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CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO ITINERARY:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Itinerary typically involves a 5 to 9-day trek, depending on the route chosen. The most popular routes are the Marangu, Machame, and Lemosho routes. The journey begins at the base of the mountain where climbers acclimatize for a day before starting the ascent. Each day involves several hours of hiking through diverse ecosystems, from rainforests to alpine deserts, leading up to the arctic summit. Overnight stays are in designated campsites or huts. The final push to the summit, Uhuru Peak, usually starts around midnight, allowing climbers to reach the peak at sunrise. After enjoying the views from the top of Africa, the descent follows a shorter path back to the base.

The Lemosho Route is a newer route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a difficult and long route, but one that is favored by most reputable Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic variety, and high success rates. The Machame Route is known as the “Whiskey Route” in comparison to Marangu’s “Coca-Cola Route”. This is because Machame is a more difficult route, and does not have sleeping huts for accommodation. Machame is the second most popular route on the mountain. The Marangu Route is also known as the “Tourist Route” and the “Coca-Cola Route.” This is because Marangu is the most popular route on the mountain, and thus is considered “touristy”, and because the route is the only one that offers sleeping huts, which serve beverages like Coca-Cola, on the way. The Northern Circuit Route is the newest route on Kilimanjaro. This is a unique itinerary in that it is the only route that visits the northern slopes while traversing around nearly the entire mountain. The Northern Circuit is also the longest route on the mountain, in distance and time, making it a difficult route.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO ITINERARY

CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO ITINERARY EXAMPLES:

Marangu Route: 

This is the oldest and most well-established route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also known as the “Coca-Cola” route. The trek takes 5-6 Days Marangu route to complete and covers a distance of 60km/37 miles.

  • Day 1 – Drive to Marangu Gate. Walk through the rain forest to Mandara hut 2,743m a.s.l (8,999 ft), about 3 hours hike.
  • Day 2 – Leave the forest and cross open moorland to Horombo hut (3,760 metres (12,340 ft)).
  • Day 3 – Rest and acclimatisation day at Horombo Hut. Day walk to Zebra Rocks or to Mawenzi Hut. This day can be omitted.
  • Day 4 – Walk through moorland then alpine desert to “The Saddle” between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo hut 4,730m a.s.l (15,520 ft)).
  • Day 5 – Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman’s Point 5,681m a.s.l (18,638 ft), which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim which will take about two hours if you are fit to Uhuru Peak 5,895 metres (19,341 ft), the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.
  • Day 6 – Descend to Marangu gate

Machame Route: 

This Machame route is also known as the “Whiskey” route and is one of the most scenic routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek takes 6-7 days to complete and covers a distance of 60km/37 miles.

  • Machame gate (start of the trek) – 1,743m a.s.l (5,718 ft)
  • Machame Hut/Camp – 3,026m a.s.l (9,927 ft)
  • Shira Camp – 3,766m a.s.l (12,355 ft)
  • Barranco – 3,983m a.s.l (13,066 ft)
  • Karanga (optional camp, used by 7-day climbers)
  • Barafu (high camp before summit) 15,239 feet (4,645 m)
  • Uhuru peak – 5,895m a.s.l (19,341 ft)
  • Mweka (descent) – 3,110m a.s.l (10,204 ft)
  • Mweka Gate (end of trek) – 1,653m a.s.l (5,423 ft).

Lemosho Route: 

This Lemosho route is one of the newer routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and is known for its scenic beauty. The trek takes 7-9 days to complete and covers a distance of 70km/43 miles.

