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Kilimanjaro – Machame Route Tanzania

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    The Mountains

    First climbed in 1889 by the German Geography Professor Hans Meyer and Austrian Mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller and located just 200 miles south of the equator in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain on the African continent.

    Rising to 5895m above sea level and roughly 4900m above its base, Kilimanjaro is iconic and rightly deserves its place on many people’s bucket list. The mountain itself is a dormant stratovolcano with three separate cones or summits: Mawenzi, Shira and the highest, Kibo.

    Climbing Kilimanjaro is truly memorable, not only does it provide you with awesome views from the roof of Africa, the journey to get there is also rightly special, taking you through various climatic zones from lush green rainforest on the lower slopes up through alpine desert and into the arctic towards the summit.

    The Route

    The Machame route is one of the more popular routes on Kilimanjaro and is often considered by many to be the most beautiful route up the mountain. Our 7-day Machame route is an excellent choice for the adventurous trekker. The route incorporates a high lunch at Lava Tower (4600m) on day 3 which is a great aid to acclimatisation.

    Best Time To Go

    Kilimanjaro has two rainy seasons when it’s not great for climbing, these are March through to May, and November through to February. The long rainy season from March to May is definitely not the best time to climb. Outside of the rainy seasons from June to October and December through to February are therefore good months to climb Kilimanjaro.

    From our perspective, we think June is a great time to climb. It tends to be cooler, there’s not much chance of snow and it’s generally not as busy.

    The busiest months are August and September. October is also a great month to climb Kilimanjaro with conditions similar to June. That said, Christmas and New Year are also popular times to climb Kilimanjaro, especially if you are wanting to experience maximum snow on the summit!

    Touch down at Kilimanjaro International airport in Tanzania and after passing through immigration and customs you will be met by one of Monkey Mountaineering’s local representatives with a board bearing your name. Private transfer to your hotel in Moshi (approximately 40 minutes).

    We pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and make the journey to the Machame Gate where you will complete all park entrance formalities. Once we start the trek, the route climbs steadily up through the rain forest. You’ll have lunch on the way before arriving at Machame Camp.

    Elevation: 1640m to 2850m. Habitat: Rain Forest.

    The initial section from Machame camp is fairly steep and you will gain altitude quite quickly, so it is important to take your time to allow the acclimatisation process to start working. Lunch is provided on the trail before you cross the Shira plateau and arrive at Shira 2, your overnight camp.

    Elevation: 2850m to 3850m. Habitat: Moorland.

    From the Shira Plateau, the route continues east up a ridge before turning southeast towards the Lava Tower. At 4600m the journey to Lava Tower contributes significantly to the acclimatisation process. We stop for lunch here before descending to the Barranco camp site at an altitude of 3900m. Perched below the Barranco wall, this campsite provides great views out over the plain and back towards Kibo.

    Elevation: 3850m to 3900m . Habitat: Semi Desert.

    After breakfast, the route drops down to cross a stream before climbing steeply up the Barranco Wall before continuing across to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a relatively short day.

    Elevation: 3900m to 3995m. Habitat: Alpine Desert

    From Karanga we follow the trail to the junction with the Mweka route before continuing up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit of Kilimanjaro.

    There is an option to continue beyond this busy campsite to Barafu High Camp which otherwise known as Kosovo Camp. Using this higher camp saves around an hour on summit day and provides spectacular views of Mawenzi but requires a special permit to use for which there is an additional, non-refundable fee payable to the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. If you would like to use this higher camp then please get in touch for a quote.

    Elevation: 3995m to 4640m. Habitat: Alpine Desert.

    We give you a wakeup call at around 11pm and aim to set off for the summit at around midnight.The route takes us up to Stella Point via a series of zig zags and steep scree. We stop here for a short break and watch the sunrise before the final hour to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest point on the African continent.

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu Camp for a short rest and some lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist, or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

    Elevation: 4640m to 5895m (and down to 3105m). Habitat: Arctic.

