Frequently Asked Questions
How fit do I need to be?
This is not just a walk, this is a demanding trek so you do need to train and be fit. We will send you a training guide when you enter to get you fully prepared. Remember the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure.
Will the altitude affect me?
The altitude problem is the shortage of oxygen: as you climb higher, the air gets thinner. At 4,600m, atmospheric pressure is about 50% of that at sea level. The high altitude will be the biggest challenge to us on this trek and there are a variety of symptoms including headaches, tiredness, irritability, nausea and depression. The effects of altitude can be felt from around 2,500m upwards. Not everyone is affected by altitude sickness and fitness, size, age or sex has nothing to do with how people maybe affected (although females are less likely to be affected than males) if at all. Please read the altitude information on the Kilimanjaro medical form.
What’s the terrain like?
The terrain varies from sub-tropical vegetation through cloud forest, to bare rugged mountain slopes. The route has repeated ascents and descents and whilst most of the paths are wide, there are a couple of short narrow sections.
What’s a typical day on trek like?
While camping we will be up at around 6.00 am! We will have an early breakfast in a communal dinning hut and then start walking around 7.30-8.00am. We walk for 3-4 hours in the morning and then stop for a packed lunch. In the afternoon we walk for 2-4 hours to our overnight camp. In the evenings, firstly we will have a drink and rest, dinner will again be served in the dining hut and we will have a briefing each night about the next days trek.
What sort of back-up is provided?
Depending on group numbers, you will have a UK Expedition Leader or Local Leader, plus local guides, porters, cooks and kitchen staff.
Do I need any vaccinations to visit Kilimanjaro?
Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are advisable. Tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. Anti-Malaria protection may also be advised by your GP. This is a guideline only you are advised to seek professional medical advice from your GP or local travel clinic.
Do I need any specialist kit?
We will supply you with a full kit list once you have signed up, but apart from a good pair of hiking boots, warm/waterproof clothes and a warm sleeping bag there is no specialist kit.
Will I be insured?
No, everyone who takes part needs to take out their own comprehensive travel insurance covering health, accidents and loss before departure. We will send you further information nearer the time of exactly what is required.
What will the weather be like?
The best times of year to climb Kilimanjaro is between December to early March and late May to late October. The two main rainy seasons are between late March to mid May and November. Equatorial and arctic conditions are present on Kilimanjaro and so you can expect the weather to change from hot and dry to wet and misty, to very cold. We start on the warm plains (up to 30C), before ascending through a wide belt of wet tropical forest. The higher we climb, the colder it becomes. There is permanent ice at the summit and below freezing temperatures. Night-time temperatures will be very cold.
What will we eat and drink?
All the water on trek will be boiled or pumped and safe to drink. Bottled water is available to buy in the hotel. Meals on trek will be substantial, but it is still a good idea to bring energy bars, snacks, etc…, to keep you going during the day. Breakfast will consist of cereals and/or bread, with something hot such as porridge or pancakes, plus tea and coffee. A typical lunch will be sandwiches, chicken plus a drinks and chocolate bar. For our evening meal there will be soup followed by a main course with rice, potatoes, pasta and vegetables. Again hot drinks will be served. We will need to know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
Where will we sleep?
The room configuration in the hotel at the beginning and end of the trek is likely to be twin share. Whilst we are trekking we will be sleeping in two person dome Mountain tents. Single rooms are available at the hotel on request at extra cost.
How much money will I need to take?
Approx £150 spending money is sufficient for drinks and some souvenirs.
Our guides and local staff also work extremely hard on the trek, should you wish to show your appreciation at the end we suggest you tip them accordingly.
Tipping in East Africa is a normal and similar to a ‘Service Charge’. Unfortunately people who work in the travel industry are paid low wages and are employed on a climb by climb basis. They therefore rely on tips which help them make up their income and supplement irregular work.
