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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 it’s essential that you prepare properly to get the best out of your hike, to feel well and healthy every day and to avoid...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

How experienced are the Viva Africa Tours guides?

Each of our guides has several years of experience on Kilimanjaro. They each need to be licensed by the park authorities, too. Our most experienced guide has climbed Kilimanjaro more than 200 times (18 years’ experience) while our most junior guide has climbed about 50 times (5...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Do Viva Africa Tours’ guides carry first aid kits?

Yes, our guides carry well-stocked first-aid kits with equipment for cuts, scrapes and blisters: they also carry common over-the-counter medicines, and some emergency supplies. They don’t carry prescription medicines so please bring your own supply.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

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

A tip isn’t included in your tour price. It can be difficult to know the right level of gratuity in a country other than your own so we’ve put together some guidelines: Mountain Guide- $20.00 per day Porter- $7.00 to $10.00 per day Mountain Cook- $15.00 per day Safari Guide-...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Is it possible to buy energy snacks in Tanzania?

Energy snacks and drinks aren’t common in Tanzania so you should bring a supply with you. Gel energy snacks are extremely useful for summit day.
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

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

We love our porters. Theyare very special people. They are tough and hardy, and you will be amazed at their resilience. They’ll carry most of your luggage, as well as tents and other camping equipment, cooking gear, rucksacks and picnic tables. Our porters won’t ascend the summit...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Can I rent equipment from Viva Africa Tours?

We will provide you with most things you’ll need on your hike as we rent or own much of the equipment, but there are some things you’ll need to provide yourself with. Take a look at the packing list and make sure that you bring everything you need. Alternatively, we can recommend...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

What kind of gear do I need to pack?

We’ve provided a full packing list, which explains what you need 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. The midnight trek to the summit is designed to ensure your safety as if you summit during the day, you run the risk of being caught in snow, hail or rainstorms. You’ll...
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro

How far do we hike each day?

On most days, you’ll hike about 10 km (6.2 miles) and this will be at a slow pace so that you can adjust to the elevation. We don’t do route marches!
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