Posted December 26, 2013 | Comments Off
Climbing mount Kilimanjaro is no small undertaking, so it is essential that you give yourself plenty of time to prepare before you embark on your international mountain trekking expedition.
If you’re an experienced mountaineer then you will understand what is required in order to get to the summit. But if you are taking your climbing to a new height or taking your first steps above the clouds, this is a serious challenge that requires a lot of physical training in order to ready your body for what lays ahead.
At the very least we suggest that you train for 2 months but in an ideal world 3 to 4 would be good if you’ve never submitted before or for quite some time.
Because of the varying altitude, climates and terrains you’ll be facing, you need to prepare your body so it is able to handle all of this without too much trouble.
The porters and mountain guides will keep you trekking at the right pace and monitor you every day to ensure you adjust well to the altitude changes, and so you’re prepared at each stage for the change in climate.
How to Prepare for a Mountain Climb
There are 4 key area’s that you can focus on before you embark on your trekking expedition, these are condition training, strength training, cardiovascular training and flexibility training.
Before you start training, get yours boots and backpack ready so as your training progresses you can break both of them in to prevent blisters and chafing.
Hiking is the number one activity we suggest you do in order to prepare. You will be walking for several hours a day with around 7kg of weight on your back, so start off by just breaking in your boots and empty rucksack and then build it up from there each week.
Keeping a steady pace is extremely important throughout your training, this isn’t a who can get to the top fastest scenario, it’s who can get to the top without being heavily affected by the altitude!
Don’t change pace, change the incline, the length of climb, the terrain and the climate but try to retain the same pace on every type of walk.
If you can do day hikes for four to six hours, with moderate elevation changes (460m, 1500ft) while carrying a 8 kg pack, or if you can walk on a stairmaster for 1-2 hours, at 30 steps per minute while carrying a 8kg pack, then you’re probably ready for the real thing.
Your longest/hardest workouts should be performed two to four weeks before your departure. For the last two weeks, you should taper off your training and in the final days; rest so that your body has time to recover before your actual climb.
Here’s a few other type of training that would greatly benefit you in your ascent and descent:
Your food and liquid intake is just as important as your exercise. Eating a natural diet of protein, grains, fruit and vegetables and consuming a good amount of water each day is recommended.
You can also prepare mentally by climbing some higher peaks so you get used to new heights, try meditation, try a new sport or exercise to push you out of your comfort zone. The right mindset will take you a long way on your trek to the top.
The bottom line is, the healthier you are the easier your climb will be.
So if climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a goal of yours but you’re not yet in great shape, now is the time to make a new year resolution to get in better shape and scale new heights.
Posted December 23, 2013 | Comments Off
Not all trekking companies actually care about the mountain they make money from or the people that this mountain belongs to. The more people that invest their money with the wrong companies, the greater the damage to this beautiful mountain and its people.
Kilimanjaro’s future depends on its visitors making the right choice when choosing an eco trekking holiday company to travel with. By choosing one which doesn’t have eco credentials and pays their porters below average wage, people are not only causing damage to the place they are visiting but putting their own safety at risk too!
So mount Kilimanjaro needs our help.
There are people in Tanzania right now working hard to ensure that all of the eco issues and the poor porter treatment is being addressed, but there is still much more we can all do.
The Tanzania National Park (TANAPA), Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA), Tanzanian Porters Association (TPO) and departments within the government are all working together to introduce new systems to overcome the issues mentioned here, and to ensure that very low budget trek operators adhere to these systems to make sure they provide a higher level of service.
It is so often the case that if you purchase something on the cheap, it is less reliable. Whereas when you invest in a good quality product or service, it will tend to last longer or create a lasting positive impression. This is also the case with mountaineering companies, the cheaper the price, the poorer the service!
Cheaper trekking companies tend to make less of an investment in their staff, their equipment and their efforts in order to make a profit. But the cheaper they are, the more people trekking on a budget will gravitate toward them. This is understandable but it does mean that the porters make a great deal less money, get treated poorly, your safety can be compromised and there’s a great deal of waste left on the mountain.
If this isn’t changed, in time, Mount Kilimanjaro will become a waste ground.
When you reach the summit of Mt Kili what do you want to see?, a clear view all the way down of the magnificent land before you? or one which is tarnished with plastic bags, food packets and human waste?
The changes being brought in will include the banning of bottled water, as well as disposable consumable items because these both cause the greatest risk to the environment.
Trekili was established to provide eco trekking holidays to people with a conscience and those who wish to protect the environment they are trekking in.
We use the Restop system to collect the human waste so we can ensure nothing gets left behind. We use Katadyn water filter pumps so we’re providing safe water for our trekkers and don’t leave any trace. We also provide food and consumable items in their own reusable containers so there’s no need to leave anything behind.
Choose Trekili for your next Tanzanian trekking holiday, and help make a difference to Mt Kili’s future on your next eco expedition.
Posted December 22, 2013 | Comments Off
Trekking anywhere in the world is an awe inspiring undertaking, but no more so than when you do it for charity. Embarking on a charity trek is a serious adventure challenge but is one of the most worthwhile reasons to go on a trek adventure.
