Hike to the very top of Africa. See and feel the glacier at Uhuru Peak. Stand way above the clouds. Climb Kilimanjaro: an adventure that puts all of the overwhelming beauty of Africa’s nature right at your feet—something that words will never effectively describe.
On your way to the top, you'll navigate through every type of climate present on Planet Earth. You will be pushed to the limits, forced to overcome them, and you’ll fall in love with this continent and its people. As they say in Swahili, "Milima haikutani, lakini binadamu hukutana" — mountains never come together, but people do.
Conquering Africa’s highest peak is not a feat one should take lightly, however. Doing so takes organization and planning, as well as the right guides to help you along your way. The way up is also a grueling one, so you should ensure you’re in good physical shape before you leave the safety of sea level. But we promise it’ll be worth it: If your preparation is on point, all you’ll experience on your hike up the Kibo (Mt. Kilimanjaro’s volcanic peak) is pure happiness as look out over Africa extending endlessly beneath your feet.
The first leg of the Machame route takes you through lush green rainforests. On a moderately ascending path, you will reach the first camp at an altitude of 3,000 m over a total of 1,200 vertical meters. Take your time! Because at 32 ° Celsius in the shade, even under the impressive trees of this jungle, it quickly becomes very hot when hiking. With food and drink breaks you can plan in about six hours.
The second day of the Kilimanjaro ascent leads you over steep climbs with many stones out of the rainforest out into the Shira Camp at 3,800 m. If you take enough breaks, but this stage is well feasible. Go back about 6 hours and let me tell you: As soon as you reach the finish line, you forget the hardships of the way.
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Today you will face a strenuous journey through a lunar landscape. From the Shira camp at 3,800 m you climb a plateau at 4,600 m via steadily rising paths. Then it goes downhill again to the Barranco camp at 3,900 m.
As always, it is important that you go very slowly. Particularly difficult is the descent. It can happen that you get a headache if you do not drink enough. Schedule 7 ½ hours with breaks for this stage.
Climbing day! On the steep Barranco Wall, you can not make headway on a hiking tour. A little climbing work is needed. Take two hours before combing through the barren landscape with views of the rainforest. Your way will finally take you to the base camp of Kilimanjaro at 4,600 m. You can be proud of having made it this far!
Summit. You start at midnight on the challenging path to the summit. Not only the darkness and the steep path are a challenge, but also the low temperatures and the altitude. Watch the signals your body sends you and walk slowly. As soon as the first rays of sunshine appear above the clouds, you have almost made it. One last time, you gather your strength and finally reach the highest point in Africa, the Uhuru Peak at 5,895 m.
Back to the rainforest. After the summit, the no less difficult way down is now before you. You are probably still tired from the ascent to the summit and therefore you have to pay particular attention to where you are going. You can expect lots of lava sand, steep rock formations and steps. The descent is relatively quick to the camp at 3,100 m. Back in the jungle, you can take a look over his shoulder and slowly process that you have climbed the Kilimanjaro.