The Highest Point in Africa
5,895 meters above sea level – Uhuru Peak is the highest point in Africa. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro an extraordinary natural icon at the best price offer – J.M Tour Ltd provides guides, chefs, and porters, as well as camping gear, full meals, and water.
Mount Kilimanjaro’s three peaks were formed after volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.
- Kibo “Uhuru peak” is the highest with its famous Uhuru peak at almost 5895 meters above sea level.
- Mawenzi peak is located at the east of the mountain, which is the older core of a former summit standing 5146 meters above sea level.
- Shira peak is now an extinct volcanic cone that is located west of the mountain which has 3962 meters above sea level
Hiking can be summited without specialized mountaineering experience or equipment. The Kibo summit was first reached in 1889 by the German geographer Hans Meyer and the Austrian mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller.
The slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro has 4 major zones;
- Rainforest – Montane forest zone (1,900-2,900m): Most wildlife can be found here
- Heather-Moorland zone (2,900-4,000m): Shrubs and unique flora are everywhere
- Alpine Desert (4,000-5,000m): Barren and unique landscapes featuring volcanic rocks in varied shapes and sizes, and also extreme temperatures
- Glacier Summit zone (5,000-5,895): An arctic zone
Kilimanjaro Climb Route to choose - Success Rate
The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb is almost invariably agreed in advance and will depend upon several factors. These include the route you opt to take, as well as your budget, your level of fitness, and how much time you allow for acclimatization. We strongly recommend allocating at least six or better seven days to Kilimanjaro.
1. Machame route (6-8 days Hiking) – “The most popular” – Difficulty level is Medium. The second most popular route up Kilimanjaro includes a few tough sections. Altitude-wise, it allows for more acclimatization, especially if you choose the seven-day, six-night option.
2. Marangu route (5-6 days Hiking) – “The only one with hut accommodations” – Difficulty level is Low: For budget-conscious climbers. Marangu is the most popular route up Kilimanjaro, and it attracts more climbers than the other five options combined.
3. Lemosho route (7-8 days Hiking) – “The most scenic” – Difficulty level is Medium. One of the most beautiful routes up Kilimanjaro, Lemosho, like Shira, starts on the western slopes, but at a far lower altitude.
4. Shira route (7-8 days Hiking) – “The one with the highest starting point” – Difficulty level is Medium. This lovely involves a gradual multi-day ascent through a little-visited tract of Afro-alpine moorland known for its striking volcanic rock formations.
5. Rongai route (6-7 days Hiking) – “The easiest” – Difficulty level is Low. Rongai is the only ascent route of Kilimanjaro from the northern side. It comes into its own during the rainy season, as it receives far less precipitation. The seven-day variation comes with a far higher success rate than the six-day base and an above-average chance of encountering large wildlife. It is very uncrowded too.
6. Northern Circuit route (9-10 days Hiking) – “The newest and longest” – Difficulty level is High. The most remote route up Kilimanjaro starts at Lemosho, then loops north around the peaks before summiting from the east. It is the longest route, requiring at least nine days. This gradual ascent means this route has the highest success rate but is the most expensive option.
7. Umbwe route (5-6 days Hiking) – “The shortest, steepest, hardest” – Difficulty level is High: The Umbwe route is a short, steep, and direct climb. 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
Kilimanjaro Trekking Packages
The Tanzania best 6 Days Climb Kilimanjaro price via Marangu route, which offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for 5 days via Marangu – The most scenic and because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain.
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for 6 days via Machame – The most scenic and recommended route that offers the best price option.
Why you should come and climb Mount Kilimanjaro
- Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain
- The Mountain is the greatest natural wonder in the world
- Paradise to different species of birds
- The Mountain is climbable by people from all walks of life
- The climbing routes are very well maintained
- The mountain is both remote and accessible
- Home to one of the most fascinating animals on earth
- It guarantees awesome photo opportunities
Hiking is the most exciting thing you will ever do in your life! It is challenging but also immensely rewarding
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