LocationEastern Rift Mountains
Level Of DifficultyIntermediate
Max Aaltitude5,895 m /19,341 ft
TransportationFlight & Private Vehicle
Minimum Paxmin 2 pax
Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits, stands tall as the highest peak in Africa with a height of 5,895m ( 5.895km). It is a conical volcano with large hardened larva depositions. It has three volcanic cones:
Kiba being the highest, Shiba being the lowest and Mawenzi at the middle. The latter two are extinct volcanoes while the first one is a dormant one which still has the chance to erupt. Mount Kilimanjaro lies in Tanzania, Africa within the Kilimanjaro National Park, which is home to the diverse natural forests, vegetation and animals.
This mountain is climbed through the Machame route, which is one of the most exciting and adventurous routes to follow. The climbers get to experience various vegetation as well as climatic conditions while ascending through this route. They can experience the steepness of the route as well as many overnight camping.
The expedition includes passing through the rich rainforest as well as giving its climbers a taste of deserts and glaciers too. They also get to experience the beautiful and breathtaking views of sunsets as well as of the diverse landscapes during their ascend.
Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Difficulties
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro isn’t as hard as climbing other high mountains among the seven summits as there are no or fewer technical climbing skills required to reach the top of this mountain.
However, the climb is still hard and dangerous because of its summit lying above the altitude. Also, low temperature and high winds have to be faced while climbing. Even the skilled and fittest climbers had suffered from the severe condition of acute mountain sickness leading to life-threatening cerebral and pulmonary edema while trying to reach the summit.
Besides this, many travelers also have become prey of the steep routes and rockfalls and lost their life. Also, due to busy schedules and the high fee of the national parks, the expedition is completed within less than 15 days without any solid roof to spend the night.
This not only makes the trekking schedule faster without proper rest to its climbers but also develops health issues among them.
Mount Kilimanjaro with the best Expedition company
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is refreshing as well as a once in a lifetime experience. However, it has its own set of challenges that one has to go through to reach the summit. The usual altitude sickness, harsh weather are always there to challenge the climbers.
Besides these, one also needs experience and proper guidance to reach the summit successfully and safely. This is where Marvel Treks come into the picture. The entire team of Marvel Treks deliberately works to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience.
When is Mount Kilimanjaro usually climbed?
The best season for an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro is during summer and autumn when weather is also somewhat less harsh and comparatively warm. However, some travelers even want expeditions during winters.
Even though the winters aren’t as harsh as those in other mountains, it gets hectic and crowded. However, there are still plenty of people who want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro during winter.
How hard is it to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is easier than climbing other mountains among the seven summits as not much or very less technical climbing is required. However, the altitude mountain sickness and the low temperature of the mountain are bigger challenges for the climbers. The climbers also have to go through steep routes and endure the high winds that often turn fatal.
Besides these, the unavailability of a solid roof for staying the night and the fast trekking schedule also increases the chances of severe altitude mountain sickness and may even lead to cerebral and pulmonary edema.
This expedition becomes harder as well as more dangerous as the climbers climb upwards. However, with proper experienced guidance, one can climb the mountain with ease.
How long does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet it is dangerous too so making a rush might not be the best thing to do considering your safety.
But due to the expensive national park fees and the unavailability of a solid roof to spend the nights, the expedition can’t be prolonged for a longer time. So, the overall adventure of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is scheduled for a span of 10 days.
Day 1: Flying from native country to reach Arusha, Tanzania by the evening of day 2
Day 2: Arriving at Tanzania through Kilimanjaro International Airport
Day 3: Briefing and preparation for the expedition
Day 4: Driving to Machame gate, camp will be set
Day 5: Trekking to Great Rift Valley, camp will be set
Day 6: Trekking to Barranco Wall, camp will be set
Day 7: Trekking to Karanga Valley, camp will be set
Day 8: Trekking to Barafu hut, camp will be set
Day 9: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and then descending Mweka camp in the same day
Day 10: Descending to Machame gate and returning to hotel
COST INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES
Transportation: Includes pickups and drop offs from and to the airport along with the jeep rides during the trip.
Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 4 star hotel while staying in Arusha as well as during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.
Permits and fees: The company will pay for the air cargo charges as well as all the taxes to the government of Africa on your behalf. The company will also take care of different Royalties and permits from government of Africa. Permits and entry fees of the national park will also be added. Additional fees will also be paid for deposition of garbage
Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents.
Equipment: All the tools and equipment that will be needed for the expedition will be transported by the company .In case of unfavorable circumstances, it may also be done through other means.
Guides and porters: Members will be facilitated with guides and porters.
Base camp staffs and equipment: The base camp will be fully equipped with a separate kitchen tent, dining tent, communication tent along with a toilet tent along with all the other necessary items that are needed for a comfortable stay. Solar panels or generators will also be managed for electricity as well as the dining tent and other tents will be equipped with heaters to keep you warm. Expert cooks and porters will be there in the camp to assist you. The base camp will also have a bar and bakery.
Communication: Walkie talkie will be given to each member to communicate in between the base camp and the mountain.
Internet access will also be granted.
Oxygen masks, bottles and regulators: Every member will be given bottles of oxygen along with summit masks and regulators for their journey. More will be carried as a backup for emergencies along with a rescue sled.
Certificate: The members will be honored with a certificate for their accomplishment of climbing the mountain.
International flights: The clients have to bear their flight fees while arriving and leaving Africa.
Visa and insurance: The clients are responsible for their VISA while arriving in Africa. You have to pay for their insurance in case of any accidents
Meals in Arusha: While staying in Arusha, you have to pay for your lunch as well as dinner yourself.
Personal belongings and interests: The clients are requested to arrange their own clothing and required gears while joining the expedition. They also have to arrange the items required to maintain their personal hygiene. They have to bear the additional charges for services like phone calls, hot baths, laundry etc. They have to pay an extra charge in case they want to shoot videos or capture pictures.
Tips and bonuses: It will be highly appreciated if the clients can make some tips and bonuses to the hardworking Sherpas and the base camp workers for their hard work.
Extra services: In case you want any other services that’s not mentioned above then you have to pay extra from your pocket.