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    Climb Kilimanjaro Cheap? AlienAdv, Mojhi Reviews

    I get quite a few questions about individual operators. For the most part, people ask my personal opinion about popular companies. I don’t mind giving my thoughts on them. With popular companies, there are plenty of testimonials, trip reports and reviews on the internet so you can form your own opinion based on everything published plus my opinion. But I also do get questions on companies that I’ve never heard of, where there is little to no information available publicly. And I wonder… why would you even think about booking with this company in the first place? Recently, I have been getting questions about Kilimanjaro booking engines such as alienadv.com…

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    How to Prepare for Your Kilimanjaro Climb

    It stands to reason that climbing a mountain, especially one such as Kilimanjaro  requires a certain degree of physical fitness.  This is, of course, very true – hiking is a physically taxing activity.  But it’s only part of the equation.  If you’re planning to climb Kilimanjaro, there are quite a few things you should be doing besides going to the gym. Fitness First? First, we’ll go over the kinds of physical activity that will help you on the mountain.  Lifting weights may help you look more impressive at the beach, but your ‘bis and tris’ aren’t going to get you to the summit.  The best possible training for hiking up…

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    Green Beret Climbs Kilimanjaro for Charity

    Nate Boyer has never been one to let tall odds deter him from tackling challenges. Despite encountering many rejections because he lacked a college degree, he managed to talk his way into a United Nations refugee camp in the Darfur region of Sudan so that he could volunteer there. Without ever having played organized football, he walked on at the University of Texas as a 25-year-old freshman, worked his way into the starting lineup as a long snapper and ultimately earned a scholarship. At age 34, after serving as a Green Beret in Afghanistan and Iraq, he pursued his dream of trying out for an NFL team, playing in several…

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    Where is Kilimanjaro?

    Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, a country in East Africa. The mountain is located in the north eastern part of Tanzania, near the Kenyan border. It is located very close to the Equator. Tanzania itself borders eight countries: Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania is one of the safest countries in Africa, with a good infrastructure for tourism. It is also one of the largest countries in Africa (about twice the size of California). The country was formed as a union between the mainland (Tanganyika) and the Zanzibar Isles. The population is 39 million. Over 120 languages are spoken here! Swahili is…

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    One Million Thumbprints

     In 2012, Belinda Bauman visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she met a woman named Esperance, a 50-year old mother and widower.  During that visit, Esperance told Belinda her story – how rebels had killed her husband while she watched, and how she was subsequently raped within an inch of her life.  If her sisters had not intervened, Esperance is sure that she would be dead. After talking to other local women and doing some research, Belinda found that Esperance’s tragic experience was by no means a rarity.  Violence against women in war zones has become so prevalent that Major General Patrick Cammaert, United Nations Force Commander for…

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    How to Pack for Climbing Kilimanjaro

    If you’re climbing Kilimanjaro, you’ve likely done some hiking before, and possibly even have backpacking experience, although neither of these are truly required to make it to the top.  What does matter is that you prepare properly and have a good idea of what to expect.  While being in good shape and having backpacking experience are handy, they also have their drawbacks. Fitness is essential.  You’ll be walking all day for 5-9 days, and your body will be taking a lot of punishment over the course of consistent major altitude changes.  But don’t think that pumping diflucandosage.com weights and running marathons will be helpful on Kili.  Pole, pole – slowly,…

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    Do I Really Need All that Gear to Climb Kilimanjaro?

    The gear lists for climbing Kilimanjaro are quite extensive (and expensive). People often wonder if one really needs all of that to climb Kilimanjaro. Well, the answer is yes and no. YES – BRING EVERYTHING ON THE GEAR LIST. Why Yes? Because Mount Kilimanjaro is a really tall mountain. The very top of the mountain falls under the “Extreme Altitude” category and is in the Arctic ecosystem. So you have to be ready for very, very cold conditions, including high winds, snow, hail, sleet, and rain. Under these kinds of weather, if you don’t stay dry and warm, you can die of hypothermia. To combat this, you need waterproof items –…

