5 days |5 night Ussambara Mountain Trekking
Ussambara-mountain - High Season Start (May - March)
5 days/ Night 4
Usambara Mountains Highlights
Our Usambara Mountains Hiking 6 Days package treat visitors with breathtaking unique and wide vistas. This peaceful corner of Northern Tanzania is best experienced on a village to village trek.
Usambara Mountains Hiking 5 Days
Explore Tanzania off the beaten track as you come along hillside farms nestled between the mountains and lush green rainforest. Experience the real farm life of Tanzania.
- Taxi from Mombo to Lushoto on the last day
- 1 night accommodation (B&B) in Moshi; 4 nights accommodation at home stays and lodges; 1 night accommodation at MamboViewPointLodge
- Local guide
- 5 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 5 dinners
- Bottled water
- Airport transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport; transportation from Moshi to Lushoto;
Including on Hiking Safari
Usambara Mountains More Highlights
5 Usambara Mountain + 4 night
One of Tanzania’s hidden treasures are the Usambara Mountains, tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania and stretching into neighbouring Kenya. The Usambara Mountains are special – one of the last true Tanzanian wildernesses, the Usambara Mountains contain stretches of protected lush, virgin tropical rainforest and have a rich biodiversity all their own. With magical, winding paths, stunning views, a refreshingly cool climate and an adventure round every corner, the Usambara Mountains are a hiker’s paradise.
Signs and possible sightings of wildlife on foot, forest, excellent bird life and game drives in Usambara Mountains. One of the most under rated hikes in East Africa.
On destination : Other Best Atraction in Sorrounding On Usambara Mountain
Best time to visitMay /December
Surrounding Wildlife on Usambara Mountain
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Day One: Airport to Moshi
Our driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel in Moshi, where you will meet a representative of Viva Africa Tours
Day Two: Moshi to Lushoto
After breakfast we will drive you to Lushoto, where you will overnight at Avocado Lodge and meet your guide for the trek.
Day Three: Lushoto to Mkuzi
Today's journey takes us to Mkuzi. You will hike for around 4 hours and manage a distance of 12.3km. You will spend the night at Muller’s Lodge.
Day Four: Mkuzi to Kwekanga
Our day hike to Kewkanga is the longest of our trek with a distance of 18km and a walking time of 6 hours. Today’s night will be spend at a home stay, where you get to experience how local people in the Usambara Mountains live.
Day Five: Kwekanga to Rangwi
We reach Rangwi after 13km and spend the night at the Rangwi Convent.
Day Six: Rangwi to Mambo ViewPoint Lodge
The Final leg takes us to our finish line the MamboViewPointLodge, where you will enjoy an unforgettable view over the endless plains of Tanzania and even Kilimanjaro, if you are lucky. *Extra nights at MamboViewPoint can be booked optional*
- Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents.
- Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
- Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
- Clean, purified drinking water:
- Crisis management and safety procedures:
- Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
- Sleeping Mattress:
- Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa:
- International and local flights
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
- Tips and any items of personal nature.
Mount Kilimanjaro Accomodation
Hotel/Camp/Lodge service, Facilities And Amenities
- Swiming pool
- Doble Bid
- Family room
General Healthy On Mountain Trekking & Medical Consultants
Health is not everything, but without a good health, all is nothing. True to this motto, in the following we present you extensive information on the topic health on Kilimanjaro – what exactly is needed for a healthy ascent, what you can do before your departure, and how you optimally behave on the mountain.
Yellow fever: Mosquitoes transmit the yellow fever virus. It is widespread in several African countries, including Tanzania. Clinical symptoms of the disease most commonly include fever and nausea. In some cases, the disease may lead to fatal liver damages. The vaccination should take place at the latest ten days before departure, optimal would be three to four weeks before departure. Attention: Travelers from endemic areas (e.g. adjacent countries) require a yellow fever vaccination!
Hepatitis A: This viral infection of the liver is widespread. Its transmission occurs through the consumption of contaminated drinking water and food. The incubation period is usually one month (i.e. you do not show any symptoms of it until one month after infection). Clinical symptoms of Hepatitis A typically include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and increased body temperature. Only in very few cases it is fatal, though. The vaccination ideally occurs in two stages at intervals of several months, although a short-term vaccination is possible, too.
Typhoid: Typhoid is a bacterial infection that causes diarrhoea. Side effects are usually fever and headaches. The pathogens are mostly transmitted through the consumption of contaminated drinking water and food, which are polluted with infectious faeces (stool, urine). The incubation period is usually a few weeks. You can prevent Typhoid with a vaccine or even an oral vaccination (pills).
