Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is also the highest freestanding mountain in the world/highest mountain in Africa.
Duration10 Days Door to Door
Activity Level Moderate
Elevation5895m | 19,341 ft.
While the Umbwe Route is our preferred route, we are also willing and able to take you on some of the easier routes to the summit, including Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira and Rongai.
Our favourite route up the mountain involves starting our climb on the Umbwe Route, well known as a challenging yet breathtakingly beautiful trekking path. The views are nothing short of spectacular, and the trail is quieter than other routes because of its sharp inclines. From Barranco onwards, we will then follow the Machame Route to get to the summit in order to take full advantage of the phenomenal views it provides!
The Umbwe route is also renowned as being the shortest and most direct route by which to ascend Kilimanjaro, which means that we will take additional precautions when it comes to acclimatization. We insist on an additional TWO acclimatization days to counterbalance the rapid gain in altitude over the first few days. This dramatically increases your chances of reaching the summit, while also providing opportunities to relax and take in your breathtaking surroundings.
As the toughest of all climbs, the Umbwe Route demands high levels of fitness and stamina. That being said, there is no “technical climbing” involved along the way – just sheer grit and determination to get to the top! You will also need to be comfortable trekking with a 5kg daypack for 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain.
- Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
- All climbing permits
- Three nights’ hotel accommodation in Marangu/ Moshi on a bed-and-breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
- Visit to the Chagga museum, lunch with our main guide and a visit to the local market
- All airport/hotel/airport transfers
- Three course meals three times a day whilst on the mountain
- Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and boiled water
- Western leader/facilitator
- Experienced main guide
- Assistant guides as required
- Porters as required
- Insurance for all Tanzanian staff
- General first aid kit
- 2-man tents, groundsheets and mattresses while on the mountain
- Dining tent at the various camps
- Celebration Meal after the climb
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc.
- Travel and Medical Rescue Insurance
- Staff/ guide gratuities
- Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water
- Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
- Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.
We arrive in Tanzania, transfer to our hotel and enjoy a short but detailed expedition briefing.
We explore the area with a half-day tour around Marangu Village, before heading back to our hotel to prepare for the climb and have an early night.
Drive to Umbwe Gate (1800m)
We will meet the porters and climb up through the rain forest to Umbwe Cave (2850m).
Climb to Barranco Camp (3950m)
Barranco Camp is situated beneath the Western Breach Wall.
Rest day at Barranco Camp.
Climb up to Arrow Glacier Camp (4850m)
This is an acclimatization trek, after which we will return to Barranco.
Pack up and move to Karanga Valley Camp (3950m)
Move up to Barafu Camp (4600m)
We will then rest and prepare for the summit push.
Summit Kilimanjaro (5895m)
Savour the breathtaking views before heading down to the Mweka Camp (3100m).
Descend through the rain forest to Mweka Gate (1800m)
And return to the Hotel for a well-deserved Celebration Dinner.
International transfers back home.
International transfers back home.
- 1 pair of good walking boots
- 1 pair of running shoes
- 1 pair of gaiters
- 1 Gortex jacket
- 1 Pair of Gortex longs
- 1 warm down or synthetic jacket
- 1 pair of trekking longs that can convert to a pair of shorts
- 2 trekking shirts
- 1 pair of thermal underwear
- 1 pair of fleece trousers
- 1 fleece sweater or jacket
- 3 pairs of undies
- 3 pairs of warm socks
- 3 pairs of sock liners
- 1 pair of mitts
- 1 pair of Polartec gloves
- 1 head torch with fresh batteries
- 1 cap
- 1 bandana, buff or scarf
- 1 balaclava
- 1 beanie
- 1 fleece or wool hat
- 1 pair of sunglasses
- 1 large duffel bag
- 1 medium-sized backpack
- 1 sleeping bag – rated to at least -15º C
- 1 Thermarest sleeping pad/ closed-cell foam pad
- 1 blow-up cushion/ small pillow
- 4 large plastic bags
- 2 Nalgene water bottles with insulated covers
- 1 small flask for summit day
- Plenty of sunscreen and lip screen/gel
- Water purifying tablets
- Toilet paper – in case
- Personal first aid items (plasters for possible blisters, headache tablets, Imodium, Diamox for acclimatization, something for nausea and anti-inflammatory tablets)
- Camera gear
- Personal toiletries while on the mountain
- Baby wipes
- Your passport and 2 passport photos
- 1 pen
- A photocopy of the first 2 pages of your passport
- 1 set of trekking/ ski poles
- 1 pocket knife/ Leatherman
- Personal snacks (if you have a particular favorite)
- 1 pee bottle / funnel
PRE & POST TREK:
- Clothes for travelling
- Small bag with a lock (items will need to be left at the hotel while on the trek
Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Kilimanjaro International Airport on your arrival in Tanzania for US$50.00. You need 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total as you will need additional colour photos for trekking permits etc.) South African passport holders no longer require a visa.
- You are legally required to have a Yellow Fever Vaccination TWO WEEKS BEFORE YOU LEAVE for the trip. An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is now an administrative requirement for entry to Tanzania.
- Local Travel Clinics also recommend that you have a Tetanus and Typhoid vaccination before you head to Kilimanjaro. These can be done at the same time as your Yellow Fever Vaccination.
- Malaria Tablets are highly recommended – chat to your Travel Clinic about the various tablets that are available and when you should begin taking them. Some tablets can be taken a week before your trip, others two days before and others the day before.
This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please chat to us!
Most importantly, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased workload.
A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the expedition, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.
Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack).
Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful climb of Aconcagua. You should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.
Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobic classes.
When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).
Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout.
Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you used most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.
Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles.
The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and scree slopes, which will be encountered on Aconcagua.
Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.
This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In the months leading up to the expedition, it is important to do some long walks in the mountains.
Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to summit the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain on the African continent.
Answer: Mount Kilimanjaro is situated near the equator and can therefore be climbed throughout the year. That being said, summer tends to provide the best climbing conditions (September, being the most popular month), as it tends to rain periodically in winter.