Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. As such it is not to be underestimated!
It is vital that one prepares well, put in enough training and that one’s gear can stand up to the conditions of the trek.
There are 6 different routes to the summit. Each one has both positives and negatives. Do enough research to decide which route is best suited to yourself and what you want to achieve.
The only route with huts is the Marangu route. It is also the route that takes you in the most even ascend to the summit. The other routes all involve camping.
The next very important aspect is that you take enough time to get to the summit. The only sure way of avoiding serious altitude related problems is to take enough time for the trek. Many people do the total trek in 5 days successfully. Unfortunately one does not hear about the people that don’t make it to the top in this time.
Adding extra days improves your chances of success tremendously and makes for a more enjoyable summit experience.
The extra days are used to acclimatise the body properly and to see more of this beautiful mountain.
It is greatly advised that your trek should consist a minimum of 6 days, but even 7 and 8 days is becoming more and more common.
For most people this is a once in a lifetime experience. Therefore take your time, plan properly and you will have the experience of a lifetime!