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Kilimanjaro Holidays: Climbing Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in north-eastern Tanzania and and at 5,892 meters (19,331 ft) high, it is the highest peak in Africa. The mountain of Africa that is often incorrectly spelt as kilimonjaro, kilomanjaro or killimanjaro.
There are a number of tour operators that offer guided trekking holidays to the summit. As far as mountain climbing goes, Kilimanjaro is technically easy, but this is not to say that climbing it is not a challenge or that it is not dangerous. Incredibly about 10 climbers die each year, but with the correct preparation you can make sure that your trip is a safe and enjoyable as possible.
If you do plan to make an ascent, you are highly advised to research it properly, decide which route is right for you and only travel with recognised guides.
The biggest dangers are the low temperatures at higher altitudes, with most people suffering with some degree of altitude sickness. The summit of Kilimanjaro is well above the altitude at which high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) can occur. Almost all climbers will experience shortage of breath, some hypothermia as well as headaches and as such a substantial number of trekkers will abandon their attempt at a lower altitude.
Having said all that if you are fit, determined and well prepared you can reach the Kibo summit for that truly once in a lifetime experience.
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Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and take in some of the best wildlife that Tanzania has to offer. We have packages that are exclusively Mount Kilimanjaro holidays, where your sole purpose will be to klimb the great mountain. Others include the climb as well as a safari with excursions to places like the Arusha National park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park ad the world famous Selous Game Reserve.
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Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro has to be one of the most exciting African travel experiences and will surely make for a trip of a lifetime. There are several routes to climb up Mount Kilimanjaro: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.
The most scenic route of Machame is probably also one of the most difficult and is a challenge for the fit and adventurous as it is one of the steepest. It can be done in about 6 or 7 days.
One of the easiest ways to get to the summit is on the Rongai route, accommodation on the way up will be camping in tents.
Marangu is probably the busiest route up the mountain as it is one of the easiest, shortest and the same route is used on the ascent and descent. Marangu also known as the "tourist" or "Coca Cola" route is also the only one with sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and beds. This route usually takes about 5 days or 6 days.
What to Bring
As mentioned earlier to climb mount kilimanjaro involves allot of trekking, and so it is recommend you to bring good quality hiking boots and thick hiking socks.
A windproof and waterproof jacket and pants that are also breathable are also recommended, as are heavy gloves, heavy winter jacket, water bottles, gaiters (covers top of boots and bottom of pants).
You will also need a smaller personal backpack and a larger backpack for your clothes, Cold weather sleeping bags, safari style hat protecting face and neck from sun, headlamp style flashlight, camera of course, dried fruit and energy bars, sun block, malaria pills, water purification tablets, inflatable pillows and your regular clothes.
This list is only a guide, be sure to speak with your tour operator before you arrive as they may have their own requirements and suggestions on what to bring.
- Kilimanjaro Height: 5,892 metres (19,331 ft)
- It's the highest peak in Africa
- Fastest ascent: Bruno Brunod, 5 hours 38 minutes 40 seconds
- Fastest ascent and descent: Simon Mtuy, 8 hours 27 minutes
- Oldest to climb Kilimanjaro: Karl Haupt (79) or Valtee Daniel (87)
- Youngest to summit: Keats Boyd, 7 yars old
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