1. Do I need any mountain climbing experience?
No. Any person in good health and very good physical condition, with a positive mental attitude, can make the climb.
2. What type of physical condition do I need to be in?
The better condition that you are in, the more that you will enjoy your climb. That being said, nobody expects you to be an Olympic athlete!
3. Is there going to be a training program?
Yes. Terry Soucy, the expedition leader, will assist you in getting ready for this adventure.    
4. What inoculations or vaccinations will I need?
Canadians do not need to get yellow fever inoculations, however, anti-malaria pills are highly recommended, as malaria is prevalent in Tanzania. When you sign up on for the climb, you will be provided with detailed medical information.
5. Is there a maximum age?
Our cut-off is 70. There, are, however, exceptions to this rule. Someone in their 70s should be in EXCELLENT physical condition (e.g. top 5% for their age), capable of completing regular intense workouts, especially cardio, AND should have recent (in the last 1-2 years) experience with intensive trekking/camping for 5-6+ days.  The climb involves long days of hiking over rugged terrain.
6. What's the food like?
Excellent! Our climbing outfitter, Tusker Trail, has engaged the Culinary Institute of America to train their Kilimanjaro chefs on a regular basis. Tusker food is superb. The "Institute" also designs their nutritious menus. We sit down to our meals in roomy all-weather dining tents, equipped with tables, folding chairs, and gas lamps for warmth and lighting. 
7. What if I have special diet?
No problem.
If you have special dietary needs, just let us know ahead of time, and we will prepare your meals according to your instructions. Specialty foods are not available in East Africa, so if you are on a strict diet, such as gluten-free, or if you have any food allergies, then you must bring your own specialty foods, which we will prepare for you. Be sure to plan carefully and bring enough for every meal. 
8. What happens if I am not doing well and have to descend early?
One of your medically trained guides will accompany you down to Moshi and take you to a doctor if needed. The guide then rejoins the climb.

For early descents, there is no refund for the days you did not complete the climb. However we will pick up the tab for your private transfer from the gate to the hospital and/or hotel, as well as the cost of one extra night in the hotel. If you need to spend more than one extra night, you will be responsible for the charges.
9. Can I climb Kilimanjaro if I have a medical problem?
Mostly, yes. Eddie Frank, Tusker's owner, has placed a lot of emphasis on medical training, not only of our crew, but also of our US office staff. This is so that we can discuss your condition with you and your doctor intelligently.

We also have a Physician Advisor with whom we communicate regularly. When you sign up, you will be required to complete a detailed medical questionnaire. If you have a medical condition, we'll talk to you about it, and if necessary, have a discussion with your doctor to see if he or she feels that you are healthy enough to climb.
10. What is the guide-to-climber ratio?
Very high! The number of guides will range from 2-6 depending on your group size. We use this many guides in case of an evacuation. Since all Tusker evacuations are directed and accompanied by one of our medically trained guides, we will always have enough guides on the climb to lead the rest of the group to the summit. Most other companies use only one guide, and send untrained porters for evacuations, a dangerous health risk that Tusker would never take.
11. What's the hotel accommodation like?
Excellent! You  will stay at a delightful family-run hotel in Moshi. The hotel offers excellent hospitality and is located close to the centre of town, the Moshi market, great shopping and good restaurants.