HELLO & WELCOME. Congratulations on signing up and welcome to the challenge briefing pack for Kilimanjaro! I am very excited to be organising this trip; an exciting, enjoyable and challenging trek to the very top of Africa’s highest mountain. This briefing pack has been put together based on feedback from thousands of previous challenge participants and should provide you with all the information you need to begin preparing physically and mentally for your challenge of a lifetime! Kilimanjaro is already the stuff of legend. First climbed by Europeans in the late 19th century, its snow-capped peak towering above the savannah has drawn intrepid travellers ever since. This natural wonder is situated in northern Tanzania, just 200 miles south of the equator and it is known to be the highest volcano in the world. Our trek will take us from the fertile farmland at the mountain’s base through five distinct climatic zones before topping out at 5895 metres above sea level. As well as the spectacular scenery and amazingly varied environments that you will see, this challenge is also about engaging with a diverse and different culture. You will get chance to meet and talk to people from backgrounds completely different to your own and for many people this can be the most eye-opening part of the trip. This challenge is truly amazing and many previous challenge participants have returned home feeling as if they have changed their lives for the better, but please remember that it is an adventure challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa. This means that it is not glamorous or comfortable and you will find it tough. Don’t expect nice fluffy pillows or flushing toilets, there won’t be any - that’s all part of the challenge! If you have any questions, would like some friendly advice or just need some reassurance, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the Really Wild Travel team on 0131 553 1743 or email email@example.com. Really Wild Challenges
A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY.
You will be woken at around 6-6.30 most mornings with a hot drink and some water for washing. After breakfast you fill your water supplies and start trekking as a group. Everyone treks at their own pace and there are plenty of opportunities for short breaks and taking photos. You stop for a packed lunch en route and then continue through the afternoon to camp. Camp will be set up for our arrival with hot drinks and water available. In the evening you enjoy a meal in the dining-tent before settling down in shared tents to an early night.
ABOUT YOUR ACCOMODATION.
Rooms in our hotel in Moshi are on twin share basis. On the trek itself you stay at designated camping areas on the mountain. You will have good quality 3-person tents on a twin share basis with and so there will be plenty of room for all the kit. You have your own kitchen and dining tent. There are small, very basic toilet huts near the camping areas.There are no washing facilities at the campsites however the staff will provide bowls of hot water daily for washing.
Almost all meals are included within the cost of the challenge. A typical breakfast on trekking days consists of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, toast, fruit and porridge, eggs and sausage (Special dietary requirements will be catered for as long as you have informed the Really Wild Travel team in advance). Lunch on trekking days will usually be a packed lunch and dinner will be served in the evenings in our dining tent. We try to provide varied meals that are simple but wholesome and we hope they exceed peopleâ€™s expectations given the limited facilities on the mountain. Typical meals will consist of meat such as chicken, beef or fish with rice, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables. For trekking days, we recommend people also bring their own favourite snacks to keep their energy levels up such as cereal bars, biscuits, chocolate, fruit gums and carbohydrate gels. Away from the mountain, food in Tanzania comes in many different styles. Dishes which are quintessentially Tanzanian include Nyamachoma (plain and simple barbequed meat), Mtori (cooked beef and bananas) and ndafu (roasted young goat). Many restaurants will add sauces such as curry to accompany meat dishes served with chips, rice, plantains or Ugali (a polenta style dish made with Cassava and maize flour). Halua is a popular dessert; a sweet concoction garnished with almonds and served with spiced coffee. There is a large Indian population in Tanzania so vegetarian options have become easier to find in local restaurants.
