When to climb Mt KilimanjaroGenerally it is accepted that you are able to climb Kili year round, with the better months being the dryer, warmer months experienced between September and October and December through to March. Be aware that the peak season for climbing is considered to be from July through to August, which tends to be a lot cooler.
ClimateKili’s climate is notable for it’s extremes and for its rapidly changing conditions. The temperature varies with altitude. Temperatures experienced at the foot of Kili range from 23-30 degrees celsius while temperatures nearing the summit are in the bone chilling range of -15 to -20 degrees celsius. The weather is notoriously erratic and you must be prepared for wind, rain and snow.
Which route should I choose?The routes that are not considered technical are Marangu, Machame, Rongai and Lemosho. The days taken to summit vary on the route chosen. The most popular choices with climbers is either the Marangu or Machame route.
AccommodationAccommodation on Kili is limited to the Marangu route, which has 3 large, well built bunkhouses spaced about 6-8 hours walk apart. On all other routes trekkers must camp. For all tented routes, the tents are dome style and accommodate 2 people each.
LuggageYou are allowed to have one pack that is carried by the porters and the weight limit is 15kgs(35pounds). Anything that exceeds this weight will mean an extra porter will be required and a cost of $20 per day.
Altitude sicknessWe strongly recommend that you speak to your family doctor before attempting to climb Kili. You will have to be given the go ahead by your doctor before attempting to climb. Your doctor will also provide advice on altitude sickness. Generally, it is accepted that to avoid altitude sickness you must walk slow and steady and drink plenty of water, thus allowing your body to acclimatise while ascending to higher altitudes. Trying to summit quickly does not allow your body to acclimatise and altitude sickness will result. Although guides are trained in acute mountain sickness and basic mountain first aid it must be noted that they are not tertiary qualified health professionals.
Oxygen and Hyperbaric pressure bagOximeters are taken on all treks and no extra charge. Oxygen is available for $30 each group and a hyperbaric pressure bag is available for $120 per group per trek.
The minimum age set by the National Park Authorities for summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro is 12 years old. Younger children are able to trek on the low levels of the mountain only.
Food and waterA cook is on every climb and will prepare meals that will help sustain your energy. Water will be purified for you at each camp. It is very important to stay well hydrated while trekking. If you have any dietary restrictions you must advise MOYO EXPERIENCE SAFARI well ahead of your departure date so that we can accommodate your requirements.
Guides, porters and cooksExpect 1 guide per 2 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers.
What do the Porters carry?5 day trek: 2 porters per trekker
6-7 day trek: 3 porters per trekker
8 day trek: 4 porters per trekker
nb: these are minimum number of porters required and additional porters will be needed if there is excess weight/luggage.