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Mt. Kilimanjaro

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KilimanjaroKilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent making it one of the “Seven Summits.” It is also the only place in the world where one can pass through five different temperate zones in as many days starting off in a jungle and ending in an alpine environment. Our climb to the “Roof of Africa” ascends via the scenic Umbwe Route. We are supported by Chagga porters allowing us to carry light packs. The Chagga have lived at the base of Kilimanjaro for many centuries and members of this tribe have accompanied expeditions to this mountain dating back to the earliest exploratory trips. We start hiking in a jungle canopy at 6500 feet. Over the course of seven days we will hike through different temperate zones each offering its own unique scenery and climate. This schedule also affords us a good acclimatization schedule. Our route brings us past some of the most spectacular scenery on the mountain including views of the Western Breach Wall and Heim Glacier. We descend via the Mweka Route. The Umbwe and Mweka Routes require participants to be in good physical shape but no technical mountaineering skills are needed.

  • Guide: Sierra Mountaineering International
  • Climb Type: Expedition
  • Skill Requirement: Intermediate
  • Location: Tanzania
  • Elevation: 19,340 feet
  • Pledge Requirement: $8,500 (including a non-refundable registration fee of $250)
  • Route: Umbwe Route
  • Option to add a 4 day safari at the end of your itinerary
  • # of Days: 10
  • Date: August TBD


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