So you are thinking about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro?
And you wonder if you're gonna make it?
When it comes to climbing Kili, the most important question that everybody asks themselves is:
Let me show you something...
On the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak
See the lady on the right? She is 64 years old in that photo. She is by no means fit, not at all. And she smokes!
As you can see, she made it to the summit.
But that's not all. She also thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and insists it was not hard or difficult at any stage. And then she had a cigarette at the top!
How do I know all that?
Well, the lady is my mother (that's me on the left). And the reason that her Kilimanjaro climb was such a huge success is NOT her fitness level. It was the preparation and planning.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will always be a challenge, but it does NOT need to be a dreadful slog all the way.
On the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro
There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek.
You'll be spending so much time and so much money getting ready for this, don't take any chances. Make sure it will be an experience that you will recount many times and that creates memories you will cherish for the rest of your life.
If mom can do it, so can you, and I will show you how:
How To Climb Kilimanjaro
On this page you can get a good overview of what it takes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Every issue that I mention here is explained in detail on another page, often several pages, but this is the place to start!
Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
There are seven Mount Kilimanjaro routes and they vary in length and difficulty. Read about their advantages and disadvantages.
Mount Kilimanjaro Tours
One of the most important decisions you have to make is to pick a Mt. Kilimanjaro tour operator or trekking agency. This page tells you what to look out for.
The Cost Of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Climbing Kilimanjaro is expensive. This page tells you where the money goes, and why it's money well spent.
Training For A Kilimanjaro Climb
What training do you need for a Kilimajaro climb? And when should that training start? What should you do? And how much of it?
Kilimanjaro And Altitude Sickness
It is not the lack of fitness that prevents people from reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, it's altitude sickness!
Not only pictures, but information as well. The many Kilimanjaro photos in this gallery are a picture guide to climbing Kili and to travel beyond.
Free Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide
A printable version of the Mount Kilimanjaro Guide is coming...
Sometimes people write in to ask where I live. I live in a remote corner of Australia, in a climate very similar to Tanzania's. If you want to know more about that, check out my website about the region I live in:
The Kimberley, Australia (the Gibb River Road)