About Mt. Kilimanjaro
Rising majestically above the African plains, the 20,000-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro has lured climbers since the first recorded summit in 1889.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant. The last major eruption was 360,000 years ago! Nearly every climber who has summitted Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the peak.
There are a total of 6 routes that can be used to climb this majestic mountain, but we use only the best 3 routes – which also has a higher rate of climb success. The Marangu Route, The Machame Route, and The Rongai Route
Click below for more detailed information about each route and it’s itinerary.
MT KILIMANJARO ITINERARIES
The Marangu Route
The climb takes your through a range of eco-systems. At the base of the mountain, you will find cultivated land. As you start your climb, you will go through the rain forest to the first hut – mandara hut. The second leg will take your through the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with other worldly giant lobelias. This will bring you to the second hut – Horombo Hut.
The third leg, from Horombo hut to Kibo hut will take you through a surreal alpine desert that supports very little life like hardy mosses and lichen. On the last leg – the hike to the summit, you will suddenly find all the vegitation give way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow while you head towards the magnificent beauty of the ‘roof of AFRICA’
The Machame Route
Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination. People from all walks of life have successfully summited. But the challenge should not be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead. Our experience and expertise, will guide you to your succesfull climb.
This route is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are pottered and a cook prepares all your meals.
Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route.
The Rongai Route
The Rongai route is often described as one of the most scenic ways to reach the top of Kilimanjaro and there are several reasons for this. Firstly, it passes through various climactic zones, which means you’ll walk through equatorial rainforest, moorland areas and the decidedly lunar landscape between Mawenzi Tarn and Kibo – two of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic craters.
The trail between these landmarks is particularly breathtaking, as you’ll cross a saddle giving you amazing views of the plains surrounding Kilimanjaro and Uhuru Peak up ahead. In the early stages of the Rongai route, you’ve got plenty of chances to spot some of the native wildlife, including colobus monkeys in the equatorial forest. Elands, baboons, mongooses and tree hyraxes are among the other creatures you can see.
Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination. People from all walks of life have successfully summited. But the challenge should not be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead. Our experience and expertise, will guide you to your successful climb.
Approximately 50,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. About two-thirds make it to the summit. The ones that give up commonly do so due to Altitude related problems.