Frequently Asked Questions
How to get to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania?
Qatar Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, and Ethiopian Airways regularly fly to Tanzania. We recommend purchasing an international flight directly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our hotels are just a 40-minute drive from the airport.
Do I need vaccinations to travel to Tanzania?
There are no mandatory vaccinations for entering Tanzania. The only case that can sometimes be an exception is vaccination against yellow fever. A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever may be required to enter Tanzania if you are coming after a stay in one of the countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission (e.g. Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda). You can find a full list of these countries on the website of the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers. If you just plan to have a short (less than 12 hours) layover between flights in one of them without leaving the airport, the certificate will not be necessary.
Those arriving from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, the USA, or the countries of the European Union have no vaccine requirements.
What equipment do you need to climb?
Since the trail to the top passes through five different climatic zones – from the rainforest at the beginning to the glaciers at the summit – you should bring gear for a variety of weather conditions. A complete list of required gear can be found HERE.
If you do not have the needed clothes, shoes, trekking poles, a sleeping bag, or any other items from the list, you can always rent the missing equipment from us upon arrival. We only use quality gear from The North Face, Black Diamond, Red Fox, and Mountain Hardwear.
When is the best time to climb?
There is no definite answer to this question, but most climbers prefer to fly to Kilimanjaro during dry seasons – from mid-December to mid-March and from mid-June to late October.
How much does an expedition to Kilimanjaro cost?
The cost of participating in a comfortable and safe expedition to Kilimanjaro starts from $2,000. It is impossible to organize an expedition cheaper than this – about half of this amount will only cover the fees paid to Kilimanjaro National Park, and the rest should be spent on food, taxes, wages for mountain crew, transfers to and from the park, oxygen systems maintenance, security measures, and other important expeditionary expenses.
Any rate lower than this should be considered a red flag: an operator offering a climb for less than $2,000 must be either taking great safety risks, not paying their employees a fair wage, or evading taxes. This is not only dangerous for the climbers but also unethical and probably illegal. It is because of these “budget climbs” that porters in Tanzania are still exploited.
What level of training is required to climb Kilimanjaro?
There are routes that require more stamina and routes that are suitable for beginners. In general, it’s best to be in good physical shape and be able to walk at least ten kilometers at a time (approximately 6 miles) over rough terrain. Cardio exercises shouldn’t be an insurmountable challenge if you want to climb Kilimanjaro. To prepare yourself for the expedition do regular hiking, jogging, and possibly the Stairmaster at your local gym.
Is it safe?
With due preparation, the right choice of tour operator, and a climbing route suited to your level, Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the safest climbs in the world! Choosing a reliable expedition outfitter who does regular medical checks throughout your climb greatly reduces the risk of any accidents.
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