Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest mountain standing at 5,896m, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is in fact a huge crater known as Kibo, it is over 2km wide with several distinct cones – the highest being Uhuru Peak. The name Kilimanjaro is believed to come from Swahili, Kilima meaning ‘hill’ or ‘little mountain’ and Njaro meaning ‘white’ or ‘shining’ – a perfect reflection of this beautiful peak.
Our 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail, this time- frame allows for greater acclimatisation and increases the chance of a successful summit. This route is rich in biodiversity; we start in scrublands thick with African wildlife and then move into lush forests before experiencing the flowering alpine tundra at the higher elevations. Above 4,500m we encounter more snow and rock as we approach the summit.
Unlike most companies who spend their last night before summiting in Barafu camp we stay in Kosovo camp; a much quieter camp which is 120m higher up the mountain and cuts an hour off our summit night! This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness who enjoy challenging themselves. It is not a technical peak and no mountaineering experience is required to make it to the summit.
We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Kilimanjaro (5,896m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Kilimanjaro expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.
The international guide and doctor work in tandem with our incredible local team of guides and porters to deliver an exhilarating experience each and every day on the trail! The morning ritual of native song and dance gets the blood pumping in the early sunlight and shouts of ‘Pole, pole’ (Slowly, slowly in Swahili) will accompany you throughout the day and help you reach the top! There’s also a ‘free-day’ at the end of your trip where you can get some R&R or go on Safari in Tarangire National Park.