Towering at an altitude of 5,895 m (19,340 ft), Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Its distinctive silhouette and snow-capped peak from afar form one of the most breath-taking sights on the continent. Kilimanjaro is effectively the world’s largest single mountain, a free-standing entity that towers an unbelievable 5km above the surrounding plains.
It is also the highest mountain anywhere that any amateur mountain climber can ascend. Kilimanjaro straddles the border with Kenya, but its peaks fall within Tanzania and can only be climbed from within the country.
There are several places on the lower slopes of the mountain where climbers can ascend, but most people use the cheapest option with good facilities, the Marangu Route. The other popular option that is popular with climbers is Machame Route.
Climbers can use several more obscure routes, which are available through White Plains Tours. Most prospective climbers arrange their ascent of `Kili’ – as it is popularly called – well in advance, through White Plains Tours. Climbers can take on the Kilimanjaro any time of year, but the hike is more difficult in the rainy months, especially between March and May.
As Africa’s highest peak and most identifiable landmark, Kilimanjaro offers an irresistible challenge to many tourists. Dozens of visitors to Tanzania set off for Uhuru Peak every day, ranging from teenagers to pensioners.
Those who make it generally regard the achievement to be the highlight of their time in the country. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a great challenge but feasible for keen walker looking to combine high mountain adventure and safari to Africa. It takes five to eight days to make it to the summit and back.
The trek gives an opportunity to experience 5 different habitats from bottom to the top. In a couple of days, you will have moved from grasslands to tropical forests, alpine meadows to moorlands and deserts and eventually to snow and ice.
The full moon is a popular time to climb Kilimanjaro. Summit night is done under the light of full moon. Remember the mountain is very close to the Equator, while at the peak you can see the North Star and the Southern Cross at the same time.
Kilimanjaro Climb can be conveniently undertaken before or after a visit to iconic safari destinations such as the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti or take beach holiday in Zanzibar. Browse our recommended tours and safaris or contact us and we will tailor-make a personalized safari itinerary for you.
There are seven routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. These are - Marangu Route (Coca-Cola Route or Tourist Route), Lemosho Route, Machame Route (Whiskey Route) Umbwe Route, Rongai Route, Shira Route (Shira Plateau Route) and Northern Circuit Route.
We shall mainly concentrate on five routes as detailed below.
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