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The Mountain, Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro with its picturesque summits and volcanic cones (Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira) stands at 5,893 metres or 19,334 ft above sea level and its the highest mountain in Africa. A mountain climbing adventure of such proportion is such an exhilarating experience, reaching the peak (the Uhuru Peak / Kibo Peak) simply means you standing on the roof of Africa, on top of the world.

Indeed, Mount Kilimanjaro is the 4th largest mountain in the world. Succeeding the ascent to the roof, namely, Kibo 5,893 m (19,334 ft); Mawenzi 5,149 m (16,893 ft); and Shira 3,962 m (13,000 ft) is the dream of many world adventurers. Greatly esteemed as one of the 7 world summits, a mount Kilimanjaro expendition is a must for a complete mountaineering challenge. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim. Scores of young adults including African students, seniors, professionals have made to the top. Why not you?

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes

There are several routes by which to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, namely: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame. Of all the routes, Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain, which can be done in 6 or 7 days. The Rongai is the easiest camping route and the Marangu is also relatively easy, but accommodation is in huts. As a result, this route tends to be very busy, and ascent and descent routes are the same.

Marangu Route:-  Marangu is by far the most popular route to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This could partly be as a result of the fact that the Marangu is the least expensive route, but more so, perhaps the fact that it is possible to do the Marangu route in 6 days, thereby getting to the summit one day earlier than on the Machame route.

Machame Route:- Sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit.

Umbwe Route:-  The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Very steep route best suited to experienced trekkers

Lemosho Route:- This is the longest and most remote route to Kilimanjaro. After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. Groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other game.

Rongai Route:- This remote and less frequently used route is the second easiest route to Kilimanjaro. The approach to the mountain is from the less-forested north side and the descent is by the Marangu Route. There are several variations, the one described is a longer route taking in Mawenzi Tarn.

Shira Route:- The Shira route, approaches Kilimanjaro’s summit from the west and crosses the caldera of Shira Volcano before heading beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. The route is seldom used by other trekkers and so your initial two days on the mountain are less crowded than on most other routes.

Kilimanjaro _ map

Our Recommendation on Best Routes

Although we operate climbs on all routes, we highly recommend Lemosho & Machame Route for a more grander climbing experience. Lemosho has a higher success rate (well over 95%) and summit attempt happens during the day. In addition it is, according to our opinion, most beautiful although Machame (steeper) is famed as the most scenic of all the routes.

A huge difference is also made by the route taken to the summit, Marangu and Rongai ascent is via the Gilman's Point, while Lemosho and Machame are via Stella Point. That is approximately 1 hour longer windings and that makes a huge difference on low oxygen altitude. In addition, Marangu is known to be overbooked. We however do not argue that Marangu is the most beloved of most climbers especially first-timers, and more so because accommodation is in established huts.

Wildlife - Animals of Mount Kilimanjaro

As said, Mount Kilimanjaro as Africa's highest mountain is  real most awesome sight. Your photos of snowcapped mountain and bushlands rolling around the mountain are real assets to grace your memoirs. It is surrounded by rain forest and is  home to many animals such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Rhinos, Leopards, and Monkeys. Monkeys and Elands are the only animals that can be seen at the summits of Mawenzi and Kibo Peaks.

The snow-capped peak, the dream of scaling the summit, watching dawn break and gazing out over the vast African wildlife, plains and bushland is an experience not to be missed. Kilimanjaro can be trekked at any time of the year, however, there is usually a lot of rain during April, May and November which makes trekking even more challenge.

Best Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Seasons

The main trekking seasons on Kilimanjaro correspond with the mountain’s two dry seasons (an imprecise term, the weather being occasionally inclement during these periods too) namely January to mid-March and June to October.

The January to March season tends to be colder and there is a much greater chance of snow on the path at this time. The days, however, are often clearer, with only the occasional brief shower. It is usually an exceptionally beautiful time to climb and is often a little quieter than the other peak season of September to October, which coincides with the main academic holidays in Europe and the West. In this latter season the clouds tend to hang around the tree-line following the heavy rains of March to May. Once above this altitude, however, the skies are blue and brilliant and the chance of precipitation minimal (though still present).

Although the June to October season tends to be busier, this is not necessarily a disadvantage. For example, if you are travelling independently to Tanzania but wish, for the sake of companionship or simply to cut down on costs, to join up with other travellers for your Kilimanjaro trek, then the high visitor numbers in the June-October peak season will give you the best chance of doing this.

