Explore the most popular Nature Trips trails in Kilimanjaro with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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20 days ago

We summited on October 12. We took 7 days to get there taking a slow and steady pace. I live in Texas barely above sea level so I trained over the summer by visiting Colorado, Oregon and SoCal to get some hiking at altitude every couple weeks. My hikes ranged from 10.5K ft to 14,439 ft summits, all around 5-6K ft of elevation gain per day hike. Outside of that I cycled and did the elliptical when I wasn’t on a mountain. It adequately prepared me for the physical aspect of Kilimanjaro. For the first 6 days I actually thought it was pretty easy compared to what I’d done over the summer. What the training cannot prepare you for is the mental aspect if you hit crazy weather, which we did on summit day. We joked it was like someone put us in a simulator and started pressing buttons: ridiculous cold (it was easily -15+ degrees with crazy windchill), strong winds, rain, snow, plus the regular hiking obstacles, with the kicker being you also have to hike it in the dark (we began the final trek at 11:45 p.m. and summited at sunrise). Our reservoirs froze, you didn’t want to remove any clothing to more easily access/open food/canisters or use the restroom, and at points each of us was questioning whether we would make it thru the weather. That said, all of that absolutely made the hike! Biggest mental challenge of my life and it made for some amazing group pics at the top. It definitely wasn’t the sunny Kilimanjaro like the pictures I’d seen but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Such an amazing experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Incredible experience. Very hard but worth while. I agree that only experienced hikers should attempt this route, but you don’t need to be superhuman. You do need endurance, however.

Summited on September 24, 2019. Used Thompson Safari as guide. It was a incredible journey with 7 days of ascent and 2 days descent. The Lemosho route seemed less crowded than what was reported from other routes. Did a daytime summit and witnessed the sunrise during the ascent without a crowd. It was magnificent. We were the only group at the summit, which was delightful. Would do it all again tomorrow.

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scramble
snow
1 month ago

I summited with a group of 7 climbers on the morning of 6th October, 2019. we started from the Barafu camp at 11:00pm the night before. As soon as we started, we had freezing rain, blowing wind and snow. We arrived at Stella Point at 6:30am and to the Uhuru Peak 19341ft at 7:30am. We spent no more than 15 minutes, then hiked back to Millennium Camp. The hardest thing I've ever done.

Excellent hike, we got some snow and rain, but the summit was crystal clear lit by moonlight. I reached the summit at 5:45 as the sun came up. Epic hike and experience.

Did this with lead guide Athumani from Ian Taylor trekking, 10 in the group including Sheldon and Lucas, I was the oldest at 70, Lucas was the youngest at 25. You could see the difference. A good job I did lots of training.

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muddy
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2 months ago

easy stroll up till you reach slightly above 5000m.

Hiked this trail with a fantastic REI tour. Fantastic team, near perfect conditions. We all made the summit by going pole pole (slowly) and enjoyed the journey so much. Rashid and his team are the best guides and support team. Barranco wall was fun. Summit night was very special.

Rain and hail and aren’t that leaks at the seams in the far corners. Plus obviously wet from erecting it. Not worth unpacking any sleeping gear for it to get wet

hiking
2 months ago

This is a superior hiking trail. We did 7 days hiking and enjoyed the beautiful views, dynamic changes in geography zones and physical challenge. Needless to say the summit day was tough due to low oxygen, strong wind and coldness. But it was absolutely worth every effort to be finally standing on the top of Africa. The pain is temporary, the achievement is forever! However, you have to be watchful for the mountain sickness. It can be life threatening. It has nothing to do with individual’s fitness and toughness. Be mindful!

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

The Lemosho route. This is a wonderful hiking experience with some of the most breathtaking views i’ve ever seen. It was an eight day hike. This was an endeavor that requires both mental and physical stamina. It is not very technical mostly uphill hiking with minimal rock climbing. Trek through the various climate zones from rain forrest to alpine dessert. Best experience ever! Bring good hiking boots!

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rocky
snow
3 months ago

I completed this journey in early 2018. I have a video on YouTube that you can watch which should give you an idea of the journey. I do recommend this trail because of a higher success rate and easier climatization. https://youtu.be/u4Y-uqbC2dU

Challenging but very scenic trail with diverse segments including jungle and alpine desert zones. Summit day was by far the hardest, with over 4000 ft elevation gain in about 3 miles, starting at over 15,000 ft. Trail conditions range from deep gravel to rocky to muddy, most at relatively steep angles. Magnificent sunsets above the clouds!

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rocky
3 months ago

Heading there from California tonight. Bringing micro spikes for summit night!

Life changing trip. I did this 8 day route in July 2019. It is completely doable if you train appropriately. Summit day is tough, but doable. Celebrated my 40th birthday on the mountain. If this old lady can do it...so can you!

This is for a june-july 2013 summit: people ask me about the differences between the experience climbing Kilimanjaro and doing Everest Base camp trek. The biggest difference is to me is that in the Paul you were in the culture the entire way up to Basecamp, however it Kilimanjaro once you enter the Kilimanjaro national Park, you really are just with your team, as it is illegal for anyone to live inside the park except for the indigenous tribes living at the foot of the mountain. and you are past them in the first three hours of day one. most people don't realize what Kilimanjaro is the picture that you've seen of Kilimanjaro is actually Kibo, one of the three volcanic structures on top of a 13 km pump on the earth. that hump is actually Kilimanjaro. on top of the hump is Kibo, Mwenze, and Shera, which collapsed in on itself a few hundred years ago and is now just noticed the Shira plateau. when one begins to ascend kibo, at school huts at the bottom of the summoning day, you're already above 15000 feet. summiting day itself is the hardest day of any sort that I've had yet anywhere. The rest of the climb is really a matter of walking up from sea level and zigzagging back and forth over the Kilimanjaro hump in order to acclimatize, then all at once you make the summoning push-up kibo. I would say that everyday on Everest Base camp trek was more difficult than every non-summiting day of Kilimanjaro. the sites at the top or spectacular and absolutely worth the climb, but the altitude is no joke as two of our team by the time we got to the Evinrude who Peak summit, one was violently vomiting blood into the glacier and the other had no idea where she was. This is after three others had to be dragged off unconscious, literally right in front of us, as we were popping up a gilman's point. I can highly recommend team Kilimanjaro, as our guides. they did a great job! Team Kilimanjaro +44 207 193 5895 +255 78 777 5895 www.teamkilimanjaro.com

One of the best experiences of my life! Lemosho was a perfect route-plenty of time to acclimate and also awesome to really get to enjoy the mountain and the different vegetation zones. Lots of monkeys, birds, wildflowers, and beautiful views. The Barranco Wall was great fun as well-a playground for grown ups. Highly recommend!

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