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We Offer Climbs on Mt. Kilimanjaro & Mt. Kenya

They are the two tallest mountains in Africa – both higher than 5,200 metres (17,000 ft). A climb up either is like a journey through the earth’s climate systems – starting in equatorial rain forests, then to alpine meadows, progressing to high desert, and ultimately to a barren moonscape of rock, snow, and ice.

And each peak offers adventurers the opportunity to dig deep within and discover the personal strength to climb through challenging weather and altitude. No great technical skills are required, although some physical training will help climbers muster through the increasingly thin air and sometimes windy conditions.

But for those who are willing to commit, we offer the chance of a lifetime to discover incredible vistas all about and a world of satisfaction… within.

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Africa's tallest peak (Roof of Africa), and world's tallest free standing mountain.

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An icon of Africa, its tallest peak and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro, or “Kili” attracts thousands of intrepid climbers every year. Most are confident they will conquer its  5,895 m. (19,340 ft.) peak and many do, though just about everyone will feel some effects of the altitude.

There are seven routes up the mountain and depending on your choice, your climb will range from four to six nights. The most popular routes are the Machame and the Marangu, with the latter being one of the easier routes, meaning it will take six to seven days.

As a general rule, you should know that the more time you spend on the mountain, the better your chances are for a successful climb. In fact, each additional day on Kilimanjaro dramatically increases your odds of reaching the summit.

Climb Mount Kenya

highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kenya

Much like the climb on Kilimanjaro, an ascent up Mt. Kenya will take you through multiple climate zones, starting in a bamboo forest, up to a cooler wooded region, then higher to alpine reaches, and finally topping out on glaciers, rock, and snow.

But you may be treated to animal sightings along your route such as elephants, buffalos, monkeys, antelope, and even giant forest hogs further up. As you near the higher reaches, you’ll take in views of mountain lakes on your way to the summit. Mt. Kenya has three peaks of which only Point Lenana at 4985 m (16,354 ft) is reachable for novice climbers.

To reach Lenana, most climbers ascend using one of these three routes: Sirimon, Chogoria, and Naro Moru. Climb one of these routes and you can take a different route back down. Along your way, choose either outdoor camps or huts on all three routes.

A good estimate for your time on the mountain is about five days for the ascent and then the return back down. Remember, at these elevations, slower is better to help prevent the effects of altitude sickness.

Best Time For Your Climbing Adventure

You’ll want to tackle Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya during the warmest and driest months of January/February, or from June through August. Try to avoid the rainy seasons from March to early June and November/December.

But know that on these great peaks, the weather is unpredictable. A cold front can unexpectedly move in so make sure you have the right gear.

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Prepping For Your Climb

It’s important to try to get into the best possible shape so you’ll have the greatest odds of success for your climb. Being mentally and physically prepared will also make your adventure significantly more enjoyable.

Aerobic exercise is the key. Regular hikes will help your heart, lungs, and stamina. Try to increase the length of your hikes as your climb approaches. You can also add cycling, swimming, or running to your training to help your cardiovascular performance.      

Bring Everything You Need… But No More!

Climbing these high-elevation peaks means bringing specialized gear to fend off the unpredictable weather. But that doesn’t mean unlimited piles of stuff. That’s just more weight for you or your porter to haul up the hill.

In fact, you’ll probably be limited to a maximum of 40 pounds, so just bring the important gear which we list below. You’ll need to be prepared for a large range of temperatures: 250 c (770 f) at the tropical base of your climb, all the way down to – 100 c (140 f) at the summit.

Say “no” to cotton and “yes” to wool. Cotton is not a great insulator, especially when wet. Wool and synthetics check all the boxes for comfort, warmth, and wicking away moisture.

The Clothing You’ll Need

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A four-base layer system is best for managing heat, cold, and moisture.

Base Layer – wicks moisture and perspiration from your skin – use synthetics such as capiline.

Soft Shell – this is a comfortable and insulating wind and water-resistant layer. Look for Polartec, Gore Windstopper, or fleece.

Hard Shell – a more heavy-duty layer that is breathable yet windproof and waterproof. Ex. Goretex

Insulating Layer – Either synthetic or down-filled final layer to fit over the others.

Don’t forget a warm woolen or fleece hat, plus a shade hat with a wide brim for sun protection. A bandana is always helpful as are strong sunglasses to protect from high-altitude sun rays.

Two sets of gloves are recommended – a thin pair and thicker ones with fleece and a waterproof outer shell.

The same system applies to socks – a thin pair of synthetics, followed by a heavier pair of wool or polypropylene. And of course, hiking boots – medium weight will do for your uphill trek.

Your sleeping bag is essential for your nighttime comfort. Bring a four-season bag that is rated down to – 290 c (-200 f).

Other Essentials

One quart water bottle and water treatment tablets.

Headlamp – for night hiking and just all-around hands-free use at camp

Toiletries, sunscreen, first aid kit, towel, light shoes for use around camp, and optional snacks.

And to carry it all – a day pack with padded straps.

And A Final Word

Since a climb up one of these high-altitude mountains is not something one regularly does, climbers should see a physician for a checkup before departing for their Mt. Kenya or Kilimanjaro adventure.

Make sure you’re in good enough shape to tackle these big hills and we’ll make sure you have an enjoyable climb!

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Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes

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MARANGU ROUTE: The Marangu or main route is by far the most popular way to the summit. The ascent is more gradual and no professional equipment is required. The accommodation on the way up and down is provided in mountain huts with all the basic necessities. There are 60 bunk beds each (for 60 people each) at Mandara Hut (2700m) and Kibo Hut (4700m), and 120 bunk beds (for 120 people) at Horombo Hut (3720m) which is also used for descent. Climbers are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags should be brought along. There are communal dining halls, washrooms and toilets.

