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 structured to ensure a safe and fun hike, gradually ascending the mountain whilst minimizing the risks of altitude sickness.
6am-6:30am – Wake up and wash
Each morning, you’ll wake up at 6am to a warm cup of tea or coffee and a bowl of hot water to freshen up.
7am – Breakfast
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 – Preparation & Morning hike
After filling your waterbottles, packing your backpack and getting ready, we set off for the day’s main hike.
Lunchtime – Lunch!
Usually around 12-1pm, depending on the speed of the morning hike, lunch is served at the next camp.
Early Afternoon – Second Hike or Acclimatization Hike
On some days, a further hike is undertaken before we reach the night camp.
On shorter days, we recommend a brief acclimitization hike, where we’ll walk higher for an hour or two and then return to the camp.
6-7pm – Dinner time!
You will 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!
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 is for the best.
There is no rush to reach the next camp or even the summit – we want you to enjoy the trek, the amazing scenery and the adventure itself. Taking your time also ensures you’ll acclimatize more to the altitude, dramatically reducing any risks.