52 HIKE CHALLENGE KILIMANJARO CONFIDENCE CLIMB FAQs
MT. KILIMANJARO RETREAT FAQs
Frequently Asked questions
YES! 52 Hike Challenge offers payment options. After you pay the deposit of $500 you will be invoiced.
Please note, balance must be paid in-full at least 3 months before trip start date or April 2, 2020. All deposits are non-refundable.
It is best to climb Kilimanjaro before or after the rainy season. The most desirable time to climb is January through March, with July through October being good months to climb outside of the rainy season too.
Check out our itinerary HERE for a full description of the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Hiking miles and landscapes vary each day, creating a new experience for everyone to enjoy! Each morning, you will eat breakfast before heading out. While on the trail with our certified local guide, they will stop to show us points of interest for photo ops. We will also stop for breaks as needed for snacks and lunch. Curious what you’ll be carrying with you up the mountain? Only your daypack filled with the essentials! Your tent and duffel bag will be carried up the mountain by the crew. Because we will be moving at a slower pace to acclimatize, the crew will have camp set and ready for us by the time we reach it. A warm dinner and early bedtime await you there.
Staying well hydrated and fed, as well as getting a full nights sleep, is the best way to avoid altitude sickness while on the mountain. Altitude sickness, according to WebMD, “is a group of symptoms that can strike if you walk or climb to a higher elevation, or altitude, too quickly.” This is why we will pace ourselves up the mountain; in order to acclimatize our bodies to the rising altitude. Read more about the symptoms of altitude sickness HERE.
INCLUDED IN KILIMANJARO CLIMB RETREAT PRICE:
o 1 Preparation call with 52 Hike Challenge Founder Karla+
o Retreat & confidence building exercises: Meditation, journaling and circle time, etc. led by Karla+
o Kilimanjaro Trek, 7 climbing days, 6 nights on the mountain according to the itinerary
o Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
o Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
o Proper Ratio of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
o Airport Transfers
o Meals on the climbing days and on the mountain
o Drinking water
o All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
o Rescue Fees and Emergency Evacuation Coverage with AMREF
o Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
o Transfers from hotel to trailhead / gate
o Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
o Portable Private Toilet and Porter
o Quality Imported Equipment Including Mattress Pads
o Tips for porters and mountain crew
PLEASE NOTE: Coupons / discounts are not redeemable for retreats or trips
Yes, travel insurance is required. Policies will cover you in the event there are cancellations, interruptions, delays and any other unforeseeable expenses. It will also cover emergency accidents and sickness as well as lost, damaged, stolen or delayed baggage. Get insurance HERE.
52 Hike Challenge events always host a mix of both solo adventurers and those traveling with a friend or family member. Either way, you’ll leave this experience with new friends and the confidence to climb any mountain.
There will be no more than 22 others in our group including hike leaders. (Porters excluded)
You will be trekking with motivational speaker and 52 Hike Challenge co-founder, Karla Amador. This is a confidence climb. Each day/night Karla will lead the group in optional journaling, meditation and confidence building exercises that you won’t find with any other group.
We will cover this in depth in the phone call with the 52 Hike Challenge co-founder Karla, details will be emailed!
Aerobic exercises that get your heart rate up, will help you get into shape for this climb. Don’t skip leg day at the gym either! Building leg strength will help prepare you for the multiple days of walking. Hiking is an excellent training exercise since that’s what we’ll be doing. And if you can hike at higher elevations, we definitely recommend it. No good uphill trials where you live? Why not try walking on a treadmill that has a decent incline option. Train with the backpack you’ll be carrying while on Kili. And don’t forget to weight it down too. You want it to be as close to what you’ll experience on trail as possible. If you’re buying new boots, be sure to break those in before leaving for Africa to avoid additional blisters while on the mountain. Remember to eat healthy and stay positive. You can do this!
Yes, you will have an opportunity to rent equipment should you need to. Details on rentals will be sent out to attendees at a later date.
o For up to date information on vaccinations, please visit the CDC website for Tanzanian travel HERE. Vaccination listings change regularly and are most up to date on the CDC website. A medical form will need to be filled out and signed by a physician for you to attend this climb. Medical forms will be sent to all attendees in their welcome packet.
You will be carrying a daypack with you containing everything you will need for the day. You will be assigned a porter who will carry your duffel bag up the mountain. The duffle must not weigh more than 20kg. If your duffel weighs more than that, you will need to put more items in your daypack.
Below is a list of highly recommend items, but not all items are required. Those that are required will be indicated with an asterisk (*). Remember, this is a mountain and the weather can be unpredictable with temperatures that can fall as low as -25C. It is always better to be over-prepare than under. If there are item you do not wish to purchase, information on rentals will be sent out to all attendees.
Waterproof jacket, breathable with hood*
Weather rated insulated jacket, synthetic or down *
Soft jacket, fleece or soft-shell
Long sleeve shirts: light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
Short sleeve shirts: light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric (2)
Waterproof pants, breathable*
Hiking pants (convertible to shorts recommended) (2)
Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) (2)
Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)*
Sport bras (women)
Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces*
Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
Socks, thick, wool or synthetic (3-5)*
Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (3-5)
Gaiters, waterproof – highly recommended to prevent loose gravel and sand
Sleeping Bag, have a rating at a minimum of -10 degrees Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) four season rated*
Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional)
Trekking Poles (highly recommended)
Extra batteries for your head lamp*
Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment*
Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear*
Visa (available upon arrival)*
Yellow fever vaccination card
Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
Knit Hat, for warmth
Balaclava, for face coverage (highly recommended)
Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)*
Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth*
Sunglasses or Goggles
Backpack Cover, waterproof*
Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
Water Bottle* (Nalgene recommended, must have 2-3 Liters combined)
Water Bladder* Camelback type – note disposable plastic bottles are not allowed on the mountain per National Park regulations
Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
Pee Bottle/Bag, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended)
Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
SPF Lip Balm
Insect Repellent (containing DEET recommended)
First Aid Kit
Snacks - light-weight, high calorie, high energy
Phone/Camera, with extra batteries
The closest airport to Moshi is Kilimanjaro (JRO). Plan on your flight being overnight. This means you will want to leave a day earlier than you plan to arrive in Africa. Flights generally have the best rates 3-5 months before takeoff
While in the city and on your first day’s trek, we recommend you only consume bottled water. However, the rest of your time on trail, the porters will collect your drinking water daily from streams located near the camps. Although this water is generally clean enough to drink, your porters will boil enough water for your next day’s adventure. You may want to bring additional water treatment tablets, if you have a particularly sensitive stomach.
Yes, you will need a Visa as well as a Passport. Your Passport needs to be up to date. You can get a Visa ahead of time from a Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate, or purchase one at the JRO airport. For more information on what is required to get a Visa, please visit the Tanzania Immigration Website HERE.
A driver will be on-site at JRO airport to take you to the lodge where you will meet Karla and the rest of the 52 Hike Challenge group to start your adventure! More details will cover this once you book the trip.
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