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Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro, Machame Route, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
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Mount Kilimanjaro National Park

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Immerse yourself in the most uplifting challenge of your life – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Reaching the snow-covered summit of the world’s highest, freestanding mountain means climbing from the tropics to the arctic, through 5 different climatic zones. With routes suitable for the beginner to the experienced climber, you’ll traverse a rainforest, moorland, alpine desert, snowfields and ice cliffs on your expedition to Uhuru Peak.

 

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to climb is during the 2 dry seasons: Jan to mid-Mar, and Jun to Oct.
 

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5 out of 5 'Pawprints' Based on 1 Review(s)
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A Journey to the Roof of the Continent

75,000 people a year climb Kilimanjaro. Each day brings you new landscapes, magical sunrises and sunsets, unfathomable views, and a unique sense of togetherness in camp. Climbing Kili is a profound experience that stays with you forever. It’s an achievable climb for all ages if you are physically fit and determined. If you fail to reach the summit, it’s probably because you didn’t give yourself enough time to acclimatise. 

 

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Routes to the Summit, Camaraderie in Camp and Other Highlights

6 Routes to Suit Your Stamina

You can choose from six routes up the mountain, which all merge onto a circular path at Kibo Crater where you take the final ascent up to the magnificent Uhuru Peak. The paths range in difficulty, scenery and length. Marangu (also known as the ‘Coca-Cola’ route) is the shortest and busiest route up the mountain, taking up to 6 days. Machame takes a day longer and is considered the most beautiful path, starting in the dense rainforest at Machame gate. For a quieter, less-travelled route that lets you acclimatise slowly over 8 days, we recommend Lemosho. Trekking this steady ascent gives you the best chance of reaching Uhuru peak, and plenty of time to take in the wildlife and contrasting landscapes.

 

Camaraderie in Camp

A friendly crew will accompany you up the mountain - a cook, 3 porters and a guide. This experienced camp crew will see to your every need, including providing 3 hot meals a day and lots of drinks and snacks. As darkness falls, camp camaraderie is at it’s best. Imagine sitting around the campfire after a warm meal, sharing the day’s highlights with your group and predicting tomorrow’s undiscovered marvels. With no technology or tasks to distract you, the sense of “togetherness” in camp is great fun and a wonderful experience in itself. Under the shelter of your mountain tent, snuggle down in your thermal sleeping bag and rest those weary feet, because there’s a long day’s climbing ahead of you. Each day brings a new set of challenges and life-long memories.

 

Climbing from the Tropics to the Arctic 

Your adventure begins on Kilimanjaro’s fertile foot slopes, dotted with volcanic springs. Some routes take you through a wonderful rainforest, teeming with blue monkeys, baboons, bush babies, buck and mongoose. You’ll notice the wildlife becoming sparser as the forest thins and gives way to heather-lined moorland where Giant lobelia flourish, their huge flowers attracting scarlet-tufted malachite sunbirds. The landscape then changes to dry, alpine desert and the temperature noticeably drops, although the sun is harsh. The alpine desert has little in the way of wildlife, but it’s thrilling to see bearded vultures riding the bumpy thermals. At about 4,700m, you will spend the night in camp at the bottom of Kibo Crater, acclimatising to the altitude and lower oxygen levels.

 

Sunrise at Uhuru Peak

Starting in the early hours, the final leg of the ascent is the most taxing and your guides will be an enormous support in spurring you on. They coordinate the trek perfectly, so that you reach Uhuru Peak in time to witness the most magnificent sunrise over Africa. Have your camera at the ready, because this is a mind-blowing moment. Everyone falls silent, overwhelmed that they are actually standing on the roof of the continent, looking down upon Tanzania’s vast plains towards the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. If the skies are clear, you can see the lights of Nairobi in Kenya. After your descent, enjoy a well-deserved celebration dinner, medal and certificate!

 

Activities

Don’t miss out on visiting the waterfalls at Kinukamori and Materuni in the park, or take an outing to the volcanic Lake Chala on the eastern edge, where there is an abundance of wild animals. There are game drives and wildlife tours on certain routes. If you are tired from your climb, why not spend a leisurely few hours on a cultural tour, learning how the Chagga tribe live? 

 

 

Accommodation

Only the Marangu route has thatched huts, where you’ll sleep in dormitories. On all other routes, accommodation is in mountain tents at designated camp sites. The camp crews are extremely well-experienced and will look after your every need. If you prefer “glamping”, you can hire a luxury tent at extra cost, which has camp beds and a private toilet. Outside Kilimanjaro National Park, there are good hotels in the town of Moshi, campsites in the village of Marangu, and some comfortable lodges not far from the Park.

 

 

Best Time to Visit

Give yourself the best chance of a successful climb by choosing the drier, warmer months from June to October. January to mid-March are also dry, but colder, so there will be more snow on your route. 

 

 

How to Get There

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. Depending on your choice of route up the mountain, you’ll drive 45km to either Moshi town or Arusha town, where you will begin preparations for your climb. Distances and times vary according to which route and gate you choose, and your tour operator will confirm all details.


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