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The Roof of Africa
At 5896m, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and the thin air around the top provides a stout challenge. We use the Machame route because it combines diverse and interesting scenery, an enjoyable trek and, most importantly for you, an achievable acclimatisation schedule. One of the highlights of the trek is exploring the small valleys around our camp 3 where East African Giant Lobelias and Giant Senecios make the landscape seem prehistoric. We have built in two shorter days to give you the best chance to acclimatise, and climb in safety.
The climb to the summit – Uhuru peak - is quite steep walking, and tough due to the thin air. However it is non-technical and achievable for fit healthy trekkers. The descent through the thick jungles that halo Kilimanjaro to the Mweka gate and our waiting jeep provide a balm for our eyes after so much time above the treeline. We use a camping trek for maximum flexibility, and porters carry our camping gear, food and personal kit.
The climbing season in East Africa covers most of the year. The two dry seasons generally run from December to March, when you would expect dry and warm conditions, and June to October, which is usually also dry, but cooler.
Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha hotel
Trip briefing and preparation for trek
Trek and climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route from our high camp
Final day of trek and transfer to hotel
Either a final rest day, departure, or commencement of an optional safari
Private jeep safari in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti game parks or relaxing at Zanzibar
dawn above the clouds
Ascend the highest point on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro
Trek from the tropics to the tundra around Kilimanjaro with our expert guide and crew
Survey sculpted glaciers in the dawn glow of Kilimanjaro - the Roof of Africa
Travel with time to acclimatise and enjoy the journey with an experienced and well-equipped guide and climbing crew.
Haven’t you always wanted to go to Africa? All those fabulous animals, the impressive scenery and the wide expanse of sky above flat-topped acacias.
The snow-topped summit of Kilimanjaro, diverse cultures, fascinating history, and the wonders of the Rift Valley which is acknowledged by many as the cradle of man-kind. So many great reasons to go!
This is a great expedition on Kilimanjaro with a package of safari options that let you choose which parks to visit and how long to enjoy them.
dawn from Shira camp sunrise on Mt Meru
Is it right for me?
To achieve the major challenge of this climb on Mount Kilimanjaro, you will need to be fit and healthy. Our staff carry everything but your day pack, prepare the meals and set up camps, so you’ll just have to take care of enjoying your adventure. We stay in good quality mountain tents on Kilimanjaro, good hotels in towns and a very nice lodge to enjoy a post summit rest.
Despite Kilimanjaro’s height, our strategic route involves hiking, not technical climbing. You will not need rope, rock-climbing or mountaineering skills, but a background in trekking and camping or overnight hiking will be an advantage.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness in order to best enjoy your experience of Africa, and to have a good chance of success. You will need to be able to trek on sometimes rough tracks for 6 or more hours a day with a daypack. The trekking days are not especially long, as your body needs time to acclimatise, and there is time for a leisurely lunch, and photography stops.
An extra effort will be required on summit day to take you above the glaciers to Uhuru peak. This is a tough day.
We suggest that because people have a wide variety of lifestyles, you may benefit from a training program to prepare for your trek. We suggest you start well ahead and work up slowly to get yourself ready for the ascent.
we handle all the porters and headaches for you
Dates, Prices & Includes
all airport transfers
all accommodation, private transport to and from the mountain and all meals on trek
all trekking permits and National Park entry fees
climbing guide, cook(s) and porters on the mountain
tips for porters
Visas, transfer fees, departure taxes, excess baggage
Meals in towns or hotels
Personal discretionary expenses e.g., gifts, phone calls, laundry, tips, drinks
Personal clothing and equipment for the trek
Medical evacuation costs, extra accommodation or any other fees associated with early departure, change of itinerary, or breaking from the group due to illness or otherwise. The cost may need to be paid by you at the time and may be able to be claimed back from your travel insurance company
We recommend cancellation insurance to protect your investment.
We require participants to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation.
Please ensure that your chosen policy provides cover for the activities (trekking and climbing with guides) and the localities in which you will travel (Tanzania, to elevations up to 5,896m metres above sea level).
good equipment is provided, individual tents , Shira Camp
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