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Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak in Africa but also the tallest walkable mountain in the world. It rises with an elevation of around 900 meters to a peremptory 5,895 meters (19,336 feet).
Kilimanjaro is one of the Seven Summits of the World and is unique in its own ways. Kilimanjaro is world's most accessible high summits and is truly a non-technical climb, attracting visitors from round the globe. .
Mount Kilimanjaro is composed of the three very famous volcanic cones which are Kibo, Mawenzi and the Shira. While climbing the mountain, the trekker experiences 5 different climatic zones and large game reserves. This makes climbing a wonderful and a unique experience altogether.
As one of the finest adventure travel companies in Africa, Drive Tanzania Ltd treat this adventure as a mountain climbing expedition. Our experienced and expert Kilimanjaro trekking guide provides a supreme opportunity to reach the summit. Our choice of routes, summit successes and safe trekking has been our forte since years. The Kilimanjaro climb with us is one of the most fascinating and valuable adventure experiences we offer. Although there are a lot of companies offering trekking services, but all what we can assure is an excellent and matchless experience offering memories for life..
There are several trekking companies that offer the travellers the help to make their adventure more fun, safe and secure but the wonderful experience that Drive Tanzania Ltd provides is unmatched. Our guides will assist you throughout your adventure and give you knowledge about each and every famous spot in that area. We ensure the safety of our travellers with the certified equipment and services. While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you will come across some of the spectacular landscapes and as you proceed in your journey, you will notice a considerable difference in the vegetation zones also. Though it’s a long route, but if you keep walking slowly and keep enjoying the beautiful sceneries on your way, you will not feel exhausted at all. But make sure you have all the essential things while you are going for trekking, do a good research on the essential things you need to carry so that you do not land up in any kind of mess after reaching the spot..
Below are the answers to any question that can cross your mind before going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This will serve as a Kilimanjaro Trekking Guide to you.
There is No Prior Climbing Experience Required for Mount Kilimanjaro - the Highest Mountain to Climb! As most of the main routes of the expedition are walking routes, there is actually no prior mountaineering experience needed. No doubt, there are some routes where you may have to steady yourself or haul over but mainly it’s just a walk. You need to be in good physical condition to maximise your climbing potential. The more you are physically fit, the more will your changes be to reach the summit. In the initial 1990s, it was made compulsory for all the climbers to register with an agency. Plan for a proper date to climb and start collecting all the logistics, gear and training for the same.
Also if you are planning a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro from June to October, then you will observe this season to be busier as compared to the other months of the year. So basically if you are looking for a company and want to cut down on your trekking cost, you must plan a trip during this time.
At the time of entering Tanzania, you may need a Yellow Fever vaccination card. Apart from the Yellow fever Vaccination card, you may also need to get a HEP-A vaccination and a Polio Tetanus Diphtheria booster. Tanzania is a Mosquito prone area. However, the risk of contracting mosquitoes at the high altitude on the mountain is very low but all precautions make you safe from them. You may also take precautions like, wear Deet repellent and light clothes covering your body.
There are many routes to reach Kibo or Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, namely, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame. It is very difficult to decide how to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and what route to go for. We have summarised all the routes below to help you make an informed decision and choose the best Kilimanjaro tour Operator Tanzania & Kenya for your climb.
The Machame Route:
The Machame Route also known as the “Whiskey route” is a very popular trail. This route is highly recommended for its scenic value and is good for acclimatization and has lot of walk high and sleep low opportunities.
This is the route with high summit success rate. Good for acclimatization, especially on the longer trekking. Provides remote and spectacular views of west Kilimanjaro.
The Machame and Lemosho routes both allow better opportunities to "walk high and sleep low", which is critical to avoiding altitude sickness.
The Shira Route:
The Shira route offers a higher start point and poor acclimatisation.
The Marangu Route:
The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coco-Cola route”, is the shortest and cheapest route but provides less time to acclimatize, therefore lower success rate.
The Rongai Route:
The Rongai Route is a moderately difficult route with less acclimatisation opportunities and is less scenic and flat than other routes.
