Why you should visit Mount Kilimanjaro
- At 5,895 meters tall, Mount Kilimanjaro towers above Kenya and Tanzania, providing superb views over East Africa
- Tackle the challenge of a lifetime, and reach Kili’s snowy peak. Being a non-technical climb, it is open to most people with a reasonable level of fitness
- Composed of three distinct volcanoes; Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Kiba, housing the highest point, although dormant could erupt again
- Six unique routes to choose from to guide you to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro
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Choose one of the six beautiful routes to guide you up the infamous Mount Kilimajaro. Tackle the climb with a group of great friends, a fabulous guide, and plenty of enthusiasm. Reaching the snowy peak will reward you with stunning panoramic views over Kenya and Tanzania and the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment.
A little more about Mount Kilimanjaro
Standing proudly just south of the equator is Mount Kilimanjaro and by any name, it is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. It can be climbed from either Kenya or Tanzania and the four to six day hike, will take you up to the deep equatorial glaciers. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. Those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates and what is considered to be the finest view in Africa!
But there is so much more to Kilimanjaro than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before crossing the national park boundary the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.
When to go
The main two seasons in which to plan your climb are January to mid-March and June to October. Januray to March tends to be colder, with a higher chance of snow on the paths. However, the cooler weather brings with it clearer skies and only the occasional brief shower. This can make for even more rewarding and exceptional clear views.
A climb later in the year, between June and October may be busier, due to the academic holidays across Europe and the west. The clouds tend to hang around the tree line a little more following the rains from March to May, however, once you reach certain altitude the skies are blue, clear and stunning.