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Explore the best routes to climb Kilimanjaro

The routes you take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro matter!

 

At 5896 m, Mount Kilimanjaro stands proud as Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s most enticing attractions. One of the tallest free-standing mountains in the world, Kilimanjaro rises dramatically from the plains and coastal scrubland of the northern part of Tanzania, its snowy peak and glassy glaciers piercing the clouds. The park is a protected sanctuary, aiming to minimize the impact of human interaction on the environment and wildlife.

 

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a journey of exploration, not merely a climb. We believe that when you challenge yourself to tower over the roof of Africa, you will be rewarded with increased self-awareness and improved self-belief. As said by the first man ever to climb Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary, “it is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”.

 

The challenge of the climb may be enough to draw you in, but the rewards are abundant. The majesty of the mountain and the awe-inspiring views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Maasai Steppe are hard to compete with. Part of the attraction of Kilimanjaro is that, with the correct preparation and pacing, the peak is within reach for most enthusiastic adventurers, whatever their fitness level or experience.

 

Have the right team to ensure your safety on your Kilimanjaro Climb  

Our local mountain guides and staff are all experts on the mountains. With many years of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, they’re all licensed & certified Wilderness First Responders. Moreover, our travel arrangements are based on fair-trade principles to ensure that significant benefits from our visits remain with the local people.

 

The route you take to climb Kilimanjaro matters; here’s our recommendation:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa can take from six to nine days. We offer private treks on various routes, including Shira, Marangu, Umbwe, the Northern Circuit Route, Rongai, Lemosho and Machame.

 

While Marangu is the shortest, easiest and cheapest route, our personal experience shows that Marangu has the lowest summit success rate of all trails on the mountain due to poor in-built, pre-summit acclimatization. The Shira and Machame Routes are longer (2 additional days) than the Marangu ascent; therefore, they are more expensive. The advantage of climbing the Shira route is that it is less crowded and offers an easier climb with breathtaking views en route to the summit. Therefore, if you want to maximize your chance of making it to the highest free-standing mountain in the world, we recommend you choose the Shira or Machame Route (6-7 days) for your climb.

 

 

Want to climb Kilimanjaro? Our experts make planning your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro a walk in the park. To help you with trip planning, browse our travel guide to find expert advice on all routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Get inspired with our sample itineraries and let our Wito experts customize a dream trip just for you! 

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? Here are the best months to go and routes to take.

 

We recommend climbers plan their trek during the dry season of June through October when we would expect the weather to be predominantly dry (though the chance of rain should not be discounted). While rain at lower slopes may mean a little discomfort, this can lead to snow at higher altitudes, which we feel adds to the experience rather than detracts from it, especially considering the views from a snow-covered summit. If deep snow exists, the guides will cut out bucket steps for climbers to follow where required.

 

Our Kilimanjaro experts will design your hike to give you the best chance of reaching the summit and enjoying the spectacular scenery en route to the highest point on the African continent, snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro. Your personalized trek itinerary is created to offer insight into the natural history and ecosystem (flora and fauna) found in Kilimanjaro National Park.

 

Select your preferred time to travel, then let a Wito Africa safari expert create an itinerary that meets your needs for a Kilimanjaro trek and incorporates the best route for your summit.

The Ultimate Guide to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro & Trekking Routes:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a bucket list adventure for many people, so we feel the privilege to help deliver such a dream experience for our guests with the highest summit rate and safety. The challenge of climbing the highest free-standing mountains in Africa may be enough to draw you in, but the rewards are abundant.

 

There are many factors to consider when planning a Kilimanjaro climb. Start by gathering enough information that will help you decide the best route for your Kilimanjaro climb. Our Wito Africa experts have put together a cheat sheet to show the relative merits of popular Kilimanjaro routes, considering many factors that will help determine your optimum choice. We strongly recommend you read this section in full before making a climb reservation.

 

The route you take is essential:

Choosing a suitable route is one of the most crucial decisions when planning your trek on Kilimanjaro. The Kilimanjaro park management plan has quite a complicated traffic control strategy where climbers are needed to follow one of several established routes. The experts at Wito Africa will provide itineraries that include only those routes created perfectly for acclimatization, summit success and rescue.

