The park authorities are relatively relaxed about who or how many people can trek the mountain, so restrictions on age and health are more likely to be imposed either by yourselves or by our recommendations ...
Lower age limit:
Although the official lower age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority for trekking to Uhuru Peak is 10 years old, we usually recommend a minimum age of 13 years. We request that you let us know at the time of making an enquiry if any member of your group will be under 16 at the time of the ascent, as we may need to make special arrangements, notably including extra summit guides. We have lots of experience of treks with younger people and regularly operate group treks for schools, so please do feel free to get in touch for a chat. If we have concerns we will make them clear and may even recommend that you do not trek.
Upper age limit
There is no upper age limit and people in their seventies and eighties regularly make the summit. Seventy years old is the threshold which we have set to get the alarm bells ringing and advise extra health checks, but trekkers of any age are welcome. In reality, we have found that older climbers often have a lot of advantages over the younger generations ... they are generally better equipped to deal with adversity, more single-minded, are more intent on achieving their goal and can pace themselves accordingly. These factors often outweigh the physical advantages of youth.
Trekking up Kilimanjaro is a seriously tough undertaking. When people speak of the degree of difficulty, they are mainly referring to the six to eight-hour summit approach, which is undeniably tough, mainly due to the extreme altitude. The days that precede this ascent are generally not too physically demanding for anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness, although a combination of adverse factors such as bad weather, altitude sickness and general tiredness arising from being out on the mountain can make even these easier days rather more of a challenge. Trekkers come in all shapes and sizes, from marathon runners to the exercise adverse. Although this is far from being a hard and fast rule, generally speaking, the fitter you are, the greater your chances of summit success. Often it is the more determined people who get to the top, so mental fitness and focus is also a major component. The extent to which you will be affected by altitude sickness is not directly linked to absolute fitness.
A trek on Mount Kilimanjaro is likely to cause considerable strain on your bodily systems, so it can be a good idea for all trekkers to seek medical advice before considering such an undertaking. However we only strongly recommend medical checks for people in high and medium risk categories ...
The following people are considered to be at high risk on Mount Kilimanjaro... ... men over 60 ... women over 65 ... anyone with previous heart or respiratory problems. If you fall into this category then we urge you to take a full medical before even considering whether to trek and then a further medical a couple of weeks before the trek. You must advise us when making a reservation in order than we might tailor our service on the mountain accordingly.
The following people are considered to be at medium risk on Mount Kilimanjaro... ... men over 40 ... women over 50 . If you fall into this category then you are advised to have a full medical a couple of weeks before the trek. T his information is given as a general recommendation only and does not constitute medical advice. It is up to you to determine whether you are in a fit condition appropriate for undertaking a trek of this nature. If in doubt consult a fully qualified medical practitioner.