Climbing Kilimanjaro is on many people’s list of lifetime achievements and around 22,000 climbers set out each year to conquer it, making it the most climbed mountain in the world.
Few things can compete with standing at the top of Kilimanjaro and gazing at the African continent.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in the world that you can simply walk up! None of the routes require mountaineering skills, specialized equipment, or even previous climbing experience.
Still, climbing to the Roof of Africa is physically and mentally demanding and should not be underestimated.
Altitude sickness can set in above 3,000 meters and there’s no prior indication as to who might suffer from it. It’s important to work closely with your guide and to listen to his advice. Porters carry gear and supplies up and down the mountain and cook all meals.
Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year, but the rainy seasons (April-May & November-December) make the forest more slippery and the summit might be blocked by snow.
Be prepared for climatic extremes, from rain in the forest, intense sun in the alpine desert and freezing temperatures at the summit. It’s essential to have warm clothes and a good sleeping bag.
At the summit, exhaustion fades away; as the sunrises above Kilimanjaro crater rim you know you have finally met this exhilarating African challenge.
Routes for climbing :
Marangu / Umbwe / Shira / Londros Route- which will take 5 days & 4 nights (depending on weather)
And another route -Machame Route – will take 6 days & 5 nights (depending on weather)
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