one of the most scenic and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro.This popular route with paths through magnificent forests.

Rongai Route

7 Days Rongai Route

Less crowded because of its remote location the route offers trekkers a unique wilderness experience where it is possible to see large wildlife like antelope, elephant and buffalo.

lemosho route

8 Days Lemosho Route

As a newer route, it is more remote and arguably more beautiful, but a bit longer and slightly more expensive. It starts on the Western side of the mountain at the Londorossi Gate which is a further drive from town.

umbwe route

6 Days Umbwe Route

This route is the steepest with the shortest and most direct routes to the Southern Glaciers, Western Breach and Uhuru Peak. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro.

At the very heart of our business and fundamentals to your safety and enjoyment treks, all our mountain guides we employ for GoKilimanjarotreks, guides are hand-picked by us to ensure you get the best leadership and precisely services on the mountain.

Our guides Licensed by the Kilimanjaro National Park authority and are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR) and American Wilderness Medical Society.
Our guides conduct health checks twice daily using pulse oximeters to measure pulse and oxygen saturation.
We carry an emergency oxygen cylinder, a portable stretcher, and the advanced medical kit on all our Mt Kilimanjaro climbs.
We have established protocols for handling emergencies on the mountain, including rescue and evacuation.

The importance of your Kilimanjaro crew cannot be underestimated: they make the difference between a wonderful experience on Kilimanjaro and an absolutely disastrous one.

Each of our guides is licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park and climb Kilimanjaro frequently on each year. They all speak fluent English as well as Chagga and swahilli. We do not subcontract any of our operations. All our climbs are supported by a crew of local people who are experts on the mountain.

Go Kilimanjaro Treks provide guides,cook, porters, and the camping crews who work together on every climb. This collaboration gives a team dynamic that translates into an unparalleled level of service on the mountain. On all Kilimanjaro climbs we keep a ratio of three clients to one guide so every climber receives personal attention and encouragement.

We comply with Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) guidelines to ensure our team of porters have the appropriate equipment, that they are paid fairly, given adequate food and Accommodations and that their loads are not excessive.

Our guides have received first aid training from Kilimanjaro National Park prior to their certification and get additional training from us on a regular basis. They can recognize the symptoms of serious altitude sickness and organize an immediate descent which is by far the best treatment. We follow an established protocol for handling emergencies on the mountain, including rescue and evacuation procedures.

For a trek for two people over 7 days a normal crew would comprise 1 x lead guide, 1 x assistant guide, 1 x cook and 7 porters. We will inform you the size of your crew before you depart.

Our chefs will serve enough healthy meals to keep you happy and well-fed on your Kilimanjaro climb. You’ll have hot meals at breakfast and dinner, freshly prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. We prepare all our food to strict hygiene standards, ensuring it’s delicious and safe to eat. Our menus are designed to be nutritionally-dense, with plenty of variety to cater to the energy demands of the trek.

We have a dining tent with chairs and for just dinning. Whilst each day you will be served different meals whilst on the Kilimanjaro climb, below is a guideline to what type of food you can expect :

Breakfast is usually porridge followed by sausage and eggs, toast and marmalade or jams and hot drinks such as tea, coffee or chocolate. Climbers are asked to communicate with the guide as regards their appetites or we will tend to err on the side of caution in providing much more food than necessary.

Lunch is usually a packed or hot depends on day time and the weather precipitation.the lunch that you will carry in your day pack normally consists of a boiled egg, some sandwiches, a chicken portion, fresh fruit and a cold drink. At the end of the day’s walking, afternoon or evening tea is served with biscuits, peanuts and, best of all, salted popcorn and plenty of hot drinks.

Dinner begins with fresh soup, followed by a main course including chicken or meat, a vegetable sauce, some cabbage, and rice, pasta or potatoes, with fresh fruit for dessert .
Even though you are far from home we recognize that it’s nice to have some creature comforts, so don’t be surprised when you see some of your favorite food brands, such as Heinz, Nescafe and Nestle!

We can accommodate all dietary restrictions, just let us know in advance. In the case of very strict diets, we recommend you bring along some of your favorite “energy” foods, as some specialty ingredients can be hard to source in Tanzania.

One very common effect of the altitude is a reduced appetite. We offer enticing meals, rich in “good” carbohydrates. According to the High Altitude Expert of Environmental Medicine, “carbohydrate is the most efficient fuel for optimizing performance at altitude”, speeding up recovery and replenishing muscle glycogen stores for the next day’s activity.

