Africa’s highest peak and the largest free standing mountain in the world, Mt. Kilimanjaro is a truly special place. Summiting this mountain tops the bucket list for many people… and rightly so. Experiencing the changing landscapes and scenery as you climb as well as obtaining that sense of achievement you get upon reaching the summit makes it a true bucket list experience.
Topping out at 5,895m (nearly 20,000 feet) the trip isn’t for the faint hearted. There are numerous routes you can take up the mountain, ranging from 4 days to a couple of weeks. Theory has it that the slower you go the less likely you are to suffer from altitude sickness. A trek of around 7 or 8days appears to be the most popular at the current time.
We did the climb at the end of September and took the 8-day Lemosho route. We were very happy with our choice. The scenery was spectacular and neither of us felt the effects of altitude sickness. We booked with a local operator (we prefer to do this) Oltumure Tours and Safaris, dealing directly with Robert the owner. Robert was great and we would recommend Oltumure to others.
We’ve broken the trip down into a few chunks so click on the links below to read a little more about the trek.