The Umbwe Route:
The Umbwe Route is a steep and a short route with lower success rate. It offers poor acclimatization because of rapid ascent and is very remote.
No. In the initial 1990s, it was made compulsory for all the climbers to register with an agency. Such agencies will help you with a crew (guides, porters, cook, etc.)
The minimum age set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 but there is no limit on the maximum age. There have been people climbing Kilimajaro in their 80s! If you are less than 16 years of age, you get a significant discount on the park fees.
The minimum number of days it takes to climb Kilimanjaro is 5 days. The authorities here, the KINAPA, doesn’t allow anyone to climb in less than the minimum number of days specified. However, most of the companies even do not offer 5 days itinerary but that of 6-8 days so as to provide enough time to acclimatise safely. Some groups take as many as 9-10 days. It mostly depends upon the tour operator you choose.
The best trekking seasons on Kilimanjaro are its two ‘dry’ seasons which are January to mid-March and June to October. During January to March, no doubts that the temperature will be cold and there will be more probability of snowing as well. But in spite of all these factors the days in this season are very clear, so you can actually experience some amazing views. Also if you are planning a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro from June to October, then you will observe this season to be busier as compared to the other months of the year. So basically if you are looking for a company and want to cut down on your trekking cost, you must plan a trip during this time. In the months of April, May and November, there is high probability of rain and wreathing of the summits. Some agencies even suspend their operations during this time. December is increasingly becoming a popular season, despite being very cold on the summit.
The Cost of Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is not low. An all-inclusive package to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is budgeted at least $2200. Most of the companies charge in the range of $2000-3500 while some may even charge as high as $5000 or more!
Clothing – Proper clothing is one of essential requirement to climb Kilimanjaro. Pay proper attention to all the Kilimanjaro clothing requirements, recommendations, etc. It includes layered and outer layered clothing instructions as well.
Footwear: Without proper footwear, it is just impossible to put your foot on the summit. Be very careful of the footwear and accessories like hiking boots, socks and gaiters.
Headgear: Ensure that you have proper headgears with you so as to protect you from the burning sun as well as those to help you see through the dark night. These include caps and headlamps.
Hands and walking: Hand gloves and walking or trekking pole requirements are key essentials to climb Kilimanjaro.
Bags: Select an duffel bag that is comfortable to carry as well as have enough space accommodate all your luggage.
Sleeping: The temperature at Kilimanjaro at times is much low than freezing and an inappropriate sleeping bag can land you n trouble. Choose for an appropriate sleeping bag and accessories, like an inflatable pillow.
You should also pay great attention to other accessories like water bottles and medications.
The Mount Kilimanjaro area has plenty of wildlife but chances are rate that you see any. This is because the animals do not visit the crowded parts of the mountain where the people track.
The toilet facilities at Mount Kilimanjaro are improving with the time. The Park authorities have come forward to solve this major problem. Some state-of-the-art eco-toilets have been built by them at the major campsites.
The national language of this region is Swahili but the local language spoken here is Kichagga. Kichagga has a lot of dialects and is spoken by the Chagga people. However, the travellers need not to worry of the language difference as all the guidelines and educated members of the crew very well know and speak English.
Yes, you can very well use the mobile phone on Mount Kilimanjaro, though the reception would not be regular. This varies from operator to operator and from device to device. But, the mobile reception is no doubt improving in Kilimanjaro.
We have been acclaimed by our clients as “experts” in providing on its kinds experience to all our climbers. All our guides and crew members are the experts in mountaineering and have the Kilimanjaro experience. We have an unmatched level of summit success and safety of climbing experience.
Our quality of services are not limited to guide and crew members but to provide you with the best of the meals, dining tents, private toilet tents and medications.
Ascending Kilimanjaro with best Kilimanjaro tour operator is surely to provide you with a major probability. Book your Mount Kilimanjaro climbing adventure with Drive Tanzania Ltd to enjoy the best of the experience of the World’s Highest Free Standing Mountain!