Mount Kilimanjaro

Climb to the Roof of Africa

Reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro, and marvel at the unique landscape.

Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa, it is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Crowned with an everlasting snowcap, this majestic mountain can be found inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania. While the estimates of Kilimanjaro's true height vary greatly, the figure that is printed on the official certificates after successfully reaching the summit is 5895m. 

The summit of Kilimanjaro is known as Uhuru peak, and there are numerous paths which lead to it. Mountaineering or climbing skills are not required to reach the peak as there are walk-able footpaths which anyone can use. A good level of fitness is however required, especially towards the top where the air thins and the oxygen levels fall. There are seven main routes to reach the top. The most popular is the Marangu route, also known as the "Coca cola route", which is equipped with communal sleeping huts and on-route vendors who sell snacks and drinks.

In 1991 the Tanzanian government banned individuals from attempting to climb the mountain without first registering with an agency and being provided with a crew. Crews consist of, at a minimum, a knowledgeable tour guide who knows the lay of the land and, for the more luxurious adventurers, assistants, cooks and porters.


Mount Kilimanjaro


Your experience of Mount Kilimanjaro will vary greatly depending on the chosen route. For more information on each route we highly recommend the Climbing Kilimanjaro website. 

Overall, trekkers can expect very cold weather on the upper quarter of the mountain. 

Transport is provided to and from Mount Kilimanjaro from your chosen accommodation. Tour guides and any additional assistants required will also be arranged before your arrival in Tanzania.

Depending on the route and your fitness levels, climbing mount Kilimanjaro takes between 5 and 9 days.

Trekkers should pack clothes for all seasons - summer clothing for the bottom of the mountain and warm, winter clothing for the higher altitudes.

All other amenities that could be required, such as food and snacks will be provided for you by ourselves.

The mountain is a dormant volcano, composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest, Mawenzi, and Shira, the shortest at 4,005 metres (13,140 ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again at any time.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the continent, with a staggering elevation of 5,895 m (19,341 ft)
Johannes Rebmann was the first European to report the existence of Kilimanjaro in 1848. The first persons proven to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
On average, it takes between 5 and 9 days to fully explore what the mountain has to offer. The fastest recorded ascent and descent was performed by the Swiss-Ecuadorian mountain guide Karl Egloff, who ran to the top and back in 6 hours and 42 minutes on August 13th, 2014.

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