About your Kilimanjaro climb and tour

You will be assigned 3-6 porters per climber for your group. The number will be determined by the size or weight of your luggage and the number of climbers in your group. porters are the ones responsible for carrying all the camping equipment like tents, tables, chairs, portable toilets and setting up of camp each day. So that it is easier for you to climb Kilimanjaro with a backpack only.

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You will be assigned one lead guide and an assistant guide for 2-3 climbers.
For 4-6 climbers, we will assign one lead guide and 2 assistant guides for your climb.
For 7-8 climbers, we will assign one lead guide and 3 assistant guides for your climb.
For 9-10 climbers, we will assign one lead guide and 4 assistant guides for your climb.

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A private climb with tranquil Kilimanjaro offers flexibility to choose an addon for a safari or a Zanzibar beach adventure. From the rugged mountain adventure to a rather moderate and fun-filled game drive to the famous national parks in Tanzania or simply choose to relax on the sandy beaches of Zanzibar spice islands.

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Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) just 45 minutes away from Moshi is the best way to get to Mount Kilimanjaro since Moshi is the closest town to the mountain. The airport located between Moshi and Arusha only receives direct flights from the Netherlands, the Middle East and Turkey. From Europe, the best options are with KLM via Amsterdam or Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.

Travellers from North America, the United States (USA) or the Far East the best options are to fly via the Middle East. You can read more about flights to Tanzania for climbing Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro International Airport transfers.

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The minimum age for a child to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. Many young children have climbed to the top. There is no age limit for older climbers but senior citizen above 60 years of age need to undergo a checkup and follow their doctors advise before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.


The recommended insurance cover for Mount Kilimanjaro should be able to cover up to 6000m above sea level. There are many Insurance companies that can cover mountain climbing emergencies. Please make sure that you are choosing the correct package and read the small print before buying.

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Depending on your location on the mountain and the urgency of the problem, our may get assistance to take you down or off the mountain by either, being stretchered off, being carried by the porters, by vehicle or by air evacuation, mostly helicopter. Please let your mountain guide immediately you notice anything strange with your condition.

Read more about Kilimanjaro Helicopter Rescue and Evacuation.


First of all, to begin climbing Mount Kilimanjaro you must get all the necessary vaccines to visit Tanzania. You can read about the recommended vaccines here but most importantly, consult your doctor. Also, Tanzania is a malaria hotspot, do not forget your anti-malarial tablets.

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No it is not possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro alone, without a guide or porters. The Kilimanjaro national park Authority (KINAPA) forbids people climbing the mountain on their own without any assistance.

Read more about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro solo.


Yes, we do organize Mount Kilimanjaro charity climbs because we believe the world can be a better place. We would love to be part of your charity climbing guide and support your worthy cause.

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We are leading members of KPAP, the Kilimanjaro Porters protection group and comply fully with their recommendations about tips. Depending on the group size recommended tips are between $2-300 per person. These are simply recommendations: if for any reason you are not happy with the service provided you are not required to pay.

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Every morning and evening you will be provided with a bowl of hot water for washing. As well as this we strongly recommend a good supply of baby wipes for cleaning hands during the day. Also when it gets very cold higher on the mountain you can get by with what we call a “pits and bits” wash for which a baby-wipe is perfect. Remember though that whatever you take up the mountain has to come down so you will need a waste bag to carry used wet wipes.

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We use strong, waterproof and durable tents on Mt Kilimanjaro. Mountain Hardwear Trango tents that a re capable of housing 3 people and are made to withstand tough mountain conditions. These are the same tents used for climbing Mount Everest in the Himalayas. They are very spacious and to create even more room to store your luggage, we allow two people to sleep in the tents instead of three. For dinner, lunch and breakfast, we use mess tents that are strong Good head-height, warm and extremely tough. Along with comfy camp chairs they make for a relaxing mealtime.


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The food prepared by our chefs/cooks everyone at a surprise because even with limited kitchenware and equipment, our chefs/cooks prepare sumptuous meals, specifically prepared for the tiring treks on the mountain. They are nutritious, fresh and energy-giving foods. We are also capable of preparing speciality foods and work with you to come up with a meal plan suitable for your dietary restrictions for vegans and people of religious restrictions and low carb diets.

