Mount Kilimanjaro articles
Staff member Jim Eite has led this trip many times over the years and explains about the routes here. One of our clients, Natalie Amos, also gives us her personal viewpoint on making the summit.
What happens with luggage on Kili?
Exodus will indeed be sending you a kitbag 3 weeks before the departure date, which is about 60 – 65 litres in volume. You don’t have to use this kitbag but the porters will find it easier to carry bags that are all the same size and dimension.
There is a strict weight limit of 15kg for the actual trek itself. Therefore, what a lot of passengers tend to do these days is to flat pack the Exodus kitbag into a suitcase, underneath your equipment. Then you can use the kitbag for the trek whilst leaving the suitcase behind at the hotel with items that you don’t need to trek with. It also means you have clean clothes to change into when you get back!
Tom Bowring - Customer Operations
Any tips on the best way to prepare for the summit of Kili?
1. Listen to the guides
2. Walk slowly, or "pole, pole" as the guides would say!
3. Aim to drink about 5 litres of water each day
4. Have the right walking boots well broken in
5. Do plenty of training walks and keep your aerobic fitness up
6. Enjoy it!
Olly Leicester - Sales
How much money do I need day to day for Kili?
The best currency to take is USD $, small denominations and try to get some $1 dollar bills, which can be quite handy. On Kili you can hardly spend money (slight shortage of shops!) and for just the climb, $250 is probably more than enough, including tips. For anywhere beyond that, it will depend on exactly where you're going but about $50 a day should suffice.
Andrew Appleyard - International Sales Manager
How is the food and water organised for the Kili climb?
No one ever goes hungry on Kili, we have great chefs and you'll be amazed what they can cook up. Loads of carbs and protein are the order of the day and if you are a veggie, no problems at all. There are also plenty of snacks, mainly biscuits, bananas and essentially chocolate! Water purification tablets shouldn't be necessary (although some people like to take some to be extra safe) as we boil all the water on Kili at night. I recommend a metal Sigg bottle, which doubles up as a hot water bottle at night!
David Richardson - Sales
Tanzania country guide (including plugs!)
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Tanzania where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
How should I take my money for Tanzania?
US dollars cash is best, and this is changed into the local currency, the Shilling. We price most activities in our trip notes in dollars, simply to make it easier to calculate costs but you will not be spending dollars directly.
Certain optional activities may be possible to pay in dollars but please note that dollars are not legal tender in Tanzania. There are some ATMs in Arusha and Stonetown, but money is best changed upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport.
Tom Bowring - Tanzania Operations
What vaccinations do I need?
Unfortunately we are not qualified to answer all your questions in regards to travel health, so we strongly recommend you contact your GP or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. There will be limited information in the trip notes but you should always seek further qualified medical advice.
Nomad Travel Clinics are experts in preparing people for travel, providing advice on vaccinations, anti-malarial and staying healthy whilst overseas. We have arranged a special 10% discount for Exodus passengers on any vaccinations that you may require! Take along your Nomad discount card, sent with your confirmation pack, or call Exodus for your special discount code.
Visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk/exodus for further information.
For additional information please visit: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
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