Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is part of the so-called “Seven Summits”. These are the highest peaks on each continent. The highest of the three peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro is Uhuru Peak (Swahili for "freedom") and rises 19341 ft above sea level. Fortunately, from a technical point of view it is not a difficult mountain. You don’t need to be a skilled mountaineer who has experience with crampons, rope groups or ice axes.
However, you should be in a good, general physical condition. Start with your physical preparations long enough in advance. We recommend that you go running regularly and start working on your endurance. On the mountain you will, after all, walk uphill (not too steep) for a long period of time (4 to 6 hrs). Also regularly go walking with a small backpack. On the mountain, the local porters will carry your luggage to the next camp. You will just carry your own small daypack with something to drink, some snacks, a warm sweater or jacket, your camera and smaller personal items (iPod, medication, sunglasses, e-Reader, pocketknife,... for example). You will have to submit a certificate from your GP to prove your good physical condition.
As you could already read in the itinerary, you don’t have to bring technical climbing gear. You find your packing list here.
There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We have chosen to climb Mount Kilimanjaro over the Machame route. Also known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. It is a bit longer but makes ideal acclimatization possible, especially during the third day when we climb up to 15190 ft before descending to 13044 ft again. This gives our bodies time to adjust to the thin air at high altitude. We will take it easy, each participant going his/her own pace. The better your acclimatization is, the bigger your chance of a successful ascent.