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Private climbs are a tailor-made and personal type of climbs that offer complete flexibility giving you more freedom and a considerably higher summit success rate. The flexibility of private climbs gives you the freedom to choose your travel date, route and even meal program. It is worth to note that private climbs are a perfect choice for close-knit groups like friends, family, couples or a charity group. Private Kilimanjaro climbs are also great for certain events that need privacy like birthdays, honeymoon climbs or anniversaries.

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You will need to be kitted with mountaineering gear that will keep you warm on Mount Kilimanjaro. From footwear to clothes to gloves. Here is a complete list of the Mount Kilimanjaro gear that will help make your hike more enjoyable and comfortable.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro can take about 5 days to 9 days. We do recommend the longer route variations that take at least 6 days for better acclimatisation and summit success rates. Please read more about choosing the best Mount Kilimanjaro routes before you decide to climb.


Mount Kilimanjaro is not a really difficult mountain to climb as it is walkable. It does not require any technical skills to climb and has a rather high summit success rate on average.

If you are a regular weekend walker with lots of determination we can get you to the top. That does not mean that it is not an incredibly tough challenge. The difficulties arise from a number of different factors. First, you are walking every day for at least 6 days for an average of 7-8 hours a day. There is then one very long day of up to 18 hours. You need to be really determined to handle this.

Second, you are climbing to nearly 20,000 feet at which altitude, air pressure and oxygen availability is about 60% of sea level. This means with every breath you are only getting just over half as much oxygen. To compensate for this you have to do everything slowly with a goal to avoid altitude sickness. Finally, you will be camping for up to 8 nights, sleeping on the floor and washing and cleaning in tough conditions. This is nothing that a positive attitude can’t overcome, though.


Climbing is best in early October. The mountain is dry, the temperatures aren’t as cold as they are in the winter (June-August), and October is off season, so you’ll be able to locate cheaper tickets to Kilimanjaro.


Kilimanjaro is a really high summit; look it up on the internet. Climbing any mountain, in my opinion, maybe deadly if you are unprepared, out of shape, trekking alone, or encountering unforeseen weather conditions. Many individuals attempt to climb Kilimanjaro; nevertheless, to prevent risky situations, be prepared, in shape, and seek guidance from previous climbers.


If you want greater comfort, upgrading to a walk-in tent and sleeping cot for your Kilimanjaro trek may be beneficial. For some folks, crawling in and out of normal-sized tents for Kilimanjaro numerous times a day might get tiresome. It’s possible that the area will feel cramped, with little room to layout your gear or change, especially if it’s shared by two climbers. A bigger tent will give you more area to walk about and will seem roomier. Larger tents, on the other hand, will seem cooler since they do not trap as much heat. It’s a personal preference whether you like sleeping on a cot or the basic foam sleeping mats used on the mountain.

For some individuals, cots are more pleasant to sleep on since they are softer and resemble a traditional frame bed. Others, on the other hand, may find beds less comfortable than sleeping closer to the ground, where they may easily lay their arms or legs on the floor if they need more room.


Your decision will be influenced by two factors: how warm you sleep and how nice of a pad you have. You will lose heat to the ground because sleeping bags compress under your body weight. A 15F or 0F bag with a dual pad (foam + inflatable) is recommended. The inflatable is for comfort, and the foam acts as insurance (it’s quite indestructible).

Anything below 0F isn’t necessary. Denali class, not Kilimanjaro class, is a -40F bag.
To keep the bag clean, liners are acceptable. For those especially chilly nights, you can always toss on a sweater.

Read more about recommended sleeping bags for Kilimanjaro.

So, just in case, I’d recommend a 0F down bag. If you sleep warmly, 15 degrees Fahrenheit is OK. Because you will not see your duffel from morning to evening, I like to store mine in a dry bag (and I also line my duffel with a sturdy garbage bag).


Hiking boots for climbing Kilimanjaro? To avoid any potential injury, this is a must. This is not an area where you want to cut corners.

These are some of the most important reasons to wear suitable hiking shoes:

Rubber soles: Your footwear should be able to take you through a variety of terrains and weather conditions. You should feel comfortable ascending the damp stones you’ll come across along the journey.

Waterproof: Despite its proximity to the tropics, the mountain’s summit is snow-covered, and you should anticipate to walk in snowy circumstances. It is prone to tropical rain towards the bottom. Please keep in mind that anything damp will not dry as you climb higher. You will feel cooler if your feet are moist.

Ankle support: You’ll come across some rough terrain along the route. The chance of twisting your ankle is reduced when you have sufficient ankle support.

