Kilimanjaro FAQs

Do guides carry cell phones or radios on the mountain?

Yes, all guides carry cell phones, but reception on the mountain can be spotty.

What kind of tents do you provide?

Our tents are 3-person 4-season dome-style mountain tents, two people each.

Will there be oxygen for our group on the trek?

Oximeters are included on all treks at no charge. Oxygen is available for $30/group.

Will there be a hyperbaric pressure bag for our group?

We can provide hyperbaric bag for $120/group.

What happens if we one of us gets ill and has to return earlier? Is there an extra charge or is our money returned in case of illness or injury?

All climbers pay a rescue fee to the Kilimanjaro National Park (included in the price). If a client cannot walk because they are injured or sick, the guides, assistant guides, and porters will assist this climber down. There is no extra charge for coming down and taken back to the hotel, but you will not get money back for the 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.

What additional costs can I expect when I travel with you? Extra expenses include:

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Rental equipment (sleeping bags, hiking poles, etc.)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
  • Any personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, etc.).

What kind of accommodation is available during climbing?

On the Marangu Route, the first two huts sleep four people each, and the last hut is dorm-style with bunk beds. While on the other routes, you sleep in 3-person 4-season dome-style mountain tents, two people each.

Do you have luggage (weight/size/number) limitations on your climbs?

The one pack that the porters carry for you is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $20/day plus tips.

Who prepares the food on the mountain?

Your trekking party will be supplied with a cook to prepare your meals in a safe and hygienic manner.

What about drinking water?

The porters will purify water for you at each camp.

Can we buy drinking water/ soda on the Kilimanjaro?

You will be able to buy any drinks before getting to the gate at local mini-markets in town. Sometimes there are drinks available at the lower camps, but that service is unreliable and expensive.

Can we bring something for the porters?

Donations are easier to take with you when you travel to Tanzania rather than mailing them after you get back from your trip. Porters welcome old hiking boots, warm clothing, and cash donations.

Is it better to do a safari first….then the trek? Or do the trek first?

Most people start with the trek and end with the safari, so they get done with the hardest part of their trip and are able to relax on their safari. However, we can accommodate either order.