The #1 Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide – everything you need to know to prepare for your trek 2018-03-19T05:42:07+00:00


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Kilimanjaro: The essential facts

HEIGHT: 5895m or 19,341 feet

FAME: Highest Mountain in Africa. Said to be the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.            

LOCATION: Northern Tanzania, by the border with Kenya, in East Africa            


SUCCESS RATE: Varies according to route, duration of climb and trekking company used, but percentage of people getting to the top is approximately 75%.           

NUMBER OF DEATHS PER YEAR: Figures never released by authorities but we think approximately 6-7 deaths per year.

ACCESSIBILITY: Anyone over ten years old can legally climb Kili. Under that age, special permission must be sought from the park authorities, KINAPA. Youngest person ever to reach the summit is 7; oldest is currently 88. Wheelchair users, blind climbers and paraplegics have all managed to reach the summit.

Conversely, famous people we know who failed to reach the summit include tennis ace Martina Navratilova, tycoon Roman Abramovic and, so it has long been rumoured, mountaineer and conqueror of Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary!

THE BIG QUESTIONS: Want to climb Kilimanjaro? This is what you need to know….

What company should I choose?

They can help you reach the summit – or they can kill you! Check out our advice on choosing a climbing company.

Booking your Kili trek >

How to make your trek cheaper – and how not to >

What should be included in your trek >

The routes up Kilimanjaro - a wooden sign at the start of the Machame Trail

 What’s the best route to the top?

Six official routes lead to the summit of Kilimanjaro – but what’s the best one? 

What’s the best time to climb Kili?

Kilimanjaro has two main trekking seasons and you can climb it any day of the year – but what’s the best time to climb?

How much does it cost to climb Kili?

Take a look at why Kilimanjaro is such an expensive mountain to climb – and how you can take measures to make it cheaper.

What should I take for my Kili climb?

From underpants to iphones, sleeping bags to champagne – what to bring with you for your Kilimanjaro climb.

How fit do I need to be?

The more exercise you do down here, the more you’ll enjoy it up there! Check out our fitness for Kilimanjaro page to find out how you can get ‘Kili ready’. 

Can anyone climb Kilimanjaro?
Can I climb Kilimanjaro without guides and porters?
How dangerous is it?
How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
On what day of my trek do I reach the summit?
What happens if there’s an accident or somebody needs to descend?
Are the toilets as bad as people say?
Do smokers perform better on Kili than non-smokers?
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Got a question - Just ask!

What’s the best company for my budget? Will my dietary requirements be catered for on Kili? What safari should I go on after my trek? Whatever your query, we do our best to help! And we’re not affiliated to any one agency – it’s the only independent advice online!

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This website is divided into four main sections, which together provide you with pretty much all the basics you need to know to plan and prepare properly for your trek. Hover over the images below to see what you can find in each section:

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What’s been happening on Kili…

Two Kilimanjaro records broken in one week! (Possibly)

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The most popular trekking routes on Kilimanjaro – the latest figures

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As most of you will know, there are six main routes leading up to the summit of Kilimanjaro (plus one [...]

Which nationality climbs Kilimanjaro the most?

December 10th, 2017|

Once again I am very grateful to the Kilimanjaro National Park Authorities, KINAPA, for supplying the most up-to-date statistics available [...]

Altitude sickness…

It’s the main reason why people fail to reach the summit – and it’s Kili’s number one killer too!

Read on to find out how to avoid it, how to spot it – and what to do if you get it! 


‘Stedman’s wonderfully down-to-earth, practical guide..’ Longitude Books (New York)

‘A top pick. It covers everything… Any travel collection needs this’ California Bookwatch

‘Comprehensive and informative….’ Wanderlust magazine

‘You wouldn’t want to be without this book if heading for Kili’ Backpack magazine

‘Contains almost everything you could possibly want to know’ Strider magazine

‘Stedman is a Kili obsessive…and that shows on every page’ Trek & Mountain magazine

‘A model of what a guidebook should be’ David Dean

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