 

We recommend that you climb one of the less-travelled routes on Kilimanjaro and take enough time to acclimatize. You’ll likely only climb Kilimanjaro once, so you may as well do it right! The best way to do it right is to choose a climb which gives you enough acclimatization time to reach the summit safely. 

 

A week on the mountain is just enough.

While the park has set five days as the minimum number of days required to climb Mount Kilimajaro, only about half of those taking the shortest route (Marangu) reach the summit. The results are quite dramatic when comparing the summit success rates versus the number of days on the mountain. These are the average summit success rates for Kilimanjaro:

 

  • six days: just over 87%
  • seven days: 95%
  • eight days+: over 98%. 

 

It makes a huge difference to take extra days. Based on our records, the guests had about a 95% chance of making it to the summit when spending an average of seven days on the mountain.

 

Your climb to Mount Kilimanjaro is more mental than physical.

You do not need to be super fit to climb mount Kilimanjaro, but you should get out for some longish hikes before the trip, or jog for three to four kilometres, a couple of times a week to get a basic level of fitness. This will enable you to enjoy the trek much more.

 

Your safety is our top priority.

We will provide you with all the essentials for safety and health checkups, including a pulse oximeter, an approved first aid kit, emergency oxygen and a checklist for altitude sickness. 

 

Trek with the Certified Kilimanjaro Expert.

As one of the authorized Mount Kilimanjaro tour operators, all our treks are run by certified professional mountain guides and crew (our team members are Wilderness First Responder trained). Our Wito Africa Kilimanjaro experts will work tirelessly to ensure your adventure is always safe and comfortable so you can experience the real magic of trekking on the tallest peak in Africa with long-lasting memories.

 

Know Your Evacuation Team.

In addition to the emergency evacuation cover provided to all our guests, you will have an experienced rescue team along the way should any emergency arise. The qualified rescue team will assist you immediately and ask for a helicopter rescue whenever necessary.

 

Just like a firefighter does when they have to evacuate people from a burning house, porters play a vital role in evacuation when there’s an emergency on the mountain. Porters are essential to the success of every Kili trek we run; they have the energy to quickly climb up or down to help carry the sick guests on a stretcher and bring the trekker to the nearest camp or even to the rescue road where the guests will be able to meet an evacuation vehicle or helicopter.

 

Understanding how a climb on Kilimanjaro works, the routes, what is involved before and during, and what key points to consider when booking ensures an unforgettable trekking adventure. Topics like the length of the climb, when to visit, how to get there, and what to pack are addressed by Wito Africa experts. 

How to Plan Your Kilimanjaro Climb Like a Pro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so you may as well do it right! The best way to do it right is to choose a climb which gives you enough acclimatization time to reach the summit safely. We recommend that you climb one of the less-travelled routes on Kilimanjaro and take enough time to acclimatize.

 

While it is true that all tours operators need to be affirmed by the park authorities, and all the mountain guides have to be authorized, the fact is that climbing mountain Kilimanjaro is an experience which, whenever organized by unreliable or incompetent Kilimanjaro group tour operators, can immediately become risky and even life-threatening too. Be sure to ask the right questions and consider your safety first.

 

As you start planning your Kilimanjaro climb, there are several things to take into account:

  • What is the best route to climb Kilimanjaro?
  • Do I need to be fit to climb Kilimanjaro?
  • What gear do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
  • Can I climb Kilimanjaro in 5 days?
  • Do I need oxygen for Kilimanjaro?
  • Can I use my phone in Kilimanjaro?
  • Is 50 too old to climb Kilimanjaro?
  • What vaccines do I need to go to Kilimanjaro?
  • What should I wear to climb Kilimanjaro?
  • How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

 

When planning your climb on Kilimanjaro, it’s crucial to have answers to frequently asked questions. Having all your pre-safari inquiries answered would make things easier for you as you start planning your journey to Africa. The best part is that you will have the assistance of your Wito Africa Safaris expert to plan everything.

 

We can save you time, money, headaches and heartache by helping you plan your dream trek. To start planning your Kilimanjaro climb, please call us at 1-315.805.4040 or send our safari experts a message via email.

 

To help you prepare well for your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro and a trip to Tanzania, our safari experts have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answered everything for you.

 

Knowing what to anticipate can help you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Mount Kilimanjaro and make sure you are well-prepared for your life-changing climb. Depending on the route you choose, Mount Kilimanjaro has different rates for entry and camping fees. A memorable experience will be ensured by careful planning.

