Youngest Person To Climb Kilimanjaro (official records)

The youngest person to hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is Coltan Tanner (aged 6). Coltan is from Albuquerque in the United States and summited Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2018 at the age of 6 years and 1 month old.

Prior to Coltan’s record, Los Angeles resident Keats Boyd, held the youngest person to summit Kilimanjaro title. He summited in 2008 at the age of 7 years old.

Note: The official minimum age to climb Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. One will need to get special permission from the Kilimanjaro National Park to bring a child younger than 10 years old into the park.

Other notable youngsters who have summited Kilimanjaro include:

  • Montannah Kenney (aged 7 years old). She is currently the youngest female to climb Kilimanjaro. She summited in March 2018.
  • Montannah broke Roxy Getter’s record, aged 8.
  • Zain Akrim (aged 9 years) summited on the 8th of August, 2015. He is officially the youngest British person to climb Kilimanjaro.
  • Sam Irving (aged 10 years) of Claygate in Surrey summited in 2015. As part of his summit climb, he helped raise £25,000 for the Haller Foundation, which boosts the economies of poor, smallholder farmers who live on inhospitable land.

There are many more kids who have summited Kilimanjaro. If you would like your child’s summit to be recorded on this page just leave a comment with the details.

4 thoughts on “Youngest Person To Climb Kilimanjaro (official records)”

  1. This is an update on the news story above. I am Sam’s mother and I am pleased to report that he made it to the summit at 07:15am on 15th June this year! As part of our group, he followed the Machame route. We are trying to find out whether he might have been the youngest British boy to summit via this route!
    We set off from Barafu camp at midnight on 14th June and climbed all night, we made it to Uhuru peak and Sam battled nausea and the extreme cold to make it to the top. It was a magnificent achievement for everyone in our team and our whole group has now raised £48k for the charity Haller.

    • Hi Ros, that’s wonderful news! Huge congrats to Sam, and the team behind him. He may well be the youngest Brit to have climbed Kilimanjaro, I can’t be sure though and I’m not sure how you can verify it. Amazing that you managed to raise £48k for Haller, super impressed! If you would like to write a press release with some pics on the Climb Kilimanjaro Guide we would be happy to publish it. Email me at [email protected].

  2. I want to do this walk with my 6 year old son is it possible, but he has education problems, but happy when he is with mam.

    • Hi Karen, Unfortunately the minimum age to climb Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. You will need to wait four years before trekking with your son.


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