Whilst on the trek you will be supplied with 3 litres of boiled water daily, which will be safe to drink without any treatment. In an attempt to minimize the environmental impact of plastic mineral water bottles on the mountain, the park authority has banned them from entering the park. We suggest bringing a platypus/camelback water carrier along with 2 additional Nalgene style plastic bottles (or similar) and/or stainless steel or metal bottles.The total combined volume of your water bottles should be no less than 3 litres. A platypus/camelback water carrier makes it a lot easier to stay hydrated during trekking as you donâ€™t have to stop frequently to reach a water bottle in your backpack. Due to freezing temperatures on summit day the tube of a platypus/ camelback can be prone to freezing and so it is important to carry an alternative container with you and, if possible, wrap it in clothing in your bag to insulate it. We recommend that no alcohol should be taken on to the mountain as it causes dehydration and can affect an individualâ€™s ability to complete this strenuous trek. In the hotel in Moshi, we strongly advise that people purchase bottled water and not drink from the taps. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase at the hotel and all bar tabs should be settled on an individual basis. We would recommend that you avoid drinks containing ice. Alcohol is available to purchase in bars, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets with no restrictions. Popular lagers include the locally-produced Serengeti, Safari and Kilimanjaro beers and Tanzania also produce a wonderful gin-like beverage called Konyagi which is only sold here. The exception is the coast and Zanzibar where, away from the large resorts, small Muslim-owned restaurants generally do not offer alcohol.
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT.
Please see the list of suggested clothing and equipment later in this document for more details of what you will need to bring. This is a comprehensive list of equipment and clothing you will need, however experienced trekkers will have their own preferences. It is worthwhile remembering that you are passing through just about all of the climatic zones on Kilimanjaro, from the warm, humid equatorial rain forest up to the freezing arctic conditions nearer the summit. Layers of clothing and headgear are the key to changing temperatures and weather conditions. It can get very cold at night, so it is really important that you have a warm sleeping bag. Whilst they are available to hire in Tanzania, you may like to consider investing in your own. Please ensure that you wear your trekking boots on the outbound flight. In the event that any luggage loses its way en-route, you will still be able to take part in the trek. Walking boots should be fully broken in throughout your training. If you donâ€™t break in your boots before departure then you can expect to rapidly develop a blister, which can ruin your trek!
Three items of luggage are required for the trip: One large duffle-type bag or back-pack (approximately 80-100 litres with no wheels) to contain all of your trekking gear. This will be carried by the porters on the mountain. Please note; there is a 15 kg limit for gear taken up the mountain. An additional lightweight bag to store all items you require to be left at the hotel in secure storage e.g. clothing, swimwear etc. Please ensure that you have padlocks for your bags. You will also need a daypack of approximately 30 litres capacity to carry your personal belongings during the trek, along with water, food and any essential clothing such as waterproofs.
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Really Wild Travel are fully aware of the social and economic issues that are associated with tourism in a developing country such as Tanzania and we only work with local ground operators who are ethically responsible and who support community tourism projects. Welfare of the porters is a top priority and our local partners are monitored to ensure standards are adhered to. You also play an important role in ensuring that the impact associated with an overseas challenge is responsible.You might like to consider some of the following as useful guidelines. •
Litter: Our policy is to carry out all non biodegradable rubbish. Biodegradable rubbish should be left in the appropriate containers/bags at the camps. Please do not leave apple cores and banana skins behind on the ground.
Detergents/showering: Please bring eco-friendly traveller’s shampoo and soap and use them sparingly.
Toilets: Whilst trekking there will not be toilets between camps so please bring some toilet tissue for disposal in case you are caught short, but bear in mind that at altitude even tissue paper can take a very long time to biodegrade. Please use the official toilets at the camps where possible. In hotels and guesthouses in Moshi and elsewhere in Tanzania, there are usually bathrooms with western-style showers and toilets although the hot water supply can be erratic.
Plants/wildlife: Try not to damage plants that you see on the trail. Any wild animals you encounter should not be fed or disturbed.
Souvenirs: Try and buy locally-made crafts that support local skills and avoid buying items that exploit or threaten endangered wildlife species (e.g. ivory) or ancient artefacts. These probably won’t be anywhere near as ancient as the vendor makes out anyway!
Bargaining: Haggling is all part of the fun when buying souvenirs in Africa but try not to be over aggressive over sums which are relatively small. It may not be much to you but it is someone else’s living! Besides, a broad grin and a sense of humour when negotiating are far more likely to get you the discount you want!
