Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Ker & Downey is an exciting journey to the Roof of Africa! It ascends the mountain on the Rongai Route and returns on the popular Marangu Route for a well-rounded adventure.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – it’s a bucket list item for many adventure travelers. And rightly so. It’s the highest peak in Africa, yet its summit is very accessible. For some, a walking stick and proper clothing are all that’s required to reach the crater rim. Ker & Downey’s newest journey to Tanzania will have you climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in no time.
On our seven-day climb, you’ll ascend Mount Kilimanjaro on the northern side of the mountain on the Rongai Route. It’s a slow ascent through pine plantations and afromontane forests that has a high success rate. On your first day climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, you’ll have a gentle hike that follows a small winding path through maize fields, a beautiful countryside, and juniper and olive trees.
Your next two days of hiking takes you from First Cave to Second Cave across open grasslands to the jagged pinnacles of Mawenzi Tarn. The hikes offer superb views of the fields on the crater rim, Amboseli, Tsavo, and the end of the vegetation zone. Spend a day getting acclimatized at Mawenzi Tarn with a day hike to explore the surrounding area.
On day four of your climb, you’ll head to Kibo Hut, a hike that will take roughly four to five hours. Once there, you’ll have a chance to rest before the final ascent. Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is key to reach the summit. By dawn, the first rays of light start to appear, probably just around the time you arrive near the rim. The ascent from Kibo volcano to Gilman’s Point takes about six to seven hours. Then it’s just two more hours to the summit, Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa.
But what goes up must come down. You’ll descend via the popular Marangu Route to Kibo Hut where you’ll have a chance to refuel before continuing onto Horombo Camp. The next day you’ll descend the final section to the Marangu gate where you are met and transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge for a well-deserved shower and celebration.
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