Kilimanjaro Climbs Faqs

Q:  Where is Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro sits on the northern border of Tanzania, overlooking Kenya, and just over 200 miles south of the Equator. The area is not particularly mountainous; indeed, the nearest mountain to Kilimanjaro is Mount Meru, over 60km away to the south-west.

Q:  How high is it? 

Mount Kilimanjaro comprises with three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and free Standing Mountain, and rises approximately 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.

Q:  Can anyone climb Kilimanjaro?

YES, all the main routes up the Mount Kilimanjaro are really just walking routes it don’t need technique climb but overall, it’s just a walk. Indeed, there are a couple of people who’ve climbed up the mountain in wheelchairs and make it on the top, so the ability to walk isn’t even a pre-requisite.

Q:  Can I climb it independently?

Not anymore. In 1991 the park authorities made it compulsory for all climbers to sign up with an agency with TALA license, with a crew (guides, assistants, a cook and porters.

Q:  How old do I need to be? 

There’s no limit on how old you can be to climb. The minimum legal age for climbing Kilimanjaro is ten. If you are under 16 you actually get a significant discount on the park fees (a lot of agencies won’t tell you about this so make sure you insist on this! At the other end of the scale,

Q:  How dangerous is it?

If you tell your loved ones that you are climbing Kilimanjaro, most people become concerned for your safety. “Don’t people die there?” they ask.

There are a few deaths on Kilimanjaro every year with acute mountain sickness (AMS) and heart attacks the main causes.

Compare Kilimanjaro’s death rate (1 in 3,333) to dying in car accident (1 in 491), dying from heart disease (1 in 174), and dying from firearms (1 in 355) and you will see that Kilimanjaro is relatively safe. Mountains like Mount Everest have death rates of 10% (1 climber dies for every 10 successful ascents to the summit).

Taken together, you can see why Kilimanjaro is NOT very dangerous. Most of the dangers can be mitigated before your trip by selecting the right operator, selecting the right route, and by getting yourself checked out by a doctor. Karibu Adventures safety is our first priority

Q: How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

To reach to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro summits is a major achievement…but one big question is how long will it take you to do it?
This are complicated question to the most travelers think  hoping to simply get a taste of Kilimanjaro can arrange for short 1-3 day climbs that stop well below summit elevation.

Shorter Routes

Marangu, Umbwe and Machame routes, the minimum requirement is five days and 6 days .on the mountain.

Longer Routes

Longer treks improve summiting odds in another major way: treks that run 8 days or fewer involve a challenging nighttime summit bid (which starts around midnight).