Best months for trek Mount Kilimanjaro
The best months for climbing are January, February,
and September as they are the warmest months and almost clear of
clouds, though one could easily succeed throughout the year.
April and beginning of May could get heavy rain or snow, but it
could be worth it if you want a quiet clear mountain, as views are
Also great are June to August (though colder), and November/December
(could be wetter).
Through September and October it gets steadily warmer. October is
particularly good if you want little or no rain, mild weather and
few people on the mountain.
January to March are the warmest months, almost clear of clouds
except of occasional brief rain showers, followed by the main rainy
season during April & May. The temperatures will still be up,
but massive clouds will block visibility, on top it might snow and
heavy rains occur on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.
important equipment to bring
rucksack & day pack (optional waterproof cover)
Bag (comfort temperature down to -10 degrees Celsius)
Boots: This is the most important item on the list.
You'll need a comfortable/waterproof pair of hiking
boots which offer plenty of support. Make sure they
are broken in before you get to Kilimanjaro! Light
trainers might also be useful
heavy weight gloves/mittens
pants and jacket (wind- and waterproof)
- 2 to 3 pairs
pairs of socks
- set of thermal
underwear (top & bottom)
- 2 x 2 litres
water bottles (camel bags preferably)
spare batteries & bulb)
aid kit and insect repellant's
additional equipment as required
anorak or raincoat
(woolen sock that fits over the head with slits for
only the eyes and mouth)
- pair of light
loose fitting cotton trousers
- warm jersey/sweater
- 2 - 3 packets
of moist towelettes.
mats and insulation pads
- Swiss army
knife, stuff to fix the sleeping mat, journal and
pen, duck tape
note that you should bring
enough clothes with you, as it is not possible to wash clothes while
you are on the mountain (they do not dry)
FAQ's for Kilimanjaro climbs
Does an extra day help acclimatization?
Most guidebooks recommend that climbers spend an extra day during
the Marangu route climb especially. This is much a personal decision,
but our statistics do not indicate any greater success rate amongst
6 day Marangu route climbers over 5 day climbers. More important
for success is the overall approach to the climb, right from the
start. That said, many people like an extra day spent on the ascent
because it makes the whole climb more relaxed and gives an opportunity
to go on some pleasant walks.
If there is a problem on the mountain what
are the rescue procedures?
The national park operates a rescue service, and the huts on the
Marangu route are linked to each other and to the park headquarters
by radio. In the vast majority of emergency cases, the problem is
altitude related and the solution is immediate descent to a lower
altitude. Our mountain crew are all experienced at dealing with
such cases and can bring climbers down to safe altitudes very quickly
and without park assistance if it is not immediately available.
Is it possible to rent mountain equipment
We have a large stock of equipment. This is primarily for the free
use of our fully equipped climbers but we also make equipment available
for hire to climbers where necessary. Anyway, we encourage climbers
to bring as much of their own warm clothing as possible. In particular,
climbers should avoid having to hire or borrow boots.
I heard that the success rate on Kilimanjaro
is less than thirty percent. Is this true?
Some people climb Kilimanjaro without knowing what they are letting
themselves in for. Consequently they may be inadequately equipped
and fed, and they then have a miserable and unsuccessful time. We
make sure that you are properly informed and equipped, our success
rate to the crater rim is 90%. Our success rate to Uhuru peak is
85%. However, we always stress that the main reason to climb Kilimanjaro
is to have a safe and enjoyable time. Reaching the summit is a bonus,
but should never be seen as the sole aim of the climb.
How cold does it get on Kilimanjaro?
The temperature at the top of the mountain can vary widely. Sometimes
it is only a degree or two below freezing, but visitors should be
prepared for possible temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius,
especially in conjunction with wind.
What should I know about altitude sickness?
There are different types of altitude sickness. "Acute mountain
sickness" is very common, and is not as frightening as its
name suggests. The symptoms are headaches, nausea and vomiting,
though not everyone suffers from all the symptoms. Normally, symptoms
fade after a few hours, but if they do not a climber may need to
turn back, especially if vomiting is leading to dehydration. Any
enjoyment to be had from the climb will have disappeared by now
A much more serious type of altitude sickness
is called oedema. This is a build-up of fluid in the body, and when
the fluid collects in the lungs or the brain a serious condition
develops which requires immediate action in the form of descent
to a lower altitude, where recovery is usually miraculously fast.
In most cases AMS can be
avoided by following guidelines: drink lots of water, walk slowly,
stay warm, eat well. We recommend that you familiarise yourself
with the various affects that altitude can cause.
During your pre-climb briefing, we describe altitude
sickness to you in detail, and advise you how to cope with it. The
most important thing is not to fear it, but to respect it and to
know how to deal with it. Our guides have seen every condition that
the mountain produces, and they will always know how to deal with
How is cooking done on the mountain?
We use modern Kerosene stoves. These are very efficient (about 90%
of the efficiency of gas, which is not always available here) and
reliable. You can also feel satisfied that no firewood is being
used which might damage the ecology of the mountain.
Do you pay wages to your guides and porters?
Yes, we do pay them wages, and we pay well above the levels recommended
by Kilimanjaro National Park. Our staff all know that tips from
climbers are discretionary. If you do want to give a tip, we always
ask you not to do it on the mountain but back at the hotel after
the climb. There everything is relaxed and open.
Mosquito sprays and creams
Not very useful on the mountain itself. But when you get back down
again it is useful to have some “protection” against
the Anopheles mosquito. We recommend Autan.
Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
paracet pills will help you in case of headaches.
Cold & Flu
Diamox can be used to prevent Acute Mountain
Sickness (AMS). Please try them first to see if you don't
get too many side effects.
we recommend creams with SPF 30, as the sun near the equator is
very strong. Don’t forget to have something to protect your
lips as well.
As your tour leaders, we will
carry a group medical kit.
Personal Items & Toiletries
toothpaste & tooth brush, body lotion, toilet paper and other
personal hygiene items.
The tips below are purely given as a guideline, to your
discretionary. We recommend the following amounts are not
exceeded except in special circumstances:
Kilimanjaro Machame Route and Umbwe Route
- guide 50-70 US$
- cook 30 US$
- assistant guide 40 US$
- porters 20-30 US$
Kilimanjaro Marangu Route
- guide 50 US$
- porters 15-20 US$
- cook 20 US$
- assistant guide 30 US$
For two people climbing Kilimanjaro we send the
find here a list of equipment that we can rent:
|those items we can rent to you:
ITEM PRICE PER TRIP
Sleeping bags US $ 15
Sleeping pads US $ 10
Warm Jackets US $ 15
Rain Jackets US $ 15
Rain Trousers US $ 15
Warm Trousers US $ 15
T-shirt US $ 5
Pair of Socks US $ 5
Pair of warm gloves US $ 10
Climbing boots US $ 20
Barclava US $ 5
Pair of walking sticks US $ 15
Sunglasses US $ 5
Hat US $ 5
Sweater US $ 5
Rucksack US $ 20
Day pack US $ 10
Pair of Gators US $ 10
Trousers US $ 15
Shirts US $ 10