Of course one can trek up Kilimanjaro in the rainy season but not only is there a much higher chance of trekking in the rain, the summits of Kibo and Mawenzi are likely to be wreathed in thick cloud too. Indeed, several agencies even suspend their operations in November and December, deciding that any trek up Kilimanjaro is foolhardy at this time and the rewards for the trekkers considerably less. Curiously, however, Christmas and New Year, when the weather is far from perfect, have been the most popular times for climbing Kilimanjaro.

Cost / Rates of Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The entire cost of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro largely pivots on accommodation type and flight options. You may choose to fly to Nairobi, Kenya and enjoy the wonders of Masai Mara then take shuttle bus to Arusha. Of course there are more airlines flying to Nairobi than Kilimanjaro Airport. The shuttle bus cruises through beautiful African scenery and you can always spot wildlife enroute and the reknown Maasai people with their herds.

Although some operators will quote less than $1000, it is recommended that your cheapest climb include reasonable accommodation & treats. Dont go very cheap on a Mount Kilimanjaro climb. Your servicemen will be underpaid and will obviously be demotivated and negligent. Some of those lads carrying so many Kgs of your load need to be treated with respect. Our guides and their assistants are well trained, and we take caution to accommodate such equipment as will guarantee you safety and wellbeing.  It is also important to get a guarantee that the quality of your food and drink, guides and porters is commendable. What more then than to be concerned about your safety and satisfaction? Request more info on what facilities and services are available with any of the classes below (6 days minimum, ideal 8-9 days):

Please find specific rates on every route shown in individual pages. However, a Standard Trek - $1250 - $ 1400 per person sharing ( 6 Days), ADD $130 for additional day. Mount Kilimanjaro Group climbing 2011 discounts apply.

Special Mount Kilimanjaro Student Climbing Prices / Rates

Mustard Travel is in support of world-wide student travel. We offer special discounts of between 20-30% off standard trek rates. Greater discounts apply for larger student groups. Please enquire for best available rates (BAR) depending on the season.

Joining a Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Group (Our policy, rates and information)

We have had requests from potential climbers seeking to join certain interest groups either by virtual of language affiliation, home country, climbing for charity and other determinants. Mustard Travel will honor your request by seeking professional climb operators especially those whose profiles we keep, and will indeed attempt to 'map' you with a special group. However, it is important to make such requests early enough to allow vetting of all climbing plans.
Kindly note that joining a group attracts special discounts which vary depending on theclimbing season. Do not hesitate to make enquiries requesting more information concerning your mountain climbing interest groups. Important:- Joining a group does not compromise on the number of climbing guides available to the group. Our policy of splitting groups (moving together or not) still applies
The fee includes

Our rates are all inclusive (from pickup to return from Nairobi if using Nairobi and are still applicable for Kilimanjaro Airport Arrivals) and our clients will not further dig into their pockets unless tipping and other expenses of a personal nature or for any special climbing gear required for hire. We do however arrange for you to hire these at very reasonable costs. Mustard Travel will guide you on choosing accommodation before and after the climb, and of course, your celebration dinner.

  • Return transfer from Nairobi to Nairobi on comfortable shuttle bus. Accommodation in Arusha before and after climb, transfer to the foot of the mountain where climb begins and accommodation on the mountain, and inclusive of meals at your hotel in Arusha + all meals on the mountain.
  • Return transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport - Meet and Greet service
  • Camping tents and accommodation in the mountain huts where applicable
  • Food, drinking water,
  • Licensed Mountain Guide and his support team comprising of Porters and Chef for camping routes
  • All required park and entrance fees. 
  • Flying Doctor Membership
  • We assist you in obtaining local currency for tipping if lacking low denomination USD notes.
  • We advise clients to carry less baggage on flight and use our package for required items i.e. sleeping bag, walking poles, duffels, head torch etc. It is in perfect order for a client to bring his own clothing and well worn boots for the climb.

Not included

  • Accommodation in Nairobi before and after climb - will be arranged at extra cost.
  • Extra acclimitazation day spent on the mountain
  • Extras billed above dinner rates for your celebration night after the climb.
  • Sleeping bag and other special items required for climb.
  • Air fares, airport tax and visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature, drinks
  • Gratuities to camp staff, drivers, hotel staff,

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Tips & Safety

This section summarizes some general, but useful information to help you understand what is involved in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Mustard Travel

