Mount Kilimanjaro It is the highest peak in Africa 5,895m (19,341 ft) above sea level you can  call it the roof of Africa. Mt. Kilimanjaro is an awesome spectacle and climbing it is achievable by anyone who is determined. The Mountain is accessible throughout the year via Machame route by a minimum of 6 days, Marangu routes for a minimum of 5days, Rongai routes, Lemosho route and Umbwe routes which consider to the shortest but challenging one. April and May it is heavy rains season, while the best month are January to March and August to October. Only Marangu routes accommodate tourist in hut or bandas by Swahili words. The rest route you will be accommodated under tent. We provide airport pickup and drop off. You can add  four (4days) or more days for a relaxation in Zanzibar beach , this will be a breath taking after  a tough and long walk to  the peak of mount Kilimanjaro. Walking while viewing down from the snowy summit to the vast plains 5,895m on the highest free standing Mt.Kilimanjaro for the first time it’s truly an interesting and unique wonder. Kilimanjaro is an awesome spectacle, and climbing it is achievable by anyone who is determined.

 

 

 

  The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Due to the fast ascent to high altitude, this route does not provide the necessary stages for acclimatization. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.

Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb. After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail turns east and traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

 

Hiking via Umbwe Route (a very steep route) 6 Days/5 Nights

Day 1: After 2 1/2 to 3 hours drive from Arusha you come to the starting point at Umbwe Gate. We walk from Umbwe Gate at 1,800 meters (5,906 feet) to Umbwe Cave at 3,200 meters (10,499 feet). It is the longest day of all. After registration your walk will start via a thick rain forest. Most of the time your walk will be through the forest. You will come to Umbwe Cave camp for dinner and overnight. You will still be in the forest. The average walk is 5 to 6 hours.

Day 2: We walk from Umbwe Cave to Baranco Camp at 3,950 meters. After breakfast, we start our walk via a very steep ridge. It is this ridge that will lead you to Baranco Camp. There is a nice view of southern glaciers and the western breach. The average walk is 3 to 4 hours. Dinner and overnight at Baranco Camp.

Day 3: We walk from Baraco Camp to Karanga Camp at 3,930 meters (12,894 feet). The Baranco wall is what will make your day so beautiful and enjoyable. It’s somehow hard but the slow (pole pole) walk will make you climb the wall to the top. Where you need to be more careful, your guide will tell you and, if possible, assist. The top of the wall is also very beautiful with glacier views. The day is short with an average walk of 3 to 4 hours. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 4: We walk from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp at 4,600 meters (15,092 feet). It’s a short day with an average walk of 2 1/2 to 3 hours. From the night before until this day, the nice views of Deken, Kersten and Rebman Glacier will influence you to take a lot of photos. You will acclimatize a little after short break at Barafu Camp. You will rest after dinner and be prepared for the summit hike on the following day at midnight. The average walk to the top will depend on your strength, but normally it takes 5 to 6 hours. It’s a tough night.

Day 5: We walk from the summit to Barafu and later on to Mweka Camp at 3,100 meters (10,171 feet). Your guide will provide you with time to rest at Barafu before your descent to Mweka for the last night. There is an average walk of 4 to 5 hours from Barafu to Mweka. Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp.

Day 6: We walk from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate at 1,800 meters (5,906 feet). Walking back via the rainforest you will end up at Mweka Gate in about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

It’s on this gate you will collect your certificate and have a little celebration with your team. A bottle of champagne will be waiting for you. After the celebration, we drive back to Arusha. This will be the end of your 6 days trekking.

We can also provide another option via this route, either 7, 8 or more days.

You can also take western breach trail to the top via Lava Tower (4,600 meters/15,092 feet) and Arrow Camp (4,800 meters 15,748 feet) to the Summit.

 

 

  Marangu Route The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "Tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit and many people in a hurry try to make the summit via this overcrowded route, although less than 50% will make it. 90% of the Kilimanjaro climbers use this route and all the other routes combined see 10% of the visitors.

 

Hiking via Marangu Route 5 Days/4 Nights

Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave Arusha at 8:30 a.m. for the mountain entrance – Marangu Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet). The walk on this day is relatively easy and passes through the lush vegetation of the mountain to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters/8,858 feet). It takes between 3 and 4 hours. We will eat lunch at the gate or along the way. Distance 8km (about 5miles)

Day 2: On the second day, we cover about 13 km (5 to 7 hours). During this day the landscape changes from forest to grasslands. We stay overnight at Horombo Hut (3,750 meters).