The same study goes on to say, “a high carbohydrate diet at altitude is recommended as an intervention to alleviate symptoms of AMS (acute mountain sickness)” as it increases ventilation and blood oxygenation.

With the decreased appetite, carbohydrate-based foods are often more palatable than high protein or fats, and altitude changes your metabolic processes. The combination of hours on the trail and your body’s adaptation to altitude means you’ll have a much higher energy requirement than you would have at home.

Experienced hikers who are used to eating horrible dehydrated foods on the trail are often surprised at the quality and variety of food that comes out of our mountain kitchens. We use only fresh produce, no dehydrated “ready meals” and all food is carried up Mount Kilimanjaro by our porters.

Clothing: Inner, Middle and Outer Layers.
– Tee-shirts preferably moisture wicking (2 or more)
– Long sleeve shirts (2)
– Long underwear pants (2)
– Underwear (3 to 5)
– Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
– Sweatshirt (optional)
– Fleece Pants (optional)
– Trekking Pants ( 1 or more)
– Shorts (optional)
– Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
– Rain Poncho
– Waterproof Pants

Hats, Gloves and Gaiters:
– Wide brimmed hat
– Wool hat (Should cover ears)
– Balaclava or Ski Mask
– Lightweight Gloves
– Insulated Wool or Down Mittens (worn outside lightweight gloves)

Footwear:
Shoes and Socks.
– Hiking boots with ankle support
– Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
– Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
– Hiking socks (5)
– Sock Liners (optional)

Sleeping Bag Note:
– Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
– Sleeping bag liner (optional)
– Sleeping bag stuff sack
– Sleeping pad (optional on camping routes)

Duffel Bags and Day Packs:
– Large Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear
– Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
– Waterproof cover for daypack
– Drybags in several sizes
– Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

On the Trail
– Sunscreen
– Lip Balm with Sunscreen
– Water Bottles (2 or 3) or Camel Back
– Sunglasses
– Headlamp with extra batteries
– Plastic bags for garbage
– High Energy Snacks
– Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
– Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
– Umbrella (optional – works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
– Toilet Paper
– Medical Tape (for preventing/treating blisters)
– Trekking Poles (optional).

First Aid Kit and Toiletries Note:
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following…
– Advil or Ibuprofen
– Diamox (for altitude sickness)
– Personal Prescriptions
– Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
– Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
– Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
– Wet wipes
– Panty Liners and Tampoons
– Face lotion
– Hair brush, Hair ties
– Hand warmers
– Ear plugs for sleeping.

Paperwork and Money:
-Passport (needed at entry gates for registration) – Money for tips at end of trek
Other Items
– Portable Solar Charger
– Journal, Pen and paper
– Any other personal items

Simplified Packing List

Base, Middle and Outer Layers:

The principle of layering is key here so that you can easily manage your body temperature during your trek simply by adding or removing layers.

Base Layers – The base layer is the first layer of clothing you put on and it ideally functions to maintain your body temperature and keep you dry. Fabrics such as merino wool or Capilene which work to wick moisture away from your body are the best. Cotton tends to absorb moisture and hampers your ability to regulate temperature.

Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
Moisture wicking tee-shirts (2)
Long underwear pants (2)
Underwear (3 to 5)

Middle Layers – The middle layer serve to insulate the body from the cold. The best materials for insulating layers in very cold conditions are down and wool otherwise a fleece jacket can make a good insulating layer. It’s preferable to have middle layers with zippers so you can easily zip or unzip to regulate temperature rather than having to remove layers entirely.

-Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
-Long sleeve shirts (2)
-Sweatshirt (optional)
-Fleece Pants
-Trekking Pants (2)
-Shorts (optional)

Shell or Outer Layer: The shell or outer layer is designed to protect you from the wind and keep you dry. Gortex which is both waterproof and breathable is the ideal fabric for this. Nylon is a cheaper alternative and provides protection but is not breathable so can trap moisture in which you don’t want.

-Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
-Rain Poncho
-Waterproof Pants.

Hats, Gloves and Gaiters:

Hats – While it’s still warm on the first few days of the trek a wide brimmed hat that offers sun protection is the best. When it’s cold a wool and/or Balaclava is the best option.

Gloves – A light weight glove is good for most early morning and evening on the way up and can be combined with a wool or down mitten for the cold conditions on the summit.

Gaiters – While it’s unlikely you will be hiking through snow gaiters can help keep your socks dry when it’s wet and protect your skin from the dust when its dry.

