Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Overview

One of the most iconic mountains of Africa “Mount Kilimanjaro” is considered as the idol for every climber around the Globe. It is also considered as the world’s tallest freestanding mountain as well as the roof of Africa. With its wonderful beauty and 7 diverse ecosystems, it amplifies the heartbeat of the trekkers to reach the summit. If you want to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro then first you have to travel from your country to African country Tanzania.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Map

It is ranked 5th among the 7 tallest mountain of the worldwide. But it gets the highest number of trekkers because of its uniqueness. Self Motivation is the key for Climbing Kilimanjaro and will help you to face any challenges with ease. Since the ancient era to the modern time, different trekkers had made 7 routes to its summit. Every path offers distinct scenery and challenges so that everyone can trek on it. You may be an experienced trekker or a fresher it welcomes everyone. Probably maximum climbers think that it is a single mountain. Surprisingly after trekking on it, you will find that it is the combination of 3 dead volcanoes.

Brief facts on Kilimanjaro Trek

Just knowing about the mountain is not enough to climb the highest peak. So there are some essential things that you should care about before summiting.

Altitude sickness

There are nearly 7 diverse ecosystems that you can face while Climbing Kilimanjaro. The human body needs some time to acclimatize with the surrounding. So maximum chances of altitude sickness can be faced but it can be overcome. It is highly recommended that you should choose the longest part of the Climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Vaccination

Vaccination is for boosting your body to fight against health problems. It will make your immune system ready to defend against harmful viruses. Some of the essential vaccinations needed to take before going for Kilimanjaro Trek are:

  • Hepatitis A and B- to freely eat and drink everything possible
  • Tetanus- One of the most commonly used vaccines to heal wounds without getting much infected.
  • Typhoid- Essential to fight against low-quality water and food

Also take some of the important vaccines like Diphtheria, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Malaria, and Polio.

Physical Training

It is a free-standing mountain so you don’t need to be a technical climber. But it is very important to go from physical training of 1 month. This is being done so that you will be having enough stamina to climb for 6 hours daily. The essential training is aerobic, strength training, hiking practice, and mental stamina.

Gears to bring

The Kilimanjaro Climbing Gears are divided into 3 parts clothes, camping gears, and hiking gears. A list of Kilimanjaro Clothes that you should carry includes a pair of underwear inners, loose t-shirt, trousers, socks, hiking boots, rain jacket, inner jacket, face masks, ski jackets and trousers, and hand gloves.

  • Camping gears for Climbing Kilimanjaro should have sleeping bags, sleeping tent, sleeping mattress, chargeable light, cells, toilet tent, and portable toilet.
  • Hiking gears the important part for climbing should include duffle bag, toe warmer, ski goggles, sunglasses, binoculars, hiking poles, and headlamp, water bottle, and hand warmers.

People Assisting

Reaching a high altitude of Kilimanjaro is not a single person task. You will be assigned 3 types of people with your guide, cook, and porters. Everyone is having different responsibilities as follow:

  • Guide- He will show you the path to the top as well as take care of your needs. They will always teach you the tips and tricks to climb easily.
  • Cook- Responsible person to prepare food for you while Climbing Kilimanjaro.
  • Porters- They are responsible to carry out the heavy luggage of your to the high altitude. One porter will not carry more than 15 Kg of weight. So the number of porters will be according to weight.

Plan for Climbing Kilimanjaro

Without planning, it’s too tough for anything to be done properly. So here you can follow the plan given below to have better Kilimanjaro trek.

Documents Required

The most essential thing before making a plan to climb Kilimanjaro is the documents. This should include plane tickets, passport, and visa. You can fix your Mountain trekking trip after booking the plane ticket because this will assure you of the date of climbing. So get the tickets online or visit the nearest airport. The price of the ticket differs from country and time, so check for it. Apply for a passport a few months before visiting Mount Kilimanjaro. Approval depends on your physical fitness and medical checkup. Fill the necessary information and document to apply for a visa online. It will take 48 hours to approve, and once after approval then you can collect it from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Backpack

Backpack for the northern circuit’s topmost mountain will contain necessary clothes and types of equipment. Whereas carrying the clothing which will be included some of the innerwear, loose-fitting clothes, full trousers, sunglasses, summer hat, and tees. You should also carry some of the important gadgets and medicines. Medicines should include mosquito replant cream, pain killers, Diamox, and paracetamol. The list of gadgets should include a digital camera set, some extra cells, and a charger.

Best Time to Climb

Climbing Kilimanjaro is possible throughout the year, but some specific months will be better than others. If you want to have a budgeted climbing than you can visit during the rainy April and May or November and December. You should have strong will power to hike during this time. Climb Mount Kilimanjaro will be best from January to March and June to October. It is so because these are the driest time of the year, one facing cold and another give summer. Trekking becomes much easier over a dry surface.

Best Kilimanjaro Routes

Mount Kilimanjaro is having seven routes which can take you to its highest peak Uhuru. All the routes are having a different scenario, time, difficulty level, and prices.

The name and type of the 7 routes are below:

Machame Route:

  • It is the favorite route of maximum climbers, with the highest success rate.
  • The longest route so your body will get enough time to acclimate with the environment.
  • Most scenic route among all
  • You will be moving through the west passing the heat shores.

Marangu Route:

  • The oldest route of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Having pre-built huts for accommodation while climbing.
  • It takes 5 to 6 days to climb through
  • Considered to be the cheapest route of Kilimanjaro
  • This route will take you from the rain forest and alpine desert.

Lemosho Route:

  • Starts from the western part of Kilimanjaro
  • 2nd popular route after the Machame
  • Least crowded but faces better traffic during summers.
  • Newly built and quite route as well as joins the Machame Route after climbing some distance.

Rongai Route:

  • This route faces Kenya from the north-east side of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • One of the quite routes
  • Gives a perfect view of the mountain
  • You can have the view of beautiful wildlife from this route.

Northern Circuit:

  • Longest route ever, usually take 9 to 10 days to climb on it.
  • One of the most recently made Kilimanjaro route
  • As it is the longest route so you will be having better acclimatization.
  • Taken by fewer people but a higher success rate

Shira Route:

  • It starts from the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • After climbing for some distance you will join the Lemosho Route.

Umbwe Route:

  • It is the shortest route to the highest altitude of Kilimanjaro
  • Most steep routes so offer a tougher challenge
  • You will face aggressive climbing on this route
  • This route is best for the technical climbers

Leaving the trekking some other activities like tour and safari is also available on Kilimanjaro. It is having breathtaking and delicious coffee plantations in the world. You can also view the wilderness of Africa in the national parks of Kilimanjaro. We Joica Tours are one of the native tour operators of Tanzania. You can have the most trusted and loyal assisting members from us. They will give their best to make your climb 100% success.

Review

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