Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The highest peak in Africa, Kilimanjaro is located just 320 km from the equator in Tanzania. There are several routes up to the Roof of Africa taking an average of six days. Preparation is essential as there is a high failure rate of reaching the summit due to altitude sickness. Walkers begin in tropical and shrub forest environments, gradually ascending, and from the Shira Camp have spectacular views over the Rift Valley.
Higher and the track follows a route under the Northern Icefields and where there are quite surreal volcanic landscapes. The Machame route is the most popular with other trails via the Shira Plateau and Rongai less used. An average of 400 metres per day is climbed over the six days and there are camps at specific points en route.
Uhuru Peak at 5700m is the goal for walkers on this classic trek and is normally snow covered. The descent takes around two days on average and ends in lush forest. Many people take time to acclimatize and also to see more of Tanzania after the walk. The views and changes in landscape are what make this walk one of the most special in the world.