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Have you always wanted to visit Africa? Or climb Kilimanjaro? Well, you can do both. You may be telling yourself that climbing Kilimanjaro is too difficult. However, it is not as daunting as it may seem. By following the steps below you’ll be on your way to the Roof of Africa’s and an adventure of a lifetime.

Step 1Choose a time of year to go
Step 2Choose a route
Step 3 – Choose the number of days on the mountain
Step 4Book a climb
Step 5 – Book a flight
Step 6Prepare
Step 7 – Travel to Tanzania
Step 8 – Climb Kilimanjaro

STEP 1: Choose the Time to Go


  • September
  • October

Cheaper Flights
Best Weather


  • January
  • February
  • December

Decent Weather
Lodges may cost a little more
Airfare is reasonable

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  • June
  • July
  • August

Expensive Flights
Coldest Season
Less Crowded


  • March
  • April
  • May
  • November

Rainy Season. Only go if you are an experienced backpacker that doesn’t mind the rain.

STEP 2: Choose a Route

Private or Group Climb Routes

10-Day Lemosho Private or Group

9-Day Machame Private or Group

11-Day Northern Circuit Private or Group

8-Day Rongai Private or Group

Private Only Climb Routes

9-Day Lemosho Private

8-Day Machame Private

8-Day Marangu Private

12-Day Northern Crater Private

Northern Crater Route

9-Day Rongai Private

STEP 3: Choose the Number of Days

6 Days
7 Days
8 Days
9 Days


  • A successful summit greatly depends on your ability to acclimate to the high altitude
  • Spending more days on the mountain gives your body more time to get used to the low oxygen environment

STEP 4: Book a Climb

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STEP 5: Book a Flight

Once you receive a trip confirmation email, you can book your flights.

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STEP 6: Prepare

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STEP 7: Travel to Tanzania

Kilimanjaro health check
  • Arrive a day early to accommodate flight delays and lost or delayed luggage
  • Recover from the long flight
  • Attend trip briefing
  • Participate in pre-climb health check
  • Get some rest

STEP 8: Trek to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Summit night begins at midnight. After a long 7-hour hike at near freezing temperatures, you will reach this sign

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