Kilimanjaro trekking 5.895 m
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Kilimanjaro trekking is one of the highlights in your life! It is beautiful, it is amazing and it is demanding.
Kilimanjaro is holding 2 records – as highest mountain in Africa (Uhuru Peak 5.895 m) and as tallest free standing mountain in the whole world.
Kilimanjaro is a dormant strato volcano built by different layers of lava and volcanic ash. Kilimanjaro has 3 main cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Around 250 parasitic cones are found in the northwestern and southeastern flank. Parasitic cones mostly grow along lava cracks. They were built between 150.000 and 200.000 ago.
Estimated 750.000 years ago the volcano Kilimanjaro erupted. Kibo had spilled lava for the last time around 360.000 years ago. Smaller activities occurred 200 years ago. But still active fumaroles are around Kibo. Kilimanjaro belongs to the young volcanoes. The “Roof of Africa” as Kilimanjaro is also called is covered on top by ice and snow. Sadly the glaciers are melting due to climate change.
Ernest Hemingway wrote the book “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” which made Kilimanjaro even more famous. Clark Gable played the main role in the movie with the same name.
Kilimanjaro was declared a National Park 1973 and covers about
Vegetation and vegetation zones you will get to know are the mixed mountain forest, the endemic Kilimanjaro Giant Groundsel or Senecio (
Climate – usually rainy seasons last from March to May and October to December. The other months can be dry. But also here climate change is showing its impact. It goes without saying that the higher you reach the colder the temperature until also day temperature is far below freezing point. Frosty winds and mist can make it seem even colder.
What is important for our Kilimanjaro trekking? Walk slowly but steady and breathe calmly but regularly. Should you not feel well please report to your mountain guide. Good hiking shoes, walking stick, very warm cloths and sleeping bag, thermos flask, sun protection, sun glasses, a very strong torch – better a head light to have your hands free. Crampons can be useful at some points. Acclimatization is very important and you better spend 1 more day on the mountain to reach the top.
You can also get acclimatized by hiking Mount Meru in Tanzania or Mount Kenya first. We have combination programs.
Lemosho Route 7 or 8 days starts at Londorossi Gate in the West of Kilimanjaro. Through tall grass and highland vegetation you reach the extinct volcano Shira. From there you walk to the less often used Moir Hut/Campsite and climb up to Barranco Camp. Here you will be exposed to weather’s elements. But the experience is amazing! You camp under tall lava walls and have a splendid view to the Barranco Wall. After passing Stella Point you will hopefully reach Uhuru Peak and descend along the Mweka Route on the southern slope. This is the route we chose after hiking Mount Meru and visiting Arusha National Park.
Umbwe Route 6 days starts south-southwest of Kilimanjaro. After leaving the mountain forest behind you the alpine vegetation awaits you and so does the challenge of getting over the Barranco Wall. The peak ascend is via Stella Point to Uhuru Peak and you will descend on the Mweka Route.
Shira Route 8 days begins West of Kilimanjaro. After passing Londorossi Gate and doing the check in administration you drive up a steep road to Shira Gate. Now you start walking through heather and lava stones. Shira Cathedral at Shira Plateau is a bizarre lava formation with towers and peaks. This will give you a feeling of being in a wild world! Your trekking will take you to Lava Tower an almost 30 m high lava formation shaped like a tower. Steep and tiring is the hike up Barranco Wall before you walk down into Karanga Valley. The night walk to Uhuru Peak is via Stella Point and you descend via Mweka Route.
Kilimanjaro trekking – Rongai – Marangu Route
Day 1 – Arrival in Moshi
Either you arrive from abroad by plane at Kilimanjaro international Airport and we organize that will be taken to a hotel nearby.
Or you just come from Mount Meru in Tanzania and you will travel by car to the starting point.
Or you have climbed Mount Kenya, saw wildlife in Amboseli National Park and crossed the border either at Namanga or Loitokitok. All will be organized and coordinated for you in our combination package.
Day 2 – You will be driven through fertile agricultural land full of bananas, coffee and other crops. The hike will start northeast of Kilimanjaro and you walk through mountain rain forest. You might spot some Kilimanjaro Colobus Monkey. The camp you will overnight today is between mountain forest and open moorland.
Distance 7 km, driving time 3 hours, hiking time 3 – 4 hours, around 1.400 m
Kilimanjaro trekking Machame Route 7 days
Day 1 – Arrival
You either fly in from abroad and you will be awaited at Kilimanjaro international Airport KIA and taken to a hotel nearby
OR you started with hiking Mount Meru and arrive by car
OR you have climbed Mount Kenya, spent 2 nights in Amboseli National Park and crossed the border
Overnight in a hotel
Day 2 –
The first part of your Kilimanjaro trekking goes through mountain rain forest. It can be wet, muddy and slippery, but it is a beautiful forest with different tree species. Lunch break will be half way and then the hike continues up to 3.020 m at Machame Camp.
Your porters will have reached before you and already your tents are pitched and dinner prepared. You will get some warm water for your hygiene. Temperature can already be below 0 degrees Celsius especially in the cold month of July and August.
The path goes down gently but it can be wet and slippery through the mountain rain forest. At the gate you will obtain your certificate according to the point you have reached. The moment has come to say thank you and good-bye to your guide, cook and porters. After a hot meal you will be driven to a hotel in Arusha or where you wish according to your plans.
We gladly provide detailled programs for other Kilimanjaro trekking routes
All Kilimanjaro trekking tours will be guided by professional, licenced and experienced mountain guides
Prices depend on number of participants, days on the mountains, hotel overnights and transfers
There is also the possibility to join groups at set dates and itinerary.
Get in touch with us and we create your personal Kilimanjaro trekking and if you like a safari in Tanzania’s beautiful national parks or relaxing days at the Indian Ocean on the spice Island Zanzibar