In the rare case when a climber get seriously ill on Mount Kilimanjaro, a helicopter rescue may need to be conducted. This only occurs when someone can’t descend under their own power and their safety is in serious jeopardy.
There are a number of experienced and talented helicopter pilots who can conduct rescue operations on Kilimanjaro, with aircraft that can reach just about anywhere on the mountain, including all the way to the summit. Not all area are conducive to landing a helicopter however, so climbers may need to hike or be carried down to a suitable landing zone before they can be picked up. Most helicopter rescues are conducted from the Horombo Huts or Barranco Huts. Alternatively, an ambulance rescue can be done at the Shira Huts as well.
The cost of a medical evacuation from the mountain can be be quite expensive, which is why travel insurance is required on all Kilimanjaro climbs. When purchasing your insurance for this trip, be sure that the policy not only covers emergency evacuations, but also high altitude trekking. To be sure your insurance would cover you for a helicopter rescue, check your travel insurance policy includes evacuation up to 6,000 meters above sea level and any medical treatment associated with such an evacuation. This could end up saving you from paying the expenses out of pocket and could potentially save your life too. Having this type of coverage will also speed up the evacuation process, allowing a helicopter to get in the air sooner should a rescue be deemed necessary.
Each year, dozens of helicopter rescues are conducted on Mount Kilimanjaro and our staff is well trained in how to work with the pilots to ensure that climbers are safely evacuated in a timely manner should the need arise. Your health and safety are our primary concern while on the mountain and we will do everything within our power to ensure that all clients get up and down Kilimanjaro in a safe and efficient manner.
Kilimanjaro SAR is a brainchild project of a professional Danish mountaineer and CEO-Ivan Braun who has faced many challenges and pressure of Mountain climbing. After immense research and exchange of ideas with diﬀerent stakeholders, he has managed to create the first platform in Tanzania that focuses solely on helicopter operations specializing in provision of search and rescue services covering Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru.
Spearheading the team is committed to a 5-minute response time from the minute they receive a distress call, setting a new global market leading response time for civil Search and Rescue services.
Kilimanjaro SAR operations are based in Moshi, at the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, enabling them to be close to the person in distress within a nick of time. Their vision is : To make Mt. Kilimanjaro the safest tourist destination in Africa. They have positioned modern, eﬃcient and specialized rescue helicopters at Moshi Airport-the most ideal location for Search and Rescue operations, only a few minutes of flight time away from any distress situation on Mt. Kilimanjaro.