2 hikers enjoying the view on their Kilimanjaro expedition

Tips for your Kilimanjaro expedition!

Embarking on a Kilimanjaro expedition, mirrors the experience of traveling from the Equator to one of the Earth’s Poles. You hike through different vegetation zones, starting in the lush rain forest section to finally reach the snow capped summit, Uhuru peak.

Hiking up Kilimanjaro should not be under estimated. Even though many hikers have successfully reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, many have failed. Below are a couple of tips for your Kilimanjaro expedition.

2 hikers enjoying the view on their Kilimanjaro expedition

Be properly equipped with the right gear

When planning a Kilimanjaro expedition, there will be essential gear that you will need to buy or rent. However hiking up Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, you will not need ropes and other technical climbing gear. You will however be required to buy gear and clothing such as thermal underwear, warm outer jackets etc. For a list of gear required, please visit our recommended gear list. You can also see a list of gear available to rent, by visiting our Kilimanjaro gear rental page.

Join a group, the more the merrier!

Joining an existing Kilimanjaro group climb goes beyond the climb. It’s an opportunity to forge connections, share experiences, and create lasting memories with a community of fellow trekkers. Discover the beauty of Kilimanjaro alongside individuals who share your passion for adventure and exploration. We have several existing group hikes available and you can see dates for them by visiting our online Kilimanjaro group schedule.

Dealing with high altitudes

When hiking to the summit of Kilimanjaro, you will gain a significant amount of elevation in a very short period. The biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high, too fast, and nobody can predict who will get altitude sickness and who will not. Altitude sickness affects every person differently, irrespective of their age, fitness levels, etc.

Here are some tips to help your body cope with the quick rise in altitude.

  • Pole pole (slowly slowly in Swahili) . You will hear the guides and porters repeat this every day on your hike. Hiking up Kilimanjaro is not a race. The more time you give your body to acclimatize the lower the chance of getting altitude sickness. It is important to pace yourself right from the start of the hike.
  • Keep hydrated! Make sure you drink enough water! You should aim to drink a minimum of 3 litres of water per day.
  • Eat enough. Eat as much as you can during the first part of the hike at lower altitudes. You will most likely have a loss of appetite at higher altitude. Your body will need all the energy available to reach the summit!
  • Sleep. we recommend bringing a good set of earplugs to reduce outdoor noise. Noise travel at night and sleeping in a tent can be very noisy. Accommodation on the Marangu route is communal A-frame huts, ear plugs are essential when sleeping in a room filled with 10 hikers!

Mental preparation

It is possible to summit Mount Kilimanjaro successfully. Many before you have succeeded. This should be at the topmost in your mind when preparing for the summit attempt. You should always remain in a positive state of mind, but not overly arrogant. For your Kilimanjaro preparation, try to anticipate various different scenarios, which you may encounter on the mountain. Try to work out the most suitable course of action, mentally by yourself or even as a group. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the really difficult sections, like from Kibo to Uhuru or from Barafu to Uhuru, easier to complete.

Enjoy the experience!

Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is the main goal of your Kilimanjaro expedition. However it is important to stop and take a look around. Enjoy the views and cherish this once in a life time experience! Your positive attitude will make the trip more enjoyable and increase your chances to succeed and summit Kilimanjaro!


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