Day 3: This day is a hard climb to Kibo Hut (4,750 meters/15,584 feet). It covers 9 kms (about 8 miles) (about 6 to 7 hours), crossing “the saddle” – terrain between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. On arrival, there is time to relax, before departing for the summit shortly before midnight.

It takes about 5 to 6 hours to walk from Kibo Hut to the peak. However, it can take longer depending on your fitness level as well as the weather.

Our first stop is Gilman’s Point 5,686 meters (18,655 feet). Then we continue to Stella Point and lastly Uhuru Peak (5896 meters), descending back to Kibo Hut for a few hours of rest.

Day 4: After getting a few hours rest at Kibo Hut, we descend to Horombo Hut, which takes about 3 to 4 hours.

Day 5: This is the last day on the mountain. It is also all downhill, back to Marangu Gate where you will be met by a Diamond Glacier Adventures Officer, collect your certificates from the Gate clerk, have lunch, celebrate for reaching THE TOP OF AFRICA “UHURU PEAK” then drive back to Arusha

Hiking via Marangu Route 6 Days/5 Nights

Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave Arusha at 8:30 a.m. for the mountain entrance – Marangu Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet). The walk on this day is relatively easy and passes through the lush vegetation of the mountain to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters/8,858 feet). The route is about 8 km (about 5 miles) and takes between 3 and 4 hours. We will eat lunch at the gate or along the way.

Day 2: On the second day, we cover about 13 km (5 to 7 hours). During this day the landscape changes from forest to grasslands. We stay overnight at Horombo Hut (3,750 meters).

Day 3: Resting and Acclimatization day to Zebra rocks. 4 to 5 hours go and return from Zebra rocks.

Day 4: This day is a hard climb to Kibo Hut (4,750 meters/15,584 feet). It covers 9 kms (about 8 miles) (about 6 to 7 hours), crossing “the saddle” – terrain between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. On arrival, there is time to relax, before departing for the summit shortly before midnight.

It takes about 5 to 6 hours to walk from Kibo Hut to the peak. However, it can take longer depending on your fitness level as well as the weather.

Our first stop is Gilman’s Point 5,686 meters (18,655 feet). Then we continue to Stella Point and lastly Uhuru Peak (5896 meters), descending back to Kibo Hut for a few hours of rest.

Day 5: After getting a few hours rest at Kibo Hut, we descend to Horombo Hut, which takes about 3 to 4 hours.

Day 6: This is the last day on the mountain. It is also all downhill, back to Marangu Gate where you will be met by a Diamond Glacier Adventures Officer, collect your certificates from the Gate clerk, have lunch, celebrate for reaching THE TOP OF AFRICA “UHURU PEAK” then drive back to Arusha.

Lemosho Route

The Lemosho - Shira route is comparable with the Machame route, but uses a more remote approach from the west. In fact they are 2 parallel routes merging at Shira plateau, but mostly the Lemosho variation is used.

As this is the one of the 2 routes where wildlife can be encountered (with the Rongai) you will be accompanied by an armed ranger.

 

Hiking via Lemosho Route 7 days/6 nights

Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave Arusha at 8:30 a.m. for the mountain entrance – Londoros Gate at 2,100 meters (6,890 feet). The starting point is about 40 minutes from the main entrance. Begin trekking through the rainforest with some steep areas. We spend the night at Mti Mkubwa Campsite, which is at 2,250 meters (7,382 feet). Distance 7km.

Day 2: We start walking toward Shira I Campsite, which is at 3500 meters (11,482 feet) to Shira 11 campsite 3,850m(12631 ft). It is a long day – 7 to 8 hours of walking, and it is very steep. We will arrive in the saddle area between Kibo Peak and Shira Plateau. We camp overnight at Shira I1 campsite.Distance 17km.

Day 3: We hike to Lava Tower at 4600 meters (15,092 feet). It takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the Lava Tower. From here, we descend to Baranco Campsite after staying awhile to acclimatize. It takes about another 2 to 3 hours to reach Baranco. We camp overnight at Baranco at 3950 meters (12,959 feet). Distance 10km.

