Kilimanjaro - "The roof of Africa"    
Ernst Hemingway famously said, “As wide as the world, great, high and unbelievably white in the sun, the square top of Kilimanjaro”.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa is a must for all adventure seekers - both professionals and amateurs. Although it is the highest mountain in Africa (19340ft), it can be ascended by any reasonably healthy and fit individual – be it a youngster or a senior. It takes about 6 days to scale the mountain with four or five overnight stays.

Kilimanjaro has fascinated and continues to thrill climbers of all generations. It rises from the open plains and capped with snow year round becoming one of Africa’s classic images. During the trek, climbers pass from a tropical to arctic environment in a few days. The trails first pass through the lush tropical rain forests before reaching heather and moorland. Here giant lobelia and huge cactus like groundsel grow. After the moorland the terrain turns into the alpine desert and then on to the summit where spectacular hanging glaciers and stunning views of the African plains below are breathtaking.

Our itineraries are designed such that it allows you to ascend while admiring the varying flora/fauna and terrain. We fully equip the climbers with community equipment such as tents and provide guides and porters with all the meals on the way to the top.

We offer several routes to climb Kilimanjaro. The easiest route is from the south eastern side of Kilimanjaro called the Marangu route. This route is recommended for climbers who are amateurs and reasonably fit. This route has permanent huts for overnight stay during the climb. This is also the most populated route and has less scenic variety than the other routes.

The trek on the Marangu route takes 6 days and passes through the tropical rain forest (1800meters) that has beautiful flowers, trees and birds. You then emerge into the heath and moorlands (2800meters). The terrain then changes at about 4000 meters transforming into a desert and finally encountering the arctic conditions as you approach the summit. Depending on the time of the year, it is usually hot by the day and becomes very cold during the night.

The Machame route from the west and Rongai from the Northeast are slightly tougher than the Marangu route and less populated. The climbers would use tents for overnight stay making it more adventurous. The Machame route is more scenic as it goes through the forest, moorland and crosses the edge of Shira plateau.

The routes from the west side of the mountain are for professional mountaineers, extremely fit and serious adventure seekers. The Lemosho and Shira routes are very scenic and sparsely populated offering almost four days of remote walking. These routes are extremely difficult and are recommended for customers who are extremely confident of their fitness. These routes offer spectacular scenery rugged wilderness experience.

When to Climb
Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year but the best time to conquer it is from July to October and January to March. From April to June is the rainy season so it is wet especially in the rainforest and very cold. The short rains start in November through December though it is warm during this time.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu route
6 nights / 7 days