Tanzania’s highest peaks
Aloito Africa runs personalized treks to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
If you crave adventure, are up for a challenge or simply want a rooftop view of Tanzania, then climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro is for you!
Africa’s highest peak and the world’s largest free standing mountain sits at 5895 metres above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the “Seven Summits” and is the most popular climbing destination in Tanzania. The trek will pass through arid areas, tropical forests, moorlands and snow capped glaciers. It’s a unique experience that can only be found on Mount Kilimanjaro.
With it’s multiple routes, Kilimanjaro allows individuals with varying trekking experience to reach the summit. You are not required to have an extensive climbing background. However, good health, determination and a positive attitude will ensure a successful journey to the top.
The route you choose will be decided based on your climbing experience and physical ability.
MACHAME ROUTE: Machame has the highest success rate and is a favourable route for acclimatization, as it allows you to “climb high and sleep low.” It’s a scenic route that offers a variety of landscapes such as, the Barranco Wall and Lava Tower. Machame is popular among trekkers due to it’s success rate and stunning views. This route will descend via Mweka route and can be completed in 6-7 days. We recommend choosing the 7 day option for appropraite acclimatization.
LEMOSHO ROUTE: Like Machame, Lemosho is known for it’s beautiful views and it’s high success rate. Because Lemosho eventually joins with Machame, it shares some of the same specutular landscapes and viewpoints. Lemosho usually has less traffic making it a popular route among climbers. It’s starting point is located at a different point on the mountain and extra transportation is required to reach the gate. We recommend completing this route in 8 days for better acclimatization and climbing success. Lemosho also descends via Mweka route.
NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE: As this is one of the newest and longest routes, it is less populated and offers a more private experience. The Northern circuit covers a longer distance as you begin your trek with Lemosho before continuing your journey toward the northern slopes. The 9 day trek offers sufficient time to acclimatize.
RONGAI ROUTE: The only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the North, near the Kenyan border. It is a preferred path during the rainy season due to less precipitation. Rongi can be completed in 6-7 days and usually descends via Marangu (Rongi climbers will still sleep in tents when descending via Marangu).
MARANGU ROUTE: Known as the “coca cola route” or “tourist route”. It is the only route that offers accommodation, in the form of sleeping huts. Marangu is the oldest route and becomes quite crowded during peak season. It can be completed in 5-6 days. Due to it’s poor acclimatization opportunities, lack of scenery and low success rate, we do not often lead treks via Marangu.
SHIRA ROUTE: Shira route also has a low success rate which is likely due to the fact that the starting point is located at a higher elevation and doesn’t allow for proper acclimatization opportunities.
UMBWE ROUTE: Umbwe is known to be “short and steep.” It is only attempted by highly experienced mountain climbers. We do not recommend this route as it is a very difficult climb with a low success rate.
Mount Meru is situated in the center of Arusha National Park and is the second highest mountain in Tanzania, after Mount Kilimanjaro.
Sitting at 4562 metres, this dormant volcano offers a beautiful trek filled with diverse wildlife and landscapes. It also offers a great acclimatization opportunity for those who are preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Climbers have the option to trek Mount Meru via the Momella Route located at the Eastern side of the mountain. You are not required to be a seasoned climber however, the trek is steep and can be challenging. Good physical health and determination are key!
MOMELLA ROUTE: From rain forests to heather filled moorlands, you will experience different environments during your trek. The Momella route can be completed in 3-4 days and offers accommodation in the form of wood huts. You will be accompanied by an armed Park Ranger during the first leg of your journey, as wildlife may be spotted.
Photos from our adventure seekers
The mountains are calling.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Items packed will depend on the individual. Some recommendations include, sunglasses, head lamp, sunscreen, insect repellent (DEET), sleeping bag, personal hygiene products and toiletries. Thermal/waterproof clothing, hat, gloves, hiking boots/gaiters, hiking poles and a down jacket. Medications, energy bars, travel documents and medical insurance information. Your porter will carry the majority of your belongings while you carry a day pack for essential items.
*Please note: If you wish to rent hiking equipment in Tanzania, notify us when booking and we will arrange for this upon your arrival.
CAN YOU SHARE MORE ABOUT TIPPING?
Aloito Africa believes in fair treatment and wages as outlined by KPAP and IMEC therefore, our staff members do not have to rely on gratuities as a main source of income. However, tipping the mountain crew is customary here in Tanzania. They are extremely hard workers with unbelievable strength and stamina. Completing a challenge such as this, would not be possible without an amazing team by your side!
Recommendations and guidelines can be provided.
DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERIENCED MOUNTAIN CLIMBER?
Accomplishing Mount Kilimanjaro does not require advanced climbing skills or technical climbing equipment. However, it is an extremely high altitude trek. We do advice those who plan to embark on this challenging adventure to prepare as much as possible. Ensuring you’re in good health and physical shape are very important. Training prior to your trip will increase your ability to successfully reach the top. Hiking and hill climbing while wearing your mountain gear is recommended.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
We recommend all participants to visit their family doctor and discuss their trekking plans. Your doctor will assess your health and confirm if you are ready to attempt the climb. They will also educate you on Altitude Sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness – AMS) and we ask all climbers to familiarize themselves of the symptoms, causes and treatments. Altitude Sickness can affect climbers of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,985 m) and lead to an unsuccessful summit to the top. We also recommend pacing yourself (“pole pole”) and choosing a route that will offer the best acclimatization.
You will be closely monitored during your trek and your guide will perform a health assessment twice per day while on the mountain. The assessment involves a series of questions and the measurement of your blood oxygen levels using a pulse oximeter.