How hard will it be to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Never an easy question to answer. Some people who are fit, strong and used to hiking and multi-day trekking adventures might find Kilimanjaro an easy challenge. While others who are not used to walking up and down hills with a pack back, used to exercising 4 to 6 times a week will struggle or fail to succeed on Kilimanjaro. Less than 50% of people who attempt Kilimanjaro fail to reach the summit. We do have Kilimanjaro’s Number 1 Guide working for us which makes a difference.

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 30+ times to date. I have extensive experience climbing Kilimanjaro and happy to chat with you directly.

How hard will it be to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

How hard will it be to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

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

What are the best months to climb Kilimanjaro

I have climbed Kilimanjaro in a wide range of months and 30+ times to date. I recommend climbing in January, February, July, August, September and October as the better months to climb the mountain. READ MORE.

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, conditioning and endurance needed in the body to manage the serious up hill and down hill.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is all about the summit night

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.

Multi day exercise is really important

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.

Make sure you carry a weighted pack in your training

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.

In training, work on where you are weak

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.You may need to consider an easier trip at lower altitude to understand the challenges of walking at high and extreme altitude.

How hard will it be to climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania? 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.

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We have the same team on Kilimanjaro for 8 years now. Our Head Guide was voted Kilimanjaro Guide of the year in 2019. READ MORE. We have the team, service and set up on and off the mountain. CONTACT US and schedule your free consultation.

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