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ALL ROUTESExplore seclusion of Northern Circuit, panoramic views of Lemosho and Machame or challenges of Umbwe.
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Hiking Kilimanjarowith Altezza Travel
Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most fascinating adventures in Africa. Following the trails of Kilimanjaro gives you a unique chance to explore the local wildlife, high-altitude camps open incredible panoramic vistas, and the culmination of your expedition - victorious photos on Uhuru Peak - instills a sense of the Great Achievement.
Carefully preserved by Tanzania National Park Authority, Kilimanjaro is one of the few mounts in the world on which the civilization exercised minimal to zero impact. The jungles and the rocks of Kilimanjaro are still in the same state as witnessed by the first European explorers in the XIX century.
Kilimanjaro hiking is one-of-a-kind holiday, excellently befitting a family vacation, graduation trip, meeting of old friends, a team-building journey for your team, a reunion of the army comrades or a honeymoon.
Altezza Travel is one of the leading Kilimanjaro guiding services. All our climbs are comfortable, immersive, safe and successful. Follow this link to read more about Kilimanjaro hiking routes and the best time for this adventure.
Kilimanjaro Hiking Routes
Driven by the mission to preserve the beauty and grandeur of Kilimanjaro for the generations to come, Tanzania National Parks Association has established six official routes where hiking is allowed. In order to protect the wildlife from human influence, all types of off-route hiking are forbidden.
Our routes recommendations for your Mt Kilimanjaro adventure are the following:
- Lemosho and Rongai routes are suitable for novices
- Northern Circuit and Machame routes are excellent options for beginners (those with some experience in high-altitude hiking)
- Marangu and Umbwe routes should be considered by the experienced outdoor enthusiasts.
Accommodation on all routes is in tented camps, except Marangu, where the hikers stay in huts.
Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro Tours
You may see the schedule of our Kilimanjaro hiking expeditions with guaranteed departures below. Feel free to join any.
If you want a private expedition (with any date you like) with us - drop us a line at email@example.com
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Kilimanjaro climb: Northern Circuit (8 days)July 19 - July 28, 2018$2312 Discount 3%
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Kilimanjaro climb: Lemosho route (6 days)July 24 - July 31, 2018$1896
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Kilimanjaro climb: Lemosho route (7 days)July 30 - August 07, 2018$2140
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Kilimanjaro climb: Marangu Route (6 days)August 02 - August 09, 2018$1818
Mount Kilimanjaro Information
- How to plan your Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition?
- Seasons on Kilimanjaro
- Best Time to Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
- How hard is Kilimanjaro Expedition
How to plan your Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition?
We strongly encourage all travellers to plan their Kilimanjaro hiking adventures in advance. Follow these steps to make your Kilimanjaro a lifetime experience:
- Find a reputable tour operator with a proven record of safe and successful expeditions. A proven strategy is to analyze the TripAdvisor reviews to know the feedback from the former clients. In addition, make sure to verify that the operator of your choice is licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources here and that the operator is a member of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators. Carefully analyze the price offered - some companies ignore basic safety requirements to provide the lowest quote.
Altezza Travel is proud to be listed in the both rolls. You may find the feedback from our clients on our TripAdvisor page here.
- Decide when would you like to embark on the adventure. Although Kilimanjaro hiking expeditions start almost every day, there are some seasonal features worth taking into consideration. Some advice in this regard is available here.
- Choose one of the routes for your adventure. Remember that some trails are perfect for the novices and amateurs, while others require some mountaineering background. Visit our Kilimanjaro routes page to find more information.
- Book your adventure, prepare your equipment and start your expedition!
Seasons on Kilimanjaro
In contrast to Everest and other “seven summits” of the world where the “hiking windows” are open at a certain time of the year only, hiking Mount Kilimanjaro is possible all year round. However, make sure to consider the peculiarities of dry and rainy seasons when choosing the dates for your adventure.
Best Time to Hike Mount Kilimanjaro
Assuming that it is possible to hike Kilimanjaro all year round, it is always up to you to decide what is your best time to hike Kilimanjaro. However, be mindful of the fact that there are rainy and dry seasons on Kilimanjaro.
Dry seasons - June-September and second half of December - February
The biggest advantage of the dry seasons is that the weather is perfect .The sun is shining, the skies are blue, and the trails are in an ideal condition. At the same time, the number of climbers on the most popular routes (Machame and Marangu) is high, reaching the climax during the New Year festivities. The trails may be crowded, especially in the summit area. Queues at Uhuru Peak for taking photos near the “Congratulations” plate are not uncommon, especially at the end of December.
At the same time, certain routes (Lemosho, Northern Circuit) feature a small number of tourists all year round. Thus, if the favorable weather is not less important than privacy - make sure considering them while choosing your best time of year to hike Mt Kilimanjaro, or contact our experts for getting comprehensive recommendations.
Rainy seasons - March-May, November
Although the rainy seasons are scaring off the majority of hikers because of high precipitation and blurred trails (that make your expedition a bit riskier), the wet seasons have two important advantages:
- The number of other climbers is minimal, making this time a perfect choice for those who value privacy.
- The vegetation in the forest zone is wildly green, and the peaks are covered with snow, making the rainy seasons a popular time among for wildlife photographers. Global warming analysts are arguing that the snows and glaciers of Kilimanjaro will ultimately disappear in 25-30 years, higher precipitation in the summit artea during the rainy season is an ideal chance for capturing peaks in a “snow-capped” condition.
Therefore, if you are comfortable with hiking under the drizzle, enjoy privacy and photography, then you should definitely consider scheduling your expedition on one of the rainy months.
