Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking
Before embarking on a Kilimanjaro trekking, it is essential to understand the nature of the climb and how to prepare for it.
Located in Tanzania Northeast, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest walkable mountain in the world and one of the ultimate outdoor challenges. We are one of the leading providers of high quality treks, with five to eight night options, exceptional summit success rates and an exemplary safety record.
"A Journey of Self Discovery"
Are you seeking adventure, self-discovery and an experience of a lifetime? Picture this, standing at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, with the world beneath your feet. It’s a moment of triumph that can leave you awestruck and speechless. But what if you’ve been hesitant to embark on the journey? Perhaps you feel you’re not fit enough, or the idea of Kilimanjaro trekking for days on end seems overwhelming. Fear not! Dahlia Africa, will address all your concerns and guide you through everything you need to know about Kilimanjaro trekking.
More than just a physical feat, trekking Kilimanjaro is a journey of self-discovery. The summit might be the main goal, but the journey to get there is just as transformative. From picturesque landscapes to facing personal challenges, every step presents an opportunity for growth. So, if you’re ready to challenge yourself mentally and physically, and unlock a new level of self-awareness, join us on this epic adventure as we explore what Kilimanjaro trekking is all about.
The Kilimanjaro trekking can vary from 5 to 10 days, depending on the route chosen, and the climb requires a fair level of physical fitness as well as mental resilience. The type of equipment needed for the climb, such as proper hiking boots, clothing, headlamps, and sleeping bags, should also be taken into account.
The Kilimanjaro climb requires patience, determination, and persistence, as the journey is not an easy one. One notable feature of the mountain is its diverse flora and fauna, as the mountain’s ascent typically takes climbers through different vegetation zones, climates, and wildlife habitats. The views from the summit of Kilimanjaro are breathtaking, where one can capture stunning panoramic views of Tanzania and Kenya, and even see the famous mount Meru and the plains of the Serengeti.
As stated “Kilimanjaro Trekking is not just about reaching the summit, but also about the journey of self-discovery. It’s about pushing your limits, facing your fears, and learning more about yourself than you ever thought possible.”
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the Seven Summits, making it a highly desirable destination for adventurous travelers. Choosing the right route on Kilimanjaro is absolutely essential. If you’re very fit and confident about your ability to endure the rigors of camping out on the mountain for a week, then you should go for one of the longer 7 or 8 night treks, which offer better altitude acclimatization and scenic variety.
When it comes to planning a Kilimanjaro trekking adventure, one of the key factors to consider is timing. Choosing the right time of year can greatly impact your experience, safety, and chances of reaching the summit.
The Machame Route is also known as the “Whiskey Route” and is the most popular trekking route in Tanzania. It is a challenging route but is also considered the most scenic due to the panoramic views of the Shira Plateau and the Western Breach. With its rocky terrain, trekking poles are highly recommended……..READ MORE…..
The Lemosho Route is a newer option and is quickly gaining popularity due to its beautiful scenery and lower traffic. It is a longer route, helps for better acclimatization and a higher chance of summiting. It is considered the most beautiful route due to the stunning views of the Western Breach and the Shira Plateau……..READ MORE…..
The Shira Plateau is one of the most scenic and most fascinating areas on Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you can drive by 4 wheel drive vehicles to Shira Hut, the drive is very spectacular indeed and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley in general……..READ MORE…..
The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro, offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the most acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate. ….…..READ MORE…..
The adventure that combines the thrill of extreme sports with the breathtaking beauty of nature. Kilema route is the only route that allows to summit Kilimanjaro by MTB.The satisfaction of reaching the top, the beauty of the scenery, and of course, the thrill of the descent, makes for an unforgettable experience….…..READ MORE…..
Mount Meru, the second highest volcanic mountain in Tanzania and is the fifth-highest mountain of Africa, is often overlooked in favor of its neighboring , Kilimanjaro. However, this lesser-known destination offers a thrilling and challenging trek that is perfect for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike…..…..READ MORE…..
Kilimanjaro Climbing FAQ's
In short, you may climb the Mount all year round. Climbs during the dry season are, however, more comfortable. The dry season spans the periods from the second half of from December till March and from June till November.
At the same time, a the rainy season has some advantages as well.
Kilimanjaro Trekking Month to Month Guide
The “big” rainy season starts at the end of March and continues until the middle of May. April marks the beginning of the coldest time of the year in Tanzania. These months have significantly less climbers than the rest of the year, but there is a high chance of hiking in the rain at this time of the year.
The frequency of rain gradually decreases. The weather on Kilimanjaro is fairly dry and clear in these months, but nights are still cold. June is usually quiet, sunny, and, in our opinion, much underrated in terms of climbing. It is an excellent idea to choose June for your adventure because of great weather and routes that are almost private to your climbing party. The number of climbers increases as the year progresses. Starting from July the majority of the routes will be quite busy.
The peak climbing season on Kilimanjaro is from August to September. The weather is particularly good for climbing: the days are clear and somewhat warmer than in June/July. At the same time, it may be cloudy in the forest/moorland zone, as well as it may be rainy on the southern routes (Machame and Umbwe). However, once you leave the rain forest behind, it will be sunny.
October is another unfairly ignored season: nice weather conditions last into mid-October and the number of climbers drops dramatically, giving you a good chance to enjoy Kilimanjaro treks almost alone. At the end of October, the weather becomes more changeable. As long as you are equipped to withstand the occasional rain shower, this should not present any major challenges.
November is the “small” rainy season. The rainy weather may last into mid-December. The temperatures will have dropped and mist covers the Mountain, making your climb slightly tricky and risky, yet more challenging and exciting. November might not be the best pick in terms of weather, but gives a great opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of misty-covered Mount Kilimanjaro with its snow-capped peak and to take some terrific pictures.
December – January – Christmas and New Years are the second busiest climbing season on Kilimanjaro. The traffic is extremely high, although there is a good chance of rain and thick clouds at the lower altitudes of Kilimanjaro.
Mid-January to mid-March are very popular among climbers. The weather is perfectly balanced: it is neither too cold, nor too wet. The days are generally dry, though occasional rains may happen. The possibility of rain increases in the second half of March because the season of the “big rains” is approaching.
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