Kilimanjaro Ascents

Mount Kilimanjaro with EWP

Climb Kilimanjaro Now Kilimanjaro: General Information 

Many mountain walkers visiting East Africa are attracted to the highest point in Africa - Uhuru Point on Kibo - which can be reached by several easy walking or scrambling routes.  There are two main summits, craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and 'flat-topped', Kibo, 5896m. The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert separates the two. From the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests lead down to the cultivated foothills below. We can organize travels to climb Kilimanjaro with Zara, one of the top operators in the area for the last 28 years.

There are three main routes up to Kibo: 
The Marangu Route offers a walking on gentle forest and moorland paths up as far as 4700m.  Above 4700m scree leads to the spectacular and often snowy crater rim which is followed to Uhuru Peak - the highest point. The Machame and Umbwe Routes are tougher.  Steep forest paths, easy scrambling and airy ridges lead to the final screes and hence the crater.  Nights are spent in tents as huts are used by porters.  The Mweka Route is generally used to descend after either of these routes. The Shira, Nanjara and Oloitokitok Routes are more remote but can be organised by us. A variation to the Shira Route is particularly beautiful and goes through one of the few areas on Kili that is rich in game  

We can organise trips at any time of year for any size of group, these are based at a hotel near Moshi details.  We also offer several scheduled trips which combine the ascent of Kilimanjaro with that of Mount Kenya or Mount Meru and a safari in Tanzania. 

Kilimanjaro from Barranco
Kilimanjaro may be attempted by any strong mountain walker, however it is easy to gain height too quickly and altitude related illness or considerable discomfort is experienced by many who try to go up too fast. 
Medical Aspects of high altitude mountaineering 
Mawenzi from Saddle

Climbing, other mountains and safaris 
 There are many game parks to be visited and mountains to be climbed in East Africa.  In Tanzania Mount Meru is a high beautiful volcanic mountain perfect as training before the ascent of Kilimanjaro.  The active volcano Lengai is a sacred mountain to the Masaii. For these you may consider organising the trip as a private group. Our guides are based permanently in Moshi throughout the year.  In Kenya, Mount Kenya offers top quality rock and ice climbing in a superb setting.  In Uganda, Mount Elgon's caldera provides remote high altitude walking while the Rwenzori are a great, glaciated and mystical mountain range to be explored. 

ALW /9/2014