Mount Kilimanjaro is a currently inactive strato-volcano in northern Tanzania near the border with Kenya. At 5,895 metres (19,336 feet) above sea level, snow capped Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. You go through 5 different climatic zones to reach the summit. Follow the advice and tips below and you should reach the “roof of Africa” in good health. Chat to us on our live chat on and we can certainly answer all the questions needed to prepare you for your hike!
1 – Get fit for the climb – Start training to build up Stamina by climb stairs; hike some hills with a pack on. Walking is the best way to prepare yourself for the long hike up Kilimanjaro. It’s a good idea to get a basic medical check-up before you go and don’t forget Travel insurance that includes medical is also a must.
2 – Add an Acclimatization day – We recommend adding an extra day to the standard itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatization which give yourselves the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery. Recent statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the summit increases by at least 20% if an extra day is spent acclimatizing.
3 – Book in advance – This will enable you to go in high season, which is January-March and September-October. High Season is a good time to go simply because the weather conditions are safest for climbing.
4 – Pack well – Pack light but make sure you have everything you need to deal with altitude and variation in temperatures. Don’t worry about carrying it yourself since a porter will take up to 30lbs (15kg) of your personal gear for you. You can rent some equipment and clothing locally. Please contact Acacia for the detailed list.
5 – Choose your route – Make sure your hike is at least 7-8 days for maximum success. Any shorter and you will not be properly acclimatized. Routes vary in degree of difficulty, traffic and scenic beauty. The least difficult routes are Marangu and Rongai; the more difficult route is the Machame. The longer routes may have more difficult hiking but you’ll be more acclimatized and your chances of reaching the summit are therefore higher. The longer western routes also allow you to start your summit day at a more reasonable hour.
Check out Acacia’s hot Kilimanjaro routes – Marangu, Machame and Rongai. We also offer our tours starting and finishing Nairobi or Moshi. Don’t forget to ask our team about the Acclimatization day.