Mount Kilimanjaro Tours
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Mount Kilimanjaro Treks
Named one of the Seven Summits (highest peaks on the seven continents), Mount Kilimanjaro continues to mesmerize the world with its permanent snow-capped majesty and soaring height of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters). It is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, but that’s not all. Mount Kilimanjaro is also one of the most gigantic stratovolcanoes on Earth, covering an area of approximately 388,500 hectares.
Due to its natural beauty, plenty of tourists and locals alike hope for a chance to stand in awe of this majestic snow-capped mountain and, for many, to climb to the summit. It rises from farmland on the bottom level to a rainforest which houses a lot of buffaloes, leopards, elephants, monkeys, and eland. As you advance further is an alpine meadow where an abundance of birds of prey can be found. And then at the peak is a barren lunar landscape that is easily beyond magnificent.
If you are aiming to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, there are actually several routes to do so. Although each route varies in length and difficulty, the average minimum duration for a Kilimanjaro trek is 5 days.
Napanda Safaris can take your adventure to greater heights. With our highly qualified team to guide and serve you, you can reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and have the experience of a lifetime! Depending on your preferences and schedule, we will take the best route for you. The two most common and highly recommended routes are Machame, Marangu, Lemosho and Rongai.
Otherwise known as the “Whiskey” route, Machame is currently the most popular route to the peak. It is considered a difficult route, better suited for more adventurous folks, and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The minimum number of days required for this route is 6, although 7 days is recommended. During the nights, climbers sleep in supplied tents at designated campsites, and eat meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. Napanda Safaris staff will take care of everything – from meal preparation and aftercare to setting up of tents.
The Machame route promises a jaw-dropping scenery. It approaches the summit from the southwest and descends using Mweka route, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro Southern Ice field.
Another popular route to the summit is Marangu. This could partly be a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so because it is possible to reach the summit in 5 days, one day earlier compared to the Machame route. This is not always the best way, due to a shorter acclimatization period.
However, you always have an option to spend an extra acclimatization day on the mountain. This extends the route into a 6-day trek, greatly increasing the chances of success. Shared hut accommodation on the Marangu route forms one of the main differences, compared to the other routes. It offers you the relative luxury of being able to sleep in huts along the entire route. Mineral water, soft drinks, chocolates and beers are also sold at all the camps on this route. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepares all your meals.
Approaching from the western part of Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi gate, Lemosho route eventually joins the Machame route after a few days in. It is the longest route, taking about 7 or 8 days that promises a remote wilderness experience and a breathtaking scenery all throughout. So, if cost is not an issue, you can hike difficult terrain and you are up for longer campouts and a more remote experience, Lemosho route is definitely perfect.
On the first two days, you will trek through a remote rainforest where you can easily spot wildlife including antelopes, buffalos and elephants. On your third day, you will join Machame route at the Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley. For your descent, Mweka route will be taken.
A popular 6-day trek, Rongai route is perfect for those who want to be away from the crowds and rewarded with a lavish, remote scenery and an easy hike. It approaches Kilimanjaro from the north and descends via Marangu route.
Due to additional transport costs and few available tour operators, Rongai route is relatively expensive. Nonetheless, it remains to be the route of choice for those who climb the summit during wet season. This is because the northern side of Kilimanjaro is drier and the chances of the climbers getting soaked is very slim.