    After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we finish our descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. Here you will have the final meal on the mountain with all your crew before transport takes you back to your hotel in Moshi.

    Elevation: 3105m to 1645m. Habitat: Rain Forest.

    Depending on your time of departure, you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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    Included in the price of this trip

    • Arrival and departure transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
    • Pre & Post climb accommodation in Moshi on bed & Breakfast basis.
    • Transport to the trailhead and back to Moshi after the climb.
    • A fully supported camping trek which includes 4 seasons Mountain hardware tents and sleeping mats, kitchen tent, dining tent with table and chairs, toilet tent with chemical toilet.
    • Professional guiding and support team including porters, chef and kitchen staff.
    • Emergency equipment such as medical oxygen and emergency evacuation services.
    • Three meals per day whilst on the mountain.
    • Purified drinking water provided as required.
    • All fees (Park entrance fees, camping fees, rescue fees).
    • Portage of 20 kg per client.

    Not included

    • International Flights from/to the UK.
    • Personal clothing and equipment (see our clothing and equipment section for guidance about what to bring).
    • Additional accommodation in Moshi before or after the climb (one night pre climb and one night post climb is included).
    • Tips for your mountain crew (see https://kiliporters.org/get-involved/tipping-recommendations/ for guidance on tipping whilst on Kilimanjaro).
    • Personal travel insurance (to cover you for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects etc. You must ensure you have cover for trekking up to 6000m for this trip).
    • Lunch, dinner and drinks etc. whilst in Moshi (hotel accommodation is B&B).
    • Additional expenses incurred should there be a need to curtail your climb early and transfer you from the mountain back to a medical facility or hotel (it is essential that you have personal travel insurance that includes cover for trekking up to 6000m).

    Essential Clothing & Equipment

    • Boots

      A good pair of light-weight GoreTex lined walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in. Boots are essential - Please do not bring trail shoes.

    • Buff

      Essential for helping to keep the sun off your neck at lower altitudes, protecting from dust and wind and as neck/face protection higher up.

    • Dry Bags

      A selection of rucksack liners and dry bags as required to keep your clothing, sleeping bag and equipment dry and organised.

    • Duffle Bag

      This should be big enough to carry all the clothing and equipment you have with you. It will be carried by a porter, so a soft duffle type bag is best – suitcases are not suitable.

    • Fleece or Soft Shell Layer

      This can be a fleece jumper or fleece jacket or a soft shell jacket.

    • Gloves

      A lightweight windproof pair of gloves for wearing on a daily basis as required.

    • Head Torch

      With spare batteries or the means to recharge.

    • Hiking Socks

      We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks. A minimum of three pairs but ideally you should have a pair for each day.

    • Insulated Jacket

      Can be down or synthetic.

    • Lightweight Walking Trousers

      To wear on a daily basis if not wearing shorts and for evening wear. Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.

    • Long-Sleeved Thermal Top

      Essential base layer for colder days and nights. Pack at least 2 of these.

    • Pee Bottle

      A 1lt Nalgene bottle works well so long as it is clearly marked as a ‘pee bottle’, saves time and energy by removing the need to leave your tent in the middle of the night. Females may wish to purchase a ‘Shewee’ or similar.

    • Personal First Aid Kit

      This should include suncream, lip balm, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers and any prescription medicines, insect repellant etc.

    • Rucksack 30lt

      A small rucksack, around 30lt will be ideal.

    • Shorts

      These are optional but the weather is often good enough for shorts.

    • Sleeping Bag - 3 Seasons

      This should be a minimum of three seasons and able to keep you warm down to at least minus 5 (we recommend taking as warm a sleeping bag as possible).

    • Sleeping Matt

      Good ground insulation is crucial as is a comfy surface to sleep on that softens the hardness of the ground. A full length inflatable sleeping mat is recommended.

    • Sports Bra

      Ladies only, take 2. Should be a technical fabric, avoid cotton.

    • Sports Sandals/Flip Flops/Crocks

      Or something similar for river crossings/around campwhen not wearing your boots/in the tea houses etc.