If you do not want to purchase hiking boots because you will not use them after the trip, etc., you may rent them from your trekking organization (make sure they have your size). Wearing shoes you aren’t used to can create severe blisters, therefore I wouldn’t advocate it.

There are a wide range of affordable hiking shoes available. Hi-Tec is one of the brands I suggest. They are less expensive than high-end brands yet work well (I wore them for Kili after hiking in it for 3-4 times and did not have blisters).


No, you cannot climb Kilimanjaro without a guide. You still need a guide to climb Kilimanjaro. That is the law, and Tanzania relies on Kilimanjaro tourists for revenue. In terms of technical difficulty, a competent alpinist might climb Kilimanjaro without the assistance of a guide.
Climbing Kilimanjaro requires the assistance of an official guide. Although, in terms of large mountains, it is not very tough. Despite the fact that it is 19,000 feet tall, the oxygen level at the peak is just 45 percent of that at the base. Hypoxia (loss of oxygen) and altitude sickness are possible side effects. These might range from inconvenient to fatal. Because of a scarcity of oxygen, half of the climbers give up. Hypothermia is a constant danger. The ascent to the peak is difficult and rough, and it is frequently undertaken in the dark in order to catch the dawn. Without a guide, summiting is risky.

Technically, you could, as the climb or trek is rather basic and follows well-marked paths.

However, visiting the national park requires the presence of a qualified domestic (Tanzanian) guide.

So, in practice, you won’t be able to since you’ll need to be accompanied by a guide.


Kilimanjaro is a walkable mountain that can be easily climbed on foot. Many visitors, whether novice or skilled climbers, attempt to ascend the famed peak. There are numerous options accessible, and you may pick the one that best suits your needs. The climb is normally not too difficult, and acclimatization is the most common issue that prevents a successful summit attempt.


Because of its higher success rates to the summit compared to many other routes, the Lemosho and Machame routes have been highlighted as the mostly best route in Kilimanjaro. In these two routes, you acclimatize and make your body get used to altitude easily every day; for more successful trekking, Machame 7 days and Lemosho 8 days are recommended. Please feel free to browse our home pages for additional information on Kilimanjaro and Tanzania.

There are seven camping routes on Kilimanjaro and only one lodge route, the Marangu route. The Coca-Cola way (Marangu route) is considered the quickest, although the journey from base camp to the summit has never been simple. Also through Marangu, you ascend and descend along the same way and sleep in the park hut; during the busiest season, advance booking is necessary three months before to the trip.

There are seven camping routes, one of which is specifically designed for descending, namely the Mweka path. Rongai, Umbwe, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, and northern circuit routes are among of the other rising camping routes.


Yes, it is possible to view Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi, Kenya, but only in a clear sky day without obstructions, on a high building or on a plane. To view it, clearly, you’ll need to be closer to Tanzania’s border. Amboseli National Park in Kenya is the best site to see Mount Kilimanjaro. Since Mount Kilimanjaro is located just near the border of Kenya and Tanzania, it can be easily seen from Loitoktok town. Seeing this shy mountain that towers into the clouds is a big gamble when you are in Nairobi, Kenya. Everything has to align and the sky has to be blue and perfectly cloudless, on top of that you need to be at a high elevation like on top of a building. As evidenced by these users on Twitter, Mount Kilimanjaro is visible from Nairobi, Kenya, though it is very rare but possible, weather permitting.

Related: Is Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya or Tanzania?


There is no such thing as the easiest and fastest route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. All routes are unique, they have their pros and cons. Here is a testimonial from one of our past clients.

All of the hikes are short and simple.

Coca-Cola route was my choice since it was both quick and simple.

It was a wonderful trek. There are many vegetation zones.

The summit day was the one thing I didn’t like – there was no reason to get up that early since I didn’t want to wait 30 minutes for the sun to rise – I could have arrived 2 hours later or anything.

It’s also a short trek to the peak on summit day. It’s so short that the guides don’t even bring tiny day bags, ostensibly so they can carry the backpacks of the weaker visitors.


I would suggest investing in a nice sleeping bag with a temperature rating of minus 20 degrees Celsius. You’ll also need a decent mattress of some sort – if you’re bringing your own gear (it’ll be carried by porters), a Thermarest will suffice (self-inflating mattress). The tent, mattress, and other essential equipment are frequently provided by the business through whom you make your reservation. Before you travel to Africa, you must determine what they will supply.

Above 3,000 meters, it will be chilly, and it will be quite cold in the final camp and on the final ascent. For the last ascent, I had top-of-the-line thermals, a down jacket and overpants, excellent quality gloves, and double caps. It was windy and chilly.


