Mount Kilimanjaro is a walkable mountain that does not necessarily require any special skills and technicalities. All you need to do is be fit and choose a route that offers acclimatization to help minimize and avoid altitude sickness. The route conditions on Mount Kilimanjaro are great as the trails are well maintained.

Which is the hardest part of Kilimanjaro Routes

The mountain may not demand a lot of technical abilities to climb but still, there is a reason as to why it is the tallest mountain in Africa, it is a bit of a challenge. Perhaps one of the most challenging bits of the hike is the climb up the Barranco wall which can be a bit challenging for first-timers.

What do the Kilimanjaro Routes/Trails look like

The trails of the Kilimanjaro routes are smooth for most of the part with other patches of the route being rocky and dusty, filled scree sometimes depending on the vegetation and climatic zones that you traverse, the higher you climb. When it is wet and during the rains, the upper slopes can be slippery and muddy especially in the forest zone. Check out Mount Kilimanjaro Route comparison before you choose the best route.

Environment and vegetation on Kilimanjaro trails.

The environment surrounding the Kilimanjaro trails changes depending on the vegetation zone and climatic zone that you have reached. For example, the trails leading to the summit may be rocky and sometimes full of scree while the summit/peak has some ice. The trails around the forest zone on the slopes of the mountain may be muddy because it is usually wetter at the forest zone of Mount Kilimanjaro.

What to wear for the Kilimanjaro trails

Comfortable, strong, waterproof footwear, with great grip, rugged soles, and ankle support, will be useful. You rarely need proper, special mountaineering boots that have special features like spikes or crampons unless you are climbing via the seldom-used western breach route, which is the most difficult route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Read more about the recommended gear list.

Trekking poles: A pair of trekking poles will come in handy when trekking the Kilimanjaro trails especially when you feel tired and your knees are unable to support your body on their own. They also assist at times when you are trekking on rocky trails, giving you support and balance.

Gaiters: In these muddy and wet conditions, it is recommended to wear gaiters to prevent your pants from getting dirty from the mud while at the same time stopping gravel from entering your shoes, these particles are notorious for causing blisters and discomfort.

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Kilimanjaro route weather conditions

Changes in the weather can also change the conditions of the trail. When it rains the trails can seem difficult to trek as they can become muddy and slippery. As you climb even higher, you will encounter ice, scree, and rocks. But that is not the only difficulty that climbers face, it is altitude sickness that carries significant effects on climbers as one of the symptoms that come with altitude sickness is fatigue.

In the forest zone, where it is mostly wet, the trail can be muddy, especially on the slopes.

At the end of the ever-wet forest zone, you will enter dust-filled zones. Tranquil Kilimanjaro strongly advises you to carry a dust-proof bag to carry your valuables and a bandana along to cover your face as it is usually dusty and windy.

Top Tips for Staying Safe & Comfortable on the Trail

Below are some of the tips to help you trek mount Kilimanjaro safely and in a more comfortable way. You can also read more about tip on climbing Mount Kilimanjaro successfully.

  • Strong, durable, and well-fitting hiking boots with ankle support are very useful.
  • Gaiters will help to stop dust and gravel from entering hiking your boots for maximum comfort.
  • Trek with poles, can reduce fatigue and give you something to help your balance
  • Eat a great amount of energy-giving meals! Snacks are also allowed as they will boost your energy in times of need.
  • Drink as much water as possible, keep your body dehydrated to minimize altitude symptoms. You will feel more tired when you are dehydrated so water is very important for acclimatization purposes.
  • Get some exercise before taking on Mount Kilimanjaro and do not skip leg day. You will need the stamina to endure the climbing process and the slopes. Among the areas to work on include thighs, butt, and hamstrings. Great fitness levels will increase your chances of making it to the top.
  • Slow and sturdy, do not be in a hurry, climb slowly and at a constant pace to conserve your energy and make it easy for your heart and lungs.
  • Keep yourself warm at all times by wearing clothes that will ensure you stay warm to keep your temperature as normal as possible. Remember straining your body with cold may slow you down and cause tiredness.
  • Sunglasses will help in dusty and windy conditions, to protect your eyes.
  • Sunscreen is also essential even though you will be in cold climatic conditions, the sun at high altitudes scorches more especially in exposed parts of your body.

Always consult your guide any time when you feel like you need to or notice something different.

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