Charity treks are likely to become even more popular in 2014 thanks to the recent trek to the South Pole, Prince Harry completed with teams of service men and women to raise funds for the charity, Walking With The Wounded.
Most people have a compelling reason for choosing a particular charity. There are charities that are dear to our hearts simply because of the work they do, whilst others hold a personal meaning to us because that charity has supported us or our loved ones through times of hardship or times in need.
Prince Harry and his comrades wanted to show the world that people who have been wounded whilst serving their country could go beyond, and push the boundaries of what is physically and mentally possible with sheer courage and determination. They wouldn’t have achieved this without the help from charities like “Walking With The Wounded” and this is the push that drives ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
To go beyond what you believe possible for a worthy cause is amazing. Every trek, every life changing expedition creates a better life for someone who needs the help of your chosen charity.
Every footstep you take is a step towards raising funds for your charity and changing lives.
To trek mount Kilimanjaro is a physical and mental challenge and one which many people take simply for the sheer joy of it, because not many experiences in this world come close to reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! But when you embark on this challenge for someone else and you have a goal to reach, there’s no better feeling knowing that experience not only changed your life but also changed the lives of many others.
If you were planning on doing a mountain trek in early 2014, March would be an ideal goal to give you enough time to train and get the ball rolling with your fundraising. It’s vital that you do the correct mountain climbing training and get everything in place for this trip of a lifetime, because this is one of the greatest events you will ever experience.
Trekking is an amazing experience, and trekking kilimanjaro for charity in 2014 would be even more so. Take that experience to the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world and you will feel on top of the world in more ways than one.
Trekili are the trekking safety experts in getting you to the top of Mt Kili, so all you have to do is choose the charity you want to raise money for, book your trip with us and we’ll take care of the rest. You just focus on raising those vital funds, having the time of your life whilst helping others, and we’ll focus on getting you there and back safely.
Posted December 20, 2013 | Comments Off
The question “what is the difference between Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro”? is asked across the world on a daily basis.
As we’re experienced mountaineering experts we feel in a good place to be able to elaborate on this answer in greater detail and explain the true differences between these two great mountains.
Here’s what we know to be pretty standard information but nevertheless very important to know;
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest freestanding mountain in the world at 19, 341 ft tall.
It was first summited in 1889.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world in terms of peak height, 29,017 ft above sea level but it is part of the Himalayan range in Nepal and not a stand alone mountain. It was first summited in 1953.
Both mountains are part of the 7 Summit challenge.
This year, mount Everest celebrated it’s 60th birthday since the first ascent was made, but although there seems to be a certain kudos in climbing Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro certainly comes out on top in this day and age and here’s why…
Everest is obviously a big pull for so many mountaineers just simply because of its sheer challenging face but Mount Kilimanjaro has been underestimated by a great many climbers and as a consequence, many have lost their lives in trying to summit.
All mountains are beautiful and magnificent in their own way, but sadly due to commercialism, the raising number of trekkers and climbers, and pollutants…
Everest is now suffering from carrying the heavy weight of so many bodies on its back.
An article published in National Geographic magazine and Time Science and Space section earlier this year, gave grave reviews of a personal experience climbing the great Mount Everest. That being said, there are a few Eco Expedition companies trying to raise the bar and set the standard of how these natural wonders of the world should be treated.
Kilimanjaro has suffered in the past with some similar issues regarding pollutants and low budget companies not providing the high level of safety one should expect when climbing a mountain. However, Kilimanjaro enjoys far less crowding, less commercialism and is generally more ecologically respectful.
Climbing Kili takes less time than climbing Everest but the final ascent up Kilimanjaro is much more difficult and requires a great level of endurance with an experienced guide.
Like Trekili, there are some companies that have enough respect for their beloved mountain that they provide eco expeditions to the summit and don’t take shortcuts to make more money and put people’s lives at risk!
There are two main routes to the summit of Everest, one via Nepal and one via China. There are several routes available to climb Kilimanjaro and as it’s located in East Africa there is also the opportunity to add an African safari to your trip.
Whether you’re climbing Everest, Kilimanjaro, K2 or Mount Gingga, the right training, equipment, and guidance is vital to ensure you ascend and descend safely.
The real difference between Kilimanjaro and Everest these days is that Kili is less populated and less polluted. Everest is a truly amazing giant of a mountain but it is now time for Kilimanjaro to rise above and show the world what it’s made of.
Posted December 18, 2013 | Comments Off
Trekili is a trekking company with a conscience. We provide an ecologically respectful trekking experience for people seeking a trek adventure that makes a difference to peoples lives and goes above and beyond your average trek company.
Those who care about their own life experience enough to come on a mountaineering eco holiday, will no doubt hold the care standards given to the people who provide the service in equal importance.
This kind of trip is a holiday of a lifetime for many people and takes a certain level of financial investment. So it is only right that a portion of that money is used to ensure you receive the best level of service possible by investing in the people who are with you every step of the way.