  • You have to climb the mountain accompanied by a licenced guide
  • You will undergo training briefs and review itinerary with your guide
  • Trekking at extreme altitudes is serious business and you need to be of sound health and physically fit
  • Invest in certain key itmes that make your mountain climbing experience a triumphant, toasty and unforgettable. These include a thermal sleeping mat (not needed on Marangu route), a sleeping bag (some people wouldnt like to hire one, though available), walking poles, You are expected to bring along your Boots (well worn and comfortable), thick socks, rain protection, trekking pants (wind-proof the better), warm but not heavy clothing, head torch, sunscreen, toiletries, gloves, medical kit, walking poles and other stuff on list sent to you long way before you arrive. We will offer the best hire rates, and / or sale where applicable way better than bringing from abroad, thus saving on extra luggage.
  • You may choose to support your guides and porters by donating some of the items you feel comfortable to do or to make direct contribution to the Porters Association Projects.
  • You have to choose your climbing route well, climb slowly and lessen chances of altitude sickness. In addition, the longer routes involve sleeping in tents and hopefully you are comfortable with it. Avoid short 4/5 day climbs. It is known that only a small % of those attempting quick climb (unless highly experienced) rarely make it to the peak.
  • Price quotes are from   Arusha. If a different pickup point is required e.g. Kilimanjaro International Airport or travelling from another town in Tanzania, Mustard Travel will offer comprehensive rates.
  • Mountain crew will differ with price, but where necessary a Trip Leader (Wilderness First Responder) for a larger group will be assigned alongside your guide ( A Wilderness First Responder), assistant guides (Red Cross First Aid Certified), Camp Crew, Porters, Cook/s.
  • The climbing crew will be armed with pulse oximeters, stocked first aid kits, oxygen among other safety desirables as we arrange in our Mountain Climbing Contract.
  • A 2-3 months notice or booking confirmation is required. Climb can be arranged even for 2 persons.

Kilimanjaro Climbing - Machame Route

Day 1: Arrival - Moshi
Transfer from Nairobi Or Kilimanjaro Airport to your hotel closeto the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame camp (2980m)

After breakfast and morning briefing you will be driven to Machame gate about 5 kms from the hotel. Your packed lunch will be taken en route. The 7 hour hike begins with your entourage to Machame Camp. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp

Dinner and overnight stay at Machame Camp.

Day 3: The Scenic Ascent: Machame camp (2980m) - Shira2 camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 9 km's | Habitat: Moorland

Important Note: - To give value to climbers, our professional guides recommend avoiding Shira1 Camp because of among other reasons - congestion.

After breakfast you climb for an hour or so up a steep ridge to the top of the forest and then 2 hours a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up to a semi-circular rocky ridge known as Picnic Rock onto the Shira plateau.

By now you will be able to see the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will arrive the Shira campsite at 3 840m. Picnic lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at Shira Camp


Day 4: The Valley Crossing: Shira2 (3840m) - Barranco camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 6 hours | Distance: About 15 km's | Habitat: Semi desert

 Important Note: - To give value to climbers, our professional guides recommend avoiding Lava Tower because of climbing safety reasons.

From Shira plateau, our target is to ascend to Barranco Camp. Lunch is served in a designated area. This is a tough day so far and is most important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

There will be great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner.

Day 5: Dazing views of the Ice Fields: Barranco camp (3950m) - Karanga camp (4000m)
-Barafu  Camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours | Distance: About 13 km's | Habitat: Alpine desert

From Barranco camp, famous for its' giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.

From Karanga, we ascend directly to Barafu camp. We shall have plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening.

 Overnight Barafu Camp (breakfast - lunch - dinner)


Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT: Barafu camp (4550m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru Peak | 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka | Distance: About 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent | Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Millenium Camp. The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared

Day 7: Descent: Millenium Camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours | Distance: About 15 km's | Habitat: Forest

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike down to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at a hotel. You may opt to extend your stay by a wildlife tour of Tanzania's Best or a choice of Kenya's best.

Day 8 : Moshi - Nairobi

Breakfast then drive to Moshi town – Board an afternoon shuttle bus to Nairobi – Drop off at the airport to board your home bound flight.

RATE FOR CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO ON MACHAME ROUTE: $1,385
ADD: $100 FOR EXTRA ACCLIMATIZATION DAY : Please indicate on booking form comments section

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Kilimanjaro climb – Marangu Route

Characteristics of Marangu Route

  • Oldest and traditionally the most popular trail
  • Is one of the shorter trails
  • Marangu’s reputation for being ‘easy’ equally attracts the more inexperienced trekkers and mostly has lower summit success rates.  A 35-kilometre uphill walk, followed immediately by a 35-kilometre knee-jarring descent should not be taken lightly.
  • It is the only trail where camping is not necessary, indeed not allowed, with trekkers sleeping in dormitory huts along the way
  • Ascent and descent are on the same path

Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi-Moshi-
Pick up from Kilimanajaro airport and transfer to your hotel in Moshi.

Day 2: Begin your memorable climbing adventure: Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut.

Hiking time: 5 hours   Distance: About 12 km's    Habitat: Montane forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb.

After registration, we leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found. (An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail, branches off the to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either, after 1,5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut.)
Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. Dinner and overnight stay here.

Day 3: Scale the Heights:  Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut.
Hiking time: 6 hours  Distance: About 15 km's Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.

Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatisation day

Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatisation. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1,5 hours down), is strongly recommended. Remember to drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Retire to bed early and get a last good night's rest.

Day 5: Aim for the Peak:  Horombo hut (3720m) - Kibo hut (4700m)


Hiking time: 6 hours   Distance: About 15 km's   Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour, and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m.

You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night's time (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut). Once again remember to slow down and drink enough water!! Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Horombo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.

There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make yourSleeping hikers at Kibo hut. final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.


Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT & the Glorious Sunrise

Kibo hut (4700m) - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Horombo hut (3720m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to Uhuru - 6 hours to descend to Horombo  Distance: 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the On the Summit. trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

Group at Gilmans Point. From Gillmans Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight.

The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions.

Day 7: Descent:  Horombo hut (3720m) - Marangu Gate (1980m)


Hiking time: 6 hours   Distance: About 27 km's

After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely. Click here for more info on tips. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. Enjoy that long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at Nakara Hotel.

Day 8: Departure
Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule.


RATE FOR CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO ON MARANGU ROUTE:

7 DAYS - $1,180

8 DAYS - $1,310 : Please indicate interest in extra acclimatization day on booking form's comments section 

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Kilimanjaro Climbing - Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route not worn like others and is certainly more remote than other routes. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals.

  • Day 1: Arrival and transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to
  • Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100 m) - Mti Mkubwa camp (2750 m). Hiking time: 3 hours
  • Day 2: Mti Mkubwa camp (2750 m) - Shira 2 camp (3840 m). Hiking time: 6/7 hours
  • Day 3: Shira (3840m) - Lava Tower (4630m) - Barranco camp (3950m). Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Day 4: Barranco camp (3950 m) - Barafu camp (4550 m). Hiking time: 7 hours
  • Day 5: Barafu camp (4550 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
  • Day 6: Mweka camp (3100 m) - Mweka Gate (1980 m). Hiking time: 3 hours

' A variation on the Lemosho Route inserts two extra days in the itinerary for acclimatization and also to avoid having to climb up to the summit in the dark

  • Day 4: Barranco (3950 m) to Karranga Valley (4000 m). Hiking Time 4 hours. This segment takes you up the infamous 'Barranco Wall.'
  • Day 5: Karranga Valley (4000 m) to Barafu camp (4550 m). Hiking Time 3 hours
  • Day 6: Barafu camp (4550 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - Crater Camp (5640m). Hiking Time about 8 hours
  • Day 7: Crater Camp (5640 m) - Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 7/8 hours to Descend

RATE FOR CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO ON LEMOSHO ROUTE: - $1,465
Add: $130 for extra acclimatization day. Kindly indicate on booking form comment section your intention to do so.

 

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Kilimanjaro Climbing - Rongai Route

Day 1: To Rongai (first) Cave 1950m to 2600m (6400ft to 8500ft) About 4 hours

From Moshi to Marangu park headquarters. Then we take a long drive along the Tanzanian/Kenyan border until we reach Rongai where we head up the mountain. From the Park gate we follow an old 4wd track through the forest and heather. Lots of Elephant dung is to be found and we might spot one of the 'droppers' ourselves! We sleep at the 1st Cave, no hut.

Day 2: To Kikelewa (Second) Cave 2600m to 3600m (8500ft to 11,800ft) About 6 hours

We leave camp and cross the moorland with good views of Kibo, the Eastern Icefields and Mawenzi. we pass the 2nd Rongai Cave at 3450m where the track splits: straight ahead is possible, we go left (east) towards Mawenzi for better acclimatization. The campsite is in a sheltered valley near the Kikelewa Caves at 3600m.

Day 3: To Mawenzi Tarn 3600m to 4330m (11,800ft to 14,200ft) About 5 hours

Today is not long, but steeper than before (not technical). The campsite is at the "Mawenzi Tarn", situated in directly beneath the rugged rocks of 5149 m high Mawenzi. You can walk around if you like or just rest and acclimatize. Extra days can be spend here for a better chance of summiting or for climbing Mawenzi (technical rock/ice), which is seldom done.

Day 4: Mawenzi Tarn

Today is an acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn. You can hike in the area or just relax at camp, both will help for the days ahead.

