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Climbing Kilimanjaro. Tanzania

Climbing Kilimanjaro

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  • Before climbing Kilimanjaro, many participants choose to climb the peak of Meru for acclimatization
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Country:
Tanzania
Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
Directions:
All routes
Complexity:
Easy
Number of participants:
From 1 person
Maximum height:
5895 m
Season:
July-September / January-February
Start of the program:
Arusha, Moshi
Finish program:
Arusha, Moshi
Duration:
6 days
Price:
1 350 USD
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We offer 7 climbing routes to Kilimanjaro

1.Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Marangu Route, 7 days

About This Route

The Marangu Route has been referred to as the ‘Coca Cola’ route and this has led potential climbers to think that it is an easy route to the summit. This is far from the truth to be honest! The fact that it requires a minimum of 5 days to complete it does not mean that it is easier than any other route. The only reason that people say it is easier is because it is the only route up Kilimanjaro where you sleep in huts as opposed to tents. An optional acclimatization day at Horombo Huts is highly recommended for those with no prior trekking in altitude experience under their belt. Advance booking of hut accommodation is required to avoid any inconveniences. The route starts from the park headquarters in the village of  Marangu and heads straight westwards towards Kibo. The trail goes through lush rainforest, heath and moorland to alpine desert and ultimately the arctic zone at the peak and same route down.

Marangu Route:

  • one is the most popular
  • one of the easiest, the route is flat without long tracks,
  • one does not require a large amount of equipment,
  • accommodation in hut that need to be booked in advance,
  • one is full in any season, which is one of its main disadvantage

ATTENTION!!! The difference between the 7 and 6 days route. In the 6-days tour, there is no acclimatization day (no trekking on the Zebra cliffs (4020 m))

 

2. Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Umbwe Route, 7 days

About This Route

The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route. Major reason that Umbwe route considered to be very difficult is its steepness in the first two days and its shrt time of acclimatization.This route is attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.

Route Umbwe:

  • this is the most difficult route (short and steep climb)
  • short time to acclimatize

 

3. Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Machame Route, 8 (7) days

About This Route

The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, was one of the most popular routes ad crowded on Kilimanjaro. But now many people have been choosing Lemosho as altenative to avoid crowd which makes the route less populated compare to Lemosho. This is one of our favorite route due to its scenery and success rates. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low” hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts in the south west side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in minimum 6 days but a 7 day trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

Machame route:

  • the most popular, but not the most simple
  • the highest rate of successful ascents to the top
  • many tourists
  • а standard climbing time of 7 and 8 days is offered.

ATTENTION!!! The difference between the 8 and 7 days route. For a 7-days tour, on day 5, a longer transition, we pass by Karanga camp (3963 m) and go straight to Barafu camp (4640 m)

 

4. Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Rongai Route, 8 (7) days

About This Route

Starting from the northeastern side of the mountain near the Kenyan border, the Rongai Route rises above the Amboseli plains and approach the summit of Kilimanjaro west of the Mawenzi peak. It is an unfrequented route and is also the easiest camping approach to Uhuru Peak. The descent normally uses the Marangu Route. There are two variations to this route. Rongai route is best option during the rainy season, due to its location, which receive little rain. This route can be climbed for 6days, although 7days is recommend for better acclimatization.

Route Rongai:

  • rarely visited route
  • best option during the rainy season
  • а standard climbing time of 7 and 8 days is offered.

ATTENTION!!! For the 7-days tour, on the 3-day we will have a longer trekking, we pass by the 2nd cave camp (3480 m) and go straight to the Kikelewa camp (3630 m).

 

5. Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Lemosho Crater Route, 9 (8) days

About This Route

Lemosho route:

  • one of our favorite routes because of the beautiful scenery
  • has the highest percentage of successful ascents.

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred route due beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route located from the west that begins with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. Sometime the route is dusty due to many vehicles. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau. We recommend a minimum of 7 days to attempt this route but 8 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate. A standard climbing time of 8 and 9 days is offered.

ATTENTION!!! During the 8-days tour, on day 3, we have a longer trekking tour, we pass by Shira 1 camp (3500 m) and go straight to Shira Camp 2 (3900 m).

