Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#3785)
- Signed By: Steve Powell
- Date submitted: March 07, 2004
I did three nights up the Machame Route/Arrow Glacier and one night down the Mweka Route. I had no problems with the altitude but would recommend that you take as much time as possible to acclimitize (and take Diamox). A very fit 27 year old man got altitude sickness and died on our summit day. Very sad. The porters and guides should carry oxygen tents to prevent this type of unnecessary tragedy. Perhaps these oxygen tents could be stocked at the various camp sites. Turn back it you don't feel well and forget about being a hero. Tip the guides and porters generously and/or give them as much of your gear and belongings as possible (plus it's less for you to carry home). These people work very hard and get paid practically nothing. A small amount of your cash or equipment makes a big difference in their lives. The Marangu Hotel in Moshi is the best place to stay and organizes first rate trips up the mountain. It is run by a very honorable English family who have spent most of their lives in Tanzania. This hotel has arranged thousands of trips up Kili. Try to include a safari in your trip. Negotiate on all prices for gifts, but remember that these people are just trying to make a living. There's no need to squeeze the last penny out of a transaction when your entire trip is costing you thousands of dollars. In other words, don't get too carried away with negotiating just because the locals are always friendly when you beat them down on price. OK, that's all! Kili was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone.