Standing 5895m (19,340 feet) above sea level and just three degrees south of the equator, snow-capped Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing volcano. Its upper reaches are wrapped in chill alpine mists and blanketed by glaciers, while its forested lower slopes are steeped in the lore and traditions of the local Chagga people.

Climbing to Kilimanjaro’s summit is physically and mentally challenging, but with the help of an experienced guide, it can be done by anyone who is fit. It does not require any technical mountaineering skills.

The mountain can be climbed at any time of year, although here at Mauly Tours, we do not advise trekking during the heavy rains in April and May. There are several routes for climbing to the top, including the popular Marangu route, the somewhat longer and scenically appealing Machame route, the Lemosho route and the Rongai route. The trailheads for all are easily accessed from Moshi.

All routes offer the chance to experience Kilimanjaro’s different vegetation zones as you climb, beginning with lush rainforest around the trailheads, rising to heather and moorland up to about 4000m, alpine desert up to about 5000m, and an arctic-like zone at the summit. While it is possible to reach Kilimanjaro’s summit on a five-day itinerary, we recommend at least one or two extra days for your climb to assist with altitude acclimatization.


  • Trek Preparations

    The following information is seen as an essential list of what you should take with you on the mountain. A supplementary list follows for extra items as well.
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  • Mountain Equipment List

    Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s most famous mountain, but there are many other peaks and mountain areas where you can hike, spot birds and wildlife and get to know Tanzanian culture.
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  • Marangu Route

    Marangu route, commonly known as the “Coca Cola” route due to its popularity as to date one of the most selected and utilized route. The Marangu route is definitely a challenging route
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  • Machame Route

    Beginning in the South, this is one of the best routes to take due to the chances of reaching the summit and in recent years it has become one of the most travelled routes
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  • Rongai Route

    There is only one route over on the north eastern side of the mountain, Rongai, which is usually a five night climb.
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  • Lemosho Route

    The Lemosho route, starting from the west is the most beautiful, natural and r emote of all the Kilimanjaro routes. The route described is more or less an adaptation of the Shira or Londorossi route
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  • Mt. Meru

    Mt Meru, Tanzania’s second-highest peak at 4562m, is an almost perfectly-shaped volcanic cone, whose forested lower slopes shelter a variety of wildlife
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  • UMBWE Route

    The Umbwe route, which is based in the south, is a classic 6 day tour and is by far the most difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro. The first two days are extremely steep
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  • Mt. Usambara

    The densely populated hills of the Usambara range are draped across Tanzania’s northeastern corner. They are known for their colourful village markets, panoramic vistas and for their many endemic plants, birds and insects.
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