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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…

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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 to enter Tanzania if the traveler is…

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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. 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 feeling…