About Mount Kilimanjaro is a snow capped and shrouded by clouds, the local Chagga people called it ‘Kilema Kyaro’ meaning ‘that which cannot be conquered’ or ‘that which makes a journey impossible’. Today, it is the dream of every adventurer to conquer its summit and stand on the roof of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain known to man. It is a mountain where you can hike for more than 50 kilometres, gain 4 000 meters in altitude, traverse rain forest, moorland, alpine desert, snow fields and ice cliffs, all virtually on the equator! A truly unforgettable and fascinating adventure .
The Best Kilimanjaro Climbing Routes.
Deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro is ultimately up to you but whenever you choose our team will work had to make sure you have a life changing experience. So climb Kilimanjaro with Africa Joy Tours the high altitude trekking & Safari specialists, for the ultimate trekking adventure any time of year.
Whether it is your first time to climb Kilimanjaro or whether you have climbed many other mountains, we have a best climbing route for you. We encourage you to select the route that best suits you- and make the most of your comfort and increase chance of success to the top.
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you are welcomed by our mountain guide who will usher you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Keys Hotel or outpost lodge in Moshi . Our trip coordinator will be at hotel for welcome and climb briefing session with you at the lodge and check all necessary climbing gear which required for your trip of life thereafter you will have time to relax and organize your dinner depend on your arrival time. Bed and breakfast included and booked
Day 2: Londorossi Gate (6,890’) to Big Tree Camp (8,700’).3.8 miles.
After breakfast transfer from your hotel to National Park Forest edge, from here walk through the undisturbed forest to Mti Mkubwa camp site for dinner and overnight, By luck you will be able to see colobus monkeys and signs of elephants.
Day 3: Big Tree Camp (8,700’) to Shira 2 Camp (12,750’) 5.3 miles.
Take your time to walk through the forest sporting some of plentiful game and bird life. You will pass through montane forest and hagenia zone. Dinner and overnight at Shira 2 camp,
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (12,750’) to Lava Tower Camp (15,230’) 4.3 miles.
After breakfast hike up Lava Tower – The first introduction to the alpine zone. The only plant life being the hardest of grasses and Lichen. Here you will be able to have a spectacular view of final ascent route up to Western breach. Dinner and overnight at Lava tower
Day 5: Lava Tower Camp (15,230’) to Arrow Glacier Camp (15,980’) 1.7 miles.
With the Western breach ascent route in view, spend a few hours climbing to the base of the route where you will make a camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in camp will help you acclimatize and improve your performance the next day.
Day 6: Arrow Glacier Camp (15,980’) to Crater Camp (18,800’) 1.6 miles.
Wind your way up the Western Breach non – technical climbing route about six hours to the crater rim. Explore the inner crater and ash pit before to pitching the camp at the crater floor.
Day 7: Crater Camp (18,800’) to Uhuru Peak (19,340’) to Millennium Camp (12,530’) 6.0 miles.
Summit day: Start your ascent to the summit early enough in the morning to put on the Summit by 10 a.m. After Uhuru peak descend via Barafu Hut and on down to millennium camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Millennium Camp (12,530’) to Mweka Gate (5,380’) 8.5 miles.
It takes about 4 to 5 hours to make the descent to the road head. After your lunch bid bye to your porters and transfer to Arusha for overnight at Keys Hotel or outpost lodge bed and breakfast included
Day 9: Departure
After good breakfast you will have time to rest and prepare yourself for get ready to transfer to airport or continue with next tour before fly back home
- SAFETYSuccess is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).WHAT TO BRINGTo climb Kilimanjaro don’t forget to pack:
- powdered drink mix to make the water taste acceptable
- mittens rather than gloves if you are prone to having cold hands in the winter
- chemical hand and foot warmers in case you have to spend time at Kibo waiting for the rest of your group to come back
- sunscreen and sun hat
- headlamps rather than flashlights
- plenty of layers for the final ascent since even though it starts our freezing, you get pretty hot once the sun comes out
- tons of handiwipes and tissues
- a small quick-drying towel
- a comfortable day pack
- For climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, thermal underwear, light layers, sweater, warm jacket, good socks and sturdy boots
- Binocular, Camera, and long lasting Batteries
- Tents: 3-person dome-style mountain tents (Kelty or similar)
- Foam sleeping pads
- Dining tent, dining table, and stools
- Cooking utensils, equipment, and supplies
- Eating dishes and utensils
- Wash basins
- Steripens for water purification (upon request)
- Wear sunscreen
Available at an extra charge:
- Oxygen: $100/group
- Hyperbaric Pressure Bags: $200/group
- Portable toilets and toilet tent: $150/group