  • Day 1 – Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate 2,250m a.s.l (7,380 ft), about a 2 hour drive. From here a forest track requiring a four wheel drive vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades 2,100m a.s.l (6,900 ft), 11 kilometres (6.8 mi), 45 minute drive and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, 2,750m a.s.l (9,020 ft), 3 hours trek.
  • Day 2 – The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3,600m a.s.l (11,800 ft) and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau 3,500m a.s.l (11,500 ft), 7 hour trek. This campsite could be omitted.
  • Day 3 – A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream 3,850m a.s.l (12,630 ft), 4 hours trek. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.
  • Day 4 – Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you descend to Barranco hut 3,940m a.s.l (12,930 ft), 6 hour trek.
  • Day 5 – A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley 4,000m a.s.l (13,000 ft), 3 hour trek beneath the ice – falls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley, the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4,600m a.s.l (15,100 ft), 3 hours trek.
  • Day 6 – An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (6 hour trek). The last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. At the rim, Stella point is reached 5,685m a.s.l (18,652 ft). From here, a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak 5,895m a.s.l, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Descend to the Barafu Hut (3 hour trek) for a rest and lunch before continuing on past Millenium camp down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the forest edge (4 hours trek). Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the ice pinnacles of the Eastern Ice – fields.
  • Day 7 – After breakfast, a 3-4 hour descent through forest brings you to the park gate.

Rongai Route:

 This route is one of the least crowded routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and offers a unique perspective on the mountain. The trek takes 6-7 days to complete and covers a distance of 65km/40 miles.

  • Day 1 – Drive 2 hours from the Marangu gate to the Rongai Gate. Walk to Simba Camp at 2,650m a.s.l (8,690 ft) a 2.5-3 hour trek. The walk is initially through plantations then rain forest and finally bush country.
  • Day 2 – Walk to second Cave at 3,450m a.s.l (11,320 ft), 3½ hour trek. A gentle day through bush then heathers.
  • Day 3 – Gentle rising traverse through moorland over several ridges to Kikelea Caves, 3,600m a.s.l (11,800 ft), 3 hours trek. Moorland then screes to Mawenzi Tarn Hut, 4,330m a.s.l (14,210 ft), 3-3.5 hours trek.
  • Day 4 – Easy angled screes slopes lead across the Saddle to Kibo Hut, 4,700 metres (15,400 ft), 4.5-5 hrs.
  • Day 5 – Very early start for the summit on steep scree up to Gillman’s Point 5,681m a.s.l (18,638 ft), which is on the crater rim. Continue around the rim, which will take about two hours if you are fit, to Uhuru Peak 5,895m a.s.l (19,341 ft) the highest point in Africa. Descend to Kibo Hut and then down to the thicker air and relative warmth of Horombo hut.
  • Day 6 – After breakfast, Descend to Marangu gate to finish your trek.
  • Climbers often omit the second cave during ascent, although the climb is more difficult.

BEST TIME TO CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO 

The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is between January and March and June and October. During these months, the weather is generally dry, sunny, and warm, with clear skies and great views. The temperatures are also more comfortable for hiking during these months.

It’s important to note that the weather on Mount Kilimanjaro can be unpredictable, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared for any weather conditions. The rainy season typically starts in mid-March and extends well into May, with April and November usually having the highest rainfall. During this time, conditions can be wet, stormy, and muddy on Kilimanjaro, particularly along its southern face.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO?

The cost of climbing Kilimanjaro varies depending on the route, group type, and operator. The average cost of climbing Kilimanjaro ranges from $1,800 to $3,000. However, the cost can be as low as $1,300 for zero support and as high as $7,900 for the most luxurious VIP climbs available. The high cost is largely due to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park fees, which are set by KINAPA (the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority) and are a mandatory cost to enter the park.

It’s important to note that there are various unavoidable fixed costs to any tour operator, and if a climb seems too cheap, it’s worth asking why 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO?

It typically takes between 5 to 9 days to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, depending on the route taken. The more days spent on the mountain, the more likely you will successfully summit, as you will become more acclimatized to the altitude and will be less fatigued. Trekkers who spend only 5 days have the lowest summit success rate, while trekkers who spend 8 or 9 days have a much better chance of standing on the Roof of Africa How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

It’s important to note that how long it takes to reach the summit is largely dictated by how well you can acclimatize to the lack of oxygen at altitude. Acclimatization is the main reason why climbers fail to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. The good news is that going slow and taking your time allows your body to gradually adapt to the lack of oxygen. The more days you spend on the mountain acclimatizing, the better your chances of reaching the top.

WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO 

According to research published by the  Mount Kilimanjaro Guide, the average summit success rate across all climbers and routes is 65%. However, the success rate heavily depends on the route taken, as routes vary considerably in terms of acclimatization profile and duration of the climb.

