Mt Kilimanjaro Trekking in Tanzania
Are you looking for an adventure vacation? Join our experienced Mt Kilimanjaro trekking teams on Africa's highest mountain and the largest free standing mountain in the world.
Mount Kilimanjaro, on the northern border of Tanzania, rises from coastal scrubland to a breathtaking, snow capped height of 5,895m - a scenic and climatic trek from equatorial tropical to Arctic conditions on one of the world's most accessible and unmissable, high altitude summits.
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Climbing Mount kilimanjaro is possible at any time of year.
However, during the rainy season, which extends from March to May and also in November, trekking can be muddy within the rain forest and more snow and ice on the summit makes the summit ascent more tricky.
August to October and December to February are the warmest and driest months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with clear sky's. It is therefore the busiest time for Kilimanjaro trekking vacations.
Whatever the time of year you choose for your Kilimanjaro trekking vacation, good gear is necessary to ensure your comfort and safety.
A reasonably fit individual with stamina, strength and determination, stands a good chance of successfully reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Don't expect luxury as facilities on the trekking routes are basic. On Marangu route there are shared A-frame mountain huts for sleeping, a communal dining area and toilet blocks with cold water taps (not at Kibo Hut). All other Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes are camping only. Everything, including water, has to be carried by hard working porters. Toilets are available en-route and in the designated camping sites.
Our guests say!
'The Kilimanjaro trekking organization was steller. Each of the Kilitrekking guides offered different perspectives on things. We were incredibly impressed by the knowledge they had about the flora and fauna as we climbed each day. They nurtured us, provided support when a couple of the team struggled and they made sure we were doing the right thing. The food was amazing, the service was amazing, the cook, the porters, the guides were all exemplery'. Louise C, USA, On Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro trekking routes
A Kilimanjaro trekking adventure vacation begins within the banana and coffee plantations on the populated lower slopes. Within Kilimanjaro national park begin hiking within the lush montane forest - home to elusive eland, elephant, leopard, buffalo and small mammals; then higher, through moorland - carpeted by heathers and giant lobelias. Above 4000 meters, the barren lunar landscape supports only mosses, lichen and a few hardy birds. Finally, the vegetation gives way to the glaciers and peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo on 'the roof of Africa' - Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
On a Mt Kilimanjaro trekking vacation the ultimate quest is snow capped Uhuru Peak on Kibo.
To climb Kilimanjaro on Lemosho route the adventure begins with a rough drive through western Kilimanjaro to Lemosho gate. A remote and spectacular route with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro. Lemosho climbers join Machame route for the summit ascent after a weather exposed hike on Shire Plateau. See Kilimanjaro trekking on Lemosho route for more information and how to book your private trek.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Marangu route is a gradual ascent on well maintained tracks. Hiking towards the summit there is a steep zig-zag scree path up to Gilman's Point. The route then flattens out for the final hike around the crater, Marangu 'the coca cola route' is a popular route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. More details on the route and how to join a group trek can be found on the Kili trekking Marangu route page.
Kilimanjaro trekking vacation on Machame route. This Kilimanjaro route is very scenic and has a high summit success rate because of the up and down nature of the Kilimanjaro climb - hiking high and sleeping low is good for acclimatization. There is a challenging, almost sheer wall to climb - Baranco wall. However, it's easier than it looks. More details on Machame route and how to book a group or private trek is can be found on Kili trekking on Machame route page.
To climb Mount Kilimanjaro on Rongai route the adventure begins with a rough drive almost to the Kenya border on the eastern side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The beginning of the Kilimanjaro trekking ascent is easy and gradual, but trekking days get longer. The Rongai route joins Marangu route at Kibo Hut for the summit ascent. Rongai receives less rainfall than other routes making Rongai a good choice for wet season hiking. Rongai remains one of the quieter routes. Check out Kilimanjaro trekking on Rongai route page for more details and how to book your group or private trek.
Shira route on Mount Kilimanjaro is also promoted as Londrossi or Shira Plateau route. The 6 day (5 night) western Kilimanjaro approach route starts with a 4X4 drive through the forest to the trail-head beneath the Moram barrier. The route transverses Shira Plateau to join Machame route climbers for the summit ascent via Barafu and Stella Point. Read more details on the Shira route Kilitrekking program. To book a climb on this route please request details via the enquiry form. Private climbs only with a minimum of 2 people).
Umbwe route is a fast, direct route and one of the least used Kilimanjaro climbing routes. Expect steep gorges, glaciers and panoramic views. The trekking gains altitude quickly which may increase problems with altitude sickness. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Umbwe route will require a good level of fitness and stamina as climbers must be prepared for an initial steep ascent and some tough scrambling. For more information on Mt Kilimanjaro trekking on Umbwe route check out the program page. To book a climb on this route please request details via the enquiry form (private climbs only with a minimum of 2 people).
There is also a more challenging Mt Kilimanjaro trekking route - Circuit Route includes the rarely visited northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Remote and beautiful, Kilimanjaro trekking on Circuit route is the only climb where on some sections the only people you are likely to see are your climb partners and your Kilimanjaro trekking crew. More details of the route can be found on the Kilitreks Circuit route program page. To book a climb on this route please request details via the enquiry form (private climbs only with a minimum of 4 people).
Adding an extra Mount Kilimanjaro climbing day above 3,000m on any of the above routes will help the body to adjust to the altitude and give you an added opportunity to explore and enjoy your Mt Kilimanjaro climb.
NOTE: The Western Breach route, also known as Arrow Glacier, remains closed to non-technical climbers, due to rock instability.
Within this web site you will find information on planning a Mt Kilimanjaro trek, increasing your level of fitness for climbing Kilimanjaro, as well as help with choosing Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes
Page updated 21/04/13
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