Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the famous "Seven Summits", the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. It is not only Africa´s highest point, but also the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Being the least technical one makes "Kili" the highest "walkable" mountain in the world - even if its climb should not be underestimated due to the immense altitude. But certainly it is the perfect opportunity for you to experience what you can actually achieve if you just go for your dreams!
We offer climbing Kilimanjaro on 7 different trekking routes and as a mountain bike tour.
How hard is it to climb
Although there are no technical difficulties climbing the roof of Africa is a challenge for everybody, no doubt. And especially if you are new to trekking, camping or high altitude you may find it tough. However the specific challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro is mainly due to the high altitude (almost 6,000m / 20,000 ft). Your physical fitness is also important, but with a bit of preparation and a good guided team like Wanderwomen, that will advice and support you, there is a big possibility for a successful summit for you!
Will I be able to do this?
Of course !!!
This journey relies first and foremost on your attitude. If you are a positive person who is passionate about the outdoors, beautiful places and maintain an average fitness you should be able to make it. Altitude sickness or injury affects only a small percentage of people who trek. There are ways that help to minimise this, by attempting to drink four liters of water a day, eating lots of nutritious food, cutting down on caffeine, walking very slowly and doing acclimatisation hikes. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training prior to your departure to ensure that it is a positive experience for you.
Remember, you surely will be burning calories on the mountain and you will need a lot of energy. So eat as much as you want and don’t worry about gaining weight. Many climbers lose several kilos during the hike although eating large amounts of the delicious food offered three to four times a day on the mountain plus their snacks inbetween.
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Summit Success Rates
The overall success rate on Mount Kilimanjaro is given at 65-70%, but it hugely varies depending on the route and its duration - an extra day for acclimatization always increases the success rate!
Estimated success rates for the different routes:
Northern Circuit Route: 95-98%
Lemosho/Londrosi Route: 90-99%
Machame Route: 90-95%
Rongai Route: 85%
Umbwe Route: 75%
Marangu Route: 65%
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano. On its crater there are three peaks: Kibo (5,895m / 19,341 ft), Mawenzi (5,149 m / 16,893 ft) and Shira (3,962 m / 12,998 ft). Its top hosts a stunningly beautiful glacier that unfortunately is shrinking every year due to climate change. Its location near the equator gives it several different weather zones on the trail to the top: the foot of the mountain is sorrounded by the cultivated Farm- and Bushland zone, from there you will enter the Rainforest Zone, the Heath or Moorland Zone, the Alpine Desert Zone and finally the Arctic Zone.
Kilimanjaro is a particularly special mountain with very strong energy and many folklore stories behind it. We will tell you all about it!