Climbing Kilimanjaro - Safety
The safety and security of both our clients and staff is our number one priority for all our Kilimanjaro climbs. In order to best ensure this we use a number of different techniques that include:
Both the Machame and Lemosho routes provide more time for the body to acclimate itself, as some days you will climb higher and then sleep lower. This is one of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness and accomplish your goal – reaching Kilimanjaro’s peak.
Staff To Climber Ratio & Staff Roles
Each staff member of our Kilimanjaro climbing team has specific responsibilities which include: porters, camp staff, cooks, assistant guides, and guides.
Porters play an integral role throughout each of our climbs and are as much a part of our Kilimanjaro climb team as our dedicated staff. We make sure that their loads and personal kit weigh less than 45 lbs. and are packed into specially made climbs bags.
Kilimanjaro Climb Team Training
Kit, Safety Kit And Communications
We have quality control of our kits with inspections by both our operations team and head guide prior to each Kilimanjaro climb. To ensure the best safety for our clients and team we also carry oxygen, a custom evacuation stretcher, a pulse oximeter, altitude sickness checklists, and first aid kits on top of all other climbing kits. For any Kilimanjaro climb that sleeps inside the Kibo Crater, where a quick descent cannot be made, we carry a portable altitude chamber.
Throughout your Kilimanjaro climb your oxygen levels and pulse rate will be measured twice a day with special oxygen and pulse oximetry meters. This data is crucial in understanding how your body is handling the effects of altitude change. After all the information is gathered it is then relayed to base camp to be recorded and monitored.
During your climb your team will communicate with the base camp at least twice a day using a cellular or satellite phone, depending on your position on the mountain.
Your Health And Fitness
It is always recommend that you complete a medical exam beforehand, especially if you are over the age of forty or if you have had any previous medical conditions that restricted your hiking ability.
It also necessary to truthfully answer and return the pre-climb information we give you. This is essential information as some medical conditions can turn life threatening at the higher altitudes on Kilimanjaro, so this is why we must be informed of all prior conditions before you climb.
In the climb briefing we will go over what to expect throughout the climb, making sure you feel secure and prepared for the ensuing climb. To ensure your safety during the climb, you must inform the lead guide if you start feeling sick no matter what point of the climb. We will do our best to help treat whatever problems and allow you to continue on with the climb.
Not Completing The Climb
In these situations you will be escorted off the mountain by at least one other person. This same process is used for staff members who fall victim to sickness.
If this happens early on, we can plan different activities to keep you busy for the following days. Alas we cannot reimburse you for uncompleted Kilimanjaro climbs and there will be supplementary charges for additional arrangements.
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