The Legal Stuff
By booking a climb with Team Kilimanjaro, while we hope you will thoroughly enjoy the convenience of having to deal with only one small, tight-knit team of thoroughly enthusiastic people who are very eager to please you, nonetheless, because of the way pertinent laws apply differently in each country, a number of different legal entities are involved:
Team Kilimanjaro is actually a trading name of Exposure Limited and is directly responsible for oversight of all aspects of the services that you pay for. Exposure is incorporated in Gibraltar with company number 116365, and tax number 681363. There is no VAT in Gibraltar.
Arien Lifestyle Limited is a limited company incorporated in the UK with company number 11217578, VAT number GB 288975812, and provides intermediary services as the coordinating agent responsible for receiving and relaying information from and on behalf of climbers.
VAT - Since the place of delivery of service (East Africa) that you are purchasing is outside the United Kingdom and the EU member states (see VAT Notice 700, paragraph 22.4.3), no VAT is chargeable on the services purchased, and Arien is required only to charge VAT on their coordinating services billed to the Principal (Exposure Limited).
Appointing Arien as the intermediary means that climbers may benefit from competitive UK banking conditions, and that they may pay for their climb or safari by bank transfer in any of the following currencies, without having to pay any commission or forex costs, and Arien will ensure that the price you pay reflects the live Interbank rates applicable on the day you are invoiced for the payment:
- Pounds Sterling - GBP
- United States Dollars - USD
- Euros - EUR
- Australian Dollars - AUD
- Canadian Dollars - CAD
- South African Rands - ZAR
When booking a climb with Team Kilimanjaro, we in turn subcontract the services of accommodation and transport providers, licensed mountain guides, cooks, porters and safari guides.
Our expedition coordinators will commonly refer to our suppliers collectively and Exposure Limited corporately as "we", even though legally they exist as separate and distinct entities with different owners, directors and shareholders.
Arien Lifestyle Limited and Exposure Limited are not travel agents or Air Traffic Organisers, and they do not sell package holidays. Clients of Team Kilimanjaro are required to obtain their own flights.
Many people spend a lot of time and money training and equipping themselves for a Kilimanjaro climb, only to fail in their objective of reaching the summit. Failure is avoidable and we really want trekkers to understand how to prevent it.
As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce.
Arusha Pedal Series club aims to organise a group ride three times a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, and Saturdays. All keen cyclists are welcome to join.
We read widely divergent estimates of deaths on Kilimanjaro, but how dangerous is it really? In this post we share our own experience of the dangers.
First of all - you can definitely still climb Kilimanjaro during COVID-19! There is absolutely no impediment within Tanzania. Issues only potentially arise with your own country's rules.
Although there is no requirement to have a PCR test for COVID in order to enter Tanzania, many climbers are nonetheless required by their airline to show evidence of a negative COVID test before boarding the flight home.
This following information is provided to reassure prospective climbers that there is a straightforward way to enjoy the incredible tourism and adventurous opportunities that Tanzania offers, while ensuring that returning home afterwards is stress-free.
Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach is a beautiful and breathtaking place but represents the most risk-associated assault route to Kilimanjaro’s summit, of the four options currently sanctioned by Tanzania National Parks.
I think the question of how much it costs to climb Kilimanjaro is a little like asking, how much it costs to buy 'a car'! Apart from the obvious question of how many people you want the car to carry and whether you want it to have offroad capability, there are more subtle considerations.
Kilimanjaro has been climbed from the park gates to the summit in a little over just 5 hours, and yet the Royal Geographical Society suggests that trekkers should not spend less than 10 days reaching the summit? So, how long does it usually take and what is safe?
While we've assisted people in their 70s, a 5 year old, amputees, and quadriplegics to the summit, and while in theory, pretty much everyone could climb Kilimanjaro, nonetheless, many people have told us that climbing Kilimajaro is the hardest thing they've ever done in their lives - and some of these people have been professional athletes (rugby players).
This area of the site aims to stay up to date with developments in Tanzania and on Kilimanjaro, and to respond to queries that arise that the main area of the Team Kilimanjaro website doesn't adequately satisfy.