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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

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Over 30,000 trekkers are visiting Tanzania every year for Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. This highest peak of Tanzania acquires a height of 5,895m is a sensation between the climbers. Known as the roof of Africa the mountain attracts many climbers. The non-technical climbing opportunity, various scenic routes, and majestic height attract many climbers worldwide. To have a successful climb follow the rule and hike Pole Pole which means slow slow.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream to many trekkers as it offers a complete non-technical hike. But we highly advise to get prepare yourself well for the climbing. Acquiring such a great elevation the mountain throws a great challenge. During your climb Lava Tower will be the hardest part of the climb. The mountain offers a great view and the crater rim on the Shira Plateau is the most attractive point. Considered as the jewel of Kilimanjaro the carter area is visited by only those who reach to 18,600 ft height.

Here is a few more information about the mountain:

Geology of Kilimanjaro:

With 3 volcanic cones namely Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira; Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano that created 3 million years ago. Volcanic activity at Shira started before 2.5 million years before. The last major volcano activity was recorded 1.9 million years before. The Shira Plateau at 3,800 meters is a natural caldera. Before the caldera formed it is believed that Shira was 4,900 m or 5,200 m high. The other peaks Mawenzi and Kibo started erupting about 1 million years ago. Both peaks were separated by Saddle Plateau at 4,400 meters height. Kibo is the largest cone on the mountain and the last activity here was dated to 150,000–200,000 years back. The last major eruption occurred on Kilimanjaro was 360,000 years ago.

History of Kilimanjaro :

Kilimanjaro has a great history of the climbers. There are many climbers in the 19th century who tried their best in Mount Kilimanjaro. The German officer Baron Carl Claus von der Decken attempted first to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with English geologist R. Thornton. They both tried it in August 1861 but couldn’t go more than 2,500m. In August 1871, Charles New became the first European to reach the snows at the height of 4,000 meters. In late 1889, the German geology professor Hans Meyer finally reached the top of Kilimanjaro in his 3rd attempt. Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller accompanied him and they both spent 16 days above 4,600 m during their Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing.

Geography of Kilimanjaro :

Being the highest free-standing mountain in the world Kilimanjaro has its own geographical status. Its weather is very unique and unexpected at times.

The mountain goes through 5 climatic zones and dramatically changes its landscape every few meter height. The 5 climatic zones are; Rainforest zone, cultivation zone, heather- Mooreland zone, Alpine desert zone, and arctic zone.

The mountain’s foothill is covered by the spectacular Kilimanjaro National Park which is a UNSECO protected site. All the hikers need to pay park fees before entering the rainforest zone. From there the journey starts.


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All Inclusive Kilimanjaro Trips

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing facts are essential information that you need to know for planning the perfect Kilimanjaro Trekking Expedition. Some of the detailed the facts that you need for a successful Kilimanjaro Climbing trip are;

1. Which routes to follow

2. Kilimanjaro climbing guides

3. Know the best Kilimanjaro Weather

4. Climbing Kilimanjaro training details

5. How to acclimatize well to prevent altitude sickness

6. Climbing Kilimanjaro Gears

Machame, Rongai, Shira, Lemosho, and Umbwe are five official Kilimanjaro Routes that are used for summiting Kilimanjaro peak.

June, July, August, and September are considered to be the best months to Climb Kilimanjaro. Similarly, October, December, January, and February are also popular for climbing with cooler weather.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing takes you through 5 distinct climatic zones during your climb. You can also sight unique vegetation, wildlife stunning landscapes amid your trail to the Uhuru peak.

Groups Tours With Kili Guide

Discover exciting adventures in Mount Kilimanjaro with our Kilimanjaro Group Climbs. Trek Kilimanjaro sighting the beautiful landscapes at your own pace surrounded by travellers like you.

Our Kilimanjaro Group Climbs offer you to explore new and exciting adventures in Mount Kilimanjaro. Hike with fellow like-minded travelers at your own pace. All our group tours in Mount Kilimanjaro are recommended by top tour operators & travel companies. We try to offer the perfect balance between having your time and group activities.

Being one of the best and responsible trekking Operators we tend to hire local staff. You will meet best local guides, porters and cook who have a good knowledge about the mountain.

