Mount Kilimanjaro is the roof of Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
It inspires people to climb it every year by its towering above the plains,which is a quintessential African image. It stands at an altitude of about 5,895m above the sea level and only 3 degrees south of the equator. It is snow- caped all year round.
Kilimanjaro’s Main roots open to the public include:
- Marangu on the East which is the mos popular way because of its gentleness and accommodation en route
- Machame on the South which is probably the most attractive way going up.
- Shira plateau on the west which is very rough and needs a 4WD to access.
- Umbwe also from the south which is very scenic,short and steep but the top section is very undertaking. It also joins Barafu Ridge and Machame route.
- Mweka- it is the fastest and the most direct route but it is the steepest and only allowed as a descent rout.It is also located on the south of the mountain.
Kilimanjaro`s best climbing times are during the dry season, that is from late June to October or from late December to the end of February. Before you go for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing it is recommended that you have a medical check up particularly if you are a subject to heart or lung problems or prone altitude to sickness, as these complaints can lead to serious sickness.
You also want to make sure that you have a suitable medical insurance and that you are covered specifically to climb mount Kilimanjaro. It is also important to note that the temperatures gets very,very cold to minus 15 degrees Celsius. At African Game Trek, we will take you to the highest and lowest points of East Africa and all the beautiful destinations in between.
I am a tour consultant at African Game Trek, a tour consultancy firm that is based in Nairobi,Kenya. Our services includes Tours planning, Budget camping Safaris, Luxury Lodge Safaris, Hotel bookings, Airport Transfers, Beach holidays, mountain climbing and many more Tailor made Safaris in the East African region.