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Kilimanjaro: Life On The Mountain

what is a typical trekking day?

  • We wake up between 06.00 - 06.30 and start the day with a hot breakfast. Hot water in bowls will be available for washing.
  • After filling our water supplies, we start trekking as a group and there are plenty of opportunities to refuel, take in the breathtaking scenery and capture it on our cameras!
  • Our trek leader will set a slow pace heading the front of the group, with the supporting staff and our doctor walking amongst the group to offer support to the team.
  • There will be regular short breaks to rest and refuel on snacks and water and a longer stop for lunch.
  • On arrival into camp in the evening, we will be greeted with a hot drink and snack, before sitting down together in our dining tents for our evening meal and a briefing by our leader on the following day.
  • All of our main luggage, tents and camping equipment will be carried by the supporting porters and will be already set up each evening as we arrive into camp.

what is the weather like on the mountain?

  • We experience various climate zones, from the rainforest, to desert-like terrain up to the ice peaked summit.
  • On the first and last day of our climb, temperatures should remain warm around the low-mid twenties, with high humidity, becoming cooler at dusk and at night dropping to around 10-15 C.
  • As we ascend and the vegetation becomes more sparse, temperatures begin to drop dramatically to around the low-mid teens and then into single figures around the 4000m mark - it becomes very cold at night!
  • The temperature falls on average by 1C every 200m in altitude gained.
  • On summit day, we can expect temperatures to fall below freezing. With added wind chill, the feel factor can be as low as -20C!
  • Mountainous weather is always unpredictable and can change very quickly. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, ensure that you are ready for wind, rain, sun and snow!

what will the accommodation be like?

  • 3* hotel with swimming pool either side of the climb. 
  • Designated camping areas on the mountain with good quality tents. (If you have never camped before, we recommend that you give it a go before your challenge so that you know what to expect!) 
  • All rooms / tents are on a twin-share, single-sex basis with someone of a similar age where possible. (Single Supplement options available (hotel + tent or tent only).
  • A kitchen and dining tent - with seats and a table for meal times. 
  • 2 x private toilet tents per camp - with caravan style toilets. 
  • A bowl of warm water to wash in the mornings and before each meal.

staying in touch on the mountain

  • Whilst there is mobile phone signal in some areas on the mountain, it can be intermittent, so please let your friends and family know not to expect to hear from you every day. We work with the policy that ‘no news is  good news.’ We advise texting as the best method of communication, but please remember that you will not be able to charge your phone on the mountain without a portable charger. 
  • You will be provided with an emergency contact list to leave with friends and family before you depart. 
  • For safety measures, our Mountain Leaders are equipped with two way radios with our operators on the ground in Tanzania and with satellite phones, and are in contact with our head office in London.

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