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Hiking Kilimanjaro with 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.

  • Northern Circuit

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

    8 day climbing + 2 days in a hotel

    Northern Circuit

    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.
    Details from $2232
  • Umbwe route

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

    6 day 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.
    Details from $1790
  • Marangu route

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

    5-6 day 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.
    Details from $1547
  • Rongai route

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

    6-7 day 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.
    Details from $1817
  • Machame route

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

    6-7 day 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.
    Details from $1754
  • Lemosho route

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

    6-8 day 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.
    Details from $1819

Climbing Kilimanjaro Information

  • How to plan your Mt. 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:

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Book your adventure, prepare your equipment and start your expedition!

  • Seasons on Kilimanjaro

    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

    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:

    1. The number of other climbers is minimal, making this time a perfect choice for those who value privacy.

    2. 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 [email protected].

  • How hard is Kilimanjaro Expedition

    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.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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:

  1. The number of other climbers is minimal, making this time a perfect choice for those who value privacy.

  2. 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 [email protected].

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.

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Kilimanjaro Trek Reviews

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    Виктория Чукалина image description

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