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We are six experienced climbers who have climbed all routes of Kilimanjaro and other seven summits over the years.

It is hard to pick a Kilimanjaro tour operation company that will perfectly organize your trip to the roof of Africa. We are here to help. Some of us currently reside in Tanzania doing environmental projects. Just like most of you, we scrapped the internet in search for information about Kilimanjaro. Having the questions was easier than attaining their answers. It was hard to make decision on whether to attempt the climb in the first place, and which operator to climb with. As there are many companies taking people to Kilimanjaro finding the best company was an overwhelming task. We visited countless websites and forums some with big names and some start-ups. We got so many opinions that made things even more complicated because now we were confused as very few details got cleared up. We created this web page to help you choose the best Kilimanjaro operator. First, you should understand your chances to make it to the top (summit) are super high if you choose a good tour operator. Yes, even your fitness level does not help as such. On Kilimanjaro, the guide makes all the difference and the guide is provided by a tour operator. A tour operator with great guides is the one delivering amazing Kilimanjaro experience. The guide is responsible for a number of tasks. Including - managing staff. He sets pace, decides when, where to rest, and when not to rest. He watches the supply of food. He makes sure all the mountain equipment functions. But most importantly, he keeps you safe. Without proper handling, organization, sharpness and professionalism Kilimanjaro can be very dangerous. Every yea people die while attempting to summit. Victims at points have nothing in common - old, young, male, female, very fit and obese. It can happen to anyone, everyone is invisible. Most death on Kilimanjaro is usually because of altitude sickness. Exposure and rock fall are as well the other reasons but not as much. Your Kilimanjaro guide has to be trained, sharp, brave and professional enough to keep you and your group from such dangers. If a dis-functioning guide in Paris makes a mistake the worst case scenario is lack of insight into French culture, while a poor guide on Kilimanjaro can bring about death!

Mount Kilimanjaro

Frequent asked questions about Kilimanjaro

What is the best time to trek Kilimanjaro?

KILIMANJARO TIME

Is it possible to trek Kilimanjaro privately?

PRIVATE/GROUP

Can you Trek Kilimanjaro for Charity?

KILIMANJARO GOAL

Can I overnight at crater camp during Kilimanjaro Trek?

CRATER CAMP

Can I do Safari after Kilimanjaro?

KILI + SAFARI

How do I book to trek Kilimanjaro?

BOOKING

What is the guidance for tipping during Kilimanjaro Trek?

KILIMANJARO TIPS

What is a normal typical day on a Mount Kilimanjaro Trek?

TYPICAL DAY

How do I pack for a trek on Kilimanjaro?

KILI PACKING

Day pack gear guidance and how to pack during Kilimanjaro trek

DAY PACK

How to reduce ecological footprint on Mount Kilimanjaro?

KILI ECOLOGY

Can I combine Kilimanjaro hiking with any safari in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa?

KILI TO SAFARI

What gear do I need to climb Kilimanjaro?

KILIMANJARO GEAR

What are the best times to climb Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBING TIME

Before and after Kilimanjaro hiking, can I go out to a good restaurant in Tanzania?

RESTAURANT

Can I climb Kilimanjaro again?

RE-CLIMBING

Can I send emails/make phone calls/send postcards from Tanzania?

CONTACTS

How fit should I be to climb Kilimanjaro?

KILI FITNESS

Can I shower while climbing the Kilimanjaro?

SHOWER

I’m a travel agent/journalist. Can you help me?

AGENT

Should I give tips to Kilimanjaro trek porters and guides?

KILIMANJARO TIPS

What about medical supplies and emergencies during my stay in Tanzania?

MEDICATION

Will I be able to speak to people in English in Tanzania?

ENGLISH SPEAKING

Who to book with to climb the Kilimanjaro?

BOOKING

Are park fees included in the fees to climb Kilimanjaro?

PARK FEES

Does climbing Kilimanjaro involve technicalities?

TECHNICALITIES

What is the weather like on Mount Kilimanjaro?

KILI WEATHER

How long is the hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro?

HIKING DISTANCE

How long does it take to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro?

HIKING TIME

What kind mountain gear do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

MOUNTAIN GEAR

Can we leave excess luggage behind whilst trekking Kilimanjaro?

KILI LUGGAGE

What is the weight limit for luggage on Kilimanjaro climbs?

KILI LUGGAGE

What kind of food can we expect to have during our Kilimanjaro trip?

KILIMANJARO FOOD

How many guides will we have?

KILI GUIDES

How much will it cost?

KILI COSTS

How many porters will accompany us?

KILI PORTERS

Where and how often are your guides trained? How are they select them?

KILI GUIDES

Are emergency oxygen tanks included in our climb price?

EMERGENCY OXYGEN

What safety equipment do you carry on the trek?

TREKKING GEAR

What if one member of the group gets sick while trying to reach the summit of MT Kilimanjaro?

TREKKING GEAR

What are some of your hygiene practices on the mountain?

HYGIENE

Can children climb Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBERS AGE

What is the weather like on MT. kilimanjaro?

WEATHER

How many climbers will we be trekking with on mount Kilimanjaro?

