Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest Peak in Africa, and its located in Tanzania. The mountain is easily accessible when in Kilimanjaro and Arusha region. When you travel to Tanzania as you arrives at Kilimanjaro Airport you can get the best view of the mountain before starting safari or  climbing mount Kilimanjaro.

How high is Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro has an elevation of 5,895m or 19,340 feet above mean sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro is the World highest free standing mountain. It's one of the dormant volcanic mountain with three peaks i.e Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The highest Peak is Uhuru, which is the summit point at 5,895m, Mawenzi second highest peak at 5,149 and Shira is the lowest peak with 4,005m from the sea level. When climbing Kilimanjaro you will summit at Kibo's Crater Rim which the highest point of the Kilimanjaro mountain.

Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro

The Mount Kilimanjaro hike can be done at any time of the year. The mountain depending on season there can be rainfall, more snow at the top and sometimes temperature becomes lower in some months within a year compared to others. Therefore, best time to climb Kilimanjaro depends on one's preferences. We have two main popular seasons for  the Mount Kilimanjaro hike . From December to March and June to October which are the dry months during the year.

December to March are dry and warmest months and during this season the sky becomes clear, with good view of the mountain. Also the mountain trails do have less snow and hence good for walking.

June to October, are dry months with low temperature. Its also the good season for  Mount Kilimanjaro hike  Sometimes the two popular seasons might have high traffic on the walking trails, hence we advise when planning for  climbing mount Kilimanjaro to choose less popular routes like Lemosho, Shira or Rongai Route.

April and May are wet season. During these months Tanzania do experience heavy rainfall. Walking trails becomes slippery and due to rainfall visibility become a challenge too. Most of the climbers avoid these two months.

However, adventures and climbers who are well experienced do prefer this season since the traffic is low. We advise if you prefer  climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in April or May to choose Rongai Route at which trekking is in the dryer northern slopes of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

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Tips for Successful Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. Its very challenging going up to the top of Kilimanjaro which is at an elevation of 5,895m. It needs some tips and advise for new beginners to get to the top.

Below are guidelines and tips for Successful Kilimanjaro Climb

a) Physical Training

If your planning to climb Kilimanjaro physical training is very important. For beginners you need to be super fit so that you can climb Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro Climbing involves walking slowly, no rush. So one of the best training for climbing Kilimanjaro is through walking. If you have hills in your local areas, you can use your weekends to do trainings. You can do full day walking in trails and make sure that you wear the boots and backpack that you will use while at Kilimanjaro. You can travel to nearby Local Mountains where you can spend like 2 to 3 days walking for 5 to 8-hrs daily. If you can do local hills walks for 2 to 3 days for up to 8hrs and you feels comfortable then we are sure that you will afford daily walks at Kilimanjaro to the summit.

b) No Rush, Go Slowly

Kilimanjaro Climbing is not about competing to each other being the first at the camp or at summit. Its all about making it to the top of the mountain for the number of days you planned. In this case we advise going slowly as much as possible. Why you should go slowly while climbing Kilimanjaro? At high altitude the air becomes thinner and thinner and our bodies get exposed to less oxygen. If you walks very quick then you might end up having shortage of oxygen which will not be good at high altitude. Make sure that you walks slowly to enable your body takes enough oxygen.

c) Being Hydrated

While climbing Kilimanjaro make sure that you drink as much water as possible. We advise drinking 3-5 liters of water daily. The composition of water in our bodies is around 75%. Without enough water our bodies can't functions well. Some few signs that show that your being dehydrated is like decreased volume of urine, darkening of the urine, headache, dry mouth, body weakness, dizziness, nausea, dry skin etc. Sometimes dehydration can lead to altitude sickness. You will need to drink a lot of water to better acclimatization while climbing Kilimanjaro. In order to make sure that you have enough water for drinking all the time you will need to have CamelBak or Platypus instead of a bottle. The CamelBak or Platypus should have a volume of 3lters and above. For your proper Kilimanjaro Climbing Packing list you can check

d) Proper Kilimanjaro Climbing Gears

When making preparation for climbing Kilimanjaro you will be supposed to make sure that you have proper gears. You might have enough training to take up to the top of the mountain but without proper gears you can't make it. You will need to have a right bag to pack your gears, proper clothes, right hiking boots, right sleeping bag, gloves, headwear. You must make sure that you have good quality for all gears.

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e) Make it Funny and Enjoyable

Don't make things hard for you while climbing Kilimanjaro. Make it funny!! Most of your team i.e Porters and guides after the day hike especially in the evening at the camps will be singing for your different songs. Participate in their songs and dance with them. This will make your day more relaxing.

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