About Kilimanjaro and The Routes
By easytravel
Published November 23, 2021
3.1) Where is Kilimanjaro?

Africa’s highest mountain is located in Northern Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border. It’s about 350km (220 miles) south of the equator. The closest major towns are Moshi and Arusha.

3.2) How high is Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro is 5895 metres, or 19,341 feet, at its summit.

3.3) How long is the hike?

Of the six different routes to the top, Easy Travel offers four, one with two options: the 10 days Lemosho Route, 9 days Machame Route, 8 days Machame Route, 6 days Rongai Route, 6 days Marangu Route.You can read more about them on our Active Trekking tab. The total distance of the routes varies between 53 and 73 km (33 and 46 miles). Remember that the more days you are on the mountain, the better the chances of success.

3.4) What are the differences between the Marangu, Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes?

On a practical level, the Marangu route is the only one which offers accommodation in mountain huts. On the other three routes, climbers stay in tents in designated campsites.Marangu is perhaps less scenic than the other ones. A more detailed description of each can be found on our Active Trekking page. The other main difference is the time spent on the mountain (see ‘How long is the hike?’ above.)

3.5) What are the relative summit success rates for the different routes?

Remember that the more time spent on the mountain, the better the chances of you reaching the summit. So, a 9-day Machame climb has a better success rate than an 8-day Machame climb; and a10-day Lemosho climb will be even better.

Based on statistics for 2018/19, the success rates for the routes are:

3.6) What’s the accommodation like on the trails?

On theMarangu route, you’ll stay in huts, on the other routes you’ll camp in tents provided by Easy Travel. The Marangu huts each have dormitories, a dining-room and a separate bathroom (flush toilets or ‘long-drop’ toilets). At the campsites, the toilets are ‘long-drop’ style and Easy Travel provide a kitchen/dining-tent. If required, climbers can hire a mobile toilet on the Machame, Rongai and Lemosho routes, at extra cost.

3.7) What dangers will I face on the Mountain?

The good news is that your Easy Travel team will look after you. Safety is our priority, always. You will spend most of your climb above the altitude where mosquitoes are a nuisance, and above the altitude where wildlife roam. (You might see some animals on the lower slopes.) On a hike, there is always the chance of having a fall, but remember that there is no rock-climbing involved!

The biggest danger is that you suffer from the effects of altitude, which can strike anyone, however fit they are. This can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms. But we test your health daily, and our guides are experts in spotting symptoms and taking action.

3.8) When is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Kili is possible at any time of the year, but is best undertaken in the drier months. The best times to climb are between the start of December and the start of March, or between the end of June and the end of October. Of course. these are the busiest times, but only experienced hikers are advised to tackle the mountain in the wetter months. It can rain unexpectedly in the dry season, of course!

3.9) What weather can I expect on Kilimanjaro?

The weather on Kilimanjaro varies throughout the year, and also with the altitude as you ascend and descend the mountain. You will be warm when you start, but it is cold at the summit.

So, essentially, you can expect all sorts of weather, but it is best if you can avoid the rain. Tanzania’s two dry seasons last from December to the start of March, and then from late June until the end of October. Rain brings with it the possibilities of snow and ice on the higher slopes and it can also be muddy. For safety and the best chances of reaching the summit, you should certainly choose a dry season climb.

You will find the warmest months are between January and mid-March, with clear skies in the morning and night and maybe some cloudy conditions in between.

The period between March and mid-June is called the ‘Long Rains’ and this is not a good time to be tackling Kilimanjaro, in our opinion. It will not be busy, but as well as having to put up with the cold and wet, you will also miss out on some spectacular views, due to poor visibility caused by cloud cover. The so-called ‘Short Rains’ run from around the start of November until the beginning of December. This period is characterized by afternoon rains, but morning and evening skies are generally clear. November is not a month we would recommend for a Kilimanjaro climb.

Between the Long and Short Rains (from the middle of June to the end of October), the temperature cools but conditions are dry.

Tanzania avoids the temperature and climate extremes of other countries, but rain can fall in the dry seasons as well. Even Easy Travel cannot control the weather!

3.10) How cold does it get on the mountain?

Temperatures on Kilimanjaro vary from very warm on the lower slopes to bitterly cold at the summit. Prepare and pack for both extremes! Layers of clothing are the best, allowing you to adapt to all the various climactic zones you will cross on the climb. You can see how temperatures vary here INSERT URL TO WEATHER TABLE HERE

3.11) Do I need travel insurance?

You must have valid and adequate travel insurance to take part in one of our climbs and you must be able to show us proof of such insurance on arrival. In addition, your insurance must specifically cover you for high-altitude trekkingup to 6,000 metres. We advise you to have a policy which covers you for ‘cancelation for any reason. ’For full details of what’s required, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.