Frequent questions about being on the mountain with Team Kilimanjaro
4.1 I’m concerned about the standard of the loos on the climb and needing access to them while trekking...
If it would mean your being better reassured about this component and having some peace of mind, you may wish to consider hiring an additional personal porter and we’ll send a portable loo with your climb. You will then not need to use the public loos and will also be able to ask the porter to stay near to you during the day if you anticipate this being an advantage. The cost of doing this would be some GBP 36 (for the two of you, not per person) for the 7 days.
4.2 What meals do you prepare for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?
Breakfast = approx. porridge, eggs, sausages, toast jam, beverages.
Lunch = approx. light pasta-
Dinner = approx. more substantial pasta-
The sauces are usually surprisingly tasty and varied and the meats we use are generally beef fillet, minced beef and chicken, bust some of my cooks have some idiosyncrasies in their repertories and I allow a little divergence from this if they request some changes.
4.3 If you have any others in addition to the couple, can I share a tent with another person in the group?
If they transpire to be female [also] this would be the standard arrangement but we would not ask you to share a tent with a strange male.
4.4 Why do Team Kilimanjaro use a different 7 day Machame schedule to every other company that runs climbs on Kilimanjaro?
The 7 day Machame schedule used by every other company except TK was not configured by a mountaineer. Climbers should therefore not imagine that there is necessarily a sensible reason for stopping at Karanga to stay overnight. It should be borne in mind that:
a) prior to attaining Barafu climbers will have visited the Lava Tower at 4,642m, where they will usually have had a slow and relaxed, hour-
b) While prolonged exposure to altitude is undeniably deleterious, it has been known for a while that bodies can thrive considerably higher than Kilimanjaro’s summit. During the 1924 expedition particularly, and the early years on Everest generally, Norton and Odell experimented comprehensively with phases of having no supplemental oxygen. If memory serves, Odell found he could comfortably spend some 2-
All this said, in the context of a Kilimanjaro climb, it is indeed advantageous to minimise unnecessary exposure to high altitude prior to summitting, but certainly not at the expense of being in a better position to assault. Those who fail on the Machame Route will far more likely fail because of fatigue, sleep deprivation / inadequate rest and depleted reserves during the assault, than because of failing to acclimatise adequately. Starting from Karanga within the same 24 hour period as that in which a climber summits means that they will have to move 640 vertical metres to Barafu, rest there for just a few hours, probably getting no more than 2-
In my experience, climbing 1,855 metres within 24 hours with no more than 3 hours’ sleep within this period (which is what is required on the conventional 7 day Machame Route that TK do not usually use), makes summitting much harder than if a climber is instead afforded a full nights’ sleep, a day’s rest, the opportunity to replace depleted reserves, carbo-