Mt.Kilimanjaro Climbing Itineraries
Mt.Kilimanjaro is very competently managed by Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) whose headquarters is at the Marangu Gate, from where all climbs on the Marangu Route begin and end, and where Rongai Route and TK Rongai climbs are registered and end. KINAPA reports directly to Tanzania National Parks Authority, or TANAPA, whose offices are in Arusha, and mainly comprises administrators and conservationists. While there are no mountaineers employed by KINAPA, when it is necessary to be able to consult on matters of mountain safety or to obtain expert perspectives on route selection.
Kilimanjaro is a volcano situated at the southern extremity of the northern Great Rift Valley. The mountain comprises three volcanic outcrops; from the west, Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi. While Mawenzi is some 750 metres lower than Kibo, it is conjectured that she was once higher but has since collapsed.
If you still have the presence of mind to read the summit sign board after battling through high altitude winds in darkness, up some 1,200 metres of slope from your chosen high camp, with – for the final hour – around only 48 – 52% of the oxygen available at sea level, you’ll read the words:
Our Unique Routes
There are several routes by which to reach Kibo, or Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, namely, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.
While we are able to offer treks on all routes every day of the year if requested to do so, we are not really content with the lack of exploitable topography on most of the routes, and would urge those serious about summiting, to consider our own unique routes that we have customised to afford our clients the greatest possible likelihood of summiting, and of doing so comfortably, and with access to the best views and natural features. Please express your preferences with respect to what – in addition to optimal acclimatization – you wish to factor into your route selection, and one of our coordinators will be delighted to make a personal recommendation for you.
Congratulations! You are now at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania, 5895 metres above mean sea level; Africa’s highest point; world’s highest free-standing mountain; one of world’s largest volcanoes.