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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Everything you want to know

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    Climbing Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Africa’s highest mountain—Mt Kilimanjaro. This adventure brings you to snow-capped peaks, which are kind of dreamy and surreal that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life!

    Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest freestanding mountain on Earth, a worthy challenge for an experienced mountaineer. If climbing Kilimanjaro is on your bucket list, then you’re going to need to know everything about the climb in order to increase your chances of a successful summit day.

    Is climbing mount Kilimanjaro possible during COVID-19

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    The short answer is yes. But there are strings attached. If you want to climb Kilimanjaro during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re going to need to get comfortable with regular temperature checks, social distancing, and thorough hand sanitization. You will have to stick to these safety rituals from the moment you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and maintain them throughout all your days of trekking.

    If you feel unwell, it would be a bad idea to travel to Kilimanjaro International Airport, as a high body temperature will be the end of your attempt to enter Tanzania or any national park. You will need to conduct a PCR test on arrival to prove you are fit and healthy enough to enter Tanzania.

    Where is Mt. Kilimanjaro?

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    Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the Northern part of Tanzania and is near the city of Moshi. You can either fly into Arusha or the official Kilimanjaro Airport. It is important to distinguish Kilimanjaro from other mountains in Africa: not only is it the tallest mountain on the continent, but it is not connected to any mountain range. More on this later.

    How tall is Kilimanjaro?

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    Mt. Kilimanjaro is close to 6000 meters tall and takes around 128,263 steps to the peak.

    It is comprised of 3 volcanic cones (Yes, you read that right) of which only one remains dormant. It has been dormant with no major eruption taking place for over 300 thousand years. Rest assured that there are virtually zero risks of an eruption.

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. It has an incredible amount of biodiversity and is scattered with forests along its slopes and its peak is covered with snow all year. However, due to climate change, a massive 80% of its snow has melted away. We at Easy Travel implore our readers to read up on the impact climate change is having across the world and help us mitigate these challenges.

    How difficult is the Kilimanjaro climb?

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    Many consider the climb itself to be relatively easy, but the real challenge is the altitude sickness and getting through summit night.

    It is widely agreed that Mount Everest Base Camp is easier to overcome than the last stretch of Kilimanjaro. The average summit success rates are at around 60%. There is a variety of routes you can take up the mountain (Rongai Route, Marangu Route, Lemosho Route, Machame Route, etc) that cater to experienced hikers and beginners. However, no matter your mountaineering experience, you will need to train and improve your aerobic fitness levels if you wish to climb this giant without getting acute mountain sickness.

    The oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro was an 89-year-old woman, Anne Lorimor, who machined her way up the slopes of this beast. It took her nine days to complete the climb, and she made it to the summit. If that isn’t motivation for you, I’m not sure what will be!

    On the other hand, the youngest person to reach Uhuru Peak was Coaltan Tanner, a six-year-old from New Mexico.

    Can a normal person climb Kilimanjaro?

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    The short answer is yes. Anyone is capable to overcome Africa’s tallest mountain, but not everyone will succeed. To increase your success rate of reaching the summit, you will want to be as fit as possible. Altitude sickness is a guaranteed challenge when reaching extreme altitudes on Kilimanjaro, which can ruin your climbing experience. You will also be faced with sub-zero temperatures at an extreme altitude, so make sure to complete adequate training before you climb. Make sure to read about each of the routes, as there are three official peak locations on Kilimanjaro.

    Do you need a guide to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?

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    Absolutely and without question. There is a law in Tanzania that forbids climbing Kilimanjaro without certified trekking experts. Kilimanjaro is a dangerous climb that should not be taken lightly, but once you put your foot down on the summit peak, it will be well worth it.

    You will want to choose the best trekking agency for this expedition, and Easy Travel has been getting hikers to the summit for decades. You can trust in us to ensure the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience. We will do all that we can to increase your chances of a successful climb, helping you every step of the way.

    How long does it take to climb mount Kilimanjaro?

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    The go-to rule of thumb is to take no less than 7 days. This is to make the altitude transition between the low ground and mountain peak as easy on your body as possible. If you rush the climb, you put yourself at a higher risk of altitude sickness. We recommend taking around 9 days to finish the hike. Contact us if you would like to discuss what options you have and what we can advise.

    How much does it cost to climb Kilimanjaro?

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    The average cost to climb Kilimanjaro ranges from   – depending on which route you climb, how many days you decide to climb for and how many people are a part of the expedition. Kilimanjaro National Park also has park fees to pay before entering. Your choice of accommodation, routes, time to climb, and time to climb will be the biggest determining factors. You will also have to take into consideration the cost of the flights to and from Tanzania, the equipment you will need when climbing Kilimanjaro, and the cost of living expenses whilst staying in Tanzania.

    This may seem like a hefty price to pay, but it certainly will be an unforgettable experience. We recommend saving up a little extra to spend a few days in Tanzania. There is a myriad of different wildlife to see, places to go, and things to experience. Zanzibar beaches and coral reefs, life-changing safaris in the Serengeti or honeymoon walks in the Ngorongoro Crater. Your options are endless.

    When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

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    Whether you decide to come during the wet seasons or dry seasons will make little difference to your overall climbing experience. Mount Kilimanjaro is so incredibly tall that it creates its own water cycle and weather patterns! However, there is a peak season and a low season for mountain traffic. Most tourists and hikers come to Tanzania during the dry seasons for safaris and Zanzibar’s beaches. If you decide to come during the rainy seasons, coming across other hiking groups on your trekking adventure is less likely.

