Mount Kilimanjaro is the crown jewel of Tanzania. With an altitude of 5,895m (19.340ft), it is the highest peak in Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and one of the largest volcanoes. The base of the immense mountain has a diameter of about 70 km. On a clear day its impressive formation can be seen from more than 160 km away, and although it is only three degrees below the Equator, the peak is permanently covered with snow and ice.
Elephants, leopards, lions and colobus monkeys are among the residents of the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. The encircling rain forests ensure the fertility of the lush, lower lying countryside, where the Chagga cultivate their coffee, maize and bananas.
Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed most of the year, although it is inadvisable during the rainy season months of April and May and during the short rains of November. Ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro is definitely a challenge, and there are some risks involved, but it can be reached by any reasonably healthy person who enjoys hiking and can tolerate the colder temperature at the higher altitudes. Reaching the summit will be an unforgettable lifetime accomplishment.
There are officially six different trekking routes by which to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, namely:
- Umbwe and
We offer individually guided camping excursions for these routes.
Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain, which can be done in 6 or 7 days. The Rongai route is the least scenic of the camping routes with the most difficult summit. Marangu route is also relatively easy, but accommodations are in shared huts with all other climbers. As a result, this route tends to be very busy, and the ascent and descent routes are the same.
Below and in our individual itineraries, we offer valuable and accurate information on the different routes which along with our professional experienced guides substantially increase the likelihood of a safe and successful ascent to and descent from the summit.
Relatively easy, well defined path, no climbing skills required
The Marangu route is probably followed by 90% of all climbers.
The trek starts at Marangu gate. Porters will carry all your personal items, equipment and supplies and a cook prepares your meals.
Marangu route has a well defined path, which has been well traveled and where most obstacles have been modified to make it friendly.
This is a very scenic route with good views of Mawenzi and excellent prospects for viewing wildlife and to reach the summit.
More adventurous, very scenic. No climbing skills required
The Machame route is also known as the Whisky route.
This is probably the most scenic and most beautiful route to the summit, 26 km long; however, it is physically more challenging than the Marangu route. With a gradual ascent through the forest you emerge to see panoramic views of the moorland on the Shira plateau, Kibo and Western breach. The vastly different kinds of vegetation found along the route make it the most scenic route. We gradually approach the summit with an acclimatization day by walking at the same heights (Barafu Camp to Karranga Valley Camp), and another day by stopping at Karranga Valley camp (Africa Safari Agency is among of few tour operators offering this). There are no mountain huts on this route; the accommodation is in mountain tents, which can be less comfortable and will require a good sleeping bag and preferably a decent hiking mattress.
The route is completed in 6 days and is physically challenging for most people. The last 2 days (the trek from Barranco to Barafu and then the overnight trek to the summit) require mental and physical toughness, due to the high altitude and short amount of time to rest before the overnight ascent to the summit.
This route is one of the shortest but also one of the more difficult routes to reach Uhuru peak.
Quiet and spectacular, the Umbwe route is known for its caves. The first night you actually sleep at the Umbwe Cave Camp with two more caves that can be visited on route the following day. Also, this route is sometimes used as a descending route.
More technical and challenging route
The Shira plateau is one of the most scenic and most fascinating areas on Kilimanjaro. Depending on the weather conditions you use a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to within a 30 min walk of the Shira Hut at 4000m. This is a very spectacular drive and offers some magnificent views of Mt Meru and the Great Rift Valley. Wildlife is often sighted and the road features some striking vegetation changes ranging from forest to, grassland to, heath and finally to moorland. The fast ascent by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatization, after which it will be possible to ascend Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via the Barafu hut.
This route can only be used as a western descending route.
Technical route for experienced climbers
This is a remote, unspoiled and very beautiful route to the Roof of Africa. The forest around the Lemosho Glades is rich in big game animals such as elephant and buffalo, which may sometimes require a game ranger to accompany climbers on the first day. This route is however a long route which requires 7 days for a comfortable completion, which makes it bit more expensive. Lemosho, a relatively new route, is preferred by reputable operators due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate. In short it maximizes the chances that the climber will reach the summit, and enhances overall experience.
RONGAI (NAROMORU) ROUTE
Relatively easy, no climbing skills required
Rongai is the second easiest and gentlest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after Marangu. You can start this route from both the Tanzanian side of the border or from Rongai in Kenya, but all park fees and arrangements must be made at the Marangu gate. The route may only be used for ascent and the Marangu route must be used for descent. There are several big caves along the route, which are used by the porters for overnight accommodations for the first two nights.
Our Package includes:
- Destination transfers
- Park fees
- Professional and knowledgeable guides
- Porters cook and rescue
- Camping equipment including mountaineering, mesh and sleeping tents, table and chairs, sleeping mattresses and pillow
- Drinking water while on the mointain
- All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- 1 night accommodation in Arusha/Moshi
- International flights
- Visa for Tanzania
- Personal climbing equipment (Sleeping bag, rucksack, footwear etc)
- Personal Travel insurance Use of Acetazolamide (Diamox) might be worth discussing with your doctor as it is sometimes used to aid in acclimation to high altitudes.
- Alcohol and beverage
- other items of personal nature such as laundry