TREKKERS

Is my departure guranteed if I sign up with your company for Kilimanjaro climb?

DEPARTURE

Can we rent a portable toilet for our climb?

TOILET

How many days are needed to climb Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBING DAYS

How is the quality of the camping equipment that you use?

TOILET

What is the recommended weight for day pack?

TOILET

Can you accommodate people with special diet requirements?

MEALS

Should I join a group when trekking mount Kilimanjaro?

JOIN A GROUP

Can I join a group climb as a single climber?

SINGLE CLIMBER

What is the minimum age that you can climb without an adult?

CLIMBER AGE

How do I prevent Altitude Sickness?

SICKNESS

What are the refund and cancellation policies?

BOOKING

Once I get to Tanzania how do I meet up with the group to climb Kilimanjaro with?

JOIN GROUP

Will Mount Kilimanjaro trip make my visit to Tanzania memorable?

MEMORABLE CLIMB

What do you recommend for post Kilimanjaro climb? Safari or Zanzibar?

AFTER CLIMB

How difficult is it to trek Mount Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBING

What forms of payment are accepted to pay for Kilimanjaro climbing experience?

PAYMENTS

Do I get receipt after paying for a Kilimanjaro climbing experience?

PAYMENTS

Is there fraud when paying for Kilimanjaro climbing experience?

PAYMENTS

Will I have a chance to interact with the local people of Tanzania after my trek on the Kilimanjaro?

LOCALS

What is the most suitable type of bag to bring for the mount Kilimanjaro climb?

DAY PACK

What do I do with my extra luggage while I am hiking?

LUGGAGE

Are there any other nuggets of wisdom about climbing Kilimanjaro I should be aware of?

DAY PACK

What is included in my Kilimanjaro climbing price?

INCLUSION

How much do you recommend we tip the porters or local guides?

TIPS

How does Kilimanjaro Summit look like?

SUMMIT

Can you choose to use International Mountain Guides on Kilimanjaro?

GUIDES

What is the summit rate when climbing Kilimanjaro?

SUMMIT RATE

How do you get on an expedition to climb Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBING KILI

Are local guides for Kilimanjaro available?

GUIDES

Do I really need a guide for Kilimanjaro?

GUIDES

Do I need a permit to climb Kilimanjaro?

PERMIT

Which route is more popular in climbing the Kilimanjaro?

POPULAR ROUTE

Is altitude a problem when climbing Kilimanjaro?

ALTITUDE

How do you train for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

TRAINING

How hard is it to climb mount Kilimanjaro?

HARDNESS

Is climbing Kilimanjaro degerous?

DANGER

Can a beginner climb Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBING

Is extra acclimatization day a standard experience on all Kilimanjaro climbs?

ACCLIMATIZATION

Are the guides trained to give first aid and deal with altitude sickness?

GUIDES

Where can I get a visa for Tanzania?

VISA

What currency should I carry with me when climbing mount Kilimanjaro?

CURRENCY

Who will be my guide when climbing Kilimanjaro?

GUIDES

Is a crater camp option available on most routes?

CRATER

How long does it take to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro?

CLIMBING TIME

What route should I climb with on Kilimanjaro?

KILI ROUTE

How do I cope with change of altitude while climbing Kilimanjaro?

ALTITUDE CHANGE

What luggage should I pack for my Kilimanjaro Climb?

LUGGAGE

What souvenirs can I buy in Tanzania after my Kilimanjaro climb?

SOUVENIRS

Can climbs be private and fully customizable?

PRIVATE/CUSTOM

Are mountain equipment well maintained with extra comfort?

EQUIPMENT

Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?

LOCATION

Why is the Marangu route called the "Coca Cola" route? Is it really dirty and overcrowded?

CLIMBING

How is the normal route while climbing Kilimanjaro?

EXPERIENCE

Can l get delicious food to sustain mind, body and spirit while climbing Kilimanjaro?

FOOD

Do Mount Kilimanjaro operators care for their local staff?

DAY PACK

Why are some companies' prices so low?

PRICES

KILIMANJARO CLIMBING | KILIMANJARO HIKING | KILIMANJARO TREKKING

Once you have reached the summit, you will be standing 5,895m or 19,340 feet high as Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. By comparison, Everest's highest peak is 8,848m above sea level. It is also commonly known as the roof of Africa, as it towers over East Africa, and the whole continent for that matter. It is so big, that if you stand at the bottom, you usually can't really see it.

Kilimanjaro, unless climbed, is actually quite difficult to see in Tanzania. For the best view, hop over to Kenya's Amboseli National Park (if you can handle the crowds) for that iconic Kili backdrop view. If you are lucky, you will spot it on a plane from Nairobi, as it is situated on the Tanzania/Kenya border to the East of Arusha. It is easily accessible once in Tanzania to begin your climb...

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Cost

There are two choices when beginning to think about climbing Kilimanjaro - whether to go on a fixed departure climb with a group, or to go on a private climb. Per person the fixed departure dates begin at around $1, 300 per person. Private climbs vary depending on how many climbers you are, and also which route. If you are a group more than 2, it could even be better value to do a private climb, but please do let us know and we can do the assistance for you.

