Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the world’s highest freestanding mountain and Africa’s highest peak, topping the clouds at 5985m. Climbing Kili is a justifiably magnificent achievement and a once in a lifetime experience.
There are several routes to choose from with different lengths and difficulties, so you can tailor your hike to your fitness level and the time you want to spend on the mountain. Your journey will start on the lower, forest-covered slopes that overlook vast expanses of African savannah. As you ascend further, forests give way to rocky outcrops dotted with prehistoric-looking trees before you traverse snowy ice caps to reach the summit of Uhuru. The view from here defies description.
Africa’s highest mountain is a ‘walkable’ mountain, in others words no technical climbing skills are required to reach the summit. That’s not to say that this is an easy venture. A high level of physical fitness is recommended and calves of steel and an iron will are two things you will need to bring along with you. Even with these boxes ticked, your mettle will still be sorely tested.
All of our Kilimanjaro climbs are operated on a private basis and are led by an experienced guide and his team. They include all the necessary permits, equipment, food and transport that you’ll need. This is hiking in the style of all great mountain movies, where porters carry your sleeping bags, set up your tent and cook your meals for you at the end of a long day. Hikes progress at a slow and steady walk, giving you time to acclimatise on the way, but we recommend some additional acclimatisation time to give you the best possible chance of reaching the summit.
The Kilimanjaro climb is undoubtedly one of the hardest challenges you will attempt, but it’s worth it. It’s also worth noting that a very high percentage of climbers make it to the top.