Mountain Trekking FAQS

When is the best time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?
Climbing the majestic Mt.Kilimanjaro is always a fascinating experience which can be done throughout the year. However, we recommend to avoid trekking during rain season from late March to May.

When considering to trek the highest point of Africa, dry season from June through February is much recommend although November to early December is the short rain season but it’s still recommended for trekking.
How fit do I need to be for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro?
The fitter you are, the better chance you have of reaching the summit and the more comfortable the climb will be for you. Before traveling for trekking we urge you to assess your health by consulting your doctor to ensure your body will be OK to sustain altitude change and walking in less oxygen zone during trekking. Furthermore, you should conduct regular exercise like jogging, squats to prepare your body for adventure to come.
Is there age limit recommended for trekking?
We don't have the highest age as it all depends on the client's health and fitness however, the lowest age recommended is 18 years old.
What are common altitude symptoms client can feel during trekking?
Normally clients start to feel the mountain from the elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level. Common symptoms are headache, body weakness, stomach upset, nurture, and loss of appetite. It’s not a disease but it’s a sign that your body is adjusting to copy with new altitude.

Drinking much water and walking slowly is highly recommended at this stage. You can use a pain killer only if the symptoms persist for a long time (like the whole day) with the advice of your guide.
What is the rescue plan if one is not able to proceed with the trek?
We are proud that 98% of our clients manage to reach the summit. In the vast majority of emergency cases, the problem is altitude and if primary measures fail, a solution is immediately descent to a lower altitude.

Our mountain crew are all experienced at dealing with such cases and can bring trekkers down to safe altitude.

All trekker pays rescue fee to Kilimanjaro National park hence if a client cannot walk because are injured or sick, the guide communicates with park authority to arrange stranger to take client down.

We urge all clients to purchase medical insurance which covers the evacuation from the point of emergence to the nearby medical facility and share the details with us during the booking stage so in case of emergency we can assist to communicate with the flying doctor company for evacuation to the hospital.
Do I need to have the First aid kit?
All of our mountain guides are trained in first-aid and hold appropriate certificates, but we would strongly advise all of our visitors to take a first-aid kit with them. As well as any prescription and anti-malarial drugs that you are already taking, you should pack the following:

• Blister plasters. Absolutely essential.
• Ordinary plasters and an antiseptic cream, for any little cuts and nicks
• A couple of bandages, in case of ankle strains etc.
• Supports for knees and/or ankles, if you have weaknesses in these joints
• Paracetamol/Ibuprofen. You should have these (or other painkillers).
• Imodium for any stomach problems.
• Rehydrating powders, which are valuable in the event of diarrhea.
• A good-quality lip salve/chap-stick.
• A small tub of Vaseline to alleviate chafing.
• Throat lozenges to combat the dry air conditions.
• Anti-fungal cream for the feet
What is the sleeping arrangement during trekking?
sleeping style during trekking is based on staying in outdoor-tents assembled by your mountain crew in the public campsite at each camp. However, on the Marangu route sleeping is based on staying in communal huts where staying is in dormitory style.

We provide all camping equipment’s as mentioned in your itinerary which will be assembled and taking care-off with your mountain crew throughout the trek.
What is the water supply throughout the trek?
On the lower slopes, water is available from streams and can be used safely. Our guides will ensure that you have enough water in your bottles or camel-pack. If you wish to have your water purified, you should bring your own tablets and ask your guide, who will be happy to purify the water for you. On the Marangu Route, water and sodas can be purchased, though this is more expensive than the same products purchased elsewhere in Tanzania.
How is the toilet condition in the mountain?
Be prepared: many of the public toilets on the Kilimanjaro routes are more than basic wooden sheds with no more than a hole in the floor. They are often smelly and sometimes you don’t have to ask where is the toilet as you will be directed by smell

They are public that everyone staying on some camp are using the same facility. To alleviate your discomfort in public toilets, the use of a bandana to minimize the effects of the unpleasant smell is recommended.

Most trekkers choose to use the same facilities but some opt to hire a private mobile toilet which is carried and taking care of its cleanness by the toilet engineer in your team. The toilet is private which is pitched close to your tent and can be used only by your pity maximum 4 pax in one toilet.

Thankfully, things are constantly being improved and some camps now have perfectly acceptable facilities.

For example, all the huts on the Marangu Route are equipped with English-style toilets, but the toilets at the picnic sites all of the ‘long-drop type. All the toilets at the campsites and picnic-sites on the Machame, Lemosho, and Rongai Routes are ‘long-drop,’ and are the responsibility of the park authorities, not Tour communito Expedition.
What Gears You Need to Bring?
You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment. Below is a gear list you need to bring on your climb.

Items Quantity(ies) Items Quantity(ies)

Head light/ torch 1 pc Balaclava 1 pc
Sunglass 1 pc Warm Hat 1 pc
Sun Hat 1 pc Base Layer 2 pcs
Top Fleece 2 pc Warm Jackect 1 pc
Poncho 1 pc Long Underwear 2 pcs
Ski Pant 1 pc Rain Pant 1 pc
Thin Socks 2 pcs Thick Socks 3 pcs
Mountain Boots 1 pcs Tennis Shoe 1 pc
Gators 1 pair Warm Gloves 2 pairs
Ski Gloves 2 pairs Duffel Bag / Rucksack 1 pc
Day Pack 1 pc Scarf 1 pc
Walking Poles 1 pairs
Can I do Laundry on my Trek?
Please note that Laundry is not possible in the mountain. The weather is totally unpredictable up there and every day we are on move from one camp to the other. You should bring all clean clothes for full adventure as recommended on the items to pack in the list provided.

Laundry is only possible after trek as in Arusha town there are many places for that service for an additional charge. If you arrive in the afternoon from the mountain it will be best to sort the clothes you want to be washed so they will be washed and you can collect them in the next day before leaving for the airport for your departure flight.