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Kilimanjaro Climbing Information

Kilimanjaro Climbing Information, Routes & FAQs

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Kilimanjaro Climbing Info & FAQs

Best months for trek Mount Kilimanjaro

The best months for climbing are January, February, and September as they are the warmest months and almost clear of clouds, though one could easily succeed throughout the year.
April and beginning of May could get heavy rain or snow, but it could be worth it if you want a quiet clear mountain, as views are very good. Also great are June to August (though colder), and November/December (could be wetter).

Through September and October it gets steadily warmer. October is particularly good if you want little or no rain, mild weather and few people on the mountain.

January to March are the warmest months, almost clear of clouds except of occasional brief rain showers, followed by the main rainy season during April & May. The temperatures will still be up, but massive clouds will block visibility, on top it might snow and heavy rains occur on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.

There are five principal trails up the mountain: Marangu, Mweka, Umbwe, Shira and Machame. These are all hiking routes. The most popular route is the Marangu route. It takes about five days and involves walking about 85 kilometres.


Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

Marangu Route  

Machame Route  

Umbwe Route

FAQs for Kilimanjaro climbs

Find here a list of equipment that we can rent: – equipment Kilimanjaro

We use state-of-the-art North Face Tents, VE25

Important equipment to bring

Additional equipment as required

·         waterproof rucksack & daypack (optional waterproof cover)

·         Sleeping Bag (comfort temperature down to -10 degrees Celsius)

·         inflatable sleeping pad/mat

·         Hiking Boots: This is the most important item on the list. You’ll need a comfortable/waterproof pair of hiking boots which offer plenty of support. Make sure they are broken in before you get to Kilimanjaro! Light trainers might also be useful

·         warm heavy weight gloves/mittens

·         wide brimmed hat

·         warm scarf

·         snow-googles/sunglasses

·         sweaters/jumpers

·         trekking pants and jacket (wind- and waterproof)

·         long sleeved shirts

·         2 to 3 pairs of shorts

·         several pairs of socks

·         set of thermal underwear (top & bottom)

·         sun protection cream

·         2 x 2 litres water bottles (camel bags preferably)

·         headlamp(plus spare batteries & bulb)

·         first aid kit and insect repellants

·         toiletry requirements

·         water purification tablets

·         walking poles

·         waterproof anorak or raincoat

·         pair of gaiters

·         balaclava (woollen sock that fits over the head with slits for only the eyes and mouth)

·         pair of light loose fitting cotton trousers

·         warm jersey/sweater (wool)

·         2 – 3 packets of moist towelettes.

·         whistle

·         some plastic bags

·         roll mats and insolation pads

·         travel pillow

·         Swiss army knife, stuff to fix the sleeping mat, journal and pen, duck tape