For a lot of people, trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is a serious bucket list item. With good planning & preparation and a good team to support you, this is achievable for the majority of trekkers. Reaching Uhuru Peak – the summit of the mountain, does not require special skills or experience, just a sound motivation for being there, and the trust placed in the local crew to help you all the way up and down.
Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is not a technical challenge, requiring the likes of ropes and crampons. Rather it is an extended trek, typically lasting 7-8 days which is enjoyed by over 30,000 trekkers each year, most with limited exposure to High Altitude: 8,000 – 12,000 feet (2,438 – 3,658 metres), let alone Extremely High Altitude: 18,000+ feet (5,500+ metres), but all with the same goal – that photo by the summit sign and a huge sense of achievement.
Through a complete trek, adventurers will pass up and down through 5 different ecological zones: Rainforest, Heath, Moorland, Alpine and Arctic, and will be confronted by a range of challenges, from trekking for an extended period over a number of days, to camping each night, to dealing with the toilet facilities as provided on the mountain, to having access to appropriate gear to match the prevailing weather conditions each day, to trusting the guides and crews with the security of your lives and your belongings.
Typically a trek will have 3 phases, the ‘approach phase’ as you make your way from the entrance gate, over rolling terrain gaining altitude steadily all the way to high / base camp, the ‘summit phase’ which will often take people well outside their normal ‘comfort zone’ and then the ‘descent phase’ which should never be under-estimated as you descend down through the ecological zones to the exit gate – which can be very stressful on tired knees, limbs and feet.
Through our years of experience arranging treks on the mountain, we are keen to assist you to plan and eventually reach the same goal.
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