Climbing Kilimanjaro: Quick and Helpful Tips

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an adventure, but requires preparation. Before climbing Kilimanjaro we advise advice clients to do research and get themselves prepared so as they have a good experience in the end. You want to choose the right trekking company that will assist you every step of the way and get you ready for your big adventure of a lifetime! Below we have answered the questions you that might be thinking while getting ready

1. How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a major undertaking and if it seems too cheap, then you can be sure compromises are being made in terms of your safety, comfort, equipment and staff salaries. Conversely, overseas travel agents often inflate their prices. We believe in putting your safety and comfort as our top priority, and proper ethical treatment of our staff. Read more about the real cost of climbing Kilimanjaro.

2. How do I choose a Mount Kilimanjaro Company to Climb with?

Kilimanjaro has hundreds of tour operators. It’s very stressful knowing which operator to choose and who to trust with your life. You want to be sure that the tour operator staffs are certified Wilderness First Responders (WFR), who practice high safety standards and treats porters well. Guides that receive annual training in emergency first aid and can prevent, recognize and treat altitude-related illnesses. Safety is our number one priority. Read more about us

3. When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

Mountain weather can be unpredictable, and the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry seasons: December to early March and June to October. We don’t climb during the height of the rainy season, for safety reasons. Read more about the best time to climb Kilimanjaro.

4. How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

Our shortest climb is 6 days (Marangu route) and our longest is 9 days (Northern Circuits). The longer the route, the better for acclimatization. All of our routes build in acclimatization days, as the main reason climbers fail to reach the summit is due to insufficient adaptation to the altitude. For more information see factors affecting how long it takes to climb Kilimanjaro.

5. What’s the best route to Climb Kilimanjaro?

There isn’t one single “best” route, they are all unique, and it’s a matter of personal preference, time available and budget which one you choose. Other considerations are how scenic the route is, whether it’s likely to get crowded and the difficulty of the terrain. Read an overview of all the Kilimanjaro routes here, and see our day-to-day itineraries for what to expect.

6. What do I need to bring for the Climb?

We take care of all the camping gear, food, and cooking equipment. You’ll bring your own clothing and essentials, up to 15kg. Your main duffel bag will be carried by our team and you’ll carry a daypack with what you need for the day’s hike. We take you through everything you need to bring (and what you can leave at home) on our Packing for Kilimanjaro page (along with a handy printable checklist).

7. What training do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

You need to be able to hike 5-7 hours a day, for multiple days in a row. Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, so you don’t need any training in rock climbing, mountaineering or other skills. You do need to be fit, healthy and determined. For most active people, 3-6 months of a good physical training program should be sufficient to get you into the best shape possible for a safe and enjoyable climb. See our training guide for Kilimanjaro.

8. Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Altitude sickness is serious, with potentially fatal complications. The best way to acclimate to the altitude is TIME, building in acclimatization days is the best way of achieving a successful summit. It’s important to be aware of altitude sickness, but not paranoid about it. It’s possible to do some pre-acclimatization altitude training either at home with rented equipment or if you live near a gym with an altitude chamber. Read all about Kilimanjaro Altitude Training here.

9. Our Kilimanjaro Climb Safety Procedures

We conduct daily health checks on all our climbers, with a pulse oximeter and a comprehensive symptom check using the Lake Louise Scoring System to evaluate a climber’s condition. We encourage you to be aware of any unusual symptoms, such as a persistent headache and report it to your guide. Our guides carry bottled oxygen and portable stretchers in case of an emergency. Read more about Mount Kilimanjaro Safety.

Climbing Kilimanjaro tours can be organized by CONTACT US and we will be happy to assist you!

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