Day 5: To school Camp 4330m to 4750m - About 8 hours

We cross the wide plateau aptly called "the Saddle" between Mawenzi and Kibo. We arrive at the School camp where the direct track from 1st cave also end up. Today is not a long or hard day, so you can start preparing mentally and physically (resting and eating/drinking a lot) for the summit bid which will start the next morning. Early dinner and bedtime

Day 6 To Summit and Horombo camp Hut  4600m to 5895m (and down to 3720m) - About 11 hours

Early morning, we continue our way via zigzags to the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5,985 meters. You will have to join the crowds from the normal (Marangu or Coca-Cola) route up until Gillman's point (5735), where most of the fast up and down tourists will have had enough.

At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Horombo Hut camp site at 3720 meters. This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 7: To Marangu & Moshi 3720m to 1800m About 4-5 hours

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Marangu Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep raingear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration! Hotel in Moshi is included in our trips.

RATE FOR CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO ON RONGAI ROUTE: - $1,520

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RATE FOR 8 DAYS CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO ON LUDOROSSI ROUTE - $1,630

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Our Porters Policy

Porters are the real heros of a Kilimanjaroclimb. These folks who bear your luggage, camping equipment and their own suffer knee-jarring than anyone else on the climb. Our policy is to treat porters well as they are often misused. We do not overload them contrary to the recommendations of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

In addition, we pay them well and always advise our clients to tip them directly and not give them to guide for distribution. A typical tipping guide would be $5 a day for each porter and $10 per day for the guide, but you can decide on what to give depending on the service. We find it necessary to consider two porters per climber on the Marangu Route and 3 porters on other routes.

Our porters arent famished. They are guaranteed to enjoy a BLD treatment. In addition we supply the sleeping bags they require and drinking water along the way. All porters are selected from a pool of local, accredited porters who are known to us or recommended by other respected operators. We NEVER employ porters at the park gates.

Porters are also advised on their individual roles and responsibilities, remuneration and benefits before the start of the climb.  We believe in provided adequate shelter for our porters too. We do not send our porters to a mess tent.

Climbing Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is one of the few places near the equator on Africa with permanent glaciers. The name of the country (Kenya) has been known to have been derived from Mt.Kenya which was formerly known as Mount Kirinyaga or the 'mountain of the gods' presumably where the Kikuyu god, Ngai had his abode. The Kikuyu people (most populous tribe in Kenya) are traditionally and mythically believed to have originated from this mount Kenya.

The Peaks

Located 180km north of Nairobi, Mount Kenya is within easy reach and can be seen from high rise buildings in Nairobi and Thika especially in the mornings. The mountain is located in Mount Kenya National Park. Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft)).  Because of the glacier tops, mount Kenya has a rugged look of worn out slopes and valleys seen from the center of the mountain whilst the forested slopes are an important source of water and catchment for Kenya's largest rivers, Tana and the Ewaso to the North.

Flora & Fauna

The scenic vegetation layers of Mount Kenya and its endemic species including the thick surrounding forest make mount Kenya hiking, trekking and mountain climbing are really unique experience from other mountains. Receiving over 18,000 visitors annually,

The majority of animals live lower down on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Here there is more vegetation and the climate is less extreme. Various species of monkeys, several antelopes, tree hyrax, porcupines and some larger animals such as elephant and buffalo all live in the forest. Predators found here include hyena and leopard, and occasionally lion.The bamboo zone found as one climbs to higher altitudes prevents animals from going further up the mountain. Indeed, the bamboo vegetation cannot naturally support them except for some tender shoots from time to time.

Mount Kenya's crystal clear waters abound with trout.

Nearby Lodges & Resorts

At the base and around this mountain are famous hotels such as the Mount Kenya Safari Club, Outspans, Naro Moru River Lodge, Treetops, Mountain Lodge, Bantu Lodge and several others. Visitors to Kenya who do not wish to climb often visit the hotels for the view, luxury accommodation, fresh air and the tranquil atmosphere.

 

Climbing Mount Kenya, Routes

In comparison to Mount Kilimanjaro, climbing and trekking up Mount Kenya is relatively easy. It could regarded as a perfect practice exercise for those wishing to climb the more challenging Kilimanjaro. Nearly all Mount Kenya peaks have been summited. The easiest though is Lenana, while some of the rest can be best conquered through rock climbing. Majority of climbers prefer Lenana (trekking/walking routes). On the northern side of the mountain are the 'rock routes' while the southern are 'ice routes'.

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All in all, mountain trekking / walking is most popular to the more technical climbing. The most popular trekking route is Naro Moru Route, easy and straightforward, more suitable for inexperienced trekkers, well accessible and preferred by most tour operators. It can be done in just 3 days. Starting from Naro Moru town, several bunkhouses at strategic points provide accommodation and therefore tents for camping are really not necessary.