 

6.  Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Northern Circuit Crater Route, 10 days

About This Route

The Northern Circuit is the newest and longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It begins in the West at the Londorossi Gate and follows the same path as the Lemosho route for the first two days. After crossing the Shira plateau the path veers north near Lava Tower, following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more popular Southern Circuit via Barranco Valley The route circles around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. The Northern Circuit is longer than the other trails on Kilimanjaro, taking a minimum of eight or nine days to complete. The eight day trek skips the additional acclimatization day that is usually spent at Shira Camp 2 and continues straight on to Moir Camp.

Northern route:

  • the longest route
  • rarely visited
  • popularity among professional photographers
  • a standard ascent time is 10 days.

 

7. Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Shira Route, 7 days

About This Route

The Shira route starts from the control point - the Shire gate, which is located at a fairly high altitude - 3600 m. All tourist groups drive to this entrance by transport, and therefore, many tourists without sufficient acclimatization experience mountain sickness on the first day / night of ascent. This route, as a rule, is chosen only by trained climbers who have experience of climbing to a considerable height and quickly adapt to extreme conditions for the organism. It is also quite a long route on Kilimanjaro. It requires at least 6 overnight stays. Three of them pass, as a rule, in the conditions closest to the wild, that is, on this route, the greatest acquaintance with the primeval nature of these places is achieved. From the Shira hut (3840 m), this route almost repeats the route of Lemosho. Since then, the number of people on it exceeds the desired size. The descent takes place on the route Mweka.

Route of the Shire:

  • the route starts from a great height - 3600 m
  • recommended route for trained climbers with acclimatization
  • after crossing with the rest of the western routes, it is crowded in any season, which is one of its main disadvantages
  • A standard climbing time of 7 days is suggested.

 

1. Marangu Route

Tour 6 days: Moshi - Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)     Marangu Gate (1860m) – Moshi

Tour 7 days: Moshi - Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara Hut (2700m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) - Zebra Rocks (4020m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m)     Marangu Gate (1860m) – Moshi

2. Umbwe Route

Tour 7 days: Moshi - Machame gate for permit (1790m) - Umbwe gate (1800m) - Umbwe Cave (3000m) - Barranco Camp (3960m) - Karanga Camp (3963) - Barafu Camp (4640m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) - Moshi

3. Machame Route

Tour 6 days: Moshi - Machame Gate (1790m) - Machame Camp (3010m) - Shira Camp (3845m) - Barranco Camp (3960m) - Barafu Camp (4640m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) - Moshi

Tour 7 days: Moshi - Machame Gate (1790m) - Machame Camp (3010m) - Shira Camp (3845m) - Barranco Camp (3960m) - Karanga Camp (3963m) - Barafu Camp (4640m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) -  Mweka Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) – Moshi

4. Rongai Route

Tour 7 days: Moshi - Nalemoru Gate (1990m) - Simba Camp (2625m) - Kikelewa Camp (3630m) - Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) - Moshi

Tour 8 days: Moshi - Nalemoru Gate (1990m) - Simba Camp (2625m) -  2nd Cave Camp (3480m) - Kikelewa Camp (3630m) - Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4310m) - Kibo Hut (4700m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Horombo Hut (3700m) - Marangu Gate (1860m) - Moshi

5. Lemosho Crater Route

Tour 8 days: Moshi - Lemosho Glades (2385m) - Big Tree Camp (2780m) - Shira 2 Camp (3900m) - Barranco Camp (3960m) - Karanga Camp (3963m) - Barafu Camp (4640m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) - Moshi

Tour 9 days: Moshi - Lemosho Glades (2385m) - Big Tree Camp (2780m) - Shira 1 Camp (3500m) - Shira 2 Camp (3900m) - Barranco Camp (3960m) - Karanga Camp (3963m) - Barafu Camp (4640m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) - Moshi

6. Northern Circuit Crater Route

Tour 10 days: Moshi - Londorossi Gate (2100 m) - Mti Mkubwa Camp (2820 m) - Shira Camp 1 (3,610 m) - Moir Camp (4200 m) - Buffalo Camp (4020 m) - Rongai Third Cave (3800 m) - School Hut (4800 m) - UHURU PEAK (5895 m) - Crater Camp (5790 m) - Millennium Camp (3790 m) - Mweka Gate (1630 m) - Moshi

7. Shira Route

Tour 7 days: Moshi - Shira Gate (3600m) - Shira 2 Camp (3900m) - Lava Tower (4630m) - Barranco Camp (3960m) - Karanga Camp (3963m) - Barafu Camp (4640m) - UHURU PEAK (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1630m) - Moshi

