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Thank you for choosing Peak Planet as your guide for your Mount Kilimanjaro climb. This email should contain all the information that you may need during your trip. Please read it thoroughly and use it as a reference. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Our climbs have an arrival and departure day built in. If your flight arrives or departs on another day please let us know and we can book additional lodging. We recommend that you come in at least one day earlier. For example, if your arrival day is October 5th. Book your flight to arrive on the 4th. Booking this rest day allows for any flight delays and for any delayed or lost bags. This also gives you a day to recover from the long flight.
PLEASE FILL OUT THESE FORMS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
To find your trip code go to the Trip Overview section of your booking form.
Client Information Form (Client Information Form)
Client Information Forms must be filled out for each climber. If you have any dietary restrictions, use this form to let us know.
Travel Insurance Form (Travel Insurance Form)
It is a mandatory requirement to have medical and travel insurance to participate on our climbs. We recommend purchasing travel insurance as soon as your climb is confirmed.
Flight Information Form (Flight Information Form)
Please fill this out as soon as you get your flights. You can also reserve airport pickup and drop offs using this form. Even if you are not using our airport transfer service, we still request that you fill out this form. This will allow us to double-check your arrival and departure dates to make sure that they match up with your itinerary.
Please note: You will pay for the rental equipment with US Dollars, 2009 and newer bills at the trip briefing. It is not included in your booking form payments and we do not accept credit cards in Tanzania. Cash only.
Should you have any questions about your trip prior to leaving for Tanzania, you can contact us by phone: (480) 463-4058 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DURING YOUR TRIP
Since we are 10 hours behind, if you have any issues during your trip or while you are on your way, please contact Tanzania directly at +255 753 896962 outside of Tanzania. Once you are there the number is +255 0753 896962. The second emergency line before you arrive is: +255 769 079525 once there: +255 0769 079525. This is our 24-hour duty phone number. We recommend downloading WhatsApp to your phone and save these numbers so you can text us with any delays or issues.
Being in good shape will increase your chances of having a safe and enjoyable summit Kilimanjaro climb. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical mountaineering skills. It is a trek at high altitude and nearly anyone in decent physical condition can climb Mount Kilimanjaro. However, one should not underestimate the effort required over six to nine days to reach the peak. The main reason that climbers fail to reach the summit is due to the inability to acclimatize to the high altitude quickly enough. Short of going to high altitude or renting an altitude training system (https://peakplanet.com/altitude-training-systems), there is little that one can do to pre-acclimatize before the climb. Being physically fit does not guarantee that climbers can overcome altitude issues, but it does reduce the strenuousness of the climb on the body, which in turn, makes acclimatization more likely.
Performing local trail day hikes is the recommended form of training. The trails should include uphill and downhill sections, and you should wear the clothing, boots, and pack that you intend to climb with. Try to hike for several hours. Your hikes on the mountain should average between four to six hours, but can be as little as two (on easy days) and as high as 14 hours (on summit day). If it is impractical for you to train outdoors, you may exercise at the local gym. The staple of your training should be walking on a treadmill or Stairmaster, supplemented with general weight training for your core and legs.
Each week’s workout should consist of three short weekday workouts and one long weekend session. We recommend doing this for three months leading up to your trip. With proper training, you will develop the leg strength, endurance, and confidence necessary for Kilimanjaro.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
To gain entry into 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 the USA (recommended due to long wait times at JRO) or at your point of entry into Tanzania. The visa cost for US citizens is $100. More information can be found here: http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?page_id=76#visaForms
Obtaining a Visa at JRO airport is a relatively simple process. When you arrive at JRO, as you enter the airport there will be one long line for several booths. Make sure you have your boarding pass in hand to show the airport attendant, so others do not pass you and get in the line first. Please pay attention, because no one will direct you to the booths as they open up.
There are no required vaccinations, however, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) recommends the following vaccinations and medications: Yellow Fever (required if entering Tanzania from an ‘infected area’), Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. Additionally, the CDCP recommends routine vaccinations for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) and polio, if you are not up-to-date.
The following medications are recommended and brought by most climbers. You should visit or consult with a travel doctor to determine if you may need other medications. Your travel doctor will be able to prescribe and/or supply you with the medications below.
Malarone is an antimalarial medication which climbers bring to prevent malaria.
Diamox is an FDA approved prescription medication used to prevent and treat altitude sickness.
Stomach sickness is common due to the altitude, change in diet, and the overall climb schedule. Climbers should bring anti-diarrhea medications.
It is a mandatory requirement to have medical and travel insurance to participate on our climbs.
Due to the inherent risks of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, we require that all clients have valid medical insurance. Clients must confirm with their provider that their insurance will cover high altitude trekking up to 6,000 meters. Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any ropes or technical gear. Their insurance should cover medical evacuation from the mountain.