The porters of Mount Kili are the very backbone of this great mountain and know it better than the back of their own hand. They live, eat and breath the mountain and because it’s their home and livelihood they love it too. There are no better people to support you on a climb than the people who grew up on the foothills of this great mountain.
There is a harsh truth that many don’t know about the Kilimanjaro Porters and that’s that they are often exploited by trekking companies that don’t understand their value in the ecosystem of mountain trekking. They are often paid a grossly inadequate wage and have old clothes, worn out boots and unsafe equipment.
If the porters are not well enough equipped to take care of their own basic needs when on the mountain, how can they be in the position to take care of the trekkers that they provide the service to?
The porters of Tanzania are often treated as if they aren’t even human at times, as if the altitude and cold don’t affect them. But they are indeed affected by the same elements and physical reactions we all are so they need to be properly trained and kitted out just like the visiting trekkers.
Fair treatment of the Kili porters is essential to ensure they all have a chance to lead a good life, do their job with pride, put food on their families table and of course take care of their beloved mountain.
These are great people and our Mount Kilimanjaro treks would not be possible without their expertise and support.
We believe, if you care about safety when mountain trekking then it stands to reason you would invest in providing the best people to provide that high level of safety. Those people are the porters and guides of Mt Kili, and they deserve the best too.
Trekili work within the “Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project” (Tanzanian Porters Association) guidelines to ensure we pay above minimum wage and provide only the best equipment and trekking conditions, because we understand the true value of these invaluable people.
Because we are locally based in Tanzania, we know our porters personally and have used their services on many occasions ourselves being keen mountaineers and having summited the great Kilimanjaro many, many times. So we understand the true value of Kilimanjaro’s porters.
These are passionate, experienced and caring people and they deserve our respect. If you want to experience a mountain climbing holiday with people like this then get in touch to discuss which trek might be best suited to you.
By choosing a trekking holiday company that has these values, you make a difference to other peoples lives, whilst having the time of yours.
Let’s climb together to raise the standards for the porters of Kilimanjaro.
Posted December 15, 2013 | Comments Off
If you’re looking for a mountain trekking holiday, the first thing on your checklist should be safety. Safety is paramount with this type of expedition because without the right preparation, equipment and guidance, things can go wrong!
It is more than disappointing that not all Mt Kilimanjaro tour operators value safety as much as they should. When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, only the highest level of service and care will do.
There are many elements to consider under the umbrella of the word ‘safety’ when it comes to trekking a mountain, especially when that mountain is the awesome Kilimanjaro. Your health and safety should be the most important factor in any trek.
Trip Application Booking
When you land on a trekking holiday website, the first thing you should look for is an application form to make your booking. If a site has an in depth application process, you can be confident that they have your best interests at heart. It shows that it’s not just a ‘pay and trek’ organisation, but one that takes everything into account and makes your safety a priority.
Even prior to making your booking the trekking operator should be taking your safety into consideration by suggesting you are a good level of fitness, because you need to be at the right level of fitness so your body can handle the trek. They should provide you with tips on how to get in shape and the length of time it will take to do this before you summit.
Daily health checks should be provided every single day of your trek to ensure you remain in a safe state of health to continue the next stage of the trek. Your trek guides should ensure you walk at a reasonable pace to allow for acclimatization
Your trek holiday provider should give you a full breakdown of what equipment you will need and why. Any kind of trip like this takes attention to detail and a great deal of preparation, which is why you must ensure you make the right choice of trek adventure guide for your expedition. The equipment provided should be replaced on a regular basis and checked every day to ensure it’s still in perfect condition.
Top trekking companies should require you have a minimum of a medical evacuation rescue insurance. This level of adventure holiday requires sufficient cover so you have total peace of mind when halfway up the tallest (freestanding) mountain in the world! You need to look for a trek company that is affiliated with a reputable insurance company such as Global Rescue.
Your trekking guide should also value the safety of other mountaineers who tread your path after you have left the camp. Taking care of the environment is paramount to ensuring everyone enjoys a safe trek. Your mountain guide should adhere to the following points to ensure your trip is ecologically sensitive and safe for you and other mountain visitors.
The idea is to Leave No Trace:
- No campfires
- Remove all human waste
- Remove all camp materials on departure
- Leave behind what you find
Guides and Porters
Your guides should all be medically trained and Wilderness First Responder trained as a bare minimum. When you take the time to care about, respect and invest in people, they do the same for you. So it’s important that you do a thorough check on the trek company you’re going to use to ensure they meet the required standards.
Whether your motivation is to climb mount Kilimanjaro to add to your 7 summits, for a personal challenge, to raise money for a charity or to have the trip of a lifetime. The one thing that is important above all else is your safety in doing so.
So, take your time to research the best company to climb Kilimanjaro with, and you can enjoy your adventure trek with peace of mind that you’re in safe hands.
Trekili take pride in providing the highest quality mount Kilimanjaro treks and Safari’s in Tanzania. If you want to go mountain trekking with the safety experts then please get in touch with us now.