Mount Kilimanjaro Treks - Mount Meru Hikes

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We would like to thank you for visiting TRANQUIL KILIMANJARO, your recommended mountain guides in Tanzania and East Africa as a whole, as specialists in Mount Kilimanjaro climbs. We’ve worked hard over the years to deliver high-quality Kilimanjaro treks at a reasonable and affordable price. Thanks to the incredible assistance of our experienced and knowledgeable guides, we have been able to maintain high-quality standards while paying close attention to safety. As a result, we’ve been able to successfully guide several summit rates to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our objectives and goals are simple: by utilizing the greatest climbing talent in the country, we provide climbers of all abilities with the chance to reach their own goals through high-quality, challenging, safe, and enjoyable adventures. We specialize in unrivaled mountain adventures. Read about us

Hiking Mount Meru as a warm up to Kilimanjaro

It is possible to climb Mount Meru as a standalone package on its own or just hike the mountain as a warm-up to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, a great way to acclimatize. Mount Meru is located in Arusha while Mount Kilimanjaro is located near Moshi, in the Kilimanjaro region. You have a better chance of watching wild animals around Mount Meru as it is located within the Arusha National Park.

Most popular routes

Kilimanjaro Tour packages

8 days Lemosho Route
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8 days Lemosho Route

The 8-day Lemosho route itinerary gives you an extra day
8 days Lemosho Route
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7 days Machame Route

The Machame route which goes by the popular nickname, the

7 days Lemosho Route

The shorter 7-day Lemosho route variant does not include the

6 days Machame Route

The 6 days Machame route does not include the extra

9 days Northern Circuit Route

The 9 days Northern Circuit Route is one of the

7 Days Rongai Route

This is a 7-day Rongai route itinerary variation with an

6 Days Rongai Route

This 6-day itinerary takes you to the summit of Kilimanjaro

6 Days Umbwe Route

The 6 days Umbwe Route itinerary on Kilimanjaro is unpopular

9 Days Crater Camp via Lemosho Route

This 9-day crater camp trek combined with the 8-day Lemosho

11 Days Western Breach Route

The 11 days Western Breach route itinerary is rarely or
Shira Route 7 Days

7 Days Shira Route

The 7 days Shira route package is seldom used mostly
Lemosho Route map

Which Kilimanjaro route is the best for climbing

For Mount Kilimanjaro routes, there are different factors for choosing a route that will take you to the Uhuru peak summit. Each route is different, so the question of choosing the best route lies entirely in what attracts you. Among the top priorities, we have to consider when choosing your route include, your level of fitness, hiking experience, high altitude experience, your inner motivation and drive, medical conditions, and of course, your age or any other special criteria that we may have to consider. After determining that, then we can select your route in relation to difficulty levels, crowd traffic, the beauty of the scenery, the number of days it takes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, and your budget which will help determine the cost of your Kilimanjaro climb. After all, is said and done, Tranquil Kilimanjaro recommends the Machame route, Northern Circuit, Lemosho Route, and the Rongai route based on summit success rate and suitability.

Lemosho Route vs Machame Route which one is the best?

These routes are both unique in their own ways. Personally, we prefer to recommend the 8-day Lemosho Route package as the route is very scenic, less crowded, and offers enough time for acclimatization. The Machame Route is also a great route to climb the mountain, it is more popular as it is an old route on Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho Route wins in many aspects, in terms of scenery, slope profile, acclimatization, and trail conditions. It is an all-around great route that is why we think it is the best. 99% of our past clients share the same opinion too. Read more about choosing the best route.

Sunrite on the Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro

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Combine Kilimanjaro treks with safaris or Zanzibar beach holidays

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There are many safari options at your disposal after you climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Tranquil Kilimanjaro. You could tailor-make your bespoke Kilimanjaro trekking package with a safari addon, a Mount Kenya trek, a Mount Meru hike, a beach relaxation getaway to the spice islands of Zanzibar. There is more to Kilimanjaro than just the mountain as you could choose to take a day trip around the Kilimanjaro region to Materuni waterfalls, village, and coffee tours Moshi and Arusha towns have many attractions surrounding them so if you need something to do before climbing Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro, you can ask for the nearest activities to partake. You could take a refreshing dip in the crystal and natural waters at Kikuletwa/Chemka/Maji Moto Hotsprings in Boma near Moshi. Another great add-on for your mountain trek would be taking a cultural trip in West Kilimanjaro’s Olpopongi Masai cultural site and even a walk further north to Arusha National Park, Monduli Juu, Lake Natron, Empakaai Crater near the famous “mountain of God” at the Ol Doinyo Lengai mountain.

Kilimanjaro Packages
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Kilimanjaro & Safaris
Combine you trek to Kilimanjaro with a Tanzanian wildlife safari
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Kilimanjaro & Zanzibar
Relax on the pristine sandy beaches of Zanzibar after trekking Kilimanjaro.
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Mount Meru Treks & Safari
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When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

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January - March

Dry and quiet
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April - May

Quiet but wet
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June - October

Warm and dry but busy
mount kilimanjaro snow time

November - December

Some rain and colder
Best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro sits very close to the equator and has none of the seasons we are used to in either the Northern or Southern Hemispheres. Temperatures vary very little throughout the year and certainly by comparison with the change in temperature you experience climbing Kilimanjaro because of the altitude the seasonal variations are inconsequential.

What Kilimanjaro does experience though is big seasonal variation in rainfall. It has two rainy seasons: what they call the short rainy season, traditionally between mid-November and mid-December, and the long rainy season in April and May. In both these periods, you can expect some rain most days and in the April-May period, this rain can be prolonged.

So if staying dry is critical, aim for January to March and May to October. Remember though that nearly everyone else wants to do the same so these are the busiest months. If you can tolerate a little rain climbing off-season can be fun, not just because it will be quiet but also because there is a good chance of snow on the summit. Learn more about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro here

Climb Kilimanjaro during the full moon

To make your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro even more enjoyable, consider the Kilimanjaro full moon options when the routes are illuminated by natural light from the moon, making it easier to trek especially during summit night which usually begins at midnight so that you can make it to the summit, Uhuru peak by sunrise. Learn more about the best time to climb Kilimanjaro and the full moon dates for trekking.

Why climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Tranquil?

EXPERT GUIDES

We have handpicked mountain climbing guides from Tranquil Kilimanjaro that are licensed with years of experience.

QUALITY SERVICE

Best climbing service with delicious meals made from fresh, local ingredients and clean water.

SAFETY FIRST

Your safety is our number one priority so whether its emergency oxygen, daily health checks or pulse-oxymeters we go the extra step to ensure you are in safe hands.

SUPERB SUPPORT

As specialists in high altitude trekking we know how to help you reach the summit successfully. Our great guides, great food and comfortable tents make a big difference.

RELIABLE OPERATOR

Whether it’s porter treatment, caring for the environment or supporting local charities we do everything you would want from an ethical operator.

VALUE FOR MONEY

Unlike nearly everyone else you find on the internet we actually run our climbs ourselves and with no middleman you get a high quality climb at a great value price.

Questions that people ask before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Before embarking on this life-turning expedition to the highest peak in Africa, there might be many questions lingering in your mind. You can get more answers from our frequently asked questions section or you could simply send us an email at info@tranquilkilimanjaro.com and we would be glad to answer all your questions. Below, we have captures a few common questions that stream into our inbox.

How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

It takes about 5 to 9 days to climb Kilimanjaro from the entry gate located at the base of the mountain and descend back to the base of the mountain. The duration it takes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro depends on the route that your will choose. Most of these routes have two variants each, for example, 6 days Machame Route and 7 days Machame Route or 7 Days Lemosho Route and 8 Days Machame Route or 5 days Marangu Route and 6 days Marangu Route variation. The extra day added on these route itineraries is to help with acclimatization, for a better chance to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak.

How hard is it to climb Kilimanjaro?

It is not difficult to climb Mount Kilimanjaro if you pan properly, train well and follow our mountain guide guidelines. You only have to be mentally prepared to do the Kilimanjaro challenge. The hardest part of climbing this mountain according to past climbers is the final push to the summit where you wake up at midnight, in total darkness, braving cold temperatures and strong winds at an ascent of 4,084ft with 49% less oxygen and descent of nearly 6,870ft. Some also say climbing the dreaded Barranco Wall is also one of the hardest segments on the mountain.

What time of year is best to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and dryest months of the year in January-February or August-September when the temperatures are warmer and the sky is clearer with less or no cloud cover. These are peak seasons and traffic is high on the popular routes. If you want an optimum time with great weather to climb with fewer crowds on the mountain, consider climbing in March or October, just before each of the two rainy seasons.

How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

The average cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro varies from roughly  $1,150 to $6000, the price depends on various factors like the number of people in your group, the duration of your trip, and accommodation before and after your climb among many other logistics.

Private climb, Join a group for Kilimanjaro or for charity?

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We offer three expedition styles to climb Kilimanjaro: private climbs, open groups, and Kilimanjaro charity challenges. Whichever you choose, our experienced team will help you achieve your goal of climbing Kilimanjaro: Africa’s highest mountain.

Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro private climb

Private climbs


Private trips to climb Kilimanjaro are your own personal tailor-made adventure, giving you total flexibility and the highest chance of success. Just choose your date, route, and any of our tailor-made options. Perfect for a group of friends or a charity group or a couple looking to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Upgrades to private climbs have an additional cost depending on the size of the group. The good thing about private Kilimanjaro climbs is that you can add a Tanzania safari adventure that can take you to the most popular parks in the country like Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Tarangire National Park to your trip or a nice relaxation at the beach with a Zanzibar beach holiday extension

Open group joining climbs


If you want to be in the company of other trekkers while you climb Kilimanjaro then joining an open group climb is perfect for you. Our group climbs run every week during the main climbing season from June – October and December – March.  They are limited to a maximum of 12 climbers to make sure you get the best chance of summit success. Particularly popular are our open group full moon climbs which run every month.

Charity challenges to climb Kilimanjaro


We do not offer complicated sponsor-funded climbs, just great value, tailor-made challenges so that more of the money you raise goes to charity.  We also offer our charity climbers special low deposits so that they can get on with fundraising for their chosen charity while our PR team offers a helping hand to promote their Mount Kilimanjaro charity challenge.

Where to stay during, before and after your Mount Meru or Kilimanjaro climb?

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We will check you into a hotel or lodge in Moshi for rest and leisure before your climb begins when we pick you up at the Kilimanjaro International airport.
You’ll meet your guides for a climb briefing the day before your climb, when they’ll answer any questions you have and double-check your gear. We may organise a game-viewing walk in Arusha National Park (accompanied by an armed ranger), or you can travel into Arusha town for some last-minute shopping or a dinner, or you can select from one of our numerous day tours around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region.

After your climb, you may get your climbing gear washed and even your filthy hiking boots cleaned by the friendly staff, ready for your next adventure.

Moshi Hotels
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Kilimanjaro Camps
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Airport Hotels
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Arusha Hotels
From cheap, budget friendly hotels to luxurious lodges in Arusha, Mount Meru.
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