Transportation will be provided by bus or car from Arusha to the foothills of Mount kilimanjaro, here is the possibility to walk to the first hut.
This is beautiful, and a relatively simple walk through the tropical rain forest that grows on the foot of the mountain.You can see different types of monkeys (black and white colobus monkeys), tropical birds and other animals. Also you can visit a small waterfall. The duration of the walk is approximately five hours.
With 5895 meters it is the highest mountain on the African continent, and the only place where you can find snow and ice. The mountain consists of three extinct volcanoes namely; Kibo Peak at 5985 meters, Mawenzi Peak at 5149 meters and Shira Peak at 3962 meters.
The climb takes you through five different landscapes, beginning with tropical rainforest where you will encounter a variety of tropical birds and monkeys, including the black and white colobus monkey, hereafter you walk through a savannah-like environment, followed by ‘ alpine moorland “a moonscape of only sand, rock with some scattered cactuses, lobelia and proteas, then follows a desert landscape followed by ice walls and snowy plains.
When traveling from scratch on the savannas of the Kilimanjaro National Park, you will experience a breathtaking view from the highest single mountain in the world.
There are more than seven routes start, but only three routes leading to the summit. It include the Umbwe route, Rongai route, Lemosho route, Shira Plateau route, Mweka route, Marangu route, Machame route.
The latter two are the most common, the Marangu route is also known as the coca cola route, this is the simplest route, and also the most touristy, you can use this route climb in five days, which makes this route to the cheapest . This is the only route where you sleep in cabins, the cabins have beds with mattresses. Also on this route bottled water, beer and soft drinks. (We advise you to loads in an extra acclimatization on this route).
The Machame route journey takes six days and five nights, and sleep in tents. This is probably one of the most scenic routes, and a lot quieter than the popular Marangu route. This route is more difficult to climb, and is steeper than the Marangu route, but the night you climb to the top, is an hour shorter than the other routes.
The Umbwe route takes six days and five nights, this is a tough route, with lots of climbing, but it is one of the shortest routes to the summit. This route is known for its caves, the first night
you even sleep in a cave (Umbwe Cave at 2940 meters). We recommend this route only to people who have the necessary experience climbing mountains.
The Lemosho route lasts seven days and six nights (six days and five nights is also possible), the longest route, but also one of the finest. You have a great chance that you will encounter wildlife on this route, not only monkeys but also elephants, buffaloes, zebras and giraffes are among the possibilities, you will be the first day accompanied by an armed ranger. This route takes you from the western flank of the mountain.
Mweka route is used only as a descent route.
An additional acclimatization is optional, and in many cases this is recommended, in practice it appears that the percentage of people who have inserted an extra acclimatization, 70% more likely to make to reach the top than those who have not done so.
For all mountain climbs, the following applies:
The time of departure depends on your arrival, we prefer to leave early in the morning to then immediately climb to the first hut, you can also choose to first stay in Moshi, and then ‘to leave early in the morning to one of the starting points.
You get while climbing three meals a day, breakfast (O) this includes: tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit, bread, jam, butter, honey, boiled or fried eggs and sausages. A lunch box (LB) comprising, bananas, sandwiches, cucumber, carrots, boiled egg and chicken. And the evening meal (AM) includes: pre soup, then pasta / rice / potatoes, salad, vegetables, meat / chicken and a dessert. Upon returning in the afternoon you get tea, coffee, hot chocolate served with popcorn and cookies.
We trust that you start in good health on the ascent, there might be something to do with your health, or have happened (for example heart conditions), or use medications that involve or may involve a risk, this leave us at know your request. Your information is treated confidentially.
You can climb all year round, but the best time for a trip from December to April and from June to October.
Anyone with good health and a good condition can with the help of his guide, porters and any fellow climbers the highest point of Africa, the summit of Kilimanjaro, reaching!