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Kilimanjaro Tours

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Our base camp team is located at the foothills of majestic Kilimanjaro. We are always here tracking your expedition in a real-time.

Our Routes

You may climb Mount Kilimanjaro by several routes which have been established by the Tanzania National Parks Authority in order to preserve the pristine beauty of the wilderness for the generations to come and ensure the safety of climbers.

We recommend Lemosho and Rongai routes for novices, Northern Circuit and Machame for the beginners, and Marangu and Umbwe for climbers with prior hiking experience. Camping is required on all routes except Marangu (where climbers sleep in huts).

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Lemosho route
Lemosho route
Our favorite route, this trail begins on the picturesque western side of Kilimanjaro and offers stunning views of Shira Plateau.
6-8 day climbing
+ 2 days in a hotel
Lemosho route

Featuring captivating scenic vistas, pristine wildlife, excellent acclimatization opportunities and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our personal first favorite for reaching the roof of Africa.

After a 4-hour long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you'll find yourself on the western slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, from there the ro...

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Rongai route
Rongai route
Approaching Kilimanjaro from the north, the Rongai route is a great way to explore the less- travelled paths on Kilimanjaro.
6-7 day climbing
+ 2 days in a hotel
Rongai route

Rongai is the only route starting on the northern slope of Kilimanjaro. Though this part of the Mountain is rarely visited by hikers, it is not less interesting than the popular southern and western slopes. We recommend Rongai to all those who like reclusive hiking experiences.

Getting to the trailhead - Nalemuru Gate - usually...

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Machame route
Machame route
The second most popular climb onKilimanjaro, Machame route boasts excellent acclimatization and great views.
6-7 day climbing
+ 2 days in a hotel
Machame route

The second most popular option among the climbers is the Machame route, also known as “the Whiskey Route”. This route offers a wide variety of views, landscapes and experiences. The starting point of the route, Machame Gate, is only a 20-minute drive from Aishi Machame Hotel. Located on the southern slope of Mt Kilimanjaro, Machame Gate will...

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Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit
The newest route on Kilimanjaro offers great acclimatization and amazing views on the northern slopes of the Mountain.
8 day climbing
+ 2 days in a hotel
Northern Circuit

The longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit, is known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. For the present moment a very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded.

It is recommended to those who enjoy...

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Umbwe route
Umbwe route
The shortest, steepest and most challenging trail on Mt Kilimanjaro. Recommended for the seasoned travellers.
6 day climbing
+ 2 days in a hotel
Umbwe route

Daring experienced climbers seeking adventure and challenge will find just what they want on Umbwe. A short steep climb traversing all the climate zones - from tropical rainforest to eternal ice - will put your strength and endurance to the test. Like no other route on Kilimanjaro Umbwe gives a sense of achievement to those who reach the summi...

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Marangu route
Marangu route
The most popular route on Kilimanjaro and the only route offering accomodation in huts.
5-6 day climbing
+ 2 days in a hotel
Marangu route

Marangu or “Coca-Cola” route is the most popular route on Kilimanjaro today. It is the only route where overnight stays are in huts. This makes Marangu a good option for hiking during the rainy season.

The route takes its start at the south-east of Mt Kilimanjaro. The entrance to the route, Marangu Gate, is quite close to our climb...

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  • How much does it cost

    How much does a Kilimanjaro Climb cost?

    It does not require a fortune for a safe, comfortable and successful Kilimanjaro climb. However, a price below USD 1600 should alert you, as the first signal that basic safety measures are being sacrificed. Often, operators attempting to save money and offer the lowest rates will hire semi-qualified (or unqualified altogether) guides and porters, one who agree to work for a pay far below the market average or even the Tanzanian minimum required rates. Some tour operators do not pay their crews at all and the climbing team relies entirely on tips, which is not legal in Tanzania. If a tour operator is willing to take risks with legalities, they are liable to take bigger safety risks, as well.

    In addition, “budget” often means poor diet, second-rate (or obsolete) equipment and no emergency protocols in place. Thus, though embarking on a cheap trip may seem attractive financially, in reality, it jeopardizes your safety and perpetuates the mistreatment of porters and low-wage employees.

    Altezza Travel offers various packages that differ in pre- and post-climb accommodation and extra services and amenities on Mount Kilimanjaro However, each expedition of Altezza Travel features the same safety standards and the same professionalism of our crews.

    Read this article "How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?" to know more about our price breakdown.

  • Which route to choose

    Which route to choose?

    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 good acclimatization transition, though it is a bit crowded during the high season.

    Due to a popular misconception of being the easiest, Marangu route is the most popular and cheapest option. It is the only route providing hut accommodation (all other routes are camping only), which are an advantage during the rainy season. Marangu, however, features poor acclimatization and scenic value, as the same trail is used for ascent and descent.

