Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania
At 5,895 m, Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa. This volcanic massif stands in splendid isolation above the surrounding plains, with its snowy peak looming over the savannah. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park.
Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575 ha protects the largest free standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah.
Safety comes first when climbing any mountain. Therefore, your experience, personal physiology and health condition must be considered in the choice of route and number of days.
In general, spending more days for acclimatizing allows you to enjoy more of nature and increase the probability of success. The gear list from a tour operator that also should be provided in the program we create for you together with additional useful information, to help you prepare a successful expedition with safety and quality of experience.
YOUR KILIMANJARO GUIDES
Kilimanjaro Head and Assistant guides are licensed and professionally trained to take you safely to Uhuru peak, and back. Many professional guides from reliable tour operators have an experience of 50-150+ successful summits, First Aid experience and some hold advanced WFR qualification.
Most operators work with a hand picked crew of experienced Guides, Cooks and Porters with whom have worked with for long time have proven their strong, genuine and friendly characters combined with their passion for Kilimanjaro and social justice.
These are the people involved in your tourism experience and they contribute to the quality of experience, link you to Kilimanjaro culture and provide that extra motivation, when needed during the expedition, for you to reach the summit and come back – safely.
Kilimanjaro porters are the heart and soul of the mountain. There are few experiences as humbling as being passed by porters on a climb. They carry food, water and equipment to ensure a comfortable climb and increased summit success rate.
They are certainly among the hardest working men in Tanzania and we make sure they are rewarded properly for their efforts. Some organization like KPAP have been working closely to make sure that the right of porters are take care off. We are proud of this fact and know that this is a finally this group is considered and have a voice.
Northern Circuit, Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, Shira, Marangu and Umbwe are the routes to choose from depending on your preferences, time and experience.
We highly recommend Machame or Rongai route for 7 days or Lemosho route for 8 days and Northern Circuit route of 9 days. These recommended routes allow great acclimatizing opportunities, highest chances of summit success and varied scenery of the mountain each day boosting motivation.
Marangu is the only route offering sleeping huts in dormitory style. Other routes have designated campsites requiring mountain expedition tents and camping equipment.
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