Kilimanjaro National Park Travel Guide

  • At the top
    At the top
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  • Our head guide - August
    Our head guide - August
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  • View to Mt Meru
    View to Mt Meru
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Kilimanjaro National Park Highlights

  • Pro
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    jackfruit says…

     Great scenery all around you as you challenge yourself to conquer this daunting mountain! 

  • Con
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    Bonobo2005 says…

     Expensive: at least about $650/6 days + tips 

  • In a nutshell
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    jackfruit says…

     Hakuna Matata! Take your time, heed the symtoms of altitude sickness and the mountain will take care of you! 

Kilimanjaro National Park Things to Do

  • Day 6

    It rained most of the night at Karanga Valley and the morning was wet and cold and not very clear. What I wasn't expecting when I climbed out of my tent was the vertigo I experienced from the height and the slant of the camping area. I climbed out, reeled and almost fell over. Managed to get my bearings and headed tor the toilet hut where I met up...

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 started off with quite a bit of trepidation for me as I would be climbing Baranco Wall and, quite frankly, I was scared. I have a fear of heights and knew that I'd have a hard time on this extremely vertical part of the route. I can only be glad that it was sunny and I wasn't having to climb in the rain or mist. I met a couple of Canadians...

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  • Day 8

    Luckily on day 8 I woke up and my knees were feeling fine. My guide told me it was about 2 hours to descend to Mweka Gate where the trek would end. We set off and I started feeling like I wanted to just get off the mountain. It was still pretty steep at the start but eventually the trail flattened out and I was practically running to get off the...

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 didn't go as it was planned. I woke up and was completely exhausted with no energy whatsoever. My guide thought it would take me 6 hours to reach the summit and I was pretty sure I wouldn't make it at all. We were supposed to spend the night at Crater Camp after reaching the summit and the porters would have packed up and headed off with my...

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 did not go well for my friend. He had been extremely thirsty through the night and had to get our guide up for more water during the wee hours. In the morning he was feeling awful, he'd been sick the night before and his breathing wasn't sounding good but he thought he could continue so we set off for Barranco Camp via Lava Tower. It wasn't...

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 started off so much better after a full night's sleep. I felt absolutely fine and was raring to go. We were off to Shira 2 camp for the night and it's a quicker day than day 2 and a much easier trek, not as much steep climbing, probably my favourite day of the climb in fact. You can choose to take the Shira Caldera route to acclimatize but we...

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Kilimanjaro National Park Restaurants

  • Mountain Food

    No matter which local tour operator you choose, you're likely to end up with a pretty similar set of menu options, and all of them will involve tremendous quantities of food, fuel for the hard slog ahead. Of course, the downside to this is that the higher you climb, the less you'll probably want to eat because of the effects of altitude, although...

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  • Vegetable Potage and Porridge

    Before the trip I'd asked those who have already been there:- What about meals on the way?- Mmmm... Yeh.... It is OK!- But what is it?- It is good food! You will not be starving!- ????Now, if you ask me the same question, you'll receive the same answer! ;-) Look how cucumber soup is appetizingly hang over spoons! ;-)

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  • Dry Rations

    During your way along Marangu Rout (as I know other routs are the same) you will have regular (see other tips) hot meals in the morning and in the evening. Packed lunch is distributed across group by guide every morning. Usually pack consist of boiled egg, piece fried or boiled chicken, piece of bread, 200 ml of not natural juice and chocolade....

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Kilimanjaro National Park Nightlife

  • Get an early night

    When you climb Kilimanjaro, the night arrives early (around 6:30 or 7) and once it gets dark there's not a whole lot to do except eat dinner, get cleaned up and go to sleep (preceded, of course, by some stargazing in the amazingly clear night-time skies; wrap up well, since it gets very cold after dark!). However, if you're feeling like a small...

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  • Resting

    Normally I will sit and watch the other foreign teams arriving into the camp and make comments on their accents. If I feel like i want to have a bit of fun i will chase the big crows around the camp...that is all. I normally wore long johns and walking socks, you must be wearing a bandana.

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Kilimanjaro National Park Transportation

  • Precision Air

    When we were planning this trip we had found out that there were two options of getting from Nairobi to Marangu at Kilimanjaro: bus or plane. I didn’t really want to go for the bus option. First of all it would add extra stress to the trip and I would also have to pay 50 US dollar to get a visa to get into Kenya. Instead I went for the plane option...

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  • Flying into JRO

    KLM is the only international airline flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) from outside Africa. KLM operates nonstop flights from Amsterdam (AMS) into JRO. Departing AMS at 10:55am and arriving JRO 9:30pm same day, daily except Sun and Mon.JRO is also serviced by international flights from Nairobi and Dar.We paid $1100 including all...

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  • Getting to the trailhead

    No matter where you decide to stay before the trek, there will be some driving involved to get to the trailhead.If you are wondering how comfortable your ride from the hotel to the trailhead will be, here's some info.Depending on the number of hikers, the tour companies will employ either a bus or van. Duffels will be loaded on top or in the rear...

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Kilimanjaro National Park Shopping

  • Kilimanjaro patches

    The gatehouses for some of the routes have some very basic souvenirs for sale, like interesting maps (also available in hotels and in town), and woven patches that many hikers like to sew on to their packs. If you're a patch fan, keep your eyes open at the beginning of your walk: if the gatehouse stocks the patches, consider buying them...

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  • Beware ebony products!

    You will see plenty wooden products in most shops you go to. However, ebony carvings are usually covered in black boot polish to make them look shinier so make sure you ask for them to be unpolished, most decent shops have realised this is a problem and will have the same item in unpolished format.