General tipping:Tipping in hotels, bars and restaurant in Tanzania is not expected, but of course it is always appreciated! Please see the next page for more advice on tipping
Beggars: Beggars in Tanzania are rare but please do not hand out money to them. Giving to a local charity is more effective and reduces expectations and reliance.
MONEY MATTERS. Tipping All support staff on your Kilimanjaro trek are paid a fair wage for their efforts. Nonetheless, they do work very hard in challenging conditions so, if you feel that they have provided an excellent service, you may wish to consider a tip. To make tipping straightforward and transparent, we would recommend that you give your tip contribution to a nominated person in your group who can then hand it over to your head guide at the end of the trek. Typically around $80-$100 from each individual in the group would be a good guideline. Your head guide will then distribute tips amongst assistant guides, chefs, porters and other support staff. You may be asked directly by individual guides or porters for gifts or tips. We would ask that you politely decline as this can create tensions amongst the ground support staff and create unrealistic expectations of future trekkers. Cash and Currency The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS. The tourism industry generally prices everything in US Dollars and this is the preferred unit of currency when looking to exchange money. You will rely heavily on cash here, so ideally bring a mixture of large and small denominations. Please note that Tanzanian banks and shops will not accept US dollar notes issued before 2001. Major currencies can be exchanged in large towns and foreign exchange bureaus usually offer a better rate on travellers’ cheques than banks do. We would recommend that you take a mix of cash US dollars and a visa card for ATM withdrawals. There are several ATMs in Moshi but, as their operation can be erratic, we would not recommend that you rely entirely on your ability to withdraw cash on arrival. The larger, more upmarket hotels and restaurants in urban areas accept credit cards but these should not be relied upon and can incur a 5% surcharge. Bring enough cash with you but take care not to carry all of your cash on you at the one time. Credit cards are not generally accepted in smaller local restaurants, shops, kiosks or markets. Shopping Markets can be found in most towns and have an ample supply of “African” souvenirs such as beaded jewellery and Maasai blankets. Be prepared to bargain for everything (Note - items claiming to be ebony tend to be fake.! Shops are usually open Monday – Friday from 8.30am to 5pm (sometimes until 7pm and sometimes close for lunch. They are also open on Saturday mornings. Supermarkets may open later, as do local stores and kiosks in residential and rural areas.
STAYING SAFE. Tanzania is generally a safe, hassle-free country and your chances of experiencing any trouble are slim but simple common sense should be used at all times. Avoid wearing flashy jewellery and keep your money and other valuables well hidden. Avoid external money pouches, dangling backpacks and camera bags. When bargaining or discussing prices you should not do so with your money or wallet in your hand. Do not wander around at night – always use taxis. Be sceptical of anyone who approaches you on the street asking whether you remember them from the airport, hotel, etc. Keep the side windows up in vehicles when stopped in traffic and keep your bags out of sight (e.g. on the floor behind your legs). Dos and Don’ts: • Only exchange money using authorised banks or moneychangers. Insist on a receipt when changing money and check this receipt for any discrepancies. • Be wary of approaches by strangers, no matter how friendly they seem! • Try to learn some Swahili; the locals will really appreciate it and it will also give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better. • Keep your money and passport in a safe place at all times. • Don’t purchase any seashells or animal skins e.g. snake skin. • Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. The penalties for smuggling, possession and use are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines, irrespective of the person’s nationality. If you want to sample Tanzania’s famous nightlife, we would suggest going out in a larger group and always take taxis after dark - and never alone! FCO advice The Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) helps British nationals stay safe abroad by offering straightforward travel advice, top tips and up-to-date country information to help you plan your holiday. They also provide travel advice for specific countries including the areas of a country that may be risky to visit, what the likelihood of terrorist activities are and any health issues that you should be aware of. The information is updated regularly so by selecting the country you plan to travel to, you can make sure that you are properly informed before you travel. You can view their Tanzania specific travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk
STAFF & GUIDES. All our challenges are locally led. This means that there are no western guides with your group. Instead we select top-class local guides who have years of experience of successfully guiding groups to the top of Kilimanjaro. Most of them have grown up on the lower slopes of the mountain and are, not only trained in emergency response and wilderness first aid, they also have an amazingly in-depth understanding of the mountain and its lore. We believe that this ethical approach boosts local employment, reduces unnecessary overheads and gives you the opportunity to really get the most out of your trip!