 

Our unique approach to offering a stress-free trekking experience starts with ensuring that you are well-informed about the specific requirements of the country you visit so you know exactly what to expect.

 

A Wito Africa safari expert will help you plan your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro from start to finish and help find your hiking route as soon as your travel dates are confirmed, giving you peace of mind.

Your Stay in Kilimanjaro

Your Accommodation On Kilimanjaro

Your stay on the mountain will either be in spacious but basic tents or huts. Apart from Marangu Route, all other trails on Kilimanjaro require trekkers to use tents that usually are set up at the allocated public campsites. The campsites are maintained by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) and have basic amenities, including a wooden toilet and ranger’s huts.

 

The tents we use for your Kilimanjaro climb are spacious and can accommodate up to three adults, but we only allow double occupancy. Our tents are sturdy, wind and waterproof hardware designed for mountain treks. There’s nothing better than spending a night in cosy, warm tents under a blanket of billion stars overlooking the rooftop of Africa.

Our Kilimanjaro crew will carry the tents for you, and they are provided with your climb with us. At each of the public campsites you will stop during your trek, the porters will pitch your tent and set up the camp for you to enjoy a peaceful sleep after your long day of trekking. In the morning, they will pack your tents and carry them for the day. They are usually the first to arrive at the camp and the last to leave the campsite.

 

You will stay in tents if you climb Kilimanjaro on one of the designated routes, including Shira, Rongai, Machame, Northern Circuit, Umbwe, Western Breach, Lemosho and Kilema.

 

On the other hand, Marangu Route is the only one that offers huts. On the Marangu trail, you will sleep in A-shaped cabins offering dormitory-type accommodation with bunk beds. Typically, one dormitory can accommodate about 4 to 20 people. The huts are strategically positioned to allow guests to ascend and descend the mountain without the need to bring so much equipment. 

 

Moreover, climbers that choose to climb Kilimanjaro through Rongai and descend through Marangu are the only ones that can camp on Marangu. Marangu offers three options for your accommodation: Mandara huts, Horombo huts, and Kibo Huts.

 

The Kilimanjaro management has set up a strategic plan to control the traffic on the mountain whilst allowing easy access for rescue. They have allocated the following campsites across Kilimanjaro mountain:

  • Kikelelwa Campsite
  • Kibo Huts Campsite
  • Kibo Crater Campsite
  • Karanga Hut Campsite
  • Arrow Glacier Campsite
  • Barafu Hut campsite
  • Barranco Campsite
  • Machame Hut Campsite
  • Mandara Huts campsites
  • Mawenzi Tarn Campsite
  • Millenium Campsite
  • Moir’s Hut Campsite
  • Mti Mkubwa Campsite
  • Mweka hut Campsite
  • Pofu campsite
  • School huts Campsite
  • Second cave Campsite
  • Third Cave Camp
  • Shira 1 Campsite
  • Shira 2 Campsite
  • Shira Cave Campsite
  • Umbwe Cave Camp

 

Regardless of which route you take or the camp you stay in, our Wito Kilimanjaro crew will look after you from start to finish, and they will provide you with friendly service, comfort, and delicious food.

 

Your safety is guaranteed with good service delivery because camp locations are always carefully selected. While all campsites on Kilimanjaro are public, meaning they are shared by other trekkers, our selection of where we set your tent is usually far away from the crowds, whenever possible.

 

If you need assistance, get in touch and let one of our Wito Africa safari experts guide you in choosing the best option for your needs and budget.

How long should I spend on Mount Kilimanjaro?

As for time on the mountain, eight days is the maximum that we would advise to be spent on Kili on any route (without the inclusion of a night in the crater after summiting), as although quick climbs have poor acclimatization, on the other hand, prolonged exposure to altitude has a deleterious effect and can offset some of the advantages gained by superior acclimatization. It’s a matter of striking the right balance on the mountain.

 

Honestly, one of the reasons that most companies would encourage climbers to spend more time on Kilimanjaro is to make more money per trek. The longer trekkers are on the mountain, the more money they would make.

 

For classic climbs, we have found seven days to be the optimum. Consider unwinding before or after your trek.

