Preparing for Kilimanjaro can be overwhelming. Here is some helpful information to get you started.
How do I get to Tanzania?
The easiest way to reach Moshi is to fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
Alternative ways of getting to Moshi are buses from Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam, taking anywhere from 7-9 hours.
Our climbs (unless otherwise requested) have lodging the night before & after built into the itinerary. Note, if your flight arrives after 7:00 pm, by the time you go through customs and immigrations, collect your luggage and take the 45 minute drive to your hotel in Moshi, it can be 9:30 pm or later.
If your travels to Tanzania involve a lengthy flight and major time change, we recommend arriving a day early to give your body time to adjust to the time change and recuperate from the flight.
It also gives you a cushion in case your flight is cancelled or your luggage is delayed.
Transportation to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Most of our itineraries (unless otherwise requested) include airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your hotel in Moshi.
Upon exiting the customs area at JRO a Local Moshi Adventures representative will be waiting in the arrivals area holding a sign with your name.
Our local contact number is +255 782-985-005. This number is also available on WhatsApp.
We recommend you enter this number into your phone contacts before you depart to Tanzania.
Hotels and Lodges in Moshi
The town of Moshi is a gateway to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Due to its proximity most climbers (unless otherwise requested) stay in Moshi the night before and after the climb.
Our partner hotels in Moshi include backpackers, budget, mid-range and 4 -Star accommodations.
All hotels cater to Kilimanjaro climbers and are safe, clean and comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff.
Hotel accomodations are on a bed and breakfast basis, and each hotel has its own lunch and dinner menu.
If you wish to eat outside, Moshi has many restaurants and cafe bars where you can grab a bite.
Our Moshi Accommodations:
Backpackers: Climbers Corner, The Better Inn, Secret Garden Hotel, We Travel Hostel
Budget: K’s Lodge, Kilimanjaro Safaris Lodge, Kilimanjaro White House Hotel
Mid-Range: Keys Hotel, Panama Garden Resort, Parkview Inn, Stella Maris Lodge
4-Star: Ameg Lodge, Kilemakyaro Mountain Lodge, Chanya Lodge
If our partner hotels and lodges are not available at the time of your booking, we will be informing you of the alternative choice.
Note: Not all hotels and restaurants can accept credit card payments, therefore you may wish to use an ATM to obtain Tanzanian Shillings.
Passports and Visas
In order to enter Tanzania, most nationalities will need a passport and visa.
Note, your passport must be valid for 6 months AFTER the intended length of stay in Tanzania.
Visas can be obtained at the airport upon arrival (the Tanzanian Government requires a crisp $50 bill newer than 2006), at the Tanzanian Embassy in your respective country prior to departure, or online: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa
The price for a visa varies depending on citizenship, with the cost for US passports being $100, and most other passports $50. Detailed visa and passport requirements pertaining to individual countries can be found on the Tanzanian Embassy Website designated for the particular country.
Reaching Uhuru Peak requires great physical effort especially when getting to higher altitudes.
Because trekking at high altitude can exacerbate any prec-existing medical conditions, a physical check-up is recommended for every climber.
While hikers with high altitude experience most likely are already aware of their physical condition, for climbers without prior hiking experience, a physical check-up is of utmost importance.
Know thyself starts with a medical check-up. Climbers 65 years or older are required to bring a written doctor’s approval.
Recommended Vaccinations and Diamox
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) recommends the following vaccinations: Malaria, Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Rabies.
The Tanzanian Government requires Yellow Fever vaccination for travelers 1 year of age and older coming from - or who have been in airport transit for more than 12 hours within - a country at risk of Yellow Fever transmission and you may be asked to show your vaccination record.
Consult with your doctor about any additional vaccinations or medications concerning your personal circumstances.
Diamox which is supposed to help prevent altitude sickness.
It is a prescription medicine obtained from a medical doctor and may have side effects. We suggest you try Diamox at home to find out if your body is experiencing any side effects from the medication. Otherwise, once on the mountain, you won't know if physical issues are a result of Diamox, or altitude sickness.
Cellphone Reception and Charging Stations on Kilimanjaro
Cellular networks in Tanzania are neither consistent nor reliable in general, but especially not on the mountain.
Depending on the cloud cover on Kilimanjaro, there might be a few occasions where you will be able to get a signal between hikes or at the campsites, although there is no way of predicting when and where.
Ask your guide about the best spots to receive a signal once you have started your climb. Also, if you notice your porters checking their cell phones, you can assume that they are in a good spot.
Remember to have your phone on airplane mode so that it is not constantly searching for a cell signal, which will run down your power. Only turn on the mobile network when you intend to send or receive calls or messages.
Concerning charging stations on Kilimanjaro... While there are solar powered charging stations at the ranger's office, they are not reliable as you might be competing with nature not having provided enough sun to fully charge the station, or with other climbers who got to plug in first. Therefore, we recommend bringing power banks to recharge your devices.
Medical Travel &Trip Insurance
Medical Travel insurance covering high altitude trekking is a requirement to participate in our climbs.
Although not required, you may wish to investigate acquiring repatriation insurance (covers airlift to your home country), as well as trip insurance (covers theft).
To learn about the difference between Travel Medical/Trip insurance click here
Packing for Kilimanjaro
When climbing Kilimanjaro you will need to bring at least 2 bags.
The first bag should be a small daypack which you will carry with you during the day. This daypack should weigh about 15 lbs (depending on your comfort level) and should accommodate your water, snacks, raingear, an extra layer of clothing, as well as any personal items you may need during your hike. We recommend a backpack which includes a three liter hydration pack.
If your hydration pack is new, we suggest thoroughly rinsing it many times prior to its first use as there is an inherent plastic taste that comes along with the new hydration pack. If pre- rinsing does not work, you might consider a fruit flavored electrolyte powder.
Your second bag will be carried by a porter from campsite to campsite and you will not have access to this bag during the day. It will be waiting for you upon arrival at your campsite.The bag should not weigh more than 30 lbs and contains all of your other gear, toiletries and personal items you don't need during the day. This bag can be a duffelbag or a backpack, either way it does not need to be waterproof as the porter will place it inside a larger waterproof bag.
Bags not Needed on Kilimanjaro
Hotels and Lodges in Moshi are geared toward Kilimanjaro climbers and offer safe storage spaces for any items not needed on the mountain.
Lost or Delayed Luggage
If your luggage is delayed or lost, we will do everything we can to keep your climb schedule on track.
We recommend you wear and bring onboard the airplane as much of your Kilimanjaro gear as possible in the unfortunate event your luggage does not arrive with you.
If it becomes clear that your luggage will not arrive on the evening before your climb, we will help you determine which gear needed for a successful climb is missing.
In the morning, prior to the start of your climb, one of our representatives will take you to an outfitter where you can rent any missing gear.