However the Burguret route offers a more challenging, diverse scenery, plenty of wildlife and trek through a wider country. Of course this means a more fulfilling and interesting option as desired. It is important to note that this route has restricted access and permission has be duly granted by the Kenya Wildlife Service. It is critical to have services of an armed ranger to traverse certain sections.

The Chogoria-Sirimon traverse offers to trek up Chogoria-out-Sirimon and vice versa. Both the Naro Moru and Chogoria Sirimon have staffed gates as way of support most trekkers' choice. The Chogoria route leads from Chogoria town up to the peaks longer circuit path through diverse terrain and vegetation.  Sirimon route approaches Mount Kenya from the north-west on the drier side of the mountain. It features the most gradual ascent and best acclimatisation options. The route passes through impressive moorland forest in the lower reaches where there is no bamboo zone. Expect to find abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up to the Peak Circuit Path.

The other routes occassionally used are the Timau, Kamweti, Meru and the hill-walking Ithanguni route. Some like Timau and Kamweti are restricted by KWS.

Best Mount Kenya Climbing Seasons

It is important to avoid arranging for a trek during the rainy season from March to June and the shorter rains periods of October to December. Best climbing seasons are December to Mid March & Mid June to Early October, and which correspond to UK summer holidays / vacations July-August, Australia's summer holidays from December to February and also in the USA's general vacation, May - August. and in many other countries of the northern frontier of the globe.

Mount Kenya Climbing Rates

Climbing Mount Kenya is not expensive. Prices start from an ALL INCLUSIVE price of $120 per person per day on popular routes and may vary due to the choice of a longer route, services of an armed ranger, use of more porters on remote routes and selected accommodation price at lodges / hotels near mount Kenya. Budget climbing involves direct drive to park gate without extra night in Naro Moru before and after the climb.

Kindly note that prices are obviously discounted depending on whether its a private / individual climb or a group. Feel free to enquire and also to suggest your best price both for individuals and groups.

Rates are based on per person sharing, minimum 2 persons.  

Discounted Prices for Mount Kenya Climbing Including Extra Accomodation in Mount Kenya Hotels Before Climb

Price Include:

  • Transfer from your Nairobi Hotel and back
  • Accommodation in a modest lodge closest to the Mountain
  • All meals, park fees, tents and equipment, services of a local mountain guide and porters
  • Rescue fee

Not included:

  • Accommodation in Nairobi, meals and airport transfer
  • Sleeping bags and some other items required for a successful climb
  • Items of a personal nature e.g. personal clothing, telephone calls etc
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Services of a European or technical climb mountain guide and special equipment required.
  • Visas, Air fares and airport taxes

5days, 4 Nights Mount Kenya Climbing on Naro Moru Route

Day 1: Transfer from Nairobi to Naro Moru

Drive through the Kenya's agricultural hinterland to Naro Moru, the base for climbing Mount Kenya and arrive in time for lunch at the Naro Moru River Lodge. You have an opportunity to meet your guide and the porters and acquire equipment required for the trek. The lodge owns all the mountain huts along the path to the peak and would be ideal unless you are on a shoe-string budget, and in which case budget accommodation can be arranged. Dinner and overnight at Naro Moru River Lodge.

Day 2: Park Gate - Meteorological Station: About 9km: 3-4 hrs

Transfer to Park gate from hotel about 15kms for registration and start of hike at 2600m. Enjoy a pleasant trek through the forest to the stunning views of Naro Moru Valley in the north after the bridge. All your meals will be arranged by your team from the Naro Moru River lodge. Overnight stay at Met Station.

Day 3: Met Station - Mackinders Camp: About 10kms - 4-6 hours

Hike up through track to the end of the forest belt via the Teleki valley to Mackinders Camp where there are spectacular views of the main peaks. Walking time approximately 4-6 hours. Overnight Mackinders Camp.

Day 4: Mackinder to Peak:

Arise at 2 pm for a 4 hour pre-dawn attempt of Point Lenana. Arrive at around 6.30 am and watch the glorious sunrise, taking photos of your accomplishment and the surrounding scenery. After sunrise, descend to Mackinders Camp (2 hours) for breakfast and walk further, another 4 hours to Met Station for the rest of the day and overnight.

Day 5: Park Gate - Nairobi

After breakfast, descend through the rain forest about 9 kms to the park gate. Your driver will be waiting for you for the drive back to the lodge for clearance and collection of belongings. Eventual drive back to Nairobi. End of tour.

