Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, located in Northeast Tanzania, near the Kenya border. It is an extinct volcano, and world’s highest free-standing mountain at 5893 m.
Climbing Klimanjaro intrigues the climbers by its uniqueness. Its slopes are covered by a variety of vegetation as well as a variety of ecological systems. Plantations, mostly of coffee, for which Tanzania is famous for, cover its lowest slopes. Higher up lies a tropical rainforest, followed by heath, moor land, alpine deserts and the ice-capped summit.
Climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro can be a perfect peak for your first high-altitude pursuit. The mountain is non-technical in nature and offers very little challenges. But, make no mistake. These little challenges can be super serious if not trained well before hand.Climbers are recommended to have an excellent level of fitness, which will form the foundation of not just this peak, but to all of their future climbing endeavors.
To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of pre-requisites that are required to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro:
Climbers are expected to have an exceptional level of physical fitness. Consistent, structured training specific to mountaineering over a period of 6-8 months will be an absolute requirement for anyone looking to climb this peak. One must be able to trek 6-8 hrs comfortably carrying a backpack weighing 10-15 kgs.
Though prior mountaineering experience will be an added advantage, no specific mountaineering experience is required for climbing this peak.
Please check out our ‘Training’ page for custom programs for your climbs.
Arrival in Kilimanjaro
Arrive Kilimanajro international Airport in Tanzania. We will receive and transfer to hotel at Moshi. Complete documentation and any purchases / rental of Personal equipment will be done on this day.
Hike to Machame Camp
Today we drive from our hotel and get dropped off at the Machame gate. We begin our hike from here and reach the Machame camp after hiking for about 6-7 hrs.
Hike to Shira Camp
After a good night’s rest, we are in for a comparatively shorter climbing day. We proceed on a 4-6 hrs hike towards Shira camp. We spend the rest of the evening/night enjoying the fantastic views the Serengeti has to offer.
Hike to Barranco Camp
Today we head towards Barranco camp and the duration of the hike will about 6-8 hrs. From this point we breach the high-altitude limit (above 3500m) and start to feel the thin air.
Hike to Karanga Camp
After the previous long day, today we have a leisure start to the next camp. After an enriching breakfast, we begin our 4-5 hrs hike towards Karanga Camp.
Hike to Barafu Camp
This will be a challenging day as we keep gaining more altitude and the effects of very high altitude are felt on our bodies. It takes about 4-5 hrs to reach the Barafu camp.
The big day of the summit attempt will be today! From the Barafu camp, it takes about 7-8 hrs to reach the summit (Uhuru peak) and another 4-6 hrs of descent all the way down to Mweka hut.
Descend to Moshi
On the last day on the mountain we descend down to the Mweka gate and then drive down to the hotel at Moshi. The duration of the hike is about 3-4 hrs. Tonight will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Drop off at the Airport
After Breakfast team will be dropped at Kilimanjaro International Airport for further transfer.
Safety is the highest priority in our expeditions. When we say safety, we just don’t mean climbing. Right from the food you eat at our camps, to all the tiny pieces of rope & hardware, & our mountain/expedition guides are the best in class. All these will ensure the safest climbing experience.
Our Mountain Guides are of the finest in the region. They form the backbone of all our expeditions. Highly experienced, they bring all of it to your table, so that you’ll enjoy the best of climbing experience on the big mountains.
Honestly, it’s an open secret that the above two aspects of safety and hospitality have been propelling our clients to the top of every summit. With over 90 summits to Everest and another 200 summits covering all the 7-Summits, we let the numbers speak our success.
Our base camp services across the globe are unrivaled! For us, a base camp is a “Home away from home”. Whether you’re from the west or the east, we ensure that we serve you your native food on a daily basis. With a host of custom packages to choose from, we’re certain that you will not miss the comfort of your home!
An experienced high altitude medical doctor is always with us during every expedition to Mt.Everest. He/she is always available at the Base Camp/ Advanced Base Camp for any medical related concern, however small the condition is. Well, in the mountains it’s the small things that matter the most!
The weather plays the single most important factor on your probability of reaching the summit. We have 3 independent weather forecasts from the most reliable weather forecasters that ensure that we pick the most safest weather window for your summit attempt.