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    Kilimanjaro Marathon

    Today, the town of Moshi, Tanzania, exploded with activity as athletes from around the globe came to participate in the 14th annual Kilimanjaro Marathon.  Taking place at the end of February since 2003, the event draws thousands of people to Moshi, the town closest to the base of Africa’s famous Mount Kilimanjaro.  During the rest of the year, Moshi’s economy is fueled by tourists and climbers who have come to challenge the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, but today, people have come for a different challenge, entirely. There were four separate races available for anyone who cared to join: the Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Marathon (42 km) started off the festivities at…

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    Climbers Conquer Kilimanjaro in Their Fight Against Cancer

    It was 18 years ago that Brian Berryman saw his mother, Mary Frances Berryman, die from multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. That traumatic life experience helped drive him to become an oncologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. “She died before a lot of newer therapies were available,” Berryman told NBCDFW.com. “So that fuels me both personally and professionally.” Berryman’s efforts to help his patients fight the cruel disease recently motivated him to tackle another feat: Reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the African continent’s tallest free-standing mountain at 19,341 feet. Berryman didn’t do it alone. He and 14 others, a group that includes four patients,…

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    8 day Lemosho Route

    Lemosho is quickly gaining popularity with top operators as it is the longest route in terms of days spent on the mountain. At 8 days, Lemosho does have the highest success rate due to the lengthier acclimatization allowance. By operating on Lemosho, Kilimanjaro companies will raise their over success rates that customers seem to be so interested in. Anyone who wants to explore the mountain at a slower pace should opt for 8 day Lemosho. It’s a very good, practical choice. To climb Kilimanjaro on Lemosho with my personally recommended operators, go here (African Walking Company) or here (Ultimate Kilimanjaro). Day 1: LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA Hiking Time: 4-5…

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    Why Climb Kilimanjaro at all?

    Why does Mount Kilimanjaro attract so many people? 1. Familiarity. So while not everyone can tell you exactly where Mount Kilimanjaro is, most people have at least heard of it. This is how I came to climb Kilimanjaro, because the word was etched in my mind. So I researched it and got interested. 2. Tallest Mountain in Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the seven summits. That fact, in it of itself, draws people who want to conquer one (or more) of the seven summits. 3. Suitable for beginners. People understandably become intimidated when they think of conquering such a tall mountain. But the beauty is Mount Kilimanjaro can be “climbed” simply by…

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    7 Day Machame Route

    Machame is known as the most scenic route to the summit. With alternating paths to the summit and back, along with a circumvention near the peak, you get to see different sides of the mountain including high alpine deserts, ice fields, and of course the peak. The Machame route is also known as the “Whiskey Route” because it is more challenging than the tourist route, Marangu, which is often called the “Coca-Cola Route.” Machame begins in the magnificent rainforest and climbs to a ridge leading through moorland to the Shira Plateau. It offers great scenery beneath the Southern Icefields before summiting from Barafu Camp. To climb Kilimanjaro on Machame with my…

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    Is Climbing Kilimanjaro Dangerous?

    If you tell your loved ones that you are climbing Kilimanjaro, most people become concerned for your safety. “Don’t people die there?” they ask. Although there are risks in climbing such a high mountain, your loved ones need not be so worried for you. Here’s why. Some 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year, and the reported number of tourists deaths is about 10 fatalities per year. That is a only 0.03% chance of death. Or 1 death per 3,333 climbers. Most die due to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), also known as altitude sickness. This is a manageable risk as typically sickness gradually becomes worse, giving the stricken climber ample time to…

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    Tipping on Kilimanjaro

    In addition to your climb costs, travel costs, and incidentals, climbers need to budget tips for the guides and porters. Though operators say that tips are voluntary, your crew actually depends on receiving tips as tips can represent as much as 50% of their income. For bad companies, who do not pay any wages to the crew despite minimum wage requirements set by the Tanzania National Park, tips can even represent 100% of their income! Therefore, unless you received extremely poor service, you should definitely tip. In nearly every case, the crew earned every cent, and MORE. The tip amounts will vary depending on who you climb with, however, the…

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    5 day Marangu Route

    Marangu is a popular choice among Kilimajaro climbers due to the misconception that it is the easiest route. It is not. It is true that Marangu is the shortest route in terms of time needed to climb, 5 days. And it is also accurate that you sleep in mountain huts, so no camping is required. However, altitude illness is a serious concern for this route in particular due to its short ascent. Do not climb using the 5 day Marangu route. Interestingly enough, Kilimanjaro operators do not due their job in advising clients to consider alternative routes, or adding an extra mountain night to better ease the burden on your…

