Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
Experience uhuru when you reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Uhuru means freedom in Kiswahili. Mt. Kili, as it is affectionately known, is the tallest mountain in Africa. Unlike other mountain ranges throughout the world, previous climbing experience is not required. This safari is recommended for the true adventure traveler. It is recommended that you are fit and prepared for the journey of a lifetime. It’s not all hiking and fresh air. You will be trekking past elephants, giraffes and lions. An armed ranger and porters will accompany you along the path.
Mt. Kilimanjaro Facts
Mount Kilimanjaro is located in the East African nation of Tanzania. It is 641 square miles and one of the 7 summits. The 7 summits is the title given to the tallest peaks on 7 continents. The tallest point reaches 19,340 feet into the sky. Are you ready for the journey of a lifetime? Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano. The last eruption was 300 years ago. You don’t have to worry about any spewing lava while climbing to the top. The best time to attempt this excursion is January, February, August and September. These are the driest months of the year in this region. The more favorable the weather, the more likely you are to succeed in your quest.
Mental, Physical & Spiritual Challenge
Even if you are a seasoned mountain climber, get ready for an all encompassing challenge. The energy felt in this region is palpable. It requires the mental strength of a formidable chess opponent. Listening to the armed ranger is key to your success. Previous climbing experience is not required, but we do recommend that you prepare for the trip. The hike to the top and back is a 5 to 7-day trek. There are 7 routes to Uhuru, each varying in degrees of difficulty. Walking long distances with a full backpack is one of the best ways to prepare. Meditation, visualization and grounding is the best way to prepare for this intense spiritual challenge.
Preparing to Reach Uhuru
Investing in proper equipment is one of the best ways to prepare for your journey. The quality is more important than the brand. You will need heavy and light weight clothing. Rugged sandals and hiking boots are required. A high grade warm tent is also a good idea. Porters will carry all of your belongings so that you can focus on reaching Uhuru. Running and jogging uphill is a great way to acclimate your body to traveling long distances. To avoid altitude sickness, hiking uphill is the best way to prepare physically. If you have access to high foothills in your area, try to spend one day per week, hiking there. Hydration and nutrient rich foods is key, along with moving slowly.
Routes to Freedom
There are 7 different routes to the top. All have varying traffic patterns, scenic views and levels of difficulty. Be honest with yourself to determine what is best for you. The Umbwe route is the most difficult. The scenery is extraordinary and traffic is low. This is also the longest route in the series. It is usually 7 days to reach the top and return to the low land area. Lemosho has the highest success rate. Pass through farmland to reach the starting point at 2,250 meters. The difficulty is rated high and the scenery breathtaking. Traffic is medium, making this a more favorable circuit.