People who opt for an 8-day climb have the highest success rate, at 85%. This success rate decreases to 64% for 7-day, 44% for 6-day, and 27% for 5-day routes. It’s important to note that each Kilimanjaro route has its pros and cons. Some are great for scenery but not so great for acclimatization, while others offer high summit success rates but are also quite busy at certain times of the year.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS RISK WHEN CLIMBING KILIMANJARO 

Yes, there is a risk of altitude sickness when climbing Kilimanjaro. Altitude, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a common condition that can affect anyone who climbs too quickly to high altitudes. The actual science behind altitude sickness is fairly simple to follow. The air composition is always the same throughout the troposphere (i.e., from sea level to an altitude of approximately 10km). That is to say, it is composed of 20% oxygen and nearly 80% nitrogen. So when you read that there is a lack of oxygen at the summit, that’s not strictly true. Oxygen still makes up 20% of the air at the top. So the problem is not lack of oxygen – but the lack of air pressure. Atmospheric pressure drops by about a tenth for every 1000m of altitude. Thus the air pressure at the top of Kilimanjaro is approximately 40% of that found at sea level. This can be seriously detrimental to our health because oxygen is essential to our physical well-being. All of our vital organs need it, as do our muscles. They receive their oxygen via red blood cells, which are loaded with oxygen by our lungs. These are then pumped around your body by your heart, delivering oxygen as they go. Problems arise at altitude when the most vital of organs, the brain, isn’t getting enough oxygen. As a result, it malfunctions. And because it’s the body’s central control room, if the brain malfunctions, so does the rest of you.

On Kilimanjaro, it’s fair to say that most people will get some symptoms of AMS and will fall into the mild-to-moderate categories. The symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. The best way to prevent AMS is to ascend slowly and allow your body time to acclimatize to higher altitudes. It’s also important to stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and sleeping pills while climbing Kilimanjaro. If you experience any symptoms of AMS while climbing Kilimanjaro, it’s important to inform your guide immediately so that they can take appropriate action.

MOUNT KILIMANJARO ITINERARY FREQUENTLY ASKS QUESTIONS

How dangerous is climbing Kilimanjaro?

Climbing a mountain 5,895 m (19,341 ft.) high is a dangerous thing to do. An estimated 50,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year from which around 1,000 people are evacuated from the mountain and approximately 10 fatalities are reported. It means that the chance of death on the mountain is only 0.0002% which is practically zero. In other words, there is just one death per 5,000 climbers and the main cause of death is altitude sickness

Are there snakes on Kilimanjaro?

There are forested areas on the Kilimanjaro trail and obviously, snakes are found in the cloud forests. Some of the species found on the lower slopes of the mountain are the Gabon, Green Mamba, Boomslang, and the Twig Snake. All snakes pose a potential threat so it is wise to always respect them and their habitat in case you encounter one on the way. Snakes are known to be highly sensitive to movement, so when they sense something arriving, they will stay away from the main trails to save their own lives

Can you climb Kilimanjaro alone?

Yes and no! You may want to climb Kilimanjaro alone without other hikers or crowds – it is possible. But even then, you will be assisted by guides and porters. Although you will be the only trekker, you will not be alone in the truest sense as the Tanzanian Tourism Board does not permit trekking without a guide, porter, and other crew members. The ratio of trekkers to support crew is 1:4 meaning that if you are the only climber, you will be assisted by 4 other members of your trekking company

Is Kilimanjaro climbing harder than the Everest Base Camp trek?

