How many days does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is possible within 5 days; however, trekkers on a 5-day itinerary have the lowest success rate. There is no time limit on how many days to spend on the mountain to reach the “Roof of Africa”. But it is a fact that the more days you spend on the mountain, the better you acclimatize, and the greater are your chances to actually reach the summit.

Kilimanjaro is often referred to as the easiest of the “7 Summits”. It is a “walk-up” mountain that does not require any technical skills. However, whether you reach the top or not, depends on how well you acclimatize and adjust to the lack of oxygen the higher you climb. If you trek slowly and take the time for your body to adapt, you significantly increase your chances.

You might be physically in the best shape; however, your fitness level does not protect you from altitude sickness. Being physically fit will makes your trek easier, but it will not help you to acclimatize. Therefore, a slow and steady ascent with build-in acclimatization days will help your body best to adjust to the altitude.

Always remember that climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is your lifetime trekking adventure! You have spent months to train for your climb. It would be sad if you would have to turn back half way just because you didn’t give your body time to acclimatize. Rushing and putting your health at risk, or cutting your climb short due to the costs; is not worth it if you won’t be able to reach the summit.