Trail Conditions on Kilimanjaro
No matter which route you choose to take on your way to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you’ll find that most of the trails are smooth, well maintained, and easy to follow. There are no technical challenges to overcome at all, making this an approachable trek for just about anyone. For the most part, there is very little scrambling to be done either, although some sections, like the famed Barranco Wall, do require climbers to be a bit more diligent and aware of their surroundings. Generally speaking, hiking on Kilimanjaro is rather straightforward and simple, with altitude creating the biggest challenge for most travelers.
Some of the obstacles that trekkers could face along the trail include mud, slippery rocks, and loose scree, which consists of smaller stones that often shift and move under foot. Most of the scree is found closer to the summit and isn’t a part of the day-to-day conditions found along the trail. It can make it challenging to keep your balance from time to time, but the scree found on Kilimanjaro isn’t particularly dangerous, although it has been known to zap the energy from a climber’s legs.
Shifting weather conditions can alter the nature of the trail quickly and with very little warning. Rain and snow are not uncommon on the mountain, and both can make the terrain much more difficult to hike by making it more challenging to keep your footing. A good pair of hiking boots can eliminate some of these issues, allowing hikers to maintain their balance and traction even in the worst weather. A good pair of trekking poles can be extremely helpful too, which is why we recommend you use them throughout the entire trek.
Chances are, the local trails that you hike on back home offer similar conditions to what you’ll find on Kilimanjaro, particularly if you have to climb up and down slopes along the way. As always, it is the altitude that makes the trek a difficult one, not so much the trail conditions.