Cholera: Cholera is a bacterial infection of the bowel that is transmitted through the consumption of contaminated water that has not been treated properly or food. Only a small percentage of the afflicted actually fall ill. The majority of those who do fall ill suffer only from minor clinical symptoms. Nevertheless, the oral vaccination to prevent Cholera is recommended, for diarrhoea and vomiting decrease the prospects of reaching the summit significantly. The oral vaccination requires the consumption of the vaccine twice at least two weeks before departure.
Malaria: Mosquitoes transmit the disease. If left untreated, Malaria can end fatally, depending on the type of the disease. For the ascent of Kilimanjaro, standby medication is recommended, i.e. pills that are taken during the journey only if necessary. Since there are only low risks of infection at altitudes starting at 1,800 m, respective attention should be paid rather by safari travellers.
Rabies: This disease is transmitted through the bites of infected animals. At predictable interaction with animals, a preceding vaccination is recommended. In emergencies, a vaccination can be performed directly after being bitten by an animal under suspicion of being infected with rabies.
Hepatitis B: A viral infection of the liver, which is widespread. The transmission occurs through respective contacts (e.g. blood transfusions, non-sterile syringes, and sexual intercourse). Especially for extended stays and at predictable exposition, vaccination is recommended.
Meningococcal Disease: A viral, respectively a bacterial disease that can lead to meningitis/brain fever. Clinical symptoms include high fever and strong headaches. The pathogens are transmitted through droplet infection. The disease occurs everywhere in the world.
Dengue fever: Mosquitoes transmit the disease mostly during the rainy season in coastal areas. There does not exist a vaccine against dengue fever. Therefore, precautious measurements, such as mosquito protection, are recommended.
- The routes are comparatively easy to walk and the way leads slowly and steadily uphill
- Depending on the route there are no or only few steep parts
- Other than for example the summit of Mount Everest, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is situated well below death-zone
- By now, Kilimanjaro has become a well-developed tourist destination
- You will want to have standard travel insurance that covers theft, missed flights and all of that. However, you will also want to have insurance that covers high altitude climbing. This will cover you in case you have any medical issues or emergencies that arise during the trek.
- We are committed to the enjoyment, health and protection of Kilimanjaro
- We believe that education is the best means to protect Kilimanjaro and we ensure all our guides understand how important this is and what they need to do to protect the mountain
- We believe that practicing the Leave No Trace principles is the most relevant and effective long-term solution to maintaining the beauty, health of, and access to natural lands;
- All trash is packed out for recycling or disposal
- All cooking is done on kerosene stoves and no wood is ever cut or used
- All drinking water is boiled and given to clients in refillable bottles
- We provide private tented toilets to ensure all waste is controlled and disposed of safely
- No washing is allowed in streams - clients are provided with water for washing that is disposed of well away from any water source
- Water use is minimised at all camp sites
First aid and safety at Kilimanjaro
Mountain guides on Kilimanjaro train first aid Health and safety are two essential aspects of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Every tour guide should therefore frequently attend respective trainings to understand potential situations of emergency before they arise. Our guide David recently completed another training session.
personal experience with altitude sickness while climbing kilimanjaro Our personal experience with altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro
Various websites provide you with information about altitude sickness. We, too, have reported about this topic. A personal progress report is, however, rarely found. In this article he describes how you may feel in the beginning of, during, and after the trip.
Everybody can climb Kilimanjaro! But one should be prepared accordingly and respect several things also during the ascent. In this article, we describe how to optimally prepare for a healthy ascent and which type of medical specialist can support you. We focus on aspects that can significantly influence a successful ascent of Kilimanjaro. We found medical specialists of the following areas of expertise helpful during our preparation.
In case you already have a GP, it would be a reasonable decision to see him/her, for he/she may know you since long already. The ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro can represent a major (physical) challenge depending on each individual’s age and personal condition. At this point, your GP can give you specific advice on how to get prepared for the ascent. Additionally, he/she will refer you to specialists if necessary, whom you can consult for the respective matters regarding your journey.
Travel Vaccines and Medicine
Although the German Federal and other Foreign Offices have not announced any travel vaccinations to be compulsory for people entering from European countries, we nevertheless strongly recommend some preemptive measures. Why and which ones we suggest you find summarized in another article of ours.
You should be prepared to walk 4-6 hours per day, mostly slightly uphill, 6-7 days in a row. On top, you carry your daypack weighing approximately 5-6 kg. This, at first, sounds much, but generally the walking time is not problematic, even when carrying additional weight. Here you can find an overview of the requirements and daily routine on Machame route.