When you look at the difference between Kilimanjaro Climb and Everest Base Camp Trek, you are going to higher altitudes much quicker on Kilimanjaro than at Everest Base Camp. From Moshi (2,932 ft.) to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.), it takes 4 to 6 days depending on the route, which is more than 16,000 ft. gain in altitude. From Kathmandu (4,600 ft.) to the base camp of Everest (17,599 ft.) it takes 8 to 9 days, which is almost 13,000 ft. gain in altitude but trekkers need to walk a longer daily distance on the Everest Base Camp trek. In the Everest region, trekkers will sleep at teahouses or luxury lodges throughout the entire trip whereas on Kilimanjaro, except for the Marangu route, trekkers will have to sleep inside tents. While there are lots of ups and downs on the Everest trekking route, the summit night on Kilimanjaro is harder than anything on the entire Everest trail. The overall summit success rate on Kilimanjaro, as per the statistics is 65% while the success rate of Everest Base Camp is over 90%. So, the Kilimanjaro climb is harder than the Everest Base Camp trek especially because of the quick ascent and rapid altitude gain on Kilimanjaro

How cold is it at the top of Kilimanjaro?

The summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, also known as Uhuru Point, lies in the glacial zone with an average temperature hovering around -6°C (21°F) during the daytime. However, all summiting attempts begin around midnight to reach the Uhuru peak at dawn. So, you will be trekking during the night time when the temperatures range between -7 to -29°C (19 to -20°F).

Is there cell phone service in Kilimanjaro?

Mobile network coverage on Kilimanjaro has improved greatly over the years. The signal will be available for almost the entire climb to the summit but it will be very inconsistent. It means that at certain segments on the trails, there will be disrupted connection or no signal at all. Since there is no mobile charging option in the camping tents, except for your power banks which may suffice for a few days, we suggest you leave your phone on airplane mode. This will prevent your mobile from constantly searching for cell signals and draining out the battery unnecessarily. Ask your guide which spot is likely to receive network coverage or watch your porters use their phones to confirm that the area has a cell signal so that you can send or receive messages or calls. Whenever you receive network coverage, don’t expect the signal to be as strong as it is back home. Forget streaming data and also stay aware of the data roaming costs the local cell phone companies will charge.

Do animals live on Mount Kilimanjaro?

A variety of wildlife is found in the forests on the foot of the mountain but is pretty hard to spot because of the increasing number of human visitors in recent times. Climbers will be traversing through a wide variety of ecological zones on their journey to the summit of Uhuru Peak. While crossing the forest belt that is teemed with wildlife, climbers may have a chance to witness large mammals like elephants, giraffes, and buffalo and smaller ones like porcupines, honey badgers, and aardvarks. Although the animals stay away from humans and hide in the thick rainforest, you may be lucky enough to see elusive creatures such as blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, galago, four-striped grass mice, white-necked raven, bush babies in addition to the more commonly found lions, rhinos, and leopards on Kilimanjaro

How much does climbing Mt Kilimanjaro cost?

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is certainly not a very cheap holiday. Several hundred operators are in tough competition for Kilimanjaro business. Each company has its price tag and a list of services that it provides during the journey to the top of Africa. The prices may vary wildly ranging from US$ 1500 to US$ 4500 or above depending on the quality of the services they provide or the quality of the equipment they use during the climb. The prices will also largely vary with the inclusions offered by the climbing operators. You may find some operators advertising their cheap Kilimanjaro climbing trips on the internet or elsewhere quoting prices below US$ 1500. We recommend you stay away from these types of operators who try to lure innocent people with their low-price offers and later add all the extra costs and hidden charges.

What is the best time to do the Mount Kilimanjaro hike?

Tanzania lies near the equatorial region of the earth which it does not get to experience extreme winter or extreme summer weather conditions. The climate of Tanzania is rather dry with more wet seasons. We always recommend our clients to do the Kilimanjaro climb during the warmest and driest times of the year, which is normally during the months from December to mid-March and mid-June till October end. These months are considered to be the best trekking seasons with generally colder December to March months and higher probabilities of snow on the summit. Being the best time to climb Kilimanjaro, these months are also the busiest.

Can a beginner climb Kilimanjaro?

The short answer is yes. No technical mountaineering knowledge or previous hiking experience is required to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. However, not all beginners can successfully do the Kilimanjaro climb. A person needs to be physically fit and preferably indulged in some kind of daily exercise. While a beginner may succeed in reaching the top of Uhuru peak via the easier routes like the Rongai route, it may not be possible to succeed through more difficult routes such as the Umbwe route. No matter what, climbing Kilimanjaro is a demanding task and the chances of altitude mountain sickness (AMS) are always very high due to the rapid ascent and altitude gain

Do you need oxygen to climb Kilimanjaro?