To understand your best time of year for scheduling your expedition - contact our outdoor adventures experts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How hard is Kilimanjaro Expedition
Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro successfully is a great personal achievement. Though it is definitely not a Sunday walk, it is one of the easiest mountaineering adventure in the seven summits (the highest peaks of each continent) program. It will definitely give you the feeling of a great accomplishment - the trek is challenging, yet, with some precautions in mind, not dangerous. .
Firstly, Kilimanjaro expeditions are hiking adventures. There are no rock climbing, use of ice axes, crampons or other hazardous activities that require special skills. It is, however, important to emphasize that you will need to cover quite long distances every day. If you are not accustomed to that, training for your Mount Kilimanjaro hike is recommended to boost your stamina and strength.
Secondly, longer hiking programs on Mount Kilimanjaro offer smooth acclimatization transition. The main reason of unsuccessful climbs is a failure to develop the proper adaptation to high altitudes (“acclimatization”, that is mainly caused by short programs, steep routes and poor guiding.
Overall, if you are reasonably fit, your guides have good qualifications and experience, you have chosen a route with gradual altitude increase, and your program is at least a 7-day one, hardly will you have any complications ahead.
Kilimanjaro Hike Reviews
Climbing and SafariDuring a month we were chatting by emails with African companies which arrange tours to Africa: climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari. The language barrier, poor description of what we are paying, huge range of prices for the same service from different representatives, created a feeling of scam. Just 3 weeks before departure, we turned to a Russian company In Africa - Altezza Travel, expecting that now the price would be even higher than Africans have. But the price was pleased, Alex was very clear in his first letter, he advised to switch from the Machame route we choose to Lemosho and after just a couple of emails we all agreed and decided t... Machame route we choose to Lemosho and after just a couple of emails we all agreed and decided to go with the Altezza. I must say that we fully trust on the accommodations provided by Altezza, did not check and did not even see any hotel, which had planned for us. Expectations of the hotels were fully met. We were met at the airport, settled in a lovely hotel at the foot of the mountain. Alex has arrived a couple of hours later, gave a full briefing, checked our equipment, some of the stuff we have was quite old and we have been planning to leave it in Africa after the trekking. 80% of our climbing gear, of course, was unprofessional and did not fit. So we went to the Altezza office, where we were fully outfitted. Climbing Kilimanjaro – is definitely a fairy tale. Neither further Safari or Zanzibar are not compatible with the emotions of the ascent! The experience of a lifetime! And such a starry sky probably does not exist anywhere, as on the Equator. Everything was perfect - meals, tents, sleeping bags and great team. And most importantly - professional guides - Moses and Albert. We left the camp the last to trek very slowly, steadily, however we came ahead of all who left the camp before, made 2 stops for 2 minutes and reached the summit one of the first just at dawn! Such an amazing view! Then we had Safari trip where everything was perfect as well. Luxury hotels, the most memorable of which Mbalageti. With swimming pools, a huge selection of food "at the buffet", overlooking the African savannah. Our guide was very energetic and made sure that we saw almost all the possible animals except rhino. In general, this trip is number one of all, where we were. I strongly advise the company Altezza, who carry out their responsibilities in full, taking care and responsibilities for all those who came under their wing in Africa. We already advised Altezza to our friend, I know, she will be also delighted!">
Climbing and SafariAfter 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 of the company positive and energetic guys. Climbing crew and safari guides - one of the best. Thank you Sasha and Co.! 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 of the company positive and energetic guys. Climbing crew and safari guides - one of the best. Thank you Sasha and Co.!">
Climbing and SafariMy trip to Tanzania was a memorable one. I think that everyone needs to see the African wildlife through your own eyes, is unlike anything else. Everything is special here: great reserves with unusual trees and unique animals, mode of life of Tanzanians and snowbound peak of Kilimanjaro. So interesting to watch the animals in their natural habitat. They do not pay attention to observers and doing their own things: eat, sleep, hunt, mate and breed – I was able to see all of it and took pictures of the camera :) Honestly, there are a lot of different type of exotic animals. They are different, some species coexist together. Guides were talking with eac... trip to Tanzania was a memorable one. I think that everyone needs to see the African wildlife through your own eyes, is unlike anything else. Everything is special here: great reserves with unusual trees and unique animals, mode of life of Tanzanians and snowbound peak of Kilimanjaro. So interesting to watch the animals in their natural habitat. They do not pay attention to observers and doing their own things: eat, sleep, hunt, mate and breed – I was able to see all of it and took pictures of the camera :) Honestly, there are a lot of different type of exotic animals. They are different, some species coexist together. Guides were talking with each other and pass the information where some of them noticed an interesting animal, so we were able to see all the animals that have been at this point in the park. My hotel was almost in the city center, which gave me a chance to walk along the streets and look at the lives of Tanzanians. In spite of my poor English I managed to talk with some locals, although they all wanted to sale useless stuff to me. :) However, they gave up after one or two refusals and then just agreed to chat with me. Of course the impression would be incomplete without climbing. Going uphill for 5 days was not only a good challenge, but also a fascinating journey through an unusual area with unique flora and fauna. On the day of the summit we had a trek for about 4-5 hours to the summit camp, then rest, and at night climb about 6-7 hours. It was not easy, but not too hard. The feeling that you are with every meter closer to the highest point of Africa, gave strength. When I saw in the distance a cherished plate, broke into a smile and tiredness disappeared. At the approach I took the camera out and filmed the moment of summiting the peak. I remember that I cried as if conquered Everest :)">