How to Prepare for Mt. Kilimanjaro

How to prepare to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

1. Budget for your Trek

You may already be aware of this if you have been planning on climbing Kilimanjaro for some time, but it’s not a cheap endeavor. The prices for Kilimanjaro climb vary wildly. To climb Kilimanjaro can cost you anything from $1,000 to $4,000 and above. Paying a little extra for you a high-quality, experienced and knowledgeable tour operator is the difference between summiting Kilimanjaro and not.


2. Time Your Trip Correctly

The mountain can be climbed all year round. No matter the time of year you choose to climb Kilimanjaro, you are most likely to encounter snow and freezing temperatures closer to the summit.

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3. Choose the Best Route for Your Capabilities

When it comes to the number of routes for climbing Kilimanjaro, climbers are truly spoiled for choice. In total, there are 7 different routes to choose from, all ranging in difficulty, scenery, route popularity and length. Climbers also love and detest every route. Therefore, there is no “best” route for everyone. Route preference is specific to the individual.

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4. Train for your Trek

It is possible to summit Kilimanjaro successfully. Many before you have succeeded. You don’t need to be exceptionally fit to climb Kilimanjaro, but you do need to get your body used to the particular demands of this hike.

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5. Be Selective in What You Pack

Climbing Kilimanjaro without the right gear could spell disaster. It’s the difference between enjoying your trek and hating it. It is of the utmost importance to make sure you have the right gear.

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6. Get an Adequate Medical Check-Up

Before you leave for your trip, make sure to book an appointment with your doctor for a full medical check-up. A visit of 6 – 8 weeks before traveling to Tanzania will ensure you have all the necessary vaccinations and medication. Ask if you are in good enough health to make it through the hike, with regards to your age, fitness level, and any pre-existing conditions. If you take any chronic medications, make sure that you have these prescriptions filled and you remember to pack those medications with you. Remember to check whether these medications can affect your acclimatization.

Tanzania is a tropical country. You may be required to have several vaccinations before your travel.  Some of these may include Hepatitis A and B shots, as well as a yellow fever vaccine. You will probably also have to carry a prescription medication to protect you against malaria. It is also important to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover your trek and any other safari activities. 

Contact us how you can incorporate Mount Kilimanjaro climbing into your safari itinerary.