Every year we organize many Kilimanjaro Group departures, which is open for individuals, couples, groups of friends, and families. So if you are interested to join us, then contact us today!

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Our Bespoke Kilimanjaro Climb Service...
  • All-Inclusive Kilimanjaro Packages
  • A Choice Of Kilimanjaro Routes
  • Kilimanjaro Price Match Promise
  • Kilimanjaro For Charity Advice
  • Kilimanjaro Training Weekends
  • Kilimanjaro Gear Rental

With over a decade of expertise and experience with working with top companies, we can guarantee you a successful adventure. We’ve tailored special packages according to your needs. Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing is the perfect model for team-building, motivation, and reward. It’s an unbeatable package!

95% Kilimanjaro Summit Success

  • Lemosho Route 8 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (96%)
  • Lemosho Route 9 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (97%)
  • Lemosho Route 7 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (94%). Uhuru Peak (92%)
  • Rongai Route 7 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (97%). Uhuru Peak (95%)
  • Machame Route 7 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (97%). Uhuru Peak (94%)
  • Rongai Route 6 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (96%)
  • Machame Route 6 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (96%). Uhuru Peak (94%)
  • Marangu Route 6 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (92%). Uhuru Peak (90%)
  • Marangu Route 5 Day Itinerary: Gilman’s Point (49%). Uhuru Peak (47%)
  • Umbwe Route 6 Day Itinerary: Stella Point (48%). Uhuru Peak (46%)

No matter if you are an aspiring trekker or an experienced trekker; you will find your best suitable route for you. We provide all the prime routes Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, and Rongai for ascending. However, Mweka route is the only descending route followed by many trekkers.

36 Group Trips Per Year

Kilimanjaro group climbing offers a good opportunity for those who are trekking alone. They can join the group with our group climbing service. In case you don’t have a group then you have two options: Form Your Group or Join An Existing Group. All our groups are restricted to just 10 climbers. We don’t prefer vast trekking parties as we know they reduce the experiences. Small groups ensure privacy and guarantee legitimate consideration for each member of the group. Group treks are guaranteed to leave, paying little mind to the number of climbers.

Each year we organize 36 successful Kilimanjaro Group Climbs and make the Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing easier for travellers.

5 Key Kilimanjaro Routes

Mt. Kilimanjaro has five official routes that are used for the summit. All the routes lead to the Uhuru peak but they are significantly different from each other. Selecting the Best Kilimanjaro Routes depends on various factors such as-

  • How much scenic the route is?
  • What is the difficulty level?
  • How much traffic to meet on the way?
  • What is the acclimatization profile?
  • Overall summit success rate of the route?

Machame Route which is also known as Whisky Route is one of the popular routes that begin on the south side of the mountain. The Machame Route offers a high success rate as it is great for acclimatizing well.

Marangu Route is famous as ‘Coca Cola Route' offering Hut accomodation. Marangu Route considered as a cheap route with 5-day itinerary, however, it has a poor success rate due to lack of acclimatization.

Lemosho Route is one of the 'classic' Kilimanjaro Routes with picturesque scenery. Lemosho Route is one of the popular routes which usually done over 7 days.

Rongai Route is one of the less crowded routes of Kilimanjaro and considered as the most adventurous Routes of Kilimanjaro. Usually done over in 6 or 7 days.

Umbwe Route is the route like Machame begins on the south side of the mountain. However, the trek to Barranco Camp is short & steep where it joins up with the Lemosho / Machame Routes.

We've selected the best for our Kilimanjaro itineraries with built-in acclimatization features and Excellent Summit Success Rates & Ratings. All our itineraries are fully supported climbs backed by best local Kilimanjaro teams with the highest standard of private camping facilities.

1000+ Successful Trekking Reviews

Many companies sell Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing trips. As with many travel services, Kilimanjaro trips can be grouped as the good, the OK, and the ones best avoided! Climbing Kilimanjaro isn’t weak hearts work; climbing 5,895m throws quite hard challenges. So ensure to plan your Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing with a qualitative Kilimanjaro Trekking operator.

Trekking Kilimanjaro with us will enhance your chances of success. With a Success Rate & Ratings of more than 95% and experience of over 13 years, we have been organizing Kilimanjaro Climbs. Being one of the best trekking operators of the industry we have collected more than 1000 happy reviews.