    • Sun Hat

      To keep the sun off your head!

    • Sunglasses

      For general eye protection, wearing whilst trekking or on glaciers if applicable to your trip – for wearing on glaciers sunglasses need to be Category 4 and be close fitting or have side protection.

    • Tee-shirt

      For wearing on a daily basis whilst trekking. Should be a technical fabric – avoid cotton as it is slow to dry. You will need 2 or 3 of these.

    • Toiletries and Travel Towel

      Include wet wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet tissues as well as nappy sacks or dog poo bags (to bag your toilet paper and keep rubbish under control).

    • Underwear

      Ideally these will be quick drying and moisture wicking. Take 3 pairs as a minimum.

    • Water Bladder

      It is essential that you have the means to carry at least 2 litres of drinking water. The best solution is a bladder type water carrier such as a camelbak as this then allows you to drink whilst walking with no need to stop to get out a water bottle.

    • Water Bottle

      At higher altitudes your Camelbak may freeze and so it is a good idea to have a 1 litre Nalgene type bottle. Also great for events like the Cuillin ridge Traverse.

    • Waterproof Jacket

      Hard shell jacket ideally this will be waterproof and breathable (GoreTex or equivalent) and it will have a hood.

    • Waterproof Trousers

      Ideally they should be windproof and breathable (Gore Tex or equivalent) and with full or ¾ length side zips.

    • Woolly hat

      To keep your head warm - Ideally a hat that will cover your ears too and fit under a climbing helmet.

    Optional Clothing & Equipment

    • Camera

      Make sure you have spare batteries or the means to re-charge.

    • Ear Plugs

      To help with sleeping.

    • Long Sleeved Shirt

      For covering up during the day or wearing in the evening.

    • Mobile Phone

      You may want to use you phone as a camera. On our overseas trips signal is often limited or non-existent so making calls or sending texts may not be possible - see FAQs for trip specific info.

    • Travel clothing

      Clothing that you will not wear whilst on the trek. This can be packed in a small bag and left at your accommodation for collection on your return.

    • Walking poles

      Not essential but extremely useful when carrying a load, descending and for any river crossings.


    • Booking Confirmation

      This will be sent to you aproximately 10 days before departure

    • Immunization Papers

      Check requirement - see specific country information at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

    • Insurance Documents

      It is crucial that you have comprehensive travel insurance that includes emergency medical treatment and rescue apropriate for your trip. You must ensure you take your insurance documents with you and that the 24 hour emergency contact number for your insurance is clearly identifiable.

    • Passport and Visa

      Your passport should have at least 6 months validity beyond your last day of travel. It is worth making a photocopy of your passport and bringing this with you too just in case. See https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for information about Visa requirements. See also our FAQs for Visa information.

    Carbon Footprint

    Carbon Footprint : We are yet to determine the average CO2 emissions per person for our Rongai Route climb but we reckon it will be somewhere around 275kg.

    What are we doing about it

    Trekking and mountaineering trips such as this are low carbon in comparison to other forms of travel and activities. That said though, we are working hard to understand exactly what the carbon emissions are for all our products. By the end of 2024 we hope to have measured everything we do and have a good understanding of all the individual carbon footprints. This will then act as a starting point for us to take action to reduce our emissions to as low as reasonably practicable and drive towards net zero.


    No, unfortunately we don’t currently provide equipment for hire but can recommend Expedition Kit Hire.

    Allergies and intolerances shouldn’t limit what you can do, so we make sure we cater for everyone. We ask that you let us know at the time of booking about any dietary requirements so that we can make sure these are taken into account on the trek. That said it is worth noting that kitchen conditions and facilities on some of our trips are fairly basic. Standards of food hygiene are good, but we cannot guarantee against cross contamination of ingredients. If you have a particularly serious allergy or are extremely sensitive to certain ingredients such as nuts or wheat for instance, then please get in touch with us to discuss options.

