KILIMANJARO TREKKING

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Overview

Rich in diverse fauna and flora, Mount Kilimanjaro stands at 5,895 metres making it the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro is mostly a matter of fitness and determination mixed in with how well your body adjusts to the high altitude. Our staff are well trained in recognizing signs of altitude sickness –  the biggest enemy to a successful summit.

Your health will be expertly monitored along the way. By listening to your guides and heeding their advice, you will have the greatest opportunity for a successful and healthy climb.

Kilimanjaro routes

There are several routes to choose from, taking anything from 5 to 10 days depending on your abilities, budget and time. These are: Machame (6 or 7 days), Marangu (5 or 6 days), Rongai (6 or 7 days), Umbwe (6 days), Lemosho (7 to 9 days) and Northern Circuit (9 to 10 days)

We usually recommend both the 7 Day Machame and 8 Day Lemosho routes asgood options for climbers of all abilities. Not only are these routes known for being incredibly scenic, they also both have very high success rates as they allow your body to adjust to the altitude over several days.

Preparations

Climbing Kilimanjaro involves passing through several climate zones, from equatorial rainforests surrounded by banana and coffee plantations, to near arctic conditions. This makes packing the right layers vital. We’ve prepared a page with relevant details for you to prepare a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

December – February

  • Regarded by some as the best time to climb
  • Favorable weather conditions
  • Good visibility from the summit

March – June (low season)

  • Weather can be rainy
  • Despite being wetter, it is not cooler
  • Visibility is good

July – August (high season)

  • These months see a drop in temperature
  • Usually no rain
  • Busier season, seeing more groups on the mountain

September – November

  • Weather is fair
  • Generally little rain
  • Fewer groups on the mountain

Safety & Success rate

Your safety is one number one concern, and we have some of the best guides in town who are accompanied by the best mountain safety equipment and evacuation procedures. 

On the mountain we make sure:

  • You eat and drink properly
  • We check your oxygen levels twice a day
  • We brief you on every aspect of safety and healthy practices
  • We observe for any signs of altitude sickness and act accordingly
  • We follow all emergency procedures when needed

Our success rate is 98%

  • This means most of the clients succeed in reaching the summit
  • This is because we observe early signs of altitude sickness which is a major cause of people not making to the top
  • However, we don’t risk the lives of our clients, that’s why some do not make it to the top.

Kilimanjaro Itineraries

A route used by more than 50% of Kilimanjaro trekkers. Machame route is a great option for you especially if you do it with this 7 days itinerary.
The only Kilimanjaro route that you can sleep in huts. A relatively easier route,but very challenging on the summit day.It’s perfect if you are afraid of high slopes.

The Lemosho route starts on the western side of the mountain just beneath the Shira Route. This is one of the most scenics and highly recommended for good acclimatization. 

A route used by more than 50% of Kilimanjaro trekkers. Machame route is a great option for you especially if you do it with this 7 days itinerary.
The only Kilimanjaro route that you can sleep in huts. A relatively easier route,but very challenging on the summit day.It’s perfect if you are afraid of high slopes.

The Lemosho route starts on the western side of the mountain just beneath the Shira Route. This is one of the most scenics and highly recommended for good acclimatization. 

Short and steep, the Umbwe route is considered the most challenging route on the mountain. Traffic on this route is very low, which might make it an attractive route to climbers. However, due to its quick ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro it has one of the lower success rates for reaching the summit.

The Northern Circuit Route follows the Lemosho trail in the beginning, approaching the mountain from the west. However, instead of following the southern traverse the Northern Circuit traverses the mountain around the northern slopes. 

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Frequent Asked Questions

CAN CHILDREN CLIMB KILIMANJARO?

Yes, but the minimum age limit set by Kilimanjaro National Park for children trekking to Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old.

CAN YOU LEAVE EXCESS LUGGAGE BEHIND WHILST TREKKING KILIMANJARO?

Yes, any excess luggage you do not need to carry with you on Mount Kilimanjaro can be left at our office. You should keep valuable items with you at all times.

WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED WEIGHT FOR OUR DAY PACK?

We would recommend that you carry no more 7kg. You only need to carry the essentials (3 L drinking water, valuables, camera, lunch/snacks, rain layer). The rest of the items you can leave with porters to carry.

What should I pack for my climb

When climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, you will pass through several climate zones, from equatorial rainforests surrounded by banana and coffee plantations, to near arctic conditions. This makes packing the right layers vital.
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WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE ON MT KILIMANJARO?

Expect equatorial to arctic conditions on Mt Kilimanjaro. However, depending on the route chosen, you will begin your trek in dry plains or tropical forests with average temperatures between 25⁰C and 30⁰C. Expect various terrains and weather zones to arrive at the permanently snow-capped summit. You may experience rainfalls and sub-zero temperatures on your trek.

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT FOR LUGGAGE ON KILIMANJARO CLIMBS?

Each porter can carry up to 20kg of luggage. Your duffle bag needs to be of 15kg weight so that we can add mattress and sleeping bag to make a total of 20kg.

DO WE TIP THE MOUNTAIN CREW?

Yes, it is expected and much appreciated. The amount depends on the amount of days, but can range from $150 and $300 per hiker. Tips are pooled and shared amongst the crew.