Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is the most visited landmark spot near Moshi. It is a breathtaking beauty of East Africa that should not be missed. With an elevation of 900 meters, it is the highest peak in Africa and in the whole world it is the tallest of all free-standing mountains. Generally six trekking routes are used to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Trekkers from around the world come to achieve this accessible high summit of this great mountain. Many trekkers trek upto the crater rim and many others achieve reaching the actual summit point, known as the Uhuru Point.
To reach the trekking routes for Kilimanjaro, visitors have to take about an hour’s drive from the airport. If traveling from Arusha, it takes 128 km to reach the destination. Both day and overnight trekking facilities are available at Mount Kilimanjaro National Park on the Shira plateau. One can also take the trails for the lower reaches. Chala Crater Lake is another attraction of this national park. For fun, trekkers can engage in trout fishing, a popular activity of this region.
Generally a trip of five days or more is recommended for trekking tours to Kilimanjaro. This is to avoid altitude sickness and to slowly get used to the climbing condition. Trekkers prefer to visit this beauty during the colder months of July to September as well as during December to February stretch.
For accommodation visitors can book huts on the mountains or stay in the designated campsites. Town of Moshi and village of Marangu also have accommodation facilities just outside the park. While undertaking these trekking tours, visitors can opt to hire guides for $20 per day, porters $10 a day and even cooks with affordable rates of only $15 per day.