Kilimanjaro Summit Success rates have essentially improved over the years, as we have perfected routes and service levels, so today’s figures are a little higher than stated above. This first set of statistics refers to trekkers across all mountain operators.
The numbers are not completely dependable, but are our best approximations founded on the information available to us
All trekkers: 4 night routes: Crater Rim 45% : Uhuru Peak 28%
All trekkers : 5 night routes : Crater Rim 65% : Uhuru Peak 45%
All trekkers : 6 night routes : Crater Rim 78% : Uhuru Peak 65%
You will note that a far lower proportion of trekkers get to the highest than is commonly cited. There are operators out there who claim a ridiculous 99% achievement rate. In actuality the majority of small operators fight to reach 50%.
Four nightly routes, mainly on the Marangu Track, are not only unsafe, but give you not much supplementary than a 1 in 4 chance of success.
The 6, 7 and 8 night routes give excessively better chance of success than 5 night routes, mostly because they attract a higher amount of good mountain operators and fitter better-prepared trekkers.
This second group of statistics refers to trekkers with our mountain associates, The African Walking Company. They are founded on an investigation of over 16000 response forms which we received from guests since 2002 and are absolutely accurate …
trekkers : 5 night routes : Crater Rim 86% : Uhuru Peak 68%
trekkers : 6 night routes : Crater Rim 88% : Uhuru Peak 74%
trekkers : 7 night routes : Crater Rim 92% : Uhuru Peak 85%
trekkers : 8 night routes : Crater Rim 91% : Uhuru Peak 85%
Related with the mountain averages, hiking Kilimanjaro with one of our teams can recover your chances to getting to Uhuru Peak by up to 27%, which truly is extraordinary.
The Rongai Route, which makes up the majority of our five night statistics, has a very suitable rate to the Crater Rim, but with far less trekkers going on to Uhuru Topmost. This scarcity has now been significantly reduced since the introduction of ALTOX Personal Oxygen Systems and the peak success on this route has started to rise towards 80%.
We understand that it can be difficult for potential trekkers to understand how there can be such huge differences between our own peak success rates and those of other operators. The answer is that it all lies in the detail. Let us for example take a look at the issue of food. These are some of the areas where the smaller mountain operators incline to fail.
… lack of cleanness around the kitchen
… lack of understanding of high altitude food necessities
… the need to cut prices leads to insufficient supplies
… fresh fruit is frequently left out due to the high charge of porter age
… insufficient chef exercise leads to unpalatable food
… cutting back on fuel means that water is not boiled
All this is in stark difference with the attitude that we have to food and water management
The extended and short of it is that we accomplish to achieve extraordinary summit success ratios by just being hard-working and thorough in all areas.