Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro 179

Mount KilimanjaroMount Kilimanjaro

The tallest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro is world famous for it's accessible summits. It's snowy peak, referred to as Kibo by the local Wachagga people, stands assertively wrapped in clouds overseeing the continent.

Situated in the North East of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland to a height of 5,895 metres with the Kenyan border to the north. The journey to the peak encompasses a myriad of different terrains and landscapes ranging from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Climbing up further will lead you to moorland zone where a cover of giant heather is studded with giant lobelias which at first glance seem otherworldly.

Above 4000 meters, there’s very little life forms besides few hardy mosses and lichen. Finally, the vestigial vegetation is reduced and the area gets dominated by ice and snow. This magnificently paints the roof of the continent white.

CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO

The mountain can be summited by anyone who some level of physical fitness and no prior climbing experience is necessary. highly recommended to an adventurous traveller willing to forego some of life's luxuries for a few days.

There are six starting gates in Kilimanjaro. Out of six, three provide access to the summit while two are for descending down. Hence, there is no single but many tour routes which provide varying degree of scenery and are different in difficulty level. The Rongai and Marangu routes are said to be the “easiest trails,” and the Machame route in particular is renowned for its stunning all-round scenery. Other routes like Umbwe, Lemosho, and Shira are more challenging. But ultimately, it’s the duration of the climb that matters and is of more importance as opposed to the ease of the route.

To summit the mountain, it is recommended to set aside at least 6 days to properly acclimatize your body and keep in pace with the increasing altitude levels as you pass through five different climatic zones. The trekking journeys are conducted on a private basis at around this duration which significantly increases your chance of success. For those who prefer a slower pace, a longer duration can be arranged.

We’ll help you tailor an itinerary in align with your own requirements and shift through our options. It’ll vary depending upon your level of fitness and budget.

The Park:

  • Optimal time to visit the park and preferred season for climbing Kilimanjaro: June to Oct, Dec to March
  • Climate: Lower slopes are warm with temperature around 15-20°C. The temperature drops significantly after ascending 4,000 meters
  • Rainfall: In the forest belt, around 2000 mm per annum
  • 5,895m above sea level Peak Mawenzi: 5,149m above sea level
  • Size and Location: 756km² on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, just south of the Equator

Attractions:

  • Hike to the summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895m) via many access trails
  • Scenic drive up the mountain (up to 2,000m weather permitting)
  • Pass through a variety of vegetation on your hike up to the summit

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