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.