Day 4: Via Baranco wall, we will walk to Karanga Campsite at 3930 meters (12,894 feet). It is a short day but very steep and takes between 3 to 4 hours. We camp overnight at Karanga Campsite. Distance 4km.

Day 5: This is also a short but difficult day – we walk for 3 to 4 hours to Barafu Campsite at 4,600 meters (16,092 feet). We will arrive at Barafu early so there will be enough time to rest before the midnight hike to Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters (19,341 feet). We walk to the peak in 5 to 6 hours.

Before reaching Uhuru Peak, we will pass Stella at 5732 meters (18,806 feet) around sunrise. After reaching the peak we descend back to Barafu Campsite to rest. Distance 5km to uhuru peak from Barafu

Day 6: From here we descend to Mweka Campsite at 3,100 meters (10,171 feet). This takes about 4 to 5 hours. We camp overnight at Mweka Campsite. Distance 7km.

Day 7: We walk back through the rainforest to Mweka Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet) where you will be met by a Diamond Glacier Adventures Officer, collect your certificates from the Gate clerk, have lunch, celebrate for reaching THE TOP OF AFRICA “UHURU PEAK” Distance 10km,then drive back to Arusha.

Hiking via Lemosho 8 days/7 nights

 

Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave Arusha at 8:30 a.m. for the mountain entrance – Londoros  Gate at 2,100 meters (6,890 feet). The starting point is about 40 minutes from the main entrance. Begin trekking through the rainforest with some steep areas. We spend the night at  Mti Mkubwa Campsite, which is at 2,250 meters (7,382 feet).Distance 7km

Day 2: We start walking toward Shira I Campsite, which is at 3500 meters (11,482 feet). It is a long day – 6 to 7 hours of walking, and it is very steep. We will arrive in the saddle area between Kibo Peak and Shira Plateau. We camp overnight at Shira I. Distance 7km.

Day 3: This is an easy day – we will walk for about 3 to 4 hours to Shira II Campsite at 3,850 meters (12,631 feet). Most of the time you will be enjoying the mountain view. We camp overnight at Shira II.Distance 10km.

Day 4: We hike to Lava Tower at 4600 meters (15,092 feet). It takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach the Lava Tower. From here, we descend to Baranco Campsite after staying awhile to acclimatize. It takes about another 2 to 3 hours to reach Baranco.  We camp overnight at Baranco at 3950 meters (12,959 feet).Distance 10km.

Day 5: Via Baranco wall, we will walk to Karanga Campsite at 3930 meters (12,894 feet). It is a short day but very steep and takes between 3 to 4 hours. We camp overnight at Karanga Campsite. Distance 4km.

Day 6: This is also a short but difficult day – we walk for 3 to 4 hours to Barafu Campsite at 4,600 meters (16,092 feet). Distance 4km. We will arrive at Barafu early so there will be enough time to rest before the midnight hike to Uhuru Peak at 5895 meters (19,341 feet). We walk to the peak in 5 to 6 hours.

Before reaching Uhuru Peak, we will pass Stella at 5732 meters (18,806 feet) around sunrise. After reaching the peak we descend back to Barafu Campsite to rest. Distance 5km from Barafu to Uhuru and 7 Km from Barafu to mweka after the summit.

Day 7: From here we descend to Mweka Campsite at 3,100 meters (10,171 feet). This takes about  4 to 5 hours. We camp overnight at Mweka Campsite. 7Km

Day 8: We walk back through the rainforest to Mweka Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet) where you will be met by a Diamond Glacier Adventures Officer, collect your certificates from the Gate clerk, have lunch, celebrate for reaching THE TOP OF AFRICA “UHURU PEAK” Distance 10km, then drive back to Arusha.

Machame Route If Marangu is the "CocaCola" route, then the Machame Route is the "Whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and arguably the most scenic route on the mountains. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served on the floor of a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is usually done over seven days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high.

