Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
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Our Kilimanjaro Routes
You may climb mount Kilimanjaro by several routes which are established by the Tanzania National Parks Authority so as to preserve the pristine great thing about the wilderness for the generations to return and make sure the safety of climbers.
We recommend the following routes Rongai and Lemosho routes for novices, Machame and Northern Circuit for the beginners, and Umbwe and Marangu for climbers with prior hiking experience. Camping is required on all routes except Marangu route
Dry season (July – October/ January – March)
The weather in Tanzania is quite predictable during the season. Precipitation is rare, and the sky is clear, making these months ideal for a climb…
The temperature on the summit area fluctuates between -5 C and -10 C. The summit area isn’t covered with snow and additional equipment isn’t necessary. Overall, the season is a smaller amount challenging and easier.
It is possible to climb Mt Kilimanjaro peak all year round. Though the season requires some extra effort, there are two advantages: the routes are less crowded and Uhuru Peak is majestically covered in snow, making the landscapes dreamlike.
You’ll get to make extra sets of thermal underwear, T-shirts, and socks thanks to the cooler weather and therefore the possibility of getting wet. Rainfalls (and snowfalls at the upper camps) are likely to happen, and therefore the days are windy and humid.
The summit area is roofed with snow and ice, making it necessary to require the gaiters and microspikes. generally, season climbing is tougher, but the experiences are unique.
There are several routes to get to the summit.
Those seeking seclusion, scenic value, and good acclimatization transition should consider Lemosho or Northern Traverse. A pocket-friendly and picturesque Machame provides an honest acclimatization transition, though it’s a touch crowded during the peak season.
Due to a well-liked misconception of being the simplest, Marangu route is that the hottest and cheapest option. It is the only route providing hut accommodation (all other routes are camping only), which is handy during the rainy season. Marangu, however, features poor acclimatization and scenic value, because the trail is employed for ascent and descent.
Rongai is one among the smallest amount crowded and therefore the only route approaching the Mount from the North. It is a physically challenging option and is right for those that value remoteness. This route is recommended during the rainy seasons (The northern side of the Mountain protects the climbers from precipitation).
Umbwe route is for the real adventurers. The steepest and shortest option, Umbwe may be a challenging test of your endurance, stamina, and determination. The route offers unique panoramic sceneries. The cost of that’s, however, the weakest acclimatization transition.
We recommend you read more here about Kilimanjaro climbing routes before you make your choice.
In short, you’ll climb the Mount all year round. Climbs during the season are, however, easier. The season spans the periods from the last half of from December till March and from June till November.
At an equivalent time, a season has some advantages also.
Read our article “When is that the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?” to know which season is that the best for you.
Briefly, it doesn’t take spending a fortune for a secure, comfortable, and successful climb. However, the worth below USD 1600 should provide you with a warning, because it is that the first signal that your tour operator forsakes basic safety measures and hires semi-qualified (or unqualified altogether) guides and porters, who agreed to figure for pay far below the market average. Some tour operators don’t pay their crews in the least, who check-in for the expedition counting on tips only.
In addition thereto, “budget” means poor diet, second-rate obsolete equipment, and no operations in situ. Thus, though embarking on an inexpensive trip could seem attractive financially, actually, it jeopardizes your safety and perpetuates porter’s mistreatment.
Kilimanjaro 360 offers various packages that differ in pre-and post-climb accommodation and additional services and amenities on the Mount. However, each expedition of Kilimanjaro 360 features equivalent safety standards and therefore the same professionalism of our crews.
Read this text “How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?” to understand more about price breakdown.
Climbing Kilimanjaro may be a unique adventure because an individual with an average fitness level has a high chance of reaching Peak Uhuru. The slopes of Kilimanjaro is that the place where proper high-altitude acclimatization is more important than your endurance, stamina, and strength.
However, we do encourage everyone, to require some workout. Not only will it assist you to feel easier on the trek (some hikes are 10-14 km long), but also some sport is usually good for your health overall.
Our articles about high-altitude acclimatization and fitness program are going to be useful.
Weather in Northern Tanzania may be a good illustration of a typically tropical climate with a dry and season. The temperature rarely falls below C⁰ 25-35 (77- 95 F). March-May is that the season with high precipitation. November-beginning of December is that the small season. Check your luggage in accordance with our Mount Kilimanjaro packing list.
Mount Kilimanjaro features a special temperature regime. Traversing five Kilimanjaro climatic zones, it features different temperatures, starting from “hot” at the start of your trek to “very cold” (especially on the summit night, when the temperature may fall below 15 C⁰) within the summit areas. The closer you’re to Uhuru Peak, the colder the air becomes. Rainfall and wildlife decrease progressively.
To know more about the weather confirm to read our articles about the simplest time to climb Kilimanjaro.
For all those climbing with us and with other tour operators, we’ve prepared the subsequent insider tips:
- It is not only about your level of fitness.
- Determination, motivation, and a well-planned acclimatization transition are very important.
- Do not save on your personal equipment. Branded high-quality clothes and sleeping bags often have a decisive impact on successfulness of your climb.
- All personal equipment is out there for rent in our office.
- Be able to haven’t any shower for every week approximately. We have Portable showers, however, available for an extra cost.
- Public toilets could also be uncomfortable, especially for women. Thus, renting a transportable toilet is sensible.
- Taking an mp3 player or an iPod may be a good idea. Enjoy the sceneries on the way and better preserve the battery for the summit rush.