Anyone Can Climb Kilimanjaro: Tips and Tricks for Success

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a thing for beginners. However, with some tips and tricks, the difficulty can be reduced a ton, and you’ll surely summit the mountain. In this climbing Kilimanjaro documentary, we take the Lemosho route, which turned out to be a great idea.

Our Bottom Line Up Front:

– Kilimanjaro cost – we paid $1800. Some western owned companies charge up to $5000. We honestly did not see a difference between a local budget company that we booked with vs one of the expensive companies. We had great food, great people, and really enjoyed it.

– In this video, you see the Lemosho route. It’s the newest of the routes, and takes 7-9 days (we did it in 7). Some routes are faster, and thus more affordable, but the success rate plummits to 25-30% for the 4-5 day hikes. Lemosho has about a 90% success rate and is considered by far the most scenic.

– The toilet sheds at each camp are disgusting. They are just holes in the ground. We paid an extra $50 per person for the private toilet and it will make your journey so much more enjoyable and comfortable – just spend the money and go for it.

Kilimanjaro is truly an awesome thing to do, a bucket list item, there’s nothing cooler than saying you’ve climbed one of the 7 peaks and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

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50 Comments

  1. Anton Antonov on March 14, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I successfully summited Kilimanjaro via Lemosho route on 4th October 2019. Your video was very valuable and contributed to my success. Thank you very much!

  2. Paul Paul on March 14, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Loved it thank you for sharing. What month did you climb

  3. Hike with Jina on March 14, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Went there 2 months ago.
    One of the hardest thing I’ve ever done so far but totally worth it!
    I went up using Marangu route stayed at hut 😉

  4. Bekah Ekum on March 14, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    What tour company did you use? I can’t wait to do this! This is awesome

  5. Ronja RäuberT on March 14, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    What month did you go? Was it rainy season?

  6. Rick Blevens Jr on March 14, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    $1800… Is there other costs like tipping or additional costs???
    I enjoyed the video!!!

  7. Wie D on March 14, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Jest lovely…

  8. Matseliso Scott on March 14, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Loved the video. Now I’m thinking of also climbing in future ❤

  9. Teddy Okechukwu on March 14, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Great video! Can you provide the information for the company you used?

  10. Rasmus Nilsson on March 14, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Amazing video, one of the best things you do is all tips and tricks. I like the idea of climbing with a local company, which company did you use and how did you Come in contact with it?

  11. ncjdivadancer on March 14, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    So good! Now you guys have me questioning if I want to do kili or India/Nepal/Bhutan next summer!

  12. Jason Stanley on March 14, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    what company did yall use

  13. James Munisi on March 14, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    "20 – 30% fail to summit" then comes "I think anyone can summit this mountain" … Total lie, not everybody can summit mount Kilimanjaro. Always listen what your body tells you …

  14. Arwa Mrad on March 14, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Awesome video thanks so much for sharing this, congrats! A question though, which month did you climb the mountain in? We’re currently planning on doing the lemosho route in November, the short rainy season, and opinions on that are quite controversial. Thanks!

  15. Philip Hicks on March 14, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Great video, brought back memories of when I was there. Felt the same emotions, the joy at the sunrise, the incredible sense of accomplishment and the connection with the friends that I made on the mountain. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Fabiola Antoine on March 14, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Yay!! Floridians!! One of the hardest thing I find with hiking is the breathing.

  17. Kathmandu N on March 14, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Why are you crying because you are gay?

  18. Lernie Jane Malazo on March 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I was surprised with the pair of Nike shoes has made it to the one of the top of the 7 summits. Congratulations to the team. It is indeed a climb to remember. It is a climb that every hikers’ wishing for.

  19. Jacqueline Powell on March 14, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    What’s the name of the company you went with?

  20. VALORANT TOURNEMENT on March 14, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Can a 12 yr old climb Mount Kilimanjaro

  21. JoAnn Wages on March 14, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    My husband and I are starting our training for Kili in June……So far I have lost 142lbs and people think that was hard wait til we do this…..Can’t wait for my turn on the top.

  22. Sylwia Przeplata on March 14, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    your guide has such a calm and deep voice. OMG so soothing, I will trust him in no time.

  23. Glen Green on March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Nicely produced and narrated video. One comment though: I see (in the notes below) that you climbed with Sirikwa. They are not members of https://kiliporters.org/ . I’m not saying that they, specifically, are bad. But anyone contemplating a Kili trip, should familiarize themselves with the corruption and abuse that porters suffer. Cost savings probably are coming on their backs, where porters who work for non-KPAP companies can be paid as little a couple dollars a day, and often climb with inadequate equipment and food. It’s worth vetting your guide: https://mountainexplorers.org/climb-with-a-partner-for-responsible-travel-company/

    Also, for a primer, check out this video on the subject to learn more: https://vimeo.com/27746760

  24. cybersurf5 on March 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

    On subject of budget, did you use a KPAP affiliated company? My main concern is fair wages for the porters/guides/cooks rather than best deal but if you can get great value while ensuring fair wages I’m all ears!

