TREKKING OVERVIEW

We believe the fact that, trekking is a professional, sport, hobby, exercise, however, health and fitness needed to perform this adventure.

In East Africa and especially Tanzania we are feeling the deep pleasure of having many mountains. These mountains differ in size, height, location and weather conditions prevailing in an area in general. Kilimanjaro which is the highest mountain in Africa has participated in a venture by offering something of interest in many mountaineers or tourist from around the World. Mount Meru and the active volcanic mountain (Ol Donyo Lengai) are also best activities to combine with a safari in Tanzania. All mountains are incomparable from each other and this makes absolutely necessary to have a short briefing before deciding which one to perform. Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru are the most popular selling trekking in Tanzania.

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MOUNT KILIMANJARO TREKKING

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world that can be climbed without specialized equipment and experience. The mountain bestrides the boundary with Kenya, but the summit is uniquely inside Tanzania and it can only be ascended from Tanzania only. Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano and is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest, Mawenzi at 5,149 meters (16,893ft) and Shira, the shortest at 4,005 meters (13,140ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. It rises approximately 4,877 metres (16,001 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341ft) above sea level. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is one of the World Heritage sites that cover an area of 753 square kilometers which makes a major climbing destination in Africa. The vegetation zones on Kilimanjaro are as follows: – cultivated lower elevations, montane forest, moorland, alpine desert, and the barren arctic summit zone.

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AGES PERMITTED

As required by Tanzania National Park official authorities, the children under the age of 10 years are only permitted to hike up to Shira Camp which is going to be 3845m. There are no clear limitations for kids over the age of 10 years just since the chances of kids expiring to mountain illness are a lot higher than they are among adults, we extremely suggest the least age of 14-16 years. Also, take a note that the kids of all ages need to be attended by one of their parents at all times of climbing.

As mountaineering professional, we arrange climbs on Kilimanjaro through various circuits comprising Lemosho route, Machame route, Rongai route, Umbwe and Shira Route.

LEMOSHO ROUTE

The Lemosho Route is a nearly unique turn on the traditional Shira Plateau Route. This route takes the western way beyond the caldera of Shira Volcano and crosses underneath the southern ice fields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano. The first two days of the trekking pass the dense rainforest zone that turns into heath and moorland with numerous greeneries and ericas on the way. This is one of the minimum hiked routes providing lots of time for acclimatization and beautiful picturesque representations. Lemosho is generally noted as the most spectacular route on Kilimanjaro.

MACHAME ROUTE

The Machame route is one of the most beautiful routes and begins on the south-western side of the mountain. The route begins in the lush rainforest and follows a path that offers occasional views of Mount Meru, Shira Ridge as well as Kibo summit. The Machame route comprises further steep divisions and higher altitudes than other routes like Marangu and Rongai and is the crowding during the high season.

MARANGU ROUTE

The Marangu Route is known as the Coca-Cola Route and also the Tourist Route, this is because the route is the easiest and the most sufficient route to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. The trek commences in the southeast area of the mountain at Marangu Gate. Marangu route also offers undecomposable mountain huts, which might be a vantage compared to the camping routes. The huts, serve beverages mostly soft drinks like all soda. Its ascension profile is very gradual and steady, allowing for painless trekking for most of the way. However, due to its repute as an easy route, Marangu is often selected by unprepared, inexperienced climbers.

RONGAI ROUTE

The Rongai Route is the less crowded route that the other most popular routes and is commencing and approaches the mountain from the north side close to the Kenyan border. In spite of the fact that, the natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai makes up for this by going by through with true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu route at Kibo camp. Also Rongai is a fairly hard route, and is extremely suggested, particularly for those with less backpacking experience. Rongai route is offered as a seven day in a group climb or a six to seven day private climb and route descends down the Marangu route.