Kilimanjaro Expedition F.A.Q.

What gear will I need?

Please review our equipment list.

How much weight will I need to carry each day?

A medium sized backpack that can hold some of your layers, water, camera and other personal equipment you will need during the trail hikes. This usually works out to 15 to 25 pounds.

What are the meals like? And where do we eat?

The mess tents are big enough for our teams. A breakfast could include eggs, oatmeal, toast, sliced fruits, tea and coffee. Lunch, usually eaten on trail, could include sandwich, chicken, oranges, trail mix and juice. Afternoon snack includes hot drinks, cookies and popcorn. The dinner could include, soup, chicken and rice, pasta, mashed potatoes, fruit and veggies.

What if I get sick and cannot continue the climb?

Your health situation will be monitored at regular intervals throughout the climb. If for some reason, you cannot continue your climb, you will be assisted down by 1 guide and at least 2 porters. We are in constant contact with all the trail heads and can have emergency assistant available once a client reaches that point. Please note that our guiding company has had a 98% success rate reaching the summit. We have also extended our climb up the mountain by one and a half days to ensure that everyone has the greatest opportunity to acclimatize to the altitude and reach the summit as a team.

How is the drinking water?

Success or failure on any mountain comes from a well hydrated climber. All our campsites are beside a water source. From there our staff will purify all our drinking water with the proper solution. This includes all water given to you to wash-up, to drink and what we use to cook all our food.

Who are your typical clients?

Our clients are professionals and/or families who are looking to enrich their lives. They are adventurous (but not boldly so) and they know their limitations well enough to appreciate our hiking pace, our focus on safety and our comfortable camp setup.

People always ask us what the age restrictions are. We have children that climb with us as young as twelve. We have seniors that have climbed with us the oldest being 76. We don’t necessarily put an age restriction on our clients. We look at each individual and their ability to successfully enjoy this experience. It is our goal to get everyone to the summit. But, during the way we create a positive enjoyable experience. Our clients learn about Africa; we teach them the language of Swahili, teach them songs, and the amazing culture. We teach out our clients that each step, each day, will lead to success on Kilimanjaro.

I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but some people I know tried and did not make it to the top. I am discouraged by their horror stories.
This is because on Kilimanjaro there are those who fly into Africa, hire anybody that claims to be a guide, let them go up and down in 5 days, taking whatever route.

We prepare everyone before they ever arrive in Africa. We make sure they understand the basics of altitude sickness, have the proper paper work, check on training, will proof all there equipment. We go further to have the best water and food, the best group equipment, etc.

50% of all climbers will reach the crater rim. 35% of climbers of all climbers will reach the summit. There are many horror stories. 98% of climbers that have climbed with MCA will make the summit. This is from any responsible client and company working together to create the bond necessary to reach the summit.

Your price – overpriced or under priced?

Kilimanjaro trips can run anybody $1,000 USD to $6,000 USD. We know what it takes to provide a quality experience for anybody who would climb with us. There are guiding companies that pay for all their overhead. Other companies treat their guides and porters sub-par. There is no need for either extreme. We run a business and expect to make a profit on each trip so we can continue to do what we love so much. But we are fair in what we offer to our clients.

I’m scared about high altitude sickness. How do I prevent it?

Our experience is in high altitude climbing. We know the symptoms and we know how to treat the symptoms. Our itinerary reflects this.

First, we educate each climber so they can communicate with the guides. We make sure each client is well equipped, well-hydrated. Our diet reflects the change in physiology that happens to all of our bodies. We have all the medication necessary to treat any mild or sever cases of altitude sickness. Each of our groups is equipped with oxygen and hyperbaric bag.

What is the best time to climb?

Africa is not known for its change in seasons we are used to. Their seasons are made up of dry and rainy. There are 2 dry seasons. The first runs from December to March, the second from July to September.

All MCA trips are run during the dry season.

What are the camp sites like?

Each campsite is picked before you even arrive. The choice is based on the number in the group and the best water source. Porters will be sent early each day to secure the best site. Our campsite includes our mess tents, clients’ tents, porter tents, cook tents and our portable toilets.

The campsites are for your comfort and enjoyment. We take care to clean all our sites and leave no trace as to keep the environment pristine.