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Safety on your Kandoo Kilimanjaro climb

Your safety on Kilimanjaro is our number one priority. Before you even arrive on the mountain this begins with planning routes that ensure good acclimatisation, ensuring you have good equipment and importantly planning your food and drinks so that you have the energy to complete the climb.

One you are on the mountain we do everything possible to ensure you remain healthy and monitor your condition closely to spot the early warning signs of problems. As a company we run an Integrated Safety Management System: this begins with establishing clear safety objectives then looks at detailed risk assessments which are then protected against by clear operating procedures. Feedback is built into this system to ensure that our safety protocols are continually improving.

A key part of ensuring your safety on Kilimanjaro is looking after yourself. This is sometimes difficult when you are tired but it is critical to summit success. For advice on the key things you need to do to help stay healthy on Kilimanjaro see here.

Key features of our safety protocols

 
Certified Wilderness First Responder trained guides
Certified Wilderness First Responder trained guides

All of our guides are certified as Wilderness First Responders which means they have the skills necessary to handle medical emergencies on the mountain in a way that reduces the risk of serious outcomes

 
Twice daily health checks
Twice daily health checks

At the start and end of each day our guide will check your health metrics and carefully record important information so that we can monitor any changes to your condition.

 
Twice daily oxygen saturation tests
Twice daily oxygen saturation tests

One of the key indicators of deteriorating health at altitude is a decline in your blood oxygen saturation. At sea level this should be close to 100% but at altitude will safely drop to about 90%. If you record below this we take it as a warning sign to monitor you very closely for further symptoms of altitude sickness.

 
Emergency oxygen
Emergency oxygen

All our guides carry an emergency oxygen supply. It is important to note though that this is only ever used to mitigate advanced altitude sickness during an emergency descent. It can never be used to assist climbing.

 
Tested evacuation procedures
Tested evacuation procedures

If you need to be evacuated from the mountain it needs to happen quickly and efficiently. Our procedures are tested regularly and each year begins with practise training on the mountain.

Speak with an expert Start planning your next adventure by contacting one of our destination experts.
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Rachael Bode

Destination expert

Phone: + 44 (0) 1283 499982

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Sharon King

Destination expert

Phone: +44 (0) 1283 499981

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