Is it safe to climb Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro safety overview
Altitude sickness Experienced Kilimanjaro guides The right safety equipment Choosing a qualified tour operator Nutritious food and safe water Malaria Covid-19
It is safe to climb Kilimanjaro, but only when you are educated on the risks and how to avoid them.
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Why safety must come first
1. You're in a remote location
2. There is extreme and unpredictable weather
3. You trek to a very high altitude
Did you know that Kilimanjaro is over a thousand metres taller than Mont Blanc?? Kilimanjaro is 5,895 m compared with Mont Blanc's 4,696 m.
Don't rush to the top
Altitude sickness is common
It's perfectly normal to get symptoms of mild altitude sickness when climbing Kilimanjaro, and these shouldn't worry you.
Do fit people get altitude sickness?
It's important to choose a good route
It's good to 'climb high, sleep low'
Experienced Kilimanjaro guides
All of our guides are highly experienced in preventing, detecting and treating altitude sickness.
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The right equipment for Kilimanjaro safety
A pulse oximeter
A portable stretcher
A first aid kit
What if you feel sick on Kilimanjaro?
Symptoms of altitude sickness
Hot tip: drinking water helps to alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Personal safety equipment
Choosing a qualified tour operator
an operator that understands Kilimanjaro guides who know how to deal with altitude sickness an operator with the necessary safety and medical equipment a safe climb!
Nutritious food and safe water
Eating sufficient and nutritious food
Safe drinking water
Map showing malaria distribution in Africa
How can I protect myself from malaria?
They take anti-malaria meds. They try to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long garments, using insect repellent, and sleeping under a mozzie net.
Kilimanjaro safety measures for Covid-19
Our Tanzania lead staff have undergone specialised Covid-19 prevention training. We conduct regular temperature checks of staff and climbers. We wear masks at all times (except on the mountain, as breathing is already too difficult at high altitude). We engage in social distancing (especially on the mountain when face masks can’t be worn). Our cook wears a protective face mask when preparing your food. We engage in regular hand sanitising, and provide our staff and climbers with hand sanitiser.
Our health and safety form
And, finally, don't forget...
travel insurance medication vaccinations
Hepatitis A and B typhoid yellow fever tetanus polio measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) meningococcal meningitis (Africa and Asia)