    Rongai is one of the least crowded and the only route approaching the Mountain from the North. It is a physically challenging option and ideal for those who value remoteness. This route is recommended during the rainy season because the northern side of the Mountain protects the climbers from precipitation.

    Umbwe route is the best route for the real adventurers. The steepest and shortest option, Umbwe is a challenging test of your endurance, stamina and determination. This route offers unique panoramic scenery. The cost of that is, however, the weakest acclimatization transition.

    We recommend you to read more here about Kilimanjaro climbing routes here before you make your choice.

  • Training tips

    Training

    Climbing Kilimanjaro is a unique adventure because a person with average fitness level has a high chance to reach Uhuru Peak. The slopes of Kilimanjaro are the place where proper high-altitude acclimatization is more important than your endurance, stamina and strength.

    However, we do encourage everyone to prepare physically for the climb. Not only will it help you to feel more comfortable on the trek (some hikes are 10-14 km long), but also some exercise is always good for your health.

    Check out our articles about high-altitude acclimatization and fitness program to physically prepare for your climb.

  • Weather Conditions

    Weather

    Weather in Northern Tanzania is a typical tropical climate, with a dry and a rainy season. The temperature rarely falls below C⁰ 25-35 (77- 95 F). March-May is the rainy season with high precipitation. November to the beginning of December is the small rainy season. Check your luggage in accordance with our packing list.

    Mount Kilimanjaro has a special temperature regime. Traversing five climatic zones, it features different temperatures, ranging from “hot” at the beginning of your trek to “very cold” (especially on the summit night, when the temperature may fall below 15 C⁰) at the summit areas. The closer you are to Uhuru Peak, the colder the air becomes.

    Know more about the weather make sure to read our articles about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Best time to climb

    What is the Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro?

    In short, you may climb Mount Kilimanjaro all year round. Climbs during the dry season are usually more comfortable. The dry season spans from the second half of December until March, and from June through November.

    At the same time, the rainy season has some advantages.

    Read our article "When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?" to understand which season is the best for you.

  • Useful tips

    Useful Climbing Tips

    For all those climbing with us and with other tour operators, we have prepared the following insider tips:

    1. IReaching the peak is not about your level of fitness alone. Determination, motivation and well-planned acclimatization transition are more important.
    2. Do not save up on your personal equipment. Brand-name high-quality clothes and sleeping bags often have a decisive impact on the success of your climb. All personal equipment is available for rent in our office.
    3. Be ready to have no shower for a week or so. Portable showers are, however, available for an extra fee.
    4. Public toilets may be uncomfortable, especially for the ladies. Thus, renting a portable toilet makes sense.
    5. Taking an MP3 player or an Ipod is a good idea. Enjoy the scenery on the way and better preserve battery for the summit rush.
  • FAQ

    FAQ

    Mount Kilimanjaro in a nutshell:

    Location: Kilimanjaro region, the United Republic of Tanzania
    Geographic coordinates: 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E 
    Type of the mount: Stratovolcano
    Altitude: 5,895 m/19,308 ft
    First climb: Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller on October 6, 1889
    Climbs annually: Over 30,000
    Administrative authority: Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)

    How fit do you have to be?

    In short, an ordinary fitness level is sufficient to reach the peak. If you can walk 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, certainly you can climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

    Many websites recommend intensive training. Our practice, however, showed that people with ordinary fitness who got proper acclimatization always reach the summit. Yet, professional athletes, who failed to acclimatize well (either because they “rush”, or because their guides fail to control their trekking progress) are at serious risk of high-altitude sickness and evacuation.

    We do recommend you to take some exercises for your Kilimanjaro adventure. See our training program. Good fitness level will always be an advantage for a Kilimanjaro adventurer, as it will help you to tackle daily trekking challenges with ease and comfort.

    If, however, for some reason you do not have an opportunity to take some workouts for your Kilimanjaro adventure,do not give up. Consider choosing a more extended program (such as Lemosho 8-day) with less daily trekking distance.

    How long does it take to walk up Kilimanjaro?

    Depending on the route which you choose for your climbing adventure, it may take from 5 to 8 days. Longer programs with camping in Kilimanjaro crater are also available.

    Do I need to have insurance for the climb?

    Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for taking part in our trips. If you are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with us, make sure to check that your insurance package includes high-altitude trekking (up to 6,000 m) and helicopter evacuation.

    Drop us a line at [email protected] and we will recommend an insurance provider for your Kilimanjaro adventure.

    Do I need to have vaccinations for the trip?

    It is imperative to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. In all other cases there are no immunization/vaccination restrictions to enter Tanzania.

    For all those interested in getting more information we recommend reading our article Tanzania vaccination requirements.

    Trekking, hiking or climbing?

