Kilimanjaro Trekking Risks is common to any climbers especially altitude sickness, climbing routes and bad weather condition that are common at high altitude. Hiking Kilimanjaro might well be the most hazardous thing you will always do. Undoubtedly it is one of the most unsafe things that you will always be able to pay to do.
It is statistically considerably more unsafe than free-fall descend jumping for example. It is supreme that you know this fact during the initial stages and plan for that reason.
Today our individual mountain operation has guided more than 16000 people on Kilimanjaro and we have had only one death, which was a man of older years who suffered an unexpected heart attack near to the peak.
This high level of safety is well above the averages for the mountain, the background statistics can be fairly alarming.
We estimate that during times of bad weather, trekkers with lower price operators run a danger of death higher than 1 in 300.
During normal weather conditions, trekkers with lower price operators run a danger of death higher than 1 in 3000.
Further during normal weather conditions, hikers with reliable operators run a risk of death less than 1 in 10000.
For hikes that take place during periods of decent weather, by far the leading health issue on the mountain is elevation sickness. Kilimanjaro is extremely high. No amount of exercise and no amount of other hiking below 4000m altitude can prepare you completely for this.
Almost 100% of trekkers suffer some form of slight to average signs of elevation sickness.
About 10% of trekkers suffer signs severe sufficient to permit their instant elimination to lower altitudes. Up to 1% of trekkers need extra removal.
Altitude sickness need not be afraid of, but it does need to be valued. Following the advice delivered by a decent mountain operator should minimize the chances of inconvenience and disaster to satisfactory levels.