VACCINATIONS & MEDICAL. ‘Fit for Travel’ is a website that provides information for people travelling abroad (www.fitfortravel. nhs.uk. However, all participants must seek professional medical advice regarding required vaccinations for Tanzania from a travel clinic or GP by providing them with full itinerary details (If you plan to travel independently after climbing Kilimanjaro, don’t forget to tell them that too!. We recommend you visit your GP as soon as possible to discuss your travel plans. Yellow Fever Vaccination – If you are transiting through a high risk yellow fever zone on your way to Tanzania you will need to show proof of having the vaccine at the boarder. Please speak to your GP for the most up to date yellow fever information. All our mountain guides carry a comprehensive first aid kit but please bring a personal first aid kit containing the items suggested in the equipment list as it is not possible to provide medical supplies for everyone in the group. If you are taking regular medication, please ensure you carry written details (type/strength/dose) and ensure you carry additional stocks, splitting them between your main luggage and hand luggage. A dental check up is worth having before you travel as dentists are few and far between around Kilimanjaro and altitude can affect existing dental complaints! We’ve all heard from people who have been to Africa and not taken anti-malarial tablets- and survived! However, it’s worth bearing in mind that malaria is very prevalent in East Africa and is a potentially life-threatening illness that, even if treated, can stay in your body for the rest of your life. Ask yourself, is it really worth the risk of this debilitating illness for the sake of a few pounds spent on prophylaxis?
HEALTH & FITNESS. Whilst on the mountain, we can sometimes be so focused on our goal of getting to the summit that we forget the simple ways that we can look after ourselves. Here are a few suggestions to keep you healthy on the trek: •
Hydration is extremely important. Drink plenty of water while trekking. The colour of your urine is a good indication of hydration. It should be light and clear in colour. Keeping energy levels up is also clearly going to help on strenuous trekking days. Altitude can cause loss of appetite but it is important to eat at all mealtimes. Even if you are not feeling hungry or are nauseous, try and eat something; even if it’s a cereal bar! Sunburn is a major issue on the mountain due to the thinning atmosphere and the intensity of the suns rays so close to the equator.The right protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved tops, helps in this regard. A buff or similar can be invaluable for protecting your neck. Apply sunscreen every day, even if it looks overcast, to avoid being caught out. Trekking poles are a great way to look after your knees as they absorb a lot of pressure and provide stability on steep ascents/descents. Even if you don’t want to trek with poles, you may wish to consider carrying them for the descent from the summit as they can help prevent a fall on the steep, loose scree. If you are feeling unwell at any point during the challenge, please tell someone straightaway; the head guide, one of the assistant guides or a friend, even if you think it is something minor. We want to try and make sure that everyone remains fit and healthy whilst trekking and even minor ailments can become major problems if not dealt with quickly.
Getting in Shape Many trekkers set themselves the goal of improving their fitness before arriving in Tanzania for the challenge. It almost goes without saying that, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the whole experience of trekking on Kilimanjaro. The final ascent in particular will require a combination of physical fitness, will-power and relative strength. It is difficult for us to provide a detailed fitnesstraining programme as it very much depends upon your starting point. However, any programme should incorporate the following elements: •
Aerobic training: Jogging, walking, cycling, swimming and gym sessions will help to build up your general level of fitness. Build up your schedule steadily with it peaking towards the time of departure. Make sure you wind down your training a couple of weeks before you travel so that your body has time to rest in preparation for the trek.
