Hiking Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro – Stand on the roof of Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak.
A climb through grassland, varieties of forest types, heath & moorland, alpine desert, arctic snow caps and ice, rising high above the surrounding savannah is Africa’s highest mountain, and one of the highest dormant volcanoes in the world, at 5896m/19340ft
Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination. People from all walks of life, have successfully summited. But the challenge should not be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead. Rest assured, you will find the answers to all your questions here at mount Kenya safaris. However, each walker faces a personal gamble, and the stakes are high: altitude symptoms are unpredictable. No amount of preparation can guarantee success. The only certainty is that everyone who takes up the challenge will reach deep down inside themselves during the ascent.
Best Time for Climbing
It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro year round. January, February, and September are considered to be the best months in terms of weather, and correspondingly are the busiest months. From January through mid-March are the warmest months, with clear skies in the mornings and evenings. During the day, clouds may appear along with brief showers. From the end of March to early June is the long rainy season
Mt Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes
There are seven established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain (Mweka is used only for descent). The Lemosho, Shira and Northern Circuit routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north.
The greater the number of days on the mountain, the better your chances of reaching the top. Therefore the key to a safe, successful climb is to take the longest routes possible.
Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes Itineraries.
NB:It is easy to gain height too quickly on the mountain and high altitude related illness or considerable discomfort is experienced by climbers who try climbing too fast. It is recommended to allow acclimatization time on ascent.
Mount Kenya is home to one of the Global Atmosphere Watch‘s atmospheric monitoring stations.