FAQ’s for First-Time Climbers from a Kilimanjaro Climbing Company

April 25, 2014 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

The selection of a Kilimanjaro climbing company is one of the biggest decisions you will make when planning a trekking trip in Tanzania. Several of these companies do not treat their porters well and work within a dishonorable barter system. Zara Tours is a marked exception, using a portion of all proceeds to support porter services.

If you are unsure of a climbing company’s rating, be sure to check with the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society (MKPS) to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in the trek. This is only one example of the pre-trip resources available to you.

Climbers often have preparatory questions before they actually take this once-in-a-lifetime trip. We will try to answer some of those questions for you now.

What is the best route to take to the mountain summit?

This is a popular question that a Kilimanjaro climbing company answers often. About 85% of climbers choose the Marangu Route. It is a relatively easy trek for all experience levels, offers great scenery, and takes a shorter amount of time to complete. However, Lemosho Route is more popular among veteran climbers; some of them choose this route as much as 95% of the time.

Lemosho is widely considered the route with the highest success rate on the mountain. It offers climbers the best chance at fully acclimating to the environment and can be completed in eight to nine days with room for flexibility in that timetable. The downside for many tourists is the length of the trek. Best advice: choose the route that best matches your experience level and trip itinerary.     

How should a novice climber prepare for the trek?

Preparation begins before your plane lands in Tanzania. A Kilimanjaro climbing company can give you advice on how best to accomplish this. Since the mountain itself does not present a large, technical challenge, you will mostly be focused on acclimation and stamina.

Cardiovascular exercise is one of the keys to officiate acclimation. Most treks do not exceed seven hours a day. Practice walking for at least five hour stretches while carrying a seven pound pack. You’ll be ready for the physical and mental demands if you follow this formula.

Sustainable tourism is a spirited movement across Eastern Africa. Is there evidence as to why it’s so important on Kilimanjaro?

Most definitely. The reason for solid waste management and conservation initiatives will become more evident as you climb.

Higher altitude camps have the greatest percentage of trash and soil erosion. Even though more than 15 tons of trash has been removed since 1999, a Kilimanjaro climbing company is still required to bring compactable bags and gas cooking stoves to cut down on the environmental impact on the mountain. Certain routes are also rotated out to prevent glacial melting and rockslides.

The good news is that together we can turn negatives to positives. By working together, we can preserve and protect this, and many other, wonders of the world. Give to the future of sustainable tourism; book online today.

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