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Climbing Kilimanjaro with Altezza Travel

Mt Kilimanjaro routes are superb places to unwind. Surrounded by the pristine nature, you will be trekking to the highest point of Africa in a company of accomplished mountaineering professionals. Captivating scenic vistas, cheerful encounters, easiest Kilimanjaro route and amazing wildlife await you!

Altezza Travel is a team of dedicated mountaineering aficionados. We will guide you through all stages of your dream adventure in Tanzania, making sure that you choose the best Kilimanjaro route. Your expedition with us will be a safe, comfortable and enjoyable adventure!

Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

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    Lemosho Route

    Stunning sceneries and excellent acclimatization. The least frequented route. Ideal for the beginners.

    6-8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Lemosho Route

    Offering captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and the lowest traffic of other climbers, Lemosho is our most recommended route to reach the roof of Africa. 6,7, and 8-day programs are available.

    Detail$1.773
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    Machame Route

    Amazing views, good acclimatization. Second in popularity. 7-day option is friendly for the beginners.

    6-7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Machame Route

    Choosing Machame route for your Kilimanjaro hike means smooth acclimatization and amazing views. This option is the second in popularity among the climbers, and the number of other climbers may be high. We have 6 and 7-day Mt Kilimanjaro hike tours by Machame.

    Detail$1.705
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    Marangu Route

    The only route with accomodation in huts. Good for rainy season climbing. The most popular one. Challenging acclimatization.

    5-7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Marangu Route

    Marangu is the most popular route for Mt Kilimanjaro hiking. Medium acclimatization transition. Ascent and descent is by the same trail. Recommended for climbers with high-altitude mountaineering experience. 5 and 6-day climbs.

    Detail$1.541
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    Rongai Route

    One of the remotest and the least popular routes. Recommended for a Kilimanjaro climb during the rainy season.

    6-7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Rongai Route

    Rongai route is a unique way of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Starting at the North side of the Mount, it goes through the coniferous forest, offering fantastic views. This route provides moderate acclimatization experience and is fairly challenging overall, yet friendly for the beginners.

    Detail$1.752
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    Umbwe Route

    The shortest, the most precipitous and challenging route for your Kilimanjaro hike.

    6-7 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Umbwe Route

    Umbwe route is a good test of your climbing skills. Rapid ascent on the first day with little time for acclimatization is compensated by the breathtaking panoramic vistas.6-day adventure is open for the climbers with high-altitude mountaineering experience.

    Detail$1.705
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    Northern circuit Route

    The newest and the most thrilling way of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Good acclimatization.

    8 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Northern circuit Route

    Northern Circuit route was opened for those seeking remote and long Mt Kilimanjaro hiking. The lowest traffic on the Mount. Starting at Shira Plateau, this route traverses picturesque Northern side of the Mount. Recommended for the beginners.

    Detail$2.241
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    KILIMANJARO CRATER

    The most intense climbing program on Kilimanjaro. You will go via the rarest route – Northern Circuit and overnight at the crater.

    10 days climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    KILIMANJARO CRATER

    At a total length of 65km, Machame (Whiskey Route) is one of the most popular for Kilimanjaro climbers. We, at Altezza Travel, would recommend the short 6-day programme only to those with climbing experience, reasonable level of fitness and a yearning for a challenge. The main difficulty lies in an altitude gain of over 2,000m (6,600 feet) in 24hrs including summiting, resulting in a 7% drop in success rates. If you are planning to take ...

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Climbing Kilimanjaro with Altezza Travel

  • How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

    How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

    Briefly, it does not take spending a fortune for a safe, comfortable and successful climb. However, the price below USD 1600 should alert you, as it is the first signal that your tour operator forsakes basic safety measures and hires semi-qualified (or unqualified altogether) guides and porters, who agreed to work for a pay far below the market average. Some tour operators do not pay their climbing crews at all, who sign up for the expedition relying on tips only.

    In addition to that, “budget” a Kilimanjaro climb means poor diet, second-rate obsolete equipment and no operations in place. Thus, though embarking on a cheap trip may seem attractive financially, in reality, it jeopardizes your safety and perpetuates porters mistreatment.

    Altezza Travel offers various climbing packages that differ in pre- and post-climb accommodation and extra services and amenities on the Mount. However, each expedition of Altezza Travel features the same safety standards and the same professionalism of our climbing crews.

    Чтобы узнать из чего формируется цена за участие в экспедиции, рекомендуем прочесть нашу статью “How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?” to know more about climbing Kilimanjaro price breakdown.

  • Which route to choose for hiking?

    Which route to choose for hiking?

    There are several routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Those seeking seclusion, scenic value and good acclimatization transition should consider Lemosho or Northern Traverse. A pocket-friendly and picturesque Machame provides good acclimatization transition, though it is a bit crowded during the high season.

    Due to a popular misconception of being the easiest, Marangu route is the most popular and cheapest option. It is the only route providing hut accommodation (all other routes are camping only), which are handy for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro during the rainy season. Marangu, however, features poor acclimatization and scenic value, as the trail is used for ascent and descent.

    Rongai is one of the least crowded and the only route approaching the Mount from the North. It is a physically challenging option for Kilimanjaro hiking and is ideal for those who value remoteness. This route is recommended for hiking Kilimanjaro during the rainy seasons (Northern side of the Mountain protects the climbers from precipitation).

    Umbwe route is the for the real adventurers. The steepest and shortest option to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Umbwe is a challenging test of your endurance, stamina and determination. The route offers unique panoramic sceneries. The cost of that is, however, the weakest acclimatization transition.

    We recommend you to read more here about Kilimanjaro climbing routes here before you make your choice.

  • Training to climb Kilimanjaro

    Training to climb Kilimanjaro

    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a unique adventure because a person with average fitness level has high chances for reaching Peak Uhuru. The slopes of Kilimanjaro is the place where proper high-altitude acclimatization is more important than your endurance, stamina and strength.

    However, we do encourage everyone, to take some workout. Not only will it help you to feel more comfortable on Kilimanjaro (some hikes are 10-14 km long), but also some sport is always good for your health overall.

    Our articles about high-altitude acclimatization and Kilimanjaro fitness program will be useful.

  • Kilimanjaro Weather

    Kilimanjaro Weather

    Weather in Northern Tanzania is a good illustration of a typical tropical climate with a dry and a rainy season. The temperature rarely falls below C⁰ 25-35 (77- 95 F). March-May is the rainy season with high precipitation. November-beginning of December is the small rainy season. Check your luggage in accordance with our Kilimanjaro climb packing list.

    Mount Kilimanjaro has a special temperature regime. Traversing five climatic zones, it features different temperatures, ranging from “hot” at the beginning of your trek to “very cold” (especially on the summit night, when the temperature may fall below 15 C⁰) in the summit areas. The closer you are to Uhuru Peak, the colder the air becomes. Rainfall and wildlife decrease progressively.

    Know more about the weather in Kilimanjaro make sure reading our articles about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • What is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro

    What is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro

    In short, you may climb Mount Kilimanjaro all year round. Climbs during the dry season are, however, more comfortable. The dry season spans the periods from the second half of from December till March and from June till November.

    At the same time, a Kilimanjaro climb during the rainy season has some advantages as well.

    Read our article "When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?" to understand which season is the best for you.

  • Kilimanjaro Climbing Tips

    Kilimanjaro Climbing Tips

    For all those climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with us and with other tour operators, we have prepared the following insider tips:

    1. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not about your level of fitness only. Determination, motivation and well-planned acclimatization transition are more important.
    2. Do not save up on your personal equipment. Branded high-quality clothes and sleeping bags often have decisive impact on successfulness of your climb. All personal equipment is available for rent in our office.
    3. Be ready to have no shower for a week or so. Portable showers are, however, available for extra fee.
    4. Public toilets may be uncomfortable, especially for the ladies. Thus, renting a portable toilet makes sense.
    5. Taking an mp3 player or an Ipod is a good idea. Enjoy the sceneries on the way and better preserve battery for the summit rush.
  • Kilimanjaro climbing FAQ

    Kilimanjaro climbing FAQ

    Mount Kilimanjaro in a nutshell:

    Location: Kilimanjaro region, the United Republic of Tanzania
    Geographic coordinates: 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E 
    Type of the mount Stratovolcano
    Altitude 5,895 m/19,308 ft
    First climb Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller on October 6, 1889
    Climbs annually Over 30,000
    Administrative authority Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)

    How fit do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

    In short, ordinary fitness level is sufficient to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you can walk a 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, certainly you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

    Many websites recommend intensive training for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Our practice, however, showed that people with ordinary fitness level who got proper acclimatization always reach the summit. Yet, professional athletes, who failed to get acclimatized well (either because they “rush”, or because their guides fail to control their trekking progress) are at serious risk of high-altitude sickness and evacuation.

    We do recommend you to take some exercises for your Kilimanjaro adventure. See our Kilimanjaro training program. Good fitness level will always be a good advantage for a Kilimanjaro adventurer, as it will help you to tackle daily trekking challenge with ease and comfort.

    If, however, for some reason you do not have an opportunity to take some workouts for your Kilimanjaro adventure - do not give up. Consider choosing a more extended program (such as Lemosho 8-day) with less daily trekking distance

    How long does it take to walk up Kilimanjaro?

    Depending on the route which you choose for your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure, it may take from 5 to 8 days. Longer programs with camping in Kilimanjaro crater are also available.

    Do I need to have an insurance for Kilimanjaro trekking?

    Though it is not a mandatory requirement for taking part in our Mount Kilimanjaro climb expeditions, we strongly recommend buying insurance against possible cancellation of your trip, lost and/or delayed luggage, emergency repatriation, emergency medical evacuation with helicopters.

    Drop us a line at [email protected] and we will give you a competent insurance advice for your Kilimanjaro adventure.

    Do I need to have a vaccination for Kilimanjaro expedition?

    It is imperative to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. In all other cases there are no immunization/vaccination restrictions to enter Tanzania.

    For all those interested in getting more information we recommend reading our article Tanzania vaccination requirements.

    Trekking, hiking or climbing?

    Though three terms are often used interchangeably, there are some semantic differences. Hiking refers to the easiest type of leisure “walking” activities and implies that a hiker is walking by specially designated and adapted trails or human-made roads.

    Trekking also refers to the process of walking, yet this concept implies that a “trekker” walks a longer distance than a hiker and exerts himself physically above ordinary level. Another noticeable difference is that trekking expeditions take place in the areas with no transportation.

    The idea of “mountain climbing”, on the other hand, is fundamentally different from “hiking” or “trekking”. There are two distinguishing features of mountain climbing. Firstly, it means using special equipment (clothes and gear), which is not usually used for hiking or trekking expeditions. Secondly, the purpose of a climbing expedition is reaching the top of a mountain, while hiking and trekking may be practised in other wilderness areas.

    Thus, semantically Kilimanjaro expeditions are both climbing and trekking. One-day Kilimanjaro adventures to the lower camps may be classified as “hikes”.

    We at Altezza Travel are tolerant to the conceptual differences and use all these terms interchangeably.

    High altitude acclimatization for Kilimanjaro

    In short, at 6000 m (19700 f) altitude the proportion of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere is substantially lower than at the sea level. It is discomforting for a human body, which is accustomed to getting certain amounts of oxygen.

    We can get adapted to the shortage of oxygen molecules, but it is possible only when we progress upwards slowly to allow our body to make the necessary transformations in your respiratory system. Too fast ascent is the shortest way to HAPE and HACE, which are both life-threatening conditions.

    Proper acclimatization is the most important aspect of a successful of a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

Briefly, it does not take spending a fortune for a safe, comfortable and successful climb. However, the price below USD 1600 should alert you, as it is the first signal that your tour operator forsakes basic safety measures and hires semi-qualified (or unqualified altogether) guides and porters, who agreed to work for a pay far below the market average. Some tour operators do not pay their climbing crews at all, who sign up for the expedition relying on tips only.

