MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

 

Without a doubt, climbing Kilimanjaro is one achievement in your life and of course of the world's great adventures and challenges in the world. Kilimanjaro the name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mount o f Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people the Wachagga don’t even have a name for the whole massif only kipoo (and now know as Kibo), for the familiar snow peak that stands imperious overseer of the continent the summit of Africa.

 

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it you understand why. Rising in absolute isolation at 5,895 metre Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and 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.

 

Those who reach Uhuru Point the actual summit. A journey up her slopes takes you on a climatic world tour, form the tropics to the arctic. The grassy and cultivated lower slopes turn into lush rainforest inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo and antelope. Higher still heath and moorland covered with giant heathers, becomes surreal alpine desert and finally ice snow and the magnificent beauty of the top of the continent.

 

The Various routes to the Summit:


THE MARANGU ROUTE – 7 Days 6 Night ( 5 Days on Trek )

Marangu route known as the 'Coca-Cola' route, because it is the most popular route up the mountain this is the easiest route to take to ascend Kilimanjaro, offers walking on gentle forest and moorland paths up to 4700m.  Above, screen leads to Gillman's Point on the often snowy crater rim which is followed to Uhuru Peak. Accommodation is in the huts.


THE MACHAME ROUTE – 8 Days 7 Nights ( 6 Days on Trek )

Machame routes is more physical demanding and tougher.  Steep forest paths, easy scrambling and airy ridges lead to the final screen and hence the crater. Accommodation is camping in the mountain dome tents.

 

RONGAI ROUTE – 6 Days 7 Nights ( 5 Days on Trek )
This route is less tourist route,  fast gaining in popularity and is considered to be one of the easiest routes up the mountain. It is the only route starting from the north side of the mountain at Rongai a small village close to the Kenya border. The climbing conditions are drier on the northern side of the mountain and there are spectacular sweeping views over the broad flat Maasai lands. Overnights are spent camping in tents. The summit is reached via the east side of Kibo and the descent is via the Marangu route.

 

Size 755sq km (about 470 sq miles)
Location Northern Tanzania

Getting there

128 km from Arusha depend on what part of mountain. About 1 hour from Kilimanjaro Airport.
Travelling Distance

Arusha Town to begging Point of Marangu route 130km

Arusha Town to begging Point of Machame route 70km

Arusha Town to begging Point of Rongai route 159km

What to do Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes. Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches. Predators Safari Club we highly recommend 6 to 7 days Machame Route trek and night before trek in the hotel in Arusha Town.
When to go Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and cooler) from July-September.

Accommodation

Huts and campsites on the mountain. Several hotels and campsites outside on the foothill of the Mount Kilimanjaro.

Please Note

Climb slowly to increase your acclimatisation time

and maximise your chances of reaching the

summit. To avoid altitude sickness, allow a

minimum of 5 nights, preferably 6 or even more for

the climb.Take your time and enjoy the beauty of

the mountain, avoid travelling we big groups always

try to join smaller group of 2 to max of 4 for

personalise guiding to success your trek to

summit roof top of Mount Kilimanjaro.


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