Kilimanjaro Travel Information



Join us on a 5 to 10 day exclusive, fully supported and professionally guided climb of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. If you’re an avid adventurer, Mt Kilimanjaro is one of those adventures that should be ticked off your bucket list.

Climbers walking above the clouds on Kilimanjaro

Picture thisYou’re 5,895 metres high and standing on the ‘Roof of Africa’. You’re just about to take your final steps onto Uhuru Peak, the summit of the world’s highest free-standing mountain — the beautiful majestic Mt Kilimanjaro.

As you reach the summit, the memories, the challenges and tribulations of the past seven days come flooding back and culminating in one euphoric emotion. At that moment, the feeling of achievement and success in reaching your summit goal is almost overwhelming – you feel alive!

For the past seven days, you have experienced many emotions as you battled and pushed through new personal, physical and mental barriers.

Having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, it is impossible not to be changed by the experience positively – you will go home a new person. You uncovered much more about yourself, your personal strengths, and your limitations on the journey.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is not just about reaching the summit. It is a journey of self-discovery from the day you commit to doing it to the day you return home; the memories and the experience will last a lifetime.

Kilimanjaro Mountain

Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.) is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this dormant volcano looms over five ecosystems and large game reserves, and is certainly one of the world’s most impressive sights. The terrain is nothing short of dramatic. As a mountaineering company, we treat this adventure as a mountain climbing expedition. 

Kilimanjaro is unique in many ways, but stands as the only one of the seven summits (the highest points on each continent) that is truly a nontechnical climb. Using well-marked trails to the summit along with our expert guide staff, a fit enthusiast has an excellent chance of reaching the summit. The combination of our expert guides, choice of routes, success and safety has set Top Climbers apart from our peers. We invite you to review the “Why Climb With Us?” section below.

Kilimanjaro is an attractive climb for anyone interested in a physical challenge: climbers, wilderness enthusiasts, and hikers alike. We consider the Kilimanjaro climb and safari expedition to be one of the most appealing and treasured adventure experiences we offer.

Following your climb, we can also take you on a safari to the spectacular game parks of Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater, The Tarangire River and National Park, and Serengeti National Park. Throughout the safari, we lodge in great hotels and travel by Land Cruiser across the Great Rift Valley, following wildebeests, lions and other indigenous wildlife. More details can be found in our Safari Overview page and on our Itinerary pages.

The world’s most accessible high summit

Mt Kilimanjaro is a beacon for visitors worldwide. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination.

And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

And their memories.

But there is so much more to Kilimanjaro than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour from the tropics to the Arctic.

Explore Diverse Geography and Nature

Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephants, leopards, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates.

Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias. Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen.

Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow.

Choose Your Route

With our expeditions, you have the flexibility to select from a variety of routes to suit your budget, preferences and capabilities. Whether you opt for the popular Machame Route, the scenic Lemosho Route, or the challenging Umbwe Route, our experienced guides will ensure a safe and fulfilling journey.

Read more about the different routes here.

Why Top Climbers?



Unparalleled Service and Support

As a 5-star rated company with years of experience, we are dedicated to providing you with exceptional service from start to finish. Our friendly and professional team will be there to assist you throughout your Kilimanjaro trekking adventure, ensuring that all your needs and expectations are met.



Great Camping Facilities

Experience the utmost comfort during your trek with our top-of-the-line camping equipment. Our tents are spacious, weather-resistant, and designed to provide a cozy and secure resting place after a challenging day of hiking. We prioritize your comfort and well-being, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate amidst the awe-inspiring landscapes.



High-Quality Equipment

We provide you with the best equipment available to ensure a safe and enjoyable trek. Our camping gear, including sleeping bags and mats, is meticulously maintained and regularly inspected. Additionally, we equip you with appropriate gear for varying weather conditions, ensuring that you are prepared for any situation that may arise.

Delicious and Nutritious Meals

Our experienced camp chefs will prepare delicious and nourishing meals to fuel your body for the demanding trek. You can expect a wide range of dishes made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. We cater to dietary preferences and requirements, ensuring that you are provided with satisfying meals that accommodate your needs.

