It's Africa's highest peak - and
it's within your grasp!
Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and one of the 'Seven
Summits' - the highest peaks on each continent. However, it is a realistic goal for fit trekkers and its lofty summit,
at 5895m above sea level, is reached by thousands of trekkers each year. That said, anyone who attempts the peak should be
aware that the high altitude is a real danger and, unfortunately several trekkers who ignore the risks die each year.
is only possible to trek on Kilimanjaro if accompanied by a guide and almost everyone books with an adventure travel or trekking
company. Prices for these trips vary wildly - our advice is to be aware that you get what you pay for. Cheaper trips will
have few guides, less satisfactory meals (an important consideration on a challenging trek like this) and poor conditions
and wages for the local staff, which includes guides, chefs and porters. More expensive trips will have a better ratio of
guides to clients which makes a real difference when it comes to your chances of summiting. They will also look after you
better on the trip and, just as importantly, will look after their local staff on and off the mountain, paying them a fair
As Kilimanjaro is the type of peak trek that most people only do once, our advice is to
bite the bullet, pay a bit extra and increase your chances of making the summit. By booking with a reputable company, you
can also rest assured that the local team who will assist you on the mountain are properly looked after.