The ascent of Kilimanjaro is an unforgettable adventure into an imposing and unspoilt environment where one of our main focus is to enjoy the awesome landscape and breathtaking views around us.
The mythical summit of Kilimanjaro, “the roof of the continent”, at 5,896m is located south of the equator in the Tanzania territory and dominates the Maasai plains.
This huge volcano with its well-recognisable shape consists of 3 different summits. Shira to the west at 3,962m is a group of orange-coloured lava plateaus.
On the east part at 5,419m is Mawenzi, a beautiful group of orange-coloured jagged lava peaks which access is particularly difficult due to the crumbly nature of the rock and to its steepness.
In the centre lies the characteristic cone-shaped Kibo where the upper edge are covered of glaciers known as “the Kilimanjaro snows”.
At the summit, there is a vast semi-active plateau, the heart of which has been hollowed out leaving a deep crater. Wisps of white smoke and odours of sulphur often emanate from the center.
There are many routes to the summit, but the Machame route is the one we are going to take because it is definitely the most beautiful and the one that affords us the best levels of acclimatisation. We will travel down via the Mweka route in order to enjoy an other beautiful part of the volcano.
The highlights of my program are the following:
– A high probability of reaching the summit due to our in-depth knowledge of Tanzania and of this particular itinerary.
– I have local contacts to deal with any problems inherent to Africa…
– The visit of a National Park after the ascent in order to observe the most impressive animals of our planet
– In order to avoid any problems linked with the altitude I’m taking a hyperbaric chamber with me.
Following our climb, we will spend the night in a very nice lodge on the outskirts of Arusha.
To get well acclimatised we will ascent the Mont Meru 4566 m the days before. This will take 4 days (up and down).
We will take our time while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, drink a lot of water (min 3l a day)…to maximise our chance of reaching the summit and avoid any health accident.
To finish we will spend 3 days in the National Park of Tarengire and N’Gorongoro crater where we will enjoy an exceptional concentration of wildlife and flora.
Our final day will be spent travelling to Nairobi to catch our return flight.
If you are interested to live this incredible adventure, please get in touch with me and let’s discuss about it. During the last 30 years I have climbed Kilimanjaro 18 times.
€ 3580 per person excluding flights. + Flight to Nairobi – Kenya. At the time we planned this trip, tickets cost approximately € 750.
Another possible program in Tanzania
Maasai Trekking – 12 Days: 8 days of hiking in Maasai Country – Porterage with mules – Camps in the bush in tents. 4-day visit Tarengire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti parks – Nights in comfortable Lodges.Trek accompanied by a group of Maasai warriors
Minibuses or 4-wheel-drive vehicles are used for all transfers during the trip.
Equipment to be carried
All the climbs can be completed with a day pack. Travel bags are transported by vehicles or porters.
You need a passport that is valid for more than 6 months + Visas for Kenya and Tanzania
In Nairobi, Arusha and in the parks we stay in comfortable lodges. For the Kili ascent, we stay under canvas with a mess tent with camping tables and chairs. Refuges during the ascent of the Mount Meru. Porters will transport 2 canvas cabins with a camping shower and toilet.
A French IFMGA guide accompanied by a local English-speaking guide, 2 assistant guides, a cooking team and 3 porters per person.
Fitness – you need to be very fit. Technical ability – this is a tour that is achievable by all as long as you have been training for it – 5 to 7 hours steady / gentle walking per day with a vertical ascent of 1000m. The ascent of Kilimanjaro is the only really long and strenuous day – 6.5 to 7 hours climbing (1300m of vertical ascent) and a 7 hour descent (2700m). The two most important things to help you avoid the undesirable effects of altitude and give you the maximum chance of reaching the summit are: – Walking at a very slow pace, even exaggeratedly slow so that you never get tired – Drinking lots of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty.
Highest altitude of the climb
Between 1,800 and 5,895m on the Kilimanjaro.
Best time of the year
January to February – short dry season and June to October – long dry season.
Spots of interest
Climb Kilimanjaro (5,895m)
Price per person