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Mt Kilimanjaro - Trekili Eco Expeditions
 

Safety

At Trekili Eco Expeditions, we are dedicated to safety.

Safety is of paramount importance to Trekili and we ensure the highest levels of  health, risk management and emergency readiness.

Our trekkers’ vital signs, oxygen saturations, general health and well-being are monitored, recorded and assessed each day.

Be confident in the knowledge that our guides are medically trained as Wilderness First Responders ready to respond to any emergency should it arise.

We use only the best equipment to ensure you receive the very highest standard of medical and safety care.

Trekili has partnered with Global Rescue, our medical consultants and evacuation specialists. Global Rescue picks up where travel medical insurance leaves off and provides the finest international medical response, emergency evacuation and field rescue should one of our trekkers become injured.

The following safety equipment is standard on all of our Kilimanjaro treks:

  • Pulse-oximeter: carried by the head guide as a diagnostic tool and measure of acclimatization
  • Hyperbaric chamber: a pressure altitude chamber also known as a Gamow bag
  • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) heart saving device
  • Oxygen kits: for emergency use only, not to supplement climbing
  • Medical stretcher: to assist with evacuation should the need ever arise and specifically designed to be used in the event of a helicopter extraction/evacuation
  • Comprehensive medical /first aid kits: carried by your guides to assist with any medical emergencies that may arise
  • Mobile phones: carried by the head guide and all assistant guides, for daily communications with our base in Arusha
  • VHF 2-way radios: to facilitate communication between the guides
  • Satellite phone: carried by the head guide for emergencies only

Your safety questions answered

What if I am injured?

We have our own medical kits to initiate treatment and we use Chinook Medical Stretchers to evacuate you to a lower altitude if necessary. We have partnered with Global Rescue for advanced medical consultation, emergency evacuation and field rescues. Be assured you are in safe hands.

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What about acclimatization?

Although there are many mysteries behind why certain individuals are more prone to altitude sickness than others, one thing the experts agree on is that picking a longer route with maximum rest and acclimatization time will increase your chances of acclimatizing.  Your mantra from day one of the expedition will be ‘pole pole’ (pronounced po-lay po-lay) which means “go slowly”. Hydration is also very important and we recommend at least 4 litres a day. Please consult with your medical practitioner who will provide guidance on pharmacological options to minimize the effects of altitude sickness.

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How qualified are the guides?

Our guides have many years experience climbing Kilimanjaro in order to receive their KINAPA National Park licence. They are all well trained Wilderness First Responders well capable of assisting you in case of injury or emergency. They are competent in the use of all our medical equipment, oxygen, pressure altitude chamber and stretcher and immediately able to facilitate emergency contact using our Thuraya satellite phone with the Trekili base in case of an emergency. Guides are trained specifically for both determining when and if an evacuation is necessary and how to properly carry out the evacuation.

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What if I am slow?

At no point do we rush our trek. We like to take in the views and enjoy the experience. Inevitably some trekkers are slower than others, though with our client to guide ratio we are able to support you all the way. Our mantra ‘”pole pole” (Swahili: “slowly slowly”) resonates in our ears ensuring our trekkers have ample time to enjoy the experience.

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What medical facilities are available nearby?

The best facility in the immediate region is the Moshi KCMC Hospital, which is well staffed with western doctors.

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Is the water safe to drink?

All water used by is filtered with Katadyn Expedition water purification filters. Our Katadyn expedition filter is used worldwide by the UN and relief organisations.

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