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When to climb Kilimanjaro

January to March
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The weather in the first few months after the short rainy season is generally warm and dry. Away from the high season so relatively quiet, this is one of our favourite times to climb Kilimanjaro. Dry and quiet
April and May
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The long rainy season in Tanzania normally occurs in April and May although it has become more unpredictable in recent years. If you don't mind the rain you can have the mountain pretty much to yourself. And bear in mind you can nearly always get a good discount in this period. Long rainy season
June to early November
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June to early November are the driest months for your Kilimanjaro climb but particularly during August to October this means the mountain is very busy. The shoulder months of June and July and early November are good compromises if a little rain doesn't deter you. Dry but busy
November to mid-December
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The short rainy season normally starts towards the back end of November and continues for 3-4 weeks. Generally rain is less persistent than in the main rains and so this is a good time to be on the mountain without the crowds Short rainy season

Choose between an open or private climb

Depending on the numbers, the extra cost to have your own private group will be between £400 (for a single person) down to nothing for a group of 8 or more. Besides cost the other things you might consider are:

Our open group climbs run on pre-scheduled dates and stick exactly to the published itinerary.

 

Private climbs start when you want and you can flex the itinerary as you go along if you want to.

The only tailor-made options we offer on open climbs are equipment rental.

 

On a private climb you can book a range of tailor made options like additional acclimatisation days, upgraded hotels or personal porters.

Open groups generally include a mix of singles and couples: most times everyone gets on really well but you do not get to choose your climbing partners and a snorer in the next tent can be very irritating.

 

Private climbs are always groups of friends, families, colleagues or classmates. Knowing each other before the climb normally means they bond well on the mountain and work hard to support each other.

We do not operate open group climbs during either the long or short rainy season as there are generally insufficient climbers to put a group together.

 

Private climbs operate all year round and we have had some great successes in the rainy season. The mountain is very quiet and just as how it rains in the dry season, so it is often dry in the rainy season.

On open climbs we have one guide for every two people and you are encouraged to walk at your own pace. Inevitably though if you are slower than others in your group you might find this is an unwelcome pressure.

 

Private climbs have the same guide ratio but generally as people know each other well you do not have the same issues between the hares and the tortoises.

 

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Last Updated April 14 2016
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Route: Machame
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Route: Lemosho
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Route: Marangu
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Price: £1690 $2200 €0
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Route: Rongai
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Route: Machame
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Days: 8
Price: £1885 $2455 €1960
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Route: Lemosho
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Route: Machame
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Route: Machame
Arrival: September 18 2016
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Route: Machame
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Route: Machame
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Route: Machame
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Price: £2025 $2630 €1960
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Route: Machame
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Days: 9
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Climb Kilimanjaro - Frequently Asked Questions

Q1How fit do you need to be?

Kandoo excels in helping novice trekkers summit Kilimanjaro safely. You need to be fit enough for "weekend walking" and able to do 5-7 hours on your feet for two days back to back. Beyond that good preparation, good guides and a bucket load of determination will get you to the top.

Q2What is the difference between the routes?

The four routes we operate as standard, being Lemosho, Machame, Northern Circuit and Marangu importantly all have a good success rate. The first three routes all start on the South Western side of the mountain which is the more beautiful. Marangu starts from the East and is the only route with dormitory huts.

Q3How many days does it take?

The shortest climb Kandoo runs as standard is 6 days. Shorter climbs have a much lower success rate and it is a long way to travel and a lot of money to spend to not reach the summit.

Q4What is the success rate on the routes you operate?

Our success rate on climbs of 7 days or longer is more than 95%.

Q5Are you a member of KPAP, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Program?

We are a leading member of KPAP and have a KPAP porter on all our climbs to ensure that our treatment of porters always is up to the high standards we demand.

Q6What do you do to support the local community?

As one of the very few non-Tanzanian companies that actually operate its own climbs we are closely involved in many aspects of supporting the local community. This extends from promoting porter welfare, supporting a local children's charity to being active members of the Leave No Trace and Travellers Against Plastic organisations.

Q7WHAT IS THE SCENERY LIKE ON KILIMANJARO?

As you climb Kilimanjaro you pass through 5 distinct climate and vegetation zones

The Lower Slopes/Cultivation - Between 2,600 feet and 5,900 feet the climate is tropical with an average of 45 inches of rainfall each year. The lowlands are now densely cultivated with coffee and banana plantations and the deforestation is a factor in the shrinking glaciers on Kilimanjaro.

Rain Forest - The zone between 5,900 and 9,200 feet receives the highest amount of rainfall, up to 78 inches per year. The moisture results in a belt of dense tropical rain forest.

Moorland - The moorland zone is between 9,200 feet and 13,100 feet and is covered with heather and bright flowers. Above the heath is a black moorland where plants such as lobelias and groundels grow.

High Desert - Between 13,100 and 16,400 feet there is a semi-desert region that receives less than 10 inches of rain annually. Temperatures range from the mid 80s to below freezing at night. Only plants such as moss or lichens can survive here.

Arctic Zone/Summit - The summit zone above 16,400 feet is an icy wasteland, baked by fierce sunshine during the day and frozen at night. The thin air here contains half as much oxygen as at sea level.

Q8CAN YOU SEE WILDLIFE ON KILIMANJARO?

As you climb Kilimanjaro make sure you ask your guide to try and spot animals for you. There are plenty to look out for, as in spite of the tough climate there are over 140 species of mammals living on Kilimanjaro. At least seven larger mammal species have been recorded above the tree line including tree hyrax, grey duiker, red duiker, eland, bushbuck, buffalo and elephants. Three primate species also live in the montane forests: blue monkey, black and white colombus monkeys and bushbabies.

And the birdlife is a twitchers dream. From the wonderful crested Hartlaub's turaco to the beautiful Malachite sunbird a keen eyed bird-spotter will have a treat

Q9What are some interesting facts about Mount Kilimanjaro?

Kilimanjaro is 5895 metres (nearly 20,000 feet) high, the tallest mountain in Africa, and one of the ‘Seven Summits’, the highest mountains on each of the world’s continents. It is the tallest free-standing peak on Earth. While other mountains boast higher peaks, they are part of mountain ranges, so they ‘start’ at a much higher altitude as well.

Kilimanjaro’s Kibo summit was first reached by Hans Meyer, a geographer from Germany, Ludwig Purtcheller, a mountain climber, and Yohannes Lauwo, a guide hailing from nearby Marangu, in 1889. The attempt took six weeks. The fastest recorded ascent of Kilimanjaro is held by Wim Hof aka 'The Iceman' who broke the previous record of over 9 hours. In fact in January 2015 he claimed the fastest title with a time of 3 hours and 25 minutes!

Around 35 thousand people make the attempt to climb Kilimanjaro each year. This results in an annual income of some £32 million for the Kilimanjaro National park, which has become a huge part of the national economy.

Kilimanjaro has three distinct peaks: Shira at 3962 metres, Mawenzi at 5159 metres, and Kibo at 5895 metres, and each is a separate volcanic formation. The highest point is the Uhuru Peak area at the top of Kibo crater’s rim, and this is the ‘target’ of almost all ascents.

Kilimanjaro is what is known as a stratovolcano. The Shira and Mawenzi peaks are extinct, but Kibo is classed as only ‘dormant’, so future eruptions are indeed possible. There is little need to fear, though, as geologists tell us that is has not had a major eruption in some 200 thousand years. Another one any time soon is quite unlikely. Kibo is not entirely asleep, though. It emits gas from several fumaroles in the crater, and is subject to occasional landslides like the one that created the Western Breach.

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