highlights and main attractions of mount kilimanjaro

The highest peak on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro towers over the renowned plains of Tanzania and Kenya. An unforgettable, challenging and life-affirming experience, this unique climb is the highest non-technical ascent available to tourists; all you need is a walking pole, determination and a whole lot of stamina. 

There are three distinct volcanic cones, Mawenzi and Shira, which are both extinct, and Kibo, still dormant, on the crater rim of which you will reach Uhuru Peak, the highest summit.

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height and routing

Climbing this 5,895 metre high volcano feels a little like a tour of the world’s climatic zones. As you enter the park, lush montane forests, inhabited by elephants, primates, buffalo and more lead to tropical forest (1,850 – 2,800 metres), where clouds cling for their lives to the trees, making a wet and misty atmosphere. As we climb higher, reaching around 3,200 metres, we reach a moorland zone, a strange primate atmosphere filled with giant heather and studded with giant lobalias. Above 4,000 metres we see yet another dramatic change, a surreal alpine desert that struggles to support any life at all, with intense weather conditions and loose sand. This is the final push before we reach the winter wonderland that encompasses the summit. A land of ice and snow, completely different to the tropical forests you left behind all those days ago.

There are six usual trekking routes, with more challenging mountaineering routes for committed and experienced climbers. Of the six, we prefer Rongai, a scenic and peaceful route and the only one starting from the north side. We also do the ‘Grand Traverse’, far away from the crowds; this is the most diverse and remote of all the trails with simply unbelievable views along the northern circuit, as well as opportunities to see animals such as elephant, buffalo and eland.

Climbing to the summit you will need to allow at least five days.

Accommodation throughout your stay will be in tents, with sanitary toilets, highly trained professional chefs and a waiter. Safety is of utmost importance to us, using at least one guide per three guests, as well as porters. Their safety is paramount too, and we ensure they are paid the best wages, even if they are unable to complete the trek. The key is to take it slow, enjoy the trek and dramatic views, make sure you allow time to acclimatise and take it seriously. Oxygen levels at the summit are approximately 50% of those at sea level.

Trekking is clearest and warmest from December to February, but it is good between July and September, when it is still dry, yet colder. 

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