Kilimanjaro Trekking is popular. It’s probably the most popular high altitude trek in the world. The reason for Kilimanjaro popularity is obvious: It is the highest mountain in the world that you can simply walk up. You need no ropes, no special climbing equipment, and no previous experience. But that doesn’t mean it’s a walk in the park! What it takes to Kilimanjaro Trekking. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in northern Tanzania in East Africa, not far from the border to Kenya. To Kilimanjaro Trekking you have to do some planning and some preparation. Planning and preparation are crucial to the success of a Kilimanjaro Trekking And when I say success, I mean not only your chances to reach the summit. Planning and preparation will determine how you experience the whole trek, from start to finish. Will you love it from the first minute to the last, enjoy the challenge, and cherish the memories for the rest of your life? Or will it be a dreadful slog all the way…You only climb Kilimanjaro once. Don’t waste the experience of a lifetime. Let’s make sure you get this right!
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The Best Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes.
Deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro is ultimately up to you but whenever you choose our team will work had to make sure you have a life changing experience. So climb Kilimanjaro with Africa Joy Tours the high altitude trekking & Safari specialists, for the ultimate trekking adventure any time of year.
Whether it is your first time to climb Kilimanjaro or whether you have climbed many other mountains, we have a best climbing route for you. We encourage you to select the route that best suits you- and make the most of your comfort and increase chance of success to the top.
- Kilimanjaro climbing Rongai Route:
- Kilimanjaro climbing Shira Route:
- Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route:
- Kilimanjaro Climbing Machame Route
- Kilimanjaro climbing Marangu Route:
- Kilimanjaro Climbing Northern Circuit route
- Kilimanjaro Climbing Umbwe Route:
Kilimanjaro Climbing Fitness
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. With all the information you have, added to being physically prepared, your chances of reaching the summit is substantially increased. The tests of physical endurance and mental stamina will determine, to great extend, whether you will be successful in you quest to conquer the Roof of Africa. Being physically prepared for the trek will also greatly contribute and make a world of difference to the most valuable benefit of your preparation– your mental confidence and strength!
How fit do you have to be to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
The type of fitness is more important than the degree of fitness. Kilimanjaro is a hike, so the best preparation you can do, is to hike, preferably under simulated conditions. While running helps to some degree, it does not fully prepare your muscles for a strenuous 6-day hike. We suggest that you spend some of your training time by simply walking. Going for walks, in addition to regular gym work in order to also stimulate some muscle development, has proven to be the most successful preparation. Try to do a one or two day local hiking trial in your area, which will not only be an excellent way of preparation, but also most enjoyable.
We have therefore developed a practical (in terms of time and costs) fitness preparation guideline, which we will assist you greatly in preparing your body for your Kilimanjaro summit attempt. This guideline contains both a gym as well as a hiking program which should be followed simultaneously over an 8 week period.
The Kilimanjaro weather therefore gradually changes and might bring about altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by the failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air as one gains altitude. It is likely that you will experience some form of mild altitude sickness on a high mountain climbing.
While attempting Kilimanjaro climbing there are many different symptoms but the most common are headaches, light-headedness, nausea, sleeplessness and a loss of appetite, loss of balance and dizziness. In most case these sickness are controlled by painkiller such as panadol and other which are available.
All climbers are however advised to countercheck their body condition and ask as many questions as possible to our professional Mount Kilimanjaro guide(s) if abnormality arise. Our guides are experienced with Kilimanjaro guidance and attends regular train on issues concern Kilimanjaro including rescue.
We highly recommend that you secure your travel insurance, seek for Doctor Advice before departure and on your arrival listen to what your chief guide advice you. Some clients usually take Diamox before attempting Kilimanjaro and others do when they are at the mountain. We recommend that you leave the body to acclimatize itself and if there is a need then you can take the medication.
N.B: The biggest medication on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a back off algorithm when thing aren’t going in a normal condition forcing issues might bring to a serious illness or cause death.
