There is nothing quite like Kilimanjaro anywhere else on earth. The world’s tallest freestanding mountain and the only place on land where you can clearly see the curvature of the earth! It is a challenge, no doubt, but the rewards are immense – the friendly welcome and endless encouragement from the Kilimanjaro guides and porters, the endemic fauna, the history, geology and local mythology, and the warmth of the sun rising over Africa, climbing slowly above the summit of Mawenzi and catching the glacial ice that accompanies you along the crater rim to a namely Uhuru Peak (the Kilimanjaro) – 5895m.

Whether it is your first time to climb Kilimanjaro or whether you have climbed many other mountains, we have a best climbing route for you. We encourage you to select the route that best suits you- and make the most of your comfort and increase chance of success to the top.

Rongai Route: Rongai 7 days route begins at the northern side of Kilimanjaro. We walk through a true wilderness area towards the toothed Mawenzi Peak. The Rongai route is a steady ascent, and is favorite by those with little experienceTotal trip duration is 9 days.

Shira Route: Shira 8 days route approaches the summit from the west side via Barafu camp and Stella Point, before descending via the Mweka Route and Millennium camp. We walk across an alpine plateau and pass through the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau.

The 8 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization and also gives the perfect view of the glaciers on the crater rim, before joining with other routes and making the final ascent to the top.Total trip duration is 10 days.

Lemosho Route: Lemosho 8 days route approaches the summit from the western side of the Kilimanjaro by the lightly-used Lemosho route. Lemosho route is considered to be easier and more beautiful than any other trail and it retains a real sense of unspoilt wilderness. We travel through forest and moorland from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau.

The 8 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization and also gives the perfect view of the glaciers on the crater rim, before joining with other routes and making the final ascent to the top.Total trip duration is 10 days.

Machame Route: Machame 7 days route approaches summit through forest from the west of Kilimanjaro and joins the other trekking routes before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful. The 7 days route gives a complete maximum time to acclimatization, and also gives the perfect view of the Barranco walls.Total trip duration is 9 days.

Marangu Route: Marangu 6 days route is the most popular ascending route and is well established route on Kilimanjaro and is the perfect for those with no camping experience.

Marangu is only route that has the luxury of sleeping huts along the way with evening meals taken in a communal dining area. There are even showers (cold) and some flush toilets, which to some are actually a bit of a luxury on the mountain.Total trip duration is 8 days.

Umbwe Route: The shortest route on the Mountain, the path can also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has rained recently! It’s a steep and rough trail up to the first camp, Umbwe Cave. The route is offering a real sense of adventure for the intrepid climbers. Total trip duration is 8 days

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The first point is very important for avoiding altitude sickness and your guides will likely keep reminding you:

Keep drinking! It’s VERY easy to dehydrate at altitude without noticing. The air is very dry so you breathe off more moisture. Also, your body adjusts to the high altitude by eliminating more water. Keep replacing it.

Also make sure you eat plenty! Most people lose their appetite at altitude, but the cold weather and the long days mean your body burns through a lot of calories. Keep replacing them. You will need them. High carbohydrate foods are better than fatty foods. (Any good tour operator will have considered that in their shopping and meal planning.)

And keep warm! The correct gear is a must, not just because shivering isn’t nice and hypothermia dangerous, but also because staying nice and toasty will lessen your risk of succumbing to altitude sickness.

Keep your day pack light. Only take what you really need. Every extra kilo needs extra oxygen to carry.

And last but not least, avoid alcohol, tobacco, and most definitely do not touch sleeping tablets! Or you may not wake up again…

And that’s about it. Even if you are not in a position to afford extra preparation for the altitude (e.g. a Mt. Meru climb), if you are healthy, pick a good route and operator, arrive a couple of days early and take on board all of the above tips, you have a very good chance of making it to the summit.

You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided free. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb but if you don’t have one, bellow you can hire from us by the price shown bellow (How Should I Dress for Kilimanjaro?).

Technical Clothing

  • 1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood ($15)
  • 1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down ($15)
  • 1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell ($15)
  • 2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric ($10)
  • 1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric ($10)
  • 1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended) ($10)
  • 2 – Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) ($10)
  • 1 – Fleece Pantsv ($10)
  • 1 – Shorts (optional) ($10)
  • 1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) ($10)
  • 3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) ($10)
  • 2 – Sport Bra (women)Head wear
  • 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection ($5)
  • 1 – Knit Hat, for warmth ($5)
  • 1 – Balaclava, for face coverage (optional) ($5)
  • 1 – Bandana (optional)Hand wear ($5)
  • 1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) ($5)
  • 1 – Glove Liners, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional) ($5) Foot wear
  • 1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces ($20)
  • 1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional) ($20)
  • 3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
  • 3 – Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
  • 1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)Accessories ($5)
  • 1 – Sunglasses or Goggles ($10)
  • 1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional) ($10)
  • 1 – Poncho, during rainy season (optional) ($10)
  • 1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended) ($5)
  • 1 – Water Bladder, Camelbak type (recommended) ($10)
  • 1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
  • 1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night ( recommended) ($10)
  • Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separateEquipment
  • 1 – Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons ($20)
  • 1 – Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional) ($10)
  • 1 – Trekking Poles (recommended) ($10)
  • 1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries ($10)
  • 1 – Duffel bag, (waterproof recommended) for porters to carry your equipment
  • 1 – Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear ($10)

    Toiletries

  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent, containing DEET
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes (recommended)
  • Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
  • Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
  • Camera, with extra batteries (optional)Paperwork
  • Trip Receipt
  • Passport
  • Visa (available at JRO)
  • Immunization Papers
  • Insurance Documents

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