Climb Kilimanjaro first, then take a break and go on a Tanzania Safari, before relaxing on the Zanzibar beach. It does not take long; one month is plenty to cover practically all of Tanzania.

Check our Kilimanjaro and safari packages

Going on a Mountain Gorilla Trek in Uganda or Rwanda is also a fantastic adventure.

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For both clients and our Tranquil Kilimanjaro trekking staff, Kilimanjaro Climbing necessitates a nutritious meal diet consisting of Proteins, Carbohydrates, and Fats. Kilimanjaro Cuisine

Our expert cooks will make three hot meals every day while trekking. Breakfast, lunch, and supper, for example.

Our dishes are prepared using the most recent seasonal harvests. The local markets in Moshi provide all fruits, vegetables, seafood, steak, and poultry. We have re-supplied new food to the camp/hut for all expeditions lasting more than 5 days.

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The Amex Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve are both good, so it really depends on what benefits you want and will actually use. Amex has a higher annual fee but includes several statement credits. For example, you get a $240 annual credit for digital subscriptions. (Since I’m already paying for a bunch of streaming services anyway, that’s good for me.) Both cards will cover TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, but Amex also gives you a $189 credit for Clear. I believe Amex also has access to more airport lounges. Another difference is that if you want to add authorized users,
Amex offers either a Gold card with no additional annual fee or you can give them the Platinum card for an additional $175/yr. The Gold card for authorized users doesn’t have all the same perks as the Platinum, but they can still get the $100 PreCheck/Global Entry credit. So if you’re planning on adding authorized users, that’s more savings.
One of the benefits to Chase is that their $300 travel credit is less restrictive than Amex’s. They also offer higher reward points and more ways to earn and redeem points. Also, the Priority Pass lounge access membership with Chase is better bc it includes the Priority Pass restaurants. Amex doesn’t. Authorized users on the Chase card have an annual fee of $75, but that comes with lounge access. (Whereas your authorized users with Amex only get lounge access if you give them the Platinum card which costs $175 for up to 3 cards).
You really can’t go wrong with either one. Just comes down to what you value most. Some people choose to get both.
Capital One Venture cards are also good, especially for luxury travel.


Yes, individuals with asthma can climb Kilimanjaro, but it requires careful preparation and consideration of potential risks. Since asthma varies from person to person, the impact of high altitude can affect individuals differently. Here are some important points to understand for asthma sufferers planning to climb Kilimanjaro:

  1. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): As you climb to higher altitudes, the available oxygen per breath decreases, leading to altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization is crucial to avoid AMS. Altitude sickness can cause symptoms similar to an asthma attack, and it is essential to differentiate between the two.
  2. Cold Weather: At high altitudes, temperatures can drop significantly, especially during summit night. Cold weather can trigger asthma symptoms in some individuals, so proper clothing and precautions are necessary to stay warm.
  3. Exercise-induced Asthma: Climbing Kilimanjaro involves physical exertion, which may trigger exercise-induced asthma. It is crucial to be as fit as possible before the climb and proceed at a slow pace to aid acclimatization.
  4. Allergies: Some asthma sufferers may experience improved symptoms at high altitudes if their asthma is triggered by allergens like pollen and dust mites, which are generally lower at altitude.

Best practices for climbing Kilimanjaro with asthma include:

  • Ensure your asthma is well-controlled before the climb and consult with your doctor to review your condition and trekking plans.
  • Carry your inhaler and any other necessary medications with you at all times during the climb.
  • Choose a trek that allows adequate time for acclimatization, such as the 7 or 8-day Lemosho route or the 7-day Machame route.
  • Go slowly throughout the trek, stay hydrated, and monitor your breathing closely.
  • Obtain appropriate trekking insurance that covers asthma-related issues.
  • To acclimatize, take your time when you ascend to higher altitudes.
  • Put on a warm, puffy jacket that will keep you warm at higher elevations.
  • Maintain your level of fitness; it is advised to attempt a few shorter hikes before trying Kilimanjaro.
  • Carry an attack card for asthma and give it to your operators so they’ll know what to do if you get an attack.

It’s important to remember that climbing Kilimanjaro is physically demanding, and individuals with asthma should consult with their healthcare provider and undergo thorough preparations before attempting the climb. Proper planning and precautions can help asthma sufferers have a successful and safe experience on the mountain.