Adequate Water Supply

Staying hydrated is crucial for your well-being during the Kilimanjaro trek. We provide an ample supply of clean and safe drinking water throughout the expedition. Our guides and support staff will ensure that you have access to fresh water at all times, helping you stay hydrated and maintain your energy levels.

Health Checks and Altitude Monitoring

Your safety is our utmost priority. Our experienced guides conduct regular health checks to monitor your well-being and ensure a safe ascent. We pay close attention to symptoms of altitude sickness and provide necessary assistance and guidance. With our knowledgeable team by your side, you can focus on the trek, knowing that your health is closely monitored.

Private Toilets

We provide private toilet tents for our clients on all of our climbs. Private toilets consist of a portable plastic toilet and a privacy tent. These will be set up at each campsite. Our staff (a designated “toilet porter”) maintains the toilet tent to make sure it is clean and ready for use.

Safety and Evacuation Procedures

All our guides are certified Wilderness First Responders, and their high mountaineering training goes far beyond the normal scope of just this wilderness specific first aid. They are trained to identify and carefully monitor developing high-altitude issues and discuss them with you continuously. They know exactly when to bring you down the mountain, the quickest route to take and when to call for emergency evacuations with chopper/vehicle.

Respect for Our Team

We are nothing without our team of guides and porters. We are members of KPAP, which is a body that ensures well being and fair treatment of all porters on Kilimanjaro. To become a KPAP member, we had to prove over time that we’re committed to paying and treating the porters on all of our climbs in accordance with industry best practices.

FAQs about Climbing Kilimanjaro

The main weather conditions that can cause concerns while climbing Kilimanjaro relate to cold temperature and precipitation. Though the average temperatures on the lowlands of Tanzania are relatively warm and stable throughout the year, the temperature on Kilimanjaro varies widely depending primarily on the altitude.

The dry seasons of mid-June through October and December through the beginning of March are the best times to climb Kilimanjaro. But even during the “dry” seasons, climbers may still experience heavy rains. The mountain’s weather is unpredictable and climbers should be ready for wet and cold conditions no matter when they come.

There are distinct climatic zones on different altitudes with changing vegetation. We will pass through five major ecological zones on the way to the summit. This varies from agricultural zone, Rain forest zone, Moorland zone, highland desert zone and arctic zone. As we gain altitude, the temperatures drop as does precipitation levels and vegetation. While the temperatures in the rainforest are generally very mild, averaging 21 degrees Celsius, the temperatures during the night ascent to the summit can be below zero up to -18 degree Celsius. Therefore, climbers need to have the appropriate extreme cold weather gear to endure harsh winter weather for many hours.

We generally advise our Kilimanjaro climb clients to avoid the two rainy seasons in Tanzania: the “long rains” in April and May and the “short rains” from late October through November. It is simply uncomfortable to climb in wet and cold weather for days at a stretch.

The remaining months are all very good to trek up Kilimanjaro.

It is important to understand, however, that weather on Kilimanjaro is as changeable and unpredictable as mountain weather all over the world is. Some light rain is virtually constant in the lower sections of the mountain throughout the year, but it might dry out on any given day or week. And the upper reaches of the mountain, which are quite arid, can see passing rain or snow storms at any time of year.

The most popular months on Kilimanjaro are July and August, with December running a close third.

We keep our group sizes small to around 6-8 people. If you have a larger group, then it does not matter how many are part of it, we will run the trek.

Sometimes if no one else joins set departure date, we also run trips with just 1 or 2 clients in them.

All our treks have guaranteed departures.

We currently use three-person tents on our Kilimanjaro program. Two climbers per tent.

Yes, we have a large dining tent and tables and chairs that are used at all camps. Sometimes we forgo the table and chairs at High Camp.

These are especially nice if it happens to rain. Often people will go inside to get their food and then eat outdoors in beautiful evening light.

We also provide toilet tents with commodes.

You will need a medium-sized backpack (say 2,500 to 3,500 cubic inches or 40-58 liters) that can hold your layers of clothing for changing temperatures and activity levels through the day. One thing that many people do not expect is the porters who carry your large bags with most of your belongings.

In your day packs you carry only those items that you will need during the active hiking hours.

Most people carry packs that weigh about 20 lbs (9 kgs). You could pare this down to perhaps 15 lbs (7 kgs) if you were careful, but with a lot of camera equipment, or other personal preference-type items, it might be more.

