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Mount Kilimanjaro | Climbing Mt Kili

Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's highest free-standing, snow-covered equatorial mountain. The towering snow-covered cone rising majestically from fertile green foothills has become one of Tanzania's most iconic images, and folkore about her resident man-eating spirits preserves a powerful sense of mysticism.  
The cloud-swathed peaks of Africa’s highest mountain inspire climbers of all ages and abilities. This magnificent, still partially ice-capped peak crowns fantastically lush volcanic slopes, with plenty of wildlife interest along the lower forest trails. Climbs can be arranged up a variety of different routes, and with various options for accommodation. It is worth taking the time to acclimatise and  enjoy the climb; altitude sickness accounts for most failed attempts to reach the summit.

Our trips usually use one of the two main routes: Marangu (known as the Coca-Cola route for the soft drink purveyors along the early part of the route) which takes 4 nights (or 5 if you include an extra night to acclimatise), or the quieter Machame Route which takes 5 nights (or 6 if you include an extra night to acclimatise).  Alternatively, nearby Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak, is a 3- or 4-day round trip.

How high is Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and measures an impressive 5,895m (19,340 ft).

Mount Kilinanjaro Weather

As long as you avoid the wet seasons of March through to end the of May you should be ok.

How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro

This really depends of the route you take, the fastest time is 4 nights, but most people take 6 to 8 days to climb.

Overall Fitness Required

Most tour operators will require you to have had a check up with your doctor before starting the climb.  You can climb to the pinnacle of Kibo without specialised equipment, but really we recommend you be fit, healthy and acclimatised to the high altitude.

Phases of the Climb

First Stage: Tropical Forest
The first part of the climb is through the dense vegetation of the tropical montane forest at about 1850 to 2,800m.
This area can be pretty damp from the condensation and rainfall, creating an intriguing mass of plant life and running rivers between endemic tree species.  

Stage Two: Open Moorland

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