1. Marangu Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 6 days - from 1450 $*
  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 7 days - from 1530 $*
  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 8 days - from 1600 $*

2. Umbwe Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 7 days - from 1600 $*

3. Machame Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 7 days - from 1600 $*
  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 8 days - from 1750 $*

4. Rongai Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 7 days - from 1600 $*
  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 8 days - from 1750 $*

5. Lemosho Crater Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 8 days - from 1750 $*
  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 9 days - from 1900 $*

6. Northern Circuit Crater Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 10 days – from 2150$*

7. Shira Route

  • The cost of the full package of services, tour 7 days – from 1650$*

 

*) ATTENTION!!!

  • The minimum cost is indicated for one participant as part of a combined group of 8 or more people,
  • Price quotations for climbing are given on terms of escorting the group by a local CERTIFIED GUIDE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE. (This is a MANDATORY condition of the National Parks of Tanzania). As a rule, this is not a problem for the participants of the ascent, since the participant has enough knowledge of English at the school level.

Included:

  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Tips to mountain crew

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.

 

The state of Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania) is located in the eastern part of central Africa, washed by the Indian Ocean, in which there are a number of islands, including the archipelago of Zanzibar. The capital is Dodoma.

On the territory of Tanzania are: 15 National Parks, the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro (5895 m), the largest freshwater lake in Africa - Lake Victoria.

Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between the cities of Arusha and Moshi, approximately 50 km south-west from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa (5895 m), an extinct stratovolcano located in northeastern Tanzania, near the cities of Arusha and Moshi. The highest point of the mountain is Uhuru peak (5895 m). The peak was first conquered by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtsheller in 1889. There are two more peaks, also extinct volcanoes: Mawenzi (5149 m, the third highest peak in Africa after Uhuru and the mountains of Kenya) and Shira (3962 m).

Climbing Kilimanjaro is carried out on such popular routes:

  • Marangu, Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, Umbre, Shira, Mweka, Northern Circuit Crater Route.

The number of days for climbing, from 5 (normal) to 10 days. It depends on the state of the group, how much you are ready to go, distances from 5 to 12 km every day, time from 5 to 7 hours.

Mount Meru (4566 m), volcano - the second peak of Tanzania (after Kilimanjaro), is located in Arusha National Park, about 70 km south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro  .

Currently, the mountain consists of two peaks: the great Meru, which also bears the peak of Socialist  (4566 m) and the small Meru (3820 m). Climbing Mount Meru (4566 m) - good training and acclimatization before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m).

Since we are in the equatorial climate zone, there are two seasons: wet (the rainy season reigns tentatively in April-May and November) and dry for the rest of the year. Accordingly, the ascents are held from January to mid-March, from mid-June to October and from mid-December to January.

Guides, Rangers

According to the rules of the park, in order to SAFETY, we are ALWAYS accompanied by an armed ranger !!! The team is led by a local certified English / French / German speaking guide.

SAMPLE FOOD ON KILIMANJARO (MERU)

The menu on Kilimanjaro (Meru) is designed to ensure your food intake matches your level of exertion. It will provide you with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables. When you are at altitude you could start to feel nauseous and your appetite may be suppressed, so the meals prepared at high altitude usually contain more carbohydrates and less protein to help you to digest your food. Your meals will be prepared by your cooks on Kilimanjaro and the food will be carried by your porters.

A typical day’s menu will include the following:

Breakfast:

  • Porridge
  • Toast
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs
  • Smoked sausages
  • Fresh fruit (pinapple, melon or oranges)
  • Tea / Coffee / hot chocolate

Lunch:

  • Sandwiches
  • Fresh fruit
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Biscuits
  • Fruit juice

Dinner:

  • Soup
  • Pasta / Rice / Potatoes
  • Chicken / Beef
  • Vegetables
  • Salad
  • Fresh fruit
  • Snacks

You may wish to bring your own snacks to provide well deserved treat, or energy boost! Chocolate is generally the best answer and if it has nuts in then even better, but whatever you choose make sure it is a favourite treat and not a ‘power bar’, or ‘energy gel’. If you are suffering from altitude sickness then your appetite may be suppressed and these snacks may become a good supplement to your meals, so make sure it is something that you enjoy eating! A powdered energy drink such as lucozade sport is also a good source of energy and will help with the taste of the water if you have been using iodine tablets.

 

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