Climbing Kilimanjaro is a once in a lifetime experience, and we at eXplore Plus Travel & Tours have the knowledge and expertise to make the experience safe, enjoyable and memorable for all our clients.
Despite the immense height, any reasonably fit person can successfully climb Mount Kilimanjaro. No technical skills are necessary, making it the highest, most accessible and “walkable” mountain on the planet
It is a very serious adventure, as you ascent very quickly into extreme altitude it is not to be taken lightly. That is why it is exceptionally important to make the right choice when selecting the company you will trust to lead you on this exciting expedition. With 19 years of first-hand knowledge in sending clients up Kilimanjaro and with several summits personally experienced by our staff, we would love to share more of our knowledge with you, to help you prepare for your exhilarating climb.
KILIMANJARO CLIMBING ROUTES:
The Machame route is also known as the "Whiskey route"
. It is a wilderness route, which combines spectacular views and scenery with good acclimatisation. With a gradual ascend through the forest you emerge to see wide views of the moorland on the Shira Plateau, rocky trails and scree with stunning scenery and beautiful ice formations along the way. The different kinds of vegetation found along the route make it the most scenic route of all. For all these reasons it is perhaps the best of the standard routes on the mountain. Overnights are spent camping in tents.
Marangu is also known as the "Coca-Cola" route
. This is the most straightforward route on the mountain. The Marangu route takes you through the forests, moorlands and then across the Saddle, a high-altitude desert, to Kibo. The path to the summit is a zig-zag route up steep scree, which makes for a slower ascend then on the other routes. Marangu is also the only route you ascend and descend with. It is also the only route with huts available.
The Lemosho route begins in a rainforest, on a magnificent forest trail, which is unspoilt and rarely used
. The route leads onto the western side of Shira Plateau. This route offers the most varying terrain, with lots of opportunities to acclimatise along the way. The first two days include gently rolling trails across the ancient lava flows of the collapsed Shira Volcano with excellent views of Kilimanjaro’s summit. The Shira Plateau is very beautiful with good views of the western glaciers. Upon reaching the Shira Plateau, the route merges with the Machame route. Overnights are spent camping in tents.
This is the steepest route up Kilimanjaro
. It is the hardest, but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak. It follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, and then traverses below the southern icefields to reach Barafu Camp, which is followed by the summit. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forests and shorter walking distances make it a great option for physically-fit hikers. Overnights are spent camping in tents.
This route is considered to be one of the easiest routes up the mountain
. It is the only route starting from the northern side of the mountain at a small village close to the Kenyan border. The climbing conditions are drier on the northern side of the mountain. The summit is reached via the eastern side of Kibo and the descent is via the Marangu route. Overnights are spent camping in tents.
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