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Kilimanjaro Travel Guide

Kilimanjaro holds an extraordinary place in the travel world. It’s one of those undertakings — like Everest base camp, Machu Picchu — that invites a certain kind of traveller. However, with a little planning and preparation, you can greatly increase your chances of reaching “the Roof of Africa.” Here’s the Kilimanjaro Travel Guide that you need to know to make the most of your trip.

On this page, we cover everything about Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing and how to prepare for your summit attempt. So stick around, pop the kettle on, and let’s get started!

Summit Safely And Successfully

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Mount Kilimanjaro Quick Facts

Height : 19,340 ft / 5,895 m

Type : Stratovolcano

Location : 330km South of the equator on the East African coast

Peaks : Kibo, Mawenzi, Shira

Climate zones : Rainforest, Heather, Moorland, Alpine, Arctic

Cities Nearby : Moshi (Kilimanjaro region), Arusha (Arusha region)

Closest Airport : Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

First Climb : 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller

Fastest Ascent : 6 hours and 42 minutes in 2014 by the Swiss Karl Egloff

About Mount Kilimanjaro

Also called the Roof of Africa or the Crown of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain as well as the world’s tallest free standing peak. Standing at 5,875 metres above sea level, Kilimanjaro is also unique as it is located just 330km from the equator.

The height of Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895m or 19,341 feet, and its main summit is called Uhuru Peak. To put Mt Kilimanjaro’s height into perspective, Mount Everest stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) – just over 2,950 meters higher.

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When To Climb Kilimanjaro

The Best Time To Climb Kilimanjaro is January – March and June – October. The former season is generally colder than the latter but is also often quieter.

January through March is a good time to climb Kilimanjaro. April and May are the rainy season months. It is not a great time to hike Kilimanjaro. June through October is the busiest season on the mountain. November is a light rainy season. December is fast becoming a popular season.

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Which Kilimanjaro Routes To Take?

With the ever-increasing popularity of Mt. Kilimanjaro, potential climbers are often uncertain as to which route to take. Choosing the ideal Kilimanjaro Routes is of paramount importance. Ultimately it may decide your Kilimanjaro Success Rate.

So which Kilimanjaro Routes to take? Confused? Don’t be. African Scenic Safaris will help you work out the Best Route To Climb Kilimanjaro.

The Northern Circuit Route enjoys the highest Kilimanjaro summit success rate of 97%.

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Your Adventure

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What to Pack before Kilimanjaro Climb?

Packing for Kilimanjaro can be confusing, not least because so much information exists on the internet! This may be a new experience for you and the weather and varied climate zones don’t help when you’re trying to decide what to bring.

With that in mind we’ve prepared a comprehensive equipment checklist and guidance notes which we will automatically send when you enquire with [email protected].


Study Pair Of Hiking Boots

The footwear you choose for the hike is critical for your safety and summit success. Quality and well-fitting boots are a must. It is advisable to break them in before your Kilimanjaro adventure by making 2-3 simpler treks.


High-quality trekking outfit

Your inner and outer layers for Kilimanjaro should be both warm and breatheable. Cotton should be avoided and, once again, a good fit will maximise your comfort. We would recommend the North Face, Mountain Hardwear


Headlamps, trekking poles, and other items

Your Kilimanjaro packing list should also include durable and strong trekking poles, a headlamp with spare batteries, water bottles (or hydration bladders) and other essential items that will make your

Frequently asked questions

Upon inquiry, you’ll receive a detailed equipment checklist and guidance to help you prepare. Many of our guests find they already have some of the items we recommend, for example, hiking boots, base layers, warm hat, fleece sweaters, and gloves.

There’re Over 300 Kilimanjaro Operators (Choose Wisely!)

We do not sell climbing adventure, we simply provide fair advice. Get a quote from our recommended local trek operator.

Get Connected With The Best Kilimanjaro Operator

We do not sell climbing adventure, we simply provide fair advice. Get a quote from our recommended local trek operator.

From our clients

Steve Davis

Manaslu 2019

Manaslu was my first 8,000er and first time with Elite. They exceeded my expectations at every level and stage. I would have no hesitation in booking with them again! Highly recommended!!!

How To Know About Kilimanjaro Tried & Tested Treks?

We are the chosen trekking outfitter for charities such as Dig Deep from the United Kingdom and Youth Challenge International from Canada.

We are the trusted operator for agents based far and wide, including Inspired Adventures from Australia, Fair Voyage from Switzerland, Different Travel from the UK, and others from South Africa, China, Israel, Turkey, Malta, Canada, Tanzania and more.

We feature in Lonely Planet and Petit Futé and are recommended by Henry Stedman, who wrote the best-selling book, Kilimanjaro: The Trekking Guide to Africa's Highest Mountain.

We are a member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, having repeatedly been awarded their ‘Certificate of Excellence’ year on year.

How Kilimanjaro Porters are the best mate during Kili Climb?

African Scenic Safaris is proud to be a partner company of The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP).

For many climbers the real beauty of Kilimanjaro lies in sharing your journey with the people of the mountain, the porters and crew who forge out a living on its slopes. Not only do they carry all the equipment and set and break every camp, they do it whilst encouraging you! You will feel warmed by their deep, melodic voices sharing stories and laughter, often bursting into rousing song, and we deeply respect everything they do for you, our guests.

Each African Scenic Safaris climb is monitored by a third-party KPAP porter, who determines if we are meeting the proper treatment standards. Our partnership is completely voluntary, demonstrating our commitment to the people who really do make your climb possible

Don’t take our word for it – believe our clients!

The following are the opinions of our satisfied clients who visited Tanzania and had the time of their life.

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