Perpetually capped with snow, Mount Kilimanjaro soars above the flat plains of Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro National Park. Standing at an elevation of 5,895 metres (19,340 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the entire world. Travellers who take their time to trek the mountain’s forested foothills and rocky terrain are rewarded with views worthy of Kilimanjaro’s Roof of Africa moniker.
Lush forests hug the mountain’s flanks, tempting the imagination with bursts of bright flowers and perpetual birdsong. Monkeys race along the branches, hopping easily between trees as they forage for food. Hikers who traverse Kilimanjaro get a sense of the diversity of Africa’s environments, from moorlands sprinkled with giant heather and colourful lobelias to the icy alpine tundra of Kilimanjaro’s uppermost reaches.
Travelers can take any of several routes to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in all of Africa. Most routes can be covered in less than 10 days and vary in difficulty. Kilimanjaro has one of the world’s most accessible summits. The mountain isn’t a technically difficult climb, though Tanzania National Parks recommends that visitors aiming to conquer the peak remember the Swahili proverb, "A hasty person misses the sweet things." The mountain is high and requires travellers to acclimatize as they ascend.
Safety & Success Rates
We take your safety and health very seriously, which is why we only works with the best, most knowledgeable tour operators & guides. Heeding their advice can ensure you have the greatest chance for success scaling Kilimanjaro. In fact, the tour operators & guides have a 98% success rate – meaning that a vast majority of the travellers they lead reach the mountain summit.
On the mountain, guides ensure hikers eat and drink properly, provide briefings on safety procedures and health precautions and monitor for any signs of altitude sickness. They are trained and able to act in case of an emergency on the climb.
Several routes lead to breath-taking Uhuru Peak, most taking five to nine days to complete. It’s recommended that you pace yourself to allow for time to acclimatize to the mountain’s atmosphere and avoid altitude sickness.
Among the available routes and the estimated times to hike them are:
We recommend the seven-day Machame route or the eight-day Lemosho route for climbers of all abilities. The routes are gorgeous and show off a variety of habitats while also being among the best for acclimatization.
Mount Kilimanjaro has two main trekking seasons. The first, from December to March, takes place during colder months and generally provides for more privacy than the more popular June to October season.
Rain is uncommon during Kilimanjaro climbs from January through March, though temperatures are typically lower. Snow can usually be found on the summit during these months.
April and May are part of the region’s wet season, meaning conditions are less than ideal to hike Kilimanjaro. During this time, it’s not unusual to see deluges on the lower reaches of the mountain. Visibility is often poor.
The most popular time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is between June and October, partially because of summertime travel seasons in Europe and North America. The weather at this time of the year is beautiful; often warm and dry.
Light rain is typical in November, though it’s less common on the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro. The conditions make the Rongai route a particularly good choice because it’s usually drier than other options. December climbs are growing in popularity, despite the fact that it’s usually very cold at the summit.
Machame route, 7 days:
2 - 5 people: 2,565 USD per person
Lemosho route, 8 days:
2 - 5 people: 3,195 USD per person
Please contact us for prices for the other routes.
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Kilimanjaro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is rich with splendid, natural beauty and home to several endangered species.
Experience the amazing diversity of Africa in a single trip as you trek through forest, highland desert and more, before reaching the snow-covered summit.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is challenging but of the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each continent, it’s technically the easiest and requires no special gear.
Anyone can climb Kilimanjaro. The youngest person to ever scale the mountain was 6, the oldest was 89.
A range of routes, some more difficult than others, lead to Uhuru Peak all in under 10 days.
Guides lead the way through the mountain's diverse landscapes and watch to ensure hikers stay healthy on the climb.
Climbing Kilimanjaro can be awe-inspiring and life-changing, but you have to prepare in advance if you hope to successfully reach the Roof of Africa. The earlier we start planning your trip, the better – ideally, six to eight months before your planned departure date.