Mount Kilimanjaro Walk
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Mount Kilimanjaro Walk


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 up, the track follows a route under the northern icefields, where there are quite surreal volcanic landscapes.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

flickr image by Mike McHolm

The Machame Route is the most popular option, with other trails via the Shira Plateau and Rongai used less often. An average of 400m per day is climbed over the six days and there are camps at specific points en route. Uhuru Peak, at 5,700m, is normally snow covered.

The descent takes around two days and ends in lush forest. Many people take time to acclimatise and also to see more of Tanzania after the walk. The views and changes in landscape make this walk one of the most special in the world.

Date posted: 2nd July, 2017

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