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Kilimanjaro Mountain

Located in the western part of the African continent, 300 kilometers from the coast of the Indian Ocean, on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest single free-standing mountain in the world and one of the largest volcanoes on Earth. It has three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again.
Basic Info
Altitude
Location: Africa, Tanzania
Known for: The highest point of Africa, part of 7 summits and 7 volcanic summits challenge
Activity type: trekking, climbing
5895 m
1860 m
Summit: Uhuru (5895 m)
Prominence: 5885 m
Duration:
7-11 days
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Technical difficulty:
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Journey cost:
$1547- $3 509
It is possible to climb all year round, but dry season is considered to be the best time. The dry seasons are from the beginning of December through the beginning of March, and then from late June through the end of October.
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Details about activity level and required physical condition you will find on specific activity offer page.
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Details about technical elements and techniques required you will find on specific activity offer page.
Routes to сlimb Kilimanjaro

There are 6 routes to climb Kilimanjaro, which have been established by the Tanzania National Parks Authority to avoid unauthorized hiking and climbing, and preserve the pristine beauty of the wilderness.

The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north.

We recommend Lemosho, Rongai, Marangu and Machame routes for the beginners, and Northern Circuit and Umbwe for climbers with prior hiking/climbing experience.

Routes to сlimb Kilimanjaro

There are 6 routes to climb Kilimanjaro, which have been established by the Tanzania National Parks Authority to avoid unauthorized hiking and climbing, and preserve the pristine beauty of the wilderness.

The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north.

We recommend Lemosho, Rongai, Marangu and Machame routes for the beginners, and Northern Circuit and Umbwe for climbers with prior hiking/climbing experience.

Kilimanjaro Activities

Climbing

Discover Kilimanjaro

Most accessible of the 7 summits

The "Seven Summits" is the name given to highest points of the seven continents of the world. Five of the seven peaks on the list are unambiguous: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro and Vinson. Consensus today is very clearly behind Elbrus and Carstensz as the other two members of this exclusive club, there is some disagreement as to what constitutes the high points of Europe and the Australia/Oceania continent. Over 100 climbers have now done the Seven Summits, and these days it has become a popular quest. What is special - Mt Kilimanjaro is broadly considered to be the most accessible among the seven summits. It doesn't require any climbing experience.

Most accessible of the 7 summits

The "Seven Summits" is the name given to highest points of the seven continents of the world. Five of the seven peaks on the list are unambiguous: Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro and Vinson. Consensus today is very clearly behind Elbrus and Carstensz as the other two members of this exclusive club, there is some disagreement as to what constitutes the high points of Europe and the Australia/Oceania continent. Over 100 climbers have now done the Seven Summits, and these days it has become a popular quest. What is special - Mt Kilimanjaro is broadly considered to be the most accessible among the seven summits. It doesn't require any climbing experience.


One of the 7 volcanic summits challenge

The Volcanic Seven Summits are the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents, just as the Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano composed of 3 distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. Kibo, being the highest, is a rounded crater rim, with Uhuru summit (5895 m) - the highest volcano on African continent.
One of the 7 volcanic summits challenge

The Volcanic Seven Summits are the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents, just as the Seven Summits are the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano composed of 3 distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. Kibo, being the highest, is a rounded crater rim, with Uhuru summit (5895 m) - the highest volcano on African continent.

The taste of exotic African culture

At the start of the eleventh century, indigenous communities from across Africa arrived in northern Tanzania as part of a succession of migrations. Descendants of various Bantu tribes populated the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the surroundings of the town of Moshi, establishing themselves as a new populace, The Chagga people - now accounting for the third largest ethnic group in the country. The fact Mt Kilimanjaro sits so high as a solitary mountain, suggests to local people it's the product of supernatural activity and as a result, the Chagga mythology has various explanations for the formation of Kilimanjaro. Local tribesmen still believe that mountain dwarfs they call Wakonyingo live in caves beneath Kili's slopes. There are so many stories that Kilimanjaro holds!

The taste of exotic African culture

At the start of the eleventh century, indigenous communities from across Africa arrived in northern Tanzania as part of a succession of migrations. Descendants of various Bantu tribes populated the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and the surroundings of the town of Moshi, establishing themselves as a new populace, The Chagga people - now accounting for the third largest ethnic group in the country. The fact Mt Kilimanjaro sits so high as a solitary mountain, suggests to local people it's the product of supernatural activity and as a result, the Chagga mythology has various explanations for the formation of Kilimanjaro. Local tribesmen still believe that mountain dwarfs they call Wakonyingo live in caves beneath Kili's slopes. There are so many stories that Kilimanjaro holds!


Unique bold nature

Climbing to Uhuru Peak is a fantastic experience. The landscape and the temperatures are as diverse as the cultures you come across on the African continent. Mt Kilimanjaro has 5 distinct climate zones that climbers go through on their way to the summit and each has its own features, flora and fauna. Savanna Bushland (800 - 1800 m), Rainforest (1800 - 2800 m), Heather & Moorland (2800 - 4000 m), Alpine Dessert (4000 - 5000 m) and Artic (4000 - 5895 m). Curious blue monkeys, elephants, giraffes and colobuses - they are all there!
Unique bold nature

Climbing to Uhuru Peak is a fantastic experience. The landscape and the temperatures are as diverse as the cultures you come across on the African continent. Mt Kilimanjaro has 5 distinct climate zones that climbers go through on their way to the summit and each has its own features, flora and fauna. Savanna Bushland (800 - 1800 m), Rainforest (1800 - 2800 m), Heather & Moorland (2800 - 4000 m), Alpine Dessert (4000 - 5000 m) and Artic (4000 - 5895 m). Curious blue monkeys, elephants, giraffes and colobuses - they are all there!

Challenging and pushing boundaries

Kilimanjaro was always about a challenge. While some believe it to be the European pronunciation of a 'KiChagga' phrase meaning 'we failed to climb it', the name Kilimanjaro is commonly accepted as a mix of the Swahili word Kilima, meaning mountain, and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as whiteness. Anyway, technically the climb itself is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Give yourself a chance and don't fail to climb Uhuru!

Challenging and pushing boundaries

Kilimanjaro was always about a challenge. While some believe it to be the European pronunciation of a 'KiChagga' phrase meaning 'we failed to climb it', the name Kilimanjaro is commonly accepted as a mix of the Swahili word Kilima, meaning mountain, and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as whiteness. Anyway, technically the climb itself is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Give yourself a chance and don't fail to climb Uhuru!


Perfect for friends

Technically the climb is relatively simple, no special mountaineering gear needed. Moreover, there are routes where you will be joined by a climbing crew - guides, porters, cooks. So just grab a pair of good friends, try something new and share this once in a lifetime experience with them! But even if you are travelling alone, it's almost inevitable to meet amazing like-minded people from all over the world.
Perfect for friends

Technically the climb is relatively simple, no special mountaineering gear needed. Moreover, there are routes where you will be joined by a climbing crew - guides, porters, cooks. So just grab a pair of good friends, try something new and share this once in a lifetime experience with them! But even if you are travelling alone, it's almost inevitable to meet amazing like-minded people from all over the world.

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