Kilimanjaro Climbing

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME DO KILIMANJARO?

The Kilimanjaro region doesn’t experience the uttermost winter or summer weather just because it’s directed located to the equator but it mostly experiencing the wet and dry times. The best advised time to climb Kilimanjaro is during dry and warmest months. Rain, snow, ice and mud can be strange to the body and then it increases the climbing risks. Though during these warmest and driest seasons mountain can be very busier and it increase the summiting chances.

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro Mountain is from December to March, though Kilimanjaro can be climbed throughout the year but is good to avoid wet weathers and choose when precipitation is very low. Also from mid-June to late October is also the best advised period of the year to do Kilimanjaro.

As there’s advised time to climb Kilimanjaro Mountain also there are unsuitable time to do Kilimanjaro Mountain, from January to late March are the driest time, everything is clear throughout a day though you can experience some minor showers. Heavy rains commence from late March to first week of June our team of mountain experts don’t recommend climbing at these times as it can be very challenging and associated with higher risks.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SUCCESSFUL CLIMB KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN?

Between 5 to 9 days is advisable time to successful climb Kilimanjaro. Sometime Mount Kilimanjaro is famous known as a “Walk UP” you shouldn’t ignore it and its risks. The data shows that few of the climbers reach the summit successful.

The more numbers of the days on the Mountain the higher chances of reaching the summit.

Each route in Kilimanjaro has its own minimum days to reach at the top. But it shouldn’t be confused with each route recommended days. Gullah Geechee Africa suggests additions of one more day or two on your mountain program to help you to tackle the acclimatization on the high altitude. We always recommend our climbers to choose between seven to nine day programs to increase the chances of getting to the top and decrease the altitude sickness risks.

Do I need any medical checks before travel?

When traveling, you can get vaccinated for various diseases. Since there are many diseases that you may catch while on safari, vaccines can protect you. Plan and get a vaccination against, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Yellow Fever, and Polio. Your physician can also help you with anything else you may need to feel safe. Carry the medication you require on your trip. If you have signs of illness, contact a doctor immediately.

Malaria is a fatal illness and requires immediate medical attention. Carry mosquito repellants along with you as they can help keep off mosquitoes and tsetse flies which are dangerous for your health.

If you have health insurance, it may or may not work in most parts of the country. However, you can use MEDIVAC, which is a temporary solution. In case you get an accident that requires medical evacuation. They will send flying doctors to your aid. While using our services, you can get more insights on the safest way to handle a medical emergency while out in the wild.

Fill out forms and obtain that visa ready to take your tour. If you plan to travel between East African countries, you can have your travel agent help you get the rest during your journey. Carry your passport as it is the most crucial document to bring along.

Below are the Kilimanjaro success figure as reported by Kilimanjaro National Park (2021):

All climbers, all 5 day routes 28%
All climbers, all 6 day routes 43%
All climbers, all 7 days routes 66%
All climbers, all 8 day routes 84%
All climbers, all 9 day routes (no data)

Disclaimer: Above figures may not be updated hence you can use them a reference to think how much preparations should be done before the climbs began.

KNOW THE REALITY BEFORE MAKING THE DECION!!!!

Some companies boast that their overall summit success rates are greater than 90%. We have seen competitor advertisements representing they have 95%, 98%, even 100% overall success rates. It is only a matter of time before someone advertises that they have a 150% success rate. The truth is that each of these figures are statistically impossible! Do not believe these claims!

Many companies repute that the overall summiting success are more than 88%. Others advertisements say have even go beyond to 100% of summiting at the top rates. It is only a single click away to hear them advertising that they’ve a 200% summiting rate. But to be a transparent as we want you to archive the summiting expectations and not to summit but also to create a lifetime experience this figures would impossible not only impossible but statically impossible. Never believes these notations but it’s about personal decisions.

Our fundamental target is that you remain safe, create a lifetime experience and call Kilimanjaro a best home ever.

