- Lemosho Route
- Machame Route
- Marangu Route
- Northern Circuit
- Rongai Route
- Umbwe Route
Machame RouteOperated By Enosa Expeditions
Join us for an excellent trekking to the most popular route on Kilimanjaro. Most of the Kilimanjaro climbers choose this hiking route due to...
Machame RouteOperated By Top Climbers Expeditions
The Machame Route can be done in a minimum of six days (five nights). However, it is most often tackled over seven days (six nights), for...
Lemosho RouteOperated By Enosa Expeditions
Experience the most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro and have an excellent trekking adventure with us.
Rongai RouteOperated By Top Climbers Expeditions
You just started your trekking career but you are eager to conquer the roof of Africa? Hike to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro via the...
Marangu RouteOperated By Shizi Safari's
Many favour Marangu route because it is the cheapest route to the mountain due to few numbers of days during climbing. Marangu route has...
Lemosho RouteOperated By Top Climbers Expeditions
This is the fastest option to reach the Uhuru Peak via the Lemosho Route. If you have less time to spare and want to keep the budget low,...
Lemosho RouteOperated By Tanzania Joy Tours
Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our...
Marangu RouteOperated By Enosa Expeditions
Join us for an excellent trekking through the easiest and most comfortable route to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route is...
Marangu RouteOperated By Tanzania Joy Tours
Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well...
Lemosho RouteOperated By Enosa Expeditions
Enjoy an excellent trekking to the remote and beautiful route of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Machame RouteOperated By Shizi Safari's
Known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu,...
Machame RouteOperated By Enosa Expeditions
Join us for an excellent trekking to the most popular route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Machame is waiting for you to climb to the Uhuru Peak....
Frequently Asked Questions
Mother Nature can be grumpy and in the mountains, also on Kilimanjaro, she can have some serious mood swings. On the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, it can be hot and you can find all sorts of wildlife, while on the top there can be ice and snow. A few thousand meters can make a lot of difference and having five distinct climbing zones on Kilimanjaro don’t make it easier to predict the weather either. With Kilimanjaro being close to the equator, the difference in temperature is not that big if you compare the months. The only thing that has to be taken into account is precipitation. The best seasons are also the busiest: From January until the end of March and from June to the end of October. Should you stick to these seasons? No, you don’t have to. In fact, as you can read in our blog post, you can climb Kilimanjaro all year round. Just keep one thing in mind: The Rongai Route is for climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy season.
This question could be on the top of the FAQ section of Kilimanjaro. It is arguably one of the most frequent questions answered by our trekking experts. Answering the question of the best climbing route on Kilimanjaro is hard but if you stick to a few rules of thumb, you end up with our favorite routes: The Lemosho Route and the Northern Circuit. Unlike for example the Marangu Route and the Machame Route, these two routes are designed with acclimatization in mind. Acclimatization and Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) should be the only two things to have in mind when choosing a route for climbing Kilimanjaro. If you are thinking seasons, you can choose any route in the dry season and you can consider the Rongai Route for climbing Kilimanjaro in the rainy season. Okay, perhaps one more factor. If you want something rough, then the Umbwe Route is the best climbing route.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is by no means a cheap affair. Cheap also has a very negative connotation and if you buy cheap, you will get cheap. You can, however, buy affordable. Affordable is positive. It means that you can afford it and that the other party, in this case, the trekking company, also has some profit from your adventure. This way, everyone wins. Climbing Kilimanjaro, including flights, tips, and personal expenses can cost as much as 5000 Dollars, depending on what flights you’ve booked, how much you are tipping your porters and the route you have chosen. In this blog post, you can read more about the real cost of climbing Kilimanjaro.
Yes, you do need permits for climbing Kilimanjaro. These permits are part of the deal when you book your ascent through a trekking and climbing company. The permits are better understood as park fees. If you have your park and climbing fees, your permit is arranged. When you want to climb Kilimanjaro, you pay rescue fees, conservation fees, camping fees, hut fees (when you are doing the Marangu Route), crater fees (when you are doing the 9-day version of the Lemosho Route) and fees for your guides and porters. All these fees are part of your total cost, but if you want to know what exactly they are and, more importantly, how much they are, you can read more about the park fees for climbing Kilimanjaro here.
If you are a citizen of Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe, you do not need a visa for entering Tanzania. All other nationals can either organize a visa at their local Tanzanian embassy or consulate or at arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Zanzibar International Airport or the Namanga border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania. Consult with your local embassy or consulate for the costs of your visa.
If you are intending to visit Tanzania and climb Kilimanjaro a few vaccinations are recommended. We are by no means medical health professionals and don’t intend to open a travel clinic at some point, so please check with your local GP or travel clinic what is exactly needed. The following vaccinations may be necessary: Yellow fever, hepatitis A&B, rabies, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and typhoid. Above all, we can recommend a full medical check-up before undertaking a Kilimanjaro ascent. Malaria tablets can also be handy, but just note that these mosquitos are not found at higher altitudes.
You don’t only get a certificate when you have made it to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro, you can also get a certificate if you have “only” made it to Stella Point or Gilman’s Point. You can imagine that these certificates will do well impressing your neighbor or when in the need to show something unusual at your next job interview.
Your trekking company makes sure of the most essential of essentials like a tent, sleeping double-layered sleeping mats, cooking utensils, food and more. You, however, need to make sure that you bring a good pair of hiking boots or trail running shoes, basic expedition gear like base-layers, waterproof jackets and so on and snacks for during your climb. You can afford to bring a little bit more because you have porters that will carry most of your belongings. This shouldn’t invite you to go overboard. Maintain a healthy balance of enough and not being too heavy. Check our ultimate packing list for climbing Kilimanjaro for more inspiration.
Our trekking and climbing offers come by default without accommodation. It is however possible to add accommodation to your Kilimanjaro ascent. Together with our partners, we have curated a list of suitable accommodation for before and after your Kilimanjaro climb. This way you can make sure that you are staying in a cool place and spend your time in Moshi right. Get in touch with our trekking experts to get the best rates on single and double rooms at either the Parkview Inn Hotel, the Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel or the Altezza Lodge.
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