The hike can become burdensome, however, if you suffer from already existing physical pains or pains that develop during the hike. If you are physically active on a regular basis, you probably do not face great problems. The latest during your physical preparation for the ascent you will notice where to turn your attention to. If you do not work out regularly and you need more certainty on how to prepare yourself adequately we suggest you see an orthopedic.
With or without consulting a specialist, you should bear in mind not to commence your expedition suffering from foot or back/spinal disc pains. These body parts will be burdened more than usual when climbing Kilimanjaro. Bandages for your knees or orthopedic insoles for your shoes can be useful.
Cardiology, Pneumology, and Allergology
Specialists of those areas of expertise can be helpful as well during the preparation process. However, your personal predispositions are pivotal for the necessity of seeing one of the above-mentioned specialists. For instance, if you suffer from organ or vascular damages, which could foster heart attacks, seeing a cardiologist becomes a requirement.
The same applies for visiting a pneumologist (lung specialist). Asthmatics should see a pneumologist if in doubt about how to act aloft.
It is probably wise for everybody who wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to see an allergist, since presumably you will eat foods unknown to your body. People who are prone to allergic reactions should pay special attention to this issue.
The so far mentioned points concern body parts, organs, and medical aspects, which you should attend to before commencing your journey. They can become decisive to a successful ascent. A specialist can be of great support during your preparations.
What is altitude sickness?
What is altitude sickness?
View on Tanzania up high from Mount Kilimanjaro
The toughest stroll in the world” – that’s how some people would call the ascent of Kilimanjaro. And indeed, with regards to the necessary experience and technical level the tour resembles a stroll, i.e. is simply a trekking tour. This, however, over several days and at air levels that become increasingly thinner. Especially the latter leads to every seventh traveler failing to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Altitude sickness therefore ultimately is one of the main reasons, why travelers terminate their tour at an early stage.
But what exactly is altitude sickness (also referred to as mountain sickness)? How does it occur, proceed and cease again? Which measures are suitable for treatment?
On the background of altitude sickness:
At first, altitude sickness is nothing but a collective term for symptoms that occur due to oxygen deficiency in the body. These usually occur at a too rapid ascent to altitudes over approx. 3,000 meters. Common symptoms are, depending on intensity of the altitude sickness, nausea, headaches, sleep disturbances, fatigue, exhaustion, loss of appetite, vomiting, and dizziness. Major, and possibly fatal, complications at high altitudes are pulmonary or cerebral edemas. Roughly one third of all travelers suffers from at least light symptoms of altitude sickness.
The higher you walk, the lower the air pressure gets. The amount of oxygen in the air, however, remains constant at approximately 20%, irrespective of whether you are at 1,000 or 6,000 meters AMSL. But: for the reduced air pressure aloft, 1 cubic meter of air contains less oxygen. On the mountain, oxygen is simply less compressed than down in the valley.
Your body needs to acclimatize to this, because it is used to a higher oxygen saturation in the air. If you (like most people) live in low-lying areas, that is what your body is used to. The amount of red blood cells (erythrocytes), i.e. of those cells that transport the oxygen, is aligned with a high oxygen saturation in the air. Now, if you ascend rapidly, this amount of red blood cells does not suffice any longer to absorb the less available oxygen. Hence, your body is insufficiently supplied with oxygen.
As a reaction to this deficiency, the body produces new red blood cells. The increased amount of red blood cells allows you to absorb more oxygen from the air again. If this process does not happen fast enough (respectively, if you ascend too rapidly), you might suffer from headaches, dizziness, nausea or similar symptoms – i.e. forms of altitude sickness.
The only possibility to effectively treat altitude sickness is through the absorption of oxygen. I.e. either you carry a small oxygen cylinder on you (you can normally rent these) or you descend to lower altitudes. We have summarized our experiences with altitude sickness for you in a separate article. For alleviation especially of minor symptoms, you can also take pain killers like paracetamol
Very useful information on the topic of altitude sickness you can also find in this article. In case you are especially interested in how to prevent altitude sickness.
Prevent altitude sickness ,7 ways to prevent altitude sickness
It is important to take your time during the ascent! This way, your body can acclimate adequately to the altitude. Also, the principle “walk high, sleep low” (walk high by day and sleep at lower altitudes by night) works well for adjusting to the altitude. Ascending slowly is the best thing to do to avoid altitude sickness.
Do not overspend yourselves in the beginning of your tour, even if it may seem easy going. You may need this energy at a later point. Hence, follow the instructions of the tour guide. “Pole pole”, “slowly, slowly,” is a well-known expression for a reason. Also, use the time in the camps to rest. If possible, start your expedition well-relaxed.
