Climb Kilimanjaro

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Mark your an important life event by conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s magnificent sights. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a significant event for people who love fun and adventures.

With a height of 5895 meters (19340 ft) Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world (i.e. it’s standing there all by itself in a plain, it’s not one peak of many in a mountain range.)

Planning a Kilimanjaro Climb

To climb Mt. Kilimanjaro you have to do some planning and some preparation. Planning and preparation are crucial to the success of a Kilimanjaro climb! Your chances to reach the summit, planning and preparation will determine how much you enjoy, or not, the whole trek, from start to finish.

Whether you reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is not a matter of luck, not of age, not of previous fitness or experience. It’s entirely up to you. You need to be willing to do the research and to invest the time and money.

You need to make three major decisions before you climb Kilimanjaro:
  • You have to decide on a date.
  • You have to decide on the climb route and length (how many days/nights).
  • You have to decide on a trekking agency.
1. Deciding on a date

The best times to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro are the driest months of the year, especially Jan/Feb and Aug/Sep. But any time between January and mid March or between June and October offers reasonable chances of good weather on Kilimanjaro.

2. Deciding on a climb route and the duration

There are several climbing routes up Kilimanjaro. They vary in length and difficulty.

Climbing Routes
  • Marangu Route (aka Coca-Cola Route)
  • Machame Route (aka Whiskey Route)
  • Umbwe Route.
  • Rongai Route.
  • Shira Route (aka Shira Plateau Route)
  • Lemosho Route.
  • Northern Circuit Route.

If you use the Marangu route your accommodation is in huts and camping is not allowed.

Five days is the absolute minimum duration for a Kilimanjaro trek, six is better. For the popular Machame route six days is the minimum, seven days is recommended.

Taking an extra day for acclimatization will greatly improve your chances to reach the summit. There are longer treks available for those who can afford them.

3. Selecting a trekking agency

Mount Kilimanjaro is protected by the Kilimanjaro National Park, access is restricted

You can only climb Kilimanjaro with a registered guide/trekking agency. A good climb operator will supply guides, a cook, porters, food, water, and camping equipment if you are camping. We are so proud to be among the best Kilimanjaro operators who deliver quality service to our customers.

There is no need, indeed no opportunity, for you to worry about the details. You don’t need to carry anything but your day pack, you don’t need to cook or put up your tent or anything.
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Kilimanjaro Packing List:
  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve and 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants
  • 1 Hard Shell Jacket
  • Lightweight Raingear
  • Sun Hat, ideally with a neck cover
  • Warm Beanie or Fleece Headband
  • Buff or Neck Gaiter
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Lightweight Inner Gloves
  • Warm Outer Gloves / Mitts
  • Adjustable Trekking Poles
  • Large Volume Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sweat Resistant Suncream
  • Blister Platers
  • Insect Repellant
  • General Medications (Paracetamol, Imodium)