PREPARING FOR YOUR TREK2020-02-21T11:32:24+00:00

Trekking up a mountain requires perseverance and preparation. We have come up with some suggestions to ensure that you are absolutely prepared for the challenge that awaits you.

Get fit and ready for your trek with this three-month gym program which will greatly improve your changes of succeeding on your climb.

Three months before your trek:

Increase your fitness by doing two sessions of intense cardio per week.Take 10-15 minute walks daily. The more you walk, the better!

Now is the perfect opportunity to start cutting out soft drinks, sugar and junk food.

Two months before your trek:

Kick it up to three cardio sessions a week. Yoga and swimming are highly recommended to increase mental stamina and improve your physical condition.Continue taking walks as often as possible, but make sure you have at least one session a week where you walk for over an hour.

Get into a good habit of drinking plenty of water. This will flush out toxins from your body and maintain a healthy perfusion of the body’s cells.

One month before your trek:

Keep up the fitness routine, but don’t push yourself too hard. You don’t want to sustain an injury before your trip, so remember to stretch before and after fitness sessions.Plan four small hikes for this month that are each at least 2-3 hours long. Remember that with practice, each hike will be easier than the last.

By now you should focus on having a diet that is high in protein and fiber. Eating six small meals throughout the day with healthy snacks in between is much better than eating three big meals.

Climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro

With over 30 years of trekking experience, we know all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to tackling a mountain. We hope that you will take the time to read through our suggestions and prepare for the climb well in advance.If you have any questions or need some advice please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our tour guides will give you a detailed briefing before each day of the climb, and a debrief after each day of the climb

Our highly-qualified and well trained guides will lead you to the top of the mountain safely. Although English is the standard language that our guides will use, you can request a guide that can speak your home language. Please note that this will incur additional cost.

When we select the crew that will help you reach the summit, we focus on the size of the group and the specific park’s rules and regulations.

For example, a team of 2 Climbers will be accompanied by a team consisting of:

 

1 Chief Guide

The chief guide is the one who enforces all the safety precautions. The chief guide is fully trained in Wilderness First Aid responses.

1 Assistant Guide

The assistant guide is equally skilled and trained. They are there to fill in for the chief guide whenever he/she is busy or unavailable.

1 Cook

Our cooks are exceptionally skilled at hygienically preparing and portioning nutritious meals for all the climbers. The cook is also in charge of controlling dietary restrictions and making sure that drinking water is provided throughout the trip.

2 – 3 Porters each per client

The porters are the gems that will make your trekking experience even more worthwhile. Our chief guides will guarantee you get the best service by ensuring that each porter has the right mountain gear and takes extra care when carrying your equipment, food and baggage throughout the trek.

Gearing up before the trek:

All of our guests undergo a thorough pre-briefing, where we explain exactly which necessities and clothes you must bring, and how much your baggage must weigh in total. All valuable items (jewellery, money, passport and electronics) should be kept in the safe deposit at the hotel.

What to pack

Baggage weight is restricted at 5-10 kg. Your bag must include: your prepared first aid kit, a sun hat, sunglasses, energy bars, a 3L water bottle, rain trousers and coat, camera, fleece sweater, hiking poles and the lunch boxes provided by the cook during the trek.

Registration at the national park

All our guests are required to register at the national park upon arrival. Make sure that you have your passport number. Note that your bags will be weighed at the gate before you enter.

Drinking water

We provide 3L of water to each guest at the beginning of the trek. This water can be carried in a water system or in Nalgene drinking bottles. During the trek, your cook will provide you with more drinking water that is fetched from the springs, boiled, filtered and cleaned with purification tablets.

Meals on the mountain

Meals consist of breakfast, lunch, a small tea snack and dinner. We provide vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Hot lunches will be provided if the location allows, and the number of lunch boxes you will receive depends on the amount of days you spend climbing.

Toilets and bathing

The national park cleans and maintains public built wooden pit toilets that can be used by all our guests. Alternatively, guests can rent a portable chemical toilet that can be used throughout the climb.