    What are the best routes up Kilimanjaro?

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    Whether you decide to come during the wet seasons or dry seasons will make little difference to your overall climbing experience. Mount Kilimanjaro is so incredibly tall that it creates its own water cycle and weather patterns! However, there is a peak season and a low season for mountain traffic. Most tourists and hikers come to Tanzania during the dry seasons for safaris and Zanzibar’s beaches. If you decide to come during the rainy seasons, coming across other hiking groups on your trekking adventure is less likely.

    Scenic views

    If views are what you’re after, then we recommend going with the Lemosho Route once again. The views on this route are stellar and you won’t regret a thing.

    All of them

    Every route up Kilimanjaro is going to blow your mind and leave you thirsty for more. If you’re looking for a specific experience while climbing, get in contact with us today to help you decide which route is best for you.

    What is the shortest route up Kilimanjaro?

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    If you’re wanting to trek up the massive Kilimanjaro in the shortest time possible, we recommend the Rongai Route, especially if you’re climbing during the rainy season. 

    What is altitude sickness?

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    Altitude sickness is the body’s physical response to sudden adjustment of oxygen pressure at extreme altitudes. Extreme altitudes start at around 18,000 feet above sea level and you will be exposing yourself to these altitudes during the summit day. This is why it is extremely important to ensure that you follow an altitude training program before you arrive in Tanzania.

    Signs of mild to moderate altitude sickness can include shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, and mild to severe headaches.

    Bad altitude sickness can cause major respiratory difficulties even when resting and may require you to take an emergency exit off the mountain to receive medical assistance. You may become extremely confused and delirious, which is a safety hazard on the mountain. If you train sufficiently beforehand, you shouldn’t get severe altitude sickness.

    Unfortunately, however, nobody is guaranteed to walk away without experiencing altitude sickness. Getting fit and exposing yourself to higher elevated altitudes can dramatically increase your chances of getting to the peak of Kilimanjaro.

    How do you train to climb Kilimanjaro?

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    Your success rate at reaching the summit will be determined by your level of fitness. You need to adequately prepare for the long journey ahead, as well as get your body comfortable with low oxygen.

    You should do plenty of strength training, incorporating pushups, squats, and even weight lifting if you can. On top of that, we recommend a thorough cardio regime of intense aerobic exercises. Aim for one hour of training a day, four days a week for at least three months before you plan on climbing. You can read more on training for Kilimanjaro here.

    What should I pack for Kilimanjaro?

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    Packing the right equipment for Kilimanjaro is a necessity. You will need to get yourself a pair of quality hiking boots and trekking poles, along with other things. Our most undervalued packing item for Kilimanjaro is a scarf or buff beanie. They have proven to be invaluable time and time again to our hiking guides and countless customers. We recommend reading this list of essential items to pack for Kilimanjaro.

    Make sure you layer up properly, too. You be needing a variety of different pants and tops, a quality rainproof jacket, and many other layers. These may seem unnecessary, but trust us when we say that you will need all of it. You won’t only be walking through snow and rain. You will be trekking through thick forests and frozen wastelands, so prepare as best you can for every situation.

    Tipping ceremony on mount Kilimanjaro

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    Tipping your mountain crew is not only a ceremony that we encourage but also common courtesy. Your food, luggage, equipment, and spirits will be carried on the backs of a crew from the get-go, and they rely on tips from Kilimanjaro climbers. All porters are from Tanzania. You will be accompanied by a chef, dozens of porters, a mountain guide, and their assistant. They work unbelievably hard to ensure you are taken care of and are deserving of recognition.

    When you book through Easy Travel, you are supporting Kilimanjaro porters through KPAP. KPAP is the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project which is aimed at ensuring safe and fair working conditions for every porter on Kilimanjaro.

    What should I do after climbing Kilimanjaro?

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    So, you’ve just summited the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, reached heights that many dreams of reaching and have some more time to spend in Tanzania. Now what?

    Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet, and if you are a wildlife lover, you are in wildlife heaven.

    Tanzania has a plethora of massive National Parks that are teeming with African wildlife as well as the famous Big 5. You have the chance now to witness lions taking down prey, leopards sleeping in trees, birds migrating from all over the world, and most importantly, The Great Wildebeest Annual Migration.

    The Great Wildebeest Migration, otherwise known in Africa as The Great Migration, is a natural phenomenon where (literally) millions of wildebeest follow the rain across Africa, moving from the mighty Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti to the majestic lands of Kenya. It is an incomprehensible experience and one that is almost impossible to describe with words.

    If you are not available for The Great Migration, Tanzania has boundless beauty to explore. Zanzibar is sitting on the coastline of the country with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters waiting to be soaked up. You can take a trip down to Stone Town to explore Tanzania culture in its rawest form. You can go snorkeling in the afternoon and stroll down the beach during sunset with your loved one or by yourself. This land smells of magic.

    Getting you there

    Interested in Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro? We can take you there! 

    Our experienced guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey up Africa’s tallest mountain. You’ll see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and when you reach the summit, you’ll be able to say that you’ve conquered one of the Seven Summits.

    Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenging but rewarding experience. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking for an adventure that will stay with you forever, this is it.

    Easy Travel has taken countless climbers to the peak of Kilimanjaro and has been KPAP certified for years as well as winning the Top Rated Tour Operator on Trip Advisor for a number of years, we pride ourselves in delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will leave your heart and soul dreaming of Tanzania. 

    So contact our trekking specialists today and see how we can help you start planning your trip to conquer Africa’s highest peak!

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