    You are likely to require vaccinations for the majority of our overseas trips. We recommend you book an appointment with your GP to discuss your trip so they can provide you with specific advice. More information can be found here.

    Yes, you will need to book your own flights for this trip.

    Yes. Most insurance companies do not cover you for trekking above 4000m. Make sure when taking insurance cover the policy covers you for trekking up to the appropriate altitude as follows:

    Kilimanjaro – 5895m
    Everest Base Camp – 5644m (summit of Kala Patthar)
    Kanchenjunga Base Camp – 5200m
    Toubkal – 4167m

    Your insurance should also include medical and emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue). Insurance is a condition of booking and we request that all clients provide us with proof of insurance before travel (8 weeks before departure).

    Mosquitos don’t generally survive above 1800m. However, a risk still remains and we recommend taking advice from your GP before you travel. Further information including advice on bite prevention and vaccinations can be found here.

    Yes, we recommend you carry a small first aid kit in your day pack containing the following items:

    • Blister plasters
    • Antiseptic cream
    • Personal medications
    • Ibuprofen
    • High factor sun protection
    • Imodium

    Your first aid kit should be small and light so as not to add too much weight to your day pack. Our Guides carry full group first aid kits for dealing with more serious injuries.

    Ultimately this is your choice, but we would say yes. It’s important you keep yourself warm and down is without a doubt the best insulation. You will really feel the difference when the temperatures drop and especially on summit day. There are some very good synthetic brands on the market, and these have the advantage of still keeping you warm when they are wet but synthetic insulation is heavier and bulkier than down – you need a bigger, bulkier synthetic jacket for the same warmth as a lighter down jacket. Sleep helps us to recover from our trekking and is an important part of the acclimatisation process. So, our recommendation for a sleeping bag would again be down. Be sure to pick a bag with a comfort rating of -20oC and 3-4 seasons. You can buy silk or similar liners which will also enhance the warmth. With all down sleeping bags, the best way for you to keep warm is to remember to wear as little as possible whilst inside it. The heat from your body then warms the bag and the feathers retain the heat.

    Yes, the hotel has a small pool so make sure you bring a swimming costume so you can make the most of it.

    On all our trips (unless specifically excluded) we provide you with adequate safe drinking water. Early on we generally provide bottled water. As we move further from civilisation water is sourced from local streams and springs. All water provided for drinking is filtered and boiled to ensure it is safe.

    We believe prevention is better than cure and all our trips are planned and structured to reduce the likelihood of problems arising. That said, things can go wrong. Our local Guides are experienced and first aid trained. They work hard to prevent problems however, if a problem does arise they deal with it in the first instance. If the problem is beyond their abilities, we can call on the support of local rescue services and get you evacuated to the nearest medical facility without delay. Please ensure your insurance covers rescue and medical emergencies.

    The best way to avoid AMS is to follow these five simple steps:

    1 – Go slowly. Trekking up to 5600m should be done at a snail’s pace. Be first out on the trail in the morning and last into the teahouses in the afternoon, take your time, keep your pulse and breathing rate down, enjoy the views and take plenty of breaks to take photos. Going slowly means that your body can focus on acclimatising rather than keeping you moving at a fast pace.

    2 – Stay hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water whilst on the trail. Being hydrated helps with the acclimatisation process. As a guide, you should need the toilet more than normal and your urine should be clear.

    3 – Eat. Trekking to Everest Base Camp requires lots of energy and so does the acclimatisation process. Eat well at each meal.

    4 – Keep Warm. If you start to get cold your body will need to use extra resources to keep you warm. This slows down the acclimatisation process so make sure you put that fleece on when you stop and that you take a 4-season sleeping bag to stay warm at night.

    5 – Get good rest. Sleep and rest are extremely important and also part of the acclimatisation process. Don’t be up chatting all night, get an early night and make sure you are warm and comfortable so that you can get a good night’s sleep.

