Located in Kilimanjaro National Park in northern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain! A Kilimanjaro climb is a challenging week or so long trek that takes you through a handful of very different ecosystems. You start by climbing up through acacia forest, accompanied by bird calls and other sounds of nature. You then enter a drier zone where the wind picks up and you’re surrounded by sparse vegetation including dramatic groundsels and lobelias. You then wind your way through tussocks as you cross the immense Shira Plateau. You often find yourself looking down over a bank of clouds separating you from the rest of the world. Near the top of the mountain, you enter an arctic zone, where each breath is a puff of smoke in the icy air.
There are seven official Kilimanjaro routes that you can choose from, each with its own pros and cons. Find out exactly what it’s like to be climbing Kilimanjaro, what you need to pack for Kilimanjaro, and more about the ideal Kilimanjaro preparation. We also offer advice on how to choose a Kilimanjaro tour operator. Please feel free to contact us with any queries so we can help you with your Kilimanjaro planning 🙂
Below we have put everything you need to know about Kilimanjaro into four categories: Kilimanjaro safety, Kilimanjaro preparation, Kilimanjaro routes, and Kilimanjaro climb cost. Happy reading!
Is it safe to climb Kilimanjaro? We get asked this question a lot – and rightly so! You have to be serious about Kilimanjaro safety. Every year around a thousand people are evacuated from the mountain, and about ten deaths are reported. It’s therefore incredibly important that you choose a qualified Kilimanjaro tour operator, as your trek guides and entire mountain team look after your safety on the mountain. It is also important you understand Kilimanjaro safety so you can keep yourself safe.
If you’re reading this, you are probably in the process of making (or have already made) a decision that will change your life forever. Mount Kilimanjaro, or the Roof of Africa as its affectionately known, is located in Tanzania and is the highest mountain in Africa. It towers about 4,900 m (16,076 ft) above its base and 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level. It’s also one of the Seven Summits, which are the tallest mountains from each continent. You can climb it without any mountaineering experience or equipment, which makes it a very popular ‘first climb’.
There are many routes that lead to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Each of them has it’s own pros and cons and should therefore be thoroughly researched in order to make an informed and educated choice. Remember that this choice is very much a personal one. Answering which route is ‘best’ for Kilimanjaro is tricky because people want different things out of their Kilimanjaro climb. From our experience, we have established the following 4 elements to be what climbers value most:
Keep these things in mind when reading the rest of this article and making your decision. But firstly, to equip you with the right knowledge for choosing your route up the roof of Africa, let’s make a start on your Kilimanjaro preparation.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is an epic adventure trip. We’re excited for you that you’re considering doing it! There’s plenty to think of as part of your Kilimanjaro preparation. Among other things you have to organise your travel to Tanzania, choose a good tour operator, prepare yourself physically for the rigours of the trek, and pack the correct clothing. You also need to make a budget to work out the cost to climb Kilimanjaro. Of course everyone’s budget will look different based on various factors (where you live in the world, for instance) and certain decisions (like how many days you want to spend hiking).