CLIMB TO FREEDOM...
& THE ROOF OF AFRICA
the whiskey route
The White Mountain, The Shining Mountain, The Impossible Mountain... the name Kilimanjaro means adventure for those who challenge its slopes and summit.
At 5895 metres, Uhuru (Freedom) Peak is the highest point on the African continent and Kili is the tallest stand-alone mountain on Earth... one of the celebrated "Seven Summits". Kili is also host to one of the world's few tropical glaciers.
3 volcanic cones... 4 ways to go... unlimited adventure
There is no best way to tackle Kili... only the best way for you.
Consider your fitness and experience, and what you want from your climb... see the info at the bottom of this page for the best times to climb and what to pack... then contact us and we'll help you plan.
We guide four official Kili routes:
the coca-cola route
Kilimanjaro is near the equator so seasons are not as pronounced as in other parts of the world, and temperatures around Arusha average approx. 25 C throughout the year due to the area's elevation.
But there are two rainy seasons... short rains in November and long rains March-May. During these times paths can be slick and conditions can generally be more difficult.
You can climb Kili all year round, but in terms of weather the most favorable periods to make your challenge are July - October and January - February. During these months the views are best, your climb may be simpler, and the camps more comfortable. But these are Kili's "high-seasons" so you'll have more company on the trails and in the camps.
The "shoulder-season" months of June and December offer variable weather... June has less traffic on the trails, but December is generally busy.
Whenever you climb and whatever your route, you'll get a taste of 5 very distinct climate zones on Kili. As you trek from the foothills to the summit, you'll experience unique plants, animals, temperatures and terrain in each zone.
When to take Kili's challenge
Gearing up for adventure
You will need to pack only a sleeping bag, clothing and personal items... and a camera. We look after everything else including food and other bedding. Remember that whatever you bring has to ride on someone's shoulders, so keep it simple and pack as light as possible.
Click the link for luggage guidelines, then contact us to get your adventure rolling.