The main reason why trekkers fail to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro is due to altitude sickness. This sickness is a person’s body’s response to the low oxygen content within the surroundings. Although oxygen is not required for the Kilimanjaro climb, supplemental oxygen may be needed on the summit attempt if a person is hit by altitude sickness caused by the lack of oxygen. However, unnecessary use of supplemental oxygen may pose a grave health risk. Supplementary oxygen is normally used if a person suffers from altitude sickness at extreme elevations above 23,000 feet

Why is the Kilimanjaro hike so expensive?

The main factors contributing to the high price of a Kilimanjaro hike are labor costs and the park entry fees plus taxes. To climb Kilimanjaro, you must have at least 3 porters per person plus a shared cook and guides depending on the size of the group. This brings the total labor cost of climbing Kilimanjaro to $100-$150 per day per person. Since Kilimanjaro lies within the national park, you will need to pay the park entry fees for yourself and the crew which amounts to somewhere between $700 and $1000. Besides, other things contribute to the cost including food, transportation, conveniences, and hotel accommodation before and after your trip. While on the trip there are no lodges and you need to sleep in tents for which all logistics and camp equipment need to be carried by humans including the food that you eat. Due to all these, the price of climbing Kilimanjaro seems to be a little bit more expensive. Remember that the companies that are offering you lower prices are either not legal operators or they do not treat their guides and porters fairly

How hard is the Kilimanjaro Hike?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not an easy task. It is a challenge, especially if you are new to trekking, camping, living outdoors, and walking on high-altitude terrains. For those who are physically fit and have previous hiking experience at high altitudes, Kilimanjaro climb may not be as hard as one expects but on general terms, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is incredibly difficult, especially on the summit night. One significant reason why it is considered difficult is because of the rapid ascent and altitude gain within a short period making trekkers more prone to getting altitude mountain sickness because of inadequate acclimatization time. To sum up, if you are physically fit and have previous hiking experience and you can walk on inconsistent up-and-down trails for 6 to 7 hours for several days in a row, then it should be easy for you to tackle Kilimanjaro without much trouble

How can I prevent altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro?

The first and foremost thing to prevent altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro is communication with your trekking leader or mountain crew about how you are feeling. The main factors that affect the incidence and severity of altitude sickness in Kilimanjaro are rate of ascent, altitude gained, exposure length, exertion level, hydration and diet, and use of medications. The best processes to prevent altitude sickness are:

  • Acclimatization well before the climb
  • Beginning in the best possible health and excellent level of physical fitness
  • Walking slowly and steadily
  • High water intake
  • Walking high and sleeping low
  • Eating and sleeping well
  • Keeping warm
  • Resting and relaxing
  • Keeping a light day-pack
  • Staying away from alcohol and smoking
  • Taking dietary supplements like multi-vitamins or antioxidants
  • Taking anti-altitude medications like Diamox
  • Simulated altitude training before climbing
  • Choosing a reputable Kilimanjaro operator

Do you need to train for the Kilimanjaro Hike?

The Kilimanjaro climb is a hike that does not require any climbing skills or technical obligations. While an excellent level of fitness will certainly make the climb a lot easier, trekkers don’t need to be super fit for the climb. By far, the best training to climb Kilimanjaro is to practice hiking. Kilimanjaro climb does offer mountain experience including camping and constantly being outdoors at high elevations. Although no special training is required for the climb, it is commendable if you include regular hill-walking with a small backpack or make regular visits to the gym for about two months before departure to Tanzania. It is beneficial if you work on strengthening your calf and thigh muscles and exercise your cardio-vascular stamina. In short, if you wish to train for the climb, increase your aerobic fitness, increase your endurance, break in your equipment, hike at altitude, and most importantly know your body. Remember that the secret to a successful Kilimanjaro climb is to go slow enjoy the scenery, eat well, drink plenty of water, and sleep well.

Should I take Diamox for my Kilimanjaro climb?

