Come Mountain Climbing With Us

Group of mountain climbers in East Africa
Listen to an audio version of this blog post! Just press the play button below. There is another type of African safari you can take part in that’s a bit unusual… one where the emphasis isn’t so much on the wildlife as it is on the landscapes – specifically the vertical landscapes of Africa’s two tallest peaks, Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Both are world-class in elevation, higher than 17,000 ft (5,181 m), snow-capped at their summits, and come with incredible views of the landscapes below. And both can be accessed without any special climbing skills – no ropes needed. But you may need another type of skill: the ability to access your inner resolve to make it all the way to the top.

We offer safe, experienced five to seven-day expeditions up both peaks for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure few have experienced. Let’s learn more about each summit and how to prepare for your climb up one of the world’s highest mountains.

Mt. Kenya – The Country’s Tallest Peak

A journey up Mt. Kenya will give you a window into Africa’s various climates – from a sub-tropical bamboo forest at the base to cooler wooded slopes, onto alpine meadows, and finally a moonscape of glaciers, rock, and snow at the peak.

You’ll even have a chance to spot some wildlife on your first days of the climb, like elephants, monkeys, buffalo, and antelope. And you’ll hike past scenic high-altitude lakes during your ascent. The mountain has three peaks but as first timers, you’ll be summitting at Point Lenana, 16,354 ft (4,985 m) above sea level.

Reaching the peak of a mountain in East Africa

To reach the top you’ll have a choice of three routes: the Sirimon, Chogoria, or Naro Moru – each takes about five days for the climb and the return back down.

Mount Kilimanjaro as seen from Amboseli National Park

Mt. Kilimanjaro – Africa’s Tallest Peak

Higher and more famous than its cousin, Kilimanjaro, or Kili is a dormant volcano, the sixth highest mountain in the world and the highest free-standing peak, clocking in at 19,340 ft (5,895 m).

You can choose from seven routes up the mountain, each ranging from four to seven days for the climb. As a general rule, know that the more time you spend on Kili, the more time you will have to acclimate to its high elevations, and the better your chances are of reaching the top.

Prepping For Success

Obviously, the better the physical shape you’re in, the easier you’ll find the climb. So how best to get fit for an upwards trek in regions where the air gets very thin?

Think aerobic exercise. If you haven’t already, start hiking and increase the length of your hikes as you get nearer to your climb date. If you can, add cycling, swimming, and/or running to your daily routine to enhance your cardiovascular function.

Amboseli National Park Kenya - Elephants and Mount Kilimanjaro
Rucksack and other gear for mountain climbing

Now a Word About Gear

You’ll need plenty of specialized clothing for your climb that will keep you warm and dry. Plus, the temperature range will be extreme, starting at about  77f (25c), but as you go up, the temperatures will go down to around 140 f (– 100 c) at the summit.

Layers are the best way to dress – go for woolen items, not cotton as wool will keep you warm even when wet.

We have a complete packing list here to properly get yourself outfitted for this very “peak” experience.

Mt. Kenya or Mt. Kilimanjaro – either is the opportunity of a lifetime for success, exhilaration, and discovery… both without and within. Let us take you there as part of your African safari tour.

Take advantage of all East Africa has to offer and we’ll make sure you have a magnificent and safe adventure!

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