Experience East Africa

About Mt Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawensi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in North-Eastern Kenya/ Tanzania border. Although it does not have the highest elevation, Kilimanjaro is the HIGHEST free-standing mountain rise in the world, rising 4,600 m (15,100 ft) from its base, and includes the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,340 ft). The highest point is Uhuru Peak on the volcano Kibo, 5,895 meters (19,340 ft). Kibo has a 1.5 miles wide crater on the top of it. As the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak is one of the Seven Summits. The summit was first reached by the Marangu army scout, Yohanas Kinyala Lauwo, German Hans Meyer and Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller, on October 6, 1889. Two other peaks are also extinct volcanoes: Mawenzi (5,149 metres, 16,890 ft), the third highest peak in Africa (after Mount Kenya) and Shira (3,962 m, 13,000 ft). Yohanas' Notch is named after Lauwo.

Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year but the best time is considered to be from August to October and January to March. It is wet in the rainforest from April to June and November. December through to February is the warmest months. Climate

Kilimanjaro Tipping Policy

Tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience.

Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether your guides and porters were professional and had your best interests in mind. Do not pay tips on the mountain nor should you pay for any extra services while you are on the mountain other than for the purpose of refreshments (only regularly available on the Marangu Route).

It is also worth bearing in mind that items of clothing and footwear, for children or adults, used or new, are also highly valued and can be given as well as money tips.

Tipping can either be in Euros or US Dollars. The following are the daily rates as recommended to tip per staff member:

Guide 20 $

Assistant guide 15 $

Cook 10 $

Porter 10 $

For all Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu, you will have:

1 climber: > 1 guide, 3 porters, 1 cook

2 climbers: > 1 guide, 6 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook

3 climbers: > 1 guide, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook

4 climbers: > 2 guides, 9 porters, 1 extra assistance guide, 1 cook, 1 waiter

For Marangu you will have: 1 guide and 1 cook for each 8 climbers, 1 extra assistant guide per each 3 climbers, 2 porters per climber

Note: Each client should expect to tip between US$ 200 – US$ 250

Additional notes: To avoid confusion, on the first day of your climb, please confirm with your guide the correct total number of staff that you or your group have.


Mountain Equipment

Please remember to gear up appropriately.


Mountain Tips

Please read our mountain tips very carefully.


Camping Tips

Please be careful when you are out in the wild.