  25. Andrew Wynn on March 15, 2021 at 12:01 am

    I am from Florida too! I would love to do Kili maybe in January and would love to know how you trained to prepare for the elevation.

  26. metarus208 on March 15, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Hey, what was the tour operator that you went with?

  27. Richard Wise on March 15, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I enjoyed ur video. Can I know the local co. U used? We wanna go in July. Thank you

  28. Nabil Kazi on March 15, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing your journey of Kili. I climbed Feb 2019. Same route. It was amazing. One down, six more summits to go!

  29. Jason Rosman on March 15, 2021 at 12:07 am

    What was the name of the trucking company you used?

  30. Bottom Line Up Front on March 15, 2021 at 12:07 am

    AFTER KILIMANJARO WE SEEM TO THINK WE ARE *EXPERT* HIKERS AND ENDED UP GETTING OURSELVES IN A SITUATION ON PRETTY MUCH *THE MOST DANGEROUS HIKE IN THE WORLD* – Definitely a different kind of hiking in our latest adventure video!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh3wFdhQA3I

  31. cory50087 on March 15, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Hi just wondering what happens if you find you need to turn back? do u have a guide to support you? Thanks

  32. Jahi Smith on March 15, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Planning has started for a trip in October(ish) timeframe. Your videos and others have served to motivate the hell out of me. Thank you! Very cool, they have covid testing setup for post-hike. Can’t get back into the states without it lol. #mybiggestworry

  33. Monica Mjema on March 15, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I was born in Tanzania and I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro ❤️ my grandfather did it a few times. Problem is that I’m really not a fit person so climbing it is my goal for 2022 😀🇹🇿

  34. Yvette Hess on March 15, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I’m supposed to be climbing in August for an all-women climb (celebrating Women’s month in South Africa). I’m scared. I haven’t trained as I should. I’m so scared. I cried at the end of this- thank you for this beautiful experience, for sharing it openly. Is it too late for me? I’m not fit at all.

  35. Melisa Heimuli on March 15, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I love your channel so much!! Esp this video.. thanks for taking us along with you guys on your journey🙌 epic content🔥

  36. Daniel Gallo on March 15, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Man, this is my first video I’ve seen of your guys. And stoked to have found your channel. Super awesome job at it and cool experience to watch.

  37. Sakura Moore on March 15, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Would you ever consider walking a trail that took several weeks to finish? Why? Or Why not?

  38. Adelina Dobrete on March 15, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Hi! What local company did you guys use and what were the exact dates you climbed? Thanks

  39. Art Good on March 15, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Amazing video! You’ve inspired me to go for it. I’m 47, but before I turn 50, I want to climb Kilimanjaro!

  40. Nitesh Pandey on March 15, 2021 at 12:18 am

    What is the good price for this in usd

  41. alexsakon on March 15, 2021 at 12:19 am

    I’m in the process of looking into options for an outfitter. Which company did you use if you don’t mind sharing? Also, excellent practical video.

  42. SAVAGE Media Group on March 15, 2021 at 12:20 am

    What season did you climb in? I’m hoping to stand on the summit in two weeks 🙂

  43. Savannah Gilbert-Hudgins on March 15, 2021 at 12:21 am

    What tour company did you use?

  44. Kara Goldsmith on March 15, 2021 at 12:24 am

    What company did you use?

  45. Episodes of a Trip on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    This video is fantastic. If the covid leaves, I hope to go to Tanzania this year, and maybe try the Kilimanjaro. I loved the video. Very human, with expressions, fears and real enthusiasm. I confess that I was also thrilled at the end. By the way … for someone who has vertigo, but always tries to overcome their fear … Do you think the route (closer to the end) can become "blocking"? Thanks

  46. Old Lady Angler on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Wow! I felt that emotion!! Reaching the summit of a giant mountain will do that! What an EPIC achievement! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  47. Debra L Adams on March 15, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Did the Lemosho Route… our whole party of 10 made the summit! We used a local tour company, Zara Tours. They also have 2 hotels, one in Moshi. Fabulous guides and staff. And YES, on the toilet!!

  48. Backpacking Tony on March 15, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Love this video! At 41 I climbed on the Macheme route. Out of 16 hikers 13 made it to the top. I was the very last hiker to do so. Enjoy the moment it’ll stay with you for life!

  49. Wander With George on March 15, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Hey there! Gonna do this climb in September. What was the budget company you went through?
    Thanks!

  50. Scruffy on March 15, 2021 at 12:30 am

    They are building a chairlift there 2022. Maccas half way up and starbucks pn the summit

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