All East African mountains are challenging. Most are treks, and some are technical climbs. However, you do not have to be a superstar athlete to successfully stand on top of the majority of them. Being in reasonably good shape will most certainly set you up for success. We recommend a medical assessment from your doctor prior to committing to any trek or climb at altitude, explaining to them your intentions. We also recommend a reasonable amount of workup training in order to condition your body to hiking approximately 5 (and up to 10) hours a day with a light day pack.
For many people, Kilimanjaro is usually their first experience at higher altitudes. We do recommend bringing Acetazolamide (Diamox) with you on the climb, however we recommend against taking it prophylactically. Having it allows you to provide initial treatment should you experience Acute Mountain Sickness, however, unless you have a predisposition to poor altitude acclimatization, you will likely not need it to summit Kili. We ensure a proper acclimatization schedule on all our routes and will not rush you up the mountain. Further details on acclimatization will be provided to you in our information package after booking that will help set yourself up for success.
On Kilimanjaro, we maintain a rescue equipment package while clients are present. It consists of rescue litters, hypothermia management equipment, emergency oxygen and a satellite phone.