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Mount Kilimanjaro, located in the northeastern corner of Tanzania, is the fourth-tallest mountain in the world and Africa’s highest mountain. It is also the tallest “walkable” peak, meaning that no actual rock climbing experience is necessary to reach the summit, although doing so certainly requires stamina, skill, the right equipment, and a competent guide. Although much is made of the moment that climbers reach the summit—and what a moment it is, with a gorgeous view of the crater, the Serengeti, and clouds above and below—the hike itself is quite enjoyable. In six to 10 days, you’ll pass through five different climactic zones, sleep under the stars, and maybe even spy a le
opard or two.
Travelers interested in seeing Kilimanjaro’s famous glaciers should hurry: since the first survey of the summit in 1912, they have shrunk by 82%, and they’re disappearing faster than ever before. Experts estimate that Kilimanjaro will be ice-free in the next 10 to 20 years.
Climbing Kilimanjaro requires planning and preparation. This article will help you get started, and make sure to speak with a doctor and a tour operator well before your trip.
When to Go
Because of Kilimanjaro’s location near the equator, the time of year that you visit is generally not very important. That said, the rainy season can make the first few days of the hike more challenging, and the most popular months to climb are January, February, and July through September.