In addition to that, “budget” a Kilimanjaro climb means poor diet, second-rate obsolete equipment and no operations in place. Thus, though embarking on a cheap trip may seem attractive financially, in reality, it jeopardizes your safety and perpetuates porters mistreatment.

Altezza Travel offers various climbing packages that differ in pre- and post-climb accommodation and extra services and amenities on the Mount. However, each expedition of Altezza Travel features the same safety standards and the same professionalism of our climbing crews.

Чтобы узнать из чего формируется цена за участие в экспедиции, рекомендуем прочесть нашу статью “How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?” to know more about climbing Kilimanjaro price breakdown.

Which route to choose for hiking?

There are several routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Those seeking seclusion, scenic value and good acclimatization transition should consider Lemosho or Northern Traverse. A pocket-friendly and picturesque Machame provides good acclimatization transition, though it is a bit crowded during the high season.

Due to a popular misconception of being the easiest, Marangu route is the most popular and cheapest option. It is the only route providing hut accommodation (all other routes are camping only), which are handy for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro during the rainy season. Marangu, however, features poor acclimatization and scenic value, as the trail is used for ascent and descent.

Rongai is one of the least crowded and the only route approaching the Mount from the North. It is a physically challenging option for Kilimanjaro hiking and is ideal for those who value remoteness. This route is recommended for hiking Kilimanjaro during the rainy seasons (Northern side of the Mountain protects the climbers from precipitation).

Umbwe route is the for the real adventurers. The steepest and shortest option to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Umbwe is a challenging test of your endurance, stamina and determination. The route offers unique panoramic sceneries. The cost of that is, however, the weakest acclimatization transition.

We recommend you to read more here about Kilimanjaro climbing routes here before you make your choice.

Training to climb Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a unique adventure because a person with average fitness level has high chances for reaching Peak Uhuru. The slopes of Kilimanjaro is the place where proper high-altitude acclimatization is more important than your endurance, stamina and strength.

However, we do encourage everyone, to take some workout. Not only will it help you to feel more comfortable on Kilimanjaro (some hikes are 10-14 km long), but also some sport is always good for your health overall.

Our articles about high-altitude acclimatization and Kilimanjaro fitness program will be useful.

Kilimanjaro Weather

Weather in Northern Tanzania is a good illustration of a typical tropical climate with a dry and a rainy season. The temperature rarely falls below C⁰ 25-35 (77- 95 F). March-May is the rainy season with high precipitation. November-beginning of December is the small rainy season. Check your luggage in accordance with our Kilimanjaro climb packing list.

Mount Kilimanjaro has a special temperature regime. Traversing five climatic zones, it features different temperatures, ranging from “hot” at the beginning of your trek to “very cold” (especially on the summit night, when the temperature may fall below 15 C⁰) in the summit areas. The closer you are to Uhuru Peak, the colder the air becomes. Rainfall and wildlife decrease progressively.

Know more about the weather in Kilimanjaro make sure reading our articles about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro

In short, you may climb Mount Kilimanjaro all year round. Climbs during the dry season are, however, more comfortable. The dry season spans the periods from the second half of from December till March and from June till November.

At the same time, a Kilimanjaro climb during the rainy season has some advantages as well.

Read our article "When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?" to understand which season is the best for you.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Tips

For all those climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with us and with other tour operators, we have prepared the following insider tips:

  1. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not about your level of fitness only. Determination, motivation and well-planned acclimatization transition are more important.
  2. Do not save up on your personal equipment. Branded high-quality clothes and sleeping bags often have decisive impact on successfulness of your climb. All personal equipment is available for rent in our office.
  3. Be ready to have no shower for a week or so. Portable showers are, however, available for extra fee.
  4. Public toilets may be uncomfortable, especially for the ladies. Thus, renting a portable toilet makes sense.
  5. Taking an mp3 player or an Ipod is a good idea. Enjoy the sceneries on the way and better preserve battery for the summit rush.