Strength training: Weights are a good way to build strength and strong legs will push you up on that last day. If you are a member of a gym, get one of the instructors to devise a programme for you.
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Flexibility: This can be improved by a programme of stretching exercises which will help to avoid niggling injuries. For something different try Pilates or Yoga classes. Anaerobic training: Everyone has an anaerobic threshold and, shortly after reaching what feels like a point of exhaustion, our natural reaction is to stop or decrease the intensity of
whatever exercise we are doing. However, raising the threshold with intense interval training can really help increase your strength and stamina and ultimately help you carry on beyond the point of exhaustion on summit day. A gym instructor will be able to devise a programme to help raise your threshold. Getting a few long walks in as part of your training programme is highly recommended. If some steep hills are included, great! If a bit of altitude trekking can be done, even better. On these longer walks, make sure you break in the boots that you will be wearing on Kilimanjaro and get used to carrying a full daypack.
ALTITUDE & ACCLIMATISATION. The highest altitude you will reach on this trek is 5,895metres above sea level and because of this, it is important that you understand the effect altitude may have on you. The air becomes thinner (i.e. less oxygen) the higher you go which means the body has to work harder to maintain the supply. The body responds in various ways to needing more oxygen: •
You breathe faster and more deeply. Your heart rate speeds up in order to maintain oxygen in your tissue and vital organs.
Your body excretes more bicarbonate in the urine and creates more red blood cells. Frequent urination may be a sign that your body is acclimatising well but, making significantly more red blood cells takes a week or two and won’t make any real difference on trips such as this one.
In order to prepare your body for the affects of altitude, you will need to take some time to acclimatise. The acclimatisation process can be helped by the following: •
Walk slowly! There is plenty of time within each day’s schedule so there is no rush. The mountain guides will deliberately set a slow pace.
Sleep is important so the body has time to adjust. Avoid coffee and alcohol and have enough layers to be warm at night. Make sure you have a comfortable sleeping mat such as a Thermarest and also a pillow.
Drink plenty of water. Adequate hydration is essential to allow the body to regulate its chemical balance.
Eat small amounts of food often, even if you don’t feel hungry
You may wish to consider the option of taking Diamox (Acetazolamide) which can work (but not always) as an effective drug to speed up acclimatisation. However, before using Diamox you must consult a doctor and fully understand the pros and cons. Its main disadvantage is that it is a diuretic which could potentially interrupt your sleep and will also require you to take on more water to counteract this.
NOTES ON ALTITUDE SICKNESS. The most common altitude-related problem is called ‘Acute Mountain Sickness’ or ‘AMS’. ‘Acute’, in this context, simply means that the onset is sudden. Symptoms for mild AMS, or even moderate AMS, may disappear if the sufferer rests or ascends no further. For severe AMS the victim must descend. Understanding and recognising whether AMS is mild, moderate or severe is important. Being open about how you feel is equally important, as complications often arise as a result of a person hiding their symptoms as they feel they are letting the group down or don’t want to be seen as ‘weak’. The most common symptom of mild AMS is a headache (which should respond to over-the-counter painkillers) with at least one other symptom e.g. feeling nauseous, lack of appetite, insomnia, lacking energy. Mild AMS is bearable and affects most people who trek to Kilimanjaro. Moderate AMS differs from mild AMS as there is likely to be vomiting, the headache does not respond to pain relief and there may be a shortness of breath even after rest. Moderate AMS can be unpleasant and needs monitoring. Some sufferers may have to stop at this point. Severe AMS differs again. Sufferers will experience the loss of muscular co-ordination and balance and possibly an altered mental state (confusion/aggression/withdrawal). It may be a sign of, or lead to, rare but major complications in the form of an oedema (pulmonary or cerebral). Severe AMS is treated by immediate descent and suitable drugs. If a trekker shows worrying signs of AMS our guide will closely monitor that person and, if the symptoms worsen, they will be taken to a lower altitude immediately. In extreme cases we will evacuate the trekker off the mountain entirely.
