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