Kilimanjaro climbing FAQ

Mount Kilimanjaro in a nutshell:

Location: Kilimanjaro region, the United Republic of Tanzania
Geographic coordinates: 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E 
Type of the mount Stratovolcano
Altitude 5,895 m/19,308 ft
First climb Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller on October 6, 1889
Climbs annually Over 30,000
Administrative authority Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)

How fit do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

In short, ordinary fitness level is sufficient to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you can walk a 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, certainly you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Many websites recommend intensive training for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Our practice, however, showed that people with ordinary fitness level who got proper acclimatization always reach the summit. Yet, professional athletes, who failed to get acclimatized well (either because they “rush”, or because their guides fail to control their trekking progress) are at serious risk of high-altitude sickness and evacuation.

We do recommend you to take some exercises for your Kilimanjaro adventure. See our Kilimanjaro training program. Good fitness level will always be a good advantage for a Kilimanjaro adventurer, as it will help you to tackle daily trekking challenge with ease and comfort.

If, however, for some reason you do not have an opportunity to take some workouts for your Kilimanjaro adventure - do not give up. Consider choosing a more extended program (such as Lemosho 8-day) with less daily trekking distance

How long does it take to walk up Kilimanjaro?

Depending on the route which you choose for your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure, it may take from 5 to 8 days. Longer programs with camping in Kilimanjaro crater are also available.

Do I need to have an insurance for Kilimanjaro trekking?

Though it is not a mandatory requirement for taking part in our Mount Kilimanjaro climb expeditions, we strongly recommend buying insurance against possible cancellation of your trip, lost and/or delayed luggage, emergency repatriation, emergency medical evacuation with helicopters.

Drop us a line at [email protected] and we will give you a competent insurance advice for your Kilimanjaro adventure.

Do I need to have a vaccination for Kilimanjaro expedition?

It is imperative to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. In all other cases there are no immunization/vaccination restrictions to enter Tanzania.

For all those interested in getting more information we recommend reading our article Tanzania vaccination requirements.

Trekking, hiking or climbing?

Though three terms are often used interchangeably, there are some semantic differences. Hiking refers to the easiest type of leisure “walking” activities and implies that a hiker is walking by specially designated and adapted trails or human-made roads.

Trekking also refers to the process of walking, yet this concept implies that a “trekker” walks a longer distance than a hiker and exerts himself physically above ordinary level. Another noticeable difference is that trekking expeditions take place in the areas with no transportation.

The idea of “mountain climbing”, on the other hand, is fundamentally different from “hiking” or “trekking”. There are two distinguishing features of mountain climbing. Firstly, it means using special equipment (clothes and gear), which is not usually used for hiking or trekking expeditions. Secondly, the purpose of a climbing expedition is reaching the top of a mountain, while hiking and trekking may be practised in other wilderness areas.

Thus, semantically Kilimanjaro expeditions are both climbing and trekking. One-day Kilimanjaro adventures to the lower camps may be classified as “hikes”.

We at Altezza Travel are tolerant to the conceptual differences and use all these terms interchangeably.

High altitude acclimatization for Kilimanjaro

In short, at 6000 m (19700 f) altitude the proportion of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere is substantially lower than at the sea level. It is discomforting for a human body, which is accustomed to getting certain amounts of oxygen.

We can get adapted to the shortage of oxygen molecules, but it is possible only when we progress upwards slowly to allow our body to make the necessary transformations in your respiratory system. Too fast ascent is the shortest way to HAPE and HACE, which are both life-threatening conditions.

Proper acclimatization is the most important aspect of a successful of a Mount Kilimanjaro climb.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro Reviews

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    After a long search for the company on a safari and hiking Mt Kilimanjaro, I have found a company Altezza. ... And I sighed with relief. With Altezza everything was simpler and easier. The organization, service - all at a high level. Staff o...

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    Hi everyone! I and my wife went to Tanzania for a honeymoon and of course we decided to do the most important thing - to conquer the top of Africa. Our friends have recommended us Altezza Travel company. We discussed our climbing and safari remotely. I think prices are rather high but as a reward we...

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    My two-weeks adventure in Africa is over! All stuff are unpacked, and all the impressions, more or less , arranged on the shelves. The trip was more than spontaneous, I was traveling alone, and my knowledge of the language was so poor and little, however with Altezza Travel I did not even think abou...

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