Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. Crowned with an everlasting snow-cap, this majestic mountain sits inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania. The peak is known as the Uhuru peak, which is at 5,895 metres height.
Nearly 20,000 people conquer the iconic Kilimanjaro. Despite the high altitude location, it’s easy to reach the top with some endurance, a decent amount of fitness and also a good sense of humour.
In addition to the challenge that Kilimanjaro offers, the added benefit of its varying environments at different levels is a real treat. The foot of the mountain is used as the cultivation ground for crops by the locals. The fertile volcanic soil offers the perfect grazing ground for the livestock.
The path moves through an extremely beautiful mountain forest that circles the whole of Kilimanjaro. Figs, palms, albizia & macaranga trees make the forest more intense. A lot of wildlife and birds, sometimes deer, but they are very shy so you are unlikely to see them.
As you break into an Alpine heath landscape, the plant lives spotted are scrubbier with fewer plants. And the glaciers at over 5,000 metres, you walk through very distinct ecosystems.
Along with the beautiful scenery, great food, plenty of cultural experiences and a chance to meet a lot of new people from different countries are waiting for the hikers.
For a successful climbing just follow the Mantra “Pole Pole”- Slow slow
There are seven established routes with different difficulty level, success rate, length, cost and scenery
The Marangu Route: The only Kilimanjaro climb route that offers hut accommodation in dormitory-style. Well-Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek.
The Machame Route: It is the most popular climbing route up Kilimanjaro. Well-Known as the “Whiskey” route, Machame offers longer and steeper trek.
The Rongai Route: The only route joining Kilimanjaro from north is the easiest route on Kilimanjaro. Rongai is liked by those with less backpacking experience.
The Shira Route: This is the only route that shows some serious altitude on the first day. So hikers may experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.
The Lemosho Route: Lemosho is the most expensive route because of the scenic beauty and grand panoramic vistas on various sides of Kilimanjaro.
The Umbwe Route: Umbwe is a short, steep and direct route. It is the most difficult and challenging route on Kilimanjaro.
Northern Circuit Route: One of the best newest, most exciting route on Kilimanjaro with incredibly varied scenery.