Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing, and determination.

What Make Kilimanjaro Climbing Unique?

There is a really amazing adventure when climbing mount Kilimanjaro than just reaching the summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated foot slopes give way to the lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

In Summary: Kilimanjaro National Park

Size: 755 sq km (292 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Getting there

128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.
About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

What to do

Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes.
Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.
Trout fishing.
Visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go

Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July-September.

Kilimanjaro Climbing Itineraries


7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb
Rongai Route
7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho Route
7 Days Kilimanjaro Climb
Lemosho Route

5 Days Kilimanjaro Climb
Marangu route