    Monkey Mountaineering is an approved Partner Company with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) and are Partners for Responsible Travel with the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC). We are extremely proud of our involvement with this programme and feel it is important to support and look after our porters and mountain crew; without them your Kilimanjaro climb wouldn’t be possible. We voluntarily allow KPAP to monitor how we treat our porters and mountain crew and we are committed to improving their pay and working conditions. By choosing Monkey Mountaineering for your ascent of Kilimanjaro you can be certain that your porters and mountain crew will be happy and well looked after. You can find out more about KPAP and the Partner for Responsible Travel programme here.

    Being physically fit will help you take each day in your stride. Fitness will make everything you do feel that much easier and, in theory, the fitter you are, the easier you will find the task in hand and the quicker you will recover from exertion and physically demanding tasks. To answer the question, most people of average fitness are capable of climbing Kilimanjaro and lots of people of average fitness do actually manage to stand on that prized summit every year. Being fit helps and the fitter you are the more likely you are to enjoy the journey. If you are thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro or have already booked a trip, then our advice is to try and improve your fitness before you go. Not only will you feel better for it, but it should make your endeavours on Kili that much more manageable. For information on how to train for Kilimanjaro, why not read our ultimate guide to climbing Kilimanjaro.

    A deposit of 25% of the total cost of the trip/course is payable at the time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks before the departure date. If the booking takes place less than 8 weeks before departure, then the full amount is due at the time of booking. If you would like to discuss payment options, then please get in touch.

    You may be experiencing altitude for the first time, and the facilities at times will be basic, it may become difficult to sleep and eat so yes you might feel a little out of your comfort zone. Our experienced team will be with you to help you through these moments and remember your trekking partners will be going through this too so you can help each other along the journey.

    Our team of guides and leaders do everything we can to make sure all your possessions remain safe, but we recommend a small padlock on your duffle bag for extra piece of mind. Like any other trip we recommend things like passport, money etc should be kept with you at all times (in your daysack). If you normally wear jewellery, unless it is absolutely necessary or for medical reasons, we suggest this is left at home. It is important that you take responsibility for your valuables and look after them whilst you are travelling.

    Diamox has been shown to reduce the chances of getting AMS, but it does not replace proper acclimatisation. We don’t recommend you take or use Diamox on our trips and would encourage you to take your time and acclimatise naturally.

    On June 1st, 2019, Tanzania prohibited all use of plastic bags. This means any imported, exported, manufactured, sold and stored. If you have any plastic bags on arrival regardless of size or thickness (excluding the ones you are given at airports to store small quantities of liquids whilst travelling) you will not be allowed to take them in.

    Visas requirements vary from country to country and can change from time to time. Specific and up to date requirements can be found on the UK Government’s Foreign Travel Advice website.
    In all case, we recommend that you apply for a Visa on-line before travelling where possible.

    Tanzanians don’t have a very strict dress code when it comes to foreigners. Our advice would be to respect the people as you would in any other country. Most Tanzanians are Christian, although there are around 25-30% Muslim in the towns of Arusha and Moshi. During the day shorts and tee shirts will be fine. When out and about in the evening casual clothing such as long trousers and shirts and long dresses and blouses are more appropriate. Clothing and equipment not needed on the trek can be safely left at the hotel whilst you are climbing Kilimanjaro.

    There is some limited mobile phone coverage low down on the route, but this disappears the higher you get although there is sometimes a signal on the summit!

    Kilimanjaro: There are no plug sockets or recharging points on the mountain so we recommend you bring a solar battery charger or a power pack that will last for the duration and provide sufficient charge for all your devices. If your device has disposable batteries, then please take spares and make sure you carry the used batteries back down the mountain for recycling. Keeping your devices warm at night by taking them in your sleeping bag is a good way to prolong your battery life.

    Nepal: Some teahouses will offer a re-charging service for a small fee however, as a general rule, there are no plug sockets or recharging points. We recommend you bring a battery bank (or similar) or a solar charger. If your device has disposable batteries, then please take spares and make sure you carry the used batteries back down the mountain for recycling. Keeping your devices warm at night by taking them in your sleeping bag is a good way to prolong your battery life. If you are planning on staying in hotels before and after the trek the voltage is 230v similar to the UK and uses one of three types of plugs with round pins (Type C, D & M – see here for more info).

