Can I fall to death when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

When it is possible to die while climbing Kilimanjaro, it is quite uncommon. The majority of the mountain’s routes are non-technical and well-traveled. This implies that you don’t need to be a professional mountaineer or athlete to climb them. However, just as you may take a bad step when walking up a high flight of stairs, you can do the same on Kilimanjaro. There are a few spots on the mountain where a bad fall is conceivable, but the danger is quite restricted and considerably lower than on other mountains if you follow your guide’s advice. Bad weather, like with any mountain, increases the chances of falling.

Rainy seasons are best avoided since slick pathways may make the mountain exceedingly perilous for both you and your porters. The weather may also be unpredictably variable. In June 2018, for example, it is said that unusually heavy snowfall at the peak resulted in numerous fatal falls when guides persuaded their customers to continue the climb despite the evident dangers. Except for the general risk of altitude sickness and the risk of rockfall on the Western Breach, such risks are mostly avoidable with responsible companies and guides, and most paths on Kilimanjaro are very low-risk – except for the general risk of altitude sickness and the risk of rockfall on the Western Breach.

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