Most of the Kilimanjaro trails used on our mountain treks are well-defined and of good quality. Paths in moorland and alpine desert can become difficult to follow in foggy conditions and it is essential that all trekkers are in permanent contact with their guides. Some of the forest sections are often slippery, necessitating the use of walking poles and gaiters. The moorland paths can also be very wet and sometimes boggy.
There are no sections on normal routes which require technical climbing skills.
There are a couple of sections which require a reasonable head for heights and a limited amount of scrambling, notably the Barranco Wall on the Shira and Lemosho routes, plus some small sections of the summit ascent as you reach the crater rim. The summit days are almost exclusively on loose scree but no technical skills are required. Coming down from the summit is made easier by scree-running, but this skill is not essential.
Walking poles will again be needed for this section. For parts of the year the summit approaches on the mountain may be covered with snow and sometimes ice, but no special equipment is needed to walk on it. Dangerous ice conditions are only normally encountered on the more technical routes such as those which ascend via the Western Breach, but we do not operate on those routes.