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Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro

Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Rising from the savannah of East Africa to the staggering height of 5895m, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa but also the tallest free-standing mountain on earth. Conquering its unmistakable snow capped peak has been the dream of keen trekkers as well as seasoned mountaineers for decades. Trekking Kilimanjaro with Explore is a major personal achievement, a tick on many a bucket-list or perhaps an ideal way to celebrate a 'significant' birthday.

Mount Kilimanjaro showcases some truly unique features. Its lower slopes are dense with lush forest yet the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah; its caldera is covered with ice yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator. There is no doubt that the views from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro are the greatest reward of all. From Kilimanjaro’s summit it is possible to observe the curvature of the planet and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara.

Climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro has much more to offer than just awe-inspiring views. Embarking on an expedition to the roof of Africa is the equivalent of travelling on a trip from the Equator to the Arctic as the landscape varies from bushland to tropical forest, from moorland to heath and alpine desert.

There’s no getting round it, climbing Kilimanjaro might be one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world, but over the last few years no less than 95% of Explore trekkers have successfully made it to the top.

Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route tackles the mountain from the west and uses different ascent and descent paths, allowing you to experience a wider range of scenery along the way. Explore's trek begins in the Lemosho Glades at 2100m and climbs the mountain over seven days – a slow enough ascent to give you the best possible chance of acclimatising and reaching the summit at Uhuru Peak. The descent is much quicker and is completed in one day making an eight day trek in total.

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Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Our ascent rates are slow and safe, resulting in a much higher than average summit success rate of 95%

  • The safety of our Kilimanjaro trek has been assessed by an independent medical specialist

  • We include the Kilimanjaro park fees in the trip price

  • Our Kili trek leaders are regularly voted as among the best in the world

  • Our trek Leaders are first aid and altitude trained

  • We carry oxygen cylinders and Gamow bags on all treks for emergency use

  • Our local partner is a long established and reputable Kilimanjaro specialist

  • Our trekking staff are from the local area - revenues from our treks benefit the local economy

  • Part of the proceeds of your climb help the 'Say No to Malaria' campaign administered by our Tanzanian partner

  • Climb Kilimanjaro with Explore - SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, HONEST

Relax on the beaches of Zanzibar

Explore's Kilimanjaro treks can be combined with a four day visit to the island of Zanzibar. Blessed with an idyllic year-round climate and some of the Indian Ocean’s finest beaches, you can swim, snorkel and unwind after your trek. Discover the labyrinthine streets of historical Stone Town, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Filled with colourful bazaars and hawkers selling a myriad of goods, the atmosphere is permeated with the smell of spices.

Go on safari in Tanzania

After your adventure summiting Africa's highest mountain why not take the chance to experience three of the continent's national parks and conservation areas. Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater all offer incredible landscapes and superb chances to spot wildlife.

Tarangire National Park is home to the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, alongside buffalo, wildebeest and zebra. Ngorongoro is the world's largest intact volcanic caldera, and this natural amphitheatre is home to many large carnivores. Driving down into the crater in our specially adapted safari vehicles offers a good chance of spotting lion, hyena or cheetah.

Travelling around Lake Manyara with Explore will give you the opportunity to search for some of the 400 species of birds that have been recorded in this area, including large flocks of flamingos. Game drives here also focus on trying to locate the area's famous tree climbing lions.

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