The Complete Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Guide: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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So you are planning for Mount Kilimanjaro Climb this summer, but don’t know where to start? Our complete Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Guide is here for your rescue! Here is a list of mind-blowing details we shall be discussing your ultimate dream trek:

  • Top 10 Incredible Facts about Mount Kilimanjaro
  • How long does it take to Climb Kilimanjaro?
  • Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro
  • How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?
  • Best Route for Climbing Kilimanjaro
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Training
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Top 10 Incredible Facts about Mount Kilimanjaro

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak of Africa but also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. 
  2. It rises approximately to a height of 4,900 m (16,000 ft.) from its base to 5,895 meters (19,341 ft.) above sea level.
  3. Mount Kilimanjaro is not just an excellent scenic view without any wildlife. Although the animals on Kilimanjaro prefer to avoid trekking regions and are difficult to spot, some lucky climbers may spot occasional mammals living on the mountain. 
  4. In 1889 the first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain took place and w
  5. as made by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller.
  6. Mount Kilimanjaro’s past and its formation story goes back to some million years ago when it was an active volcano. 
  7. The land on the mountain is therefore composed of many layers of hardened volcanic ash, lava, pumice, and tephra fragmental material that is the fallout from a volcanic eruption.
  8. The three volcanic cones on the mountain are – named Mawenzi, Kibo, and Shira. 
  9. Although Mawenzi and Shira are extinct Kibo, is the highest peak and has been dormant for years but could erupt again. The last eruption was about 200 years ago.
  10. Mount Kilimanjaro hosts about 30,000 people each year and about three-quarters of those reach the summit. 
  11. Did you know that the oldest person ever to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was 87-year-old Frenchman Val tee Daniel?

How long does it take to Climb Kilimanjaro?

Many of our climbers ask us – How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro? For any common person, without much mountaineering experience, Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing could take anywhere around 5 to 9 days depending on the choice of the Kilimanjaro Route and duration of the climb (adding an extra day for acclimatization). 

Our Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Guide suggests you take an extra day to acclimatize to the changing climatic conditions on the mountain for the highest Kilimanjaro Success Rate. 

Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro

The Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro as per Jerry Tanzania Tours is from mid-June to September when the weather is pleasant and Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro‘s experience becomes the amazing and memorable trek of your life. 

  • This period is the Peak season, the weather is great, cold and dry and the Kilimanjaro Routes are crowded. 
  • Another great time for Kilimanjaro Climbing is from mid-December to March which is also known as the Green Season. 
  • This is when Kilimanjaro experiences slight rainfall, there is snowfall on the mountain peak and the weather on the lower part of the mountain is hot and humid. 
  • The season that we do not suggest you visit is the low season from April – May. It rains torrentially during this time and the mountain trails are wet making it difficult to climb. 

How Much Does it Cost to Climb Kilimanjaro?

We are often asked by our potential clients – How Much Does It Cost to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? The answer varies due to different factors but the average Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Cost is $2000 to $4000. 

The factors influencing the Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Cost are:

  • Tour Operator Cost: There are choices of Budget, Mid-Range, or luxury tour operators that you can choose from and the Kilimanjaro Climb Cost will vary accordingly for each. 
  • International Flight Cost to Kilimanjaro: Depending on the place of your departure the flight costs will vary according to the routes, single stop, and connecting. 
  • Kilimanjaro Tipping Cost: The average cost of tipping on the mountain per climber depends on the number of people in the group climb. But the Kilimanjaro Tipping cost is approx. $250 t0 $300, per group. 
  • Tanzania Visa Cost and Kilimanjaro Travel Insurance cost are also some important factors that add to your Kilimanjaro Climbing Cost

Best Route for Climbing Kilimanjaro

We at Jerry Tanzania Tours consider, Lemosho route as the Best Kilimanjaro Route and we will tell you why! 

  • Lemosho route is the most beautiful, scenic, and gorgeous Kilimanjaro route.
  • It has a great Kilimanjaro Success Rate, up to 95%, and hosts thousands of travelers every year. 
  • The route takes 7-8 days to complete and the 8 –Days Lemosho route package of Jerry Tanzania Tours is the most popular itinerary choice for many climbers. 

Training For Mount Kilimanjaro

During the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, the most essential aspect that will determine your Kilimanjaro success rate is the Mount Kilimanjaro Training. So how fit does one need to be for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

You do not need to be a superhuman to climb Kilimanjaro. But a certain amount of physical fitness and mental preparedness is necessary for a high success rate. Here are some of the aspects you need to focus on for your fitness while preparing to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro: 

  • Improving your overall aerobic ability
  • Strengthening your core
  • Improving your balance and flexibility
  • Building strength in your lower as well as upper body.

Kilimanjaro Packing List

While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you do not need to carry unnecessary gears but you can go through our Kilimanjaro Packing List to understand the details of the gears that you need for trekking.  A basic Kilimanjaro Gear consists of:

  • A Daypack
  • A duffel Bag
  • Clothing Gears – Layering mostly 
  • Hiking Gears
  • Toiletries
  • Travel documentations – like Tanzania Visa, Travel Insurance, etc.

You will be provided with all the necessary Kilimanjaro Equipment for your complete convenience on the mountain. 

To get a more detailed understanding of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro please contact our travel experts at Jerry Tanzania Tours today!

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