How do I go to Mount Kilimanjaro?

Mount Kilimanjaro is nestled in the northeastern region of Tanzania. From several points in the world, you can fly into the following airports:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Kenya
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha

JRO is the nearest international hub to the mountain. From these airports, you need to drive to Marangu where you can find Kilimanjaro National Park. Upon entry, you can register with the Park Authorities so you can start with your climb. As a common practice, your tour operator will handle all arrangements and even arrange your transportation from the airport in Arusha to Marangu.

Can I climb Kilimanjaro without a guide?

It is impossible to climb Kili without a guide. As per policy, all trekkers are required to have a licensed and registered guide. There are also strict rules to follow such as no cooking using certain techniques (food will be prepared by your operator who has been knowledgeable of all guidelines for a long time) nor going off the route and staying on bivouacs. These regulations are made to ensure safety and also for environmental reasons.

How much does it cost to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro can’t possibly be cheap. Park fees, camping/hut fees plus VAT make up the most expense, totaling to about $200 per climber per day. To add to that are guide and porter fees, food, transportation, equipment and administrative costs. With all that, you’re looking at about $1,000 to $4,000, more or less.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes. The minimum age that’s recommended to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. There is no exact maximum age but health condition will be considered. Generally, people with fatal health conditions may not be allowed to trek the mountain. For younger kids, it is possible to acquire approval for exceptions from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Kids with significant hiking experience and noted ability to acclimatize are most likely to be permitted. In fact, the youngest climber to ever trek Kilimanjaro is only 7 years of age.

Is it possible to rent gears there?

Yes. Typical gears that are important are available for rent but it’s always a better idea to bring your own to make sure the gears are all up to your standards and also to ensure that it fits snuggly.

When is the best time to trek?

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during dry seasons where rainfall is minimal to none. Experts recommend trekking between January and February or between July and October.

The Roof of Africa


Conquer one of the Seven Summits.

Conquer Kilimanjaro.
 

It is said that, “the biggest temptation of life is to convert dreams into reality.” True enough, when it comes to bringing our life adventures to greater heights, mountains should not only be talked about but to be conquered. Standing at a towering 5,895m high, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Located in Kilimanjaro National Park in northern Tanzania, this snow-capped wonder is often referred to as “The Roof of Africa” and people travel from all over the world to conquer her.

At Magufwa, we want you to have a great experience and to get to the top in a safe way. Climbing Kili is not without risks and we leave it to the professionals to escort you up. We have partnered with local companies who do this everyday and who we trust to give you the best time. To save you the hassle of dealing with multiple tour operators, Magufwa is happy to arrange everything for you.

Climbing Kilimanjaro

kili logoThere are several established routes to trek to the glacier summit of Kili. In order for us to arrange the perfect trip for you, we need you to provide us your preferred dates and to choose any of the 6 Kilimanjaro trekking routes as listed below. Each route has its own advantages and disadvantages, so when selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your desires, physical ability, aptitude and comfort level as this will contribute to your overall summit success.

All routes (with the exception of the Lemosho Route) can be hiked within 6 days, however, 7 days is highly recommended to allow for acclimatisation and a successful summit.

 

Below are the routes with defined difficulty level and succes rate.

Difficulty level (Diff) ranges from easy, medium to high (Easy, Medium, High).
Succes rate indicates chances of reaching the summit, looking at weather, climb difficulty, path obstructions etc.
Succes rate (Succ) ranges from high, medium to low (High, Medium, Low)

 

Use this map as a guide for your choice:

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