STAND ON TOP OF THE WORLD
CLIMB THE KILIMANJARO
Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, presents a formidable challenge. Successfully climbing this mountain is an accomplishment to be proud of. The mountain can be approached through several routes: Marangu, the most commonly used path; Machame Route, from the southwest descending at Mweka; Umbwe Route, probably the most scenic non-technical route; Rongai route - from the East descending via Marangu offers scenic views and experience of seeing two sides of the mountain.
The route is used by almost 50% of all climbers and has comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting. Although the trail is crowded, the views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. The real highlight is the walk from Gillman�s point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The views on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent - The Rift Valley, Mt. Meru, and the Maasai Steppes stand out from the endless plains almost three vertical miles below as the sun rises behind Mawenzi. Experience the landscape change from rainforest to open rolling moorlands. Your climb continues up to the dry and rugged saddle between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. The last part of the ascent starts just after midnight and is the most demanding of the whole trek as you push towards Gillman's point. However you are richly rewarded as the first rays of the morning sun appear and Africa lies at your feet.
The Machame route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the southwest, and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. Over 30% of all climbers now use the Machame route. The six-day itinerary ensures good acclimatization, and gives you the best possible chance to enjoy the magnificent scenery. Knowledgeable guides and porters will accompany you and carry your luggage. Your mountain climbing adventure begins with an overnight stay at the base lodge. After a hearty breakfast, you and your team depart on your climb through the lower rainforests. You'll notice the landscape changing as you begin the ascent. As you get closer to the peaks, breathing becomes more difficult as the air is very thin and the cold cuts through to the bone. As the rising sun's rays touch the earth, Africa is revealed in splendor far below. This sight provides the impetus to push on through the final stages of your climb until you reach the highest peak.
This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the east passing through unspoilt tropical rain forest. The six days route gives you a chance to enjoy the scenic views. On day three you reach a point where you are in between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. The last part of the ascent starts just after midnight and is the most demanding of the whole trek as you push towards Gillman's point. However you are richly rewarded as the first rays of the morning sun appear and Africa lies at your feet. You descend via the Marangu route.
is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers.
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