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how long to climb kilimanjaro

How Long Does It Take to Climb Kilimanjaro?

  Reaching the top of one of the seven summits is a major achievement…but how long will it take you to do it? It’s a more complicated question than most travelers think. Travelers hoping to simply get a taste of Kilimanjaro can arrange for short 1-3 day climbs that stop well below summit elevation. But…

trekking past glaciers of kilimanjaro

How Do We Stop Kilimanjaro’s Glaciers from Melting?

It’s hard to believe that there’s snow so close to the equator in Tanzania, but when you consider that Mount Kilimanjaro stretches 19,341 feet in the air, it becomes more comprehensible. Not only is there snow, there are fields of ice and infamous glaciers that attract tourists from every part of the world. Unfortunately, the…

when is the best time to climb kilimanjaro

When Should You Climb Kili?

We want to make sure our trekkers are lined up for summit success, and a big part of that means climbing in optimal weather conditions. So, when should you climb Kili? Though there’s not one “best month” to climb Kili, there are general guidelines we encourage our guests to follow: June – October: Cooler and…

A picturesque view of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Awe Inspiring! The Seven Best Views on Kilimanjaro

  Whether you’ve been dreaming of climbing Kilimanjaro for years, or have just recently decided to make the trek, we are excited to help you summit Uhuru Peak! The Kilimanjaro climb is a challenging, life changing, and wisdom imparting experience that will provide a lifetime of incredible memories. Need inspiration to get you started? Here…

New summit sign at Uhuru Peak

Sign of Success: New Summit Sign on Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro summit sign has long been an inspiration to weary trekkers nearing the top. But over the years, the original sign, constructed from wooden planks, became weathered and worn. In January 2012, the wooden sign was finally retired, replaced with a shiny new green sign…

Arial view of Kilimanjaro's summit

Head and Shoulders Above (Most of) the Rest

There are a lot of ways to measure a mountain’s prowess. Overall height is a common yardstick (and hopefully not determined BY a yardstick), as is technical difficulty, but there’s one measure all but the most mountain-obsessed may not have heard of: topographic prominence. Topographic prominence is the height between the summit and the lowest contour line circling the mountain in question and no other higher mountain.

Top 5 Reason to Climb Kili

Top Five Reasons to Climb Kilimanjaro

An early Everest climber, George Mallory, long ago laid claim to the most obvious (and snarkiest) reason to climb a high mountain: “because it’s there.” But why climb Kilimanjaro? For one thing, it’s one of the Seven Summits.

Barranco wall on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Can’t Miss on the Mountain: The Barranco Wall

Though it’s a demanding portion of the trek, most trekkers are thrilled that they get to experience the Barranco Wall; even without the physical exertion, the view from the top is stunning enough to get anyone’s heart racing!

Porters singing a welcome song to trekkers

The Jambo Song on Kilimanjaro

The Jambo Song is sung by your guides and porters after a successful trek, it’s an exuberant, joyful song, accompanied by clapping and the voices of the entire crew. But if you knew what it meant, you might realize it’s not ALL sunshine and smiles…

Thomson trekkers near Reusch Crater

Can’t Miss on Kilimanjaro: Reusch Crater

Many trekkers know of Kilimanjaro’s fiery past; the three peaks—Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo—were once all active volcanoes. Over thousands upon thousands of years, they erupted continually, building the mountain ever-higher, until one by one they went extinct: first Shira sputtered out, then Mawenzi. Kibo, ever the overachiever of the bunch, decided to keep its options more open; the tallest of Kili’s peaks is considered dormant, but not dead.

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