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Mount Kilimanjaro: How It Works

The Roof of Africa

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain on the African continent and the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world, meaning it is not part of a mountain range.


It stands at 5,895 meters (19,341 ft) above sea level and about 4,900 meters (16,100 ft) above its plateau base. It is the highest volcano in Africa and the Eastern Hemisphere.


Kilimanjaro is tall enough to maintain a permanent snow cap despite being just 330 kilometers (210 miles) south of the equator. Also, Mount Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.

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You arrive in Tanzania then you start your Kilimanjaro hike the following day.


We usually pick up our clients at the Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO), this should be your destination airport for your Kilimanjaro trip.


On arrival, our company representative will carry your name on a well-printed paper so that we can easily recognize each other. Then our driver will drive you to your hotel in Moshi where you will stay before and after the hike.


At the hotel is where the final payment of your trip will be done cash on hand followed by a pre-climbing briefing as well as a gear check. 


The next morning, right after your delicious breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the mountain to start your hike.

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Our Hikes

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Lemosho (7 days) 

$1,900 - $2,200

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Machame (7 days) 

$1,750 - $2,150

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Rongai (6 days) 

$1,900 - $2,200

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Lemosho (8 days)

$2,000 - $2,300

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Marangu (5 days)

$1,500 - $2,000

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Rongau (7 days)

$1,950 - $2,250

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Machame (6 days)

$1,700 - $2,100

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Marangu (6 days)

$1,600 - $2,100

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Shira (7 days)

$1,950 - $2,250

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Umbwe (6 days) 

$1,900 - $2,200

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The Best Kilimanjaro Route

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What's Included

  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities, park fees and the climbing permit 

  • Rescue fees

  • Camping fee for camping routes and hut fee for the Marangu route

  • Good salaries for the mountain crew as per guidelines set by the Kilimanjaro national park

  • All amazing meals and clean water on the mountain

  • A nice and comfortable mattress for camping routes but in Marangu route climbers use huts that have beds with mattress and pillows 

  • Tents {guest personal tent, mess tent for our guests to have their meals, kitchen tent as cooking place and to store our food, fruits although shelter tents for the porters use}. This is for camping routes because in Marangu route climbers use huts for accommodation and having their meals

  • Transport in general. This means both airports transfers (after arriving in Tanzania and when you are leaving Tanzania) also from your hotel to the mountain and back

  • Hotel staying in Moshi at Selig hotel with bed and breakfast for two nights (one night before the hike and one night after the hike)

  • Qualified, experienced, first aider and english speaking mountain guides, assistant guides, professional cook and a very trustee hardworking porters 

  • Portable chemical toilet (mobile toilet) for camping routes but for Marangu route we have flash toilets at all campsites 

  • Emergency Oxygen for use on emergencies only and not as summiting aid

  • Pulse Oximeter to check your heart beat and oxygen level on the mountain 

  • Daily hot water for washing up your body everyday on the mountain 

  • Porters to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg  / 32 lbs), all food and camping gear from day one until the end of the trek

  • Kilimanjaro national park certificate to prove your successful summit attempt

  • Lunch after the hike

  • Basic first aid kit for use in emergencies only 

What's Not Included

  • Flights

  • Tanzania visas, we recommend that you buy it before arrive in Tanzania because it takes almost one hour t buy it here on arrivals 

  • Travel Insurance

  • Personal drinks and snacks

  • Tips for the climbing team $300+ per climber

  • Personal equipment

  • Sleeping bags

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