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    Medical and Health Considerations

    Trekking at high altitude is dangerous. Various medical conditions may complicated matters on Kilimanjaro, especially any issues related to the heart or lungs. Additionally, certain medications may place climbers at a greater risk on the mountain. Therefore those intending to climb Kilimanjaro should seek the advice of their doctor to make sure that they are clear for the trip. There are many vaccinations, immunizations and medications climbers should obtain prior to travel to Tanzania. These include: *Tetanus, Pertussis, Diptheria *Typhoid *Rabies *Hepatitis A *Hepatitis B *Yellow Fever *Malaria *Acetazolamide Most purchasesildenafil health insurance policies will cover the cost of these shots and prescriptions. The Yellow Fever vaccination may be required…

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    Altitude Sickness on Mount Kilimanjaro

    It is very common for climbers to develop some symptoms of altitude sickness while on their climb. Mild symptoms include headache, nausea, loss of appetite and fatigue. However, more serious cases of altitude sickness can result in death. Altitude sickness is caused by the body’s failure to adapt to the decrease in oxygen at high altitude. This occurs mainly when the climber ascends at a rate that is web too fast. Altitude sickness has little to do with someone’s fitness level, and factors such as age and sex do not have any correlation to one’s ability to acclimatize. If you do get altitude sickness, do not panic. It is absolutely…

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    How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?

    To climb Kilimanjaro, one should budget at least $5,000 total. Flights usually cost between $2,000-$3,000 from the USA. This can be cheaper during the low seasons or much higher during peak tourist months. There are ways to lower the cost by flying what may be inconvenient times or with many connections and long layovers. It is also possible to fly into Kenya, then shuttle into Tanzania. I would not recommend doing these things as traveling in third world countries can be very tiring, frustrating and even unsafe. In my opinion, the time and energy wasted is not worth the money saved. I think it is best to arrive in Tanzania…

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    How Cold Does it Get on Kilimanjaro?

    Because of the great elevation gain on a Kilimanjaro trek, you will experience all kinds of weather. At the beginning of the climb, in the rainforest, expect it to be hot and humid. Most likely you will be comfortable wearing just a tee shirt and shorts or trekking pants while walking. However, it gets cold pretty fast. Even on the first night of your climb, it will be chilly. A fleece jacket and knit hat will be required to keep you warm. As you make your way between visit this campsites, most commonly you will be fine with just one or two layers on top, such as a baselayer and…

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    Climb Kilimanjaro Training

    People get really freaked out about training for their climb. It is normal, but calm down. There is no reason to worry if you train for it. Yes, Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding mountain and yes, you want to be in shape. But you do not have to be superman to climb Kilimanjaro. A moderate training program is wholly sufficient. In fact, most people who hike regularly probably do not have to do much more additional training. If you live in an area where there are mountains, you are fortunate. Take advantage of it by going on day hikes 2-3 times a week for about 2-3 months before your trip.…

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    Traveling to Tanzania

    The closest airport to Kilimanjaro National Park is Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) (airport code: JRO). Another nearby airport is Arusha Airport (ARK). KIA is located only about 25 miles from Moshi and Arusha, the two cities that are used for launching climbs. KLM, British Airways, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian Air and Air Kenya are international carriers that fly into KIA. There are two other major international airports in Tanzania – Dar es Salaam International Airport and Zanzibar International Airport. Another option is to fly into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya. It will be cheaper to fly into any of these airports. However, one must consider the cost and time…

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    About Mount Kilimanjaro

    Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a staggering elevation of 19,345 feet. That is 3.7 vertical miles. As one of the seven summits, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak . It’s also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Due to the mountain’s equatorial location as well as its high elevation, climbers can experience almost every climate type on earth during the journey to the top. Kilimanjaro – the word means “shining mountain” in Swahili. The name is an appropriate one. When the sun’s rays hit the peaks of Kilimanjaro, the mountaintop sparkles with light. However, Kilimanjaro may not be a “shining mountain” for long. Based on scientific studies, the ice is melting at a…