We offer carefully planned, highly nutritious meals prepared by trained chefs on the mountain; food quality is one of the highest praises we receive. It is not just about the great food, but getting the right food during such a demanding climb. As a climbing company (as opposed to a safari or light trekking company), we understand what and how people need to eat while in the mountains. We are happy to give you an outline of our menu plan. The quality of our expedition food is well known for all our expeditions, but is something special on Kilimanjaro climbs.

Resupplying during our trip allows us to provide lots of fresh and whole grain cooked foods.

We have private toilet tents set up at every camp. These are clean, sit down, commode-type toilets with water.

Yes, all hotels for the scheduled trip, meals on the mountain and on safari, airport transfers, and shuttle to Arusha are included. One thing that is not included in town and on safari are bottled drinks (soft drinks, bottled water, alcohol.) Also not included are tips at the hotels, tips for safari drivers, and tips for guides and porters at the end of the trip on the mountain.

On the mountain, we will provide you with a large three- to four-gallon cooler of water at each camp, and during our sit down lunches. This water is cartridge filtered by the staff using a large, commercial Katydyn filter. We strongly recommend that each client then treats this water one liter at a time as you fill your bottles several times each day, using iodine or other recommended water treatment solutions. We have found that this two-stage process is the most effective in preventing water-borne issues. Steri Pens work well, but use a lot of batteries and can break, so you always need the backup treatment pills.

For the past few seasons, we have relied on the satellite phone for possible emergency communication while we are on the mountain. Things change from season to season, however. We also carry a cell phone and radio phone on the mountain and safari. All our Kilimanjaro trips are run in our normal, self-contained expedition style. That is to say, complete medical kits and equipment to deal with emergencies travel with us. This self-reliant approach is especially important in Tanzania where, unlike, say, Nepal, helicopter evacuation is very limited. The crew of porters, assistant guides and head guides who travel with each group are who we really rely on for possible emergency response. If necessary, they could carry an injured person, and they can run from any location on our routes to a road head and telephones in less than one day.

Climbing a mountain as high as Kilimanjaro does have dangers. You should ensure that you have good insurance to cover these risks. It is a condition of booking to climb Kilimanjaro that you have medical and accident insurance.

Your insurance must cover helicopter evacuation and medication. It should also cover the costs of getting home should you miss your scheduled flight due to accident, injury, illness or simple bad luck.

Your insurance must specifically include cover you to climb up to 6000 meters above the sea level.

Your insurance should also protect against the ‘standard’ travel dangers, including: baggage delay, loss of personal items etc.

We highly recommend global rescue insurance  .  Different policies provide different levels of cover, so make sure you understand what is and isn’t included in your policy. So be sure to read the small print carefully for any policy you are considering

Despite the long list of recommended vaccines, Tanzania has only one compulsory vaccination: Yellow Fever.

Tanzania has no recorded case of Yellow Fever and efforts to ensure this superb record mean that all visitors from countries that have a risk of Yellow Fever must present vaccination certificates upon entry.

Below are the lists of what is the general advised for travel to Tanzania. We strongly advise you to consult with your medical specialist. They will have the most up to date and medically accurate information relevant to you, and should be relied upon over these recommendations.

Gently Advised Vaccinations

Hepatitis A – This can be spread via contaminated food and water.

Typhoid – Typhoid can also be spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.

Yellow Fever – This can be contracted by being bitten by a contaminated mosquito. This vaccination is not essential if you are arriving directly in Tanzania. You do need it though if you plan to arrive through any country that is subject to yellow fever. Simply stopping over at an airport in an affected country should not require vaccination, but leaving the airport even briefly would make it necessary.

Tetanus – Tetanus is often present in the soil, and can contaminate open wounds easily. Tetanus vaccine should be used every ten years if travelling.

Diphtheria – This potentially fatal disease is spread mainly via spit, but occasionally through contact with cuts on the skin.

Optional but necessary
  • Tuberculosis – TB is generally contracted through inhaling airborne sputum.
  • Measles – This disease is spread through inhaling sputum.
  • Rabies – Rabies is spread via contact between the saliva of any infected animal and an open wound
  • Cholera – Cholera is spread via contaminated food and water, and poor hygiene.
  • Hepatitis B – This illness is spread via contact with blood or bodily fluids

You are highly unlikely to contract malaria on Kilimanjaro, which is too high and cold for the anopheles mosquito. Nevertheless, Tanzania is a malaria zone and therefore you will be at risk of contracting the disease. We recommend that you take malaria tablets.

