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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing

Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, it is formed in three volcanic cones – Mawezi, Shira and Kibo (dormant) and is the result of the weakening in the earth’s crust associated with the earlier formation of the rift valley.
Mt Kilimanjaro towering above the plains is a quintessential Africa image and the one which inspires thousands of people to climb the mountain every year. African Game Trek presents a comprehensive guide to summiting Mt Kilimanjaro, also known as the Roof of Africa. The aim of this guide is to equip the potential climber with accurate information valuable in the preparation of setting out to conquer Kili's summit.

Kilimanjaro fact file
The main routes open to the public are:

  • Marangu (east) - the most  popular way up because its gentle and accommodation en route
  • Machame (south) - probably the most attractive way up
  • Shira plateau (from the west)-needs a 4wd to access
  • Umbwe (south) - very scenic, short and steep, but the top section (the arrow glacier) is a serious undertaking. Can feed into Machame route and Barafu ridge
  • Mweka (south) – the most direct and fastest but the steepest  route and only allowed as a decent route

Gearing up

  • Before arrival have a medical check -up, particularly if subject  to heart or lung problems or prone to altitude sickness  as these complaints can lead to serious problems.
  • Make sure you have suitable medical insurance and that you are covered specifically for the climb up Kilimanjaro
  • Be well equipped. You’ll need: a good map and guide book, a warm sleeping bag, insulator, mattress, thermal underwear, gloves, wool cap,  sun and snow goggles, sun cream, large water bottle, first aid  kit, head torch (for the final ascent), toilet paper, and snacks (sugar sweets and chocolates perhaps) for the final ascent. Some climbers take freeze – dried food in order to decrease the likelihood of getting diarrhea
  • It is important to realize that it gets very cold, temperatures of minus 15°c are not uncommon
  • Most operators will supply a detailed list of items you will need  and many will indicate which of these they will be able to provide and if appropriate, the rental costs involved

Kilimanjaro is best climbed during the dry season – late June to October –or from late December to the end of February.

Climbing Itinerary

Contact Information

P.O Box 35627 - 00200, Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 722 467 516
                 +254 752 467 516
Email: info@africangametrek.com
Website: www.africangametrek.com