Choosing the Right Company for Your Kilimanjaro Expedition

Out of all the seven Summits, Kilimanjaro is probably the cheapest mountain to climb, but as with any major ‘tourist’ attraction, it is surrounded by climbing companies that do it right, and climbing companies that do not. If you want to be a “responsible traveller”, it is important that the people of Tanzania benefit from…

Kilimanjaro Tipping Guide: Budgeting for Your Trip to the Roof of Africa

Tipping on Kilimanjaro is standard, and while many budget operators will tell their customers that tipping is at their discretion, the fact is, many mountain guides, cooks, and porters do not receive the minimum wage suggested by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) or the Kilimanjaro National Parks Authority (KINAPA), and so they depend on…

Altitude Sickness: Know the Risks When Climbing Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream for many, and while thousands of people climb it successfully, a large percentage of travellers succumb to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), and up to 10 people die on the mountain every year. Just 10 days ago, South African rally car driver and sports personality Gugu Zulu passed away while…

Friday’s Photoshoot: Kilimanjaro Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

If you are climbing the 7-Day Machame Route on Kilimanjaro, your final challenge before summit night is the journey from Karanga Camp at +/- 4,100mtrs to Barafu Camp at 4,650mtrs above sea-level.  A relatively short hike but one that certainly takes its toll when it comes to altitude, this penultimate hurdle should not be rushed, but…

Kilimanjaro Kit List: Feet First

You only have to look online to find all kinds of recommended packing lists for your Kilimanjaro Expedition.  Some people recommend you pack light, others recommend you pack everything, and some people tell you not to pack at all, but rather rent of your climbing equipment and gear in Tanzania, but if you want to…

Kilimanjaro Day 1 Machame Route Photos

Climbing Kilimanjaro will be right up there on the top of many people’s bucket lists in 2016, and rightly so! This snow-capped mountain in Tanzania is every bit as beautiful and challenging as the guidebooks will have you believe, but it is also very do-able, and with a good level of physical fitness and a…

Kilimanjaro’s Glaciers: Will They Still Be Around in 2030?

Researchers have been studying the mighty glaciers at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for over 100 years, and while some ecologists will have us believe that Kili’s glaciers are not going to disappear anytime soon, the majority of scientists and climatologists who have studied the mountain estimate that those majestic glaciers that have given Africa’s…

Kilimanjaro Photos: The Grand Barranco Canyon

When climbing Mount Kilimanjaro along the Machame Route or Lemosho Route, the descent from Lava Tower into the Grand Barranco Canyon is always a welcome one. The pressure eases on your head, the downhill trail is a breeze after the trek from Shira, and the scenery is quite simply breath-taking… if you are lucky enough…

16 Reasons to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016

If you are thinking of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016, now is the perfect time to book your trip. Africa’s highest mountain is now more accessible than ever before, and there are some fantastic tours available for singles, couples, families and charity groups, but not all companies are the same, and so it is advisable…