Frequent Asked Questions
Where is Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, a country in East Africa. The mountain is one of the seven summits (the highest peaks on each of the seven continents) and rises 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet above sea level. It is the tallest freestanding mountain (not part of a mountain range) in the world. Famous known as the Roof of Africa.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO?
We recommend a minimum of 6days on the mountain, although some people may wish more time for the trip. The Rongai route entails 6 days on the mountain while the Machame route has two options, a 6-day hike, and a 7-day hike. For those that need extra time to adjust to the altitude, the Lemosho route is best, with 8 days total on the mountain. The Marangu Route is the shortest route at a total of 5 days on the mountain. If you are concerned about altitude sickness, it is best to go with a minimum 6-day hike, give yourself enough time to acclimatize. Kilimanjaro is located in North East of Tanzania-East Africa. It is unique not only for being the highest in Africa and one of the 7 summits but for being the only free highest Standing Mountain in the world. It stands seemingly alone in the Tanzanian
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT UHURU PEAK?
The desire to trek Mount Kilimanjaro differs from hiker to hiker, it may be born out of a lifelong dream, personal test or even a gamble, and whatever your reason to Uhuru peak, there is something tremendously rewarding about watching
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO?
The mountain is accessible throughout the year. However, at lower elevations, April, May, and November are quite wet while March and June are transition months. August and September are the coldest and driest months. January,
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING DURING MY ENTIRE TREK?
Only the Marangu route offers a bed in designed wood huts, the rest route you will be accommodated under the tent. In Arusha or Moshi town, you will be staying in a hotel based on your interest (LUXURY/BUDGET OR BACKPACKER
.ARE THERE TOILET/SHOWER FACILITIES DURING TREK?
Yes, there is a toilet shared with all hikers, but there is an optional portable toilet that’s set up at your campsite. This option attracts an extra surcharge
WHAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ROUTES OF MT.KILIMANJARO?
The Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe and Rongai routes are camping routes that take longer and are considered more picturesque than the Marangu. On the Marangu route, you will be staying in designed wood huts and you trek up and down.
HOW FAR DO I HIKE EACH DAY?
There is no hurry when trekking mount Kilimanjaro”pole-pole” It is more sensible to measure each day in hours walked rather than km. you will spend 4-5 hours including a stopover for lunch each day . on the summit day you may spend 6-8hrs ascending likewise descending to the camp
DO I NEED TO TRAIN MYSELF FOR KILIMANJARO TREKKING? “PHYSICAL FITNESS”
Mt. Kilimanjaro is known as a non-technical mountain. No special climbing equipment or skill is required to successfully climb to the summit. However, you have to be in fair shape and general good health. Good preparation ensures a comfortable climb and higher chance of successful summiting
We recommend that you should consult your doctor and let him know that you are planning on climbing the mountain.
Pregnant person, a person with back problems, a person with heart issues or a person who is in serious medical treatments and children below 12 years old should NOT attempt to climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
We recommend putting together a program of light aerobics, cycling at list a month prior to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
You can add up;
Daily Walking, if possible with your hiking boots at least 2 miles.
Walking on high and low elevation will strengthen your calves and leg muscles.
Use a treadmill, set a variety of inclines to simulate a gentle and steep slope
HOW CAN I COMBAT MOUNTAIN SICKNESS?
During the trek, anyone can develop altitude sickness, no matter how to fit. This caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air at an increased altitude. There are many different symptoms but the most common are;
Dizziness, shortness of breath,
vomiting, Fatigue, and loss of energy,
nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the toes and fingers,
And a mild swell of ankles and fingers.
These mild forms are not serious and will normally disappear within 48 hours. Please visit your physician for any preventative medications.
The most important treatment for any level of altitude sickness is to go down to a lower elevation as soon as possible while remaining safe
HOW CAN I AVOID MOUNTAIN SICKNESS?
Train yourself to lower your pace it’s a critical factor, remember no hurry in Africa “Tembea pole- pole”
Try to drink at least 4 liters per day.
Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other depressant drugs including barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills.
Always listen to your mountain guide he knows better and he is trained enough to detect the symptoms.
Don’t go up until symptoms go down.
Acclimatized before going higher you can start with mount Meru before Mt Kilimanjaro.
Before your trip, maintain a good work/rest cycle, avoid excessive work hours, and last-minute packing.
Listen to your body do not push beyond your ability.
Try to walk high sleep low: after arriving at the camp you can relax a while and try to go further up and return for overnight.
The best way you can lower your chance of getting altitude sickness is through acclimatization. That means you let your body slowly get used to the changes in air pressure as you go to higher elevations. That why we recommend you should take at list 3 days to Mount Meru before going to Kilimanjaro or add an extra day on Kilimanjaro for acclimatization
HOW MUCH DO YOU RECOMMEND I/WE SHOULD TIP THE CREW?
Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated element of your Mt. Kilimanjaro climb. This is an expression of satisfaction with those who have accompanied & assisted you throughout the trip. It is the most direct way that you can have a positive economic impact within the crew and community enlarge.
Betheli expedition does not collect tip on behalf of the crew & it should be handled directly to each crew member individually on the last day at the gate.
Kindly note that, these are only guidelines and tips can be based on personal estimation
Use Below guidelines
Tipping guide in USD (or equivalent in local currency) per group per day spent on the mountain:
Per Chief Guide: US$15-25 per day
Per Assistant Guide: US$10-20 per day
Per Cook: US$15-$20 per day
Per Porter: US$8-12 per day
Gifts, in addition, are also appreciated – e.g. warm clothing or footwear & boots
NB: Kilimanjaro is an enjoyable climbing for anyone wanting a recipe of cultural with a moderate-high altitude climbing experience. All 5 routes (Machame, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho &Umbwe) are pretty safe and do not require technical skills with ropes or crampons. To end your tour adds a short safari 1- 3days and have a sunbath at the white sandy beach in Zanzibar at list 4days after the climb. And you will have an unforgettable experience.