Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa and the world tallest freestanding Mountain stands at 5895 meters above sea level is a life time adventure. To climb Kilimanjaro you don’t requires special climbing skills or to be a mountaineer instead any person in good shape with no critical medical condition can do. This is because Mount Kilimanjaro is a walkable mountains and climbers can walk from the bottom to the top along all of its routes. The climbers have to trek the distance of about 4 to 7 hours daily during the climb while encountering an increase in altitude since Kilimanjaro is an extreme altitude mountain. In order to achieve this climber should engage in some fitness exercises in preparation to the climb. The exercises for climbing Kilimanjaro should focus mainly on distance and elevation gain. You can just run for at least 30 minutes three times a week for four months. Trekking some hills and elevated land found in your area. During the training, you will suppose to progressively ramp up your hike time, distance and elevation to build up your trekking condition
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Packages
6 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Marangu Route
Climb Kilimanjaro through the most popular and oldest route”Marangu”
From US $ 1750 per person sharing
7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Machame Route
Trek Kilimanjaro through the most scenic route with the good succes rate .
From US $ 2250 per person sharing
Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route
Climb Kilimanjaro along Lemosho route which has the highest success rate
From US $ 2250 per person sharing
Kilimanjaro climbing packages vary from each other by duration taken to finish the climb and the direction it follows in approaching the mountain. The packages are sometimes known as the climbing routes where till to date there are five established routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The most preferred route in climbing Kilimanjaro is the Machame route. This route offers best views and excellent acclimatization which result to the best success rate of about 85%. The duration for climbing Kilimanjaro through Machame route is 7 days but the entire trip takes 9 days 1 day for the arrival and another for the departure.
The Lemosho route takes 8 days from the gate to the summit. Climbing Kilimanjaro along this route is more similar to Machame route after the second camp (Shira Plateau). From the north of the Mountain is the Rongai route which is less travelled but the best during the rainy season as it is more secluded. For those who prefer less climbing challenges there is Marangu route the oldest easiest route up Mount Kilimanjaro. Accommodation along this route is offered in huts with toilets and running water. There are also huts use for dinning which is shared by all climbers from different groups and companies.
If you prefer to climb Kilimanjaro as private or would want to join the group, contact us for more arrangements. We have prepared several Kilimanjaro Climbing Itineraries, altitude profiles, kit lists and other information necessary to help you decide and prepare.
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The Success Rate of Climbing Kilimanjaro
The success rate on Mount Kilimanjaro is mainly depends on the route used to climb and the number of days spent to climb. For that case route with many days have higher success rate than those with few days. However the average success rate across all routes is 65%.
Among the factors which contribute to the low success rate on climbing Kilimanjaro are:
Altitude sickness is the main cause for the trekkers not to reach to the summit. About 90% of all failures are due to the mountain sickness. The best way to avoid it is to choose the long route with many days as that will give sufficient time for the body to acclimatize. If your budget is low enough for few days then you can go for it but you should not ignore the extra day for acclimatization since it help your body to adhere with the mountain weather and make your Kilimanjaro Climb to the summit possible.
Medical / Healthy Condition
Some healthy and medical conditions are not favorable for climbing Kilimanjaro. Such conditions includes, high or low blood pressure, respiratory issues eg asthma, heart conditions, spine problems, circulation problems, diabetic problem, intestinal and kidney problems, hypoglycemia head trauma or injury. People with these medical conditions once attempt to climb Kilimanjaro their chance of reach the summit is very low.
Many climbers underestimate Mount Kilimanjaro because is a walk able mountain by not doing sufficient fitness exercise for Climbing Kilimanjaro. As result this lead them to a failure to reach the summit
Kilimanjaro Packing List
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Kilimanjaro Packing List
Clothing for Climbing Kilimanjaro
- Hiking underwear and shirts
Bags & Backpacks for hiking
- Duffle bag
- Dry bag
- Camel bag / Hydration bladder
- Travel bag organizers
- Hiking boots
- Trekking socks
- Thermal socks
- Sun hat
- Neck warmer
Hands & Walking
- Trekking poles
Hiking sleeping bags
- Sleeping bag for Kilimanjaro
- Inflatable pillow
Personal & Medical items
Frequent Asked Questions About Kilimanjaro
Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania near the border with Kenya about 330 km south of the Equator. It is the highest peak in Africa and the world tallest free standing Mountain with three peaks shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. The highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro is Kibo peak which stands at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level.
