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Climbing Kilimanjaro

There are several Mount Kilimanjaro tour companies and climb operators who offer Kilimanjaro trekking services. The best Kilimanjaro climb operators not only have the best safety record, they also have the best client success rates. Your chances to reach the summit depend on your operator more than on anything else.

Kilimanjaro Centre for Trekking and EcotourismKilimanjaro Centre For Trekking and Ecotourism (KCTE) offers you the unique opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro and make your Kilimanjaro trek an experience of a lifetime. Our team of Professional Mountain Guides with hundreads of summit successes are always busy working to make sure your dreams come true.

Africa is a continent of contrasts, and nowhere more beautifully illustrates this than Tanzania, where the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro rises majestically above the shimmering heat of the Savannah. At 5,895 metres (19,340 feet) Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s highest peak but it is also the highest walking summit and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

The diameter of its base is an incredible 40 miles. Kilimanjaro is a dormant, but not extinct volcano. Ominous rumbles can sometimes be heard and gases emerge from the fume holes in the crater. Although just three degrees south of the Equator, the peaks of both Kibo and Mawenzi have permanent caps of snow and ice.

There are several different routes to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, each uniquely different than the other. We are happy to answer any questions or make suggestions that will help you choose the itinerary that is best for you.

During their time on the mountain, climbers pass from tropical to arctic environment in just a few days. The various trails first pass through lush rain forests before reaching heather and open moorland where giant lobelia and huge, cactus-like groundsel grow. Above this moorland is the almost lunar landscape of an alpine desert, which stretches between the two peaks of Kibo, the flat-topped dome at the center and Mawenzi, a group of jagged point and pinnacles on the eastern side. Inhospitable as this ‘moonscape’ may seem, animals such as herds of elands thrive there.

The highest point on Kibo, and indeed the whole of Kilimanjaro, is Uhuru Peak, with its spectacular hanging glaciers and stupendous views of the African plains some 20,000 feet below. Also on Kibo is the slightly lower peak of Gillman’s point. These are the goals for most trekkers. The peaks of Mawenzi are for mountaineers only. With the help of porters and a guide, it is possible to walk all the way to the summit without specialized mountaineering equipment – or experience – and Kilimanjaro can be conquered by any reasonably fit person. The Routes includes Marangu, the easiest climb and therefore the most popular, Machame, Lemosho, Rongai and Umbwe. The total climb normally takes five to six days and involves four or five overnight stays in comfortable mountain huts & camping. Fees, payable in US dollars, include park entrance and accommodation for climbers, guides and porters and other items as agreed in the package between the clients and the local operator.

Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year but the best time is considered to be from July to October and January to March. It is wet in the rain forest during the rain in April, May, June and November. December through February is the warmest months.

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Kilimanjaro is Africa’s most celebrated mountain. , the name Kilimanjaro has aroused feelings of passion, wonderment and awe. “Its name is synonymous with Africa itself, and few mountains anywhere on earth have been so enshrouded in romance and mystery. Even the names of the towns which grace the base of the peak have a dream-like quality to them , Rongai, Machame, Moshi and Marangu. Slave traders in another century were guided by it. Great writers with no interest in mountains have written about it. Songs have been sung about it. Empires fought for it. And all the time the stories and myths of Kilimanjaro have grown – some true and some false. Yes, the partially preserved skeleton of a leopard does exist on the icy crater rim at 5,670 m (18,600 ft). No, Queen Victoria did not give the mountain to the Kaiser as a birthday present. But however one looks at it, Kilimanjaro does possess an atmosphere, a personality of the type of which legends are easily born.”

Towering to a height of 5,895 metres (19,340 feet), and resting on a base 80 by 50 kilometres, Kilimanjaro dwarfs any other peak on the African continent. (The next highest summit is Mount Kenya at 5,199 metres – 17,058 feet.) On a clear day Kilimanjaro can be seen from a distance of 160 kilometres, soaring 4,900 metres (16,000 feet) like an island into the sky. It is often described as the highest free-standing mountain in the world in that it is not part of a mountain range, but rises in splendid isolation above African plains.