How to Prepare for Trekking Kilimanjaro - 10 Tips

after successfully summiting Mount

Kilimanjaro and a few weeks of recovery

I want to use this video to talk about

how to prepare for trekking up


I hope you enjoyed watching my little

mini documentary about trekking up

Kilimanjaro it was actually the first of

this kind of videos I've ever done a lot

of questions are actually being answered

in this documentary what about what it

is like to trek up Kilimanjaro but in

this video I want to talk about all the

questions you have beforehand when we

talk about a weather of course we need

to bear in mind that we're talking about

a really high mountain but whether in

the mountains is really hard to predict

so you should always come prepared and

matters of Kilimanjaro this could mean

that you have minus 20 degrees Celsius

at the summit why you have about plus 30

degrees Celsius down in mocchi

the weather is unpredictable change is

quick but also here we have seasons it

is not as much summer and winter season

as we knowed from Europe and North

America it is more the wet in the dry

season because of the proximity to the

equator therefore the best time to go is

actually in the dry season from August

to October this is when you have the

lowest rainfall and you have less clouds

however this is also the time when it is

most crowded we were there in September

and you could see that there are a lot

of people are hiking up the mountain but

because we were choosing the longer

route it was actually more relaxed but

even though we were going in September

we were not really lucky was our summit

day because we were hiking into the

clouds on that day while we could see

the mountain totally free of clouds all

the other days the time you should avoid

is of course the rainy season because

bad weather drains your energy and

therefore the summit success rate during

that time is way lower the rainy season

lasts from March to May and also

November is not a good month to do it

because in all these months you have

high rainfall but of course you have

less crowds if you want to avoid the

crowds you can do it in the rainy season

and maybe you are

lucky and have good weather or you go in

the shoulder season which is in July and

December until the 28th of December

because then there are the holidays but

if you do it before as well as from

January to February you have the chances

of getting good weather and having less

crowds when we talk routes the general

rule is the longer the route the better

day acclimatization if you take a longer

route then your body has more time to

adjust to the height high altitude and

you increase therefore your chances of

reaching the summit so it is a

once-in-a-lifetime experience don't rush

it it's a marathon not a sprint when you

take a longer route this also means you

have way more time to take pictures and

the longer routes like in my case Lee

Marshall route but also the mashanda

route away more picturesque than the

other ones because on the Marshall route

for example you approach and also in the

Makana you approach the mountain from

the west side so you come up to shear a

peak where you have beautiful valley

below you go over to the lava tower and

then to the impressive barranco wall

until you go up into the Alpine desert

and go up finally to the summit with

that you have a lot of diversity in

matters of taking pictures and the

landscape so how to recommend taking the

longer route if you're not into camping

at all your only chance is to take the

morongo route which is super short and

therefore it's really hard to

acclimatize on that route

however those Hut's are not really

luxurious you're staying basically in

huge dorms with a lot of people so I

highly recommend taking a longer route

camping and the cams are actually super

picturesque so for me it was always

worth it to get up early for the sunrise

because the whole setting is just super

picturesque with all the colorful tents

pitched in front of this

impressive mountain the next really

important topic is choosing the right

company as we're talking here about a

national park you're only allowed to go

with registered guides and tracking

companies and the national park fees

you're looking into make up almost half

of the money you pay for a tour so here

we're talking about 800 to 1,000 dollars

depending on the duration of your tour

and they're always included in the tool

prizes so the question you should ask

yourself before going with the tour

operator is do they pay fair wages do

they have good equipment and how much

experience do they have you can find

those information if you look online for

example in reviews of others but the

general rule of thumb is that you

shouldn't book at or below $2,000

because this means that the money is


saved elsewhere for example for wages or

equipment or maybe both even so my

recommendation would be to go for the

mid-tier price range between two

thousand and three thousand five hundred

dollars depending on which route you

choose and to go with local two

operators I went with three adventures

because I'm one of their brand

