Climbing Kilimanjaro – Essential Information

About Mount Kilimanjaro

The world’s tallest freestanding mountain, Kilimanjaro stands 5895-metres or 19,336-feet above sea level inside the Kilimanjaro National Park situated on the border of Tanzania and Kenya.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience, and anyone who is physically fit can scale this snow-capped mountain on one of the many routes available. Due to the high success rate and sheer beauty of the Machame Route, we highly recommend this for all first time ‘Kili’ conquerors, and by making this a full 7-day trip; your passage to Uhuru Peak will be smooth and enjoyable.

Mount Kilimanjaro remains popular with first time climbers due to the non-technical climbing route. The paths and trails are clearly marked and well maintained, and while the ascent can be fairly steep in some areas, the pace is always slow and you will have plenty of opportunities to rest and admire the stunning and ever-changing ecological zones.

You team of mountain guides, cooks, and porters will ensure your climb is as comfortable as possible, and as they carry all luggage, tents, cooking facilities and equipment, the only thing you have to concentrate on is placing one foot in front of the other, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating as much of the freshly cooked food as possible.

Kilimanjaro Weather Conditions

Due to its close proximity to the equator, Tanzania does not experience extreme changes in weather temperatures, but rather wet and dry seasons. As such, it is possible to climb Kilimanjaro 홀덤 at any time of the year.

The long rains typically occur from February to May, the short rains during November and December. It is still possible to climb during these months if you have plenty of wet gear, and as it is ‘low season’, the mountain is less crowded.

June and July are popular months to climb with clear blue skies, although it is colder than August – October when the weather is mild. January is perhaps the warmest month to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, which is why many choose to climb on New Year’s Eve.

Whichever month you choose, you can expect a mix of warm tropical daytime temperatures and freezing cold nights – so the right clothing is key to a comfortable climb.

Training for Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not technically challenging and it does not require any specialist mountain equipment or training, but it makes sense to include some physical training in your preparations to get the most from your Kilimanjaro experience. If possible, start training 12 weeks before departure.

The best training for Kilimanjaro is trekking,hill walking, or simulated climbing using a step machine. You should walk as often as possible in the clothing you will be wearing during your Kilimanjaro climb (especially your walking boots), and to get used to the extra weight, wear your day-pack with 3 litres of water.

Additionally, running, cycling and swimming are great forms of exercise that will build muscle strength and improve your overall fitness level, but as with all training programs, please consult your doctor first.

Daily Routine on Kilimanjaro

The daily routine rarely changes when climbing Kilimanjaro, although your guide may request an early or late start depending on the route and weather conditions.

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