Are Trekking Poles Important on Kilimanjaro?

Trekking poles provide tremendous help when hiking Kilimanjaro.  We recommend that our clients bring or rent trekking poles for their climb.

The poles provide an additional contact point to the ground which increases your stability, especially when going downhill in rough conditions.  In addition, they transfer some of your hiking weight to your arms.  This lets your arms, shoulders and back help out your legs during those long hikes and reduces fatigue in your legs.