It usually takes 5 days/4nights for the round trip. The trek can also be taken in 6 days/5 nights to add acclimatization with an extra day at Horombo Hut. The supplementary cost for an extra day is indicated separately as an option.

MACHAME ROUTE: This is probably the most scenic route up Kilimanjaro. The accommodation on the way up and down is strictly camping (mobile tents) only.  This trek is strenuous and may be better suited to more adventurous hikers. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days/5nights on the mountain.

RONGAI ROUTE: There is only one route over on the north eastern side of the mountain, Rongai, which is usually a five night climb. This lesser known track may not be quite as spectacular as the western routes, but it does usually have far lower traffic than the other five night routes. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.It is generally considered to be the easiest of the quality routes on the mountain. Rongai is the best route for people who are looking for a decent quality experience and are perhaps not absolutely confident about their fitness.

 UMBWE ROUTE: The Umbwe route, which is based in the south, is a 6-day / 5-night tour and is said to be the most scenic and difficult one offered on Kilimanjaro. The first two days are extremely steep, muddy and generally strenuous making it only suitable for well-trained mountaineers. An acclimatization day is rarely offered on the standard programme, but can be added whereby giving the climber an extra day in the Karanga Valley. The descent trail is the same as the Mweka Route.

LEMOSHO(SHIRA) GLADES ROUTE: The Lemosho Glades route is perhaps the least used initial ascent route on Kilimanjaro, partly because of its remote location and likewise the difficult roads leading to the trailhead. The road to the trailhead is only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles and can be impassable during wet periods. The trailhead is at relatively high elevation, and thus we start slow and easy on this route. Buffalo and elephant sightings are possible on the first day trekking through the forest, and the trail is often overgrown from lack of use.

The route is the longest distance to trek up Kilimanjaro, so fitness certainly plays a role in the enjoyment and success of this trek. The Lemosho (Shira) route takes 7 days / 6 nights on the mountain. Overall, the distance covered and the intensity of the final few days make this trek a good choice only for the experienced hiker.  The many changes of scenery and spectacular hike across the Shira Plateau make this trek truly special. There are no huts on this route, the accommodation is in mountain tents.

Mount Kenya climbing routes

Mount Kenya

Naro Moru and Sirimon trek – both on the west side of the mountain, normally five days and either camping or a combination of camping and huts.

Mount Kenya Traverse – up the Naro Moru or Sirimon route and down the Chogoria on the east side, five days camping or combination with huts.

Summit Circuit – up the Naro Moru route, round the climbing peaks of Batian and Nelion and down the Chogoria route, six days camping with option to use huts.

Burguret Route – up the little used Burguret route on the west side and down the Chogoria route. Five days wild camping.

Batian Peak – a highly technical rock climb to the top of the highest peak on the mountain

Nelion Peak – a technical route to the second highest peak on the mountain.

Africa Mountain Climbing Packing / Gear List

Africa mountain climbing adventures climb mount Kenya and mount Kilimanajaro

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

  • Valid passport and visa
  • Airline ticket
  • International health card with immunizations
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • US$ cash / Travelers Checks / Credit Card

ESSENTIAL ITEMS:

  • Duffel bag – large enough for all climbing gear and clothing. To be carried by the porters. An extra bag to be left at the hotel with extra gear
  • Small luggage lock – to lock zippers
  • Day backpack – between 20 – 35 litres. Large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski-pole / walking stick
  • Water bottle / containers
  • Mount Kilimanjaro/Mount Kenya map (Can be bought at Park gate)

HIGH ALTITUDE GEAR:

  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof jacket (outer wear like Ventex or Gore-Tex)
  • Waterproof, breathable & windproof pants (outer wear)
  • Polar fleece (middle layer)
  • Thermal underwear (under layers)
  • Mittens or warm gloves
  • Glove liners (if necessary)
  • One pair thermal socks
  • Balaclava
  • Gaiters
  • Thermal water flask

HIKING GEAR:

  • Shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Regular underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Raincoat or Poncho

FOOTWEAR:

  • Water resistant semi-stiff hiking boots – mid weight boots work great
  • Shoes for overnight camps – i.e. sneakers, running shoes, etc.
  • Socks – several pairs for the climb
  • Liner socks – to keep your feet dry and limit the risk of blisters

EQUIPMENT:

  • Sun hat or similar (with a brim)
  • Collapsible ski stick (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles – two or three (total capacity at least 4 litres)
  • Head lamp, good strong one with spare batteries and an extra light bulb
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunglasses, good quality dark lenses for the climb, with a securing strap
  • Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries

PERSONAL ITEMS:

  • Toilet kit (soap, tooth brush, toilet articles, wet wipes, etc.)
  • Towel
  • Sun screen and lip protection, SPF 30+
  • Ziploc bags, to protect camera, binoculars, etc. from dust
  • Toilet paper
  • Money belt for passport and valuables

MEDICAL & FIRST AID SUPPLIES:

  • Headache tablets
  • Altitude sickness-Diamox (if not allergic to sulpha)
  • Diarrhoea – Imodium
  • Nausea – Valoid
  • Malaria – Prophylaxis
  • Water purification tablets
  • Painkillers
  • Muscular sprains
  • Abrasions blisters and cuts – Plaster, bandages
  • Antiseptic cream – Betadine
  • Flu and colds
  • Eye drops
  • Insect repellent

OPTIONAL ITEMS:

  • Camera, extra lenses, memory cards and spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Powdered sports drinks for the climb (ex. Game or Isotonic drinks)
  • Pocket knife
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Plastic bags to keep clothing dry (masking tape)
  • Energy snacks and sweets
  • Video camera, tapes / memory cards, battery packs and tri-pod

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