Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Lying 3 degrees below the Equator, it is contained entirely within Tanzania and is one of Africa's youngest volcanoes. The mountain peers down to Kenya on its northern border, and covers an area of over 5,100 sq km, reaching over five kms into the sky. Its top is permanently ice-capped and offers both the hiker and mountaineer a rare challenge. At 5,895m it is Africa's highest mountain and one of the legendary Seven Summits.
Although not to be taken lightly, any reasonably fit person can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, and there are several routes available. Climbers generally need a minimum of five days for the hike (but preferably six or more days), and you ascend from the tropical rain forests, through heath land, to alpine desert, finally reaching the permanent glaciers and the summit, Uhuru Peak.
The Lemosho Route is an unspoilt, remote, little-used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The trail leads up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is sai...
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This route is the longest but less crowded and provides one of the most spectacular scenic views of both Shira Plateau and Western Breach wall.
The 7-night/8-day Londorosi Route climb starts an...
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This route is a fantastic opportunity to combine mountain skills and experience. It maximises the time and options available for climbing and allows for a more leisurely pace. Kilimanjaro's glacie...
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This is the most popular route, also called the "Coca Cola Route". The path is straight forward and accommodation is in wooden chalets. The Marangu Route is one of the better known routes and give...
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Ndarakwai Camp is a permanent tented lodge on Ndarakwai Ranch. With views of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, the camp is nestled in a lush forest that lines the seasonal Ngare Nairobi River.
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This route rewards you with a gradual slope to hike up on, a variety of beautiful vegetation, bird viewing opportunities and a good chance to see blue monkeys and colobus monkeys. Enjoy great view...
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