Kilimanjaro Climb

Tanzania is a magical corner of earth well-known worldwide. National parks make Tanzania the safari heart of Africa. Another iconic identity of Tanzania is the majestic Kilimanjaro. The country has many volcanic peaks to take a hiking trip however; Kilimanjaro is the king of all.

The dormant volcanic peak rises majestically from the plains of Moshi. The Mountain reaches up to a staggering height of 5,895m. Situated in the Kenyan border in Northern Tanzania; Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of the African continent. Acquiring 5,895m height it’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Being the highest peak of the continent, the mountain is a dream for hikers offering a complete non-technical climb. There are 30,000 trekkers including the experienced to the aspiring one visiting Tanzania for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing that is a dream for many trekkers throws a good challenge while trekking to its highest peak Uhuru. The mountain has 3 volcanic peaks known as Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. This dormant volcano is now inactive. It is believed that the last major volcanic eruption was on 1.9 million years before. The shira plateau at the height of 3,800 meters is the natural caldera created after an eruption. This is the most iconic section of Kilimanjaro. However, this can be witnessed by those who successfully climb to such a height.

This giant dormant mountain resides next to the equator and has its own climate zones. While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro trekkers have to go through 5 different climatic zones. The mountain is so big that it forms its own climatic zones. Kilimanjaro offers 5 climatic zones to the trekkers.

If you will climb Kilimanjaro you will traverse through these 5 climatic zones-

Cultivation Zone- It is the first zone where the trekking starts. The zone starts at approximately 2,600 ft and continues up to 6,000 ft. This zone receives a great rainfall. The zone runs through mostly the coffee plantation of the chhaga villagers.

Rainforest Zone- Rain forest zone is known as the second climatic zone. The zone elevates from 6,000 ft to just over 9,000 ft. Rainforest covers most part of Kilimanjaro. This zone introduces with few wildlife such as; Blue and Colobus monkeys. Few rarely seen species are olive baboons, leopards, mongooses, elephants, bushbabies, black rhinoceros, giraffes and buffaloes.

Heather and Mooreland Zone- this is the zone 3rd climatic zone. It starts at 9,000 ft and continue up to 13,000 ft. The zone can be very hot during day time, with 40 degree Celsius temperature.

Highland desert zone- It is the 4th climatic zone that starts at 13,000ft and continue up to 16, oooft. This is truly the rarest and strange place of mountain. Here the trekkers cross the lava tower which is the challenging part of the climbing. Arctic Zone- starting from 13,000ft Arctic zone reaches up to the Uhuru peak at 19,340 ft. The lower section of arctic zone is difficult to climb. The lower zone is made with dirt and pebbles hence it is difficult to hike. Then trekkers follow the crater rim to reach the Uhuru peak walking on glaciers.

Kilimanjaro has the most unexpected weather on planet. It can let the trekkers meet the strong sun in day time as well can suddenly change to downpour in afternoon. The nights can become chilly. The arctic zone or summit zone can just freeze your sweat. It usually goes down up to -7 to -29 degrees Celsius.

Not only the high elevation but the iconic mountain Kilimanjaro offers 5 prime routes. The routes are namely; Machame route, Marangu route, Lemosho route, and Northern Circuit Route. The vistas combined with the rich diversity of wilderness boost the energy of the trekkers.

Jeremiah Kimambo

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PICK KILIMANJARO ROUTES FOR ADVENTURE

There are a few routes to trek to summit the Kilimanjaro top. The decision to pick one of them can end up making the trekker confusing. We at Jerry Tanzania Tours offer Kilimanjaro Treks on five of the best routes to summit the “Roof of Africa”. Below we have recorded the routes on which we offer treks to summit Kilimanjaro.

Machame Route

Marangu Route

The Marangu route, otherwise called the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most settled route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in residence style lodging in lieu of camping.

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Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route

Lemosho Route is one most supported route to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro as a result of its comprehensive points of view of the mountain from various side and high summit accomplishment rate.

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Machame Route

Machame Route

The Marangu route, otherwise called the “Coca-Cola” route, is the oldest, most settled route on Kilimanjaro. This is the only route which offers sleeping huts in residence style lodging in lieu of camping.

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Northern Circuit

Northern Circuit Route

Northern Circuit is the most modern and the longest course to Mt.Kilimanjaro, making it the best route for the summit.The route offers a 360-degree viewpoint of Mt. Kilimanjaro making it the most explosive points.

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Rongai Route

Rongai Route

Rongai Route is the only trail which begins the Northern, or Kenyan side of Mount Kilimanjaro, and it gets minimal traffic of all the guided route up the mountain. As the Northern side of the mountain is less occupied and touristy.

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