Most who climb with us will want to summit Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the greatest achievements many will claim ever to remember. We know all the routes like the back of our hands and are happy to advise which will suit your own tastes and abilities. Let us guide you through the whole process of preparing yourself from today through a fitness regime to Kili’s summit and safely down again.
The British Mountaineering Council advises that those wishing to climb Kilimanjaro should first spend 3 days summitting nearby Mount Meru, 4566m. While not everyone will be able to afford the extra days in what will likely be a busy itinerary, none who climb Meru regret their decision. The best way to see Kilimanjaro can be said to be in climbing Mount Meru. And for those whose time constraints do not allow an ascent of Kilimanjaro but still want a taste of African altitude, Meru is an excellent peak to attempt in its own right.
While we cannot guarantee that you will summit your chosen peak (this is largely dependant on you) we can assure you that our teams know how best to exploit your strengths and fortify you at times of weakness, and will offer you the greatest summit opportunity possible.
Stella Point, Kilimanjaro
What is needed to climb Meru or Kilimanjaro?
- no specialist equipment, just standard walking gear. Exceptions to this are a 4 or 5 season sleeping bag (can be hired); a very warm jacket (can be hired); sturdy boots - not too heavy, and well worn in.
- no experience whatever, though some time spent trekking during your preparation phase will maximise the likelihood of your summitting. The ascent of Kilimanjaro via the six standard trekking routes that we offer, is not technical, requiring only a little scrambling at times.
- an above average level of fitness. You are strongly advised to begin training at least 2 months before you come out, unless you have a particularly active lifestyle already. Jogging two or three times a week for 40 minutes is recommended as is a long hilly walk (5-8 hours) with a 10kg rucksack every two to three weeks.
- exceptional level of determination. However strong you are you will feel like giving up sometime during the last 600 metres of ascent to the summit. You need to want the summit with a hope and a passion not found in daily life.