Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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As the highest mountain peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimajaro is one of East Africa's most compelling beauties. It is also one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories.

However, there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. You will walk through lush montane forest where elephants, leopard, buffalo, small antelope and primates live. Higher, you will find the moorland zone, where there is a cover of giant heather. Above 4,000 meters, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow....and the magificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

Let Viewpoint Adventures guide you to the top of this magestic peak! Viewpoint Adventures is a Tanzanian based company, and we pride ourselves in providing individualized and exceptional service. You can climb by yourself or with a group of your friends or family. We have no minimum number of climbers.

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As a Tanzanian based company, Viewpoint Adventures proudly supports the Tanzanian people who work for us, such as guides and porters. We pay the highest wages to our porters, guides, and cooks. Safety is always our top priority!

On your climb to Mt. Kili, you will be provided with:

• a personal guide who is experienced and knowledgeable about Mt. Kilimanjaro and its environment.• a personal cook who will prepare delicious meals along the way.

• porters to carry the heavy loads. You will be responsible for carrying a small day pack and your walking stick.

• four season tents for 2.

• filtered water and a portable mattress. (If you don't have a sleeping bag, one can be rented for $20/day).

• lodging for one night before your trip begins and one night at the conclusion of your trip.

• park fees.

• airport transfers to Arusha before the climb and back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport on the final day.

• chairs with back support and arm rests.

Not provided:

• airfare to Mt. Kilimanjaro Airport

• sleeping bags (but you can also rent them if you prefer)

• tipping for your Kili climb guide and porters

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Viewpoint Adventures mainly offers four routes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro:

1. Marangu Route is jokingly called the Coca Cola Route. It is a very popular route and uses the same path on the way up and the way down. It is a comfortable walking path with a very steady, gradual slope (until you reach the last camp). The name Coca Cola Route came from the sleeping huts along the route where you can buy things like bottled water and candy bars. The Marangu Route is the only Kilimanjaro climbing route that offers hut accommodation. Camping is not allowed. Please make no mistake, the Marangu Route is NOT easy and is NOT for tourists. It is a serious climb. To make the summit, you must be physically fit and prepared for the climb. We will take 3 days to ascend and 3 days to descend.

2. The Machame Route is also known as the Whiskey Route, a reference to the fact that it is tougher than the Coca Cola Route. Machame is definitely tougher than the Marangu Route. The Machame Route is not technically difficult, but it is more strenuous. The trail is steeper and involves many ups and downs as it crosses a number of valleys and ridges. The Machame Route has spectacular scenery. To hike the Machame Route, you need to be confident of your ability to hike in difficult terrain for days in a row. With Machame Route, you usually complete the climb (and descent) in 6 days.

3. Lemosho Route is similar to the Machame Route. So everything that has been said about the Machame climb can be said about Lemosho. At the start of the trek, Lemosho Glades, you will walk through beautiful, remote rainforest, with a good chance of spotting wildlife. Lomosho Route is a longer trek, usually completed in 8 days. There is an excellent success rate in reaching the summit using Lemosho Route. This is a popular route, but you need to be confident in your ability to hike in difficult terrain and camp out for extended periods.

4. Rongai Route usually takes 6 days to complete. It is the route of choice if you're looking for an easier climb with excellent success. You will be away from the crowds, have great scenery, and there will be a wilderness feel to it. The Rongai Route is the only climbing route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. The descent is in the southeast via the Marangu Route, so you will see both sides of the mountain. One of the camps, beneath Mawenzi Peak, is one of the most scenic views on the mountain. Rongai is also one of the routes where seeing wildlife on Kilimanjaro is still possible.

Our prices range from $2,500 to $3,500, depending on the route and the number of days for the trek. If you bundle your climbing experience with a Viewpoint Adventures safari, discounts may be available.

If you are interested in one of the other routes to the summit, please inquire, and we will be happy to help you plan your trip. Please use our contact page to make inquiries about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. We recommend you plan your trip several months in advance to assure your booking. We also recommend planning a safari trip after your climb. If you're going to travel all the way to East Africa, it would be a shame not to see Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park!