    Our local teams work very hard to make sure your trip runs smoothly and to help you achieve your goals. Tipping is down to you but I’m sure once you see how hard the crew work and what they earn in comparison to our own wages you will want to reward them. Tipping is generally done on the last day of your trek, before your guide and crew disappear back to their homes and villages.

    Kilimanjaro: For guidance on tipping please read our article on tipping your Kilimanjaro Mountain Crew.

    Nepal: For guidance on tipping in Nepal please read our article Tipping in Nepal.

    HACE stands for High Altitude Cerebral Edema which is essentially a swelling of the brain due to excess fluid.

    HAPE is High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or fluid in the lungs.

    These two conditions are fairly rare and can be prevented by careful management of any symptoms of AMS whilst ascending to Everest base camp.

    Public toilets are located at each camp, but these are not serviced and tend to be un-hygienic. To avoid any problems and ensure your health and safety we provide our own toilet tents and portaloos. These can be used at any time whilst in camp and will be kept spotlessly clean by a member of our crew. During the trek on the mountain if you need to go, choose a secluded spot and leave no trace.

    A comprehensive list of clothing and equipment required for your trip can be found by visiting the ‘Kit List” tab on the relevant experience.

    We advise taking US dollars as these are readily recognised and can be easily converted into the local currency (Tanzanian Shilling) should you require. Please make sure you ask the bureau in the UK to only give you US dollar notes from 2016 onwards as most places in Tanzania will not accept any denomination of note printed prior to this date. Generally, if you pay in US dollars, Tanzanian Shillings will be given back to you in change. We recommend you taking lots of small denomination notes for any gifts or snacks that you might want to buy as some shops struggle with the larger notes.

    We use our own chefs and locally sourced fresh produce to provide you with the highest quality meals possible whilst on the mountain. We know that a well-balanced and nutritional diet whilst climbing can be a key factor in success, so we make every effort to ensure that your dietary requirements and preferences are met. Considering the wild places we find ourselves in on Kilimanjaro and the very basic equipment available to our kitchen teams we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the food that we provide. We also provide you with tea/coffee/drinks with all meals, when you arrive in camp after the days trek and first thing in the morning at your tent. You are also most welcome to bring your favourite snacks and/or sweets with you from the UK to help you along when the going gets tough.

    If this happens for any reason don’t worry our Head Guide and Office in Moshi will make all the arrangements. That said, you will be responsible for any additional costs, such as transport, hotels, meals etc.

    AMS is short for Acute Mountain Sickness, an illness caused by being in a high-altitude environment, where the body needs more time to adjust to the low levels of oxygen. Symptoms of AMS include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite and poor or disturbed sleep. Whilst we can’t promise you won’t experience these symptoms, we can promise that we will carry out checks twice per day (at breakfast and again at evening meal) to make sure we monitor your resting heart rate and blood/oxygen saturation levels, recognising any symptoms and taking action to help reduce the risks. AMS might sound scary but it is really easy to avoid. You can find out more about AMS and altitude sickness HERE.

    There are no official statistics for success rates on Kilimanjaro, unofficially though, the success rate on the 8-day Lemosho route is around 70%. At Monkey Mountaineering, our success rate on the Lemosho route currently stands at 94% (as of 12 Nov 2022) and this is something we are extremely proud of. Our high success rate is down to the fact that we have a very good approach to operating at altitude, ensuring you have access to the right knowledge and that our Guides and Mountain Crew know how to look after you and encourage you to acclimatise well.

    Please refer to our Booking Conditions which can be found here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a member of the team.

    Tanzania is a relatively cheap place and most things are very good value for money. The same applies for food and drink. The average price for a good meal is around 12-15 Tanzanian Shillings. (6-10US$ – without tipping). It can be cheaper for breakfast and lunch.