KIT. Our recommended kit lists have been designed by our partners on the ground in Tanzania. However, please take into account your personal preferences and common sense. If, on your return from Tanzania, you have any suggestions for additions to this list, we’d love to hear from you! The Really Wild Travel philosophy regarding packing is simple: travel light! Bring as little as possible but everything you need. If you need to wear jewellery, keep it simple and inexpensive.The general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it! Be sure to bring clothes that wash and dry easily (for example, jeans take forever to dry and should not be worn). Try to test out your kit before you leave; particularly your hiking boots, daypack, and sleeping bag/mat (if applicable). This will reveal any manufacturing faults and ensure they are suitable and comfortable enough for your challenge. Hiring kit In the kit list, we have outlined those items that are essential and those that are optional. We have also highlighted the items that you can hire locally from our overseas staff upon arrival – prices are listed in US dollars and are the total amount for the duration of your trek. If you would prefer to hire kit before departing the UK, please contact Trek Hire on 01483 209559 or visit www. trekhireuk.com. Alternatively, we work closely with Cotswold Outdoors and can offer all of our participants a 15% discount off the full retail value of current stock items.You can use this discount in-store or online at www.cotswoldoutdoor.com by quoting the Really Wild Travel Participants Affiliation Code; AF-RWILDC-D6.
KIT LIST. We have used our years of experience of organizing Kilimanjaro treks to draw up this list. Please note; this list should be used to check off items that you bring. Please try to keep your total weight of equipment on the mountain to no more than 15kg (30 lbs) in your porter’s bag (duffel/soft bag). Be aware that you will be carrying extra 6kg in your day pack/ rucksack. Please advise us if you will be bringing more.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS. Passport Sleeping bag (Hire $25.00 approx) Thermal Hat (Hire $5.00 approx) Wide brimmed hat Sunglasses (Hire $5.00 approx) - must cover eyes completely Scarf 2x 2 litre water bottles (Hire $5.00 approx per bottle) -for example Nalgene bottles, as they can resist large variations in temperature Camelback or Platypus water bladder (Hire $5.00 approx) Waterproof jacket with hood (Hire $15.00 approx) 2 x fleeces (one heavyweight and one lightweight) 2x shirts (NOT COTTON – synthetic materials and specialized hiking tops are best) Waterproof outer glove / mitten Thermal Gloves (a thin inner glove that can fit inside the waterproof outer glove) Thermal underwear (Hire $5.00 approx) 2x lightweight trousers (NOT JEANS) Waterproof trousers (Hire $10.00 approx) Socks x 6 (proper hiking sock are best) Waterproof hiking boots (worn in) Spare shoes for when in camp – trainers are fine Headlamp (Hire $17.00 approx) & spare batteries Sun cream (factor 25, preferably 40) Small towel Personal medication Kit bag (Hire $25.00 approx) – preferably soft (so that we can put it in our custom designed porter bags easily). It is highly recommended that you put all items in a large plastic liner or even separated into a few plastic bags to keep everything 100% dry. Day rucksack (Hire $20.00 approx) - around 30 litres for waterproofs water and any other essentials when walking. OTHER THINGS TO REMEMBER Insurance details Really Wild Travel emergency contact number
SUPPLEMENTARY LIST. (NON ESSENTIAL ITEMS) These listed items are simply things that could make your hike more comfortable or items that are not seen as essential. Air mat/Thermarest (Hire $10 approx) – for a more comfortable sleep 2x walking poles (Hire $15.00 per pole approx) - very useful on descents and helps reduce stress on knees Gaiters (to keep out small stones and water) Rucksack water carrier such as a Platypus or CamelBak. The tube leading to your mouth should be insulated otherwise it will freeze on way to the summit Gel activated hand warmers (for summit bid, but please note that there is a growing litter problem near the summit due to people discarding these, once used. Please put the used ones back in your bag if you’re going to use them!) Energy bars- you should keep eating all day long and energy bars are a valuable addition to the three nutritious meals that we will provide you with on the mountain Water flavouring: we boil, filter and then add water purification tabs (you are provided with 2 litres of bottled water from the start and we then source water from mountain streams which are usually very clean indeed, but none the less we make sure that the water goes through 3 steps to make sure you don’t get stomach upsets due to contamination). Antibacterial wet wipes Personal first aid kit- we provide a first aid kit but you may like to bring your own, especially if you are allergic to certain drugs, or want added items. Knee supports, sanitary towels, sun block (listed in essential items), blister treatment, oral rehydration sachets and talcum powder are all potential items you might like to bring with you. Plastic bags – to separate dirty laundry and as a failsafe if you do not have a rucksack cover. Poncho: great for the rain forest section. Alternatively an umbrella is also great – the preferred option of guides Playing cards Plastic bags – to separate dirty laundry and as a failsafe if you do not have a rucksack cover Pencil & paper for your trip log! Earplugs Pocket knife Spare contact lenses and/or glasses and/or dentures.
