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According to regulations in Tanzania, you can't climb Kilimanjaro without a guide. That means you will 100% be with somebody that understands the nature of acclimatization and has likely been up many many times previously. When you hire a guide, or book a guided trip via a company, they will also take care of permits for you. Most companies automatically ...


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I think it may be difficult to directly compare laminate or coated hardshells with softshells, because the technology involved can be complicated. So here's the simple answer: If you get a strech-woven softshell, it will almost certainly be more breathable than any hardshell, at the expense of complete waterproofness. At the same time, most softshells are ...


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The friends I know who have done this have said that it is just a long uphill walk - but the altitude increase means the temperature drop is incredible - from +25 Celsius to -25 Celsius, the equivalent of moving from the equator to the Antarctic over a few days. So you want layers and layers of clothing. It can also be very wet - some altitudes are often ...


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I wrote up some notes here that me be helpful. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a big deal. It doesn't require a lot of stamina or strength, because the need for gradual acclimatization severely limits how far you can go every day. It's not legal to climb without a guide, and when you pay for a guide, you're also typically also getting a lot of support, which is ...


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Aligning the answer strictly for Kilimanjaro, I'd first recommend you to select the route that you are going to take. If you want to take the easiest way up, the Marangu route shall be perfectly suitable for you (No offence, just in case if you remain unprepared, if you have been preparing well, you might try the other routes. I'd consider taking two ...


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Killamanjaro has relatively simple terrain. The main issue with climbing it is it's height (it's nearly 6000m/20,000feet). You will need to acclimatise correctly. It will take several days to do this so you will need to spend some time on the mountain (this won't be a day hike!) Most people who climb this mountain do so as part of an organised group. If ...


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If you take the tourist route you "just" walk up. The big challenge is the altitude, make sure you walk slowly to get used to it. In addition to Rory's answer take some sun glasses. I came down on a stretcher once after getting snow blinded :)


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It depends on which route you take. The most common routes are all classed as trek which means you are basically walking. There are some less popular routes that encompass some climbing/scrambling such as the western breach route. Equipment wise the main thing you will be dealing with is the cold. Lightweight summer boots may not be sufficient and you will ...



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