Kilimanjaro (5,896m) is not only Africa’s highest point but it’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is actually a huge crater known as Kibo over 2km wide with several distinct cones. The highest cone is Uhuru Peak and this is considered the summit of Kilimanjaro.
This 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail, the most scenic route to the summit. Trekking Kilimanjaro is often underestimated with many climbers ascending too fast and failing due to altitude sickness. Seven days on the mountain allows for greater acclimatisation and maximises chances of a successful summit attempt.
The route leads us along rough terrain but provides spectacular scenery and a wide variety of landscape. We start in scrublands thick with wildlife, then into lush forests, followed by flowering alpine tundra. Above 4,500m we encounter more snow and rock as we approach the summit.
Most companies spend their last night before summiting Kilimanjaro in Barafu camp but we stay in Kosovo camp. Kosovo camp is not nearly as busy as Barafu camp and is 120 metres higher on the mountain which takes an hour off our summit day.
Things to know
This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness who enjoy a challenge. Remember, we have an experienced Expedition Doctor on every trek, so you’re in good hands! The sense of achievement and view from the roof of Africa make all the hard work and effort well worth it!
The name Kilimanjaro is believed to come from Swahili, Kilima meaning ‘hill or little mountain’ and Njaro meaning ‘white or shining’. Towering 4,500m above the rift valley and the surrounding landscape, it makes for an impressive sight.
After we come down from Kilimanjaro, you have the option of going on safari, which we highly recommend! You can see the “Big 5” animals and come home with an incredible taste of what Africa has to offer!