A healthy and balanced nutrition is generally advisable, especially in the weeks leading up to your expedition. You should not show any deficiencies of vitamins or minerals due to an unbalanced diet before you climb the mountain. This way your body is fit and can adjust to changes easier. If possible, eat a lot of foods high in carbohydrates during your tour. They require less oxygen when processed by your body than nutrition that is high in fat or proteins. Additionally, drink a lot during your tour, especially water. You should drink at least 3-4 liters per day.
Consumption of alcohol
The consumption of alcohol complicates the body’s adjustment to the altitude, and hence fosters altitude sickness. Moderate consumption of alcohol, i.e. an evening glass of wine or a beer are fine also shortly before your climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. Latest when commencing your tour, however, you should consequently do without alcohol altogether.
They are discussed a lot, however, seemingly without conclusive insight. Especially antioxidants, and gingko are discussed to increase the chances of reaching Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro. The consumption of vitamin C, and multi-vitamin tablets or of gingko tea throughout the weeks before your ascent would certainly not hurt; however, it is debatable if they are helpful.
Medications, such as Diamox, which contain the active ingredient acetazolamide, are used for preventing altitude sickness. However, they bring about side effects and their effect is not conclusively proven. Taking them should therefore be well thought through. A form of medical precaution of altitude sickness with usually considerably less side effects is the consumption of Aspirin and Ibuprofen/Paracetamol. Both are taken during the climb: Aspirin in lower doses several times a day, and Ibuprofen once a day before lunchtime. In any case you should discuss taking medication with a doctor and adjust it to your personal needs.
They are once another way of precaution. In respective establishments, a low air pressure is simulated, and therefore your body’s reaction triggered. This type of preparation is comparable with a mountain hike just before the real journey to Mount Kilimanjaro. Expenditures are, however, considerably higher than with other measures.
Vaccination certificatePreventing travel diseases – these vaccines help
Do I need vaccinations for my trip to Kilimanjaro? In this article, we inform you in detail about adequate medical precautions for your journey to Tanzania as well as for your ascent of Kilimanjaro, preventive measures are warmly recommended. Here you can read more details about it!
Everyone knows: one should not travel to certain countries without adequate vaccinations. Tanzania counts to the number of countries, which you should enter medically prepared, even if requirements are lower than in some other countries. Many people ask themselves the question, which vaccines they should get before departure. For Tanzania, in particular, it is important to check which exact medical precautions are to be taken for a climb of Kilimanjaro.
Most vaccines entail a waiting period of a few days up to a few weeks for optimal effect. Also, they might not be available at GPs’ practices and need to be ordered in. Furthermore, some GPs do not have the capacity to free an appointment spot for you immediately, this counts for specialists in particular. We thus recommend liaising with your GP or directly a specialist in travel vaccines and medicine at your earliest convenience.
According to the German Federal and other Foreign Offices, no compulsory vaccinations are intended for people entering from Germany or other European countries. The following travel vaccinations are nevertheless recommended, especially for journeys through inland areas under simple conditions (backpack and trekking tours, and therefore the climb of Mount Kilimanjaro).
Highly recommended vaccinations/precautions for climbing Kilimanjaro
Recommended vaccinations/precautions for climbing Kilimanjaro
The travel vaccines mentioned above we understand as supplement to the necessary standard vaccines for adults to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, polio as well as measles, mumps, and rubella. For more information about possible side effects of vaccines and further details on the aforementioned diseases as well as on the medical precautions for your journey click here. Lastly, you should discuss your travel plans and required (also expired) vaccines with a specialist.
Physically and mentally fit on Mount Kilimanjaro? That’s how!
Jogging physical training Kilimanjaro
One Of the seven summits, Mount Kilimanjaro is considered easiest to climb. A certain physical fitness and mental strength are nonetheless helpful to reach the summit. In this article, we tell you how to be best prepared for climbing Kilimanjaro.
How do I best prepare for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? What fitness level is required? How should I structure my workout, and what should I work on?
The seven summits are the highest mountains of each of the world’s seven continents. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain, and counts as the mountain the easiest to climb of the seven summits.
The reasons for that are evident:
Still, around one in seven hikers does not make it to the summit. So, who can reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro?
Anyone! We are sure about that. But you should come prepared, and behave as required on the mountain.
