FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. IS TRANSPORT PROVIDED TO AND FROM KILIMANJARO AIRPORT AND WHERE DO WE STAY?
A. We travel together by mini bus to our hotel Ilbour lodge in Arusha which is 50 minutes from the airport.
Q. WHICH ROUTE ARE WE GOING TO TAKE UP KILIMANJARO AND WHY?
A. We will be taking the Lemosho route. It’s a route that affords all climbers incredible views of the Kilimanjaro peak over their pre acclimatization phase. It allows climbers pass through 5 ecosystems, a system unique to Kilimanjaro. On route the climbers will pass over the highest plateau in the world, the Shira Plateau.
Q. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PREPARATION FOR CLIMBING AND JUST HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?
A. All persons are capable of making this climb regardless of age/previous fitness. The team have proved this time and time again but the 12 week training program that everyone must undergo examines and requires the following steps.
A full blood test assessing the 6 key pre markers for altitude.
Outdoor climbing/hill walking on relevant Irish Mountains.
This is about getting you ready for the challenge ahead and not about comparing fitness levels with others. Please note that any pre existing medical conditions must be made known first. NEVER HIKE ALONE. Even as a group always let someone at home know where you will be hiking.
Q. WHAT ABOUT GEAR WILL I NEED?
A. You can download HERE a list of gear required to climb Kilimanjaro.
Q. WHAT VACCINATIONS WILL I NEED?
A. Before travelling to Africa the required vaccinations shots are: Typhoid, done in conjunction with Hepatitis; Hepatitis B done in 3 parts over a 6 month period (must get 2 minimum); Yellow Fever. If you decide to stay on in Africa and travel further afield you should also consider getting vaccinated against Diphtheria, Rabies, Cholera and Tetanus. Please check with the Tropical Medical Bureau for up to date advice.
Q. DO I NEED TO GET A VISA?
A. A local visa to enter Tanzania is required – it costs $50 and is payable upon entry at the Airport.
Q. WHAT KIND OF WEATHER CAN I EXPECT ON KILIMANJARO?
A. Daytime temperatures range between 20⁰-27⁰ Celsius, depending on the month. The sun can be very high on Kilimanjaro so it is important that you pack a high factor sun protection cream. Night time temperatures can range from 2⁰-3⁰ Celsius on the Shira Plateau, to as low as -10⁰. For those climbing in May there is the slight possibility of rain.
Q. WHERE DO WE SLEEP DURING THE ASCENT AND DESCENT?
A. We provide tents which are shared by 2 people, we also supply mats and sleeping bags.
Q. ARE THERE TOILET FACILITIES AT THE CAMPS?
A. Yes, chemical toilets are transported up the mountain by the team of porters and constantly cleaned. (pic on left)This is a luxury on that mountain that most other companies don’t provide. Most groups use the toilets provided on the mountain. (pic on right)
Q. WHAT IS MY LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE TRAVELLING TO AFRICA AND THEN CLIMBING KILIMANJARO?
A. On the flight you can bring 20kg for all of your gear/personal wear.
You must leave all valuables/non mountain wear in the hotel and the baggage allowance for the climb is 15kg. These bags are carried by the porters. Each day you will only carry a day sack, which has your essentials, a 2 liter platypus water carrier, a top, hat, gloves and snacks. As you can see in the picture the porters have great loads to carry please consider this when packing.
Q. HOW DO I CLEAN MYSELF ON THE MOUNTAIN?
A. Clean warm water and soap will be available every morning and evening. We recommend packing baby wipes for regular cleaning purposes on each day. Please make sure to pack baby wipes they will be one of your best friends and remember there will be a long hot shower waiting for you in the hotel when you get back!
Q. WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?
A. Just like at home! Not only will you get a cup of tea every morning and evening, our cooks Lulu and Tuesday along with their team cook everything fresh from Chicken and Chips to Spaghetti Bolognese. All meals are served in the main tent. They cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. Birthday Cakes have even been made on occasion for those celebrating on the mountain.
Q. WHAT ABOUT HYGIENE ON THE MOUNTAIN AND IS THERE A SUPPLY OF FRESH WATER?
A. The highest standards of hygiene is maintained through the entire stay. All water is treated and filtered using the Katadyn Water System, which ensures top quality water daily for drinking and food preparation.
Q. HOW IS MY HEALTH MONITORED ON THE MOUNTAIN?
A. A very careful approach is undertaken. Kilimanjaro Achievers provide full medical support with an African or Irish Doctor present on all trips. We also carry full medical supplies that could possibly be required from oxygen tanks to resuscitation equipment.
• Everyone is assessed daily, both morning and evening for; Respiratory Rate, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and O2 Saturation Levels.
• Every climber operates in a ‘buddy buddy’ system and must check that their fellow climbing colleague meets our health and safety check list (supplied) and they are asked to check in with the guides constantly regarding this.
Q. WHAT ABOUT OVERALL COSTS APART FROM CLIMBING?
A. You can see all the costs HERE.
Q. WHAT IF THE AIRLINE LOOSES MY LUGGAGE?
A. We will work with the airline to find your luggage, once found it will be brought to you even if you have already started the climb. Everlasting will lend you gear until yours has been returned.
Q. WHAT IF I GET SICK OR INJURED ON THE MOUNTAIN?
A. A Doctor will be on hand to assist with any illness/injury, all the Guides are also trained in First Aid. Most problems can be solved with simple medication or change to diet and monitoring of fluids. If it is not possible to continue you will be accompanied back to the Lodge by one of the Guides and taken to the Local Clinic if needed. There are also stretchers available to us on the mountain if required. We are signed up to the Flying Doctors which to date we have not required their services. Safety is our top priority so we make sure we have every angle covered.