Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa, standing at 5,895 meters high. Being on the equator, the climate on Kili doesn’t tend to vary over the course of the year; rather it changes with altitude. Almost every climate type on earth is represented on the mountain. Kilimanjaro can be climbed year-round, but we recommend avoiding the two rainy seasons (November and April-May). Climbing Kili is a major draw for all adventure-seekers, but this 7-10 day trip is not for the faint-hearted. It is estimated that half of those who attempt the climb do not summit. There are numerous routes to the top, the Machame Route being the most popular, and climbers can choose their particular level of luxury to suit their taste and budget. We like to use Adventure International or Zara as our partnering guiding companies to make sure that you have the best guides, porters, and equipment on your climb. Day hikes from the base camp are also a great option for those who don’t want to commit to the summit.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a very specific experience and it is the main reason to travel to the area. Before and after your climb, we recommend spending at least a night in Moshi, but we tend to prefer Arusha’s selection of properties and it’s only an hour away. Kilimanjaro is also very close to the Kilimanjaro airport, so a climb can be very easily combined with other safari or beach experiences. When staying in Kilimanjaro, the only property we tend to use is Springlands Hotel.
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