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On your climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, we are committed to ensuring your safety while ascending the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. While travelling with us, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands of professionally trained and experienced industry experts.

Our commitment to you is evident in our success rates and safety record. For Mt. Kilimanjaro trekking, our clients climbing success rate is over 90% for a 7-day trek, and 85% for a 6-day trek. We have also had zero fatalities in our 12 years of operation, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure that the health and safety of our clients is safeguarded.

We focus on providing our clients with the information and resources needed to ensure a smart, safe, and successful climb. This begins with providing expertly trained and experienced guides to help make your climb up and descent from the summit of Kilimanjaro a safe and memorable experience.

Hike with Medically Trained Guides

Professionally certified guides who have undergone rigorous training through Trailmed, USA - an internationally recognized wilderness safety training organization will guide you on your hike to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Thses guides participate in intensive medical training specifically designed for wilderness professionals. Focus is on prevention, minor treatment, and stabilizing a critical patient. Their training includes comprehensive instruction on:

  • Recognizing and avoiding wilderness hazards
  • Performing first aid in a variety of wilderness accident scenarios
  • Altitude sickness and recognizing symptoms in the early stages
  • Emergency use of Oxygen
  • Use of hyperbaric chamber
  • Performing CPR

If you have special medical needs and would wish to take specialized medical equipment on your climb, there are some following medical equipment for rental. The prices quoted are for each item per equipment/per group for the duration of your trek.


What is Acute Mountain or High Altitude Sickness?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or High Altitude Sickness occurs as a result of reduced amounts of oxygen found in the air at high altitudes . As altitude increases, the air becomes "thinner," resulting in less oxygen is in the atmosphere. With less oxygen available for breathing, the amount of oxygen in the blood declines and breathing becomes more difficult.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

According to the American Heart Association, symptoms usually begin within 48 hours of arriving at high altitude. The higher the altitude, the greater the effects. People can notice effects when they go to an altitude of 7,000 to 8,000 feet. If you have heart disease (such as heart failure) or lung disease (such as emphysema), you may have symptoms at lower altitudes. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches, breathlessness, fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Inability to sleep
  • Swelling of the face, hands and feet
  • Both heart rate and breathing rate increase as the body tries to send more oxygen to its tissues

How Do I Avoid/Minimize AMS?

The American Heart Association recommends the best way to avoid or lessen the effects of mountain sickness is to increase altitude slowly. Climbers and hikers can take two days to reach 8,000 feet, and then another day for each 1,000 to 2,000 higher feet. This may not be an option for people who travel to a destination at high altitude. Most people can adjust or acclimatize to the high altitude within a few days. Here are some tips:

  • Avoid strenuous activity for the first day or two.
  • Drink extra fluid.
  • Be careful of drinking alcohol. Its effect is magnified at high altitude.
  • Your doctor may prescribe medication to help prevent or treat altitude sickness.
  • If you have a heart or lung condition, consult your physician before going to high altitude. He or she can tell you whether your condition will let your body adjust to the lower oxygen in the atmosphere.

On our hiking trips, we recommend staying at a hotel in Moshi or Arusha rather than climbing the mountain directly after arrival. Due to the altitude, a minimum of five days is strongly recommended for a climb, however most people do six days for acclimatization reason, thereby increasing their chances of reaching the summit!

Kilimanjaro Training Center

The below training program is intended to give our clients some ideas on how they need to get themselves prepared for trekking Kilimanjaro based on our experience in trekking the mountain.

Please be advised that its highly recommended that a person who want to trek Kilimanjaro be in good health. Gym training program shown below can be done along with the hiking program, and both are recommended to be started at least 6 weeks prior to your Kili trek.

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