If you have trekked before at high altitudes like the Everest Base Camp trek without taking Diamox, then you will not need it in the Kilimanjaro climb. However, not to take chances, we advise trekkers to begin taking Diamox 24 to 48 hours before starting the climb and continue taking it even during the climb and up to 48 hours after reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since Diamox has a different effect on every different individual, it is best taken after consulting with your doctor. The normal recommended dose is usually 125 mg twice a day. Diamox reacts best to your body when you are walking or exercising and not while you are asleep, so we recommend taking it once in the morning and once at lunchtime.

What temperature sleeping bag is recommended for Kilimanjaro?

The nights on Kilimanjaro can get very cold and hence sleeping bags need to be able to combat the extreme cold temperatures throughout. The best sleeping bag for your Kilimanjaro climb would be rated to -20°F to -30°F that’s down and not synthetic. However, we recommend sleeping bags with a rating of a minimum of 0°F to -20°F. The warmer the better and it is always better to feel too warm than too cold.

What temperature sleeping bag is recommended for Kilimanjaro?

The nights on Kilimanjaro can get very cold and hence sleeping bags need to be able to combat the extreme cold temperatures throughout. The best sleeping bag for your Kilimanjaro climb would be rated to -20°F to -30°F that’s down and not synthetic. However, we recommend sleeping bags with a rating of a minimum of 0°F to -20°F. The warmer the better and it is always better to feel too warm than too cold.

How do you charge your phone in Kilimanjaro?

Taking your phone on the climb is a good idea to use it as a clock, alarm clock, or camera. However, there are no power outlets to charge your device if the battery dies out. You will need to invest in a powerful power bank or a solar charger to keep your phone active at all times. Batteries drain more quickly at low temperatures, so putting your phone on airplane mode until needed will help to conserve phone battery life. If you own a solar charger, you can tie it somewhere outside your daypack while you walk and the device keeps conserving power. If you’re planning to take a lot of pictures on your phone and listen to music while you walk, then we recommend you bring a strong power bank or a solar charger for your climb.

Where do I sleep during the Kilimanjaro hike?

The Marangu route has huts with dormitory-style bunk beds to accommodate trekkers at the end of the day while all the other routes offer camping tents with public toilet facilities at designated campsites to spend the night. Camping on the mountain is a part of the adventure and a wonderful experience. A warm sleeping bag is an essential item to pack for your Kilimanjaro climb as most of the Kilimanjaro operators will only organize your sleeping tents and mattresses. Standard tents are usually shared with 1 or 2 other people while sleeping alone or getting a walk-in tent may fetch you an additional cost depending on the operator that you choose.

What are the gears needed during the Kilimanjaro climb?

You must plan your clothing properly when packing for your Kilimanjaro climb. You will normally have to carry the gear that you need while hiking from one camp to the next daily until summiting the peak on your medium-sized daypack. In this daypack, you will be carrying items such as gloves, hand warmers, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, sun hat, toiletries, water bottle, camera, spare batteries, charger, passport, money, water purification tablets, headlamp, socks, wet wipes, sanitizers, ear plugs, personal medicines, snacks, and extra clothing. The following are other items that you should consider while packing for the Kilimanjaro climb:

  • Thermal base layer
  • Short sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Fleece or soft-shelled jacket
  • Insulated jacket
  • Hard shell outer jacket
  • Poncho
  • Leggings
  • Trekking trousers
  • Hard shell trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Underwear
  • Rain jacket
  • Neck warmer
  • Thermal socks
  • Duffel bag

Do you offer private and fully customized climbs for Kilimanjaro?

Yes, of course we do. Mount Kilimanjaro guide is specialized in tailor-made trips which means that you can design your own Kilimanjaro climb program – the way you want it to be. You will be accompanied by the people you choose, decide on the number of days to finish the trip, select your own pace, take detours to villages, or plan additional rest days for acclimatization. We are one of the finest tailor-made companies specializing in the Kilimanjaro climb

After I complete my Kilimanjaro climb can I combine a Tanzania safari with Mount Kilimanjaro Guide?

Yes, you can! We offer travelers the Kilimanjaro climb through various routes and fascinating wildlife safari tours as extensions. Please kindly contact us for an extension tour when you book your Kilimanjaro climb

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