You should absolutely not climb against a doctor’s prescription, or if you are pregnant, or have severe difficulty in breathing. If you are over 3500 meters and you have a burden of colds, cough, or an elevated body temperature gets a nose bleeding, you will get the strong advice of the guide whether you should continue or descend to prevent altitude sickness.
Porters provide you with daily drinking water. The first day water will be bottled, but on the mountain you drink cooked and filtered fresh water. You need to drink at least three litres of water per day. The porters arrange breakfast, lunch and a solid nutritious dinner (several courses). You have to supply energizing daytime snacks yourself.
The communication to the park rangers at foot of the mountain goes through mobile phones. All guides carry a first aid kit. Every night on the mountain you will get a briefing by the guide about the itinerary of the following day.
Mileage varies depending on the route and day. On average, you should expect to be on the trail for four to six hours per day. Guides set a deliberately slow pace (“pole pole”, or “slowly, slowly”) in order to give clients adequate time to adapt to the thinning air. Individual clients need not worry about not being able to keep up with the group because the guide will dictate a pace to ensure group cohesion.
Summit day is an arduous day, with trail times averaging between 14 and 16 hours. Most of the trails used on our Kilimanjaro treks are well-defined and of good quality. There are no technical skills necessary to tackle any of our routes, and only very short sections with steep drop offs. Your guides will help you pick the best path if and when difficult sections are encountered. For the most part, the trails are very steady and safe.