    Though three terms are often used interchangeably, there are some semantic differences. Hiking refers to the easiest type of leisure “walking” activities and implies that a hiker is walking by specially designated and adapted trails or human-made roads.

    Trekking also refers to the process of walking, yet this concept implies that a “trekker” walks a longer distance than a hiker and exerts himself physically above ordinary level. Another noticeable difference is that trekking expeditions take place in the areas with no transportation.

    The idea of “mountain climbing”, on the other hand, is fundamentally different from “hiking” or “trekking”. There are two distinguishing features of mountain climbing. Firstly, it means using special equipment (clothes and gear), which is not usually used for hiking or trekking expeditions. Secondly, the purpose of a climbing expedition is reaching the top of a mountain, while hiking and trekking may be practised in other wilderness areas.

    Thus, semantically Kilimanjaro tours are both climbing and trekking. One-day adventures to the lower camps may be classified as “hikes”.

    We at Altezza Travel are tolerant to the conceptual differences and use all these terms interchangeably.

    High altitude acclimatization

    High altitude acclimatization is imperative on Kilimanjaro. Not only is it important for a successful climb, but it is essential for climber’s health and safety, as well.

    At and altitude of 6000m (19700 f), the proportion of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere is substantially lower than at the sea level. The human body undergoes changes at this altitude, as it is accustomed to a higher amount of oxygen.

    Our bodies can adapt to the shortage of oxygen, but it is possible only when we progress upwards slowly, to allow our body to make the necessary transformations which occur in the respiratory system. Ascending too fast can cause HAPE and HACE, which are both life-threatening conditions.

    Proper acclimatization is the most important aspect of a successful climb, which is why we consider acclimatization for each route.

How much does it cost

Briefly, it does not take spending a fortune for a safe, comfortable and successful climb. However, the price below USD 1600 should alert you, as it is the first signal that your tour operator forsakes basic safety measures and hires semi-qualified (or unqualified altogether) guides and porters, who agreed to work for a pay far below the market average. Some tour operators do not pay their crews at all, who sign up for the expedition relying on tips only.

In addition to that, “budget” means poor diet, second-rate obsolete equipment and no operations in place. Thus, though embarking on a cheap trip may seem attractive financially, in reality, it jeopardizes your safety and perpetuates porters mistreatment.

Altezza Travel offers various packages that differ in pre- and post-climb accommodation and extra services and amenities on the Mount. However, each expedition of Altezza Travel features the same safety standards and the same professionalism of our crews.

Read this article "How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?" to know more about price breakdown.

Which route to choose?

There are several routes to get the summit.

Those seeking seclusion, scenic value and good acclimatization transition should consider Lemosho or Northern Traverse. A pocket-friendly and picturesque Machame provides good acclimatization transition, though it is a bit crowded during the high season.

Due to a popular misconception of being the easiest, Marangu route is the most popular and cheapest option. It is the only route providing hut accommodation (all other routes are camping only), which are handy during the rainy season. Marangu, however, features poor acclimatization and scenic value, as the trail is used for ascent and descent.

Rongai is one of the least crowded and the only route approaching the Mount from the North. It is a physically challenging option and is ideal for those who value remoteness. This route is recommended during the rainy seasons (Northern side of the Mountain protects the climbers from precipitation).

Umbwe route is the for the real adventurers. The steepest and shortest option, Umbwe is a challenging test of your endurance, stamina and determination. The route offers unique panoramic sceneries. The cost of that is, however, the weakest acclimatization transition.

We recommend you to read more here about Kilimanjaro climbing routes here before you make your choice.

Training

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a unique adventure because a person with average fitness level has high chances for reaching Peak Uhuru. The slopes of Kilimanjaro is the place where proper high-altitude acclimatization is more important than your endurance, stamina and strength.

However, we do encourage everyone, to take some workout. Not only will it help you to feel more comfortable on the trek (some hikes are 10-14 km long), but also some sport is always good for your health overall.

Our articles about high-altitude acclimatization and fitness program will be useful.

Weather

Weather in Northern Tanzania is a good illustration of a typical tropical climate with a dry and a rainy season. The temperature rarely falls below C⁰ 25-35 (77- 95 F). March-May is the rainy season with high precipitation. November-beginning of December is the small rainy season. Check your luggage in accordance with our packing list.

Mount Kilimanjaro has a special temperature regime. Traversing five climatic zones, it features different temperatures, ranging from “hot” at the beginning of your trek to “very cold” (especially on the summit night, when the temperature may fall below 15 C⁰) in the summit areas. The closer you are to Uhuru Peak, the colder the air becomes. Rainfall and wildlife decrease progressively.

Know more about the weather make sure reading our articles about the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

What is the Best Time for tour trip

In short, you may climb the Mount all year round. Climbs during the dry season are, however, more comfortable. The dry season spans the periods from the second half of from December till March and from June till November.

