Why Trek and Climb Kilimanjaro?
Which trekking holiday to Kilimanjaro should I choose?
|LEMOSHO ||MERU &|
|DAYS ON THE|
| 7 || 7 + 3 |
|8|| 6 - after 4 days|
on Meru (4566m)
| 6 - after 5 days|
on Mt Kenya (4985m)
| ASCENT ROUTE||Rongai||Rongai||Lemosho||Machame||Machame|
| DESCENT ROUTE||Marangu||Marangu||Mweka||Mweka||Mweka|
| KEY BENEFITS|| Gradual ascent|
| Gradual ascent|
| 8 day ascent -|
| Acclimatise on|
| Acclimatise on Mount|
Kenya, Africa's 2nd
| LAND ONLY |
|£1495 ||£2195||£1695 ||£1995||£2395|
|SUCCESS RATE||95%||95% ||100%||100%||100%|
| WHAT'S |
| Park fees|
| Park fees|
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More information on the different Kilimanjaro ascent routes
If you are looking to tackle Kilimanjaro in just a week, then the Rongai Route on the north side of the mountain should be just right. The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches from the north, near the Kenyan border. Transferring to the starting point at Rongai Gate (1950m) the route traverses the lower slopes towards Mawenzi Tarn and then crosses the Saddle to Kibo Hut. The summit attempt starts from here and climbs via Gillman's point to reach Uhuru Peak. The route takes a minimum of six days to complete, but crucially KE allow seven days to allow for better acclimatisation with an additional night camping at scenic Mawenzi Tarn. Rongai is classed as one of the easier routes as the climb is gradual and steady. It is also one of the quietest routes with low traffic, unspoiled rainforest and remote wilderness areas. Descent is via the Marangu Route.
Approaching from the west you will transfer to the Londorossi Gate (2250m), the starting point for the Lemosho / Shira Route. The route crosses the quiet and spectacular Shira Plateau. It is possible to ascend to Uhuru Peak via the Western Breach or via the Barafu Hut. We have chosen to skirt beneath the Western Breach to join the Barafu trail for our summit attempt, which is made via Stella Point on the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak. Our Lemosho Route Trek runs over 8 days, which includes 2 vital acclimatisation nights at the camp in the Karanga valley. The extra time that we allow within this itinerary will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip. Descent on this trip is via the scenic Mweka route.
The Machame Route (also known as the 'Whiskey' route) is one of the more challenging routes on Kilimanjaro. The trek begins in the south-west area of the mountain at Machame Gate, with its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads toward the Shira Plateau, before circling the southern circuit halfway around the mountain. Machame offers great vistas of Kibo Peak and its icefields and visits stunning places such as Barranco and Lava Tower. Machame is ideal for those who want a more challenging climb, and are confident in their ability to hike over extended periods of time on sometimes steep terrain. We have chosen to combine the Machame Route on Kilimajaro with either Africa's second highest peak, Mount Kenya, on our Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro trek or with nearby Mt Meru on our Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro trek. Mount Kenya (4985m) and Mount Meru (4566m) are excellent climbs in their own right and provide excellent acclimatisation for the climb ahead on Kilimanjaro. The descent on both of these trips is via the scenic Mweka route.