How long does it take to get to the Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro summit?
For Mt Kenya it takes 3-7 days and as for Mt Kilimanjaro 5-7 days. The number of days is subject to the route, level of fitness and budget. The fewer days allow little or no time for acclimatization and greatly affects the level of success.
What level of fitness is required to climb the mountains?
A reasonable level of fitness is required to endure walking long distances for many hours. Walking for several hours with a backpack the weight you are likely to carry, climbing hills if there are any, is much better than spending hours in the gym. Being fit combined with a slow steady walk makes it easier and more enjoyable increasing the success rate.
Which routes are the best?
All routes have different features, climbing on one route and using another to descend maximises the adventure experience with more scenic views, vegetation and wildlife. Chogoria and Sirimon on Mount Kenya, Rongai and Lemosho on Mt Kilimanjaro are our most popular routes.
What is hypothermia?
Hypothermia is a condition where the body is losing heat faster than it can produce it. Normal body temperatures are 37C, hypothermia occurs below 35C.It can range from mild to severe which is fatal
The symptoms to look out for are; drowsiness, incoherent speech, weak pulse. When this occurs leave the mountain immediately and seek treatment.
Warm gears and layering of clothes is the best way to prevent hypothermia and other cold related diseases like bronchitis and pneumonia
What is high altitude sickness and what are the symptoms?
Is a condition you develop when you get to high altitudes rapidly without enough time to acclimatize.
Shortage of breath, frequent urination, waking up frequently at night are considered normal manageable. Our guide will help you through it, these are not signs of altitude sickness.
Symptoms range from mild: dizziness, fatigue, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, headache, nausea and vomiting to acute: blue lips and nails, pink froth when you cough rattling breath, confusion, lack of coordination. Our experienced guides are always attentive and will tell you when to stop or turn around. It is also important to listen to your body.
ToIs high altitude sickness preventable?
- Take time for acclimatization: Do not choose the few days itinerary just because it is cheaper.it is important to take your time depending on your previous experiences with high altitudes. Every route on the mountains allows an extra day to help the body to adopt.
- Drink water due to dehydration through sweating and breathing.
- Eat meals high in carbs even when the appetite is low.
- Keep warm, the right gears will help.
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs even prescription drugs could be fatal.
- Carry a light luggage: save the extra oxygen that you would require with a heavy pack
Are kids allowed the climb the mountains?
The age limit for Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years. Though kids are not allowed on Mountains they can enjoy safaris viewing wildlife and other beautiful landscapes at normal altitude.
How much does it cost to climb Mt Kenya/Kilimanjaro?
The price will vary depending on the route and the number of days. Check the mountain and route you prefer on our website we have very affordable rates.
What do I need to bring?
A pair of boots, socks, neutral colour clothing, long sleeved shirts, trousers, light clothes for when it gets hot, a warm jacket are essential for a safari. Other items like camera, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen, wipes, insect repellent and a torch would make it easier and enjoyable.
For the Mountains check the climbing gears page for what is required
When is the best time for safaris and climbing the mountains?
We do not have winter in East Africa so any time of the year is perfect for visiting. However, the rainy seasons (March-May and October -November) can be a hindrance to get around and climb the mountains