Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain with it's Uhuru Peak (summit) standing at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level and this national park is thankfully listed as a World Heritage Site. Not only is it the African continents highest peak, but it is also among the world's highest free standing mountains. According to research conducted on the Mt Kilimanjaro glaciers, they have already lost over 80% of their ice – they say by 2020 the glaciers will be all but gone!
With climate change affecting the environment at such a dramatic rate, there is no time like the present to trek up Mt Kilimanjaro and enjoy the unique mountain ecosystems, views and glaciers whilst they are still there.
Mt Kilimanjaro departure options:
We offer climbers the option to join pre-scheduled departures up the mountain (usually the first and third week of every month) which helps to keep costs down if you are a solo, couple or a group of up to four persons looking to climb the mountain. Please email us to find out the next scheduled departures during the month that you are looking to visit Tanzania.
2016 Set Departures -Join a group!
Machame Route (7 Days)
Start Date End Date
Mon-05-Dec-16 Tue-13-Dec-16 Full Moon trip
Mon-19-Dec-16 Tue-27-Dec-16 Xmas on the mountain!
Please note the above dates are subject to availability - please confirm at time of enquiry for availability and date changes that may apply. Set departures are run as Luxury treks only.
If you have five plus persons in your group you may like to consider the option of a private group climb that departures according to your preferred dates subject to availability of crew. We are happy to provide you with both costs to consider.
Mt Kilimanjaro Routes:
Mt Kilimanjaro offers six ascent and two official descent routes for climbers to choose from. From these we prefer to send our clients on either Lemosho or Machame routes.
Lemosho route in 9 days via Stella Point – in our opinion this is the ultimate Mt Kilimanjaro trip and adventure. It offers wonderful scenery and is the perfect amount of days to minimise your chances of altitude sickness.
This same route is also possible as an 8 day trip but is a little more stressful on the body.
Machame route in 7 days also via Stella Point is our other favourite route that we believe is great all year round.
Why don’t we recommend the other routes?
In our opinion they are either too short to truly experience the diverse ecosystems on the mountain or too busy with tourists. On the other end of the spectrum there are other routes that are dangerous with rocks falling, slippery from ice and require extreme levels of fitness and adventure. If you have your heart set on one of these we won't say no, but recommend that you do your research first. Please email us for detailed information and pricing regarding both of these routes.
Styles of trips:
We offer budget and luxury package options for all climbs up the mountain. The key differences between the two types of climbs we offer are based on the amount of equipment provided and hence this affects the total weight of gear going on the mountain on any given expedition.
On Mt Kilimanjaro all gear is portered up and down and so the more equipment we take up the more porters there are and the price rises accordingly. We do NOT alter the level of safety, safety devices or quality of guides dependant on which package option you book – they both remain the same.
Generally speaking we recommend the Luxury package for most guests. Why?
Because it is the right level of comfort for most people and when spending a week or more at altitude, it is great to have at least some creature comforts such as a pillow and comfy 3 inch mattress and a private toilet! By the same token most clients who want to hike Mt Kilimanjaro are expecting an adventure and so understand luxury does not mean 5 star sleeping on the mountain.
As a general overview the following summaries are provided:
Budget package: has small dining tent, table and stools, smaller client tent and foam pad. Client must provide their own sleeping bag.
Luxury package: a larger dining tent, backed chairs instead of stools, a larger sleeping tent with a 3 inch foam mattress. A pillow and 18 Celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entrée) and there is fresh pressed coffee available (that should help you up the mountain)!
A complete inclusion list within each package is supplied at time of enquiry.
When is a good time to go?
Whilst Mt Kilimanjaro can be climbed any time of the year you should know that March – May and October/November it tends to rain more in this part of Tanzania (in saying that the mountain has it's own erratic patterns so there are no guarantees) so keep in mind the trails are likely to be slippery and muddy.
Regardless of the time of year you decide to climb the mountains weather is frequently cold and wet, so you will always need to bring a trusty seat of rain gear. We will supply you with a detailed packing list once you have confirmed your booking with us. Keep in mind that if you choose to come in the dryer months it's super busy, so best you confirm as soon as possible so you can enjoy your preferred dates and a good selection of pre and post accommodation options.
Fitness & Health:
Mount Kilimanjaro is not an easy trek no matter what people tell you, this is no walk in the park – you will need to be fit, you will need to pace yourself and you will need to accept it's about the experience and not everyone makes the summit and that's OK your health and safety is more important! Once you confirm your climb with World Fusion Tours we will supply you with a recommended training programme to help you get on track for your big climb.
Cost & inclusions:
Please email us with the following information:
There are many factors to take into consideration when planning for such an adventure. No matter where you travel in the world, safety is paramount and the slopes of Africa's highest mountain, it's
important to know that your are in safe hands.
We can't emphasise enough that you should only book with operators that demonstrate a commitment to the mountain, their crew, updated equipment and safe climbing practises.
Aside from selecting local operators based on their commitment to sustainable tourism practises, we also partner with these companies based on demonstrated commitment to safety and ethical tourism practises. That means we only collaborate with partners who offer fair wages and work conditions to their staff as well as demonstrating a genuine commitment to staff training and development.
Safety comes at a price and whilst we don't make claims to have the cheapest packages on the mountain, we do say that we offer you probably the safest, sustainable and ethical climb up and down the mountain!
Our Mount Killimanjaro local partners are professionals and experts in what they do with more than a decade of experience climbing the mountain. Some of the crew are well past 700 climbs on the mountain! Our partners invest in their annual staff training programmes to ensure that you – our guests - can relax and enjoy your holiday,comfortable that your guides and crew have been trained to international standards in first aid and wilderness guiding.
Ready to book or want more information?Then email us: email@example.com
So Mt Kilimanjaro is definitely on your radar but have you thought about seeing other parts of this amazing country?
We recommend some of the following options as add-on's to your Mt Kilimanjaro climb:
Holiday + unique cultural experiences + giving back
= socially responsible & sustainable tourism
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