Statistically, what are the chances of reaching the summit of Kili?
On all routes, Exodus have an enviable success record, often enabling full groups to reach the summit together. This is in part down to our excellent guides and the guiding ratios (2:1) we provide, but also to the additional acclimatisation days we build into the standard park recommendations for each route we trek.
In taking 6 days to complete this beautiful trek we ensure that over 85% of our clients reach Gillman's Point on the crater rim, while two thirds (66%) stand on top of Africa, reaching Uhuru Peak the true summit of Kilimanjaro. Figures based on records since January 2000.
Nearly 99% of our clients on this trip have reached Stella Point on the crater rim, while around 95% have reached Uhuru Peak. The summit day along the Lemosho Route is a lot steeper than that along the Rongai Route, but as the Lemosho Route takes a day longer there is more time to acclimatise, this gives a better chance of success!
It is difficult to comment on success rates on this itinerary due to the smaller numbers, but the additional acclimatisation time gives all participants the best opportunity for standing at the summit of Africa with 95% of our clients reaching both the crater rim and Uhuru Peak.
Which route to choose?
We currently operate nine different trips that include a trek up Kilimanjaro. Five include the Rongai Route, three include the Lemosho Route, and one trip goes on the Northern Circuit. Here are all the relevant links:
1) KILIMANJARO CLIMB - RONGAI ROUTE (TYW)
2) KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR (TYC)
3) KILIMANJARO & SAFARI (TYX)
4) KILIMANJARO & ZANZIBAR (TYZ)
5) KILIMANJARO & MERU (TYM)
1) KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE (TYR)
2) KILIMANJARO - LEMOSHO ROUTE AND ZANZIBAR (TYT)
3) KILIMANJARO - LEMOSHO ROUTE AND SAFARI (TYU)
1) KILIMANJARO CLIMB - NORTHERN CIRCUIT (TYN)
Jim Eite - Head of Product
What distances do we walk each day?
The total distance on Kili is approx 57km. We walk variable distances each day, from 6km on Day One to 12km on summit day. There will be plenty of chances to rest and take photos along the way.
Andrew Appleyard - International Sales Manager
Is it possible to charge equipment whilst on the climb?
You can only charge electrical items in the hotel before and after the trek. There are no facilities on the mountain at all. Some people do invest in portable solar rechargers which, while sometimes expensive, seem to do the job quite well.
Tom Bowring - Customer Operations
Do I need a Yellow Fever certificate?
Yes, ALL visitors (not just previously designated countries) to Zanzibar will be required to present a valid yellow fever certificate of vaccination on port of entry. You are advised to ensure that you have a valid vaccination certificate before travel.
Tom Bowring - Africa Operations
Do you have a kit list for Kili?
Yes, we have put together a detailed kit list for anyone doing the Kilimanjaro climb. It will be attached to your documents once you book, and you can also access it here.
Can you advise me about altitude medication, such as Diamox?
Diamox would need to be prescribed for you by your GP, although we have found that many doctors will not prescribe it for their patients. It can have adverse side-effects such as drowsiness, headaches, muscle cramps and some detriments to the appetite digestive system. When trekking at altitude you need to take on food and energy and this is what Diamox can take away from you if your body is not used to it! Our fully first aid trained guides do carry Diamox for emergencies, but they will never recommend taking it casually or on a daily basis. They will constantly encourage you to take the walk slowly, not to rush and to drink plenty of water - and this advice is the best way of climbing Kilimanjaro.
Tom Bowring - Africa Operations
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
Exodus staff - expertise on hand to help
All the staff at Exodus share a passion for adventure travel, and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. You can find an expert for the area you are interested in here and can contact them to get further information. If you don't see your specific country listed, please email email@example.com and they will get the answers you need!