Climbing Mount KilimanjaroJuly 31, 2018
Located in northeast Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
Standing 5,895m or 19,340 feet high, the snow-covered dormant volcano can be seen from far into Kenya and Amboseli National Park and climbing this mountain has become a popular challenge for travellers.
Despite its size, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro is achievable for most people when done correctly. Our 8-day Kilimanjaro climb makes use of the northern Shira Route and increases your likelihoods of reaching the summit by maximizing the amount of time spent acclimatizing to the altitude. The route is also one of the lesser used trails on the mountain, affording a more intimate experience, with stunning views and a superior standard of service throughout. Just because you’re hiking and camping, doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the luxuries! Rather, we take every measure to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible.
Along the way, you’re accompanied by certified guides that help you to pace your hiking and keep you safe. Porters carry all the equipment that is needed, and camp is set up with everything you need and more as you camp in complete style and comfort. There is even a professional chef to attend to keep you well-nourished and hydrated. The climb takes place over eight days and from start to end the tour is nine days in total.
Fitness Level Required
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a sure test of your endurance and does require that you have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina. Most routes to the top are around 70-80km in length and require an average of 6-7 hours of hiking every day. The paths are often rocky and steep and can be snowy and icy near the summit. However, the hike requires absolutely no specialised or technical climbing skills and can, therefore, be done by anyone with a basic fitness level and some determination. One of the most challenging aspects of summiting Kilimanjaro is the altitude. The breathable oxygen at the top is less than half the amount that is common at sea level, which is why we take our time doing this hike to give your body the best chance of acclimatising to the conditions.
Note: Even if you are a super-fit mountaineer, it is always recommended that you consult a doctor before attempting this climb.
For more information n our 8-day Mount Kilimanjaro Hike, taken a look at our detailed itinerary which outlines what you can expect on each day: https://www.journeysdiscoveringafrica.com/tour/adventure/climbing-kilimanjaro/
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