The highest free-standing dormant volcano in Africa is home to some of the spectacular landscape and diverse landforms. From snow capped mountaintop to grassland plains to rocky hills, Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing has got just so much under its topography belt. It is located right next to some of the top safari parks in Tanzania like Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Conservation Area from where the snow capped top is clearly visible and serves as a mountainous backdrop. The Mount Kilimanjaro is considered one of the greatest experiences of African Travel.
But as exciting and rosy it may sound or seems, nevertheless it is a test of one's endurance. The high altitude along with steep slopes makes it increasingly difficult for even the most experienced trekkers. Even choosing the right Kilimanjaro Route can become a headache if you're not in right hands, i.e. experienced tour guides and mountaineers.
This is a Mountain Climbing; it is the opportunity to get on the rooftop of Africa, 5895m above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa located on the North East of Tanzania, covered by permanent snow. There are several routes to get up to the summit; common routes are MARANGU ROUTE and MACHAME ROUTE.
** The best months for climbing are January, February, March and September as they are the warmest months and almost clear of clouds, though one could easily succeed throughout the year. April and beginning of May could get heavy rain or snow. The temperatures will still be up, but massive clouds will block visibility, on top it might snow and heavy rains occur on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.
June to August (though colder), and November/December (could be wetter); through September and October it gets steadily warmer. October is particularly good if you want little or no rain, mild weather and few people on the mountain.January to March is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds except of occasional brief rain showers, followed by the main rainy season during April & May.
However, we always stress that the main reason to climb Kilimanjaro is to have a safe and enjoyable time. Reaching the summit is a bonus, but should never be seen as the aim of the climb.
Best Trekking Routes To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro:
Lemosho Forest Camp (9,000 ft), Admire the scenic Masai Steppe as you drive to Lemosho Gate for the start of your climb. Today is only a few hours of gentle walking to Forest Camp; an opportunity to stretch your legs in anticipation of the long trek ahead.
Forest Camp Shira Camp (11,000 ft), After an early breakfast, you will start a 5 hours walk through the forest and up into the Hagenia zone.READ MORE
Marangu Gate Mandara Hut (8,875 ft), This morning we drive through Kilimanjaro semi-tropical foothills to Marangu Gate, where you enter Kilimanjaro National Park and start your climb. Today trek takes 4-5 hours through tropical rainforest to reach Mandara Hut.
Mandara Hut Horombo Hut (12,201 ft), Your second day on the mountain starts with a fairly steep climb through the last of the rainforest up to alpine meadows dotted with giant heather.READ MORE
This is a Mountain Climbing; it is the opportunity to get on the rooftop of Africa, 5895m above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa located on the North East of Tanzania, covered by permanent snow. There are several routes to get up to the summit; common routes are Marangu Route and Machame Route.** The best months for climbing are January, February, March and September as they are the warmest months andREAD MORE
Elevation (m): 1830m to 3840m, Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 12,600ft, Distance: 18km, Hiking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest
The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp.READ MORE
Arusha to Lava Caves, Drive to marangu gate, then to Umbwe Village to start the climb for 5 hrs through the rain forest to camp at the Lava caves-2, 800 m above sea level.
Lava caves to Barranco camp, After breakfast, continue to ascend along sharp ridge, a distinct high mountain feeling overwhelms. Hike past the moorland camp and by mid afternoon settle at Barranco camp-3900m.READ MORE
Elevation (m): 1,387/915 m to 1,950 m to 2,750 m, Elevation (ft): 4,921/3,000 ft to 6,400 ft to 9,020 ft, Distance: 9 km, Hiking Time: 4 hours, Habitat: Montane Forest
Your day starts early with breakfast and a briefing. Transfer by Land Rover through many villages and coffee plantations for 4-6 hours to the attractive wooden village of Nale Muru (1,950 m/6,398 ft). After signing in and preparing the porters,READ MORE