Wide brimmed hat
Wool hat (Should cover ear dos)
Balaclava or Ski Mask
Lightwight Glove
Insulated Wool or Down Mitten

Footwear: Shoes and Socks
Shoes – Choice of footwear probably varies to some degree on personal preference. Tennis shoes are suitable until base camp although some may prefer hiking shoes. A pair of sturdy hiking shoes is needed on the summit day to provide ankle support on the steep slopes with loose rocks and to keep your feet warm. Make sure that your hiking shoes have extra room for socks and are not too tight fitting. We recommend breaking in your hiking boots before you come and not to bring a new pair.

Socks – Wool socks provide the most insulation and keep your feet warm. Sock liners are lightweight socks made of a material like Capilene that wicks moisture from the skin. If you are susceptible to getting blisters they can be useful in preventing abrasion between your outer-sock and skin.

Hiking boots with ankle support
Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
Hiking socks (5)
Sock Liners (optional)
Duffel Bags and Day Packs:

We suggest you bring your (packed duffel bag with listed Kilimanjaro packing list gears), several dry bags for packing your gear inside the duffel.

Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail Waterproof cover for day pack
Dry bags in several sizes (For Gears inside the Duffel)
Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

Equipments For Rent ( Our Store )

It’s possible to rent gears locally for climbing the mountain but it’s expensive from the rentals and the quality is certainly poor for the money you will be spending. If you let us know in advance its possible we can provide some gear to you free of cost and others in a high quality we can rent for you in a good price as our clients. However, the best bet is to bring your own gear (Complete list) .

On your first night in Moshi before starting the trek you will be introduced to your guide and he will review your equipment to make sure that you are adequately prepared. Climbers heading to the mountain need to be properly equipped for rainy conditions all the time and enough warm gears on the way to the summit and freezing temperatures at the summit.

Keep in mind that gear will generally be divided up while your hiking. The bulk of your gear will be carried by our porters in a duffel bag and you will carry a daypack with the essentials which include snacks, camera, headlamp, poncho, extra layers, sun protection and water bottles.

Your gears( duffel bag) will be provided at the camp(tent) upon your arrival

Before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, most climbers often start worrying about the porter and guide’s how to tip them before the climb starts. They want to know how much it will affect their budget, and to make sure they are paying a good tip.

Go Kilimanjaro Treks philosophy is just like service in a restaurant, a climbing tip should only be given if you received good service from us. A typical porter on an seven day climb should receive between $ 35-50, cook could receive about $ 70-80,and a head guide could receive some $100-130 or even more. These tips are divided by the total number of people in the group, not per person.

A general estimate, for your budget, per Kilimanjaro climber starts from about $ 180 to $250 per person depending upon the following factors: the number of people in your group, the number of the porters, number of guides, cooks and sometimes the route. It’s impossible to predict an exact tip in advance because it really depends upon how much supplies is brought up the mountain and how much weight is brought up the mountain. There is no facts standard of tipping for all companies, but only depends on clients satisfaction and the Mount Kilimanjaro’s history of packages price and tipping guidelines.

A couple of things to remember when tipping Kilimanjaro porters:
Tip directly to the porters, not the guides.

Bring a packet of letter size envelopes to distribute the tip if possible and looks the best way for you.

Determine a tip for each component of your climbing group: the porters, cooks, assistant guides, and the head guide.

Distribute it on the final morning of the descent usually at Mweka Camp or at the Mweka Gate.

Tipping in US Dollars would be highly recommended.
The lowest Tanzanian makes $ 90 per month. A $ 50 around tips for a difficult work for many days is a great wage and supports the local economy.
Generally the tipping guidelines example of a tips break down looks like this:
Porters $8 – $10 per day.
Cooks $15- $18 per day.
Assistant Guides $15 – $18 per day.
The head Guide $18– $22 per day.

However during the summit hike we can arrange your personal experienced summit porter to assist your extra luggage such as extra drinking water,night tea,summit lunch or some hardware professional photo cameras.
Tipping for the summit personal porter might have an extra of $ 20-30 for the summit night only!.

Please Note: Tip amounts listed for Kilimanjaro treks are per group only.Lets says $ 250 per person times 10 climbers is about $ 2500 and this amount should be divided to the all support team.

Go Kilimanjaro Treks is a local tour operator based in Moshi, Tanzania. We offer both mountain trekking , wildlife safaris, group tours and beach holidays.

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Moshi , Kilimanjaro - Tanzania

Phone: +255 677 917 500

Email: info@gokilimajarotreks.com

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