The Kilimanjaro (or Kili, as they call him of affection) has the honor of being in several ranking of the “more”. At 5895 meters high, it is the highest place in Africa. It is also the mountain that does not belong to a higher mountain range of the world. In this article I will explain some tips about climbing Kilimanjaro.
When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?
Due to the proximity of Mount Kilimanjaro to the equator, the climate of this region is not defined by the concepts winter and summer, so that the temperature varies very little throughout the year, and we divide the seasons between dry and wet.
Therefore, the best time to climb Kilimanjaro from the climatological point of view is usually the warmer and drier months (January, February and September). June, July and August are also good times, although the time may be more variable. On the other hand, we must also bear in mind that in this time is when we will find more climbers.
One of the main reasons for not successfully completing the ascent to Kilimanjaro is the so-called “altitude sickness” that can appear in some people when they rise considerable heights without giving time for their body to adapt.
To prevent the possible effects of height, hikers are recommended to extend the trip by one day.
That extra day or day of acclimatization is dedicated to making different walks of ascent and descent, habituating in that way the body to the height.
Another possibility for good acclimatization would be to climb the Mont Meru (4566 m) before the climb to Kilimanjaro.
Outputs in Group
The advantages of traveling as a group are to share the trip with other people with the same concerns, and share expenses with the result of a more economical trip.
Many of the people that make up our groups travel alone. If you travel alone, you can request the option of “shareroom” for hotel nights in Arusha and if there are other participants who have also requested it, you can share a room without extra payment of the individual supplement.
Otherwise, the individual room supplement must be paid.
With the collaboration of the Turkish Airlines company, we have available seats reserved for our groups.
Keep in mind that porters are limited to carrying 15 Kg . If you carry excess baggage you will have to hire another carrier and it will incur an extra expense, although this is usually given only in very special cases. Extra luggage that is not necessary for the ascent can be left at the hotel.
Below is a list of the necessary material and recommendations to take in the ascent.
Thick fleece lining
Waterproof jacket / capeline.
Lightweight waterproof pants.
Thick waterproof gloves / mittens.
Hat, protection against the cold.
Hat, for protection against the sun.
Middle mountain socks.
High mountain socks
Sleeping bag with great resistance to cold.
Front / Batteries / Bulb.
Canteen. 1.5 / 2 liters.
Backpack 30/35 liters.
Which route to choose
There are six routes established to climb Mount Kilimanjaro :Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe (Mweka is only used for descent).
The routes Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe begin the ascent on the south face of the mountain. Lemosho and Shira do it in the west and Rongai in the north.
The selection of a route is a difficult decision for the majority. To find the best route, you must take into account the landscape of the route, the difficulty and the acclimatization characteristics to the altitude.