The Nasio Trust are very careful when employing climb companies to run their climbs and the staff are paid above the industry rates. Tips are a bonus and they are generally shared among the entire team. Unfortunately, this does not reduce the expectation of a tip! In fact in some cases the higher the salary, the higher the expected tip. The local climb team don’t consider it obligatory or voluntary, they see it as simply a part of their pay and if they don’t get anything then they will be disappointed or feel they have upset you in some way.
Having said this, tipping is essentially down to you, and the level of the tip should reflect the service you have received.
We recognise in Britain tipping is outside our comfort zone so please find below some thoughts to assist you. It is extremely difficult to give blanket guidance but the following is a rough guide on the amount of money that you may consider giving as a tip to the staff team on a Nasio Trust climb.
Contribution to group kitty:
- Mount Kilimanjaro (7 day climb) – $100 to $150 (Between £70 to £100)
- Mount Meru (4 day climb)- $60 to $90 (Between £40 to £60)
We do not encourage individual tip giving to specific members of staff, even if that person has gone beyond the ‘call of duty’ for you. It can cause enormous problems after you have left, with arguments and jealousy.
Can I visit one of The Nasio Trust centre’s after the climb?
Yes, we can arrange an extension to your trip so you can visit one of our day care centres in Kenya. There will an extra cost to your trip including but not exclusively, additional flights, accommodation and food.
Do I need a visa to enter Tanzania?
Yes, British passport holders can obtain a Tanzanian visa before they leave the UK, you can also purchase this on arrival in Tanzania. You will also require a Kenyan visa which is available before you leave or on entry to Kenya.
What sponsorship deadlines are there?
The trip has to be paid for in advance so we insist that 30% of the total must be must be paid to The Nasio Trust at least 26 weeks prior to departure and 80% of the total must be paid to The Nasio Trust at least 6 weeks prior to departure.
- If you do not meet the 30% deadline you will be encouraged to consider either postponing your climb date or switching to the self-fund option. Please note you may be liable for any costs incurred by the charity as a result of the delay in payment should you decide to continue with the fundraising option and the same climb date.
- Failure to meet the 80% deadline will forfeit your eligibility to participate – or again you may choose to make up the balance yourself.
Check out our fundraising section for details on self-funded climbs.
- Full ground price for the chosen route
- Flights (included under the fundraising option)
- Accommodation in Moshi for 3 nights in the Keys Annexe Hotel (twin, B&B)
- Jeep or coach transport to the mountain gate from and to Moshi
- Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
- Park certified guides (ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 depending on number of climbers)
- Porters and cooks, plus equipment and tents for them
- All camping equipment including sleeping tents with mattresses (Minus sleeping bag)
- Nasio Expedition Manager
- Meals on the mountain – fresh food, 3 meals per day
What does my trip not include?
- International airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport (not included under the climb only option)
- Airport transfers approximately (Kilimanjaro Airport ) – £10/$15 per person one way
- Tanzanian Visa – $50 can be purchased on arrival
- Vaccinations and malaria tablets
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Lunch and dinners in Moshi
- Tips @$100 per person for distribution to climb staff
We are more than happy to help wherever you are travelling from. We can put together special climb packages that are perfectly tailored to overseas participants.
Please get in touch with us and we can discuss your requirements and come up with the perfect solution for you.
How do deposits work?
To secure your place we ask for a deposit of £250 on booking (which is included in the advertised total trip fee). The balance is then due 4 weeks prior to your trip start date.
Are there any hidden costs?
Our prices are land based and all inclusive including all park fees – there are no hidden costs/ fees. We have flexible payments and ask for a £250 deposit to secure your place and balances 4 weeks prior to departure. We have more than ten years’ experience in organising climbs with 95% summit success rates and can ensure you a wonderful and enjoyable climb of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Does Gift Aid count towards my fundraising total?
The Government’s Gift Aid scheme means that if a donation is made by a UK Taxpayer, we can claim back 25p for every £1 donated. As this scheme works in a particular way, and often we do not receive the Gift Aid until long past the event, the guaranteed place minimum sponsorship targets are as stated and not reduced by Gift Aid.
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