They say that to climb Mt Kilimanjaro is the ultimate adrenaline rush, as well as the greatest adventure. A great opportunity for anyone reasonably fit; this climb does not require any technical mountaineering skills. Additionally, dominating its surrounding landscape and lying on the border of Tanzania and Kenya; the physical beauty of this mountain is overwhelming.
Minimum 2 clients. Prices for solo climbers on request. Transfers ex Nairobi available on request. For quality equipment hire including sleeping bag, down jacket etc, allow approx $80–$100 USD. Minimum age 16.
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This route offers some of the best scenery ascending from the western side of Kilimanjaro, and descending down the south face. Each trip is led by a senior guide, with other guides in a ratio of approximately one guide per 2 or 3 climbers. This route gives you an opportunity to learn mountain skills as it maximises the time on the mountain to acclimatise as well as climbing at a more leisurely pace. Your nights will be spent in high-quality 3-man alpine tents sleeping a maximum of two persons per tent. All your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you and all your meals are prepared.
Days 1 – 8Rongai Route (6 day hike)
This route will begin on the northern side of the mountain and is one of the least travelled routes. It is a very long drive to the starting point but your reward will be the fantastic views. This route approaches the highest mountain in Africa from the north and has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages. There are magnificent views throughout, glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit, and across the East African plains far below. Nights will be spent in high-quality 3-man alpine tents sleeping a maximum of two persons per tent. All your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you and all your meals are prepared.
Days 1 – 7Marangu Route (5 day hike)
The Marangu Route is the most common route, and gives all novice hikers a good opportunity to reach the summit. This is the easiest and the most popular route up Kilimanjaro with excellent well-defined trails. Marangu is the classic trail with comfortable mountain huts and good facilities spaced at ideal locations.
Days 1 – 8Umbwe Route (6 day hike)
The Umbwe Route is incredibly beautiful and one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach of Kibo. It is quite taxing due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitudes, but the rewards are plentiful.
Days 1 – 9Lemosho Route (7 day hike)
This route starts on the western side of the mountain and is an unspoilt, remote and very beautiful route to the Shira Plateau. The trail leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunning in Africa. (Climbers may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich with buffalo, elephant and other big game animals).