People come up to me and ask “Can you climb Kilimanjaro on your own?”
In 1991 the Tanzanian government and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority changed its policy towards unsupported treks on Mount Kilimanjaro.
In short, the regulations require:
- That all trekkers are accompanied by a registered and licensed guide.
- Trekkers need to register with the Parks Authority before beginning their hike and need to sign in at each camp along their chosen route.
- Trekkers need to stay on official routes and are prohibited from using bivouacs or caves for shelter.
- Wood fires are prohibited.
- The last two regulations necessitate proper camping with adequate camping and cooking gear. For this reason, the standard Kilimanjaro trek includes not only a registered guide but porters to carry tents, gas, food and a trekkers gear. Hence, without proper planning and permission, it is not possible to climb Kilimanjaro without porters as well.
So you cannot climb Kilimanjaro on your own.
You would need to hire a guide, porters and a cook. As well as any or all gear that you require and pay the park fees.
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