Here we will cover the basic information on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We recommend that you read everything here to help you understand the undertaking you are hoping to take on...
Park regulations dictate that you can only climb Mount Kilimanjaro as part of an organised trek, with a properly licensed mountain operator. You cannot simply buy a permit and head off onto the mountain. Nor can you hire a guide and do the same. You have to trek with a fully equipped team, usually of between 3-6 members of staff per trekker.
A trek on Kilimanjaro is a hugely complex logistical issue and even small errors in the logistics and staff training can drastically reduce the chances of summit success and can easily lead to trek failure or even death. Although this might imply a disciplined and well-controlled trekking environment, the reality on the ground is rather different. The general levels of service on offer from the hundreds of mountain operators are extremely low.
Selecting a decent operator is crucial to maximising your chances of summit success and minimising the levels of risk. We hope that over the course of the sections that follow we will be able to communicate to you quite why you might consider our mountain partners, The African Walking Company, to be the best choice.
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