Gear-Equipments for Climbing Kilimanjaro
Your Kilimanjaro summit success is very important to us and we always make sure we do all it takes to make our Kilimanjaro trekking experience unforgettable by giving you the best mountain climbing guides and crew, the best camping gears as well as the best meals in the mountain
Our Kilimanjaro Tents
Each our Kilimanjaro Climb is supplied with the following
*Sleeping tent(3man dome tent but two people sleep in)
*Camping tables and chairs
*First Aid Kit
*Crew tents(for porters and guides)
Each two guests are accommodated in a three-man mountain tent. We also supply a dining tent, decked with lightweight tables and stools, and a private “loo” tent and flush toilet. Hot beverages are brought to your tent at rising time on most days. We provide from 3 to 5 porters per climbing guest, who carry nearly everything, from food, stoves, tents, and client’s equipment. You are only expected to carry a light day pack, incorporating an extra layer of clothing, drinking water, trail snacks and personal items such as your camera.
All three of the routes we offer are some of the least travelled and take the most time (8-9 days) to hike, being optimum for acclimatization. The best times to attempt a climb are from January to mid-March and mid-June to October.
Kilimanjaro Shira Routes
The sense of freedom one feels walking on one of the quieter, camping-only routes of the mountain is well worth the effort, to say nothing of the fabulous views and fascinating changes in vegetation as one ascends.
We begin in the western forest, and traverse through the heath zone and then onto the Shira Plateau. From here we ascend to Lava Tower on the slopes of the Kibo Massif, where we camp before continuing the climb either via the dramatic Western Breach or via the less steep and busier Barafu Route.
Shira Route via the Western Breach
Our daily distances are less on this route, so from Lava Tower we hike only about 3 or 4 hours to Arrow Glacier in preparation for the Western Breach. The following morning we don helmets (requirement since a rockfall that ocurred in January 2006) and set off at 5am hiking up the Western Breach, where the views are phenomenal. Upon arrival in camp, beside Furtwangler glacier in the Kibo Crater, we enjoy a hot beverage in the Mess tent. The summit is now only 700 feet above us! We approach the summit from the western side, celebrating at the top of Africa, before joining the other climbers and descending via the eastern side and Stella Point. We continue down the Mweka Route to Barafu Huts to Mweka camp.
Shira Route via the Barafu Route
Our climbs summitting via Barafu Huts circumnavigate the southern flank of Kibo through the beautiful Barranco Valley. We enjoy views of the southern icefields above us, and will have had more time to acclimatize than most other climbers on this route, so should be well prepared for the ascent. We join the hikers from the most popular Machame route at Karanga Valley camp, and make our ascent from Barafu Huts to Stella Point in daylight, perhaps arriving at the summit in the tranquil afternoon. It is usually less than an hours decent from there to our camp situated beside Furtwangler glacier in the Kibo Crater. The next day we hike back to Stella Point and descend to Barafu Huts and continue down the Mweka route.
Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route
We nearly circumnavigate the mountain on this route, and spend two days most likely hiking on our own. Our daily hikes can be a little longer than the Shira route via the Western Breach, but the beautiful wild vistas while hiking this least visited part of the mountain make it worth while. We enjoy wonderful views into the Amboseli and Chuyulu Hills areas of Kenya, as well as the peace and tranquility of being in a wild corner of the mountain. At Moir camp below the Lent Group we join some of the Shira route climbers as we approach the Western Breach. We also camp in the Crater, but then take the gentler and slightly longer Marangu Route down the south-east side.
See some of Our Meals
Our food is based on a carefully planned menu, specially designed for hiking at high altitude. Breakfasts usually consist of fresh fruit, porridge (oatmeal), toast and eggs. Lunches are either picnics on the trail of sandwiches, fruit, nuts and cookies, or a meal in camp of hot soup and perhaps salads, cheese and toasted sandwiches. Dinners are high carbohydrate meals, ideal for altitude hiking, and delicious, and include pastas,chicken, beef and even lasagna. The bulk of the produce that our porters carry up the mountain is fresh, making our meals more tasty and nourishing.
At 5,895m (19,340 feet) above sea level, Uhuru (Freedom) Peak is the highest point in Africa. On clear days views stretch as far as Mount Kenya, 320 kilometres (200 miles) away! It is exhilarating standing on the top of Africa, having achieved a goal of a lifetime.
We only organize custom climbs, so the cost of our climbs varies according to the size of the group. In 2010 the cost of our 9 day climbs, including a lodge stay before and after the climb, but not including any international travel, is about $6,200 each for a group of 8 climbers. For a sample itinerary with a more detailed price sheet or more information please visit our itineraries or contact us.
Safety and Success rate on Kilimanjaro.
For group climbs we carry portable oxygen in the mountain,pulse oximeter are compulsory to each of our climb, each client is insured by flying doctor medical evacuation AMREF, our guides carry first aid kit
Success is what we want during our climb. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit and Pulse (Oximeters).