Are you new to hiking or going to experience hiking for the first time? Then, we have Beginner’s Guide to Kilimanjaro from different perspectives to make your Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro trip smooth and safe.
But the question is why the beginners are choosing Mt. Kilimanjaro for climbing although it’s very expensive. Well, the answer is “its impressive accessibility for the summit” which can be an inspiration and firsthand experience for their future trekking.
There are some Things To Know About Kilimanjaro climbing before planning your Kilimanjaro trip.
Overview Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Towering at an altitude of 5895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano that is formed by three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Mount Kilimanjaro is famous as the tallest mountain of Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.
Located in the northern part of Tanzania and close to the Kenya-Tanzania border, Kilimanjaro is near to Arusha city and Kilimanjaro International Airport.
How Much Does A Kilimanjaro Climb Cost?
Usually, the price for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro varies in between US$1000 and US$4000. But the cost to climb Kilimanjaro can go above US$4000, if you have chosen to climb Kilimanjaro in a luxurious way.
Apart from choosing on the level of comfort, the cost to Kilimanjaro varies according to the route you have chosen, the number of days in your itinerary, the trekking operator you’ve chosen, the season, and other factors.
Kilimanjaro Park Fee 2020/2021
The question that stuck in your mind is its expensiveness for ascending to the summit. If you read this blog post of “Beginner’s Guide To Kilimanjaro”, you will know that the fees you are paying on the Kilimanjaro trip go straight to the compulsory fees of Kilimanjaro National Park.
The fees of national parks of Tanzania are high as conservation is the most important thing to consider for Kilimanjaro National Park authorities.
In this part, you will get the common budget to consider as park fee for 2020/2021 apart from the price of flight, visa and passport, tipping, etc.
This fee is for your own good and also to make you aware of the potential risks like high altitude sickness. If anything happens while Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, then Kilimanjaro National Park will operate as per your trekking guide information for the rescue operation. The rescue fees are 20 USD / 18 EUR / 16 GBP which is average if you are going to cover almost 6,000 meters high altitude.
Conservation fees are can be termed as “entry fee” for the conservation of Kilimanjaro National Park. This fee is fixed at 70 USD / 62 Euro / 56 Pound on a daily basis. So, it varies as per your chosen routes and number of days in your itinerary.
For a 6-day Machame Route, the price is 6 x 70 USD = 420 USD. These fees go to the conservation fund of conservation Kilimanjaro National Park. As the entry and conservation fee, this is the highest and important fee.
Camping fees are for staying on the campsites in each route except Marangu Route. These fees are USD 50 / 44 Euro/ 40 Pound which is calculated per head on a daily basis. For the camping permit on 8-day Lemosho Route, the camping fees are 400 USD.
Fitness & Training For A Kilimanjaro Climb
According to Beginner’s Guide To Kilimanjaro, hiking on Mount Kilimanjaro for beginners is the same with experienced hikers on the basis of physical fitness. Mount Kilimanjaro test both physical and mental endurance for hiking. A better level of fitness, strength, stamina, and strong willpower are the essential matters to consider before Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Though altitude sickness cannot completely eliminate, the well functional cardiovascular system, respiratory system, muscles, and joints can make your trekking safe and successful.
Therefore, we suggest you embark on a training program or practice the exercises yourself for at least two months. To strengthen the legs, you can do squats, jump squats; hip roll exercise, stepping up & down and squat curl overhead press exercise is beneficial.
To increase the intake of oxygen to meet the energy demands, aerobic exercises like brisk walking, swimming, running, or cycling are the best for the cardiovascular system. Regular hiking or mastering on “up & down” on staircases can give you the real experience of hiking.
Things You Should Avoid To Carry
On this Beginner’s Guide To Kilimanjaro, we have some points on what to carry and what not to carry on the trekking to avoid extra weights.
Before entering to Kilimanjaro National Park, your baggage weight should not exceed 15 kg (32 lbs) per duffel bag as per the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority and Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Projects (KPAP).
• Jewelry and Valuables
• Heavy Zoom Lenses For Your Camera.
• Extra Toiletries.
• Too Many Cotton Clothes.
• More Than One Pair of Jeans (As jeans are not comfortable for hiking)
• More than one pair of Hiking Boots (Wear at your home before traveling for Kilimanjaro trip).
More Than One Heavy Jacket
Other things you should not carry when traveling on international flights are explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids, oxidizers/organic peroxides, toxic substances, security type cash boxes, liquid oxygen devices, firearms and replicas, electroshocks and disabling devices and others.
Things to not carry in cabin baggage are blades, explosives, baseball bats, knife, scissors, blades, toxic liquids, tools, army knives, ice skates, meat cleavers, etc.
Age-related Guidelines & Restrictions
There are certain rules and regulations as per the Climbing Kilimanjaro Policies.
If you want to go for a hike with your family and children, then don’t take children, if the age of your children is not more than 10 years.
As there is no restriction on the upper age limit for the summit, people in their 70's and 80's can go for the hiking. So, we suggest doing a medical check-up by consulting a medical professional who can ensure your safety during your trekking.
What Are The Guides Looking At? Many Things
The role of guides is most important in Kilimanjaro Climbing Adventure as your safety and comfort are on their shoulders.
As per our Beginner’s Guide to Kilimanjaro, they check your health and personality on high altitude to be assured whether you are safe or not.
Are You Finishing Meals Or Hardly Eating?
The regularly check your food intake because of the loss of appetite or no desire to eat is one of the major symptoms on high altitude.
Are You Asking For Water Refills Or Barely Drinking?
As you know, keep hydrating can reduce the possibilities of altitude sickness by making more blood cells to carry sufficient amount of oxygen to meet the energy demands of different organs. So, the guides check whether you are drinking enough water or not.
• Are you strong on the trail or laboring through?
A guide remarks whether you are forcing yourself or can make your trail usual. As the forcing or laboring enhances the possibility for the symptoms on altitude sickness, the guide stops you for better acclimatization on high altitude.
• Are you stable on your feet or losing balance?
Becoming unstable while hiking shoes you are going to develop High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or High Altitude Cerebral Edema. The guide takes the necessary steps to make you feel comfortable.
• Are you breathing normally or out of breath?
As breathing is always related to oxygen intake and the levels of oxygen in your body, the guide slows you down before you are going out of breath.
• Is your personality the same or has your behavior changed?
Yes, personality changes on the severe altitude sickness for the symptoms like headache, hallucination, and indecisiveness. It occurs specifically in the cases of High Altitude Cerebral Edema.
• Do you really need insurance?
Yes, Travel insurance that covers the rescue with risk and health treatment when climbing around an altitude of 6000m above the sea level is the most important thing you should consider.
Inclusions & exclusion of your tour of Kilimanjaro
1.Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International airport to the Park view in Moshi.
2.2 nights of accommodation in Park view in Moshi (before and after the climb bed and breakfast)
3.Return transportation from Moshi/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
4.Qualified guides with mountain crew
5.All national park fees
7.4 Season mountain tents
8.Double layered Sleeping Mats
9.Mess tent (for dining) Mini camping chairs/Tables/Candles
11.Pulse oximeters & Portable oxygen tanks
12.First aid kit
13.3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
14.Enough treated &filtered drinking water throughout the trek
15.Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators(KIATO)
17. Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.
1.Meals and drinks not specified
2.Gear for your climb
3.Items of personal nature
4. Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
6. A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charge $70 for the entire trek.
8.Tips for guides, porters and cook
9.Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber)
Be free to ask about anything you have doubts about the hiking to Mt. Kilimanjaro.
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