The Rooftop of Africa
The highest freestanding mountain in the World, Kilimanjaro is also the highest mountain on the African continent at 5896m (19340ft). Its snow-capped summit rises high above the dusty plains and huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit; these views are the reward for pushing your limits both physically and mentally. Mount Kilimanjaro consists of 3 volcanic cones, Kibo (5,895 meters), Mawenzi (5,149 meters) and Shira (3,962 meters), and lies inside Kilimanjaro National Park, a World Heritage site that covers an area of 753 squarekm. The mountain itself straddles the border with Kenya, but the Peak is entirely within Tanzania and one can climb the Mountain from Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in the world that can be climbed without specialized equipment and experience.
Our trekking takes both 6 routes towards the mountain depending on your choice and your schedule plan. Which means we climb through the most scenic route that is; Marangu route well known as Coca cola route, which has huts that differentiate these route to other ones that requre Camping gears. 2. Machame route known as whisk route which allowing us to camp and fully appreciate the splendor of our surroundings and the clear night skies 3. Lemosho route 4. Nalemoru route recently known as Rongai route, 5. Umbwe route which is a bit challenging due to it’s steepness towards the mountain and 6. Shira route. Lemosho route demands extra day spend on the mountain because is a bit long compare to the other routes. All routes pass through Cultivation, wet-montane forest, moorland, Alpine Desert and scree en-route to the highest point, Uhuru Peak.
All of Kilimanjaro’s climbing routes originate on the Tanzanian side of the Mountain. The Western routes are thought to be the most scenic of which has make most of our Clients ascend via the Lemosho and Shira (8 days) and Machame (7 days) trails. The Shira, Lemosho, Umbwe and Rongai Routes are the least crowded while Machame (Whiskey Route) and Marangu (Coca-cola Route) are the most popular. Lemosho, Machame and Umbwe descend via the Mweka Trail while Rongai and Marangu descend via the Marangu Trail. Longer climbs have the highest success rates and we recommend taking a minimum of 6 days to climb Kilimanjaro, as to have at least an extra Day for Acclimatization. Climber with enough time might need to go for Circuit (around the Mountain) which takes minimum of 9 to 12 Days, depending with Ascent Route. If there’s plan of spending a night at the Crater rim, you might need to add 1 to 3 Days.
For those who want to spend a few days around the Kilimanjaro area prior to hiking the mountain, we recommend staying at Mt Kilimanjaro View Lodge or Ndarakwai Ranch. Both areas offer Cultural tours, Walking and day hikes. Game drives are also possible from Ndarakwai Ranch. You will also enjoy Wonderful view of the Mountain from here, if the sky is clear.
UMBWE ROUTE IS THOUGHT TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT WAY TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO. THE TRAIL FROM UMBWE GATE TO BARRANCO CAMP IS EXTREMELY STEEP WHICH MEANS; THE ROUTE IS RECOMMENDED FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS, SO AS TO FEEL SOME CHALLENGE ON THE MOUNTAIN.
Advantages:- Steep climb for those wanting a challenge and Fewer climbers.
Disadvantages:- Steep and unsuitable for inexperienced hikers and The trailhead may be very wet in rain season.
Umbwe Route (6 Days)
NALEMORU or RONGAI (CAMPING)
THE RONGAI ROUTE STARTS NEAR THE HOLILI BORDER WITH KENYA. THIS ROUTE IS RECOMMENDED FOR CLIMBERS WANTING TO HIKE ACROSS THE SADDLE. RONGAI IS ONE OF THE LEAST CROWDED CLIMBING ROUTES ON KILIMANJARO. KILIMANJARO TREKKING RECOMMENDS A 6 OR 7-DAYS CLIMB OF RONGAI.
Advantages:- Remote, Eastern route,Fewer climbers, Ideal during rainy season and Possibility to see wildlife
Disadvantages:- Remote, Eastern route, Fewer climbers and Ideal during rainy season.
Rongai Route (6 to 7 days)
SHIRA and LEMOSHO (CAMPING)
THESE ROUTES ARE USUALLY CLIMBED IN 7, 8 OR 9 DAYS. CRATER CAMP CAN BE INCLUDED IN 8 OR 9 DAY CLIMBS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUMMIT VIA THE WESTERN BREACH, PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE, CAUSE THERE’LL BE OFFICIAL DOCUMENT TO BE SIGNED AT THE GATE BEFORE ATARTING THE CLIMB. INSTEAD, CRATER CAMPER CAN STILL ASCENTS VIA BARAFU CAMP.
Advantages:- Scenic, Western ascent, Fewer climbers, Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro, Crosses the scenic Shira Plateau, Longer climb allowing for greater acclimatization (8 day recommended) High success rates,Possibility to see wildlife
Disadvantages:- More expensive as there are additional fees and it is a longer ride to the trailhead, May not be possible to access the trailhead during the wet season
Shira/Lemosho Route via Crater Camp (8 to 9 days)
ALONG WITH THE LEMOSHO 8 DAY CLIMB, THE MACHAME 7 DAY TREK IS OUR MOST POPULAR CLIMB. ACCESS TO THE TRAILHEAD IS EASY AND THE CLIMB IS EXTREMELY SCENIC. BARRANCO CAMP, MACHAME’S THIRD CAMPSITE, IS A FAVORITE AMONG OUR MOUNTAIN STAFF AND FROM HERE, SHORT DAY TO KARANGA CAMP.
Advantages:- Scenic, Western ascent, Least expensive camping route, Varied scenery, Easy access to trailhead
Disadvantages:- Most popular camping route
Machame Route (7 Days) though Clients with less time can still take (6 Days)
NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE (CAMPING)
THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE CIRCLES THE MOUNTAIN AND IS A RARELY USED ROUTE. IT STARTS IN THE WEST, CIRCLES TO THE NORTH, AND ASCENDS TO THE SUMMIT VIA MARANGU.
Advantages:- Fewer climbers, Sees most of the mountain and climb routes routes, Circles Kilimanjaro to the north, Long climb allowing for greater acclimatization and possibility of combine Camping and Huts.
Disadvantages:- Long route taking minimum of 9 days,
Northern Circuit Route (9 to 12 Days)
KILIMANJARO TREKKING BOOKS THE MARANGU ROUTE LEAST OUT OF ALL ITS CLIMBS. IT IS POSSIBLE TO CLIMB MARANGU IN ONLY 5 DAYS, HOWEVER WE RECOMMEND 6 DAYS TO ALLOW FOR ACCLIMATIZATION.
Advantages:- Least expensive route, Easy access to trailhead and Bunk beds in hut accommodations
Disadvantages:- More crowded, Low success rates due to inadequate acclimatization
Marangu Route (6 days)