Training for Kilimanjaro

We lead hundreds of climbers of all ages and levels of fitness to Kilimanjaro each year. The two questions that nearly every climber asks before trying for Uhuru Peak are: “How hard is the climb, and how do I prepare?” Many people picture the climb up Kilimanjaro as something like a marathon up Africa’s tallest mountain, a physical challenge far beyond their ability. While the climb is tough, it is not nearly so bad as this. With the right attitude and good preparation, climbers young and old successfully reach the summit each year, and have a wonderful time along the way.


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The Routes of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, often called “the Roof of Africa”, is the tallest mountain on the continent, and at 5,895m, it is the tallest free standing mountain on Earth. It has been a focus point for climbers from all over the world since it was first summited over 125 years ago. Depending on the route, climbers find that Kilimanjaro has almost every kind of ecological system somewhere on the mountain: cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit. Each route leads the climber through a different set of ecological wonders on the way to the Uhuru Peak.


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Tanzania Safaris: A Guide to Following the Great Migration

The Great Migration is one of the natural wonders of the world. The scale of the Migration is hard to imagine, each year over 2 million wildebeests follow the rains in a 1,800 mile (2,900 km) circle through Tanzania and Kenya. With these massive herds come fellow migrants. Zebra and antelope travel with the wildebeest herds seeking water and fresh grass, while lions, cheetahs, and other predators follow in the herds wake seeking an easy meal. The Migration represents a dynamic, flowing ecosystem at work as so many different animals move across the region. Witnessing the Great Migration is an incredible, unforgettable experience that draws people from all across the world to the Serengeti each year.


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Camping or Lodge Based Safaris? What You Need to Know.

If you have not been on safari before choosing the right accommodation can be a bit difficult. There are basically three different levels of accommodation; Basic camping, tented camps (Mid range and luxury) and lodges. Here is a brief overview of what you might expect from each type.


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How Much to Tip? Tipping on Kilimanjaro

Tips are a big part of the culture in Tanzania and unlike some countries where tipping might be optional they are an expectation in Tanzania. Tips for each climber range between $200 and $300 depending on the route and are an extra cost that should be factored into your budget. These amounts might seem large tip but keep in mind your tip is going to be divided among the entire climbing team that supports you on the mountain. Our climbing teams are quite large. For instance, a ten person group climbing Kilimanjaro will be supported by a team of 40 consisting of 4 head guides, 3 assistant guides, 3 cooks and 30 porters. The number of staff on the climb is something that is regulated by the Tanzanian National Park Service so every group going up will essentially have the same ratio of staff to climbers. Here is a simple table showing the number of staff vs. climbers on the 5 Day Marangu Climb. We pay our support crew competitive salaries and you should keep in mind that a tip is something extra on top of this. We recommend the following minimum tips. Suggested Tips For Each Climber by Route […]


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What to Expect for the Lemosho Route on Mt. Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho Route on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro is currently the second most popular route to the summit. As it is such a popular route, we thought it would be helpful to provide more detailed information on the day by day experience using this well-traversed route.


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Seven Tips for Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro

It’s been estimated that only 60–65% of people successfully reach the summit at Uhuru Peak from any of the seven major routes to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but this rate increases the more days that a climber adds to his/her trek, with success rates reaching around 85% for 8-day routes. After successfully summiting along with my four other trekking mates on the 7-day Lemosho trek, I’d like to give you seven tips for ensuring that you also have the very best chance of reaching the summit on your Trekking Hero adventure and can avoid the effects of altitude sickness:


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Kilimanjaro Campsites - What to Expect

For anyone not taking the Marangu route to Kilimanjaro, sleeping in tents is going to be a way of life on your journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here are some things to expect during your time at Kilimanjaro campsites:


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What Exactly is a Joining Safari?

A joining safari is exactly what it sounds like; you join up with different groups and trips that are going to the same locations all over the Serengeti. These types of safaris sound great at first glance, especially as a solo traveler, because you will get to meet new people every day from all parts of the world. They are generally very cheap to operate, and can be put together relatively last minute as well. There are many good things about the joining safari, but let’s talk about some of the issues that you will want to know about before making this decision.


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Packing Checklist for Climbing Kilimanjaro

It’s possible to rent gear locally for climbing the mountain but it’s expensive and the quality is certainly poor for the money you will be spending. If you let us know in advance its possible we can provide some gear to you free of cost. However, the best bet is to bring your own gear (Complete list) . On your first night in Moshi before starting the trek you will be introduced to your guide and he will review your equipment to make sure you are adequately prepared. Climbers heading to the mountain need to be properly equipped for rainy conditions on the way to the summit and freezing temperatures at the summit. Keep in mind that gear will generally be divided up while your hiking. The bulk of your gear will be carried by our porters in a duffel bag and you will carry a daypack with the essentials which include snacks, camera, headlamp, poncho, extra layers, sun protection and water bottles. The follow article describes the equipment needed in full detail. If you want to jump right to our Kilimanjaro packing list you can download as a word doc or pdf. Base, Middle and Outer Layers The principle […]


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The Weather of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro lies in the tropics and the seasons are marked more by variations in rainfall then by changes in temperature. The main driving force controlling the climate is the migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ. The ITCZ marks the convergence between the north and south trade winds and can be picked out in Satellite pictures as a broad band of thunderstorms which encircles the globe. What’s the best time to climb Kilimanjaro The best time to climb is from June to September (Long Dry Season) and from January to February (Short Dry Season). June, January and February might be considered the best months as they have great weather and not as many visitors come to the mountain. The busiest time of year on the mountain is in September. On average the “Long Wet” season lasts from the 25th of March until the 21st of May and we don’t recommend climbing during this period although it is possible. Is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro during the rainy season? One advantage to climbing during the wet seasons is that you will practically have the mountain to yourself. Some climbers enjoy seeing the summit covered in snow and the climbing […]


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Marangu or Machame? What’s the Best Route to Climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa attracting over 35,000 climbers annually. Trekkers can choose between seven different route options (Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe). Here we take a closer look at the Marangu, Machame routes which are the most popular options and combined account for nearly 85% of visitor traffic to the mountain. Each route offers a uniquely different experience so it’s worth getting the facts before you make a selection. Huts (Marangu Route) vs Camping (Machame Route) The hut experience on Marangu vs. the camping experience offered by Machame is perhaps the biggest consideration and difference between the two routes. Marangu offers an extensive system of well developed huts, shared dinning lodges and developed bathrooms. The huts are commonly shared between 4 persons although the higher Horombo Hut has a mix of dorm and quad shared rooms and Kibo is completely dormitory style. The bathrooms at Horombo Hut and Mandara are well maintained with flush toilets and solar lighting. The dinning lodges are comfortable, clean and offer a good place to get out of the weather and socialize. If you are not used to camping and are looking for a slightly more comfortable experience […]


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