Climbing Kilimanjaro: The Ultimate Adventure

kilimanjaro top of africa

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most famous peaks in the world and the highest mountain on the African continent. It towers over the surrounding plains, rising 19,341 feet (5,895 meters) above sea level. Climbing Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable experience that offers breathtaking views, challenging terrain, and an unparalleled sense of accomplishment. In this article, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know to plan your Kilimanjaro adventure.

The Route to the Top

Kilimanjaro has several routes to the summit, each offering its own unique challenges and experiences. The most popular route is the Marangu route, also known as the “Coca-Cola” route, due to the availability of bottled drinks along the way. The Marangu route is the only route that provides hut accommodation, making it the most comfortable and affordable option.
The Machame route, also known as the “Whiskey” route, is a more challenging and scenic route that offers panoramic views of the mountain. The Lemosho route is considered the most beautiful route, with stunning views of the Western Breach and Shira Plateau. The Rongai route is the only route that approaches the mountain from the north, providing a unique perspective of the mountain.

Preparing for the Climb

kilimanjaro at dawn

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding adventure that requires careful preparation. It is recommended that climbers spend at least six months preparing for the climb. This should include regular cardio exercise, strength training, and hiking with a backpack on.

Altitude sickness is a real concern when climbing Kilimanjaro. It is important to acclimatize to the altitude by spending several days hiking at high elevations before attempting the summit. Climbers should also drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and take altitude sickness medication if necessary.

Packing for the Climb

Packing for a Kilimanjaro climb requires careful consideration. Climbers should bring warm clothing, including a down jacket, waterproof pants and jacket, a warm hat, gloves, and warm socks. It is also important to bring a good quality sleeping bag and a sturdy backpack.

Climbers should also bring a first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headlamp. Portable chargers are recommended as there is no electricity on the mountain. It is also important to bring snacks and water purification tablets as the water on the mountain is not safe to drink.

The Climb

The climb itself can take between five and nine days, depending on the route chosen. The climb is challenging and requires a good level of fitness, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Climbers will pass through different climate zones, from rainforest to alpine desert to Arctic conditions at the summit.

Climbers will also pass through different campsites along the way, where they will rest and acclimatize. It is important to take the time to acclimatize and listen to your body. If you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, it is important to inform your guide immediately.

Reaching the Summit

Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Climbers will wake up in the middle of the night and begin the final ascent to the summit. The climb to the summit is challenging, with steep switchbacks and high altitude making every step a struggle. But the sense of accomplishment and the view from the top make it all worthwhile.

The summit of Kilimanjaro is a desolate and beautiful place. Climbers will stand on the highest point in Africa, with a view that stretches for miles. After taking in the view, climbers will begin the descent back down to base camp.

Let us plan your Kilimanjaro summit together.

We decided to give you all the options possible so we can put together the right tour for you.

When you tell us what you expect and want to experience we will find a tour that fits you.

Especially the grade of service you want on your trip will make the price differ. The less experienced in travelling in general, in Africa and in mountaineering you are the more sense it makes to book a higher grade of service. The more luxury you inquire before, during and after the hike makes another difference. Once again, there is no right or wrong, it just has to meet your needs.

Therefore it is so important for us to talk to you. Let us know what you want.

The following effects the price:

  • the route
  • the length of the tour
  • the size of the group
  • airport transfer
  • European guide
  • class of hotel
  • tips for guides and porters

Depending on the options, the length and the group size you choose your prize will range between 2000,-$ and 3000,-$ per person.

female/solo traveler

Traveling by yourself can be challenging, especially as a woman in a conservative country like Tanzania. Let us make it a remarkable journey.

family with kids

We love kids, but neither all tours, nor all hotels are suitable for them. Especially when you want them to roam freely. Places like our Kilimanjaro Lodge are perfect for kids.

on a budget

Tanzania is one of the purest countries yet one of the most expensive to travel in. We have been young before and can give you some tips how to save money

senior adventurer

This is for you when you are still curious to see the world, but do not want to compromise on comfort and individual service and do not mind to spend some more.

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves!

Sir Edmund Hillary

I still get goosebumps

Claudia Vet Kilimanjaro 21/02/2020

Looking back on this climb I still get goosebumps reliving this incredible experience. After the exhausting climb of Mt Meru it seemed almost imposible to climb 1600m higher to the top of Africa. The exceptional organisation, the very trustworthy team of guides and the mind-blowing presence of Kilimanscharo itself made this trip an unforgettable and breath-taking experience. 

Things To Know

How Django.Tours is offering the best service for you

Welcome to Django Tours! We are a reputable tour company that offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Tanzania. Our company specializes in providing customized tours that cater to the specific needs and interests of our clients.

We are committed to responsible tourism, which means that we take great care to ensure that our tours have a minimal impact on the environment and local communities. We achieve this by using eco-friendly accommodations, supporting local businesses, and promoting sustainable tourism practices.

Our knowledgeable and experienced local guides are one of the things that set us apart. They are passionate about Tanzania and have extensive knowledge of the country’s history, culture, and wildlife. This allows our clients to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Tanzania’s diverse offerings.

We offer a wide range of tours that cater to different interests and budgets. From wildlife safaris to cultural tours, beach vacations, and mountain climbing expeditions, we have something for everyone. Clients can choose from pre-designed tour packages or work with us to create a customized itinerary that meets their specific needs.

In summary, we are a unique and special tour company that offers responsible tourism, experienced guides, and a wide range of tour options. It’s no wonder that we have become a popular choice for travelers looking for an authentic and unforgettable experience in Tanzania.

Meet Florian Hornig, the man behind the scenes at Django Tours! Florian has a love for travel and has been a life coach since 2009. He founded Django Tours in 2019 with the goal of providing high-quality, personalized tours in Africa.

At Django Tours, we pride ourselves in our innovative approach to travel. Rather than offering cookie-cutter tours that take visitors to the usual tourist spots, Florian and his team create customized itineraries that allow travelers to experience Africa in a unique way. This approach has resonated with travelers from around the world.

Florian is committed to giving back to his community. He’s involved in a number of charitable organizations, including those that promote education and sustainability. Additionally, Django Tours offers a number of tours that focus on sustainable travel.

Florian’s commitment to personalized, sustainable travel has made Django Tours a standout in Tanzanian travel. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Africa or your tenth, a tour with Django Tours is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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