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Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an experience unlike any other. From the moment you set foot on the mountain, you'll be surrounded by breath taking scenery, c... Read more
Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an experience unlike any other. From the moment you set foot on the mountain, you'll be surrounded by breath taking scenery, challenging terrain, and a sense of adventure that will stay with you long after you've returned home. Here are just a few of the highlights of climbing Kilimanjaro:


A Sense of Accomplishment

Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is no easy feat, but it's an accomplishment that you'll be proud of for the rest of your life. The physical and mental challenges of climbing the mountain will push you to your limits, but the feeling of standing on top of Africa is worth it.


Stunning Scenery

Kilimanjaro is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. From the lush rainforests at the base of the mountain to the barren lunar landscape near the summit, every step of the way offers something new and awe-inspiring.



Climbing Kilimanjaro is a team effort, and you'll be surrounded by other adventurers who share your passion for exploration and challenge. It’s not just with your fellow climbers. The expert local guides and porters are always there to not just support, but to enhance your experience of this adventure.


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Cultural Immersion

We are proud to work with local guides, who are equally as proud of their strong cultural ties to the mountain. Along the way they will introduce songs, and sayings to help encourage you up the mountain, from “polepole” to the famous Kilimanjaro climbing song.


Wildlife Encounters

The area around Kilimanjaro is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, and monkeys. You may even catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard or hyena. Why not extend your Kilimanjaro trip and enjoy a safari extension?


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Where is Kilimanjaro?

Situated on the border of Kenya, Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania, a country in East Africa known for its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and abundant wildlife. The surrounding area is home to several national parks and reserves, including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire, which offer visitors the opportunity to see some of Africa's most iconic animals in their natural habitat.


What is the history of climbing Kilimanjaro?

The history of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is as fascinating as the mountain itself. While the exact origins of climbing the mountain are not well documented, it is believed that the local Chagga people have been living and farming on the slopes of Kilimanjaro for centuries, and that early European explorers were inspired to climb the peak after encountering the local people and hearing stories of its majesty.

The first recorded ascent of Kilimanjaro was made by the German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.




Climbing Routes up Kilimanjaro

Choosing the right route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is essential for making the most of your trip and each one is very different. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is best for you. But don't worry, we've got you covered


Kilimanjaro climbing routes


Lemosho Route

A journey through breathtaking landscapes and stunning views, making it one of the most scenic and beautiful routes up Kilimanjaro. This route takes you on a more gradual ascent, offering a chance to take in the stunning scenery of the Shira Plateau and the summit of Kilimanjaro. It's a challenging route, but the journey is worth every step.


Rongai Route

With an added acclimitisation day at Mawenzi Tarn this route helps increase the chance of reaching the summit. But don’t let that drop your guard, this is still a challenging climb. However, with its unique landscapes and stunning views, the Rongai Route is a journey that will inspire you to push yourself to new heights.


Northern Circuit

A newer and less crowded route that takes a more circular path around the northern side of the mountain. It offers breath taking views of the surrounding landscapes and is a journey that will test your limits and inspire you to reach new heights. This route is perfect for those who are looking for a more challenging climb.


Machame Route

One of the most popular and challenging routes up Kilimanjaro. This route takes a more direct approach to the summit and offers great views of the surrounding landscapes. It's a journey that will test your physical and mental toughness, but the reward of reaching the summit is worth every step.


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How much does climbing Kilimanjaro cost?

Climbing any mountain involves a lot of work, but climbing at altitude in an area of outstanding natural beauty adds to this. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real mini expedition, requiring a team of guides and porters, and to help cover the cost for managing the routes there is a permit fee involved in climbing Kilimanjaro. The price will range upon the route you take so the best option is to visit our main Kilimanjaro page here.


How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

It can take just 7 days of climbing to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro on our Rongai route. However, our Lemosho and Northern routes add an additional day or two to help with acclimatisation and find the quieter ways to the top. If you’ve got a bit more time available then why not include an ascent of Mount Kenya or Mount Meru?


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How to deal with altitude on Kilimanjaro?

Altitude sickness is a common concern for climbers attempting to summit Kilimanjaro. At high altitudes, the air pressure decreases, making it harder for your body to absorb the oxygen it needs. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

To avoid altitude sickness, it's important to take the time to acclimatise properly. This means gradually ascending to higher altitudes and taking frequent rest breaks to allow your body to adjust to the changing conditions. It's also important to stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and get plenty of rest.

If you do experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it's important to take them seriously and seek medical attention if necessary. In some cases, descending to a lower altitude may be necessary to alleviate symptoms.


How difficult is climbing Kilimanjaro?

There is no getting away from the fact that Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres and to cover that height in just 7 to 9 days is tough going. However, with plenty of training we’re confident you’ll have the best chance of a summit success with KE Adventure.


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How to train for climbing Kilimanjaro?

Training is essential for Kilimanjaro. Even if you’re a fell fit weekend walker we still recommend looking to push yourself a little more. Get used to carrying a backpack with a little bit of weight and try to head to the hills, if you feel confident, for a bit of time walking on steeper ground. All of which can add to the fun of the big challenge.

We’ve written a blog with more information of how to train for climbing Kilimanjaro here.


When is the best time of year to Climb Kilimanjaro?

The best time of year to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season, which runs from June to October. During this time, the weather is generally dry and sunny, making for ideal climbing conditions. The skies are also clearer, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape and wildlife.

However, it's important to note that Kilimanjaro can be climbed year-round, and each season has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Climbing during the wet season, from November to May, offers the opportunity to see lush vegetation and beautiful wildflowers, but the trails can be more challenging and the weather can be unpredictable.


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What to pack for Kilimanjaro?

You do not need any specialist equipment, such as ice axe and crampons for climbing Kilimanjaro. When you book we will send you a detailed list of items you need to have. Most of the items you may already have, however we do have 4 season sleeping bags available to hire, these are a must!


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Climbing Kilimanjaro conclusion

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the 7 summits, the highest mountain in Africa, is an extraordinary adventure that goes far beyond the physical act of reaching the summit. It is a transformative journey that challenges you, connects you with nature and fellow climbers, and leaves an indelible mark on your soul. The lessons learned and the memories made will stay with you for a lifetime. So, gather your courage, prepare diligently, and embark on this remarkable expedition.

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