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Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of Africa’s classic images. Christened ‘The Roof of Africa’ it rises from the open plains of Tanzania, capped by snow and frequently fringed by clouds. At 19,344 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest walkable summit in the world. Now voted one of the top three ’Natural Wonders of Africa’ Kilimanjaro is a dormant, but not extinct volcano. Ominous tumbles can sometimes be heard-and gases emerge from the fumeholes in the crater. Although just three degrees south of the equator, the peaks of both Mawenzi and Kibo have permanent caps of ice and snow.

6 Days climbing Kilimanjaro-Machame Route

The Machame route popular as the “Whiskey Route” is longer than the Marangu route and has some difficult days. However, it gives you more time to acclimatize and offers some stunning views. It also has one of the highest success rates. It is a popular route for trekkers who want to take their time, and enjoy sleeping outdoors and watching the sunrise and set over the Great Rift Valley. You’ll enjoy inspirational views of Kibo Peak, the eternal ice fields, and Kili’s scree-covered dome… before the ultimate achievement of summit morning!

 

6 Days Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbing-Umbwe Route trekking

The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers. Add to your experience – OVERNIGHT IN THE CRATER!! Be one of a few fortunate people to spend a night in Africa’s largest volcano. This option is highly recommended, as this will be the only opportunity to get close to the beautiful and fascinating glaciers of Kilimanjaro and to be able to visit the ash pit.

 

6 days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro-Rongai Route

Rongai is a great alternative route to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro. It is advantageous in that it is less difficult compared to Machame Route, and as well offers magnificent views. The Route starts closer to the Kenyan side of the mountain and eventually joins up with the Marangu Route for the summit attempt. On this route, the sleeping and eating accommodation is in tents that are set up and taken down by the porters, at each camp.

 

5 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on the Marangu Route 

Marangu Route is the easiest and has the widest, most comfortable path to walk on and offer hut accommodation

 

Facts About Mount Kilimanjaro

During your time on the mountain, you will pass from a tropical to arctic environment in just a few days. The various trails first pass through lush rainforests before reaching heather and open moorland where giant lobella and huge, cactus-like groundsel grow. Above this moorland is almost the lunar landscape of an alpine desert that stretches between the two peaks of Kibo, the flat-topped doom at the center, and Mawenzi, a group of jagged points and pinnacles on the eastern side. Inhospitable as this ‘moonscape’ may seem, animals such as herds of eland thrive here.

The highest point on Kibo, and indeed the whole of Kilimanjaro, is Uhuru Peak, with its spectacular hanging glaciers and stupendous views of the African plains some 20,000 feet below. Also on Kibo is the slightly lower peak of Gillman’s point. These are the goals for most trekkers. The peaks of Mawenzi are for mountaineers only.

With the help of porters and a guide, it is possible to walk all the way to the summit without specialized mountaineering equipment –or experience-and Kilimanjaro can be conquered by any reasonably fit person. There are different routes including Marangu-the easiest and, therefore, the most popular, Machame, Rongai, Umbwe and Shira. The total climb takes about five to six days and involves four or five overnight stays at comfortable mountain huts.        

Every year many thousands of trekkers reach Gillman’s point or Uhuru Peak successfully without any real difficulty. To avoid altitude sickness and failure, it is important to acclimatize by ascending slowly and steadily. Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year but the best time is considered to be from August to October and January to March. It is wet in the rainforest during the rains in April, May, June and November. December through to February is the warmest months