ambassadors and the tours for

Kilimanjaro at G Adventures start at

about $2,500 they have often sales where

you can actually get it for up to 20

percent cheaper so it's always worth

looking into that I put some links in

the description box down below where G

does is that they only use local

employees and suppliers and they also

have really good and up-to-date

equipment so for example our tents were

brand-new and they renew the equipment

every few months and what was also

interesting is to see the footwear our

Porter's hat they all had proper hiking

boots while when you were looking at

other two operators some of the porters

they were wearing

only sneakers so it's really worth

looking into how the two operator you're

choosing is treating the employees and

which equipment they have another tip

would be to opt in for having your own

toilets this is a decision which you

usually make when you're with your to

group on the day before you start a hike

because this costs extra money but it's

definitely worth investing that money

because the toilet situation in the

camps is something else for Tanzania you

need a visa which you can get in most

cases on arrival

so for example for Europe and North

American citizens in general you can

actually get visa once you arrived this

is how I did it but it is always better

to check with your Ministry of Foreign

Affairs if you need to apply for visa

beforehand or not next topic is

insurance actually you need to have a

proper insurance in order to go on a

tour with most companies

so in general I highly recommend getting

a good health insurance because here

we're talking about active travel you're

in a foreign country you're on a

mountain where things can happen all the

time it's always best to get a travel

insurance I use walled nomads and I put

a link down in the description box below

and I found this to be the perfect fit

for most of my travels especially when

I'm going into the outdoors in medicine

vaccinations it's always a good idea to

have yellow fever protection and

everything beyond that I also recommend

you to check the latest status online

with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs

big topic when talking about man

Kilimanjaro is of course high-altitude

sickness and we addressed actually this

topic in the documentary we have a known

segment only about high-altitude

sickness but to sum up things really

quickly it is actually something which

everybody can get no matter how old you

are how fit you are or how experienced

you are if you're not living in the

mountains at an altitude of more than

3000 meters your chances are high to

have syndromes of high-altitude sickness

but then they can leave awry so you can

have stronger syndromes or weaker

syndromes of high-altitude sickness but

which the chances are that you get a

certain distinct of high altitude


good to operators like in my case G

adventurous there will always check with

you like we had everyday our blood

oxygen levels checked and our pulse rate

and also the guides they were really

experienced so they can tell somebody's

not feeling well high altitude sickness

can actually be life-threatening so most

of the cases where people died on the

mountain are actually related to high

altitude sickness so it's always a good

idea to tell you guys how you're feeling

there are however pills for high

altitude like Diamox

which might help but our guides actually

advised us not to take those pills

because the effects are not as big and

the downside is that you need to pee a

lot which means your body loses a lot of

water and you need to drink a lot of

water in order to help you cope with the

altitude so this can have actually

negative effects as well so my tip

therefore is to take headache pills with

you I had I would protein with me as a

standby medicine and of course to do a

lot of training in advance in the months

leading up to the trip


I'm doing regular workout sessions which

means I'm running every every week about

twice as three times a week but in the

month leading up to the trip like the

last six months before my trekking

adventure in Kilimanjaro I decided to

increase the intensity of my training so

I was running ten kilometres every

second day and with that I wanted to not

only strengthen my body but also wanted

to work on my endurance I also decided

to quit alcohol for this time and to

change my diet to a more healthy diet to

boost my immune system and this way to

not take any chances to not make it to

the top at the end and overall I'm

really glad that I took all these steps

because as you've seen in the

documentary I had problems with high

altitude sickness and the only reason

why I could make it to the top actually

that my body was strong enough to do so

because I have this workout program I

changed my diet and therefore my body

had all the strength needed to make this

final push and this would also be my

recommendation for you to really train

your body in let's say the six months

the last six months leading up to the

trip in order to be able to make it

when we talk about Tanzania of course we