Personal preparation for climbing Kilimanjaro can be divided it into three aspects:
The months and weeks before your climb you should exercise frequently. Try to get physically active twice a week for at least half an hour. You best choose a mix of endurance sport and (light) weight training. For endurance sport you can go jogging, rowing, or use the cross-trainer or stepper. Push yourself to your personal limits from time to time. If possible, also go hiking for at least half a day a couple of times during the weeks prior to your trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. Ideally you choose routes which lead up- and downhill to best prepare your muscles. Thus, you get a good impression of what the hike from camp to camp feels like. Moreover, you can directly test your equipment (take your backpack, drinking bottle etc.), and wear in your hiking boots, if needed.
If you do weight training, in principle train your entire body. Especially the legs, (lower) back and abdomen are important body parts to include during your workout. Finally, physical preparation is relatively simple: just imagine you are walking 6-7 days in a row for at least four hours a day, usually (slightly) uphill. That you should be able to do if you want to climb Kilimanjaro. Hence, it is also recommendable to walk as much as possible in your everyday life. The way up to the summit of Kilimanjaro is a hiking tour, and has very little to do with alpine climbing.
Try to put yourself in the situation: you are arriving at the entrance of the national park. Apart from you, there are several other groups of hikers and dozens of porters and locals on-site. You walk the first stage of your tour up to the camp, and spend the first night in the tent. The next morning you continue, it gets warm during the day, and cold at night. At one point, you notice that you are automatically breathing more deeply than before to get sufficient oxygen from the air. And so on.
In short: For most of you this trip will be full of new impressions. Try to get familiar with possibly new situations before your start. Read about respective topics, look at pictures and watch films. If you feel it is helpful for you, tell your family and friends about your expedition. Thus, you reinforce your engagement and your plan to make it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Moreover, you may receive valuable support. Finally, don’t stress about having to make it to the summit. It will be a great experience in any case. And most of all: always think positive – before as well as during the trip. You will most likely make it. Hakuna Matata!
This point is as important as the two previous ones. Start your trip relaxed. Especially try to work no more than the usual 35-40 hours per week during the last few weeks prior to your adventure. Avoid short nights and a stressful everyday life. You may even go on holiday, and relax on the beach, right before your trip to Kilimanjaro. Moreover, you should only do light exercise during the last week before your trip. Resting before will help you on the mountain to better adjust to new circumstances, and the height.
Additionally Phisycal Attention
Be diligent about researching a certified outfit that will be able to safely get you to the summit. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find reviews of companies, and it’s not difficult to see where reputations lie. Some outfitters will obviously be more expensive, but the extra cost may be worth it as they are more likely to have better trained staff and more extensive safety gear and equipment.
Have a physical consultation before you go
Whether you have known medical issues or not, it is a good idea to have a thorough medical check-up before you travel. While there is no age limit to climbing Kilimanjaro, certain people are disqualified if they have circulatory, respiratory or heart issues. Your resting heart rate also helps determine whether you can make the trek. In general, if your resting heart rate is at 100 or above, you will likely have to seek special medical approval before being able to climb the mountain.
Don’t wait till you get there to get in shape
Your fitness is not something that you can spring to life with a snap of your fingers. Plan to start training several months before your trip. You don’t need to be able to run a marathon, but you need to be in good physical shape. If you have ever been in a high altitude environment, you know what it’s like to physically exert yourself when oxygen is hard to come by. If you have the opportunity, you can do a short high altitude training program, which can prepare you for the low-oxygen environment. These programs are available at some gyms and as part of certain physical training programs.
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How About Our Community?
It is important to remember that over a third of the cost you pay for a Kilimanjaro climb is paid to the National Park as fees. This means that if you find a cheap price this is only possible by paying less to the guides and porters, less for food and less for equipment.
As members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project and the International Porter Projection Project we work to maintain high standards of welfare for all our guides and porters covering wages, clothing, accommodation, food and tips. KPAP have recommended tip levels for all climbs which we undertake to recommend to all our clients.
All of the staff we employ in Tanzania are local: we do not employ any non local guides or administrative staff so that more of the money you pay goes back into the local economy. Overall we employ some 20 guides, 10 cooks and 60 porters. We use and support local community provide again ensuring the maximum benefit to the local people.
As well as helping clients summit Kilimanjaro we encourage them to visit locally run community projects such as Arusha Village and the Ophan Children’s Home. Arushavillage is a traditional Maasai village where the people are working collaboratively to use tourism to fund improvements in health and education for all the village people. Arusha Childrens Home looks after nearly 100 street children who have been either orphaned or abandoned.
We support you with your travel planning and give you expert advice and access in Tanzania. In addition, we organize for you your individual journey to Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Whether alone or in a group, with overnight stays in huts or tents, short or long tours – we offer every kind of travel, individually planned and tailored to your wishes. Our services are geared to the highest standards. We do not organize anything for you that we would not organize for ourselves.
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