Frequently Asked Questions

Climbing Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is climbed throughout the year. January to March - very good, mild temperatures, few clouds, short daytime rain, and snow on the summit. April and May - rainy season, heavy rain at lower altitudes, snow at the summit, and reduced visibility. June to August - colder with good visibility. September and October - warmer, mist at middle altitudes. November and December - perfect visibility at night and morning, short daytime rains, afternoon thunderstorms. Consider timing your climb to experience a full moon which allows a summit climb without head lights.

80% of climbers use Marangu (known as "Tourist" or "Coca Cola"), while others use Umbwe, Rongai, Mweka, and Machame. Two routes, Shira and Lemosho, are far less frequented, therefore providing a more remote and natural experience. Note how many routes meet near the top, so there are fewer approaches to the summit. Our route descriptions describe what to expect on each.

Kilimanjaro is often described as "easily accessible" because of nice trails, the assistance of porters and guides, and that technical mountaineering skills are not required, but do not underestimate this mountain. A climber's biggest problem may be the effects of high altitude, which seem to be unrelated to fitness, age, or gender. General fitness is necessary. Prior to your visit, physical training should emphasize leg muscles. Include some aerobics and practice hiking with a light day pack. The fitter you are, the easier the climb will be for you. Determination is another important factor.

Plenty of time is allotted each day, as you can see in our Route Comparison Table.