DURING THE CHALLENGE. During the challenge, we recommend that you keep your valuables with you at all times, especially items such as your passport, flight tickets, cameras, other electrical devices and insurance documentation. A hold-all or large rucksack is ideal for your main pack but suitcases (or bags with hard sides/pull out handles) are not suitable for the trek. Before you head up the mountain, you will be asked to repack this bag so that it contains less than 15 kg of clothing and personal items for the trek (this is to fall in line with our responsible tourism policy to minimise the burden on our porters). You may carry additional items in your daypack which we recommend weighs no more than 6kg. For those items that you are not taking up the mountain, we can provide secure locked storage at the hotel before your climb.
AIRLINE BAGGAGE WEIGHT GUIDELINES. When leaving the UK, we strongly recommend that you wear your hiking gear, including your boots and take as much as possible in your hand luggage, especially a full day’s spare clothing. This is to ensure that, in the unlikely situation your bags do not arrive at your final destination, you are still able to make a start on the challenge whilst we relocate any missing baggage. Airline luggage allowances vary and you should check on the airline’s website for details of your allowance.Your hand luggage should not exceed 6-10kg with maximum dimensions of 56x45x25cms (correct at time of press – please confirm with your airline). Please make sure you pack your rucksack/kit bag yourself and do not, under any circumstances, take any items through customs that are not yours or that you have been asked to deliver for someone else. Keep all cash, flight tickets, passports and house keys in your hand luggage. For the most up to date air travel hand luggage rules please refer to UK government’s website; http://www.direct.gov.uk.
VISA APPLICATION GUIDE. Please note that the following advice is for UK passport holders. If you hold a passport from another country then we recommend you contact the Tanzanian high commission for advice. You will require a visa to enter Tanzania and this should be applied for in advance of your trip. If you are flying into Nairobi airport, you will also require a transit visa which can be obtained upon your arrival in Kenya.You will need $20 (USD) each way in cash to pay for this on arrival at Nairobi airport.You should not apply for your Kenyan transit visa in advance. All applications need to be sent to the Tanzania High Commission in London and can take approximately 10-days to process (this timescale is provided as a rough guide only; during busy periods it could take considerably longer). A copy of the visa form can be found at www.tanzaniahighcomm.co.uk. This form must be completed and posted back to the Tanzanian High Commission. The type of visa you will require is a ‘Tanzanian tourist visa’. Applicants for the Tanzania tourist visa must meet all the necessary requirements and these include the submission of: • • • • • 1. 2. 3. 4.
A completed visa application form Your original passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from date of departure to Tanzania). 2x recent original passport-sized photographs Visa fee £40 (correct at time of print) - see below on how to pay A self-addressed envelope (special delivery from Royal Mail) for the return of visa and passport Post the above documents by special delivery (this service is available from the post office). Make a note of the reference/tracking number. Include a self-addressed, pre-paid special delivery envelope for the return of your visa and passport. A single envelope can be used to send/receive more than one application. Address:Visa Section, Tanzania High Commission, 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS
There are several options when paying the visa fee for postal applications: 1.
