Kilimanjaro is the world’s highest free standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain. Now charted and climbed; stories of her resident man-eating spirits are relegated to the realms of folklore. Mount Kilimanjaro continues to preserve a mysticism that defies all recent knowledge of her slopes. Images of the towering snow-covered cone rising majestically from fertile green foothills have become a powerful motif of Tanzania’s extraordinary extremes. Few could deny a very distinct sense of awe when the clouds clear to reveal a glimpse of the towering peaks, shining bright in the equatorial sun. No previous experience is required to Climb Kilimanjaro. However, participants are expected to have a reasonable level of fitness in order to attempt an ascent of one of the world’s 7 highest peaks. There are five principal trails up the mountain: Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Umbwe and Rongai. These are all hiking routes. The most popular route is the Marangu route. It takes about five days and involves walking about 85 kilometres. See routes map below

kilimanjaro route map

Climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

One of the most amazing aspects of the mountain in the present day is the accessibility of its peak to climbers with no mountain climbing equipment or real previous experience of scaling such heights. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain that tourists regularly climb, although it remains a considerable feat of human endurance! The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount that is found at sea level, and climbers cover at least eighty kilometres on nothing but their own two feet over the five days it takes to reach the top and descend.

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Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

TOUR CODE DURATION ROUTE NOTES
ALKIL01 5 & 6 Days Marangu Route “Coca Cola” Route – Most Popular
ALKIL02 6 & 7 days Machame Route “Whiskey Route” – Camping (scenic)
ALKIL03 7 & 8 days Lemosho Route Camping
ALKIL04 6 & 7 days Rongai Route Camping
ALKIL05 8 days Umbwe Route Camping
KILIMANJARO CLIMBING INFORMATION
KILIMANJARO MENU ALTITUDE SICKNESS FULL MOON DATES
FITNESS PROGRAM SUGGESTED READING FINAL CHECKLIST
GUIDES & PORTERS ADD-ON SAFARI PACKAGES SWAHILI PHRASES
KILIMANJARO HOTELS HOTELS IN ARUSHA HOTELS IN ZANZIBAR
>>For help on training at altitude we recommend the professionals at The Altitude Centre.
“As wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun, was the square top of Mount Kilimanjaro.”Ernest Hemingway

NOTE:

> You can combine the above Kilmanjaro Climb routes program with Safaris in Tanzania or Zanzibar Holiday Extension

Alternatively

One may choose an extra day for acclimatization on any route, which may increase your chances to reach the summit.

Please send us an email to book your Kilimanjaro Climb in Tanzania – also get more information on best time to climb, precautions and list of mountain equipment that we can rent.