MAX. ALTITUDE: 5895m
Climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, must surely be near the top of any trekking enthusiast’s bucket list. We summit Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route as it sees little human traffic, managing to retain a sense of untouched wilderness and our seven day trek allows plenty of time for acclimatisation and side trips.
The beautiful and challenging Lemosho Route approaches the mountain from the west and ascends through lush, fertile rainforest, before climbing up onto the moorlands of the Shira Plateau where giant plants unique to Kilimanjaro pepper the landscape. From the Shira Plateau we pass the great lava tower and traverse below the southern flank of the Kibo glacier before reaching the crater rim at Stella Point and making our final push for the summit.
The final ascent is an exhilarating climb up the steep lava scree made in darkness by headtorch and moonlight - your reward is a spectacular dawn panorama of the glaciers and ice cliffs of the summit illuminated by the rising sun, and across the East African plains far below. The variety of the landscape on the day-to-day ascent, the experience of your guides, the good company of our ground crew, and the physical demands of the climb all make for an unforgettable experience.
7 Great reasons to climb Kilimanjaro with 360 Expeditions.
1. High success rate. We commonly get 100% of our clients to the summit. The reasons for this are leadership, experience and choice of itinerary;
Leadership and Experience. Our western guides and Tanzanian guides have a huge passion for the mountain. Our two founders are without doubt the most accomplished western Kilimanjaro guides around today: Rolfe has guided on the mountain more than 50 times and Raj led the much talked about Comic Relief celebrity trek to the top. Our guides have trekked all the routes on the mountain and enjoy sharing a level of trekking detail that is un-matched; They know where to find Chameleons and hidden Lava Tunnels, identify birds and flowers and are able to teach you basic Swahili, each adding that little extra that differentiates a life time experience from a straight-forward ascent.
Itinerary. 360 chosen routes are the Lemosho and Rongai trek. Either are a day or two longer than the standard and more crowded routes allowing for maximum acclimatisation, reduced risk of altitude sickness and greater enjoyment. If you choose your itinerary with flights then they are scheduled to allow extra time on completion of your adventure to chill out by the hotel pool or to head into the town of Moshi for a bit of shopping or exploration.
2. In country support: We have a close relationship with the Kilimanjaro Porter Union and adhere closely to their guidelines for porter employment on our expeditions. Every one of our ascents is vetted by union representatives. We have worked on Kilimanjaro for many years and consider our crew as friends
3. Accommodation on trek. We select the best quality tents and camping equipment. Big 3 man tents are used by 2 people to give you a bit more personal space and more room for your belongings. We use modern dome dining tents with comfortable camping chairs to give you somewhere to relax in the evenings.
4. Meals on the trek. Our Cooks are nothing short of geniuses. They create fantastic meals for us and our crew in a very remote place using only basic implements and a gas burner. Our meals are always delicious, nourishing and made from fresh, local ingredients.
5. Hotel top and tailing the expedition. You will be staying in a beautiful hotel surrounded by quiet tropical gardens nestled near the bustling heart of Moshi town. At the end of your trek the pool is only a jump away and town a 5 minute ride on our free transfers.
6. Itinerary. The UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) has endorsed our choice of routes to be the best ways to climb Kilimanjaro. Both our routes allow extra acclimatisation days reducing the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness significantly.
7. Regular pre-expedition sessions. We run preparation weekends where you meet one of our experienced leaders who’ll conduct lectures on topics such as altitude sickness and equipment selection. They will take you on a summit practice run where you leave from a camp at midnight to climb a British mountain, as well as a shopping session to help you pick suitable kit. Furthermore this is a great chance to meet your team members in a social, relaxed atmosphere.