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The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

How should I physically prepare for my climb?

Kilimanjaro is considered by many to be the easiest high mountain to climb. However, the altitude of 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) is still extremely high and proper preparation is essential. It is helpful to engage in aerobic exercise a few times a week for two months prior to the...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

How much experience do Viva Africa Tours’ guides have?

Each one of our guides has several years of experience on Kilmanjaro. Our most experienced guide has climbed Kilimanjaro more than 200 times (18 years) while our most junior guide has climbed about 50 times (5 years). Be sure to listen to your guide’s advice while on the mountain...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Do Viva Africa Tours’ guides carry first aid kits?

Our guides carry first aid kits that contain bandages, over the counter medicines, and some emergency supplies. Viva Africa Tours does not carry any prescription medicines so you will have to bring your own.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

How much should I tip each guide, cook and porter?

Tip is not included in your tour price. Please find below our guidelines for tipping your mountain and/or safari crew: Mountain Guide- $20.00 per day Porter- $7.00 to $10.00 per day Mountain Cook- $15.00 per day Safari Guide- $20.00 per day Safari Cook- $20.00 per day
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Is it possible to buy energy snacks in Tanzania?

You can not buy energy snacks or drinks in Tanzania, so you should bring a supply with you. Gel energy snacks are extremely useful for the summit day.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

What will the porters carry and what will I carry on the climb?

Porters will carry most of your luggage. You will carry a small day pack that contains your drinking water, rain gear, camera and lunch.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Can I rent equipment from Viva Africa Tours?

Everything that we can provide you with is included in your trek. Nonetheless Viva Africa Tours does not have all items necessary on stock, so we recommend to have a look at our packing list and purchase the missing items at home. Alternatively we can also take you to the local...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

What kind of gear do I need to pack?

Please review our packing list that explains what to bring on your climb.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Why do we make the final ascent to Uhuru Peak at midnight?

Kilimanjaro’s final ascent to Uhuru Peak is made at night because of the weather patterns on Kilimanjaro. Clouds begin to roll in almost every day at 10am. If you summit during the day, you run the risk of being caught in snow, hail or rainstorms. The midnight trek to the...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

How far do we hike each day?

On most days, you will hike about 10 km (6.2 miles). In order to adjust to the change in elevation, you will be hiking the day’s distance at a slow pace.
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