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How Many Days to Climb Kilimanjaro?

Unfortunately many climbers only factor the overall price of the trip when determining the length of their Kilimanjaro climb.  Elite Kilimanjaro urges you to consider all of the following factors when determining how long you will climb.

Cost:  Naturally, the more days you stay on the mountain, the higher the cost.  It comes down to math, an extra day on Kilimanjaro equals an extra day of on-mountain staff, extra food, and extra park fees.  You might be tempted to go for a shorter trip to save money, but with every extra day you have on the mountain, your chances of reaching Uhuru Peak increase exponentially due to improved acclimatization.  Is it worth cutting your summit attempt short to save a couple hundred bucks?  If you are tight on money now, Elite Kilimanjaro recommends holding off until you have the budget to add in 1 or 2 acclimatization days.  We promise it will be worth the wait!

Vacation/Holiday Availability:  Unfortunately, certain parts of the world (namely the US) are limited on the number of vacation days they receive from work.  The same philosophy of “the more days, the better” applies here.  Don’t try to rush your trek in order to rush back to the office!  If your vacation balance is low, hold off until you have enough time to really enjoy the Kilimanjaro experience.  When you get back to work, we want you to be able to hang your Uhuru Peak summit certificate in your office to proudly boast your success to your colleagues and clients!

Safety and Success Rate:  This should be the number one factor used to determine the length of your Mount Kilimanjaro climb.  Each day you are on the mountain is another day your body is able to acclimatize; greatly reducing your chance of experiencing symptoms of AMS.  Elite Kilimanjaro highly recommends adding 1 to 2 acclimatization days to any route.  Doing so is the best way to increase your chances of reaching the top.

Route:  You may have already determined the route you wish to take.  See our Kilimanjaro Route Profiles page to see the minimum required days for each route.  You will also find Elite Kilimanjaro’s recommended number of days to maximize your chance of success for each route.