Price Guide:$600

Important: A shorter itinerary can be done to exclude an extra night stay in Nanyuki. That is, drive directly from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate and begin hike after briefing. Kindly indicate your preference for a shorter itinerary on comments box on your enquiry form

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5 days, 4 Nights Mount Kenya Climbing - Sirimon - Sirimon

Day 1: Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki

Depart 0800 hrs and drive to Nanyuki, about 4 hours. Brief stopover at the equator. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred lodge / hotel in Nanyuki. Complimentary walk to the equator or Mau Mau Caves late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your hotel / lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Sirimon Park Gate - Old Moses Hut

Begin your hike at 2600m to Old Moses Hut (3300m). The 9kms takes about 3 hours. Journey takes you through rain forest and scattered bamboo forest. A picnic lunch is served en route. Dinner and overnight stay at Old Moses.

Day 3: Old Moses to Shipton's (4200m)

Hike from Old Moses to Shipton's takes about 6 to 7 hours. All meals provided. Dinner and overnight at Shipton's.

Day 4: Summit Attempt

Pre-dawn summit attempt (Point Lenana). Preferably arise at 2.30 am. Enjoy hot tea and biscuits and make way up the steep ridge of scree passing the Harris Tarn by the side to Point Lenana (4985m) arriving at 6.30 a.m. to watch the sunrise. This challenging ascent attains a gradient of about 750m within 3 hours. At this elevation, its possible to see Mount Kilimanjaro a far way off.

Descend down to Shiptons for a full Breakfast. Start at 10.00 a.m. then hike down to Old Moses for Dinner and Overnight. Lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at Old Moses.

Day 5: Descent and Drive to Nairobi

After breakfast, walk down for 2 hours to Sirimon Park Gate. You vehicle will be waiting for you to drive by your hotel for clearance where applicable or collection of left luggage. Drive back to nairobi. End of tour.

Price Guide: $600

Important: A shorter itinerary can be done to exclude an extra night stay in Nanyuki. That is drive directly from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate and begin hike after briefing. Kindly indicate your preference for a shorter itinerary on comments section of booking form

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5 days, 4 Nights Mount Kenya Climbing - Sirimon - Naro Moru

Day 1: Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki

Depart 0800 hrs and drive to Nanyuki, about 4 hours. Brief stopover at the equator. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred lodge / hotel in Nanyuki. Complimentary walk to the equator or Mau Mau Caves late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your hotel / lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Sirimon Park Gate - Old Moses Hut

Begin your hike at 2600m to Old Moses Hut (3300m). The 9kms takes about 3 hours. Journey takes you through rain forest and scattered bamboo forest. A picnic lunch is served en route. Dinner and overnight stay at Old Moses.

Day 3: Old Moses to Shipton's (4200m)

Hike from Old Moses to Shipton's takes about 6 to 7 hours. All meals provided. Dinner and overnight at Shipton's.

Day 4: Summit Attempt - Descent on Naro Moru

Pre-dawn summit attempt (Point Lenana). Preferably arise at 2.30 am. Enjoy hot tea and biscuits and make way up the steep ridge of scree passing the Harris Tarn by the side to Point Lenana (4985m) arriving at 6.30 a.m. to watch the sunrise. This challenging ascent attains a gradient of about 750m within 3 hours. At this elevation, its possible to see Mount Kilimanjaro a far way off.

Descend to Mackinder's for breakfast and there after descend further to Met Station on Naro Moru Route for dinner and overnight.

 Day 5: Naro Moru Park Gate - Nairobi
After breakfasts descend further to Naro Moru Park gate to meet with vehicle to drive to Nairobi.

Price Guide: $600

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6 days, 5 Nights Mount Kenya Climbing - Chogoria - Sirimon & Vice Versa

Equally refered to as Sirimon-Chogoria traverse and vice versa which simply means that we ascend by either route and descend by the other.

Day 1: Transfer from Nairobi to Nanyuki

Depart 0800 hrs and drive to Nanyuki, about 4 hours. Brief stopover at the equator. Arrive in time for lunch at your preferred lodge / hotel in Nanyuki. Complimentary walk to the equator or Mau Mau Caves (3 hrs) late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your hotel / lodge.

Day 2: Transfer to Sirimon Park Gate - Old Moses Hut

Begin your hike at 2600m to Old Moses Hut (3300m). The 9kms takes about 3 hours. Journey takes you through rain forest and scattered bamboo forest. A picnic lunch is served en route. Dinner and overnight stay at Old Moses.

Day 3: Old Moses to Shipton's (4200m)

Hike from Old Moses to Shipton's takes about 6 to 7 hours. All meals provided. Dinner and overnight at Shipton's.

