Moshi town serves as our home base. It is the closest large town to Mt Kilimanjaro. Before and after the climb you will stay at either Parkview Inn Hotel, Lindrin Lodge, or Weruweru River Lodge. All are clean and nice hotels and all have a great view of Mt Kilimanjaro. They are all 3-star hotels. Parkview is more western in style while Weruweru River Lodge has more of an African flair. When our driver picks you up at Kilimanjaro Airport you will be taken to one of these hotels as will be described in your final itinerary during the booking process.
Accommodations on Kilimanjaro
All Kilimanjaro climbing routes except Marangu Route are camping routes where we supply sleeping and dining tents. We have very good and high-quality four-season tents. The sleeping tents are 3-person tents for every 2 clients, with the extra room reserved for your gear. All our tents are purchased new each season to make sure that you are as comfortable is possible during the climb. For those choosing Marangu Route, overnights are in basic dormitory-style huts, self-contained with solar lighting. There are no electronic charging facilities available for climbers while on the mountain.
At every public campsite has public drop toilets. These toilets are as basic as you can get, without any plumbing – just a deep hole to staddle. These toilets are not very clean because are used by so many people, therefore we at Popote Africa Adventures Ltd provide portable chemical flushable toilet(s) along with a privacy tent. We provide one toilet to be shared by 4 people. This mean if the group is more than 4 people, more than one portable will be supplied to meet the demand of the group. The toilets are only available at the campsites. There will be one porter whose task is to make sure that the toilets are cleaned and transported to each night’s camp. There are no shower facilities on the mountain. Each morning and upon arrival at each camp, you will be given hot water for a sponge bath.
Meals & Drinking Water
We can provide nearly every kind of meal that will be required by our client. We accommodate vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. All our meals are Halal and can be used by any client. We will need to know beforehand about any special diet requirements. If you are diabetic, we will work with you to make the proper adjustments. Since high altitude can sap your energy, your diet will not be the same as you would choose at low altitude or during more sedentary conditions. But our guides and cooks are well experienced with this and with your consultation and with extra monitoring, we can find the optimum diet. Typically, breakfasts will include a variety such as porridge, pancakes, chappati, eggs, beef sausage, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, Other meals will usually be varied including items such as soups, casseroles, rice/potatoes/pasta/plantain with meat and vegetable topping options, chicken, bread, beans, vegetables, and fruits. Depending on the logistics, some lunches will be hot lunches while some will served cold, typically consisting of sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, chocolate.
While on the mountain, you will need to consume large amounts of liquids compared to normal. In addition to your diet having items such as soups to help, you will need to drink at least 3L of water each day. On the first day, we will provide store-purchased drinking water but on all other days, you will be given purified water (boiled or treated with iodine).
The Kilimanjaro trails are very clean and have enough space for clients to walk without squeezing each other. Its more adventure and differ from a day to day and from route to route due to fact that each route has its test of adventure, although the difference is not that big.
Things to pack on Daypack
In your personal walking daypack, you should pack your rain trouser and jacket, one sweater, sunscreen, lip balm, sun hut, camera, some few chocolate or energy snacks, and drinking water. Your day pack should not weigh more than 5kg. At each evening’s briefing, your guide will recommend what to pack for the next morning’s trek.
Your Kilimanjaro climb Preparation
- Physical training
- Altitude training
- Medical check-up
- Proper clothing/gear
Your Safety During Kilimanjaro Climbing process.
This is very important question to ask yourself before you choose an operator to go with. Of course, it is very safe to climb Kilimanjaro if you are on the hand of safe operator. At Popote Africa Adventures Ltd, your safety is our number one priority. A successful summit is number two. This is due to that fact that altitude sickness can strike anyone at any time regardless of fitness level or previous experience at altitude. Therefore, all our guides are well trained to handle anyone for any emergency that might happen during the climb. Here is what our guide can do in case of any emergency concerning your health when climbing Kilimanjaro.
- Our guide is highly professional, experienced and can easily detect, prevent and treat altitude sickness.
- Our guide conduct health checkup twice daily using pulse ox meter to monitor your pulse rate and oxygen saturation.
- Our guides carry a first aid kit all the time to make sure everything that might be needed at any emergency is available.
- Our guide is certified by WFR, therefore well equipped with instruments needed for any emergency.
- Our guide carry oxygen cylinder(s) on all climbs and these are distributed according to the group size.
- Our guide will have two-way radio for communcating any emergency and in the most extreme cases calling for helicopter evacuation.