Where is Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, East Africa, about 350km from the equator, the nearest towns to the mountain are Moshi and Arusha.
What gear do I need?
Warm clothes (fleece, wind and waterproof layers), good polarised sunglasses, sunscreen, and a headlamp should be included in your packing list. You might prefer to use walking sticks and gaiters, thermal underwear and down jackets.
How many routes are there to reach the peak?
Which is the easiest route to reach Uhuru peak?
The Rongai route is counted as the easiest route.
Which Kilimanjaro route has the highest success rate?
The Machame route is probably the most popular route up Kilimanjaro with a high success rate.
What are the main differences between the Rongai, Machame, Lemosho, and Marangu routes?
The Rongai, Lemosho, and Machame routes are camping routes and take a longer time to reach the peak as well as these routes provide the most scenic views on the way to the summit. The Marangu route enables hurts to stay and you hike up and down in the same way.
How many days will it take to reach the summit?
It depends upon which route you choose. The Rongai route entails 6 days, Machame route can be a 6 or 7 days hike, the Lemosho route is the best with 8 days hiking and the Marangu route is the shortest which is 5 days to the peak.
Is drinking water provided during the trek?
Except for the first day the water is provided in all the routes.
What is the weight the porters carry?
The porters can carry approximately 30lbs (15kg) of your luggage. However, you will only be responsible to carry your day pack with the essential and personal items.
If the trek becomes too difficult for me can I turn around?
Definitely, you can. If you feel miserable due to altitude sickness you can’t continue with the trekking, you will be assisted by the porters or guides down the mountain.