clouds over kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not as daunting a task as it may seem. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be on your way to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain.

Step 1 – Choose a time of year to go
Step 2Choose a route
Step 3 – Choose the number of days you want to be on the mountain
Step 4Book a climb
Step 5 – Book a flight
Step 6 – Start Training
Step 7 – Summit at the top of Mt. 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

Don’t Go
Rainy Season

STEP 2: Choose a Route

Lemosho 10-Day

lemosho route

Northern Circuit 11-Day

northern route

Machame 9-Day

machame route

Machame 8-Day

machame route

Rongai 9-Day

rongai route

Rongai 8-Day

rongai route

Shira 10-Day

shira route

STEP 3: Choose the Number of Days for Your Climb

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


  • Group Climbs Start around $2,500
  • Airfare from the United States ranges from $1,500-$3,000 depending on the time of year
  • Remember to tip. Tipping is approximately $300 per person
  • Tanzanian Visa is $100 for US Citizens and can be purchased at the airport

STEP 5: Book a Flight

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Fly from the USA

  • Fly KLM/Delta to Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Fly Ethiopian Air from Washington D.C. to Addis Abada to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

STEP 6: Start Training

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro is Tough Mentally and Physically
  • Hike for 2-4 Hours, 2-3 Times a Week
  • No Trails Nearby? Walk on a Treadmill at an Incline
  • Wear a 15 Lb Backpack While Training
  • Walk Up and Down Hills
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STEP 7: Summit Mount 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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