I have been reading a lot of articles on people’s experience on Kilimanjaro. I have climbed Kilimanjaro myself 23 times. I have climbed in 5,6,7 and 8 days. I was sick as a dog on the 5 day trip. The articles all seem to have common strains running through them. They all seem to trying to climb Kilimanjaro in as few days as possible, save some money and all have extremely difficult experiences on the mountain. ‘It was the hardest thing I have ever done’ not belittling anyone’s experience, but there is a much easier way to climb Kilimanjaro and make the summit and have a safe and enjoyable experience. Why travel around the world to get get sick, and not enjoy the moment you want to have for the rest of your life. You want to enjoy that sunrise on the roof of Africa, stand on top of the highest free standing mountain in the world. You came to experience something special. Take your time and do it the right way. Kilimanjaro in 5 days is a bad idea.
We really only run 7 and 8 day treks. From experience you need as many days as possible to give you the best possible chance to reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. We have also found that the Lemosho and Machame routes give the best possible chance of making the summit.