Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. At 5896m it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world and Africa’s tallest peak. It is not considered a ‘technical climb’ as it has well trodden gradual trails, but it still requires preparation and care.
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There are a number of routes to the top which vary in difficulty, with the most popular trail dismissively known as the ‘Coca Cola’ route. Along the path there are comfortable huts for tourists to rent for the night rather than endure the ‘discomfort’ of a tent, and food and drink can be bought from enterprising locals along the way.
Guided tours range from 6 to 9 nights, allowing guests a chance to acclimatise gently, as climbing too high, too quickly can result in altitude sickness. At some point in the trek most people will suffer symptoms to a greater or lesser degree, Breathlessness is guaranteed.
Kilimanjaro is easy to reach, with direct flights via Amsterdam or connecting flights via Nairobi or Dar es Salaam. On arrival, the first night will be spent in the foothills close to the airport where there are a number of hotels from 5* through to back packer’s hostels. Guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep and a hearty meal before the equipment is checked and a final briefing is given by the tour leader, in preparation for the morning departure.
Generally tents, mattresses and washing facilities are provided by the guiding company but guests are expected to bring their own sleeping bags and any other lightweight items that they require such as inflatable pillows. Porters accompany each group carrying the tents, food and kitchen facilities. They proceed in advance of the group in the morning and have lunch set up in readiness for the guests arrival.
Once lunch has been cleared the group will depart on the afternoon leg and guests will find themselves overtaken by the same staff that were left behind at the lunch spot as they move ahead to set up camp for the night.
The first day’s walk is generally 3- 4 hours which increases over the next couple of days to 5-6. The final leg departs at about 11.30pm and continues through the night reaching Gilhams Point to watch the sunrise and then onto Uhuru Peak before starting the descent.
It takes one more day to return to the base camp where guests are collected for the drive back to Moshi for a hot bath and a well earned rest.
Visions of Africa offer climbs on a private basis, which means guests are not mixed together with people of different abilities. Each booking even a single traveller is provided with their own crew including a professional guide, porter and cook to ensure a safe and memorable exeperience. We offer either tented or accommodation in shared huts and all meals are included.
If you are interested in climbing mount Kilimanjaro, contact one of our Africa experts on 01444 225640 for more information about the different tours that we offer or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org