Mountain Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest standing in at 5,895 m, in which also classifies it as the world’s highest free standing mountain, three volcanoes make up the structure of the range: Shira (3,962 m), Mawenzi (5,149 m) and Kibo (5,895 m).
Trekkers will pass through five ecological zones; rain forest, heath, alpine desert, moorland and arctic glaciers. Trekking from the monkey filled rainforest’s to the glacier packed summit rim is only a part of the lure.
Wildlife is not uncommon in the lower portions of the climb. Buffalo, elephants, and eland frequently graze the northern slopes, while the forest belt is home to skyes monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and a variety of birds such as the tropical boubou, augur buzzard, white napped ravens, mountain hawk eagle, sunbirds and lammergeyer.
The common meaning for Kilimanjaro is “shining mountain” in Swahili. From the first summits recorded in 1889 to today, the thousands of adventures brave the mountain side climb of Kilimanjaro each year as a difficulty personal challenge to overcome, a enlightening spiritual journey or many other great causes. Whatever may draw you to the mountain, take your first step on this incredible journey by contacting us today.
DECIDE ON A ROUTE
There are a number of different routes to choose from when you decide to climb Kilimanjaro. It is a good idea to consider a group tour, since this can add to your enjoyment trekking with likeminded individuals. Additionally the support that is provided by your group will help you keep trekking upward. Keep in mind all of the routes that are available will lead to the same location, Uhuru Peak, so you should pick your route based on your fitness level, time, budget and sleeping preference.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A KILIMANJARO ROUTES?
With the popularity of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro continuing to increase, those planning a climb are faced with having to choose the route that they want to take. There are six different Kilimanjaro routes to consider. Each has both advantages and disadvantages. When you begin the selection process of the route that you want to take, you need to ensure that it is appropriate for your comfort level, altitude, physical ability and desires.
There are a number of variables that you need to keep in mind when selecting a Kilimanjaro route.
Who will be climbing the mountain? It is important to consider the ability of each member in the group when selecting a route. For example, are there novices in the group? Or individuals who have not ever been in a higher altitude? It is important to select the route that meets everyone’s needs.
What are the limitations that are surrounding your climb? Do you have a certain budget you are trying to stick to? Or do you have a limited number of days for the entire trip? There are less expensive and more expensive routes, as well as longer and shorter itineraries. You need to figure out the amount of money and time that people are willing to be on the mountain.
How do you visualize the trek you want to go on? Do you want an extremely challenging route, or one that is less strenuous? Kilimanjaro can bring a good amount of suffering and discomfort. There are some people who do not want to be pushed so hard. It is these answers that will determine the route that is right for you.
Would you like to begin the climb your going on? Each of the routes will have the different starting point .where you start will affect the scenic variety, elevation and cost. For example, the western routes up the mountain are much more scenic due to the fact that they will cover much more of the mountain.
Is the main objective of you climb to reach the summit? If so, then you should select the route that has a high rate of success. Do you want the best photos? Then you should select a more scenic route.
When are you going to climb? If you have decided to climb during the dry season, there shoulder or rainy seasons the route you choose can affect the difficulty of the climb.