Climbing Kilimanjaro usually takes five to nine days depending on the route you choose. The more days spent on the mountain, the better you will acclimatise to the altitude, and the more likely you will summit successfully.
At 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, and one of the Seven Summits. This snow-capped peak of Africa is a dormant volcano and is located inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania.
How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?
The average time to climb Kilimanjaro varies between five to nine days. However, to minimise the risk of altitude sickness, we recommend to spend at least seven days on the mountain. This is to better acclimatise and thereby increase the chance of safely reaching the summit. Longer time spent on the mountain will also give you a more enjoyable climb, while experiencing the magnificent nature and the breathtaking views.
Who Can Climb Kilimanjaro?
Almost anyone can climb Kilimanjaro, from children over the age of 10 to older generations in their 60s and 70s! All you need is a positive mind, determination and the right gears. The real challenge with climbing Kilimanjaro is the high altitude and the rate of ascent down the mountain. But do not worry, we will be with you every step of the journey. Our guides are highly skilled professionals and are a key component to your success!
When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is in the warm months of January and February, or between March and June, when clear skies afford excellent views of superb scenery, especially from the upper slopes; though, expect some snowfall during this period. Choosing your time to climb is a very personal balancing act. You need to weigh your objectives against your personal fitness and climbing or trekking experience. Read more here.
Recommended Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes
There are 7 different Kilimanjaro climbing routes, starting from the northern to the southern part of the mountain.
The Lemosho Route is often considered the most beautiful of all the trekking trails up Mount Kilimanjaro. It crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower.
The Machame route on Kilimanjaro is moderate in difficulty, but very doable even for first time backpackers with little to no altitude experience. This is because it offers good chances of acclimatisation, where you ‘walk high and sleep low’. This route is recommended for those who want a shorter climb.
The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola Route”, is the oldest and most well established trekking route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It remains extremely popular, mainly because it is the only route with hut accommodation for the trekkers and free WI-FI.
The Rongai route is the only route which approaches Kilimanjaro from the north side. It is one of the more remote and wild trails on the mountain. Additionally, this route offers trekkers plenty of advantages, making it an appealing option for those looking for a unique experience while climbing Africa’s tallest peak.
Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It suits the more advanced trekkers, since it is the most challenging climb on Kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, it is a steep and direct climb towards the top.
The Northern Circuit is a fantastic Kilimanjaro route that is climbed by relatively few. It offers amazing scenery, excellent acclimatisation, and a quiet trek. That is all the reasons why we love this Kilimanjaro route!
Are you ready for the next level adventure? Now it is possible! Cycling Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate challenge for the bold ones. After reaching the summit by mountain bike, you will have an amazing ride downhill. The trip normally takes 5 days to complete.
What to pack for climbing Kilimanjaro?
How do you dress to hike through Kilimanjaro’s five climate zones? From the humid, equatorial heat of the rainforest (high of 70-90 degrees) to the peak’s icy drifts (low of -10 degrees), this mountain will require quite a few wardrobe changes.
You will not just change outfits from zone to zone either. Kilimanjaro creates its own weather, and conditions often change within a matter of hours. You will shed layers under the intense midday sun and bundle up when the temperature plummets past sunset. In between, you may experience everything from biting wind to rain and mist to pleasant, mild atmosphere.
Preparing for it all takes some thought. After all, you can only pack so much due to the 33- pound luggage weight needed on the hike.
Note that, if you don’t have all you need, still you should not get worried. We have all Kilimanjaro Climbing Gear for rent and it will suit all your needs.