Is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro independently?

Can you climb up Kilimanjaro without a crew? It's a question readers still ask me regularly each year.  Is it possible to just turn up at the foot of Kilimanjaro with a rucksack full of camping gear, food and warm clothes, and head up the slopes to the top? In other words, can you climb [...]

April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Advice|

Climbing Kilimanjaro in the rainy season – is it worth it?

Climbing Kilimanjaro during the rainy season Whether to do it, how to do it, and what to expect April and May is traditionally the low season on Kilimanjaro. Very few people climb at this time.  There's a good reason for this, of course. These two months correspond with the mountains main monsoon season. And few [...]

March 31st, 2019|Categories: Advice|

LGBT in Tanzania: advice for gay travellers to East Africa

Homophobia in East Africa Can being gay really stop you climbing Kilimanjaro? I was prompted to write this article after being contacted by a gay travel agency from California. This agency was looking to organise a climb on Kilimanjaro for later this year with Kilimanjaro Experts. They had the usual fears and questions that every agency [...]

March 11th, 2019|Categories: Advice|

Mount Meru: a guide

A guide to climbing Mount Meru Why everyone should climb Kilimanjaro's little brother Mount Meru, which overlooks the city of Arusha from the nort, is used by many trekkers as a warm-up trek to Kilimanjaro. In other words, it acts as an hors d’oeuvre to the main course of Kilimanjaro, which lies about 60km to the [...]

December 31st, 2018|Categories: Advice|

Is Machame too popular?

Is the Machame Route too popular? Has Kilimanjaro's busiest route become too busy? For over a decade now the Machame trail has been Kilimanjaro’s most popular trail. According to the latest figures given to us by KINAPA, 20,339 trekkers used Machame in in one year. That figure represents a massive 43% of the total number [...]

August 17th, 2018|Categories: Advice|

Cycling around Kilimanjaro – bike trip through an African Paradise

Cycling around Kilimanjaro: a bike trip through an African Paradise Prior to COVID, the upper slopes of Kilimanjaro were getting ever busier. More and more people were marching to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. Some routes were even, in peak season, getting choked with crowds.  For this reason, several companies took a step back [...]

May 28th, 2018|Categories: Advice|

Activities around Kilimanjaro

Other things to do around Kilimanjaro There are plenty of other things you can do on the mountain other than climbing it. Let's look at some of the other activities around Kilimanjaro (and on it too!). The Kilimanjaro Marathon One of the most popular things to do in the Kili region is the annual Kilimanjaro [...]

May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Advice|

Is the Umbwe Route the mountain’s best-kept secret?

Why everybody should consider Umbwe When the latest set of statistics were given out by the park authorities recently, one figure in particular stood out. While 47,232 people climbed the mountain that year, only 589 of them - around 1% - chose to do so on the Umbwe Route. The question is: why? After all, [...]

May 14th, 2018|Categories: Advice|

Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second summit, reopens to climbers

Mawenzi Peak, Kilimanjaro's second summit, opens to climbers once more After more than a decade, the authorities have decided to allow climbers back onto Kili’s hazardous Mawenzi Peak. The peak sits to the east of the main Kilimanjaro's main summit, known as Kibo. Between them lies the high alpine desert known as the Saddle.   [...]

April 16th, 2017|Categories: Advice|
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