Info About Kilimanjaro Mountain Treks
The food we serve is tasty, nutritious and specifically designed for altitude. Our cooks use fresh food whenever possible. We choose the ingredients carefully, to ensure that the food prepared by our team is tasty, easy to digest and provides energy. The menu has a high liquid and carbohydrate content- the two important elements for successful climbing. We can cater to vegetarians, ensuring that their meals are varied and inviting. Feedback from our clients often mentions the food on the mountain was like that of five star hotel.
Breakfast: consists of seasonal fresh fruit (Mango/ banana/ watermelon/ avocado/ pineapple/ oranges/ etc), porridge cooked eggs, bacon and toast bread.
Lunch: Lunch is either packed lunch on longer days or more usually, a hot lunch served in camp by a small team who have raced ahead of the clients. A hot lunch typically consists of soup, bread or pancakes, cheese, jam, peanut butter, pasta salad and cake served with chicken or beef. In the late afternoon, hot drinks and snacks such as peanuts or popcorn are served.
Dinner: is the meal of the day and always consist of three courses, soup and bread, followed by a main dish, which could be rice, potatoes or pasta, with fish meat or vegetables and is followed by a desert which often is fruit.
Boiled water is offered each evening for filling water bottles and is readily available at meal times.
The temperature on Kilimanjaro varies widely depending on the season and altitude. The main weather concerns while climbing Kilimanjaro relate to cold temperature and precipitation. The best times to climb are during the warmer and drier months December, January, February and September are great times to climb. June, July, August are also very good months though the weather is a bit cooler. The only months that are rainy are March, April, November to the beginning of December. The Mountain weather is unpredictable.
The climb begins in the Lush rain forests at the base of the mountain, then proceed through health, moorland, and alpine desert, before finally entering into the arctic zone. As we gain altitude, the temperatures drop as does precipitation levels and vegetation while the temperatures in the rainforest are generally very mild, averaging 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperatures during the night ascent to the summit are frequently below zero. Therefore climbers need to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, especially extreme cold.
Our tents are guaranteed to be sturdy, warm, waterproof and roomy. Each tent sleeps two clients with plenty of personal space, ample Luggage storage areas. There is always a bowl of hot water for washing in the morning and after the walk in the afternoon. The only exception is the highest camp where there is no water source and hence all water must be carried from a lower level by porters. Water treated with ditto is available along with soap for hand washing before all meals.
Breakfast and dinner are served in a mess tent with camping stools, tables and solar lanterns. This tent is also available for use in the afternoon and evenings.
Entry to Tanzania, US citizens and most other nationalities will need a passport and visa. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the intended length of stay. Visas can be obtained prior to departure from your embassy or at your point of entry to Tanzania. It is prudent for every client to have a medical check up to see if you have any medical conditions that put you at risk when hiking at high altitude.
Please Note: A valid yellow fever vaccination on certificate will have to be shown at the points of entry to Tanzania and Zanzibar. This is a measure for your safety and help prevent outbreak.