Climbing Kilimanjaro

It so happens that the difficult conditions of life on our planet and evolution have made a man the most effective being who is able to overcome any obstacles, find the right solutions. You might have already noticed that constantly, throughout your life, you set yourself tasks, which sometimes, are simple, for example, like finding a soulmate on, or more complicated, for example, like earning your first million. Anyway, the meaning is that you simply cannot exist without any goal. You might have a feeling or even a strong intention to do something that goes beyond the usual life. It is the result of millions of years of struggle for existence, the desire to challenge yourself and prove that you are capable of a lot more. There are different ways to satisfy this need. However, if you want to find an option that shows what you’re made of, doesn’t require superhuman efforts, you’ll have to think hard. The perfect solution may become the conquest of the rocks, namely, ascending it, just because this is a good option for beginners. Here is a good balance between complexity and impressions that you can get.


The first mention of it was made almost 7 centuries ago. However, the Europeans organized the expedition to the top only in 1889. The rock has got the status of a national park with an area of 7500 sqm. It is listed as a World Heritage Site since 1961. Nowadays, it is one of the sought-after tourist destinations in Africa, which many aspiring conquerors of the mountains seek to conquer. Many beginners consider this rock to be an attractive one not only thanks to its stunning views but also because it is possible to reach it on foot. Choosing one of the popular paths, there will be only a few places where you need to use both hands and feet at the same time. However, this doesn’t mean that it will be easy. In addition to the fact that you must be physically fit, you will face a quite difficult and important challenge in the process of mountaineering, the height. Fall in atmospheric pressure as well as lack of air lead to severe fatigue or oxygen starvation of the brain, which can be extremely dangerous up to a fatal outcome. That is why the mountaineering takes approximately 5-6 days

When should you better go there?

December-March, July-October is almost the ideal time for an expedition because the weather is the driest and stable during these months. If you want to look at a peak covered with snow, then the ascent should be planned for the rainy season.

Professional support.

If you don’t have the necessary skills, it is necessary to get good support and trained mentors who can take care of your safety, share their accumulated knowledge and show all the best sides on the way to the goal that you've set yourself.

Professional guides with huge experience of successful ascents and modern reliable equipment, who can provide a high level of service is a must for beginners. A good company can provide you with at least 5 diverse options, depending on features and complexity. Regardless of which one you choose, you should have as detailed instructions before the beginning as well as in the process of the ascent. Safety is an important thing, which you should get from the cooperation with the company.

Those people with whom you are going to reach the peak should use the service of some escort team, guides with some medical training, balanced meals, constant GPS monitoring and communication with the outside world as well as oxygen systems and oximeters. If you have doubts, use all the pros of this century and search the Internet, it is suitable not only for communication with a charming stranger.

Popular destinations.


This is a sought-after direction thanks to the equipped houses for living on the way, it is nicknamed the "Coca-Cola" direction. Given the low cost, camps on the path and a quite easy ascent (which, anyway, requires physical training), this is a perfect variant for beginners. It begins from the Marangu gate to its camp, then you reach the Horombo, Kibo camps, as well as Uhuru peak – the highest point.


This direction is characterized in that your group can be immediately taken to the high-mountain camp at a height of 3.500 m for an additional fee. After that, you will go to the Lava Tower, and to the Barranco camp, where you will be able to ascend the well-known stony wall of the same name. After the camps Karanga and Barafu, you can try to conquer Uhuru peak. You can be provided with several options to complete the trek over 6, 7, or 8 days based on your experience.


This variant will be suitable for those who like secluded direction. It starts in the rainforest and runs parallel to another popular route, crossing it in the Barranco camp at an altitude of 3.800 meters. The interest is that choosing it, you will be able to see all climatic zones of the rock, from rainforests to glaciers at the peak of the volcano. Here are a few commercial expeditions, and it is balanced in terms of high-mountain acclimatization. It fits perfectly for beginners. Remember that you are going to Tanzania not only for the extreme but also for pleasure and more ordinary impressions. In addition to conquering the rock peaks, you can go on a safari trip, where you will be able to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Besides, being in Tanzania, you can visit the sandy beaches of the islands of Zanzibar or Mafia and spend an amazing weekend with a beloved person.


This direction, which is also called "Whiskey Route," is very in demand among tourists, but, at the same time, it is far from the easiest. Ascent to the top Machame goes from the south-west side starting at 1.850 meters. The magnificent panoramic landscape, opening from the wide plateau of the Shire, the opportunity to climb the Lava Tower and the Great Barranco Wall, and traverse under its glacier that extends along the southern slope of the rock, make this route even more fascinating and interesting. It will provide you with a smooth program of high-altitude acclimatization, combined with the daily changing equatorial landscapes.

In comparison with Marangu, ascending along this way takes more time due to the steeper ascent. It refers to complex directions, so it is more suitable for well-trained people who have practice in hiking or ascending rocks. If your ascent coincides with the rainy seasons, the path along the route can be washed out, and the climb will be greatly complicated.


This direction is a part on North, next to the Kenyan border. Despite the fact that Rongai has gained popularity among mountaineering fans in recent years, there are few people on it. This is an excellent choice for those who don’t like crowded places, who prefer more secluded trekking, and for those who make an ascent during the rainy season because there is less rainfall.

Northern Circuit.

The traverse of the northern part of the rock is a brand new as well as the longest and, so far, it is quite seldom visited route. The trail starts in the tropical forest on the western slope of the Shira plateau, runs along the volcano and completes along the eastern slope, skirting it almost 270 degrees, allowing you to make excellent panoramic shots from different sides. That’s why the direction is in demand among professional photographers. In addition, time, spent at altitude, will help easily get through the process of adaptation to changing climatic and geographical conditions and safely ascent to Uhuru peak.

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