How Can I Get to Kilimanjaro?
If you plan to come to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro you should know that the nearest International airport that you can fly in is the Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). This airport is located 42 km away from Moshi town which is at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. However if you a direct flight to JRO you can fly to Zanzibar (Kisauni Airport) or Dar es Salaam International Airport and connect a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport. For travelers from neighbor country Kenya there are shuttles which operate daily between Nairobi and Arusha town in Tanzania. The distance from Nairobi to Arusha is 275 km which takes 4 hrs and 32 minutes drive.
When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro experience long rains in April and May and short rains in November to mid-December. The dry season in Mount Kilimanjaro is in January to mid-March and June to October. According to this the best time to climb Kilimanjaro is the dry season which is January to mid-March and June to October. However climbing is possible during the rain seasons but with few numbers of climbers compared to dry seasons.
How difficult is it to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is a walk able mountain so you are not requiring having technical climbing or mountaineering skills to reach the summit. You just have to be physically fit with no critical medical condition capable of walking a long distance. This is because in every day of the Kilimanjaro climbing tour you will trek an average distance of about 4 – 7 hours. To manage this you should do some preparation for Climbing Kiimanjaro back at home which involves walking and hiking for several weeks prior to the climb.
How do I improve my chances of making it to the summit?
You can improve the chances of reaching to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro by doing the following
- By avoiding altitude sickness you’ll be in a better chance to reach the Uhuru peak which is the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This can be possible by climbing through long routes with many days and high success rate which is due to sufficient time for acclimatization. For short routes with few days like Marangu you should prefer climb for 6 days in order to get an extra day for acclimatization.
- Make some physical exercises as preparation for Climb Kilimanjaro. These exercises will help your body become fit enough to adhere with the change of altitude while climbing. More over you need pack some warm clothes and decent boots since the weather of Kilimanjaro tends to be colder as you add altitudes. While on the mountain you will have to Eat and drink properly.
Which is the best route up the mountain?
Till now there are six trail established leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The best route will depend on the climber’s preferences and time. For example if you have few days and prefer to sleep in huts instead of tents then Marangu is the best option for you. If you have more days and prefer best scenery, popular route with high success rate then Lemosho and Machame can be the best option for you.
How much does it cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
The cost for climbing Kilimanjaro range from US $ 1750 to US $ 2250 per person depends on the route you opt to climb through. The cost covers airport transfers, pre and post accommodation in Moshi town, mountain fees, accommodation on the mountain, meals during the climb, rescue fee, guide and porters gratuity.
Facts About Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is a volcano
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant stratovolcano with three peaks namely Uhuru, Mawenzi and Shira. The most recent volcano activities of Mount Kilimanjaro too k place around 150 – 200 ka which lead to the formation of the present summit crater, inner crater group lavas and parasitic flank cones.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the World's tallest free-standing mountain
Kilimanjaro is the world Kilimanjaro is the world tallest free standing Mountain while most of the world’s highest peaks are part of mighty mountain ranges such as Everest which is part of the Himalaya fold mountains. The base of Mount Kilimanjaro covers an area of about 388,500 hectares and it rises 4,900 meters above the surrounding plains. If measures this mountain across you will get the distance of about 40 km.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the in the Seven Summits.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, making it the fourth among the world’s seven summits. It is considered to be the easiest mountain to climb of all seven summits since it doesn’t requires technical skills instead the first time climbers can make to its summit.
Here is the list of the world’s seven summits starting from the tallest
- Asia: Everest (29,035’/8850m)
- South America: Aconcagua (22,834’/6960m)
- North America: Denali (20,310’/6,190m)
- Africa: Kilimanjaro (19,340’/5895m)
- Europe: Elbrus (18,513’/5642m)
- Antarctica: Vinson (16,050’/4,892m)
- Oceania: Carstensz Pyramid (16,023’/4884m)
You can Climb Kilimanjaro without mountaineering gears
Mount Kilimanjaro is only mountain among the seven summits which you can climb without been the mountaineer skills and equipments. Even if you don’t any hiking experience yet you can still climb Kilimanjaro.