Hiking and Trekking Tours
Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. On this 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is divided into 2 days, allowing for a shorter period prior to the summit attempt so that climbers can rest properly. This route is a favorite pick because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and high summit-success rate.
Machame, known as the "Whiskey" route, is a popular route to the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. It is considered a difficult route, better suited for more adventurous folks, and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau.
Also known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that the Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the only route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it the cheapest option). However, we strongly recommend hiking the route over 6 days to increase your chances of reaching the summit successfully. Note that this is the only route that provides communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. Some basic goods such as mineral water, beer and chocolates are also sold at most sites. The Marangu route takes the same route for both ascend and descend.
The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective of Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. The topography of the route does not allow for the application of the climb high and sleep low principle and hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes (an additional acclimatization day is highly recommended on this route). The Rongai route use the scree summiting path from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and descend via the Marangu route. The main itinerary difference between the Rongai 6 day and 7 day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Mwenzi Tarn.
Shira Plateau is one of the most scenic and most fascinating areas of Kilimanjaro and offers magnificent views of Mt. Meru and the Great Rift Valley. Shira route is only offered to hikers who are already acclimatized to 4000m. Depending on weather conditions, you can drive by 4x4 or walk for 1/2 hours to Shira Hut (4000m). Game is often sighted and the scenery changes from forest, grassland, heath to moorland. The fast ascend by vehicle to about 4000m will require additional acclimatization, after which it will be possible to ascend Uhuru Peak either via the Western Breach or via Barafu hut.
The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Because of the high risks involved with sleeping at Arrow Glacier camp and summiting via the Western Breach, all our Umbwe route hikes are re-routed, to join with the Machame route from night 2 on the mountain. On special request, we can assist with Umbwe route hikes attempting to summit using the Western Breach/ Arrow Glacier path and overnight at the Crater camp. Please note this can only be arranged through our higher quality Standard packages and a supplement rate will apply. The main itinerary difference between the Umbwe 6 day and 7 day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Barranco camp.
Instead of following the southern traverse like all the other west approaching routes, the Northern Circuit traverses the mountain around the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. While you trek, you will see nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery as you traverse the mountain at 13,000 feet. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the longest acclimatization time, giving you the highest chance of reaching the summit successfully.
Mount Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared toward hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.
Visit Rwanda's main highlight: the endangered great apes... Did you know that there are only about 900 mountain gorillas left in the world? There are only 3 places to see them and one of the best is in Rwanda. In this Gorilla Trekking Safari, you will be able to explore the lush jungles of Rwanda and have a special meet and greet with the gorillas. You will also go on a city tour to discover Rwandas not-so-hidden charm.
Visit Rwanda's main highlight: the endangered great apes... Did you know that there are only about 900 mountain gorillas left in the world? There are only 3 places to see them and one of the best is in Rwanda. In this Gorilla Trekking Safari, you will be able to explore the lush jungles of Rwanda and have a special meet and greet with the gorillas. You will also go on a city tour to discover Rwanda's not-so-hidden charm.
Volcanoes National Park is otherwise known as Parc Nationals de Volcans (PNV). The stunning area protects five of the nine staggeringly beautiful Virunga Mountains, each characterized by steep slopes that are blanketed in a thick green, tropical rainforest. The park is home to approximately half the worlds remaining population of the, critically endangered, mountain gorilla. What makes this park more unique is that it hosts seven groups of habituated mountain gorillas.
In this tour, you will be able to get as close as possible to the wildlife without sacrificing your comfort. A nice accommodation with a little touch of luxury will provide you a safe haven during your trip, enhancing your overall experience when you return after a hard day in the wild.
Come and enjoy a lifetime experience of tracking the endangered Silver-back Gorillas. This trek will take place in Volcanoes National Park through the tropical rainforest in search for some of the only mountain gorillas that are left in the whole world. This national park is also outstanding for great sight views and you will enjoy the environment along with the wealth of bird life which adds to the beauty of the forest.
Walking safaris, scenic landscapes, excellent game viewing, vibrant colors, and big smiles – this 5-day trekking itinerary has it all. Kenya has long been the perfect introduction to Africa so you can look forward to some of the best experiences this gigantic continent has to offer. Begin your journey from the bustling city of Nairobi where you get to interact with Kenyan culture and her hospitable people.
For the trekking safari proper, you will be exploring the world-famous Masai Mara, home to one of the largest concentrations of diverse wildlife and bird species on the planet. You also get to visit the iconic Hell’s Gate National Park, which was actually one of the many inspirations behind the recently released Disney’s The Lion King. You may not see Simba or Timon here, but you will definitely get the feel for the “circle of life.”
At the end of each day, retire to your tented bush camp and enjoy the cool African breeze as you dine and sleep under the stars. Make sure to bring along your camera because you can be sure there will be lots to capture!
Machame, known as the "Whiskey" route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. It is considered a difficult route, better suited for more adventurous folks, and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although seven days is recommended. Climbers sleep in supplied tents at designated campsites and eat meals either outdoors or inside a large dining tent. The staff prepares all meals and sets up tents. The Machame route is scenically beautiful and varied. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Icefield.
Departure Date: June 11 – June 17, 2020
Cost: $ 1,985 per person sharing (Single Supplement for $ 195)
Minimum of 2 persons
Lemosho variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho. The 8 day Lemosho route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.
Departure Date: July 30 – August 6, 2020
Cost: $ 2,250 per person sharing (Single Supplement for $ 225)
Minimum 2 people