While there are no mosquitoes above 2,000m on the mountain itself, they are present in Moshi, in the safari parks and on Zanzibar. Some of the hotels provide mosquito nets but you are still safer to take the tablets as well.

When beginning a course of anti-malarials for Tanzania, it is very important to begin taking them before you go; that way the drug is established in your system by the time you set foot on Tanzanian soil and it will give you a chance to see if the drug is going to cause a reaction or allergy. Once started, complete the full course, which usually runs for several weeks after you return home.

Those opting to travel to Tanzania are required to comply with the rules and regulations laid down by the government. Some visitors may be able to obtain a visa on arrival, while others will need to apply for it at the Tanzania Diplomatic Consulates in their home country or online at We highly recommend you apply for your visa online 6 weeks prior to arrival into Tanzania.

Below is an overview of the visa requirements. Please note that requirements can change at any time with or without notice; always check Tanzania’s consular website for complete details. We Top Climbers Expedition will do our utmost to advise you about any other information you may need.

For your visit in Tanzania, you must meet certain entry requirements before being allowed into the country. Some nationals are exempted from this requirement when entering the country and staying for three months or less.

You should obtain your visa prior to departing your home country as this will ensure that you are able to begin your travels without delay in case of any passport hitches. To apply for a visa, we recommend you apply for it online or contact the Tanzania consulate in your country. Many consulates also have the forms and instructions on their websites. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the travel date of your arrival and departure out of Tanzania.

The fee for a single or multiple entry visa for a US citizen is USD $100, and for other non-exempted nationals, the fee is USD $50. Visas costs must pay by cash, or money order if applying via a Tanzanian consulate. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted as payment. You do not need a separate visa for visiting Zanzibar Island though; the same above Tanzania visa requirements applies for Zanzibar. Cash US Dollar payments are only accepted as payment for your entry visa on arrival.

If you are short of time, you are be able to obtain a single-entry tourist or business visa upon arrival at one of the entry points, although it is recommended that you obtain your visa prior to departing your home country. To obtain a visa upon arrival in-country, you must meet all standard immigration requirements before a visa will be granted to you.

If you plan to work or volunteer while in Tanzania, you will need a valid work permit which can be obtained through your employer or volunteer organization. If your stay in Tanzania is beyond the valid period of your visa or permit, you are subject to being arrested, detained and fined prior to being deported.

To get to Kilimanjaro you need to fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (IATA code is JRO). The airport,is situated south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park and is nearly equidistant from the two main towns, Arusha and Moshi. 95% of trekkers spend the night before their Kilimanjaro climb in Moshi, which is about a 45 minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) to your lodge in Moshi is included in your trek package. Also drop off to Kilimanjaro international airport after the climb is included in your package.

It is also possible to fly into Arusha airport (ARK), but this is a small domestic airport that only receives internal flights and a few connecting flights from Kenya. Pick up from Arusha airport to your lodge in Moshi will involve extra charges $ 70 USD. The same charges will apply to arrange a drop off to Arusha airport from Moshi.

Recommended airlines:

The most affordable, yet convenient flight for most prospective trekkers from the Northern Hemisphere is to fly from Amsterdam on a direct KLM flight to Kilimanjaro.

This flight departs Amsterdam around 10:00am everyday and arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport around 20:30pm the same day

For trekkers in Europe, UK and the US, the easiest thing to do is to fly from a major local airport hub near you to Amsterdam (Most major airports in Europe, UK and the US have flights to Amsterdam), and then catch the KLM to JRO connecting flight

Also In terms of indirect flights to major African airport near Kilimanjaro International Airport, The best option is either Kenyan Airways or Ethiopian Airways. Both operate routes from major United Kingdom, United States, European and some Southern Hemisphere airports.

Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar also fly into JRO now, but these flights often involve long delays and flights leaving late at night for UK travelers. However, climbers travelling from the US often report better service and experiences flying with Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar, so we do recommend these flights.

Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes