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Climb Kilimanjaro

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Imagine experiencing sunrise near the summit of Kilimanjaro, with the African plains below and the retreating glaciers glimmering in the first light. The 8-day strenuous trek up Kilimanjaro along the Western Breach route is one of the classic treks of the world, with a summit to brag about.

Starting off in the rainforest of the lowlands, you make your way up the mountain through several ecological zones, with rare plants and wild elephants. The most dramatic is certainly the tundra below the glaciated slopes, a moonscape high up near the sky.

The final summit day is a long one, starting around mid-night with an all night ascent, a photo on the summit (19,340’), and then a quick descent through gravel fields and trampled meadows, to celebrate back in Arusha.

Most hikers add a safari to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Parks before heading home. Except for the rainy seasons in April/May and again November, Kilimanjaro can be attempted all year around.

Written by  Nadia Le Bon.

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“Climb Mount Kilimanjaro”

Our number one pick for adventure in Tanzania. To climb to the roof of Africa and look out over the Furtwängler Glacier is an awe inspiring sight.  Climbing the Machame Route gives you an extra day to acclimate to the elevation and it is consid… Read more...

Written by  Dave and Deb. Read more on theplanetd


Killi is well worth a visit, it’s one of the “seven summits”, and definitely the easiest! I did it in 9 days “door to door” from the UK but I recommend arriving earlier and spending some time acclimatising on something else first such as Mt Kenya or Mt … Read more...

Written by  Ralph Johnson.

“Celebrity mountain”

BY: Ed Douglas for First Published: Monday 16 March 2009 "Kilimanjaro," according to altitude medicine expert Dr Jeremy Windsor, "is perhaps one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Despite reliable weather and st… Read more...

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“Mount Kilimanjaro-How Hard is it to Climb?”

I have to clarify a giant misconception about Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is not easy! We were climbing in a group of 7 strong individuals who had just finished cycling 4500 km in tough conditions from deserts in Sudan, to altitude in Ethiopia and we all agree, … Read more...

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Keep in mind that this 8 day trek is not for the faint-hearted. With altitudes as high as 19,340 at peak, people with respiratory and breathing problems should be wise enough to stay away from treks like this.

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Have you done this trek and found it challenging Harry? Which bits were the hardest? Is there a shorter option?

Machu Picchu vs Kilamanjaro

I've done the 5 Day trek to Machu Picchu but I assume Kilamanjaro is much more difficult. Can someone tell me how much more difficult it is?

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I have not done both, but I have done Kili. You can choose more or less arduous routes. The standard 3 day trek up is not too hard, but you need to be prepared for the altitude.

I Have climbed kili in Jan 09 ....It is a must!!'s not easy like some people say.....but it is a great challange ....looking at Everest base camp in 2011...

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hi Andrew, I'm hoping to climb Kli with my brother in law in late Sept. Any feedback on your route, (we want to do the Western Breach approach)travel company used and experiances would be greatly appreciated. Phil

Hi Phil ...I did it with Discovery Adventure ....did it for a charity climb they were A+ , all the way guides , doctor’s etc.

The climb it’s self was great but for me the last two days were the hardest , just the final push to get to the top the mountain , you will have a great time , I climbed VIA Stelle point this was a good route as not as busy as some of them .

I am more than happy to talk to you if you would like any more info just let me , I have just booked up for the Everest base camp trip in 2011 cannot wait !


Definitely worth travelling for. The whole experience is fantastic, for a variety of reasons: incredible views, wonderful people and the trekking experience (both for the personal achievement and the group sharing).

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