Our U.S. Kilimanjaro Specialists are dedicated to ensuring that you are thoroughly prepared for your Kilimanjaro trek.
While it is important to train far in advance and to be in great physical shape before embarking on a journey to the Roof of Africa, your chance of reaching the summit depends primarily on how your body reacts at altitude.
High altitude medical specialists agree that there is no correlation between your fitness level, age, or gender and your susceptibility to altitude sickness. It is your rate of ascent that is the single most important factor in proper acclimatization.
Acclimatization is Key
Both of these routes were designed with maximum acclimatization time in mind. Starting from the moment you step off the plane, you spend two nights at altitude and have an acclimatization hike with wildlife viewing before beginning the trek.
We have a 98% summit rate on the 9-day Western Approach route, a 96% summit rate on the 6-day Umbwe route, and a 100% summit rate on the 10-day Grand Traverse (this season).
Although there are many mysteries behind why certain individuals are more prone to altitude sickness than others, one thing the experts agree on is that picking a longer route with maximum rest and acclimatization time will increase your chances of reaching the summit.
For most companies, the success rate on Kilimanjaro is 50% because they offer a 5-day trek, which allows very little time for acclimatization.