Climbing Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in northeastern Tanzania, a country in East Africa. Kilimanjaro rises out of the African plains 205 miles south of the equator. The northeastern part of the mountain skits the border of Kenya. In Tanzania, the closest major cities to Mount Kilimanjaro and Kilimanjaro National Park are Arusha and Moshi. To get to the area climbers usually fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Several airlines fly to this airport, but KLM has a large flight daily that arrives from Amsterdam. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa making it one of the Seven Summits. It is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world peaking at 5,895 meters or 19,340 feet above sea level. To put the height into perspective: If you stacked 63.4 Statue of Liberties on top of each other you'd have the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The time it takes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro all depends on which route you choose. On average, it takes most climbers 7 days to reach the Roof of Africa. Read the next section to see the specific length of time and distance for each route. There are 7 standard routes up Mount Kilimanjaro. Many of these routes have options for mixing it up and going to different camps on the way up. Each route is completely different from the next, but they all offer amazing views and an unforgettable experience. The cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro varies depending on the route you take and the outfitter you choose. Being a traveler who is all about being on a budget I know that looking at the outfitters that are less expensive may seem appealing. However, there are some trekking companies that do not take care of or pay their employees very well. When looking for a company to trek with please make sure they're members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). They ensure the ethical treatment of porters on the mountain.
It is possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro all year your. However, some months have loads of rain, colder temperatures, and the potential for snow on the summit making for an extremely difficult climb. There are 2 time periods throughout the year that are the best time to climb Kilimanjaro: January-March and June-October. June-March is going to be colder, but it also tends to have less hikers. June-October will have warmer weather, but coincides with summertime for most western countries meaning there will be more people on the mountain. March, April and November are the wettest months on Kilimanjaro. If you need to climb during those months you'll still be able to, but be prepared to get wet.
The weather on Mount Kilimanjaro is dependent on the altitude. One things is for certain that the high you acend the cooler and drier the air will be. Kilimanjaro, being a freestanding mountain, creates its own weather patterns. Because of this it can rain or snow at anytime. Be prepared with layers and rain gear in your day pack at all times. The first thing any climber needs to know is that no matter how hard you climb altitude sickness can hit you and derail your trip. More on altitude sickness in the next 2 sections. Anyone looking to climb Mount Kilimanjaro should train. You should start training at least 3 months before your trip.