What to Expect
Climbing is a little bit of a misnomer, as it’s really just a walk in a park, albeit one that goes up-hill for 5895m.
Kilimanjaro is not a “technical climb”, meaning no specialized equipment such as ropes, carabiners or cramp-ons are required. Just a good pair of hiking boots. From time to time there may be a little bit of bouldering, or climbing over a few small rocks, but nothing that requires any particular skill or experience. So long as you can walk in a relatively straight line, you can climb Kilimanjaro!
The Daily Routine
Each day is structure to ensure a safe and fun hike, gradually ascending the mountain whist minimising the risks of altitude sickness.
6:00am - 6:30am
Wake up and wash
- Each morning, you’ll wake up at 6:00am to a warm cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of hot water to freshen up.
7:00am - 8:00am
- Breakfast varies each day, but usually includes eggs, sausages, toast, porridge and juice.
- Yes, sometimes sausages! And no.. We have no idea how they cook them so high up!
8:00am - 12:00pm
Preperation & Morning Hike
- After filling your water bottles, packing your backpack and getting ready, we set off for the day’s main hike.
12:00pm / 1:00pm
- Usually around 12:00pm / 1:00pm, depending on the speed of the morning hike, lunch is served at the next camp.
Second Hike / Acclimitisation Hike
- On some says, a further hike is undertaken before we reach the night camp.
- On shorter days, we recommend a brief acclimatisation hike, where we’ll walk higher for an hour or two and then return to camp.
6:00pm - 7:00pm
- You’ll be amazed at the range of meals provided for dinner. Sometimes we think the local guides have secret kitchens hidden on the mountain based on the quality and variety of options!
8:00pm & Onwards
Time for Bed!
- Rest up early, you’ll need it for the next day!
slow and steady
“Pole, pole” they will say. That means “slow, slow” in Swahili.
- For speed-freak hikers like Matthew, it can be torturous to trek like a tortoise, but honestly, it truly is for the best.
- There is no rush to reach the next camp or even the summit – we want you to enjoy the trek, amazing scenery and the adventure itself. Taking your time also ensures you’ll acclimatise more to the altitude, dramatically reducing any risks.