How hard is it to climb Kilimanjaro ? Let’s have a look. If you decide to climb Kilimanjaro you need to think about a range of different things. I have been lucky enough to climb Everest to the top and Kilimanjaro 19 times to date. I have extensive experience climbing Kilimanjaro and happy to chat with you directly.
– How many days should I take to climb? 8 days gives you the best chance at success
– How far do I walk on the 8 day trip? Check out daily distances on the Lemosho route
– How far do I walk on the 7 day trip? Check out daily distances on the Machame route
– How much ascent do I have to walk up? 4,850m/ 15,912 feet
– How much descent to I have to walk? 5,250m/ 17,224 feet
– What sort of training should I be doing? Training advice for climbing Kilimanjaro
– What gear to I need? Watch our packing video
– Is it steep? Watch all 8 days climbing up and down Kilimanjaro
– When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro? Check out our chart on the best months
– How much should I be training per week? This depends, 6 to 10 hours per week
– What height to I start at? 2,250m/ 7,382 feet
– How high is Kilimanjaro? 5,895m/ 19,341 feet
I have climbed Kilimanjaro in a wide range of months and 19 times to date. I recommend climbing in January, February, July, August, September and October as the better months to climb the mountain.
Different people will have different opinions on how hard the climb of Kilimanjaro is. Personally it comes down to two key things. The best acclimatization you can get and having specific strength and conditioning needed in the body to manage the serious up hill and down hill.
The summit night on Kilimanjaro is hard 1,245m/ 4,084ft. of ascent at high into extreme altitude above 5,500m/ 18,000ft. It can take up to 8 hours to reach the summit. Yes, it is a very special moment on the summit of Kilimanjaro and what an achievement. You have to return back to Barafu (high camp) at 4,650/ 15,255ft. and walk down hill 2,795m/ 9,170ft. in one day from the summit to Mweka camp. This is an additional 6 hours of hiking down hill. You will get to rest in high camp, have some lunch before the final descent. You will be on your feet for 14 hours with no sleep. This is hard no matter how fit you are.
The days leading up to the summit day are hard because your body is being over worked trying to adapt to the lower levels of oxygen. Do you walk 5, 6, 7, 8 hours on a multi-day basis at home. Well if you do you should be in good shape.
Most of us sit on a computer 5, 6, 7, 8 hours a day and don’t have the physical conditioning in our legs, back, calf’s, quads. You have to get this physical strength in order to limit fatigue, enable fast recovery on the mountain and be fit enough to endure this challenging climb.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to training. Not everyone has hills to train on. You need to talk to us or professional who know the mountain, terrain and what it takes to enjoy this amazing experience.
How hard is it to climb Kilimanjaro? It can be as hard or easy, this depends on you and your level of commitment to your training and preparation. You need to get the right answers, training, information and mentally get to a place where you can climb. We have the team, the success rates and set up to give you the best possible chance at success making it up and down Kilimanjaro.