Mount Kilimanjaro Hike Overview

Are you wondering what it really takes to conquer a successful Mount Kilimanjaro Hike?You will be in for a surprise as with Serac Adventures; experienced and well-trained guides the hike to this popular summit is simplified to a great extent. Read on to find out!

Planning Mount Kilimanjaro Hike

First we start with your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike planning for which you have to make up your mind for the following:

  • Make sure you know the exact date of your trip.
  • Make sure you have spoken to our travel experts and decided on the hike route and duration of the hike.

With expert guidance from our team, you can complete this planning process easily....

Choose Kilimanjaro Hiking Routes

While planning your trek you can choose from the seven main Kilimanjaro Hiking Routes that are mentioned below:

  • Marangu route: Marangu Route is the popular Coca Cola route which is customarily considered the easiest Kilimanjaro route due to its gradual slope and communal sleeping huts.
  • Machame route: The much better choice would be the Whiskey route which is Machame Route the oldest route to the Kilimanjaro peak.
  • Lemosho route: We recommend Lemosho Route due to its beautiful scenic views and far lesser crowd than Machame or Marangu routes. 
  • Northern Circuit route: If you have more time to spare then choose Northern Circuit Route, this is the ongest route to Kilimanjaro peak which practically takes 9 days to hike.
  • Rongai route: This is the only route starting from the northern side of the summit. If you are hiking in the rainy season choose Rongai Route as it provides the least precipitation.

Prepare For Kilimanjaro Hiking Adventure

Now that you have planned your trek you should get started with Preparing To Hike Kilimanjaro. For achieving this you will need to follow the subsequent steps:

  • Start with booking your flights.
  • Apply for your visa.
  • Take the necessary vaccinations shots.
  • Order online or apply for rental equipment and gears for the hike.
  • Get in shape and start your healthy diet at least a month before the trek.

Kilimanjaro Hiking Cost – Budgeting For Kilimanjaro

After you have planned and prepared for the trek, you should start calculating your Kilimanjaro Hiking Cost. The prices vary between $2,400-$8,000+ per person. This cost includes park fees, transport, guides, camping costs, and food.

Kilimanjaro Hiking Success Guide

Are you ready to conquer the great Mt Kilimanjaro? Your positivity and strong will help you a great deal in hiking this gigantic summit. As it is said “Practice makes you perfect”, we recommend you, therefore, to hike a smaller cliff for practice before going for the great Kilimanjaro. Training well before the hike will help you a great deal to achieve maximum Kilimanjaro Success Rate on the summit.

Kilimanjaro Hiking FAQ’s

Here are few Kilimanjaro Faq’s often raised by our clients that we have tried to answer in the simplest ways possible:

  1. Which is the best route to hike Kilimanjaro?

On your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike, we recommend you Lemosho route, Northern Circuit route, or Machame route which is the most popular route on the summit.

  1. What is the equipment I need to hike Kilimanjaro?

For the right equipment, you must follow our Kilimanjaro Packing List that is well articulated and makes sure you leave no item of importance behind. In the various documents that are required we insist you pack your passport, Kilimanjaro Visa, travel insurance, etc as they may be required during your airport checks.

  1. Is it Safe to hike Mount Kilimanjaro?

As you have already known that Hiking Up Mount Kilimanjaro is tough but with the help of our experienced guides and trek crew this summit has been made easy. Under their supervision hiking Kilimanjaro is safe.

  1. Can You Hike Kilimanjaro without A Guide?

No, it is not possible to hike this summit without a Kilimanjaro Hiking Guide. This is because as per the regulations of the Kilimanjaro Park Authority you need to accommodate a licensed trekker to get permission to trek Kilimanjaro.

  1. How Long Does It Take To Train To Hike Kilimanjaro?

Your Kilimanjaro Hiking Touris a daunting task but some training and exercise coupled with a healthy diet will help you hike the summit with ease. You should start training at least before a month of your hike.

Serac Adventures Offers You The Hiking Adventure You Have Never Experienced Before! 

Serac Adventures Kilimanjaro Hiking Package is affordable and customized as per the hiker’s needs. We will let you know about the Best Time To Hike Kilimanjaro so that you can experience the best that the summit has to offer. Our guides will provide you with Mt Kilimanjaro Factsthat you would have never heard of before!

So don’t delay your trip as the ice caps won’t survive after the next few decades due to global warming and climate change. You can give us a call in case of any queries and we try to solve it to our highest of capabilities. If you are convinced to hike this gorgeous peak then start planning your trek with us today!  

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Mount Kilimanjaro one of the most visited places in Tanzania. The main attraction here is the snow capped mountains. And it is the tallest free standing mountain in the world and highest peak of Africa. It has the best rainforest, alpine meadows and farmlands. The main volcanic cones are kibo, Mawenzi and Shira.