 

Hiking via Machame Route 6 Days/5 NightsTitle

Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave Arusha at 8:30 a.m. for the mountain entrance – Machame Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet). Begin trekking through the rainforest on a winding trail past the caretaker’s hut. The trek takes between 5 and 7 hours. We stop for the night at Machame campsite (3,000 meters/9,843 feet). Distance 11km

Day 2: After breakfast, we head through the glades of the rainforest, then continue trekking across a small valley and along a steep rocky ridge covered with heath. We have then reached the river gorge at 3658 meters (12,001 feet). This part of the trek takes between 5 and 7 hours. We then camp at Shira Hut campsite (3,800 meters/12,467 feet). Distance 5km

Day 3: From Shira Plateau, we continue trekking for about 5 to 7 hours, where we reach the Lava Tower, or “the shark’s tooth” (4,600 meters/15,092 feet). After the tower, we continue to the junction leading to Arrow Glacier. We camp at the Baranco Hut campsite (3950 meters/12,959 feet). Distance 7km to Lava Tower and 3Km to Baranco from Lava Tower.

Day 4: We walk along the steep ridge passing the Baranco wall, through the Karanga Valley to the to Barafu campsite (4,600 meters/15,092 feet). The trek takes about 7 to 8 hours. From Barafu there is a good view of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. Distance 5km from Baranco to Karanga and 4km to Barafu From Karanga Camp.

You will have few hours to rest at Barafu before starting the summit trek at midnight.

Day 5: During or just after sunrise we arrive at Stella point (5,732 meters/18,806 feet). Here we take a short brack and continue all the way to the summit “Uhuru Peak” (5,895 meters/19,341 feet). It is about one hour from Stella to the Peak.

The entire trek takes about 5 to 6 hours depending on your path. Descending to Barafu from the peak is not difficult. It usually takes about 2 to 3 hours.

After a few hours rest at Barafu, we continue to Mweka campsite (3100 meters/10,171 feet) (3 to 5 hours). Distance 5km from Barafu to Uhuru peak. And from Barafu to Mweka 7km.

Day 6: It is an easy trek (about 3 to 4 hours) to Mweka gate where you will be met by a Diamond Glacier Adventures Officer, collect your certificates from the Gate clerk, have lunch, celebrate for reaching THE TOP OF AFRICA “UHURU PEAK” then drive back to Arusha.Distance 10km.

Hiking via Machame Route 7 Days/6 Nights

Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave Arusha at 8:30 a.m. for the mountain entrance – Machame Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet).  Begin trekking through the rainforest on a winding trail past the caretaker’s hut. The trek takes between 5 and 7 hours. We stop for the night at Machame campsite (3,000 meters/9,843 feet). Distance 11km.

Day 2: After breakfast, we head through the glades of the rainforest, then continue trekking across a small valley and along a steep rocky ridge covered with heath. We have then reached the river gorge at 3658 meters (12,001 feet). This part of the trek takes between 5 and 7 hours. We then camp at Shira Hut campsite (3,800 meters/12,467 feet).Distance 5km.

Day 3: From Shira Plateau, we continue trekking for about 5 to 7 hours, where we reach the Lava Tower, or “the shark’s tooth” (4,600 meters/15,092 feet). After the tower, we continue to the junction leading to Arrow Glacier. We camp at the Baranco (3950 meters/12,959 feet).Distance 7km to Lava Tower and 3Km to Baranco from Lava Tower.

Day 4: We walk along the steep ridge passing the Baranco wall to the Karanga Valley camp site 3930m. 4hrs of walking. Stay overnight at Karanga camp. Distance 6km.

Day 5:From Karanga to Barafu campsite (4,600 meters/15,092 feet). The trek takes about 3 to 4 hours.  There is a good view of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. Distance 4km

You will have few hours to rest at Barafu before starting the summit trek at midnight.

Day 6: During or just after sunrise we arrive at Stella point (5,732 meters/18,806 feet). Here we take a short brack and continue all the way to the summit “Uhuru Peak” (5,895 meters/19,341 feet). It is about one hour from Stella to the Peak.

The entire trek takes about 5 to 6 hours depending on your path. Descending to Barafu from the peak is not difficult. It usually takes about 2 to 3 hours.

After a few hours rest at Barafu, we continue to Mweka campsite (3100 meters/10,171 feet) (3 to 5 hours). Distance 5km to Uhuru from Barafu and 7km from Barau to Mweka after the summit.

Day 7: It is an easy trek (about 3 to 4 hours) to Mweka gate where you will be met by a Diamond Glacier Adventures Officer, collect your certificates from the Gate clerk, have lunch, celebrate for reaching THE TOP OF AFRICA “UHURU PEAK” Distance 10km, then drive back to Arusha.