need to talk about malaria because

Tanzania is actually in a high-risk zone

of malaria

however when we're talking about


you're most of the time on an altitude

level above 1500 meters and at that

altitude there are no mosquitoes so it

highly depends on your own travel plans

for example if you do with safari before

you do a track or if you do safari

afterwards so I highly recommend you to

consult a doctor a few weeks in advance

to talk about your travel plans and the

season when you're going there to

determine which medicine you need if you

need to take malaria medicine beforehand

or if you just have it with you

assistant buy medicine so my case I went

in a season where you don't have a high

risk of malaria and the area where I

went to and it was only flying in for

the tracks so my doctor advised me to

only take Malarone as the stent buy

medicine with me because what you need

to bear in mind is well is that those

pills like men are owned for example

they can affect you and with that maybe

decrease your chances of making it to

the summit via an equipment is another

really big topic therefore I have a

whole video which I will be making about

my whole packing list for this trip but

I want to use the chance here to point

out the most important items I had with

me starting with water and we're talking

about water already and when we're

talking about the high altitude sickness

so it's really important to have yeah

something with you to carry about three

liters so I had this bottle here and add

another additional camera bag which

could hold about two and a half liters

this one had about one letter then of

course having proper hiking boots really

essential and I also decided to have

poles this time for like the final push

to the summit those were really helpful

then of course the sleep

back which goes to minus ten degrees

Celsius as well as a waterproof duffel

bag this is what I gave to my portal to

carry it up and this way everything

stayed dry because you never know when

it starts raining so everything on my on

my clothes work we're dry then

waterproof day pack because in my case

on the summit day where we had to deal

with snow and on the final day when we

went out of the park

it was it was pouring when we went

through the rain forest area so it's a

good idea to have a waterproof day pack

in order to protect your electronics

like camera another really good thing to

have with use Vaseline for your lips as

well as sunscreen as the Sun is really

really strong up on this high altitude

and last but not least you should always

layer up so have long underwear with you

and then have many layers more of that

in the next video

every trekking tour which goes up to

Kilimanjaro usually starts in the error

around Moshi so you will fly into

Kilimanjaro International Airport which

is located between

Arusha and mushy and from there you

should organise a private transfer or

private pickup with the two operator you

are going to trek up Kilimanjaro in

medicine accommodation I stayed at the

Stella Maris lodge in Moshi and at the

Bristol cottages and I can actually

recommend both of them finally let's

talk about money and tipping actually

the tips you are handing out at the end

of your Trek are probably your biggest

expense this always depends on your

experience with your tour but the

general rule would be to have 10% of the

tour price with you as tips you can hand

out to the porters and the guides of

course you can always choose to give

less or to give more I in my case for

example I also decided to give part of

my equipment I had with me to the porter

which was helping me personally to get

up the mountain because I had all my

camera equipment with me and he was

actually carrying my back for the last

part in order to reach the summit so I

decided to give him my gaiters from the

tips you don't really need much more

money because actually in your tour

usually everything is included like 4G

adventures for example even the hotel

before and afterwards the hotel states

were included in the to a price as well

as all the meals you have on the

mountain only the meals you have before

and afterwards as well as the transfer

to get to the airport are not included I

brought US dollars with me because

Dollars are widely accepted there of

course you also have the chance to

withdraw money at local banks but then

it is a good idea to make sure with your

bank that your credit card works and

doesn't get blocked immediately if you

try to withdraw money at a local bank


all right that's it I hope this video

helps you in order to prepare for your

own Kilimanjaro tracking adventure if

you want to know more about trekking up

Kilimanjaro I highly recommend watching

a documentary if you haven't already

done so and to head over to my blog

where I wrote down a lot of information

and guides on how to track up

Kilimanjaro and the packing list there

and I will also produce packing list

video for Kilimanjaro next week so make

sure to subscribe to this channel for

new travel videos every Thursday and I

see you on the next one thanks for

watching bye