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Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro FAQ

Kilimanjaro in a nutshell:

Place:Kilimanjaro Region, United Republic of Tanzania
Geographical coordinates:03 ° 04'33 "S 37 ° 21'12" E
Type of mountain:volcano
Height:5,895 m
First climb:Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller on October 6, 1889
Climbers annually:Over 30,000
Managing Authority:Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)

How fit do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

In short, a normal fitness level is enough to reach the top of Kilimanjaro. If you can walk 10-14 km a day then you can definitely climb Kilimanjaro.

Many websites recommend intensive training for climbing Kilimanjaro. However, our practice has shown that people of normal fitness who have acclimatized well always reach the top. Professional athletes who have not acclimatized well (either because they are "rushing" or because their guides cannot control their ascent progress) are at serious risk of getting sick at high altitudes and being evacuated.

We recommend that you do some exercises for your Kilimanjaro adventure. Check out our Kilimanjaro training program. A good physical condition is always an advantage for a Kilimanjaro adventurer, as in this way you can master the daily challenge with ease and comfort.

However, if for some reason you don't get a chance to get a few workouts for your Kilimanjaro adventure, don't give up. Consider an extended program (like Lemosho 8-days) with shorter daily trips.

How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

Depending on the route you have chosen for your Kilimanjaro adventure, it can take 5 to 8 days. Longer programs of camping in Kilimanjaro Crater are also available.

Do I have to have insurance to climb Kilimanjaro?

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for your participation in our adventure. If you are climbing Kilimanjaro with us, please ensure that you have travel insurance that includes high altitudes (over 6000m) and helicopter evacuations.

Write us an email at [email protected] and we will give you competent insurance advice for your Kilimanjaro adventure.

Do I have to get vaccinated for the Kilimanjaro expedition?

A vaccination against yellow fever is essential to enter Tanzania if you are traveling to Tanzania from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. In all other cases there are no vaccination restrictions for entering Tanzania.

For those who want more information, we recommend the article Vaccination Regulations for Tanzania.

Trekking, hiking or climbing?

Although three terms are often used interchangeably, there are some important differences. Hiking refers to the simplest type of recreational activity for “walking” and means that a hiker walks on specially designated and adapted paths or man-made roads.

Trekking also refers to the process of walking. However, this concept implies that a “trekker” covers a longer distance than a hiker and moves physically above normal levels. Another notable difference is that trekking expeditions take place in areas with no transport.

The idea of ​​"mountaineering" is fundamentally different from "hiking" or "trekking". There are two distinctive features of mountaineering. First, it means the use of special equipment (clothing and gear) that is not normally used for hiking or trekking expeditions. Second, the purpose of a climbing expedition is to get to the top of a mountain while hiking and trekking can be practiced in other wilderness areas.

Seen from the side, Kilimanjaro expeditions are both climbing and trekking. One-day Kilimanjaro adventures in the lower camps can be classified as "hikes".

At Altezza Travel, we are tolerant of conceptual differences and use all of these terms synonymously.

High altitude acclimatization for Kilimanjaro

In short, at an altitude of 6,000 m, the proportion of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere is much lower than at sea level. It is uncomfortable for a human body that is used to receiving certain amounts of oxygen.

We can adapt to the lack of oxygen molecules, but it is only possible if we slowly move upwards so that our body can make the necessary transformations in your respiratory system. Ascending too quickly is the shortest path to HAPE and HACE, both life-threatening conditions.

Proper acclimatization is the most important aspect of a successful ascent of Kilimanjaro.