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Mt Kilimanjaro Altitude Medicine

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Altitude Medicine Training at the Roof of the World.


Starting with two nights in a wilderness reserve in West Kilimanjaro with the possibility of seeing some of the biggest elephants left in Africa, this trip allows guests to see and learn more about the mountain that has fascinated European explorers since it was first sighted in 1849. Following our time on the plains we start toward the peak at Lemosho on the Western side and traverse across the most spectacular parts of the mountain including the Shira plateau, Lava Tower, Barranco valley and up to the summit via Stella Point. Watching the sunrise from the summit is something that you will remember forever.

On this training adventure you will acquire altitude and mountain medicine knowledge, skills and management in a hands-on remote environment. These skills are integral to any successful expedition up high.


Topics Covered on this Training Adventure


Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
General Gear Selection
Leave No Trace Camping/Hiking
Backpacking skills
General Field Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Purification Methods
Foot Gear and Care of the Feet
Acclimatisation at altitude
Physics and Physiology of Altitude
Overview of High Altitude Disorders
The Effects of High Altitude on Underlying Medical Problems
The Gamow bag
Nutrition at High Altitude
Overview of Search and Rescue Operations in Mountaineering
Pre-participation Medical Assessment
Cultural Considerations in Travel Medicine
Overview of Aerospace medicine
Improvised Splints, Litters and Carries
Improvised Medical Techniques in the Wilderness

Our Itinerary


Day 1 - ARUSHA 
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport we are personally met and transferred to our hotel in Arusha. This evening there is a comprehensive briefing and equipment check with the Climbs Manager and our guides.

 After breakfast we depart by vehicle to West Kilimanjaro. Lunch is taken in camp before an afternoon game drive.

Today we have a full day of activities starting first thing with sunrise over Kilimanjaro! Here we have the freedom to meet and even walk with Maasai in the wilderness as well as game drives, night game drives and meals al fresco. Our guides are with us throughout to answer and explain the environment and history of this very special area. Horseback riding is also available.

We set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here we meet the rest of our crew and set off at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon.

From the forested slopes of Lemosho we ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and we arrive in camp mid afternoon.

 After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and we arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatization with the option of an afternoon walks with our guides.

 Today we ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is a long day which pays dividends later on in the journey.

 We now have a relatively short day to Karanga Camp, after conquering the Barranco Wall. The selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon we arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above us.

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.

Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, our hike selection affords us a day time ascent to Kibo crater. The going is slow but with constant encouragement from our climb team the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little way into the caldera to Crater camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of our guides.

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and our goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk.

After breakfast we descend once again through montane forest and around midday after saying farewell to our crew, we are picked up and transferred back to our hotel for a well deserved shower and celebratory dinner!

Today a dayroom is held for our convenience to freshen up, have lunch and re pack before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for connections to International departures or you connect with onward journeys.


Price:  $6995 pp (min 8 participants for departure) Contact us for futher detail.




□ Strength and Conditioning Program prepared by our Aurora Exercise Physiologists specifically for this adventure – 8 weeks and 3 fully supervised sessions for Brisbane trekkers or our 12 week Remote Preparation Program for our interstate trekkers

□ Two nights accommodation in Arusha on a twin share basis*.

□ Personal travel insurance.

□ Restaurant meals in Arusha.

□ All transfers and transport in Tanzania

□ Accommodation on the trek in a tent.

□ All food during the trek prepared by our cooking team

□ Most personal camping and cooking equipment.

□ Local Tanzanian climb crew for transporting group equipment and assisting us on our journey.

□ Trek gear including trekking shirt, and cap.

□ Local climbs guide and your Australian guide and Wilderness remote area medic.




□ Personal expenses such as phone call costs, beverages at the hotel

□ Return international airfare to Mt Kilimanjaro airport (contact us if you would like the Aurora travel agent to arrange your international travel)

□ Boots and a small amount of personal trek clothing such as wet & cold weather gear.

□ Visa requirements

□ Inoculations and anti-malarial medication

□ Connecting flights to and from Brisbane

*Trekkers also have the option of staying in a single room which in Arusha. We can advise the extra costs associated with these options at the time of booking.


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