 

A Wito Africa safari expert can advise you on how many days to spend on each route when you’re ready to start planning your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Recommendation for Your International Flights to Kilimanjaro

If all you need to do is book your international flight to Africa, we can recommend several reliable and cost-effective options for you! While most of our guests choose DELTA/KLM direct through Europe, other popular airlines are Emirates, Turkish and Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya and Qatar Airways.

 

Please let us know your exact requirements and we’ll do everything we can to meet them. If needed, we can even book a business-class flight for you if you’d prefer. Trust us, you’ll be all booked and on your way in no time!

What to Pack for Your Climb to Mount Kilimanjaro?

Packing for Kilimanjaro? Here is a list of things you need to bring for your Kilimanjaro climb.

This list covers equipment and clothing required or recommended for a Kilimanjaro trek. Vehicles or porters will carry your primary bags, and you will only ever be walking with daypacks. Ensure your daypack is large enough to carry spare clothes, waterproofs, a camera, lunch, drink, etc.

 

Your primary bag should be a large kit bag, ideally a rucksack (American backpack) that makes it easier for porters to carry. 

 

This should weigh less than 15 kg / 33 lbs. when full of kit required for the mountain sections. A light kit bag can help store gear not needed on the trek. 

Your total baggage allowance on most airlines is 23 kg / 50 lbs. If you need more specific advice, please reach out to us, and we will be happy to help! 

 

Recommended Trek List

Please pack for any mountain trek in a large rucksack or duffel bag; no hard-shell suitcases or cases with wheels. Your gear should weigh a maximum of 15 kg / 33 lbs.

 

Clothing – The following list of clothing is provided as a guideline only. However, your clothes should allow you the flexibility to cope with the range of weather conditions you may encounter on this trip. Please note that at minus 10 Celsius and with a strong wind, it could feel quite cold, especially on the night of the summit attempt.

 

  • T-shirts/wicking trekking tops – 5-8
  • Loose long-sleeved shirt
  • Warm jumper/good quality fleece
  • Waterproof & windproof jacket-Gore-Tex or equivalent standard
  • Down jacket
  • Walking shorts/lightweight pants – 2 pairs
  • Water & windproof trekking trousers – 2 pairs
  • Tracksuit bottoms — suitable for sleeping in or as spares to trek in
  • Thermal tops and bottoms — 2-3 varying levels of warmth recommended
  • Undergarments
  • Scarf

 

Footwear

    • Trekking socks, lightweight – 3-4 pairs
    • Trekking socks, medium weight — 2-3 pairs
    • Trekking socks, heavyweight — 1-2 pairs
    • Hiking boots; broken in
    • Trainers/spare footwear for the evenings (Crocs or Keens recommended)
    • Gaiters
    • Foot warmers (optional)

 

Hand-wear

  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Fleece gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hand warmers (optional)

 

Headwear

  • Warm knit hat
  • Baseball cap
  • Balaclava/ski mask

 

Equipment

  • Comfortable 35+ liter daypack (to carry items needed throughout the day)
  • Rucksack/duffel bag, 90+ liter (or similar size)
  • Waterproof covers for daypack and rucksack
  • Sleeping bag (4 season minimum, warm enough to sleep at -10º C)
  • Sleeping bag liner (silk best for warmth and weight)
  • Rubber-tipped trekking poles (recommended)

 

Accessories and Other Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, small and quick drying
  • Water bottles, 3 liters total capacity (if you prefer to use a Camelback or a bladder, please insulate the tube)
  • Waterproof dry bags
  • Poncho
  • Torch and spare battery (head torch recommended)
  • Camera & film/extra batteries/memory cards
  • Alarm clock
  • Snacks/energy bars/electrolyte drink powders
  • US Dollars (dated 2009 or later) for tipping

 

Personal Care and Toiletries

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • After sun/skin moisturizer
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Personal items (i.e., contact lenses and solution, sanitary napkins, etc.)
  • Roll of toilet paper and small non-plastic bags
  • Ear-plugs

 

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Anti-malaria medication
  • Pain-relievers
  • Antihistamines
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters/blister dressings/moleskin
  • Rehydration powders/salts
  • Any medication you regularly take or take while exercising
  • Insect repellant

Written Documents

  • Copy of passport and visa
  • Immunization form/yellow booklet
  • Health & travel insurance documents

 

Most importantly, bring a pair of sturdy, comfortable hiking boots. Try to break these in before your trip rather than wearing them outright because you risk getting blisters.