  Rongai Route The Rongai route is the only easy route starting from the North and offers great views of the Kenyan savannahs. It wasn't used for a while as the border was not deemed safe, but now the trail is open again. It is much drier than the other routes and you might even encounter an elephant on the way.

 

Hiking via Rongai Route 5 Days/4 Nights via upper route

Day 1: We will pick you up in Arusha. (It’s a long drive – almost 4 to 5 hours). The trail starts from Rongai Gate at 2,100 meters (6,890 feet) with an average walk of 2 to 3 hours. Your dinner and overnight will be at Simba Camp at 2,600 meters (8,530 feet).

Day 2: We walk from Simba Camp to third Cave Camp at 3,950 meters (12,959 feet). This is a beautiful day as you will enjoying the cool breath of Kilimanjaro as well as the nice view of both Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks, and the moorland zone, the third zone on Kilimanjaro. The average walk is 2 to 3 hours. Dinner and overnight at Third Cave Camp.

Day 3: We walk from Third Cave to Kibo Hut at 4,750 meters (15,584 feet). It’s a slightly steep day, but you can still enjoy the view of both Kibo and Mawenzi. The rock and ridges also look beautiful from here. It’s an average walk of 3 to 4 hours.

On this day of arriving at Kibo, it’s the day when you will hike to the summit starting at midnight. The average walk from Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak is 5 to 6 hours. Distance 6km.

Day 4: From the summit you will walk down to Kibo Hut for breakfast ( lunch), take a short break and then later walk to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight. We walk from Kibo Hut to Horombo Hut at 3,750 meters (12,303 feet). It is an average walk of 4 to 5 hours. Disntace 9km

Day 5: We walk from Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1,800 meters/5,906 feet). We go through the moorland zone to Mandara Hut at 2,700 meters via rain forest. You will come to Marangu Gate at 1,800 meters for collection of your certificate. Distance 19km. Your ride will be at the gate waiting for you. Eat lunch and drive back to Arusha in 2 to 3 hours. The average walk on this day is 5 to 6 hours.

We can also provide another option, The route can also be 6 days.


 

TRAINING PROGRAM FOR KILIMANJARO

When you train to climb Kilimanjaro, you should concentrate on both your fitness and your heart rate.

Muscles become stronger if they are used regularly, at a suitable level and for a sustained period.  This is known as the training effect.

The heart is the most vital muscle to train, so that it can pump more blood more efficiently and deliver more oxygen. Your cardiovascular system - - your heart and lungs working together - - is severely tested by climbing altitude.

Resting heart rate tends to increase at altitude.The increase is significantly larger at higher altitudes, however it should decrease as you acclimatize. Resting heart rate is,therefore, a good indicator of your body’s adaptation to altitude.

Training programs differ widely

Most people use hiking, running or cycling as their prime activity. We think it works best if you do both cross training and interval training.

  • Cross training involves mixing in another form of exercise. For example, if the core discipline is running, we recommend cross train once a week by cycling or hill walking. Hill walking include carrying a daypack with 10kg of weight in it.
  • Interval training involves varying the effort level sharply every couple of minutes during a single session. Challenging the heart to prepare for the varying effort. I suggest a rest day after every training day or a week.

Fitness, strength and stamina are all important for climbing Kilimanjaro. Don't rely on a single form of exercise. The smooth surface of a treadmill does nothing to prepare the leg muscles for climbing loose scree or difficult, steep terrain, or perhaps a strong head wind.

Try to include some brisk hill walking or cross country jogging expedition, in months or weeks prior to your departure.

Whatever the exercise, minimize the risk of straining the muscles by warming up slowly beforehand, including stretching, then cooling down gently afterwards. Stretching beforehand reduces the risk of injury. Afterwards it helps to prevent stiffness of the next day. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your training sessions.

More Essential Tips

  • Start training in good time, if someone is fit a month of special effort might be enough, but if unfit aim to begin three to four months in advance.
  • Also, if never use trekking poles before it's better to practice using them. They are very importance and a great companion on the mountain.
  • Get used to boots, especially when they are new, to avoid blisters
  • It’s also best to consult a medical doctor before your trip in case your doctor has any recommendations to offer based on your medical history. If you take prescription medicine, you want to make sure you bring enough to more than the entire trip (just as a precaution).

And take a few rest days before you leave for Tanzania! You’ll want to preserve some of those calories because you will need them on the hike!