Kilimanjaro is one of Africa’s most popular bucket list items. We offer routes and guides with a 95% summit success rate. Climbing Africa’s highest peaks can be demanding and exhausting, but also exhilarating.
Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest point at just under 6000m, is possibly the world’s most renowned high-altitude challenge, welcoming tens of thousands of successful summiteers every year.
Other high peaks in Africa include Mount Kenya and Mount Meru, which are both popular but notably less crowded. Or for genuine mountain solitude but far tougher climbing, try the remote Ol Doinyo Lengai in the north – an active volcano.
No special climbing skills are required for Kilimanjaro, but it’s not a trek to be taken lightly. Altitude sickness can kill if the symptoms (usually headaches, vomiting and disorientation) are ignored. Not only that, it chooses its victims randomly – even the fittest trekker can succumb.
Acclimatisation is key to climbing ‘Kili’ safely; the most successful routes require several days to reach the summit. Walking at a slow pace and drinking plenty of fluids will also help, whilst a crew of porters, cooks and guides will help you make the most of the adventure.
Most routes involve camping, so you’ll need warm clothing for Summit Night. Starting around midnight under the stars, that final breathless push through slippery scree seems to last forever, but when you reach the glaciers on the summit at dawn and see Africa spread out below you, it is a uniquely emotional experience.
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