Kilimanjaro Climbing FAQs

01. When should I go?

Kilimanjaro is climbable all year round. The best months to climb are December-march, and September October, which are the warmest and driest months. The next best is June to august, but they are colder. July, august, and September are the busiest months. Summiting on or soon after a full moon is very beautiful and helps illuminate the landscape without using headlamps. However, it is also very bright for sleeping and stars are not as visible.

02. Do I need to take malaria medicine?

Malaria is a serious problem in east Africa so you must consult your doctor about getting effective malaria prophylaxis for your visit. Many people are avoiding lariam nowadays and using malarone. You cannot catch malaria above 3000 meters on Kilimanjaro, but you must be careful below that altitude, particularly if you visit the coast where the strains of malaria tend to be especially virulent.

03. What is the weather like on mt. Kilimanjaro?

Temperatures range from 25 to 30 degrees celsius at the foot of the mountain and -15 to -20 degrees celsius on top plus wind chill. Lower down, it can be wet and humid, but higher up, there can be snow. Rain and snow may be encountered any time of the year!

04. How difficult is it to climb Kilimanjaro?

It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

05. Which route should I take?

Your decision will depend on where you want to sleep and the hiking distance each day and number of days of each route. On the Marangu route, you sleep in huts with simple beds, while on all the other routes, you sleep in tents. There are two main routes on the mountain: the Marangu and Machame. You may also want to consider the Rongai route as it is far less traveled. The Lemosho route is a good choice if you want a longer route (8+ days). Kindly visit our kili routes page.

06. How do I cope with change of altitude?

Always remember to maintain a slow, steady pace from beginning to end. Going slowly allows the body to acclimatize while hiking. Those who start out too quickly will have troubles higher up the mountain as the body will be overexerted. This still holds true if you are spending an extra day on the mountain.

07. How long does it take to reach the summit?

It will depend on the route you pick and your pace. It can take from 4-8 hours to reach the summit from the high camp.

08. How much is a good tip?

The typical tip is: porters $10 per day per porter cooks $12 to $15 per cook assistant guides $15 to $20 per guide Kilimanjaro guides $20 per day and upper guide *tip amounts listed for Kilimanjaro are per group, not per individual traveler. For instance, if four people are on kili, they should each contribute $5/day if they want to tip the lead guide $20.

09. Is drinking water provided during the trek?

On the first day you are responsible to bring your own water but beyond that, water is provided on all routes. Water is taken from the mountain streams, boiled and treated to make safe to drink.

10. Do we carry our own luggage on the trip? If not, what is the weight the porters carry?

You will not be responsible to carry your luggage up Kilimanjaro. The porters can carry approximately 30lbs (15kg) of your luggage; the rest can be stored safely at the hotel. You will only be responsible to carry your day pack with the essential and personal items you need to have with you at all times.

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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is a challenging and rewarding adventure. It's important to note that this guide provides general information, and for a successful Kilimanjaro climb, it's recommended to consult with a professional guide or tour operator who can provide specific guidance based on your individual circumstances.

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