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By Turtle - Posted on 12 September 2008

We've seen lots of different numbers for the percentage of Kilimanjaro climbers who actually reach the summit at Uhuru Peak. Unfortunately, nobody seems to be able to point to the original source of their data, which makes it a little suspect...

As an example, Ultimate Kilimanjaro quotes these overall success rates for all Kili climbers (not just their clients):

  • All climbers, all routes 45%
  • All climbers, all 5 day routes 27%
  • All climbers, all 6 day routes 44%
  • All climbers, all 7 day routes 64%
  • All climbers, all 8 day routes 85%

While various sources may differ a little on the exact success rates, pretty much everybody agrees on one thing: the rates go up dramatically for the longer routes.

It may be tempting to save time and money by choosing the quickest route up Kilimanjaro, but giving yourself a few extra days on the mountain to acclimatize is probably the smartest thing you can do to improve your chances of success.

Turtle says "pole pole"