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If you’ve only got 5 minutes this quick guide to Kilimanjaro is for you. We’ve attempted to answer all the questions in (around) 140 characters. If you want more detail, check all the articles on the right of the page.
Sell it to me?
Its Africa’s highest mountain with rainforest, moorland, glaciers, lunar landscapes and insane altitude. Pu simply, it is an iconic & monumental achievement.
When is the best time to climb Kili?
Its possible year round. Avoid Jul-Sep + xmas/new year to miss crowds. Avoid April, May and November if you don’t like rain. Best month = June
Which route should I do?
Depends on your priority; tight budget? Marangu is cheap but summit prospects not great. Hate crowds? TK Rongai and TK Lemosho quietest. Machame good all-rounder
How comfortable will I be?
Marangu uses basic huts (bunk bed sponge mattress), other routes camping (thunderbox loo, 2 man tents, sleeping mats)
How tough is Kilimanjaro?
Its possible for anyone with reasonable fitness. It is a big test of stamina, patience and determination. Biggest hurdle is altitude sickness
Do I need specialist kit?
You’ll need to splash out on some good trekking kit, breathable layers, waterproofs, insulated jacket, walking boots and 4 season sleeping bags essential.
How much does it cost?
Prices start @US$1300 Marangu route. Machame starts @$1600, +$300 for quality operator. Other routes more. Rates include airport transfers + hotel either end.
Why should I choose Tourdust for my Kilimanjaro climb?
Simple. We’ve picked the best local operators for different routes (Horses for courses). Get independent first hand advice, pay lower prices.
What is it like at the summit (Uhuru Peak)?
Icebergs, lunar landscape, views (if lucky). Downside of crater summit is no distinguishable peak. Main emotion is relief.
How can I avoid crowds?
One or all of: Choose a quieter route (TK Rhongai / TK Lemosho), a quieter month (e.g. June), summit during the day, stay in crater camp.