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  • Map of the area

    New Map of the Kilimanjaro National Park is a two sided fold out map that is published by Maco Editions and sold all over northern Tanzania. You can buy this at the Marangu Gate for $5-$7 and about $10 in Moshi or Arusha. This is one of the best maps of Kili I have come by.One side has a topo map of the summit night ascent along all trekking...

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Kilimanjaro National Park Local Customs

  • Tipping

    The amount of work done by your team to help get you to the top will warrant a tip at the end. The porters do unseen work to help you get to the top and often carry some rather heavy weight on their shoulders/head.Current thinking on the tip is 10% of your fee (not including park fee) to do the trek. In addition to this is the giving of gifts which...

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  • Post climb beer

    At the end of your trek you'll be keen for a hot shower and potentially a beer. A great way to show your appreciation to your team of porters is to buy them a beer. I understand that this doesn't happen that much so, like my group, show your appreciation with a couple of cold drinks! We went to a small bar near the main Marangu gate and the bar...

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  • Spare equipment to porters

    To second the tip above:If you have equipment left at the end of the climb that you wish to give to the porters then make sure that you hand it to them directly. Do not hand it in at your hotel or to the company as it will not go to the porters who helped you out and will probably be sold.They appreciate anything from clothing, shades, hats, gloves...

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Kilimanjaro National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS - DISHONEST/NO...

    I travelled to Kilimanjaro on 16th August with Private Expeditions. During the booking stage - they had provided me with an agreement form which asked for NO medical conditions and NO medical history - therefore I rang them to explain about my condition and I was told that so long as my doctor agreed (I have a letter from my doctor) and so long as...

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  • Cheap Trips - Avoid!

    There are a lot of operators offering to climb Kili. Some of these are not very reputable and sometimes they fall into the scam category. Many of the 'cheap deals' can be found in Arusha and are to be avoided. My advice is to do your own research on what cost you should expect to pay. There are plenty of online operators (eg Gecko Adventures,...

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  • Watch the Muck!

    This next tip might be a little gross but I'll give it anyway. In regards to the toilet huts it is best to remove your gaiters from your boots before entering the huts. This is because the gaiters usually have a strap that runs under the boot and the toilet huts are not always, shall we say, clean? Some of them are downright nasty since people are...

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Kilimanjaro National Park Tourist Traps

  • Tipping your guides, porters, cook etc

    Porters and the guides (porters especially) do the toughest jobs on the mountain. So rewarding them for thier efforts is customary, I might even say, mandatory. BUT a few things to remember.....There might arise a situation where the guide(s) or porters might tell you what the standard tipping rate is on Kili. They will usually brandish a paper on...

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  • Chagga family cave

    At the hotel we would see new people heading of to start their climb on the mountain and it was a bit of a torture. So to get our minds of things we decided to go for a guided walk in the area. For 5 dollars you can get one of the people associated with the hotel to take you for a walk in the area. We walked to a local bus stop near by and from...

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Kilimanjaro National Park What to Pack

  • Some Essentials

    Do not bring a wheeled bag; a duffel bag or backpack is preferable as the porters will carry them on their head or back of their neck. I used a duffel bag which had hidden backpack straps, needed lots of souvenier room. You'll also want a dayback in which you'll carry your day to day essentials like your water, sunscreen and camera. Hiking boots,...

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  • Gear for Kilimanjaro

    You will need two bags - one main pack (carried by a porter) and a day bag big enough to hold your wet weather gear, camera, nibbles and water. I had a 22 litre day bag and this was fine. Remember, the bigger the bag the more gear you may end up stuffing in it! Starting from the bottom - as you are walking for several days your boots and socks are...

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  • Day bag kit

    Your day bag will be what gets the most use up Kili so it pays to get a good one. I had an Osprey 22 litre bag with plenty of pockets which worked really well. Don't go overboard and buy a bag that's too big. It's too easy to fill it up and carry a lot more weight than you need to - especially on summit day! Remember that you'll also be carrying...

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Kilimanjaro National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Prepare well for kili doesent matter...

    I have done this route twice the issue of the worst success to the top is that this route has less oxygen as someone elevates to the high altitudesso one need to aclimatize properly not just a matter of pay and go!thank you!gla

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  • Maundi Crater

    The crater is a quick side trek near Mandara Hut and takes about 1 hour. Views toward the Kenyan border can be seen from one side of the crater. You start in the direction you will take the next day if you are still on your way up. The walk takes you out of the rain forest zone and for the first time you'll see tussock. The track goes off to the...

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  • Zebra Rocks

    The Zebra or mawenzi rock is a geographic feature close to Horombo Hut. It is essentially a rock face coloured by time and water. The rock is a 5km walk from the Horombo Hut and is normally used as part of an acclimatisation day walk taking you to 4100M before going back down to 3700M to sleep at the huts.

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Kilimanjaro National Park Favorites

  • Training to get to the Top

    It's a curious thing that many of the people that you meet on Kili have done little preparation given that many decide on the spur of the moment to 'have a go'. My advice is to do a bit of preparation as there is quite a bit of walking to be done. Summit day alone can be 12 hours or so on your legs!I'm lucky in that my very flat city of...

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  • The Challenge Ahead

    From Kibo hut the Marangu track gets rather steep - near Gilman's point it's very steep! It's both a scary and exciting feeling looking up at the last leg of your journey. Not too far to go but the track looks very challenging - how will we do it? Basically it's several hours of zig zagging across the face of the very large scree slope you can see...

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  • Team support

    No matter which route you take or what your approach is you will most likely be part of a team as you attempt to reach Kili's peak. I found that my team of 4 worked really well together (2 Kiwi's and 2 Aussie's) and helped each other to all get to the top. Small things such as rehydration salts and carbo gels were shared as we all had our moments...

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