Make a deposit of £40 for each applicant into the Tanzanian High Commission’s Barclays bank account (at any Barclays bank branch) and send the ORIGINAL RECEIPT/ORIGINAL BANK DEPOSIT STUB with your application/s. (Do not make an online transfer or send a personal cheque as this will delay processing.) If there is more than one applicant, the total fees for all can be made by single deposit. Bank details: Tanzania High Commission; Sort code: 20-71-74; Account No 13494241.
Purchase a postal order from the post office, payable to the Tanzania High Commission. If there is more than one applicant, the total fees of all applicants can be paid on single postal order.
If applying from the Republic of Ireland, follow the instructions for postal applications except as regards the fee.Arrange a Sterling Bank Draft with your bank for £40 including an additional £6 for postage (total £46) which is made payable to the Tanzania High Commission. A single bank draft can be used to remit the total amount of more than one applicant.
For the visa application form you will need the following information: Type of VISA: Tourist visa. Date of Entry: See your separate flight itinerary for details. Port of Entry: If you fly into Nairobi, this will be Namanga (where you will cross the border into Tanzania). If you fly into Kilimanjaro, this will be Kilimanjaro airport (JRO). Duration of stay: See your separate flight itinerary for details. Accommodation: See your final information pack for details. Name of Tour Operator: Really Wild Travel Ltd. Reference in Tanzania: Really Wild Travel Ltd (Tanzania office) P .O Box 2082, Moshi – Kilimanjaro Tel: 00255272753451
INSURANCE. Itâ€™s something we all buy that we hope we never have to use but please remember that picking the right policy for this challenge event is a vitally important decision. All challenge participants must have appropriate travel insurance in place before departure and we would recommend that you purchase cover at the earliest possible opportunity so that if the worst happens and you are not able to participate in your challenge, then at least you may be able to reclaim some of the costs you have incurred. If you are purchasing your own policy then please note that many policies do not cover you if you are above 5000m so please check policy wording carefully before you buy! You must be covered for trekking above 5000m and helicopter evacuation. We work in conjunction with Campbell Irvine. Their adventure travel policy will cover all activities on this challenge and we have negotiated a special rate for our challenge participants. You can purchase this policy by contacting Campbell Irvine on 0207 938 1734.
We will require a copy of any policy you purchase and if we do not receive this prior to departure your place on the challenge will be cancelled.You can send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONTACT US. For emergencies during UK office hours please call +44 131 553 1748. For emergencies outside UK office hours please call +44 208 798 0080
THE LANGUAGE. In Tanzania a little Swahili goes a long way! For many Tanzanians, Swahili is actually their second language and their tribal language is their mother tongue (for many of the people from the Kilimanjaro region this is the Kichagga language).This means that in Swahili, unlike a lot of European languages, pronunciation and accent are much less important and you should feel confident that if you at least have a go, local people will understand and be very pleased that you have tried to communicate in their national language! Below is a guide to some key words and phrases that you may want to try whilst in Tanzania: Jambo – This is not true Kiswahili. If you say this to a Tanzanian they will most likely reply ‘Jambo’ and then speak to you in English! Mambo – this is the informal greeting that you should use with people of around your own age Poa! – means ‘cool!’, and should be said with emphasis! It is the standard response to the greeting ‘mambo’ Safi – an alternative response to ‘Poa’. It’s literal meaning is ‘clean’. Habari? – a more formal greeting, meaning ‘how are things?’ Nzuri – means ‘good’. This is the common response to the greeting ‘habari?’ Shikamoo – Respectful greeting, used when greeting older people. Children in Tanzania may greet you with this word. Marahaba – the response to shikamoo Ahsante - thank you Leo – Today Kesho – tomorrow Jina Langu.... – My name is... Jina lako nani? – What is your name? Nina Njaa – I am hungry Nina Kiu – I am thirsty Bia moja tafadali – A beer please Bia nyingine tafadali – another beer please! Naskia mbaya – I feel bad