Elevation

19,334 ft / 5,893 m

Prominence

19,308 ft / 5,885 m

Region

Tanzania

Summits

154 summits

Top climbing months

February   17%

January   12%

September  12%

Most climbed route

Machame Route

Highlights

  • Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and 4th highest of the Seven Summits.
  • Lies close to the equatorÉ but has snow on top! These famous "Snows of Kilimanjaro" are rapidly melting and are predicted to be gone by 2022.
  • Among the tallest freestanding mountains in the world, with Uhuru Peak rising 15,100 feet (4,600 m) from base to summit.
  • An inactive stratovolcano with 3 volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.
  • Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim.
  • Several climbing routes exist: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.
  • Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain, which can be done in 6 or 7 days.
  • The Rongai is the easiest camping route.
  • The Marangu route is also easy and with accommodation in huts tends to be very busy.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park shows that only 40% of climbers actually reach the Uhuru summit with the majority of climbers turning around at Gilman's Point, only 300 meters short!
"Speed climbed Kili on a short trip to Tanzania. We reached the summit through Umbwe route in 33hours (including an overnight at Baranco camp), Total time spent from start of ascent to exiting through Mweka was 48 hours 37 minutes." - shulmani, Dec 2, 2016
"Traveled with Alpine Ascents, with a group from Gainesville, Fl. We were summitting for Climb for Cancer, a group started by Ron Farb. The trip to seven days. This was a once in a lifetime amazing adventure." - jaycochran, Jan 30, 2016
"Did the trek to the roof of Africa. Once-in-a-lifetime experience Mount Kilimanjaro Photo Album: http://dimitriosfan.com/2016/12/28/mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania-%E2%80%A2photo-album%E2%80%A2/" - DimitriosFan, Jun 25, 2015
"An amazing and awful experience over the six day trek to the summit via the Machame route. Had excellent weather almost the whole time. We went through Meru Mountain Treks. Overall, we were satisfied with the tour company, and decided to climb the old fashioned way with no personal porters. A Tunisian fellow joined our group of four friends at the last minute and provided much comical relief during the climb, however got very bad altitude sickness and HACE and has no recollection of the summit itself. He was lucky to have been traveling with us four doctors, but really shouldn't have seen the " - MooseHiker, Apr 28, 2014
"Did Machame Route over 6 days. While it was the rainy season we really only had rains on Day 2 up to Shira Camp and we hid in our tents and the huts. We were the only team on the mountain that did not have personal porters, only a small group of 4 for communal gear and food. At Barranco Camp, every Westerner got food poisoning, as there may have been something in the water source, or possibly from the vermin running around camp. It was a 24 hour illness, so most of us were fine by summit night, unfortunately it hit Justin the latest and he was in the worst of the nausea and vomiting just befor" - Christopher, Apr 28, 2014

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