Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is the leading tallest mountain in Africa and the world tallest freestanding Mountain at 5895 meters above sea level. The uniqueness of this beautiful Mountain is its peaks which are covered with snows and glaciers despites of the fact it is located about 330 kilometers south of the Equator. It is a walk able mountain so climbers through all the routes can walk up to the summit. You don’t have be a mountaineer or to require special climbing skills to climb Kilimanjaro. Any person who is good shape with no critical healthy condition who is capable of walking for a bit long distance can climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This is because on each climbing day climbers have to trek for an average of about 4 to 7 hours.
Since Kilimanjaro is an extreme altitude mountain trek people who plan to climb should make some fitness exercises prior to the climb. The exercises for climbing Kilimanjaro should focus mainly on distance and elevation gain. You can just run for at least 30 minutes three times a week for four months. Trekking some hills and elevated land found in your area. During the training, you will suppose to progressively ramp up your hike time, distance and elevation to build up your trekking condition
The Success Rate of Climbing Kilimanjaro
The success rate on Mount Kilimanjaro is mainly depends on the route used to climb and the number of days spent to climb. For that case route with many days have higher success rate than those with few days. However the average success rate across all routes is 65%.
Among the factors which contribute to the low success rate on climbing Kilimanjaro are:
Altitude sickness is the main cause for the trekkers not to reach to the summit. About 90% of all failures are due to the mountain sickness. The best way to avoid it is to choose the long route with many days as that will give sufficient time for the body to acclimatize. If your budget is low enough for few days then you can go for it but you should not ignore the extra day for acclimatization since it help your body to adhere with the mountain weather and make your Kilimanjaro Climb to the summit possible.
Medical / Healthy Condition
Some healthy and medical conditions are not favorable for climbing Kilimanjaro. Such conditions includes, high or low blood pressure, respiratory issues eg asthma, heart conditions, spine problems, circulation problems, diabetic problem, intestinal and kidney problems, hypoglycemia head trauma or injury. People with these medical conditions once attempt to climb Kilimanjaro their chance of reach the summit is very low.
Many climbers underestimate Mount Kilimanjaro because is a walk able mountain by not doing sufficient fitness exercise for Climbing Kilimanjaro. As result this lead them to a failure to reach the summit
Kilimanjaro Packing List
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Kilimanjaro Packing List
Clothing for Climbing Kilimanjaro
- Hiking underwear and shirts
Bags & Backpacks for hiking
- Duffle bag
- Dry bag
- Camel bag / Hydration bladder
- Travel bag organizers
- Hiking boots
- Trekking socks
- Thermal socks
- Sun hat
- Neck warmer
Hands & Walking
- Trekking poles
Hiking sleeping bags
- Sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro
- Inflatable pillow
Personal & Medical items
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
There are various routes established to the summit of the Mount Kilimanjaro which varies in the duration of days for a climb.
Machame route is preferred as the most scenic route on Climbing Kilimanjaro as it offers best views and excellent acclimatization. The duration for the entire climb through this route is 7 days.
The Lemosho route takes 8 days to the summit but it is more similar to Machame route after the second camp (Shira Plateau). From the north of the Mountain is the Rongai route which is less travelled but the best during the rainy season as it is more secluded. For those who prefer less climbing challenges there is Marangu route the oldest easiest route up Mount Kilimanjaro. Accommodation along this route is offered in huts with toilets and running water. There are also huts use for dinning which is shared by all climbers from different groups and companies.
If you prefer to climb Kilimanjaro as private or would want to join the group, contact us for more arrangements. We have prepared several Kilimanjaro Climbing Itineraries, altitude profiles, kit lists and other information necessary to help you decide and prepare.
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