If your medical insurance does not cover the above, you must purchase travel insurance so that you have the appropriate insurance prior to the climb. No refunds are given for clients turned away due to failure to obtain the proper coverage.
In addition to medical coverage, travel insurance will cover unforeseen circumstances such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost luggage, etc.
We recommend Travel Guard https://peakplanet.com/travelguard.php for travel insurance. We recommend purchasing Travel Guard’s Silver Insurance Plan. Travel Guard is only available to U.S. residents.
World Nomads provides travel insurance for many countries, including the USA and most of Europe. https://peakplanet.com/worldnomads.php.
Kilimanjaro treks have a wide range of temperatures so the best clothing is a lot of layers. Such clothing is easier to adjust as the temperature fluctuates and is more effective than a few thick items of clothing. Pay special attention to the fabric of base and middle layers; these garments should be constructed of a moisture-wicking material that effectively pulls sweat away from the body to keep you dry. Cotton is a very poor fabric for trekking and should not be worn.
Read more here: https://peakplanet.com/dress-mount-kilimanjaro/
Download our Peak Planet Gear List (https://peakplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/peak-planet-gear-list-2.pdf)
Porter loads are limited by our standards of porter treatment as well as by Kilimanjaro National Park authorities. Each client should bring a maximum of 33 lbs. (15kgs) of luggage for porters to carry onto Kilimanjaro, so please choose your gear sparingly. The luggage, which should be contained in a duffle bag (~90 liters), will be weighed prior to departure. You will only carry a medium-sized daypack (35 liters), containing items that you will need during your daily walks. Accordingly, your duffle bag should contain the items that you will not need between campsites. The porters will carry your duffle bag inside another heavyweight bag to give it further protection from dust, water, and abrasions. Any items that are not needed for the climb at all can be safely stored in the hotel.
We provide high quality, like new rental gear at reasonable prices. We recommend renting gear whenever possible. In addition to saving money, renting gear will lessen your baggage as sleeping bags, pads, and synthetic jackets will probably be the largest items that you will bring to Kilimanjaro.
You can view our rental gear information and prices at https://peakplanet.com/rental-gear/.
Viewing our rental gear page will also give you an idea of the type of jacket and sleeping bag that is required to comfortably sleep and hike the mountain.
Please note that our rental gear has a limited supply. During our busy months of September-October and January-February, it is not uncommon for us to run out of both. So please reserve these items early if you intend to rent them from us.
Altitude training systems are also available for rent. These in-home systems simulate low oxygen environments and can help your body acclimatize prior to your trip. You can read more about them at https://peakplanet.com/altitude-training-systems.
Tipping is an important part of the compensation to the crew for a climb. We believe that tipping is a fair compensation for a porter’s work done properly. We are aware that tipping may not be a common practice in some countries. However, it does play a part in the financial compensation for your Kilimanjaro climb crew. We encourage climbers to consider tipping. It should be based on the crew meeting your expectations. Read more here: https://peakplanet.com/tipping-on-kilimanjaro/
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
When booking flights, clients ideally should fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). This is the preferred arrival point for our climbs. This airport is about 45 minutes from Moshi.
Arusha Airport (airport code: ARK)
Arusha airport is a small airport located in Arusha.
Some clients choose to arrive from Nairobi. From Nairobi, you can take a daily shuttle bus to Arusha for under $75 USD. The bus ride is about 5-6 hours. We do not provide any transportation to or from Nairobi. Clients must arrange this transportation themselves.
AIRPORT PICKUP AND DROP OFFS
JRO airport pickups are included in your trip price. Please let us know when you are arriving so we can schedule your pickup.
If you scheduled an airport transfer, our driver will be waiting for you outside the airport after the baggage claim area at JRO. He will be holding a sign that says PEAK PLANET.
On the day prior to the trek, we conduct a trip briefing with your guide. This briefing ensures that everyone is well prepared for the trek. Briefing times do depend on the different arrival times of the group, but out of respect for the other participants and for our guiding team we won’t conduct them too late in the evening. If you have a late afternoon or an evening arrival flight on this day you may miss the pre-trek briefing. You will also receive your rental equipment at this time. You will pay for it will cash, US Dollars, 2009 and newer, undamaged bills. We will conduct an abbreviated pre-climb meeting the morning of the trek for those who missed the evening briefing. We will also request a copy of your trip insurance at this time.
Your climb includes lodging the night before and the night after the climb at one of the following lodges. It does not include dinner.
Stella Maris Executive Lodge
Phone: +255 686 663 244
Weru Weru Royal Resort
Weruweru St, Tanzania
Phone: +255 686 663 244
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