Kilimanjaro porters are an incredible breed of men (and the ones who work on Kilimanjaro are nearly always male), and ones who never fail to draw admiration from the trekkers who hire them. Ranging in age from about 18 (the minimum legal age, though some look a good deal younger) to 40 (though occasionally way beyond this), porters are amongst the hardest workers on the mountain. To see them traipsing up the mountain, water in one hand, cooker in another, rucksack on the back and picnic table on the head, is staggering to behold. And though they are supposed to carry no more than 15kg, many, desperate for work in what is an over-supplied market, carry much, much more.
And if that isn’t enough, while at the end of the day the average trekker spends his or her time at camp moaning about the hardships they are suffering – in between cramming down mouthfuls of popcorn while clasping a steaming hot cup of tea – these hardy individuals are putting up the tents, helping with the preparation of the food, fetching more water and generally making sure every trekker’s whim is, within reason, catered for.
Yet in spite of appearances to the contrary, porters are not indestructible. Though they rarely climb to the summit themselves, a few still expire each year on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. The most common cause of death, perhaps unsurprisingly given the ragged clothes many wear, is exposure. For this reason, if you see a porter dozing on the wayside and it’s getting a bit late, put aside your concerns about depriving him of some much needed shut-eye and wake him up: many are the tales of porters who have perished on Kilimanjaro because they took forty winks and then couldn’t find their way back to camp in the dark.
It’s this kind of horror story that has caused so much concern over recent years and led to the formation of organizations such as the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.
Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s proximity to the equator, this region does not experience the extremes of winter and summer weather, but rather dry and wet seasons. Therefore, the best time to climb Kilimanjaro tends to be the warmest and driest months. The primary issue is safety, as the risks associated with climbing increase significantly when the weather is foul. The effects of rain, mud, snow, ice and cold can be very strenuous on the body. Correspondingly, your chances of a successful summit also increases significantly with nice weather. Of course, the mountain gets more foot traffic during these periods as well.
It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro year round. January, February, and September are considered to be the best months in terms of weather, and correspondingly are the busiest months. From January through mid-March are the warmest months, with clear skies in the mornings and evenings. During the day, clouds may appear along with brief showers. From the end of March to early June is the long rainy season Visibility may be low due to heavy clouds, but the crowds are gone. June, July, and August are good months, but it is colder. Following September and October, the short rainy season lasts from November through the beginning of December, where afternoon rains are common, but skies are clear in mornings and evenings.
Kilimanjaro climb Altitude Acute Mountain Sickness is also referred to as Altitude Sickness and as the name indicates the illness is commonly encountered at exceptionally high altitudes, such as the summit area of Mount Kilimanjaro. AMS, once apparent, can be most effectively treated by immediately taking the affected person to a lower altitude.
Often a drop as little as 500m will be sufficient. The symptoms of AMS include in the order normally experienced; headaches, nausea, anorexia, exhaustion, lassitude, rapid pulse, insomnia, swelling of the hands and feet and reduced urine output. Climbers can take precautions to at least minimise the severity of the illness, by maintaining a slow steady pace from day one, include an extra day of acclimatization at a high altitude and by drinking at least 3-4 litres of water every day.
Preventative medicine is also available and you should consult your physician for specialist advice. Fluid build-up may cause a condition known as edema (or oedema), which can affect the lungs (pulmonary), preventing effective oxygen exchange, or affect the brain (cerebral) which will result in the swelling of the brain tissue. The latter can be lethal if not treated immediately or if symptoms are ignored. Probably 70% of all people climbing Kilimanjaro will suffer to some extent from AMS. You should familiarize yourself with this condition and take preventative care.
Kilimanjaro packing list Items on this list have been chosen to maximize your comfort and safety while hiking on the mountain. If you have any questions about items on the list, or about the suitability of your own equipment, please contact us, or a reputable mountaineering equipment dealer.
- For The Head And Face:
- For The Upper Body Layers:
- For Lower Body Layers:
- For The Feet:
- For Sleeping:
- For Drinking:
- For Carrying Your Gear:
- For Personal Health And Comfort: