Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania could be one of the things to do on your bucket list, but how do you do it, when should you do it and how should you do it? We have compiled some of the most important information to guide you through your journey in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro,  towering at a staggering height of 5,895m above sea level is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest in Africa by its right. It is also among the popular 7 summits of the world that is admired by mountaineers all over the world.

Here is a comprehensive guide how to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Before Tanzania gained independence, Mount Kilimanjaro was formerly known as Kaiser-Wilhelm-Spitze. It might not require a lot of technique to climb this snowcapped mountain but that doesn’t mean that is not a challenge.  Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano that is located in Tanzania, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. It is one of the most sought-after mountains in the world. Below we take a close look at this snow-capped giant that towers into the clouds of Tanzania.

How to trek Kilimanjaro

In this useful guide, we are going to show you how to climb this mountain in Tanzania, called Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and of course in the whole continent of Africa. If it is your first time trekking a mountain of this magnitude, hang on tight and if you are an experienced mountaineer who cannot resist the urge of the high altitudes and for the love of the mountains, this article is also for you, because we will take an in-depth look into how you can plan for a successful climb, how you can choose the best route, training, fitness and latitude sickness issues. You can also go through our beginner’s guide to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro here. We also have exhausted with finer details on tips of how to safely and successfully climb Mount Kilimanjaro in our top 50 tips for climbing this great Mountain.

The comprehensive 50 helpful tips on how to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Where should I start if I want to plan a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro?

This is a nice question. Trekking Kilimanjaro starts the moment you think about it. Just to summarise before we delve deeper into your questions, you should consider the following for the proper planning of your trip.

  1. You need to choose a date.
  2. You need to choose the route that will determine how many days and nights you will spend on the mountain.
  3. You have to decide on a trekking agency/climb operator.
  4. You need to book your flights.
  5. You need to organise your visa.
  6. You need to get the required vaccinations.
  7. You need to buy or rent and pack the necessary gear and equipment.
  8. You need to train and get yourself into shape.
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8 days Lemosho Route Itinerary

You get an extra day to acclimatize on Mount Kilimanjaro if you choose the 8-day Lemosho route plan. The Lemosho
7 days Machame Route

7 days Machame Route Itinerary

The 7-day Machame Route gives you an advantage over the 6-day Machame Route since it gives you ample time to

6 Days Marangu Route

The more advantageous option for ascending Mount Kilimanjaro via the well-known Marangu route is the 6-day Marangu route plan. For

9 days Northern Circuit Route

The 9 days Northern Circuit Route is one of the easiest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a recently introduced

7 Days Rongai Route

This is a 7 days Rongai route itinerary variation with an extra day for acclimatization. Gradually sloping towards the summit,

9 Days Crater Camp via Lemosho Route

This 9-day crater camp trek combined with the 8-day Lemosho route climb is a unique and ultimate Kilimanjaro experience. Crater

7 days Lemosho Route

The shorter 7-day Lemosho route variant does not include the extra acclimatization day as the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary. The

6 days Machame Route

For mountain climbers with prior climbing expertise and the capacity to acclimate more quickly, the 6-day Machame route is advised

1. When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

The weather on Mount Kilimanjaro has an impact on your trek and your chances of success, in reaching the summit. The choice of when to climb Kilimanjaro is very important and should be taken very seriously.
On Kilimanjaro, bad weather not only makes for an unpleasant trip and spoils your photographs, but it also makes the ascent twice as difficult!
If the weather on Kilimanjaro is excellent, you have a better chance of reaching the summit.
Mount Kilimanjaro is very close to the equator and there are two seasons: dry and wet the equivalent of winter and summer in Europe, the United States of America, and other parts of the world.

Read more on the best time to climb the mountain.

2. Which route is the best for climbing the mountain?

There are about 8 routes on Mount Kilimanjaro with each one of them unique not just on the duration it takes to climb to the summit but also in prices, scenery, and of course difficulty.
One of the most crucial decisions you’ll have to make when climbing the mountain is choosing the route that works best for you.

It all depends on the amount of time and money you have on your hands, your past experience and fitness levels, the season you want to travel, and other preferences…

Let’s take a look at the different Kilimanjaro climbing routes and who they’re good for, here.

3. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the best

Throughout the years of our business, we have refined our talents to the point that we can now plan any trip and provide mountaineers with all they require except personal climbing equipment. We specialize not only in the legal arrangement of our trips but also in assisting climbers in achieving success as gently as possible. Are you interested in learning more about our services and realizing your goal of stepping atop Mount Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak? We’re here for you, so sign up for one of our Kilimanjaro adventures soon and we’ll do everything we can to assist you to reach the summit, which will be one of your most memorable experiences.

About us and our expeditions team

4. Booking your flights

We recommend choosing to land at the Kilimanjaro International Airport which will make it easier for you to access Mount Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro Airport is, indeed, the nearest airport to Mount Kilimanjaro (JRO). Most travelers fly into Kilimanjaro Airport, which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi, and just to be clear, Mount Kilimanjaro is closer to Moshi than it is to Arusha town. usually, Arusha is the starting point for safaris to Ngorongoro, the Serengeti, Tarangire, and other Tanzanian wildlife preserves as it is closer to the parks located on the northern circuit of Tanzania and there is easy access to everything you will need for your safaris like banks, restaurants, supermarkets, and fast internet.

You could also wish to travel to/from one of the other major airports in the region, such as Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, or even Nairobi if you are organizing a lengthy vacation to Tanzania.

About flights and how to get to Tanzania

5. Organising your visa

Tanzania requires a visa for entry, as well as a passport that is still valid for at least another six months.

Find out how to get your visa by calling the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your place of residency, near you, or visiting their website.

Depending on which country you come from, you can get a visa once you arrive in Tanzania if your nation does not have a Tanzanian embassy and it is even easier if you just apply online. More about Visas and passports for travelling to Tanzania can be found here.

6. Getting the right vaccinations

You will be required to produce a yellow fever certificate at the point of entry in Tanzania, and several additional immunizations are advised. Consult your doctor as soon as possible because some of them must be begun months in advance.

You might also wish to take anti-malaria medicine depending on your vacation itinerary. Consult your physician about it.

The length of your trip and any additional destinations you may wish to visit outside Kilimanjaro, such as Zanzibar or a safari, will determine exactly what you need.

More about vaccinations for visiting Tanzania

7. Packing the necessary gear and equipment

When you book with Tranquil Kilimanjaro, quality camping gear is already included in the cost.

We can also help you to rent additional equipment and gear like sleeping bags, hats, head lamps, jackets and even hiking boots that you might not want to buy for occasional usage or transport across Tanzania on a long journey.

Sleeping bags, insulating pads, and down coats are among the items you may frequently rent. Check out the right sleeping bags for your trek here

In addition, you will require gloves, a warm hat, decent sunglasses, sunscreen (for the lips, too! ), a day pack, rain protection for everything, water bottles/camelbacks, and more. All of these items should be of great quality and thermal.

Most significantly, your hiking boots must be well-worn-in and of great quality.

See the recommended hiking boots for Kilimanjaro treks here.


Here is a list of the necessary Kilimanjaro gear, and here are some additional packing suggestions.

8. How to train for Kilimanjaro and gain fitness

Because Mt. Kilimanjaro doesn’t require specialized knowledge or climbing gear, it is a well-liked climb. In actuality, it is a trek rather than a climb as most of the mountain is walkable apart form a few segments like navigating the Barranco Wall. You may ascend by walking all the way up.

It may seem easier on paper but on the ground, things might be different

Learn how to prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro and avoid altitude sickness while climbing it. The more you can do in the months before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the better.

Although particular climbing skills are not necessary to climb Kilimanjaro, long-distance trekking and hiking experience definitely helps! Additionally, it helps if you are accustomed to roughing it as climbing Kilimanjaro would undoubtedly need you to do so.

More about training and fitness for hiking Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro in January

We recommend climbing Kilimanjaro after January 10th. The weather is warmer, and there is less rain and overcast clouds, comparing the month of January to other months, the summit can be a little bit crowded. This is one of the greatest months for Kilimanjaro climbing. We strongly advise visiting Tanzania in January. Remember that poor weather might strike at any time on the mountain, and storms from the Indian Ocean can arrive at any time.

About climbing Kilimanjaro on the new year in January

Climbing Kilimanjaro in February

February without a doubt one of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro. It’s possible to climb till the end of the month. On Kilimanjaro, February is warmer, with less cloud and better weather than the rest of the year. Warm weather brings sandy dry camps and trails, so being prepared for this is crucial. If the winds pick up, you’ll have dust in your clothes and potentially in your lungs. In warm weather, I recommend bringing a standard buff to wear during the day. We’ve seen groups caught in the tail end of a cyclone in February with severe winds on summit night, so be ready.

About climbing Kilimanjaro in January and February

Climbing Kilimanjaro in March

If you’re planning to climb Kilimanjaro in March, you should reconsider. The weather can be highly unpredictable on the mountain, it can rain or snow at any time. In March, clouds blanket Kilimanjaro, and the peak may not be visible from the valley for the whole month. Climbing Kilimanjaro in March may be more difficult due to slick rocks and damp gear that will be difficult to dry if the sun does not shine. Mountain views will be restricted, and snow is a distinct possibility further up above Barafu, at high camp 4,650 meters/15,255 ft. On the mountain, there will be fewer people.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in April

Only climb Kilimanjaro in April if you’re prepared to persevere in the mountain’s rainy weather. Alternatively, you could opt for the Rongai Route, which receives less precipitation since the trail runs through the northern slopes of the mountain. If the clouds clear, climbing Kilimanjaro in April may provide spectacular vistas. You risk not only thunder and lightning but also getting wet and not drying out for the whole of your vacation if it rains every day. April is smack in the heart of Kilimanjaro’s rainy season (March through May), and while it can rain on Kilimanjaro at any time of year, April may push you to your limits. The mountain will be less crowded in April, but the views will be poor, the rock will be damp, and the scenery on and off the mountain will be uninteresting.

About climbing Kilimanjaro in the rainy months of April

Climbing Kilimanjaro in May

We also frown upon climbing Kilimanjaro in May even though it has been drier than usual in recent years, but it is still one of the wettest months for climbing Kilimanjaro. We’ve had a mixed bag of experiences climbing Kilimanjaro in May, so we’ve chosen not to send groups up there in May for the previous few years. This month might be ideal for you if you don’t mind the rain and wish to climb with fewer people.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in June

From time to time, the rainy season will extend into early June. Higher up on the mountain, over 5,000 meters/16,400 feet, June can be a bit cooler. If you want to climb Kilimanjaro in June, expect dryer weather and fewer people than in February, August, or September. Depending on whose path you take up Kilimanjaro, it might be cold as early as the second night. The Lemosho trek is an 8-day hike that we suggest. You’ll get fantastic views of the mountain, sunrises, and sunsets if you climb in June. Sunsets are particularly beautiful in Shira Camp 2, Barranco Camp, and Karanga Camp. In June, we like to climb Kilimanjaro since there are fewer tourists than in July and August.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in July

There is a high probability that more people will climb Kilimanjaro in June. People climb around this time since it coincides with their holiday plans. Climbing Kilimanjaro in July is a fantastic idea. Because of the better circumstances, there will be more people on the mountain. Higher up, the temperature might be cooler, but this typically means better mountain vistas, less rain in the rainforest, and overall better mountain climbing conditions.

About climbing Kilimanjaro in July, August, September, October

Climbing Kilimanjaro in August

Another great month to climb Kilimanjaro. We usually recommend climbing Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho route for 8 days, therefore there will be fewer people at the start. When you meet up with the Machame route on day 3, their second day, you’ll see a lot more people. On the trails in August, it might be dry and dusty, so if the wind comes up, you’ll need to apply a light buff to keep dust off your face. This month has great weather and the mountain views are frequently not obstructed by clouds. August is one of the hottest months on the mountain. The Shira Plateau and Volcano are a little cooler on the western side of the mountain, but not enough to keep you from seeing them.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in September

September is also a lovely time to trek and easily one of our favorite months for climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. The weather should be nice and pleasant above 5,000 meters/17,000 feet. In September, there may be fewer or more people on the mountain, but if you extend your acclimatization program (8 days), you will likely miss the summit. Climbing Kilimanjaro has a relatively low summit success rate, with approximately 50-60% of individuals making it to the top each year. September is one of the busier months for climbing Kilimanjaro, but the weather is pleasant, the conditions are dry, and the vistas are spectacular.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in October

Kilimanjaro is doable in October especially when you are climbing in early October. Higher up the mountain, it is warmer. Toward the end of October, there may be more cloud cover, keeping the sun off you but obstructing mountain views. Clear skies are more common in the morning, although clouds might come in early in the day, obstructing views of the peak. Climbing is best in early October. October is traditionally one of the best months to climb Kilimanjaro since the weather is typically relatively consistent.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in November

With increased chances of rain in November, climbing Kilimanjaro might be difficult. We avoid climbing Kilimanjaro in November due to the possibility of a mini-rainy season. In November, the mountain may see less steady weather patterns. As a result, rain might occur every day for a brief time. Poor mountain vistas, less visibility, and more snow higher in the mountains can all have an influence on your journey. If the weather is clear and the snow is falling, the views from further up will rival any mountain sight. Remember, snow may fall at any time of year over 5,000 meters/16,400 feet on the mountain.

Climbing Kilimanjaro in December

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in December is a possibility. At the beginning of December and over the Christmas season until early January, an increasing number of tourists climb Kilimanjaro. Each December, we offer three climbs on Kilimanjaro to accommodate the Christmas holidays. On the mountain, we believe this is a favorable weather time. It varies from year to year and is less consistent than the months we’ve mentioned.

Read about celebrating Christmas on Kilimanjaro mountain in December

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Guide

To climb the mountain, there are a couple of things to consider when you want to arrange your trek. Climbing Kilimanjaro is all about being mentally prepared then physicality and fitness follow suit. If you want to reach the summit, then preparation is key.

How do I prepare for Mount Kilimanjaro?

It depends on your goal really. You will need to be in great shape to reach the summit but not in supernatural fitness. The fitter the better, the easier and the more enjoyable your climb will be. That being said, any physical activity and training for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro will be beneficial as Kilimanjaro is not a tactical climb. You can read and download our training plan here or
Learn more about Kilimanjaro fitness.

When should I climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year provided you have the correct kit and equipment that is waterproof and will keep you warm on the mountain. The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the warm and dry months of between December to March and June to October. The least favourite time to climb the mountain is during the wet months of April, May and November.
Learn more. About the best time to climb Kilimanjaro

What permits do I need?

All the trips booked with tranquil Kilimanjaro consist of all the park fees and taxes. Our Kilimanjaro climbing prices include the park entry permits. These fees are compulsory and are paid to the park authority to help maintain the park that Mount Kilimanjaro is located inside.
Learn more. about Mount Kilimanjaro prices and park fees

Do I need a guide to climb?

Yes. It is forbidden to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on your own, without a guide or assistance. Tranquil Kilimanjaro will assign a licensed guide and experienced porters to help you achieve your goal of reaching the Uhuru peak, summit.

Learn more about our guides

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro’s climbing cost depends on a few factors that vary widely from the route you choose, the number of days you will take on the mountain, the number of people in your group, and so on. Typically the Kilimanjaro cost ranges from $1000 onwards depending on the route you will choose then it will be determined if you need to rent more climbing gear and equipment, to update your accommodation before and after your climb, or to add a safari to your Kilimanjaro climb or Zanzibar tour.

Learn more about Mount Kilimanjaro climbing cost

What should I pack and what equipment do I need?

Tranquil Kilimanjaro will provide essential equipment like sleeping tents, tables, chairs and other communal items like kitchen utensils. However, you are required to bring your own gear and equipment like hiking boots, head torch, sunglasses, trekking gear, etc. example.

Read the full mountain equipment list here

Trekking via Lemosho Route

The route begins with a tranquil trail and from the same direction as the Shira route until it joins up with the Machame trail. Lemosho is one of the most scenic route on Mount Kilimanjaro as it traverses various vegetation zones offering beautiful vistas of the Mountain as you cross the Shira Plateau proceeding to expansive ice fields.

  1. Distance: 70 km
  2. Average duration:7 days or -8 days

Average difficulty: Lemosho has high success rates due to the long time you take on the mountain. The 7 days route variation has a good 85% success rate while the longer variation of the route that takes a duration of 8 days offers a higher summit success rate of 90%. The shortest variation of the route which does not give enough acclimatization time has a slightly lower success rate of 65%.

Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

Trekking via Marangu Route

This route is one of the ancient routes, it has existed on Mount Kilimanjaro for years, making it the oldest route on the mountain. They call it the “coca-cola” route and is one of the easiest routes on the mountain due to its gradual ascent. It is also the only route on Mount Kilimanjaro that does not rely on tents as a mode of accommodation. Accommodation on this route is in the form of dormitory-style huts. We recommend that you choose the 6-day route variation that allows an extra day for acclimatization.

  1. Distance: 72 km
  2. Average duration: 5 days or -6 days
  3. Average difficulty: It might be termed as one of the easiest routes on the mountain but it has one of the lowest summit success rates especially when you choose the shorter, 5-day variation. Marangu route has an average summit success rate of about 50%

Kilimanjaro – Marangu Route

Trekking via Machame Route

One of the most popular routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Has a steep ascent therefore it is categorized under one of the difficult routes. Also known as the “whiskey route”, it is great for experienced mountaineers because of its steep and challenging slope. It is also amazing for climbers seeking adventure.

  1. Distance: 62 km
  2. Average duration: 6 days or 7 Days
  3. Average difficulty:A 7-day climb offers an extra day for acclimatization hence has a higher summit success rate of about 85% while the shorter 6-day variation has a lower summit success rate of 70% a lower success rate of 70%. We strongly recommend the 7-day route variation for first-timers and the less experienced.

Kilimanjaro Machame Route

Trekking via Rongai Route

This is the only route that begins from the north of the mountain. It traverses the northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro taking a more tranquil and less trafficked route on the mountain. Rongai is rate moderate in terms of how challenging it is. It is a great route for first-timers and mountain climbers with little experience.

  1. Distance: 73 km
  2. Average duration: 6 days or 7 days
  3. Average difficulty: Rongai route is rated as difficult in terms of the overall challenge with the longer 7-day route variation offering a moderately strong success rate of about 80% while the shorter 6 day variation offers a lower 65% success rate.

Kilimanjaro – Rongai Route

Trekking via the Northern Circuit Route

The Northern Circuit is the longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also one of the newest introduced routes on the mountain. The trail follows the same path as the  route follows the Lemosho trail at the start before travelling along the northern slopes where trekkers can enjoy more space on the trails.

  1. Distance: 98 km
  2. Average duration: 8-9 days
  3. Average difficulty: Because of the number of days you spend on the mountain. This is a sure bet to give you enough time to acclimatize and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in an enjoyable manner. It is also one of the best routes to choose from if you want to stand a high chance of reaching the summit, Uhuru peak. The summit success rate for the Northern Circuit Route is a high 95%.

Kilimanjaro – Northern Circuit Route

Trekking via Umbwe Route

Umbwe route can be classified as a difficult route that pushes you to the limit. It is a very demanding route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The bright side is that is very scenic with amazing views of the mountain. The main downside is that this route is short and steep and is recommended for experienced mountaineers who do not have a problem with acclimatization and slopes that are inclined.

  1. Distance: 53 km
  2. Average duration:5 days or -6 days
  3. Average difficulty/success rate: Umbwe has a pretty low success rate. As the most difficult and demanding trek on Mount Kilimanjaro, Umbwe has a much lower success rate of about 60% for the shorter route variation of 5 days and 70% for the longer route variation of 6 days. this route is mostly recommended for climbers with mountaineering experience.

Kilimanjaro – Umbwe Route

Trekking via Shira Route

Shira route is the only route that begins from high altitudes. The first day exposes you to high altitudes of 1500m above sea level. It approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the western side. This route is recommended for experienced mountaineers with the capability of acclimatizing faster. It is the best route for those that love nature.

