Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, A free-standing mountain, snow-covered dormant volcano, Free standing mountains like Kilimanjaro are usually a result of volcanic activity. Volcanic mountains are formed when molten rock erupts, and piles upon the surface. Mount Kilimanjaro is (19,340’/5895m) high
Found on the in northeast Tanzania, it can be seen from far into Kenya and Amboseli National Park.
What gear to carry for mountain climbing
You need to carry warm weather gear throughout the trek temperatures are usually mid low 20s, but can drop to zero at night is highly recommend to hiring sleeping bag and down jacket at from Tanzania
The down jacket is Mountain Equipment brand, which is used on many six thousand meter plus climbs by mountaineers and keeps you absolutely toasty warm even at -30°C.
Have a quality trekking boots and a day pack. Make sure your boots have good ankle support and won’t give you blisters. You need to be able to walk in them for up to 10 hours.
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Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and meet with Hawthorn Safaris representative Breifed up about your safaris and transffered to camp at the foot of Mount Meru, a stratovolcano roughly 40 miles west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Relax and acclimatize at 6,000 feet (a key factor in our summitting success rate), and meet fellow travelers before hitting the trail.
Rise and shine for a hot breakfast at sunrise. After an in-depth briefing session, set off for an optional warm-up hike on the forested slopes of Mount Meru. Look out for colobus monkeys, buffalo, giraffes, and elephants and notice the region’s diverse bird species that include touracos, hornbills, and parrots. Unwind to the alpenglow descending on the majestic slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance.
Today you change the course from Machame Route towards the Western Breach on a path less traveled. Climb over rocky ridges and face stunning views of the Breach Wall and the Breach Icicle. En route up to the camp at Arrow Glacier, the entirety of the Shira Plateau beckons below.
Kick the day off with a scenic drive to the Machame Route trailhead on Kilimanjaro’s southeastern slope. Pass Kilimanjaro National Park gates and start the beautiful montane cloud forest trek to the camp near the Machame Hut (10,000′). En route, pause for a hearty buffet lunch and continue the tropical climb over roots and through tangled vines of the giant fern forest. Warm up to a hot dinner
After breakfast, begin a short but arduous 3-mile hike through twisted heather bush forests, giant groundsel trees, low grasses, moorland lobelias, and black obsidian rock. End at Shira Plateau at 12,650′, a stunning viewpoint onto the sweeping East African plains and Mount Meru in the distance. At the camp, revel in the first views of Kilimanjaro’s Western Breach.
Trek east towards Kibo Massif, Kilimanjaro’s highest peak crater. Make your way towards the stunning rocky outcrop, Lava Tower, piercing up from the mountain over 15,000′ into the sky. Rocks and boulders line the path towards Barranco Valley at 14,300′, filled with hundreds of giant senecio, groundsel, and lobelia plants. Take in the jaw-dropping views of this valley, looking out over Kibo’s face, the Western Breach, and Kilimanjaro’s southern glaciers. The camp is at a lower elevation than the highest point of the day, to assist with adaptation.
Time to slow the pace, acclimatize, and rest the body and mind for the final push to Kilimanjaro’s summit. Go for an optional acclimatization hike or a leisurely hangout around camp over hot cups of tea and breathtaking scenery.
Today ascend 3,000 feet to the Great Western Breach, a steep rock wall leading to the edge of Kibo’s crater. Arrive at the Crater Camp at 18,300 feet and bask in the magical scenery of towering glaciers moving leisurely across the rocky landscape.
Today comes the unforgettable moment of success: making the final, 2-hour push to 19,341′ – the top of Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak. Rejoice in surreal views of summit crater glaciers and African plains and join in for a group summit photo. Around 9am, start descending over 9,000 feet. Rest during lunch at Barafu (15,000 feet) and end the last night at Mweka Camp, nestled within a lush forest.
Finish off the last 3,700 feet down the rainforest trail to the Mweka Gate for transfer to the Moivaro Lodge. Relax, enjoy hot showers, and let the rewarding experience of the spectacular journey sink in. Receive your climb certificate at the final celebratory dinner and bid farewell to fellow climbers, then head to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for homeward-bound flights.
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