    The porters will be carrying your main duffle bag from camp to camp, but you will need to carry your own daysack. This should be about 30 to 40lts and have a good waist strap so that the load can be carried on your hips. In it you should have only the essential items that you will need during the day. These include any personal medication and your first aid kit as well as a fleece layer and a full set of waterproofs (jacket & trousers). You should also carry at least 2 litres of water and your packed lunch/snacks, a head torch, hat and gloves and sunglasses if you aren’t wearing them.

    You need to look after your feet, after all it will be your feet that get you to the top. Making sure you choose the right footwear, preferably boots, and allowing time to break them in will help prevent injuries like blisters, which can be very painful and potentially prevent you from reaching the summit. When choosing suitable boots make sure they are waterproof, insulated, have a good sole and provide ankle support and above all, make sure they are comfortable. If you are looking to buy specifically for Kilimanjaro, then the best advice we can offer is to pop into your nearest outdoor gear shop and speak to a store assistant who should be able to help you choose the most suitable pair.

    Climbing season on Kilimanjaro starts from late December through to early March. In the daytime it tends to be quite warm with minimal cloud cover giving great views. You can also climb Kili from June to October where the weather tends to be cooler in the day, but the skies are still clear. When choosing a time to travel it’s worth thinking about the main holiday months in Europe and the US as the routes will be busier during these periods. You can find out more about the best time to climb Kili in our Ultimate Guide to Kilimanjaro here.

    Here at Monkey Mountaineering we take responsibility for our porters’ welfare and the weight they carry on the trek so your bag must not exceed 15kg.This should be more than enough to fit all your clothes and equipment in for the trip. The lighter the load the better as porters often have to carry other things for camp set up. Park regulations state that porters can only carry 20kg. It’s also important you consider a light duffle bag rather than a large rucksack as porters carry most of the load on their heads. Having a rucksack that is shaped different and not so soft can make things difficult for them.

    We have written a very useful guide containing everything you might need to know about to climbing Kilimanjaro which can be found here.

    Generally, symptoms of altitude related illnesses start to show after arrival in camp and during the night. For this reason, we recommend sharing tents whilst on the mountain. Clearly, if you are travelling with a friend or partner you will be sharing the same tent. For those joining a group, we always arrange tent sharing on a same sex basis and try, where possible, to match people of a similar age. Single tent occupancy is available for a supplement. This must be arranged in advance so please get in touch if you would like a tent to yourself. We use top spec 3-man mountain tents but only ever sleep 2 people in them, so you’ll have plenty of room inside. An example of the type of tents we use can be found here.

    At the summit of Kilimanjaro temperatures can fall to as low as -20o Celsius, but this can vary widely dependant on the time of year. Sometimes it can be relatively warm and only a few degrees from freezing at the top. If the winds are low this makes the temperature feel less harsh. If the winds are blowing this is when it will feel cold. The main thing to remember is be prepared for the weather. Our Mountain guides will inform you on summit night what to expect.

    Summit day is often very cold, and it can be windy too with temperatures falling as low as -20oC. This is pretty normal at the top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain, so you need to be prepared. To keep warm and improve your chances of success on summit day, we recommend you set out with:

    • Base layer top and bottom (2, dependant on how much you feel the cold)
    • Thick socks on top of a liner sock
    • Mid layer
    • Fleece layer
    • Down or synthetic jacket
    • Waterproof/Windproof jacket
    • Waterproof trousers
    • Mittens – with liner gloves underneath
    • Warm hat
    • Walking poles (optional)
    • Head torch
    • A small hot drink
    • Quick energy/sugar snacks

    Some people like to listen to music on summit night, or some simply prefer to zone in and have that goal of the summit in mind. It’s close, one last push!

    No. When you arrive in camp all of your tents will be set up and your bags will be placed close by them leaving you more time to relax. On short days you might arrive in camp before the porters and crew but the dining tent will quickly be set up so you can enjoy a hot drink and snacks whilst you wait.

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