  1. Distance: 56 km
  2. Average duration: 7 days or -8 days
  3. Average difficulty: Shira offers great success rates of about 85% to 90%. It is recommended for climbers that have past climbing experience since it begins from some seriously high altitudes as its main starting point. The first day is usually very steep hence it requires climbers that are capable of acclimatizing rapidly.

Kilimanjaro – Shira Route

climbing Kilimanjaro to the summit

Summit Success rate

Generally, the success rates for Mount Kilimanjaro range between 50% to 95%, depending on the route you select and the number of days you spend on the mountain. Longer route variations tend to offer higher summit success rates. The Northern Circuit route gives the highest success rates than any other route on Mount Kilimanjaro. With a high summit success rate of 95%, the Northern Circuit route takes the title while the Marangu route with a low summit success rate of 50% is the most unsuccessful route.

Mount Kilimanjaro – Expedition

Many climbers have attempted to reach the peak of Africa since 1889 when the first person (Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller) set foot on the summit. Some of them succeeded, but others struggled to cope with their personal flaws, as well as terrible weather and altitude sickness. Every professional climber’s ambition is to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, and they are willing to put in a lot of time and money to do so. None of them, on the other hand, can accomplish it alone and will require the assistance of a large number of other individuals. Those individuals are organizers and skilled guides who are in charge of the preparations for the Mt Kilimanjaro trip as well as the climbers’ safety.

Many climbers have attempted to reach Africa’s top since 1889, when the first person set foot on the summit. Some of them were successful, but others had to cope with their own flaws, as well as terrible weather and altitude sickness. Every professional climber’s ambition is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and reach the summit, and they are willing to put in a lot of time and money to make it happen. None of them, on the other hand, are capable of doing it on their own and require the assistance of a large number of other individuals. Those individuals are organizers and skilled guides who are in charge of the Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition’s preparations as well as the climbers’ safety.

Difficulty to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a climber’s fantasy since it is a challenge to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak. Many climbers desire to end their careers with a climbing experience that challenges them to overcome the hurdles that their bodies create. They must, however, be aware of the danger and have some prior experience. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a difficult endeavor that requires extensive preparation. Climbers must dedicate a significant amount of time to building stamina and training in order to become used to severe circumstances such as cold temperatures and low oxygen levels at higher elevations.

It’s worth remembering that getting to the peak at 5,895 meters above sea level is the most challenging part of the expedition, which begins just after midnight in complete darkness and ends before daylight. Some climbers also say that navigating the Barranco Wall is quite some challenge. Nonetheless, some mountaineers resolve to climb Mount Kilimanjaro every year to prove that they are capable of doing so. Climbers must adapt to the decreased oxygen levels in the air before attempting to reach the summit in order to meet the stated target by acclimatizing. “The climb high, sleep low” rule can be used to accomplish this.

To minimize or reduce the danger of altitude sickness, they allow their bodies to create more haemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. That is why every Mount Kilimanjaro expedition must be carefully prepared, which can only be done by an experienced organization like Tranquil Kilimanjaro, whose staff are seasoned guides who have spent nearly their whole lives hiking in the Kilimanjaro region.

What is Included in the climbing price?

From the time they arrive in Tanzania, Tranquil Kilimanjaro for our Mt Kilimanjaro expedition clients. They are picked up and accommodated in a good hotel with breakfast for one or two nights. They are cordially greeted and briefed about their impending tour on the first day. When the excursion is over, the participants will either stay in the hotel for another night or be transported to the airport and given a proper send-off before returning home.

Climbers who have signed up for the trip may expect the following:

For your safety as you climb Kilimanjaro

  • Qualified guides that have been carefully handpicked and trained by us
  • Minimum of 1 guide assigned for every 2 clients
  • National Park Fees and Rescue Service Prepaid
  • The chief guide always carries a Pulse Oximeter, to check blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day
  • Emergency oxygen provided on every climb (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
  • Complete First Aid kit (for use in emergencies only)

For your health as you climb Kilimanjaro

  • Complimentary For the first day of your climb, bring 3 liters of mineral water each hiker, and 3 liters of purified water per person every day from the first night and more.
  • Variety of healthy tasty food
  • Twice daily health checks by mountain guides
  • High summit success rates and client satisfaction

