Standing 5895m (19,340 feet) above sea level and just three degrees south of the equator, snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing volcano. Its upper reaches are wrapped in chill alpine mists and blanketed by glaciers, while its forested lower slopes are steeped in the lore and traditions of the local Chagga people.
Climbing to Kilimanjaro’s summit is physically and mentally challenging, but with the help of an experienced guide, it can be done by anyone who is fit. It does not require any technical mountaineering skills.
The mountain can be climbed at any time of year, although here at Mauly Tours, we do not advise trekking during the heavy rains in April and May. There are several routes for climbing to the top, including the popular Marangu route, the somewhat longer and scenically appealing Machame route, the Lemosho route and the Rongai route. The trailheads for all are easily accessed from Moshi.
All routes offer the chance to experience Kilimanjaro’s different vegetation zones as you climb, beginning with lush rainforest around the trailheads, rising to heather and moorland up to about 4000m, alpine desert up to about 5000m, and an arctic-like zone at the summit. While it is possible to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit on a five-day itinerary, we recommend at least one or two extra days for your climb to assist with altitude acclimatization.
KILIMANJARO CLIMB ROUTES
The Mt Kilimanjaro is considered as the most famous feature of Tanzania being Africa’s Highest mountain found on North of Tanzania with a height of 5,895 meters to Uhuru Peak, the volcanic formation of the mountain formed 3 large chimneys known as Shira plateau, Kibo saddle and Mawenzi with heights of 5,000m.
Mt Kilimanjaro is a hikers attraction with tourists all over the world attempting to trek it for years and years with great improvements being made to improve its facilities on the mountain and helping on the conservation. The hike up Mt Kilimanajro offers trekkers 5 different climatic zones with temperatures ranging from +20 c to -30 c to the summit. The climatic zones are namely cultural zone, Rain forest zone, Heather and moorland zone, Alpine desert and snow capped summit zone.
The mountain has 6 official trails used to summit routes with 5 of the trails being camping routes which are Machame route, Lemosho route, Rongai route, Shira route and Umbwe routes respectively and the only non-camping route with accommodation in huts is the Marangu route.
When ascending and descending Mt Kilimanjaro out of 6 routes 4 routes begin at different starting point and descend at the Mweka gate
Best time to climb: December to March (mid-month) and June (mid-month) to October (end)
Age restriction: Minimum age = 12