100% Secure Journey

For many people, Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing is a life goal. Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the most climbed high altitude mountains in the World. Over 30,000 climbers every year try to achieve the summit. The safety and security of our travellers are above everything. Ascend Tanzania being a responsible trekking operator understands clients need much better way.

Kilimanjaro gives an ideal test from a more seasoned climber's perspective. The Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing will give you the test of overcoming one of the seven summits with a 100 % secure journey!

Book With Or Without Flights

Below listed are the airlines flying to Kilimanjaro. You can book your flight after comparing the price. There are many international flight operators providing service to Kilimanjaro such as;

Turkish Airlines


KLM etc.

Kilimanjaro Training & Kits

Kilimanjaro Training is as much about your physical endurance as it is about your mental stamina.

  • Aerobic Training
  • Strength Training
  • Practice Hiking
  • Mental Stamina

We believe that most people irrespective of their age and physical condition can Climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Working on with enhancing your physical stamina is a great idea to prepare yourself however, mental stamina is equally needed. Prepare yourself mentally too to push your enthusiasm.

Below we have listed a few recommended things which you need during your Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing.

These things are available at our Kilimanjaro Gear Rental Service…

  • Buff
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Walking sticks
  • Sunscreen
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Hats
  • Whistle
  • Trek towel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof dry sack
  • Eye mask

Great Value Kilimanjaro Gear Rental

We ensure all the gears we provide for Mount Kilimanjaro Trek or MT. Meru hike are of high quality. Apart from climbing gears you can rely upon us for safari gears too. Also we make sure the gears have high durability and maintained well to make your adventure experience comfortable.

Recently, we’ve updated all our tents, sleeping mats, mess tables, and stools to brand new condition. See Kilimanjaro Gear Rentals available & pricelists.

What We Offer

Clothing – Our clothing gear includes high-quality cloths to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable during you Kilimanjaro hike. Our basic clothing gear includes;

  • Base layers
  • Trouser
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Jackets
  • Hiking Boots

Hiking Gear – Water Bottles, Hiking Poles, Sunglasses, Binoculars and more to make your hiking pleasant.

Camping Gear – Make your mountain stay comfortable with our best quality Sleeping Bags, Mattresses, Tables, Chairs, Tents, and more 100% Ethical Climb

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing is a lifelong dream adventure for many. Climbers are modern-day explorers with specific dreams and visions. We do believe everyone who attempts Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a true adventurer. Hence, we try to make your adventure journey the best experience of your life.

Visit Ascend Tanzania for more information about each of our expedition.

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing is a lifelong dream adventure for many. Climbing Kilimanjaro gives you the complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more spectacular scenery; this is a superb trip, and the best way to climb Kilimanjaro.

Climbers are modern-day explorers with specific dreams and visions. We hope to carry the rhythm of exploration by featuring our trips, treks, and routes, yet the overall experience of these adventures. We realize that every team member is an adventurer in his or her own right, and joins us to embrace a challenge and to learn through experience. Visit Ascend Tanzania for more information about each of our expedition.


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Mount Kilimanjaro is a standout amongst the most well-known ascensions on the planet. It has been an iconic choice for mountaineers for over a decade. Since when there was no proper route to climb to the peak of Kilimanjaro trekkers tried to climb its summit. This is one of the prime summits of the world and tops the bucket list of every hiker.

The trekkers, however, while Trekking Kilimanjaro ought to know about acclimatization, the principle factor for the successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mountain Kilimanjaro with its varied landscapes offers you an exceptional affair. On your way to the summit trekkers are likely to meet all kind of climate zones. The hike begins with the cultivation zone and goes further within;

  • Rainforest zone
  • Heath-Mooreland zone
  • Alpine Desert zone
  • &the snowy arctic zone

While Climbing to the Summit of Kilimanjaro you can likewise spot distinctive wildlife species on the route.

The hike ends in a very dramatic way. The final walk to summit starts at night. And the summit night is the hardest as well as the most iconic one. Reaching up at 5,895m and watching the sun rising up to the sky is truly a blessed feeling.

Being one of the prime trekking operators we offer hiking through all 5 prime routes;

  • Machame
  • Lemosho
  • Rongai
  • Umbwe
  • Mangaru


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