Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Few things in the world are iconic and the name is just enough for them to describe and Kilimanjaro is one of them.

Touching the clouds of African Sky, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one breathtaking peak of the world.

Listed as the highest freestanding mountain of the world the mountain acquires 5,895m height.

There are almost 30,000 or more climbers attempt climbing Kilimanjaro out of which around 60% make it to the top.

The specialty of Mt. Kilimanjaro is the non-technical hike. The mountain is accessible easily and it allows all types of climbers to conquer their dream of summiting a mountain with stunning height.

Mostly compared with Everest, it is called as everyman’s Everest as trekkers don’t need any special skills to attempt climbing the mountain.

This sacred mountain rises dramatically from the plains of Tanzania and the highest point of Africa. Titled as the roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro offers a beauty that is beyond imagination.

This majestic mountain is a mystery to the nature expert. The reason is, the mountain’s peak is completely snow-filled and it resides close to the equator.

So it is difficult to have ice and glaciers on the top, however, the extreme height makes it possible.

The mountain offers 7 official routes to climb to its peak Uhuru.

Marangu Route- the oldest and the most established route of Kilimanjaro is the Marangu route. The route is more preferred by the new climbers. Providing 5 days of trekking itinerary the route is known as for low success rate of 50%.

Machame Route- another old route of Kilimanjaro that welcomes 50% of the total trekkers who come to climb Kilimanjaro. The route is more popular as it offers a great acclimatizing opportunity with an 85% success rate.

Umbwe Route-  If you are someone who has decent physical strength and looking for the less crowded route you should try Umbwe for reaching Uhuru.

Rongai Route- the only route of Kilimanjaro that starts from the Northern side of the mountain.  The route offers 5 to 7 days of climbing itinerary and can be taken as an alternative to Marangu.

Shira Route- It is one of the two longer routes of Kilimanjaro that starts at the western side of the mountain. It offers 7 to 8 days climbing itinerary and preferred by those who are looking for a less crowded and challenging journey.

Lemosho Route- Known as the Whisky Route, Lemosho is the second most popular route of Kilimanjaro. Lemosho is the most scenic route of the mountain traverse through breathtaking views with a high success rate of 90%.

Northern Circuit Rate- the longest route of Kilimanjaro that takes 9 to 10 days to reach the top of Kilimanjaro with a 95% success rate. The route offers a great acclimatizing opportunity however, less preferred due to the longest itineraries. 

Mweka route is another route of the mountain which is usually used as a descending route. Most of the routes offer to descend via the Mweka route. 

Not only the vibrant routes but also the mountain offers 5 different climatic zones. Due to its large size the mountain traverse through 5 different climatic zones which are iconic in it.

You will start your journey from the cultivation zone of the foothill. You will spot mostly villages and cultivating lands of Chhaga tribe. 

Then your journey will continue through the lush rain-forest zone of Kilimanjaro. It is known as the 2nd zone of the mountain. 

The third zone of the mountain continues through Heath-Moorland to the desert land of the 4th zone. 5th zone starts at an elevation of 6,000ft and continues up to 9,000ft.  

The volcanic peak is a dream of many climbers worldwide. If you are one of them then just connect to Great Migration Safaris for a hassle-free and successful climbing experience.   

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