It’s probably manageable to do Kilimanjaro 6 or 5 day, but sometimes ask yourself this question why should I take the chance? Some climbers’ wants to have very few climbing days so that they can reduce the climbing costs, which is a good reason then. But don’t you feel that adding the cost is much better worth it? Not only it increase summiting success but also it guarantee you’re safety, if you’ve more time to relax while climbing, can take acclimatization hikes that you would probably miss to the other side of the Mountain and will certainly feel better.

What will happen? How will you feel? : If your program route is arranged with a minimum required days, then within a few couple days you about to send yourself back just because the ascent rate was too fast? Wouldn’t you then add a few days on your program to give yourself a good chance, to be fairer to your body? Were the “skipped costs” you got for not thinking to opt for more days’ worth the cost of postponing the climb experiences, not making it to the top? Don’t you think is putting yourself into such big risk that would even threat your health?

OUR RECOMMENDED ROUTES

Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route a breathtaking trail on Kilimanjaro Mountain, offering the dramatic vistas on different sides of the Mount Kilimanjaro. Being one of the recently established route this route is the best choice for climbers. Due to its less traffic, amazing panoramic view and good summit rate it has been our all the time recommended route to all of our clients due to the good feedback from our climbers that’s the reason we at Gullah Geechee Africa we highly recommend it.

The trekking starts at Londorossi gate via Shira Ridge, the first two days are storytelling and meditating of entire trek through rain forest to Shira Ridge. This route stretches towards Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. This route is entirely cover Shira Plateau from west to east thus brings about nearly smooth hike. The traffic routes is less until it join the Machame route. This route spread-out to Kilimanjaro’s southern ice part on the trail called Southern Circuit before summiting night to Barafu.

The trekking days are considered to be six though we recommend eight for a successful summit. Descending is via Mweka Gate.

Northern Circuit Route

Highly recommended, Very unique, special, and extremely beautiful. This route is one of the best Kilimanjaro trekking route, it offers a very good panoramic view 360 degrees with an amazing view, associated with calmness, less used route. Is also the longest route on Kilimanjaro Mountain which brings also a good acclimatization time and big summiting chances rate. Then we at Gullah Geechee Africa we highly recommend this route.

The trekking starts at Londorossi gate via Shira Ridge, the first two days are storytelling and meditating of entire trek through rain forest to Shira Ridge. This route stretches towards Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. This route is entirely cover Shira Plateau, summiting is from east side as you walk via Buffalo camp to School Hut later descending is via Mweka Gate.

Rongai Route

The only northern side trekking route as stretches Kilimanjaro near the Kenya border. Despite the fact that it is popular route amongst many climbers still recording less traffic. With more gradual slopes than other routes is Rongai Route. If you prefer a famous Marangu route this route is ideal for you as an alternative route. Due to the reason that this route annually experience less precipitation and is on the northern side can be very suitable during the rainy season. Rongai is somehow difficult and we at Gullah Geechee Africa we highly recommend it specifically for those with no good backpacking records. Magically the descend is via Marangu route during trekking you pass through an eyesight game viewing as you can meet different wild animals on the way such as elephants and many more.

Our Less Recommended Routes! More adventurous folks!!

Machame Route

Also Known as the “Whiskey” route, one of the popular route on Kilimanjaro route. Very difficult and challenging just because of its few days. This route commonly for people with high altitude experiences, backpackers, and even more adventurous mates. This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the south as it commence from Machame Gate, authentic view as climbers go through thick rain forest to Shira Ridge. Route, reroute to east and stretches to southern ice part before getting to the top from Barafu and later make the way out via the Mweka Gate.

Marangu Route

Most crowded route, the “Coca-Cola” route the easiest route on Kilimanjaro because of its direct path. Very short climbing time hence altitude acclimatization turns really complicated. This is the only Kilimanjaro route which offer accommodations with washrooms, because ascend and descend are along the same trail makes it less traffic.