Some good things to know, before you book
Published July 14, 2020
- Do I need previous hiking experience to climb Kilimanjaro?
Previous experience is not essential, but it certainly helps. The important thing is to prepare yourself physically, as the fitter you are the more enjoyable the experience will be. And the better chance you will have of reaching the summit. Train gradually, starting a few months before your climb: strap on your hiking boots, put on your daypack with around 6kg (13lbs) of weight inside, and do some longish hikes. If you can build some ascent and descent into your training and hike on consecutive days, all the better.
- I have children. How old do they have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?
Anyone under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have children under 14 years old, then please think carefully about the suitability of a Kilimanjaro climb and discuss this fully with Easy Travel before you book. We may decline a booking if we believe that a child under 14 and/or his/her parents are insufficiently experienced to attempt the climb. As always, our priority in making such a decision is the safety of our climbers.
- Which countries do your visitors come from?
From everywhere! Easy Travel welcomes climbers from all over the world. Although many of our visitors come from the USA and Europe, we also have many who come from many, many countries in every continent. All our mountain guides speak English.
- Which routes do you offer for group and private climbs?
Easy Travel offers Kilimanjaro climbers the Marangu, Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes. We also offer climbs up Mount Meru. You can find detailed descriptions of all these routes and their durations by reading our Active Trekking page.
If you want to take part in a group climb, we offer the popular Machame Route.
And if you prefer a private climb, then you can choose between the Lemosho Route, the Machame Route (with the option of an extra day), the Rongai Route or the Marangu Route.
- Is there any limit on the number of climbers on a group climb?
On our Small Group Tour Active Trekking Climb, which involves a group of climbers who have booked the same trip separately, our group is limited to a maximum of 10 climbers, while we can arrange a private climb for any size of group, even for a single climber. We provide sufficient porters and guides according to the size of each group, as detailed below.
Total Number of crew in camping route (Lemosho, Machame and Rongai)
No of climbers No of Guides No of Cook No of Porters 1 1 1 4 2 2 1 7 3 2 1 10 4 2 1 13 5 3 1 16 6 3 1 19 7 3 1 21 8 4 1 24 9 4 1 27 10 4 1 30
Total Number of crew in Hut route (Marangu Route)
No of climbers No of Guides No of Cook No of Porters 1 1 1 3 2 2 1 5 3 2 1 7 4 2 1 9 5 3 1 11 6 3 1 12 7 3 1 14 8 4 1 16 9 4 1 18 10 4 1 20
- What is the difference between a group climb and private climb?
If you book on one of our Small group tour Active Trekking climbs, then you will travel with people you haven’t met before, on a set route on a set date. With a private climb, you climb with the people you choose, whether friends, family or a mixture of both. You choose your route and departure date. Whichever choice you make, Easy Travel provides the same high standards of service throughout your trip.
- How many days are needed to climb Kilimanjaro?
Remember that the more days you spend on the mountain, the greater your chances of summit success. The longer the route, the better your chances, simply because you have more time to acclimatize to the altitude. Our Easy Travel trips last between 8 and 10 days in total (between 6 and 8 days actually on the mountain.) For a full review of all our trips , please see our Active Trekking Tours.
- How many hours do we hike each day? How far do we have to walk each day?
How far you walk, how long it takes each day depends on which route you choose, which stage of the route you are on, how much you are ascending or descending and your own individual pace. A day’s trek might be only a few kilometres, involving only a few hours of walking. On summit day, however, you could be hiking for up to 12 hours. For more information, please see details of all our Active Trekking tours, with their days’ stages and expected length of hiking times.
And remember, most importantly of all, that this is not a race: we are looking for pole, pole (slowly, slowly) all the way to the summit.
- Should I join a group?
If you are travelling solo, as a couple, or as a small group of friends or family, then joining a group climb is a great, cost-effective option. We limit the number of climbers on each group climb to 10 and we ensure that there are enough guides to maintain an excellent guide-to-climber ratio. We never compromise on safety and pride ourselves on great, personal service, whatever the number of climbers in the group. Parties of any size are welcome to book a private climb, which suits those who want to share the experience with just their family or friends.
- I am a single climber, intending to book on a group climb. Do I have to share my hotel room and tent accommodation with someone else?
Easy Travel welcomes single climbers on its Small group tours. The cost of your trip includes accommodation on a shared basis, whether that is in your Arusha hotel or in the tents on the mountains. (Note that on the Marangu route, the huts are dormitory-style, so accommodation is communal.) If you do not want to share, then you must let us know at the time of booking. A single supplement will be payable, please ask your Easy Travel booking advisor for more details.
- Do I have to be extremely fit to take part in this trek?
There’s no need to be a superhuman to get to the top, and there is certainly no need to be a mountaineer, but a reasonable level of fitness is required and will make the whole climb much more comfortable. In preparation for your climb, start your training a few months before you arrive. Build your stamina, your core strength, build your cardio. Best of all, put on your daypack and do some hiking!
- Will I make it to the top of Uhuru Peak?
That depends. Choose a good operator with first-class guides to support you, a good route with plenty of time to acclimatize. Train for your climb, wear the correct clothing and carry the right equipment. Take it slowly once you’re on the mountain. Most of all: believe that you can reach the summit and your chances will be instantly improved. Of course, many climbers are stopped by the effects of altitude, but if you take all the above actions, then you will have given yourself the best chance possible.