Mount Kilimanjaro

Guided Climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro – J.M. Tours Ltd

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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro at the best cost. JM Tour Ltd provides guides, chefs, and porters, as well as camping gear, full meals, and water. Anyone from children over the age of 10 to older generations in their 70s can climb and reach the summit

Kilimanjaro mountain (5,895 meters above sea level )is one of the Seven Summits, it is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s tallest freestanding summit.

Hiking is the most exciting thing you will ever do in your life! It is challenging but also immensely rewarding. The real challenge is the altitude and the rate of ascent. Don’t worry we will be with you every step of the way! Our guides are highly trained specialists and are a key component to your success.

All you need is determination and the will to get to the summit.

Mount Kilimanjaro’s three peaks were formed after volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.

  1. Kibo “Uhuru peak” is the highest with its famous Uhuru peak at almost 5895 meters above sea level.
  2. 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.
  3. Shira peak is now an extinct volcanic cone that is located west of the mountain which has 3962 meters above sea level

 

The slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro has 4 major zones;

  1. Rainforest – Montane forest zone (1,900-2,900m): Most wildlife can be found here
  2. Heather-Moorland zone (2,900-4,000m): Shrubs and unique flora are everywhere
  3. Alpine Desert (4,000-5,000m): Barren and unique landscapes featuring volcanic rocks in varied shapes and sizes, and also extreme temperatures
  4. Glacier Summit zone (5,000-5,895): An arctic zone
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  • January and February: With usually dry, bright days and decent visibility. Over 14,000 feet, there’s a significant likelihood of snow, making for some fantastic photo opportunities.
  • March to May: In the late march the rains can start to set in, making for muddy trails, cloudy skies, and poor visibility. You can get lucky with some dry weather, but it’s a bit hit or miss. We recommend the routes on the north side of the mountain.
  • June to September: The best weather and the main climbing season and the busiest time on the mountain. Routes tend to be busier during this period, especially over the full moon.
  • October to December: The popular time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. the short rainy season spans from the beginning of November to the beginning of December. Afternoon rains are common, but skies are clear in the mornings and evenings.
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The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb depends on 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

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