Top 5 tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a actually inactive strato-volcano in northern Tanzania. At 5,895 metres (19,336 feet) above sea level, snow capped Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. You go through five different climatic zones to reach the peak. Follow the advice and tips below and you should reach the “top of Africa” in good health. Chat to us on our whatsapp chat on and we can certainly answer all the questions needed to prepare you for your climb!

Top 5 tips for Climbing Kilimanjaro

1 – Get fit for the hike – Start climbing Kilimanjaro training to build up Stamina by hike stairs; climb some hills with a pack on. Walking is the best way to prepare yourself for the long trek up Kilimanjaro. It’s a right 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 extra day for Acclimatization – We recommend adding a day to the standard package to ensure maximum acclimatization which give yourselves the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery. Recent Kilimanjaro climb statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the peak increases by at least 20% if an extra day is spent acclimatizing.
3 – Book your Kilimanjaro climb in advance – This will enable you to go in high season, which is January through March and September through October. High Season is a best 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 15kg of your personal gear for you. You can rent some equipment and clothing locally. Please contact Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris for the detailed list.

5 – Choose your climbing Kilimanjaro route – Make sure your trek is at least 7-8 days for maximum success. Any shorter and you will not be properly acclimatized. Mount Kilimanjaro routes vary in degree of difficulty, traffic and scenic beauty. The least difficult routes on Kilimanjaro are Marangu and Rongai; the more difficult route on mt. Kilimanjaro is the Machame. The longer routes may have more difficult treking but you’ll be more acclimatized and your chances of reaching the summit are therefore higher. Check out Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris hot Kilimanjaro routes.

We also offer our safaris in Tanzania starting and finishing Arusha or Moshi. Don’t forget to ask our team about the Acclimatization day.