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro: Mount Kilimanjaro Weather

March to end of May is the wet season on Mount Kilimanjaro and not a great time for trekking. The rest of the year is good though with the absolute peak season being similar to the best game viewing from July through to the end of October. After all, you want to be in with a chance of catching your summit on a clear day to get an amazing view from the highest point in Africa.

Time taken to climb Kilimanjaro

This does depend on route, but the fastest assent can take 4 nights, though most people take 6-8 nights depending on route

Overall mountaineering fitness required

Although it is possible to simply trek a route to the pinnacle of Kili without relying on professional climbing equipment, it remains a hard and serious endeavour that requires a level of physical fitness, stamina and a realistic awareness of the potentially damaging effects of high altitudes. Many tour operators request that clients consult a doctor before attempting to scale the mountain, and have a physical check-up for overall fitness.

Climbing Kilimanjaro | The Routes

Lemosho Route: This is a slightly more relaxed route, allowing 8 days for acclimatization and with a good balance in the height of the camp sites. The scenery is really beautiful, passing through forests and traverses. The success rate is 88% to Uhuru Peak and 94% to Stella Point.

Machame Route: This is the most popular route, and as such it can get pretty busy. It has overtaken the Marangu Route in terms of popularity, and although it does boast spectacular views to the west of the mountain, we feel like it’s popularity has somewhat stunted it’s quality.

Marangu Route: Being a 6 day climb, virtually most of them reaches the summit on the 6 days marangu. You can do it in 5, but 6 is a bit more relaxed! It is for mountain lovers and also for those who seek solitude on the mountain – it is a hard thing to come by on Kilimanjaro and so this is a welcome bonus to the 6 days marangu route.

Rongai Route: This is our favourite 6 day route. It begins the ascent up the northern side of the mountain, and is unparalleled in terms of scenery and summit success. There is some flexibility here too, as you can add a day giving you extra time for acclimatization and increasing the chances of summiting. The success rate for the 7 day route is 74% to Uhuru and 88% to Gilmans Point.

Shira Route : This is an 8 day itinerary which takes you through the unspoilt wilderness of Shira Plateau and around the hilly and beautiful Moir Hut and the Lent Hills, before traversing underneath the Kibo icefields to summit via the Barafu Camp. The Shira Route approaches the summit from the western side, and is for those who want uninterrupted scenery and away from the crowds. The summit success is 86% to Uhuru Peak, and 93% to Stella Point.

Climbing Kilimanjaro | The Phases

First Stage, Tropical Forest

With most of the old lowland forest now cultivated and settled, the first experience of the mountain environment begins with the dense vegetation of tropical montane forest between 1850m and around 2800m.

Cloud condensation mainly gathers around the forest, so this area is usually damp or drenched with rainfall, creating an intriguing mass of plant life and running rivers between endemic tree species. The area of heath just beyond the tree line also enjoys a relatively misty and damp environment as cloud clings around the density of trees. This is covered with heather and shrubs such as Erica Arborea and Stoebe Kilimandsharica, and a number of dramatic looking Proteas.

Moorland

From around 3,200m a wide expanse of moorland extends beyond the heath and the cloud line, so that here the skies are generally clear, making the sunshine intense during the days and the nights cool and clear.

The climbing incline remains gentle, but thinning oxygen provides less fuel to energise the muscles and can dramatically slow the pace of walking. Hardy endemic species of Giant Groundsels (Senecio) and Lobelia (Deckenii) towering up to 4m high thrive in this moorland zone and give the landscape a strangely primeval atmosphere.

Alpine Desert, Sparse Vegetation

Even higher, beyond 4,000m, oxygen levels are depleted further as the landscape develops into a more bizarre alpine desert, with sandy loose earth. Weather conditions are so intense and temperature fluctuations so dramatic that barely any plant species survive other than everlasting flowers, mosses and lichens. Only the odd lichen survives beyond 5000m, after Kibo Huts and beyond the Saddle, where the landscape is predominantly rock and ice fields. Here, climbers experience the final steep push to the summit.

Saddle to Summit

The easterly routes, Marangu, Mweka, Loitokitok and Rongai all converge west of the saddle near Gillmans Point, between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. Kibos crater is roughly circular with an inner cone extending to 5,800m, (100m lower than the summit at Uhuru Peak).

At the centre an inner crater with walls between 12 and 20 m high contains another concentric minor cone, the centre of which falls away into the 360m span of the ash pit. This is the 120 metre deep central core of the volcano, and casts sulphurous boiling smoke from its depths despite the frozen, snowy outskirts.

Tanzania safari extensions

Having gone all the way to climb Kilimanjaro, most climbers choose to extend their trip with a Tanzanian safari or even some beach time in Zanzibar or on the mainland coast. It is the perfect way to round off the African holiday of a lifetime.

For more information on Tanzania, the best thing to do is to give us a ring for an impartial chat. Although we love Tanzania, we also love the rest of Africa too and have experts in all the main safari countries. If you are undecided as to where to visit, please do just drop us an email or give us a call!
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