About Henry

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the sixth edition was published in 2024), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.

What do you wear day by day on Kilimanjaro?

What do you wear on Kilimanjaro each day? Your bag for Kilimanjaro is packed with clothes for every season. You have T-shirts for first day or so when you're on the mountain's lower slopes, walking through the rainforest. But you also have thermal underwear, thick fleeces and warm winter coats for your nighttime  push [...]

July 20th, 2023|Categories: Advice|

Why do we climb Kilimanjaro at night? 

Why do we climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro at night? Several times a year people who are looking to climb Kilimanjaro write to me and ask the same question:   Why is it that most people climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro at night?  What’s it like climbing at night?  It’s a reasonable [...]

April 25th, 2022|Categories: Advice|

Taking a group up Kilimanjaro

Advice for organising a group trek on Kilimanjaro Are you planning on climbing Kilimanjaro with a group of friends or family? Are there at least four of you in your group? Have you been nominated as the person to organise everything? In which case: you have my sympathies.  Why? Because the truth of the [...]

March 21st, 2022|Categories: Advice|

Is Kilimanjaro one of the world’s biggest mountains?

Kilimanjaro may be the biggest mountain in Africa – but where does it rank amongst the world’s highest mountains? There is no doubt that one of the main attractions of climbing Kilimanjaro is that afterwards you can boast to your friends that you have stood at the highest point on an entire continent with [...]

November 10th, 2021|Categories: Statistics|

Kilimanjaro and COVID – all the latest news

Kilimanjaro and COVID: all the latest updates for travellers to Tanzania * LATEST NEWS On this page you'll find all the latest updates regarding COVID and Kilimanjaro. In other words, how the global pandemic may affect your plans to climb Africa's Highest Mountain. In summary, at the moment it is possible to climb the [...]

May 28th, 2021|Categories: Advice|

Solo travellers Kilimanjaro: some advice and tips

Coming to Tanzania alone to climb Kilimanjaro?  People who have a burning desire to climb Kilimanjaro comes in all shapes and sizes, are all ages and from every country in the world. Their motives for doing so are similarly many and varied. The problem is, what do people do when they can’t find anyone [...]

April 15th, 2020|Categories: Advice|

Advice and tips for women on Kilimanjaro

Advice for female trekkers on Kilimanjaro Tips, advice and information for women planning to climb Africa's Highest Mountain  Currently just under a half of our climbers in 2020 were women. This figure includes over a dozen solo women climbers, That is to say, women who have booked by themselves and were joining one of [...]

January 28th, 2020|Categories: Advice|

Taking children on Kilimanjaro

Should you take your child on Kilimanjaro? Contemplating whether to take your family on Africa's highest mountain? We'll discuss whether you should - and how best to go about it?  Last week we received an email from a British woman. She contacted us as she was hoping to take her six-year-old child up Kilimanjaro. [...]

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Advice|

Older climbers on Kilimanjaro: advice, info and tips

How do senior trekkers fare on Kilimanjaro? Some facts, advice and tips In July 2019 Anne Lorimor, from Phoenix, Arizona, reached the summit of Africa's Highest Mountain aged 89. In doing so she became the oldest person ever to reach Uhuru Peak, the true summit of Kili. It was actually Anne's second successful assault [...]

September 9th, 2019|Categories: Advice|

Success rates on Kilimanjaro: Can you trust them?

If a company advertises a near 100% success rate for getting people to the summit of Kilimanjaro, should you believe it? This week I was contacted by a reader who had just got back home after an unsuccessful attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. The person had climbed with one of the top operators on the [...]

September 5th, 2019|Categories: Advice|
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