Kilimanjaro

• Truly an experience of a lifetime
• A challenge that will test your physical and mental endurance
• Incomparable views
• A spiritually uplifting journey to the roof of Africa
• A choice of 3 routes to suit inclination and budget

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Its highest peak Kibo stands at 5895 metres, yet it is not just accessible to serious mountaineers. Climbing Kilimanjaro is an incredible experience and is hopefully something that you will remember all your life. The climb to the roof of Africa requires fitness, endurance and perseverance but should not cause undue problems as long as climbers realise that it is a serious endeavour and listen to the experience and advice of their guides. The summit of Kilimanjaro is 500 metres higher than Everest Base Camp, so do not attempt to climb Kilimanjaro unless you are reasonably fit, nor if you have heart or lung problems – although asthma suffers are generally alright. The key to climbing Kilimanjaro successfully is ‘Pole Pole’ – ‘Slowly Slowly’ (Especially during the first two days.) ascending too quickly leads to altitude sickness. Very fit people can be more prone to altitude sickness because they ascend too fast.

Our selected team of guides and porters will use their years of experience to guide you safely up the mountain. There are a number of routes to climb Kilimanjaro, we specialise in three differing routes each offering distinct experiences of climbing this mythical mountain.

Marangu is the most popular route and is affectionately known as the Coca-Cola route, with huts at the camps removing the need for camping and shorter distance, it is the cheapest and most gradual route to ascend Kilimanjaro. Its very popularity requires advanced booking as the huts can become full during the busy times of the year.

• Five-day option available
• Six day option offers an extra day for acclimatization (highly recommended)
• Straightforward, with shorter hikes
• Very popular
• Cheaper than other routes as no camping required
• Summit night about an hour longer
• Hut accommodation available at all camps
• Bottled water, soft drinks and beer available at all camps

Machame Route is widely regarded as the most scenic viable ascent route. The need for camping increases the cost as well as the extra days’ climb, but the need to camp adds to the wilderness experience with the extra day helping with acclimatisation.

• Six or more days
• Physically challenging
• Day walks steeper and longer
• Scenic traverse of the Western Breach offers great views
• Summit night about an hour shorter
• Tent accommodation available at all camps
• No bottled water, soft drinks and beer available at most camps

Le Mosho Route is a little used due to its isolated position between 2 and 3 hours drive from Moshi. Starting from West Kilimanjaro, there is the added bonus of encountering large game during the first day’s walk necessitating the need for an armed ranger on this day. We recommend this route for its isolation as the chances of seeing anyone else over the first four days are rare and the longer time it gives you for acclimatisation.

• Seven or more days
• Rare to see other climbers especially on first 4 days
• Possibility of encounters with big game
• Physically challenging
• Numerous valleys result in constant loss and gain of altitude
• Summit night about an hour shorter
• Tent accommodation available at all camps
• No bottled water, soft drinks and beer available at most camps