The Ultimate Trek: Mt Kilimanjaro
Standing proudly at 5895m, Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest freestanding mountain. Having climbed 'Kili' ourselves, we can assist in organising your once in a life-time trek. We use local guides, offer support throughout and are here to answer any questions you have.
Why choose Mapping Your Travel?
- Your safety is our top priority. We only use experienced, professional guides whose main aim is to look after you.
- Local guides – ones who know the mountain and understand people's individual limits.
- You only carry your day pack – tents, your main bag, equipment etc is taken ahead of you and set up ready for your arrival at the next camp.
- We have done it ourselves!
- We 'package' together your trek with flights for extra protection. We are ABTA bonded and ATOL protected.
- Good Food - You will start your day with a healthy, well balanced meal created by your own group chef.
- We can add on a Zanzibar or a safari extension to your trip.
Start your Mt Kilimanjaro Trek:
Is climbing Kilimanjaro right for you?
Altitude sickness can affect anyone, even if you are a seasoned mountain climber. Control your pace. You will hear a lot of the phrase 'pole pole' from the porters and guides upon the mountain, meaning ‘take it easy’ in Swahili.
Image: Mollie & Jo
We recommend adding an acclimatization day to your trek, to help your body get acclimatised. On our treks, the experienced guides will often hike with you past your camp, and then take you back downhill to your camp. This method of 'hiking up to sleep further down' helps your body get used to the altitude.
We're always happy to talk about our personal experience of Kilimanjaro:
Which Kilimanjaro Route is right for me?
THE MACHAME: 'Whiskey Route'
Known as the 'whiskey route' as hikers are encouraged to go slow, like they are enjoying a delicious well aged whiskey.
Facilities: Camping mats are provided. Cold showers are available. Meals are served in the dinner tent or on a blanket outside.
This route has a high success rate
It can include an acclimatisation day
Starts at the south of the mountain
One of the more scenic routes
Descends down an alternative route, so you get to see different aspects of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Tackle the 'Barranco Wall', a ridge standing at 247m!
THE MARANGU: ‘Coca Cola’ Route
Accommodation: basic huts
Facilities: cold showers are available
- Known as the more accessible route where you can buy drinks or snacks at the Lower camps.
- You will overnight in basic huts (the only route on Kili which doesn’t use tents).
- Shortest route and known as the easiest – but as it is so popular it has a lower success rate. Don’t be fooled!
- Add a recommended acclimatisation day.
- You descend along the same path.
When To Go
Technically, you can climb Kilimanjaro all year round, but here are our recommendations:
JUNE-OCTOBER: BEST TIME usually dry and clear skies. Quieter.
NOV-DEC: Rain. Visibility might not be as good.
JAN-FEB: Good visibility. BUSY as holiday season.
MARCH-MAY: Avoid due to wet, wind and snow. Visibility might not be as good.
It is easiest to fly into Kilimanjaro airport (KIA) (indirect flight from the UK).
Or, you can fly into Dar Es Salaam (DAR) and then fly to Kilimanjaro airport.
We recommend arriving several days before your trek begins.
Average travel time: 15 hours & 35 minutes.
MT KILIMANJARO ROUTES