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Kilimanjaro trekking tours

Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on your bucket list? Challenge yourself to a trek to the summit of Africa's highest mountain on our small group trekking tour. Take the lesser-used Rongai route or scenic Lemosho route and enjoy the hike with the help of our local trekking guides and porters.


Why climb Kilimanjaro with Explore?

Our Kilimanjaro trekking holidays offer you a safe and enjoyable way to fulfil your ambition to reach the summit of this remarkable mountain. We trek the lesser-used Rongai trail and picturesque Lemosho trail, two beautiful routes that reward hikers with stunning landscapes. We make the ascents slowly, maximising your chances of reaching the top. And we employ local porters and experienced mountain guides to assist you along the way, supporting the local economy and communities.

Our Kilimanjaro trek holiday is a ten-day trip that includes a seven-day ascent, with the option to take a game drive on your last day, depending on your flight time. If you want to see more of the amazing wildlife of Tanzania after your hike, we'd recommend the Kilimanjaro trek with a safari extension. Or, take some time to relax after the trek by adding our Zanzibar extension.

Another option is our nine-day Kilimanjaro – Rongai Trek that includes a seven-day ascent. The Rongai route is one of Kilimanjaro’s shorter routes and is considered the easiest route up Kilimanjaro. It’s much more remote than other routes, too, allowing you to truly escape the crowds.

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Kilimanjaro trekking FAQs

Where is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in north-east Tanzania, close to the border with Kenya. 

How high is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro sits 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level, making it the tallest mountain in Africa.

What is the best time time of year to climb Kilimanjaro?
Our trips run from June through to October and from the end of December to February to avoid the main rainy seasons; however it can still rain at any time on Kilimanjaro, and at the higher altitudes this may fall as snow. It's generally warmest in January and February and driest between August and October.

What is the best route up Mount Kilimanjaro?
There are several routes up Kilimanjaro, each differing in length and difficulty. Most of our Kilimanjaro trips follow the Lemosho route, which involves a seven-day ascent. This route is longer and slower than the others, meaning you have plenty of time and don't have to rush. 

The Rongai route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, and it’s close to the Kenyan border. Our departure dates for this trek align with the full moon, providing superior visibility on clear days – offering second-to-none views towards Kibo and summit glaciers during the climb.

Both the Lemosho and Rongai routes gives you more time to acclimatise, reducing the chances of getting altitude sickness. We chose these routes for our trips because it's safest, it maximises your time to enjoy the climb and it means our summit success rate is higher than average.

Will I get altitude sickness?
There is always a possibility of experiencing altitude sickness when climbing Kilimanjaro. However, by trekking the Lemosho or Rongai routes with us you'll make a slower ascent than other routes, giving you more time to acclimatise and reducing the chance of experiencing altitude sickness. We've also worked with Dr Jeremy Windsor, a high altitude medicine specialist, to careful plan the trekking days and camp sites. 

All our trek leaders are trained in high altitude first aid and know the signs to look out for when Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) may become more serious. In addition, all trek teams carry oxygen canisters and a portable hyberbaric (pressure) bag on the mountain for emergency use.

What's the difference between Rongai and Lemosho?
Both the Rongai and Lemosho routes have successful ascent rates, but the main difference between the two are the crowds. Rongai is the least busy route on Kilimanjaro, while Lemosho has become one of the more popular routes. 
Rongai’s location on the northern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border also makes it the driest route. That’s not without its advantage: when the rainy season hits the southern side of the mountain (including Lemosho), Rongai hikers tend to stay much drier.
Lemosho is one of the busier routes on Kilimanjaro, but there is an abundance of jaw-dropping natural scenery to take in, such as grassy moorland, lush rainforest and volcanic scree.

What should I pack for my Kilimanjaro trek?
In terms of clothing, you'll need to pack for every weather. From humid rainforest at the bottom, through desert-like terrain and finishing in very cold temperatures, your hike will travel through several different climates and conditions. Layers are essential so that you can add warmth as the temperature lowers the higher you get.

We'd recommend including the following: 

  • A thick jacket, like a down jacket
  • A waterproof, windproof jacket
  • A sturdy pair of walking boots that you've broken in before you travel
  • Hat and gloves (liner gloves as well as a thick pair)
  • Thick socks
  • Thermal underwear
  • Wicking t-shirts
  • Lightweight walking trousers
  • Long-sleeve shirts (to protect against insect bites)

For equipment, be sure to include:
  • A head torch (and spare batteries)
  • A very warm sleeping bag - a 4-season bag or a 3-season sleeping bag with a liner (silk adds a season)
  • Walking poles with rubber tips
  • Water bottles - at least 2 x 2 litre bottles (or a hydration bladder)

For more guidance on what to pack, check out our How to prepare for a Kilimanjaro trek blog post. 

What will I eat?
Our cook and camp crew will prepare your meals each day of the trek and you'll dine as a group in a large tent. The meals are hearty and nutritious to give you plenty of energy for the hikes. You can expect breakfast dishes including eggs and sausages, pancakes and porridge. For lunch and dinner you'll typically have soup to start, a main such as fish or meat with potatoes or rice and vegetables and at dinnertime a dessert like fruit or popcorn. Plus, at mealtimes there'll also always be a steady supply of water, coca tea, coffee or Milo, a delicious hot chocolate drink.

If you are vegetarian or vegan, or have any other dietary requirements, please let us know when you book and we'll ensure our porters know.

Where will I sleep?
You'll camp each night of the trek, in tents that are provided and pitched for you by the porters. We provide two-person tents so you'll share with another person of the same sex, or you can pay an additional cost for our single room option and get a tent to yourself (and your own hotel room pre- and post-trek).  

How can I prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?
Discover our tips for preparing to climb Kilimanjaro on our blog. 

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