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Safety On Kilimanjaro with Sirikwa Travel

Your safety on Kilimanjaro is our number one priority. Before you even arrive on the mountain this begins with planning routes that ensure good acclimatization. We recruit and train the very best guides and we use world class equipment.

Once you are on the mountain we do everything possible to ensure you remain healthy. We monitor your health closely to spot the early warning signs of problems. As a company we run a full Safety Management System. This begins with establishing clear safety objectives then looks at detailed risk assessments. We then design our procedures to minimize those risks. We then listen to feedback to ensure that our safety protocols are continually improving.

We have a Public Liability Insurance and, in order to obtain this, our safety protocols and risk assessments are reviewed annually.

Key features of our safety protocols

Certified Wilderness First Responder trained guides

safety-on-kilimanjaroAll of our guides are certified as Wilderness First Responders. This 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

At the start and end of each day our guide will check your health and carefully record important information so that we can see if anything is starting to go wrong.

Twice daily oxygen saturation tests

Pulse oximeter our guides will use a pulse oximeter to measure the oxygen level in your blood and your pulse rate in the morning and evening. The oximeter is placed on a climber’s fingertip. The oximeter uses two beams of light that shine into small blood vessels and capillaries in your finger. The sensor reflects the amount of oxygen in the blood.

climb kilimanjaro safe and successifullyOxygen saturation is a measurement of how much oxygen your blood is carrying as a percentage of the maximum it could carry. Normal blood oxygen levels at sea level are 95-100%.

As altitude increases, oxygen saturations decrease. Proper acclimatization generally brings oxygen saturations higher, which is why these figures typically rise when oxygen saturations are tested after resting overnight. On Kilimanjaro, oxygen saturations percentages are regularly in the 80’s. However, if oxygen saturation is ever less than 80%, we monitor that climber very closely.

Emergency oxygen Tank

We carry bottled oxygen on all of our climbs as a precaution and additional safety measure. The oxygen canister is for use only in emergency situations. It is NOT used to assist clients who have not adequately acclimatized on their own to climb higher. The most immediate treatment for moderate and serious altitude sickness is descent. With Kilimanjaro routes, it is always possible to descend, and descend quickly. Therefore, oxygen is used strictly to treat a stricken climber, when necessary, in conjunction with descent, to treat those with moderate and severe altitude sickness.

Safety on Mount KilimanjaroWe are aware that some operators market the use of supplementary personal oxygen systems as a means to eliminate the symptoms of AMS. To administer oxygen in this manner and for this purpose is dangerous because it is a temporary treatment of altitude sickness. Upon the cessation of the use of oxygen, the client will be at an even higher altitude without proper acclimatization.

99% of the Companies on Kilimanjaro do NOT offer supplementary oxygen – because it is potentially dangerous, wholly unnecessary and against the spirit of climbing Kilimanjaro. The challenge of the mountain lies within the fact that the summit is at a high elevation, where climbers must adapt to lower oxygen levels at altitude. Using supplementary oxygen is akin to putting the mountain at sea level, where nearly everyone can summit. Supplementary Oxygen contribute a lot in ensuring your health safety on Kilimanjaro.

Helicopter Evacuations

We are using specialized Airbus AS 350 B3 helicopters, positioned at Moshi Airport in Tanzania. It’s the ideal location for high altitude search and rescue operations for Mt Kilimanjaro. Our team is highly experienced and we have a perfect safety record

Portable Stretcher

Large, one-wheeled rescue stretchers are found on Mount Kilimanjaro but they are only available within a small area of the park. That means that if a climber is unable to walk due to severe altitude sickness or a leg injury that compromises mobility, getting that climber down the mountain could pose difficult challenges for Kilimanjaro operators. Usually it means assisting the injured climber by carrying him or her on one’s back.

At Sirikwa Travel, we carry a portable stretcher at all times in case of emergencies when a climber is unable to walk on their own and the trekking party is some distance away from the park’s stretchers. Our portable stretchers are compact, strong and lightweight. The device can be used to evacuate an injured climber quickly off the mountain. To use, the subject is secured to the stretcher using straps. Then porters hold on to the hand grips to usher the climber to safety.

Climb Kilimanjaro Safely and Successfully with Sirikwa Travel. Safety on Kilimanjaro Climb, is our number one priority