Day 4: Summit Attempt

Pre-dawn summit attempt (Point Lenana). Preferably arise at 2.30 am. Enjoy hot tea and biscuits and make way up the steep ridge of scree passing the Harris Tarn by the side to Point Lenana (4985m) arriving at 6.30 a.m. to watch the sunrise. This challenging ascent attains a gradient of about 750m within 3 hours. At this elevation, its possible to see Mount Kilimanjaro a far way off. Descend to Mintos/Hall tarn area for overnight in tents 4300m [5 hours]

Day 5: Chogoria Park Gate - Mount Kenya Bandas
Descend to Chogoria Park Gate for overnight in Meru Mount Kenya Bandas [5 hours]

Day 6: Descent & Transfer to Nairobi
Descend leisurely through the Chogoria forest to connect with your transfer vehicle to Nairobi.

Price Guide: $720

Important: A shorter itinerary can be done to exclude an extra night stay in Nanyuki. That is drive directly from Nairobi to Sirimon Park Gate and begin hike after briefing. Kindly indicate your preference for a shorter itinerary on comments section of booking form.

 

4 Days Aberdares Trekking, Walking

Introduction:
The Aberdares (Nyandarua) overlooks the Great Rift Valley and lies on its eastern edge. There are two main peaks, Lesatima to the north and Kinangop to the south. Various species of wildlife inhabit these mountain ranges, hiding in the heavily forested slopes and in the upper moorlands. Walking is always cool with plenty of clear mountain streams. Our walkstarts below the bamboo forest, climbing up onto the moorlands. There is always danger walking through the African bush but we do not expect many close encounters with large game. However, you have company of our trained guide and armed game ranger who know the area and the habits of the animals. The armed ranger will be with you all days of te climb, day & night

Our Climbing Guide:
Our specialist Aberares climbing, trekking, walking and safari guide is David, whose training, professionalism and record of summiting and guiding trekkers and climbers to Aberdares, Mount Kenya, Mount Meru in Tanzania and the Ultimate Mount Kilimanjaro is arguably impressive.

Best Climbing Seasons:
Generally avoid the rainy seasons of March - May and October. However, like all mountainous regions, rains can arrive any time making the trek muddy and challenging. Reduced visibility is another reason not to trek during these rainy seasons.

Trekking Routes:
KWS currently advises against trekking in the salient, as he dense cover does make walking dangerous for visitors (because predators like leopards lurk in the shadows), but the high moorland and four main peaks (all 3500m to 4000m) are excellent trekking trails.

For more detailed information about the beauty of aberdares, its attractions, its legendary waterfalls, pristine forests, trout fishing, horse riding - follow this link

Aberdares Trekking, Mweiga Route

Description: This trek through the Aberdare Mountains is a fascinating walk amongst the exotic flora and fauna found above 2500metres on a camping safari. Views of the Rift Valley are breath taking and the experience is made more memorable by camping above the surrounding forests, occasional encounters with big game such as elephant and buffalo, great bush buck and other antelopes.

4 Days Aberdares Trekking / Walking Safari

Day 1 - Nairobi - Mweiga
We leave Nairobi early morning to Mweiga in a 3 hour drive through central Kenya's agricultural hinterlands with your guide (David) and camp staff. Enjoy scenic views of the forested eastern slopes of the Aberdares ranges. Pick up armed ranger at Mweiga Park Gate HQ (compulsory). The armed ranger will remain with us throughout the climb / game viewing. All meals and overnight at camp site.

Day 2 & 3 - Interesting Aberdares treks

Second and third day of our Aberdares Trekking / Walking experience. The camp site is set up in the moorlands and we shall walk to the place. The vehicle and camp staff will be waiting. A short gamedrive if weather permits. All meals and overnight at camp site.

Day 4 - Nairobi

Descend from a significant height from 10,000ft from the Moorland camp (10,000ft) in your vehicle. Lots of game to view on the way down. We drop off the guide and head back to Nairobi arriving before late afternoon.
Note: Clients should arrange to have good weatherproof clothing and a warm sleeping bag, a water bottle and good walking shoes plus a pair of shoes to wear in camp.

Standard Prices
$140 per person per day

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What is included in the standard price

- Transport by safari vehicle before & after climb (Return transfers from Nairobi)
- Services of trained mountain climbing guide
- 3 meals a day, clear mountain spring water is readily available
- Game park entrance fees
- Services of an armed ranger throughout the climb
- All campsite fees
- All camping equipment including use of our 2-person tents, except sleeping bags

What is not included in the standard price

- Personal travel insurance
- Sleeping bags
- Hotel accommodation in Nairobi before and after the safari
- Airport transfers to and from airport, airport taxes and visa fees
- Any other extras not stated as included above e.g. alcoholic beverages, gratuities to staff, etc

 

 

 

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