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What is the best month to climb Kilimanjaro?

We generally advise that the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest times of year, from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October. However, although these are considered to be the best times to climb the mountain in terms of weather, they are also the busiest months.

Kilimanjaro Routes – Which Route is Best?

Machame Route (“Whiskey” Route)

Lemosho Route.

Shira Route.

Rongai Route.

Northern Circuit Route.

Marangu Route.

Western Breach/Arrow Glacier Route.

There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent).

What is the most beautiful Kilimanjaro route?

Machame is considered the most scenic Kilimanjaro climbing route. For that reason the Machame route has become the most popular climb route on Kilimanjaro.

How many routes are there on Kilimanjaro?

nine different routes

To climb up Kilimanjaro, you’ll need both physical and mental strength, but that rewarding feeling and sense of achievement at the top will be completely worth it. There are nine different routes on the mountain of which seven are ascent routes and two are used for descent.

What I Wish I Knew Before climbing Kilimanjaro?

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Climbing Kilimanjaro

2) Prepare to be Cold & Wet. …

3) Pack the Right Gear & Bring a Headlamp + Extra Batteries. …

4) Tipping is Optional (yet expected) …

5) Be prepared for Huts/Tents, Sponge Baths, and Squat Toilets. …

6) Go Slow & Drink Lots of Water.

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

The prices for Kilimanjaro climbs vary wildly. To climb Kilimanjaro can cost you anything from $1290 up to 1670 to $4000 and above. (There are some operators advertising cheap Kilimanjaro climbs that cost below $1290.

What is the cheapest way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

The absolute cheapest trek is around US$1290. To get this price, however, you would probably have to travel directly to Tanzania and negotiate with various agencies, look to join a group, and opt for the cheapest route (Marangu, probably) and the shortest number of 5days

The reason it is so expensive is because of the fees the government charges for you to climb the mountain. Mt. Kilimanjaro is a national park, and the Tanzanian government charges very high fees for you to visit it. For a trip to the top you must now pay $600-$700 in fees to the government.

Does snow fall in Kilimanjaro?

Snow on Kilimanjaro can occur all year round, but the most common months are November through March

How fit do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

You don’t need to be exceptionally fit, but you do need to get your body used to the particular demands of this hike. Otherwise the first days will be so tiring that you will have no energy left when it counts. So, the best Kilimanjaro training is to simply walk.

What do I need to climb Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Equipment

Day pack (25–35 liters)

Pack cover.

Sleeping bag comfortable to 15°F (dependent upon season, weather forecast and personal preference)

Waterproof hiking boots.

LED headlamp with extra batteries.

Trekking poles.

Heavy-duty duffel bag (95 liters; no wheels or rigid handles)

Where do you sleep on Kilimanjaro?

When you trek Mt Kilimanjaro, you sleep in one of two places: in a mountain hut or a tent. Most trekkers sleep in tented camps, as only the Marangu route offers hut accommodation.

Who was the youngest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Coaltan Tanner

In 2018, October, six-year-old boy Coaltan Tanner from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the US became the youngest person ever to climb Kilimanjaro. He was born on September 18th, 2012, meaning he was just six years, one month and a few days when he made it to Uhuru Peak.

What animals live on Mount Kilimanjaro?

What Wild Animals Will I See Climbing Kilimanjaro?

Blue Monkey. The Blue Monkey, also known as the Diademed Monkey, can be found in Kilimanjaro’s rainforest, especially around Big Forest Camp (the first campsite on the Lemosho Route). …

White Necked Raven. …

Colobus Monkey. …

Four Striped Mouse. …

Bush Baby.

What are the 7 summits of the world?

The ‘Seven Summits’ are comprised of the highest mountains on each of the seven continents of the Earth: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Mount Vinson and Carstensz Pyramid.

How do you train for Kilimanjaro?

Ideally, you should try to hike as much as possible on hills or mountains to simulate climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Doing day hikes is superb training. For those who do not have access to trails, the next best option is to train on stairs. You can also train very productively on a stair master machine.

Is climbing Kilimanjaro hard?

To climb Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenge and if you’re new to trekking, camping, living outdoors, or high altitude then you may find it tough – however the specific challenges are mainly due to the altitude, your attitude and fitness but with the correct preparation and a good guide team, then the vast majority of

What temperature sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro?

As on any high-altitude trekking expedition, the nights on Kilimanjaro get very cold. Hence, your sleeping bag needs to be able to cope with extremely cold temperatures. We recommend sleeping bags that have a rating at a minimum of -10C (14F).

The Marangu route, also known as the "Coca-Cola" route, is the oldest, most well established route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations in lieu of camping. There are 60 bunk beds each at Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut.

The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/ 37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but plenty of first time trekker use the route as well and do just fine. It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro’s better routes and thus is recommended.


Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho.

Rongai route

The Rongai route is the easiest route up Kilimanjaro. It has a reputation as a remote wilderness trail. Rongai is the only route to approach Kilimanjaro from the north.

Mount Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route is a 27.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kibosho Magharibi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers.

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Gate, Hike to Shira 2 Camp. …

Day 2: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp. …

Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp. …

Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. …

Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp. …

Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi.

There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent).

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