For your comfort as you climb Kilimanjaro

  • Complimentary pick up on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • One private airport shuttle per group between Kilimanjaro Airport and your accommodation in a private car with driver on arrival and departure.
  • Return transfers between the hotel to the start / finish point of a climb
  • Best premium hotel included as a standard option
  • Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes
  • Superior camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats) is not required on the Marangu route because all meals are provided in dedicated dining halls at the campgrounds.
  • Table and chairs provided on all climbs
  • Mess tent on all climbs
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • Food of premium quality and of a bigger variety on the mountain
  • Except on the first day of the trek, when climbers are given a packed lunch, a hot lunch is made at the lunch stop and served with table and chairs (and an indoor mess tent in case of severe weather). (Not relevant on the Marangu route, as all meals are served in separate mess halls at the camps.)
  • Sleeping mattress (not applicable on the Marangu route)
  • Water for washing up daily
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with a maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one campsite to the next
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt

Excluded in our prices to climb Kilimanjaro are:

  • Airfares and departure taxes
  • Personal gear
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Entry visa for Tanzania
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Dinner in the hotels before and after the climb

Tranquil Kilimanjaro not only organizes group trips, but also individualized hikes for climbers who require them.

We want to make our clients happy, thus extra amenities such as a spacious personal tent, a private toilet, and a special diet can be requested. From and to Moshi town, we may take a magnificent helicopter trip.

Tranquil Kilimanjaro is concerned about the environment and is sad that many people litter the route to the peak. That is why we arrange cleaning trips, which have resulted in the removal of hundreds of tons of rubbish from the mountains. We also strive to raise local people’s understanding of climate change and persuade them to care about the environment. Our firm is involved in a number of projects that benefit the environment as well as our porters.

We hire a large number of porters and treat them well to help sustain their lives, and they are the greatest candidates for the work since they are familiar with the mountains and how to survive in them. Many people might not have been able to realize their aspirations or possibly died if it weren’t for their abilities.

How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Kilimanjaro, sometimes known as “the top of Africa,” is not a walkover. It certainly does not imply a stroll down lovely snow-covered hills, and it may even be harmful to those who are inexperienced or have a low risk of disease. As a result, acclimatization is necessary. Climbers are looked after by porters and guides during this period until they acclimatize adequately. The summiting day is usually the most exciting and difficult portion of the climb, especially if the weather is great.

The entire trip, from reaching the Kilimanjaro gate to summiting the Uhuru peak, takes around 5-11 days on average for tourists. The final climb to the summit takes roughly 6 hours once everything is in order and the climbers are in good spirits. It takes around two days to descend and climb down to Base Camp.

Why should Tranquil Kilimanjaro be chosen for climbing?

We not only have the most extensive, long-term expertise and extensive understanding of mountain conditions, but we also offer first-class services to both skilled mountaineers who wish to summit Kilimanjaro and tourists drawn to the mountain’s breathtaking grandeur. Our organization has contributed to the growth of tourism due to our long history in the industry. Throughout our business, we’ve honed our skills at exceeding even the most ardent clients’ demands while also ensuring their safe descent. No other company can match the level of service we deliver to mountain enthusiasts.


Where is Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is located within the Kilimanjaro national park in Northern Tanzania. The mountain lies near the equator as well as near the border of Kenya and Tanzania in the East African region. The nearest town to Mount Kilimanjaro is Moshi which is a mere 30km away. The distance between Arusha town and Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is 128 km. The mountain is an only one hour drive away from the nearest international airport, the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and it covers an area of 1,668 sq. km.


How to get to Mount Kilimanjaro

To get to Mount Kilimanjaro, you will have to fly into the nearest airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi Kenya or the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. The nearest towns to Kilimanjaro are Moshi and Arusha and it is located about an hour’s drive from the Kilimanjaro International Airport which is located between the two towns.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro temperatures

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February Warm Medium Low High
March Moderate High Medium Low
April Moderate High High Low
May Moderate High High Low
June Cold Medium Medium Medium
July Cold Medium Low High
August Cold Low Low High
September Moderate Low Low High
October Moderate Low Medium Medium
November Moderate High Medium Low
December Moderate Medium Medium Medium