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Mount Kilimanjaro, the "Mountain of
Greatness", is the tallest freestanding mountain in the
world. While you may have your own reason for wanting to
climb Kilimanjaro, one thing is common amongst all those who
visit - the desire to stand on the highest peak of Africa.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a demanding, challenging feat. But
despite the immense height, Mount Kilimanjaro can be
successfully climbed by any reasonably fit person. No
technical skills are necessary, making Kilimanjaro the
highest, most accessible, "walkable" mountain on the planet.
Mount Kilimanjaro draws over 25,000 visitors annually.
Nearly 50% of all climbers fail to reach the summit. To
succeed on the mountain, it is imperative that climbers are
guided by an experienced outfitter, with proven competence,
reliability and safety. We have partnered with the top
Kilimanjaro operator to offer the best guide services to
adventurers from around the world.
Arrive Arusha, clear Customs and Immigration formalities
and transfer to Mountain Village, where a climb briefing
will be held, followed by dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Park. After completing the
entrance formalities at the National Park gate, the climb
starts from Machame Gate (1,800 m.) after a short walk
through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame
village. The path follows a ridge through dense montane
forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain,
and also the zone from where 96 % of the water on
Kilimanjaro originates. On sunny days, and especially in the
dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful; it can
also be a very muddy experience, particularly if it has
rained recently! We have lunch at 'Halfway Clearing', a
small opening in the trees, and continue climbing steadily.
The gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges
into giant heather close to the next camp near the ruins of
Machame Hut (3,000 m.). We may get our first closer look at
the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.
[6-8 hours walking]
A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge to
reach a small semicircular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There
are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira
Plateau from here, and it is a good rest point too! The
trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We
camp near Shira Cave (3,720 m.) which has some of the most
stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic
cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira
Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the
clouds. [4-6 hours walking]
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving
the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath
the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the
Lava Tower junction (4,500 m.) we descend to the bottom of
the Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering
cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below.
[5-7 hours walking]
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an
undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with
superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. Lunch is usually
taken at Karanga , the last water point, in a steep valley.
After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb
steeply to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) by mid
afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in
preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
[6-8 hours walking]
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so
that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep
climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded
zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella
Point (5,735 m.), in about five or six hours. We will rest
there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi.
Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour
round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak
(5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and
ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The
descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some
refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final
campsite (3,800 m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. [11-15
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush
undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka
(1,650 m.) [4-6 hours walking]. Transfer to Mountain Village
for dinner, a hot shower and overnight.
The morning at leisure, followed by lunch, and transfer
to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.
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