The main attraction in Tanzania, a climb to the “Roof of Africa” is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Standing at a mighty 5,985 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro holds the crown for the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest freestanding mountain.
It has one of the world’s most accessible summits. That isn’t to say that reaching Uhuru Peak isn’t a huge achievement, but its lower reaches can be explored without any formal climbing training or professional equipment.
Beyond the climbing experience, Mount Kilimanjaro offers the opportunity to explore a number of different climate zones, taking you from equatorial rainforests all the way up to the icy Arctic of its peak.
If you don’t have the time to make it to the top, there is also the option to take a day hike and explore the base of the mountain.
Which Route Should You Choose on Mount Kilimanjaro?
If you’re ready to brave this mighty mountain and take a memorable journey with Kili Footprints to the “Roof of Africa”, there are several routes to choose from:
- Machame (6 or 7 days)
- Marangu (5 or 6 days)
- Rongai (6 or 7 days)
- Umbwe (6 days)
- Lemosho (7 to 9 days)
- Shira (6 to 7 days)
- Northern Circuit (9 to 10 days)
We usually recommend both the 7 Day Machame and 8 Day Lemosho routes as good options for climbers of all abilities. Not only are these routes known for being incredibly scenic, they also both have very high success rates as they allow your body to acclimatise over several days.
The Marangu route is also a great choice for those on a budget, and is the only route to offer the comfort of dormitory-style huts. For those looking for a more remote experience, climbers should consider the Rongai route, which is also considered one of the easier routes on the mountain.
What time of year should you climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed all year round, however, it is best to avoid during the heavy rainy season (April to June) as trekking conditions are not great.
High season is from July to September as there is generally little rain, however, expect more groups on the mountain.
Aside from the short rainy season in November, from October to February there are fewer groups on the mountain and the weather is still favourable. Some actually regard these months as the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
What is the cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?
The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro depends on a number of factors, including which route you choose, how many days you wish to climb, how many people are in your group, and how many crew members you will need. For example, a solo trek on the 8 Days Lemosho route would be more expensive than a large group climb on the 6 Days Marangu route. To get an accurate quote, it is best to contact us directly with as much detail as possible.
Here at Kili Footprints, we offer a number of different packages to suit your budget. Generally, our standard packages will include airport transfers and 2 nights in mid-range accommodation (before and after your climb). However, if you would prefer to arrange these yourself then just let us know and we can adjust the quote accordingly.
VIP Mount Kilimanjaro packages
If you’re not someone who likes to rough it and sleep on the ground for several days in a row, our VIP packages might be what you are looking for. Now we can offer portable beds which can be erected at the campsite. We can also arrange for a portable shower and private toilet. Climbing Kilimanjaro is never going to be a luxurious retreat, but we will try our best to ensure you have maximum comfort at the greatest heights. As an added bonus, we can also upgrade you to luxury accommodation before and after your climb.
Want to find out more about our Mount Kilimanjaro packages? Contact us today for more information.