roof of africa
Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is a major climbing destination. The Roof of Africa at 5895m is not only Africa’s highest peak but also the world’s largest free standing mountain. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano comprised of three volcanic cones upon which incredibly diverse ecosystems from savannah to glaciers and snow exist.
There are a number of routes to Kilimanjaro’s summit and while climbing the mountain does not require technical skill or equipment, one third of climbers fail to summit. The main cause is altitude-related problems. Enjoyment of the climb and summit success depends on acclimatization. While most climbs are listed from 5 to 9 days, we strongly recommend a minimum of 7 days on the mountain.
Our sample itinerary “Lemosho 8 days luxury climb – via Stella Point” is one of our favourite, it has the best combination of success rate, time and spectacular scenery en-route. Other routes that work well are Machame 7 days, Rongai 7 days (less trekked so you can keep away from crowds) or for experienced mountaineers Lemosho 9 days via the Western Breach – since you sleep in the summit crater your ascent is spectacular. To cater for varying budgets we offer 3 specifications of climb based on levels of comfort light-weight, luxury and VIP.
The back bone of all these treks is the porters whom carry all camping equipment, food and client luggage up and down the mountain. We are proud to say that our company only partners Kilimanjaro outfitters that are members of the Partner for Responsible Travel Program. This program is run by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – an NGO that works on improving the working conditions of porters and promoting socially responsible Kilimanjaro climbs.