The lower rainforest is home for many animals. Mt Kilimanjaro is the best trekking destinations of Africa and about 2000 trekkers climb each year.This is one of the mountains, where you can walk to the summit without a rope and without a technical climbing experience.

It has registered the highest altitude and most of the climbers suffer from altitude sickness here. If you’re interested in reaching the top, you should consider adding an extra day onto the standard climbing itineraries to get perfect and proper acclimatization.

Lemosho Route is one of the most preferred routes compared to other routes and it starts through a lush forest and continues towards Shira plateau. Most of the tour operators recommend a minimum of 7 days attempt to this route but 8 or 9 days attempt would be preferred for higher acclimatization and a successful summit. You must try this route on your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike.

When we compare the days taken to reach the summit, we would highly recommend 9 days route via Lemoshowhich is much better than the Lemosho Route 8 Days or the Lemosho Route 7 Days as more the number of days taken, higher you get the acclimatization to altitude and higher are the rate of success to reach the summit. The Lemosho Route Cost will vary according to the number of days you spend on the summit. If you go for 7 days your success rate would...

The Machame Route is also called a Whiskey route and one of the difficult routes on your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike. It has a success rate of 60% to the summit. The trail here is steeper crossing the valleys and ridges. You will also need to cross the Barranco wall which is steeper and need one and half an hour to hike it.

Did you know – that Mount Kilimanjaro Hike on the Machame is painstaking and is more difficult compared to the Marangu route or Rongai route. Despite this, the success rate is quite high and the acclimatization it provides is also great! The route offers a longer and steeper trek and covers more ground and included more ups and downs. The route may tire you and consume more energy. Despite this, we recommend it due to the acclimatization it offers.

On your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike,you should surely try this scenic route.

Marangu Route is the most popular, least difficult, and the shortest way to Uhuru Peak on your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike. This route is also called the Tourist Route or the Coca Cola Route.70% of all hikers choose this route because most of the route consists of easy hiking. This route is fairly easy but the final part to the summit is still difficult. Although this route is the easiest, it has the highest failure rate due to bad preparation. It is advised to take this route seriously enough, to be well organized and to take all possible safety measures.

The Marangu Route Coston the packages we offer is $1750 per person. The Marangu Routeis referred to as the coca-cola route.This is the only route that uses the same path to and fro. Marangu route is the most crowded route on your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike. The route is a comfortable walking path and an easy route to hike.

The Rongai Route is the only route thathikes from the north, the hike is from the south-east and you can see both the sides of the mountain on your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike. You can hike through this beautiful and make the most of your Kilimanjaro trip.

The main advantage is it is the easiest route and one of the quieter routes. It approaches the mountain from the drier side and has the best chances of good weather. The disadvantages are; higher costs due to additional travel, considerably less scenic.

On the Rongai Route,the extra cost makes this route a bit more expensive. This route has an easy hike profile as Marangu route and it rises steadily, there aren’t any steps involved and also no ups and downs. With a good operator, you have an 80% chance to make it to the crater rim and 70% to make...

The Umbwe Route is a direct route, very steep, very tough route compared to other routes. This route meets Machame route near the Barranco Camp on the trails of the next day and this shows how steep the routeis. On your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike,you should try this beautiful route!

The Umbwe Route is preferred by most experienced hikers and not for the fresh hikers. This is the route that is not used much during the Mount Kilimanjaro Hike. The traffic on the route at the beginning is low but pick up as the trekkers join Machame hikers at Barranco Camp. The altitude level is high here and the experienced ones who are well adapted to the altitude can make to the summit with this route.

The Umbwe Route has the good reputation of the most challenging route, once reaching...

The Shira Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and joins the Machame route. There are several variations for this route. The Mount Kilimanjaro Hike on this route can be done in six days but due to Machame trail, the days will be extended for a longer version. The added transport makes this route more expensive. The route offers a four-wheel drive and you can skip the first stage of the hike, the rainforest zone.

The main advantage of the Shira Route is - it is less crowded on the first days and it is very scenic. The disadvantages are of the Shira Route Kilimanjaro- The cost is very high, meets Machame trail hence very busy on the latter days.

On the Shira Route,therainforest drive takes you directly over 3500m without time for proper acclimatization on your Mount Kilimanjaro Hike.

Northern Circuit Route has the most beautiful scenery, excellent climatic conditions, and the northern circuit route always offers the highest success rate for Mount Kilimanjaro Hike. If you are a challenging hiker and planning to trek the world’s tallest free Standing Mountain, the northern circuit route gives you a fantastic trek experience of a lifetime.

Kilimanjaro trek is once in a lifetime trip, spending a lot of money and visiting a place which you are not at all familiar with is a real challenging task and to make your hike successfully reach the summit, with your safety and highest success rate, you should choose the Northern Circuit Route. We have collected a few important points as to why you should prefer the Northern circuit instead of other routes, have a glance, and make a decision.

The Northern Circuit Route Cost is $3250 per person

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