At the same time, a the rainy season has some advantages as well.

Read our article "When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?" to understand which season is the best for you.

Useful Climbing Tips

For all those climbing with us and with other tour operators, we have prepared the following insider tips:

  1. It is not about your level of fitness only. Determination, motivation and well-planned acclimatization transition are more important.
  2. Do not save up on your personal equipment. Branded high-quality clothes and sleeping bags often have decisive impact on successfulness of your climb. All personal equipment is available for rent in our office.
  3. Be ready to have no shower for a week or so. Portable showers are, however, available for extra fee.
  4. Public toilets may be uncomfortable, especially for the ladies. Thus, renting a portable toilet makes sense.
  5. Taking an mp3 player or an Ipod is a good idea. Enjoy the sceneries on the way and better preserve battery for the summit rush.

FAQ

Mount Kilimanjaro in a nutshell:

Location: Kilimanjaro region, the United Republic of Tanzania
Geographic coordinates: 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E 
Type of the mount: Stratovolcano
Altitude: 5,895 m/19,308 ft
First climb: Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller on October 6, 1889
Climbs annually: Over 30,000
Administrative authority: Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA)

How fit do you have to be?

In short, ordinary fitness level is sufficient to reach the peak. If you can walk a 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, certainly you can climb.

Many websites recommend intensive training. Our practice, however, showed that people with ordinary fitness level who got proper acclimatization always reach the summit. Yet, professional athletes, who failed to get acclimatized well (either because they “rush”, or because their guides fail to control their trekking progress) are at serious risk of high-altitude sickness and evacuation.

We do recommend you to take some exercises for your Kilimanjaro adventure. See our training program. Good fitness level will always be a good advantage for a Kilimanjaro adventurer, as it will help you to tackle daily trekking challenge with ease and comfort.

If, however, for some reason you do not have an opportunity to take some workouts for your Kilimanjaro adventure - do not give up. Consider choosing a more extended program (such as Lemosho 8-day) with less daily trekking distance

How long does it take to walk up Kilimanjaro?

Depending on the route which you choose for your climbing adventure, it may take from 5 to 8 days. Longer programs with camping in Kilimanjaro crater are also available.

Do I need to have an insurance for the tour?

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for taking part in our trips. If you are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with us, make sure to check that your insurance package includes high-altitude trekking (up to 6,000 m) and helicopter evacuation.

Drop us a line at [email protected] and we will give you a competent insurance advice for your Kilimanjaro adventure.

Do I need to have a vaccination for the trip?

It is imperative to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. In all other cases there are no immunization/vaccination restrictions to enter Tanzania.

For all those interested in getting more information we recommend reading our article Tanzania vaccination requirements.

Trekking, hiking or climbing?

Though three terms are often used interchangeably, there are some semantic differences. Hiking refers to the easiest type of leisure “walking” activities and implies that a hiker is walking by specially designated and adapted trails or human-made roads.

Trekking also refers to the process of walking, yet this concept implies that a “trekker” walks a longer distance than a hiker and exerts himself physically above ordinary level. Another noticeable difference is that trekking expeditions take place in the areas with no transportation.

The idea of “mountain climbing”, on the other hand, is fundamentally different from “hiking” or “trekking”. There are two distinguishing features of mountain climbing. Firstly, it means using special equipment (clothes and gear), which is not usually used for hiking or trekking expeditions. Secondly, the purpose of a climbing expedition is reaching the top of a mountain, while hiking and trekking may be practised in other wilderness areas.

Thus, semantically Kilimanjaro tours are both climbing and trekking. One-day adventures to the lower camps may be classified as “hikes”.

We at Altezza Travel are tolerant to the conceptual differences and use all these terms interchangeably.

High altitude acclimatization

In short, at 6000 m (19700 f) altitude the proportion of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere is substantially lower than at the sea level. It is discomforting for a human body, which is accustomed to getting certain amounts of oxygen.

We can get adapted to the shortage of oxygen molecules, but it is possible only when we progress upwards slowly to allow our body to make the necessary transformations in your respiratory system. Too fast ascent is the shortest way to HAPE and HACE, which are both life-threatening conditions.

Proper acclimatization is the most important aspect of a successful climb.

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Dry season (July - October/ January - March)

The weather in Tanzania is rather predictable during the dry 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 is not covered with snow and extra equipment is not necessary. Overall, the dry season is less challenging and more comfortable.

Rain season

It is possible to climb Mt Kilimanjaro peak all year round.Though the rainy 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 will need to take extra sets of thermal underwear, T-shirts and socks due to the cooler weather and possibility of getting wet. Rainfalls (and snowfalls at the higher camps) are likely to happen, and the days are windy and humid. The summit area is covered with snow and ice, making it necessary to take the gaiters and microspikes. In general, rainy season climbing is more challenging, but the experiences are unique.

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