Kilimanjaro is best climbed when the weather is dry. There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania. The long rainy season is from mid-March to early June. The short rainy season is from November to early December. Therefore, the best times to climb Kilimanjaro are mid-December to Early-March, and mid-June to end of October.
Definitely. It can rain and snow all year round. The base of the mountain is in the rainforest. A quality waterproof jacket and pants is an absolute must.
The mountain crew are an essential group of support staff that help you on Mount Kilimanjaro. Your extensive team consists of hard-working Kilimanjaro porters, guides and cooks. They provide specially trained support throughout the climb to assist you in reaching the summit.

    • Porters – carry all of your food and gear.
    • Guides – guide you safely and efficiently up the mountain.
    • Cooks – provide all meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner).

The size of your Kilimanjaro crew depends on how many members are in your climbing group and how much your bags weigh. This ultimately effects how much you will need to tip. According to recommendations set by the Kilimanjaro National Park (KINIPA), each Kilimanjaro porter is allowed to carry a maximum of 20kg (including their own gear).

  • Porters – 3 per person
  • Lead guide – 1 per group
  • Assistant guide – 1 per 2-3 climbers
  • Cook – 1 per group

Every single porter and guide is an essential part of the team

Kilimanjaro porters are responsible for carrying all gear, tents, cooking supplies and water. Cheaper trekking companies for Kilimanjaro use fewer support staff to lower their costs. However, this comes at the price of overworked or overloaded staff. Every single porter and guide is an essential part of the team. They all work hard to make sure your Kilimanjaro expedition is enjoyable, and above all safe.
No. According to Tanzanian law, climbing Kilimanjaro without a guide or a porter is illegal. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a challenge and a serious commitment. In order to have a safe and enjoyable trip you need an experienced team of support staff around you.
With a group climb, you will be in a party of up to 16 climbers who have booked with us separately (strangers). Group climbs are scheduled for set dates on set routes. In a private climb, you will be in a party of people you specifically booked with (friends, family, etc.). Private climbs can be scheduled on any date you choose and on any route. There is no maximum number of climbers for a private climb. The service on the mountain is exactly the same.
First and foremost, choose a longer route. 7 days should be the minimum and 8 or 9 days is even better. Next, put effort into your training and do it for at least two months, incorporating some long hikes if possible. Third, assemble the right gear for your climb
Definitely. It can rain and snow all year round. The base of the mountain is in the rainforest. A quality waterproof jacket and pants is an absolute must.
The weight limit is 15 kgs (33 lbs). The sleeping bag is included in the limit. Porters will carry your duffel bag in a waterproof bag.
In general, expect to sleep in temperatures as low as 20F and to hike in temperatures as low as -20F. It can be even colder. Be prepared.
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, which consist of western style meals.
We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. For more specific requirements, we will try our best but please contact us to discuss.
You should follow the layering principle when you dress. Layering is a systematic, logical approach to wearing multiple layers of clothing. The layers you will have are: base layer, mid layer, and outer shell. Learn how to use these layer also your guide will brief you before climb and they will brief daily how to dress.
Our guides are highly experienced to manage altitude sickness, which is the biggest obstacle on the mountain. They are certified Wilderness First Responders. They conduct twice daily health checks to measure your oxygen saturation and pulse. A rescue plan is in place in the event of an emergency. Bottled oxygen, a portable stretcher, and a first aid kit is carried on every climb.
No. We bring multiple guides on every climb so that when a climber needs to descend, it does not affect the rest of the party.
You will need a passport that is valid for at least six more months. You will also need a flight card which you will receive on the plane. Finally, you need a Tanzanian visa. Read more
Nothing is required but many are recommended. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from.
Our climbs begin and end in Moshi. Moshi is about 25 miles from Kilimanjaro National Airport (JRO). You should fly into Kilimanjaro National Airport and we can arrange for pick up.
Yes, but we recommend to book in advance so that we can make preparation of your safari before trip begins.
The only additional item you need for the safari is perhaps binoculars. Other than that, the clothing you have for your climb is sufficient.