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Highlights


Summit Kilimanjaro with the only western operator running their own climbs: 95% plus success rate
Have fun on your climb with our fantastic guides, hand picked and trained by us
Sleep well in our world class, Mountain Hardwear tents
Enjoy great tasty food with varied menus designed by our chef including full english breakfast on summit day
Climb with a leading member of KPAP and know your porters are well paid and well fed
Book direct with the operator for the best value prices available

Kilimanjaro is where Kandoo started out in life and it is on Kilimanjaro that all the great things about our treks and climbs have been honed to their very best. Kandoo are virtually unique in operating all our own Kilimanjaro climbs- this might sound surprising but all the big western companies you find on google sub-contract their climb to a local operator. Some local operators are good, some are not so good but the bottom line is the person taking your money doesn't directly control what will happen to you.

 With Kandoo we never sub-contract on Kilimanjaro and you know we will deliver on everything we promise. We run our climbs with guides we have recruited and trained ourselves ,  we use world class, Mountain Hardwear gear that we source in the UK, we provide fantastic tasty meals and we operate to the very best ethical practises, whether you are looking at porter welfare or environmental protection. And by running our own climbs we can do all this and provide great value prices.

From the very start, we have been a leading proponent of fair treatment for porters: they have been and, often still are, horribly abused and you cannot avoid the fact that when someone buys a cheap climb they are doing so on the back of a porter who will be paid as little as $5 a day.  When you book with Kandoo you know all our crews are well paid and well looked after as we are members of KPAP, the porters' union. 

And of course safety is our number one priority. All our guides are WIlderness First Responder trained and this is backed up by the most rigorous safety protocols on the mountain. These include twice daily health checks, pulse oxymeter tests to check acclimatisation and emergency oxygen on all climbs. If you want a safe climb book a Kandoo climb.

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Machame Route

If you have just 9 days and want to have the best chance of going home and saying "I climbed Kilimanjaro" the Machame route is the one for you. Starting to the south-west of Kilimanjaro it circuits south before climbing to Uhuru Peak via Stella Point. With excellent acclimatisation and varied and interesting scenery every day it is a great choice for the novice climber.

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9 days

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Lemosho Route

Approaching from the west, the Lemosho route is one of our highly recommended routes. The first three days of the ascent are quiet and relatively untravelled, then on day four it joins the busy Machame route. A wonderful route in terms of scenery, it offers unequalled views over the majestic Shira plateau. The success rate for this route is comparable to the Machame route.

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10 days

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Rongai Route

The Rongai route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the north east, near the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Its main attraction is that it is very quiet and traverses virtually untouched wilderness. Ascent is via the scree path to Gilman’s Point with a traverse round the rim to Uhuru Peak. Descent is along the Marangu route.

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9 days

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Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit route is the newest officially approved route up Mount Kilimanjaro, and one of the few ways to see its quieter, more remote northern slope. This is an extended, nine day climb which offers excellent acclimatisation time and provides views of the rugged and highly varied countryside on all sides of the great mountain.

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11 days

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Marangu Route

The Marangu route is the oldest and most well-established route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also the only route that has hut accommodation and uses the same ascent and descent trail. The route is often touted as one of the easier hiking trails to the summit. However, according to KINAPA it suffers from the lowest success rate (42%) as too many trekkers try to do it in only 5 days and fail because of poor acclimatisation. For this reason we only offer this route on a 6-day itinerary.

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8 days

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Crater Camp

Crater Camp is not a route in itself but a challenging option you can add onto any of our climbs over 7 days. Crater Camp itself is located right in the heart of Kilimanjaro's crater and you can almost guarantee that come sunset you will be the only people on the mountain. A real 'get away from the crowds' option for the expert Kandooer.

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10 days

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Kilimanjaro climb and safari

Experience everything Tanzania has to offer on this 11 day adventure packed combination; climb Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, followed by game viewing in three of Tanzania’s best safari parks

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11 Day

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Mount Meru

Mount Meru is often overlooked due to its proximity to Kilimanjaro, but it has plenty to offer those looking for a challenging climb. A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1910, it is Tanzania's second highest mountain at 4562 metres (14,979 ft) and can be climbed in 3-4 days.

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5 days

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

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Last Updated May 5 2017
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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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