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Kilimanjaro Guide

What is the best time to visit Kilimanjaro?

Many people who buy return flights to Kilimanjaro plan their trip around the two trekking seasons: January to February and June to October. These two periods have the best weather and a higher hike completion rate. March, April, May and November are the wettest months for Tanzania. Those who purchase tickets to Kilimanjaro during these months, intending to climb the mountain, should prepare for tougher trek conditions and lower visibility. If you're looking to trek with clear skies, smaller crowds and warm weather, book your airfare to Kilimanjaro for January to February. Hikers who prefer hiking in cooler climates may want to consider June to October, however also remember that this is the most popular time to visit Kilimanjaro.

What should I know before visiting Kilimanjaro?

How long does it take to climb Kilimanjaro?

You can choose to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in five or nine days, depending on your climbing experience and budget. If you are buying flights to Kilimanjaro to make the climb for the first time, it is wise to give yourself extra time to adjust to the high altitude and so, it's recommended to take the longer seven- to nine-day climb.

Which route is the best for first-time hikers?

The Machame route is the most popular hiking trail for first-time climbers on their way to Tanzania with an airfare to Kilimanjaro. It's a six- to seven-day climb and has a much higher completion rate because of its acclimation schedule. During the day, you'll climb higher and go back down to sleep at a lower level.

How to train for Kilimanjaro?

Once you've booked your flights to Kilimanjaro, it's time to start training for the trek. To prepare, start building up your stamina and endurance by climbing stairs, tackling hikes with steep inclines, and developing strength in your legs with resistance training. Get used to wearing a weighted backpack too - a load of about five kilograms is a good starting point.

How hard is it to climb Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro is considered the least challenging of the Seven Summits to conquer. You don’t need any technical training, however the length of the hike and the altitude may take getting used to if you haven’t prepared in advance. Once you start the trek, it is important to monitor yourself for symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Symptoms include dizziness, headaches and nausea. If you feel as though you might be suffering from any of these symptoms, notify one of your guides immediately. It is important to note that AMS can affect anyone, regardless of fitness level or age.

Vaccinations for Kilimanjaro

Tanzania is a high-risk malaria destination, and it's recommended to consult your doctor about required vaccinations before you board your flights to Kilimanjaro. Mosquitos aren't found at higher altitudes, however the medication may be useful for any extra time you spend exploring Tanzania before or after the hike. Your doctor will also be able to tell you about possible side-effects of anti-malaria medication. If you’re planning on visiting other countries around Africa after your trek, check to see if you need to get a yellow fever vaccination. It typically costs $100 USD ($148.69 AUD) and it’s available at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).

What is the cost of visiting Kilimanjaro?

In addition to your return flights to Kilimanjaro, your budget for your trip to Tanzania will need to accommodate the cost of the climbing package. Look for a tour operator that covers your transfers to and from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), pre- and post-climb accommodation, and additional inclusions such as meals, water, camping equipment, and even gratuities for your guide and porter. Climbers will also need to pay entrance and camping fees of about $100 USD ($148.69 AUD) per day. It’s usually included in your package, but always double-check to be sure. An all-inclusive Kilimanjaro package can cost between $1200 to $4000 USD (about $1700 to $6000 AUD), though this excludes the cost of your plane tickets to Kilimanjaro and travel insurance. Your final cost will ultimately be determined by the day-length of the package you choose, which climb you opt for, and which tour operator you travel with. Another thing you'll need to budget for is tips. A general rule of thumb is to tip your guide and porters at least 10% of your total tour fee. Exchange some Australian Dollars into USD before boarding your departing flights to Kilimanjaro in Australia, or opt to make the swap upon landing at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO). If you want to get the best possible deal on cheap flights to Kilimanjaro, start looking at airfare prices a couple of months in advance and signing up to Webjet’s newsletter to get notified of airfare sales.