 

Pack appropriately for the altitude because the mountains are frequently chilly and wet; include a change of clothes, a warm fleece, sunscreen, and insect repellent in your daypack.

 

All important details and specific information will be provided in a booklet (along with your itinerary) to help you prepare well for your Kilimanjaro climb with us. See our Africa Safari Guide for more information on what to bring on a safari in other destinations.

Arrival & Getting Around Tanzania

Main International Airports

If your trip begins anywhere in northern Tanzania, such as Kilimanjaro or Serengeti, or if you are flying in for the northern safari circuit, Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA/JRO) is the best airport to use. Another gateway to take into account if you want to combine a trek or safari in Tanzania with time spent in Zanzibar and other east African nations is Arusha (ARK).

 

If your safari is in southern Tanzania, think about flying into Dar es Salaam (DAR). The airports in Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam provide direct flights to numerous significant European airports along with flights to other east and southern African nations. To combine a safari experience with some downtime on Zanzibar’s white beaches, Zanzibar offers a few international connections and some flights out of the Serengeti.

 

Safari flights are necessary for itineraries that connect Zanzibar and the north and south. These flights, which travel in small planes, stop at various parks and airports, dropping off passengers at different locations. A 33 pounds is the strict weight limit, and soft-sided bags should be used for luggage. The schedules are established and generally reasonably accurate.

 

Meet & Greet – Wito Africa Kilimanjaro Team

Upon arrival in Tanzania, you will find your private driver/guide at the airport holding a signboard with your group name written on it and a big smile! Next, our representative will help you gather your belongings and hop into the vehicle for a road transfer to your first overnight accommodation in Kilimanjaro or Arusha.

Your Transfer Vehicles in Kilimanjaro

For all Kilimanjaro climbs, we use 4×4 Landcruisers for road transfers to and from the mountain. If you are trekking in large groups, we use shuttle buses that accommodate up to 20 guests. 

 

For your safari, game drives and guided road transfers are done in closed 4x4s with large windows and pop-up roofs. The vehicles we use for safaris offer maximum wildlife viewing and uninterrupted views of the African wilderness. Two to three rows of seats are typical in a closed 4×4 game drive vehicle, along with a pop-up roof hatch that can be raised for game viewing and taking pictures.

 

Depending on your travel party, we have two types of spacious, luxury Land Cruisers; a 6-passenger seater (three rows) and a sub-extended 4-passenger seater (two rows). The jeeps are driven by an experienced safari guide and are fitted with everything one might need to enjoy game viewing or wildlife photography.

 

When you book exclusive use of a safari vehicle and private safari guide, there will not be any strangers/new members joining your safari in Tanzania unless it has been previously arranged by the people travelling in your group.

 

To enhance your experience on safari in Tanzania with us, we will also include a tea/coffee basket for your picnic while you are out and about in the bush, bottled drinking water, some snacks and soft drinks!

Kilimanjaro Landscape & Wildlife

Kilimanjaro Landscape & Wildlife

Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that started moulding a million years ago when lava spilt from the Rift Valley zone. The mountain was built by successive lava flows. Two of its three peaks—Mawenzi and Shira—are extinct, while Kibo, the highest one, is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption was 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was only 200 years ago.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro lies within the 756 square kilometer Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that encompasses every ecological life zone, including tropical jungle, savannah, and desert to montane forests, subalpine plants, and the alpine area above timberline.

 

The terrain and ecosystems evolve around you as you climb, with farmland quickly giving way to dense forests.  Therefore it is here that you might get a glimpse of an elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, or even the endangered Abbot’s duiker, as well as other small antelope and primates.

 

Leaving the forests behind, you’ll find yourself in almost ethereal alpine meadows cloaked in thick heather and giant lobelias. As you approach the peak in the ever-thinning air, the last signs of greenery are left behind, and only rocks and ice dominate the harsh landscape; here, on the roof of Africa, is where memories are made, earned and treasured.

How long should I spend on Mount Kilimanjaro?

As for time on the mountain, eight days is the maximum that we would advise to be spent on Kili on any route (without the inclusion of a night in the crater after summiting), as although quick climbs have poor acclimatization, on the other hand, prolonged exposure to altitude has a deleterious effect and can offset some of the advantages gained by superior acclimatization. It’s a matter of striking the right balance on the mountain. Honestly, one of the reasons that most companies would encourage climbers to spend more time on Kilimanjaro is to make more money per trek. The longer trekkers are on the mountain, the more money they would make.

 

For classic climbs, we have found seven days to be the optimum. Consider unwinding before or after your trek.

 

A Wito Africa safari expert can advise you on how many days to spend on each route when you’re ready to start planning your climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.

What are the different routes on Kilimanjaro?

There are seven park gates and approach routes, and they all converge onto only three trails to the summit. Of the three trails to the top – the least travelled (and most challenging and beautiful) is the Western Breach, a 1,000-meter steep scramble from camp at 4,900 m (Arrow Glacier Camp) to the crater rim, then another hour onward to the summit.

 

The other two routes to the top – Marangu and Mweka, lead up the more gently (relatively) sloping east face, trudging through scree (volcanic ‘gravel’) on thousands of switchbacks. These latter two receive a high percentage of the foot traffic vs the Western Breach. 

What is the hardest route up Kilimanjaro?

Umbwe Route is the most challenging route. It has unique terrain, and the climb is usually done via the Western Breach.

Does everyone who climbs Kilimanjaro reach the summit?

No! While we cannot guarantee that climbers will reach the summit of their chosen route (this is mainly dependent on the climber), we can assure you that our Kilimanjaro trekking team know how best to exploit a climber’s strengths and fortify them at times of weakness, and will offer them the maximum summit opportunity possible.

What is needed to climb Meru or Kilimanjaro?

No specialist equipment is required, just standard walking gear. Exceptions to this are four or 5-season sleeping bags, which can be rented locally. A warm jacket is needed, but can be hired); and sturdy boots — well-worn in, but not too heavy!

When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

The best months to climb Kilimanjaro are December, January, February, March, June, July, August, September, and October. On the other hand, April, May, and mid-November are rainy season months. We tend to avoid trekking during the wet season.  

 

If you wish to stay out of the ‘crowds’, it’s best to avoid the following:

  • For affordability, consider climbing after Christmas time and the new year. Generally, this is our peak tourist season, and prices are the highest.
  • Avoid starting your climb on a Saturday or Sunday since many groups start on these days.
  • If possible, do not climb the Machame Route (it’s by far the busiest route) – we do have a scheduled group climb for the Machame Route only to meet the demand for a short trek, as this is the only route that can be done in 6 days. 
  • If possible, consider going to the summit at least a week after the full moon for the best lighting on the summit trail during the twilight.

 

No matter when you decide to trek, superb guides, first-rate lodgings, and amiable locals who share your passion for the trip will guarantee a truly exceptional and unforgettable experience.

 

Select your preferred time to travel, then let a Wito Africa safari expert create an itinerary that meets your needs for a trek and incorporates the top attractions of that season.

Do I have to use a porter?

Even if you feel fit enough to handle the terrain, altitude, humidity, and even the daypack during your Kilimanjaro climb, it is mandatory to use porters during your trek. The porters will help carry all gear: tents and other camping gear, safety gear, food and cooking supplies, and all your personal gear and luggage. You are only responsible for carrying a pack containing items you need access to during the day.

 

The minimum required number of Kili crew per trekker is 9. Your team will consist of 1 lead guide, assistant guide, cook, 1-2 special porters and 4-5 porters.

As a rough example, with a group of four trekkers climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, there would be 18 local staff to accompany the group. This would break down into:

• One chief guide,
2 assist guides,
• One cook, two assistants to help with camp chores & cooking,
12 porters. Most staff, of course, assists with portering as well.

For each additional guest on the mountain, we are demanded to add more crew members as needed. The porters association recommends we keep a minimum of three porters per additional trekker. 

 

The Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) has a maximum carrying weight per porter of 25 kg /50 lbs, which includes the porter’s company and personal gear, which is approximately 5 kg /11lbs, plus 5 kg / 11 lbs of company gear. Thus, the load they carry for the climber should not exceed 15 kg / 33 lbs.

 

The work of a porter is gruelling and physically demanding and requires a lot of experience and physical training to handle the job’s demands. Porters must be able to ascend the mountain rapidly to make it to the camp several hours before the guests arrive. Upon arrival at the base camp, the porters immediately need to set up the tents for the guests to sleep in, the mess tent for the guests to relax in and dine, the toilet, the kitchen to prepare the meals, and assist with meal preparation.

How does my climb help porters and local communities in Tanzania?

We are a local tour operating company, and all the team members—including the guides, porters and drivers—are natives of Tanzania. We grew up in the African tourism industry, so we understand that tourism can be a force for good. Our mission is to help contribute to the local economy by ensuring that the money from tourism stays in the area. The restaurants, lodges, and other establishments we will be visiting are all locally owned, so the money spent on the trip will go directly to support the communities you will be visiting.

 

The WITO Effect!

If you have spare items of clothing, boots, or gear which you do not use anymore and some unused baggage allowance, please bring them specifically to give to our local members of staff (porters, guides, etc.). The staff and the local community in Kilimanjaro will greatly appreciate it! People often overlook these items only to regret it when they are out in Africa and realize how beneficial their things would have been to the locals.

What medication do I need to take for a trip to Uganda?

Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss any necessary travel vaccinations and other medications, such as those to prevent malaria or yellow fever, that you may need to take both before and during the trip. You may also need a Yellow Fever certificate if your travel takes you to other African countries; you can find out more information on the CDC website.

Can Wito Africa Safaris help me with flights?

While we will help you book all your domestic flights within Africa, our personalized service takes the hassle out of finding and booking the best international flights for your upcoming vacation. Our Wito Africa experts will help you through the entire planning of your safari experience.

 

Finding the ideal flight for your trip is made simple by using the same personalized service you can get from planning a trip with Wito Africa. We offer support and a free consultation on flights and ticketing.

Do I need travel insurance?

Once you’ve committed to your ideal safari adventure, it’s strongly advised that you get travel insurance. You must have comprehensive coverage for the unexpected, and starting your journey with that peace of mind is a wise choice.

What type of clothing should I wear?

When you reserve your safari with Wito Africa, you’ll get paperwork that includes a thorough packing list. But suffice it to say that you should dress comfortably and casually. Wearing clothing in shades of khaki, olive, brown, and tan improves your chances of spotting wildlife and has the added advantage of hiding dirt. Additionally, you should resist the urge to overpack because laundry services will be available in a lot of the locations we visit.

Will someone meet me at the airport?

Absolutely. We would like to extend a warm welcome to you as one of our valued visitors to our country. After clearing customs at the airport of your arrival, a member of the Wito Africa Safaris staff will welcome you and drive you as quickly as possible to the convenience of your hotel.

What is the best route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

It’s not easy to say precisely which is the best route to trek Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro management has set up a strategic plan to control the traffic on the mountain whilst allowing easy access for rescue.

 

Some routes are harder to go up, very steep and need extra energy to conquer them. On the other hand, you may find a shorter trail to make it to the top, but it may lack some much-needed acclimatization time. Moreover, some routes are so crowded and not suitable for some trekkers. 

We recommend climbing one of the less-travelled routes and taking enough time to acclimatize. You’ll likely only climb Kilimanjaro once, so you may as well do it right! The best way to do it right is to choose a climb which gives you enough acclimatization time to reach the summit safely. 

 

Here are the success rates for some route 

  • Marangu 80% – 85%
  • Machame 88% – 95%
  • Lemosho 90% – 96%
  • Rongai 86% – 93%
  • Umbwe 50% – 60%

Our favourite route is the Shira Route via the northern circuit; it’s the last vestige of true wilderness left on Kilimanjaro. There is low traffic and no well-worn trails here on this circuit, and only rock cairns mark the route. It’s common to see eland, and other animals, including mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, and silver-backed jackals. It is unheard of to see signs of leopard and civet cats (from their nocturnal forays). However, the northern circuit does require a minimum of 7-8 days. Done in nine-to-ten days from the Lemosho trailhead, it allows a complete ‘grand traverse’ of Kilimanjaro from west to east, and the views are stunning.

