Prepare to climb Kilimanjaro, Mount Kilimanjaro altitude sickness

Prepare to climb Kilimanjaro

When you prepare to climb Kilimanjaro, there several factors that require careful consideration before you finalize your hike plans.

Factors to consider, include the following:

  1. The best time to hike?
  2. For how many days should you hike?
  3. Choosing the best route?
  4. Group hike or private hike?

The best time to hike the mountain?

When you prepare to climb Kilimanjaro, try to plan the hike during the dry season. The dry season normally spans from June to early October. During this period, weather conditions are typically at their most favorable, with a lower chance of rainfall. Alternatively, hiking from December to March is also feasible, but weather conditions are less ideal. It’s advisable to avoid the long rainy season from April to May and the short rainy season in November. It is important to note that due to the mountain’s high altitude, weather patterns are unpredictable. Rain, snow, or sunshine is possible any time of year.

While it’s still possible to hike during the rainy season, take note that the trails will be more challenging. The rain will cause muddy and slippery conditions on the trails.

For how many days should you prepare to climb Kilimanjaro?

Because of mountain’s high altitude, many hikers will suffer from altitude sickness. The biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast. The more time you allow your body to acclimatize, the lower your chance of getting altitude sickness. We strongly recommend that you avoid choosing a 5 day route, but instead choose a 7 day route or longer. Altitude sickness affect every person differently and nobody can predict in advance who will get altitude sickness and who not.

Best route to choose when you prepare to climb Kilimanjaro?

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Choosing the best route for your ascent can significantly influence your chances of reaching the summit. While there is no easy route, it’s important to note that not all routes are equal. If you have a fear of height ,we recommend you avoid the Machame route. The reason being that the Barranco wall can be a potential problem. If you are planning on hiking during the rainy season, we recommend the Marangu route. The A-frame huts used on the Marangu route are more comfortable than tents when it rains. Please get in contact with us and we can assist you in choosing the a suitable route.

Joining a group hike or choosing a private hike?

When you prepare to climb Kilimanjaro you will realize that it will be expensive! There are ways to make it more budget-friendly. One option is to join one of our existing group climbs. These group climbs offer the advantage of discounted rates. This make them ideal for individuals seeking affordability without compromising on the experience. Additionally, joining a group allows you to connect with like-minded adventurers from diverse corners of the globe, adding a social benefit to your hike.

Alternatively, for those wanting a more private experience, we also arrange private hikes tailored to your preferred departure date. A dedicated mountain team will be assigned to your group. Your group will have the benefit of personalized attention and support throughout your journey. Please note however, that while your climb will be private, there will be other hikers sharing the route and campsites along the way.