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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 the Springlands Hotel where a climb briefing
will be done, followed by dinner and overnight.
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Park + After completing the
entrance formalities at the National Park gate (1,830 me.)
we climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach
the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 me.). The
volcanic remains of Maundy Crater are nearby, and make a
good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to simply rest
and enjoy the beautiful forest around you. [3-5 hours
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through
forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland
and, in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and
Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone,
containing giant heather and occasional stands of groundsel,
to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.).
Sunrises and sunsets here are often very spectacular, the
site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo, and there is a
real sense of being above the clouds. [4-6 hours walking]
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the
Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to
scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude
wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,703 m.) at the
bottom of the crater wall by midday and the afternoon is
free (to contemplate the summit ascent!!). The remainder of
the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the
final climb before a very early night! [4-6 hours]
We will start our ascent by flashlight at about 1 a.m. so
that we can be up at Gillman's Point by sunrise. The initial
climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some
well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace should reach
Gillman's (5,685 m.) in five or six hours. We will rest
there and spend some time taking in the sunrise over
Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the
three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to
Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular
glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The
descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for
the night. [11-15 hours walking]
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to
Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park
gates. [5-6 hours walking] and then transfer to The
Springlands Hotel for dinner, a hot shower and a good
Morning at leisure, followed by lunch and a transfer to
Arusha for your onward travel arrangements.
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