 

CLIMB/ROUTE SPECIFICATIONS – KILIMANJARO 

GENERAL CLIMB YEAR  

TIME FRAME  TYPICAL  

WEATHER 

HUMAN TRAFFIC  RECOMMENDED  ROUTES 
January-March  

Superb 

*Temperatures – reasonable  

*Rainfall medium  

*Good Visibility 

Medium Levels  Rongai  

Lemosho (Shira)  

Machame 

April-May  

Risky 

*Temperatures – reasonable  

*Increasing chances of  rain & snow  

*Low visibility 

Low Levels  Machame 
June-July  

Good 

*Temperatures – very cold  

*Decreasing rainfall  *Improved visibility 

Medium-High Levels  Rongai  

Lemosho (Shira)  

Machame 

August-October,  

Excellent

*Temperatures – reasonable  

*Low rainfall  

*Good visibility 

Medium Levels  Rongai  

Lemosho (Shira)  

Machame 

November-December, Excellent *Temperatures – reasonable  

*Increased chance of  rain  

*Visibility variable, depending on summer  thunderstorms 

Low Levels  Rongai  

Machame 

Is 50 too old to climb Kilimanjaro?

You would be pleased to know that we have had guests who were 60 – 72 years old that made it to the roof of Africa. Strangely, sometimes the younger people below 18 years old and those older active folks (above 60+ years) are the ones that have a higher success rate on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Those guests who are 20-30 years old tend to struggle on the mountain. Sometimes, it is only because they are overconfident and want to rush to the top. With this in mind, one would conclude that age is not a barrier to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

No experience whatever, though some time spent trekking during your preparation phase will maximize the likelihood of your summiting. The ascent of Kilimanjaro via the trekking routes we offer is not technical, requiring only a little scrambling at times.

How Hard is it to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro is a walk-up mountain, meaning a trekking peak that can be done without an ice axe, ropes, or harnesses. You don’t need any technical mountaineering skills at all.

 

While it is true that no technical ability or experience is required to successfully summit Mount Kilimanjaro, even those who have summited more than once still treat the mountain with respect and caution. The final 600 vertical meters are very challenging and need enormous resolve, however strong or experienced you may be.

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WHERE TO STAY IN KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

Just for you, we have hunted out the very best lodges, villas, camps and even treehouses in Tanzania to suit every budget, itinerary and personal preference. Trust us – you’re going to be spoilt for choice! An awe-inspiring setting is just the beginning… Every one of our recommended accommodation options will blow you away with personal service, attention to detail and various levels of luxury.

Airport Planet Lodge

Situated only about 10 minute’s drive (5 miles) from the Kilimanjaro International Airport, Airport Planet Lodge is a great option to relax before and after your arrival. If you stay at this property, you will take advantage of the complimentary shuttle that operates 24 hours.

Airport Planet Lodge is perfect since it makes drop-off and pick-up at Kilimanjaro International Airport easier for you, especially if you are planning to arrive in the early morning or late evening.

At Airport Planet Lodge, guests can access a walking trail where they can enjoy various tropical plants with many different species of birds and have great views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru.

Kambi ya Tembo, Elerai Tented Camp – West Kilimanjaro

Kambi ya Tembo, Elerai Tented Camp – West Kilimanjaro

Permanent Luxury tents. Facing the snow-capped peaks of Kilimanjaro and the endless African Savannah, Kambi ya Tembo offers guests fantastic views. The camp consists of 14 tents, each with en suite facilities. It has eco-friendly electric power supplied by solar panels, with a generator as a backup.

Nearest airstrip: Kilimanjaro International Airport is an hour and 45 minutes away and West Kilimanjaro Airstrip.

Activities: Enjoy the hospitality of the Masai people, bush walks, visit Masai villages, and hike in Kilimanjaro National Park.

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel is one of the first truly, 4-star boutique hotels in Moshi, which provides excellent ambience and facilities. Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel is ideally located for all those visiting Moshi town for adventure-seeking or business travel. The hotel is located approximately:

  • 4km from Moshi town
  • 25 km away from Kilimanjaro national park
  • 40km away from the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

 

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel offers the following facilities, 44 luxury hotel Rooms & suites, a presidential suite, a rooftop bar and a lounge with stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Moshi town. Take a culinary experience at our two restaurants with cuisines as diverse as they are authentic:

  • At Mwika Restaurant, you can enjoy various meals from around the world with a truly international feel.
  • The Summit bar offers a complete outdoor live cooking experience of BBQ meals, music, and live bands.
  • Enjoy a cup of authentic coffee and pastries at Kahawa shop.

Entertain yourself at the pool bar with awesome chill-out music and outstanding service. Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel offers guests the opportunity to organize and celebrate meetings, events or memorable boutique weddings in a unique atmosphere.

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