Mt. Kilimanjaro , Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro is the utmost mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world; it has 3 volcanic cones soaring into the clouds: Kibo the highest at 5,895 metres, Mawenzi at 5,149 meters, and Shira at 4,005 metres.
The climate on Mt. Kilimanjaro doesn’t tend to vary over the course of the year; rather it changes with altitude, and almost every climate type on earth is represented on the mountain. The ‘roof of Africa’ can be ascended year-round, but we recommend avoiding the two rainy seasons (November and April-May).
Being close to both Kilimanjaro International Airport and the domestic Arusha Airport. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro can effortlessly be combined with a wildlife safari or beach experience. There are numerous trip lengths and routes to the top, and as with most high-altitude climbs, the more time you spend on the mountain, the easier it is for your body to acclimatize.
Machame Route - 7 days:
The most popular route for its success rate and time. It is also picturesque in that it joins the Lemosho route after a couple of days.
Rongai Route - 7 days:
This route starts on the opposite side of Kilimanjaro and least crowded. It has a more adequate grade and is a bit dryer in terms of scenery (not rainforest).
Lemosho Route - 8 days:
This route is somewhat more relaxed, less busy and allowing 8 days for acclimatisation and with a good balance in the height of the camp sites. The staging is gorgeous, passing through forests and traverses.
Shira Route - 8 days:
The Shira Route approaches the peak from the western side, and is for those who want endless scenery and away from the crowds. The routes passes through a well-preserved wilds of Shira Plateau, and around the hilly and beautiful Moir Hut and the Lent Hills, before navigating underneath the Kibo icefields to summit via the Barafu Camp.