9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing
For a great experience on trekking Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits with breathtaking view of the natural vegetation.
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park by any name is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world
Kilimanjaro National Park is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination.
• The northern slopes receive far less rainfall. Both the rainfall and the temperature decrease with altitude up to the summit where there is permanent ice and below freezing temperatures.
• The clearest and warmest conditions are from December – February, but also dry (and colder) from July – September.
With the distance of 65km, Machame route is one of the most popular for Kilimanjaro climbers. The main difficulty lies in an altitude gain of over 2,000m in 24hrs including summiting, resulting in a 7% drop in success rates. If you are planning to take Machame Route in November, April or May, the path may be eroded by rain making the climb more difficult. The 7-day programme, on the other hand, offers success rates of 85% due to gradual acclimatization and will suit anyone aspiring to climb Kilimanjaro.Marangu route
Marangu route is rightfully popular amongst Kilimanjaro. It is unique in that it provides extra comfort with its permanent huts. Fabulous vistas of Kilimanjaro’s Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are an added advantage of it! Marangu Route offers 6 and 5-day itineraries, the latter being the way to go for experienced trekkers. The 6 days Marangu Route itinerary with its longer acclimatization is preferable if this is to be your first climb. Those who climb Kilimanjaro on Marangu can look forward to a trek that covers the distance of 64 km with comfortable conditions resulting in a 92% success rate for the longer programme.Rongai route
Rongai is the only northern route up Kilimanjaro. It will take you past the second-highest point in Tanzania, Mawenzi, while offering bird's-eye views of the mountain’s rainforest. The gentle gradient and its gradual acclimatization bring one safely to the highest point of Africa – Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak, at 5,895 m. Rongai Route boasts high success rates of 84 and 94 percent on 6 and 7-day climbs, respectively. Rongai is great for travelers with previous exposure to high altitude and offers an escape from fellow-climbers, as it requires the longest drive before reaching the park gate. Rongai Route will leave you with great impressions while testing your strength over the distance of 65 km.Umbwe rouse
Umbwe Route is arguably the least frequented on Kilimanjaro. Starting at the tropical rainforest it runs along Machame Route. The shortest of the routes, Umbwe - with its steep climb and short acclimatization periods - is amongst the most taxing on Kilimanjaro, while still showing off the beauties of the mountain terrain with its different habitat zones and panoramic views. While the camps along Umbwe Route to Uhuru Peak are well suited to acclimatization, this is still one of the more challenging ways to climb Kilimanjaro.Northern Circuit
Northern Circuit is Kilimanjaro’s newest route. Being the longest way to Uhuru Peak makes it the least frequented. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the rainforest on the western slopes of Shira Plateau and passes through the northern part of the Kilimanjaro massif to end up on the eastern slope. Northern Circuit is also the only route that makes an arc of 270° allowing you to see different aspects of the Kibo Volcano This makes climbing Kilimanjaro on the Northern Circuit Route highly popular amongst photographers. Moreover, the longer duration of this trek makes for better acclimatization and an easier climb to Uhuru Peak.
Arrive JRO international airport, after clearance of immigration formalities: you will be met by our officer at the arrival door, greeted and transferred to the hotel in Moshi for overnight. Dinner and Overnight at the House of West Kili.Day 2
After breakfast drive from House of West Kili to the Londorossi Park Gate. From here follow a forest track in a 4WD vehicle for 11km (45 min) to Lemosho Glades and a possible campsite. From the glades, walk for 3 hours beautiful trails to the Mti Mkubwa campsiteDay 3
The trail gradually steepens, enters the giant heather moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600m/11,810 and drops gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream on the Shira PlateauDay 4
A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadows by stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.Day 5
After breakfast ,you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro looming mass .After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent land mark called lava Tower at 4,630m/15,190.Day 6
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco wall, then you climb this impossible obstacle ,which turn to be easier than it look .Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is.Day 7
In the morning, you hike east over intervening and valley to join the Mweka Route which will be your descent route. Tour left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Kalanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is a Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit to the mountain.Day 8
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night .You 6-hours climbing northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella point on the crater is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers .Day 9
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic 3-hours to the [ark gate. This is also were successful climbers can receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificate Hot lunch at Mweka village after which you are driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night at the House of West Kili.