One of the most common questions people ask is: ‘Is it difficult to climb Kilimanjaro?‘.
So many people dream of climbing the Rooftop of Africa, which has captured the imaginations of travelers for decades.
However, what prevents some people from achieving that dream are their concerns about the difficulty of summiting this mountain.
In other words, you don’t have to be an exceptional mountaineer to climb Kilimanjaro.
However, there are other considerations that influence your ability to make it to the summit. One of these considerations is altitude sickness.
We talk more about altitude sickness below. However, we’d also recommend you to read our article on avoiding the dangers of altitude sickness when climbing Kilimanjaro.
Why altitude sickness makes it more difficult to climb Kilimanjaro
How to mitigate the impact of altitude sickness?
How long will it take to acclimatize to the high altitude?
Is Mount Kilimanjaro a climb or trek?
Another common question that often pops up when discussing the ease or difficulty of climbing Kilimanjaro, is whether it should be considered a climb, hike or a trek.
To answer this question, let’s look at the differences between the three.
In other words, it is a little bit of a grey area, but when all factors are taken into consideration, it is more commonly referred to as a climb.
How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro?
Are there any exercises to help me prepare for my climb?
To maximize your chance of making it to the summit and improve your physical fitness, we recommend doing targeted exercises to help prepare for your climb.
Is climbing Kilimanjaro dangerous?
Is there an age limit to climb Kilimanjaro?
So the great news is that anyone who is in good health with a reasonable level of fitness can climb Kilimanjaro.
The key to maximizing your chance of summit success is ensuring that you acclimatize properly. Altitude sickness is one of the main barriers to successfully climbing Kilimanjaro, so by taking steps to reduce the impact of the high elevation, you will increase your chances of making it to the top.
This is the reason why you should choose a route that allows you to hike high during the day and sleep low at night, and climbing between 7-8 days.
For more information on altitude acclimatization, make sure to also read our article on avoiding the dangers of altitude sickness when climbing Kilimanjaro.
It’s also a good idea to prepare for your climb, by hiking and conditioning your body to walk in ascension, over uneven terrain for long periods. In addition, practising targeted muscle exercises is excellent practice.
Although climbing Kilimanjaro is not technically difficult because you don’t need to be an experienced mountaineer to summit the mountain, the more you do to prepare for your climb and pre-acclimatize to the high elevation, the more likely you are to succeed.