If you switch on the television or radio at the moment, you can’t help but hear about the group of celebrities (including Chris Moyles, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh, Gary Barlow, Denise Van Outen and many more brave celebs!) as they begin their ascent of Kilimanjaro… If this has inspired you to begin your own adventure why not see what Imaginative Traveller offer?
We currently run two routes to ascend Mt Kilimanjaro; The Marangu and the Rongai route:
The Marangu route is one of the most popular routes to the summit. This is for two main reasons: it is one of the cheapest climbs and offers mountain hut accommodation as you trek rather than camping. As you walk you will pass through a varied landscape – forests, moorland and barren alpine desert. There are great views across to Mawenzi peak from the Horombo huts. This trek can be covered in just 5 days but having an extra acclimatisation day within the itinerary can make all the difference for success in reaching the summit. We have allowed an extra night at the Horombo huts, which we feel is invaluable in acclimatising to the altitude and can greatly assist in the success rate for reaching the great Uhuru Peak.
The Rongai route approaches the peak from the northern side of the mountain starting just south of the Kenya/Tanzania border and offers a real feeling of wilderness as you trek towards the summit. This is a quieter route and is camping based so there is plenty of time to enjoy being close to nature. You ascend gradually through wildlife-rich forests and lunar moors. Commonly referred to as one of the easiest routes this trip offers a gradual ascent in short daily stages and there are fantastic views throughout the climb.
Rest assured that whichever route you choose for your trek to the summit the reward will be amazing views as the sun rises across the East African plains below.
If you’d also like to experience some of the best wildlife in East Africa you can combine your climb with a safari in Tanzania – herds of zebra and wildebeest against the beautiful backdrop of the Ngorongoro Crater and searching for prides of lions in the infamous Serengeti National Park.
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