Trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
Rising from the savannah of East Africa to the staggering height of 5895m, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa but also the tallest free-standing mountain on earth. Conquering its unmistakable snow capped peak has been the dream of keen trekkers as well as seasoned mountaineers for decades. Trekking Kilimanjaro with Explore is a major personal achievement, a tick on many a bucket-list or perhaps an ideal way to celebrate a 'significant' birthday.
Mount Kilimanjaro showcases some truly unique features. Its lower slopes are dense with lush forest yet the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah; its caldera is covered with ice yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator. There is no doubt that the views from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro are the greatest reward of all. From Kilimanjaro’s summit it is possible to observe the curvature of the planet and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara.
Climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro has much more to offer than just awe-inspiring views. Embarking on an expedition to the roof of Africa is the equivalent of travelling on a trip from the Equator to the Arctic as the landscape varies from bushland to tropical forest, from moorland to heath and alpine desert.
There’s no getting round it, climbing Kilimanjaro might be one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world, but over the last few years no less than 95% of Explore trekkers have successfully made it to the top.
The Lemosho Route tackles the mountain from the west and uses different ascent and descent paths, allowing you to experience a wider range of scenery along the way. Explore's trek begins in the Lemosho Glades at 2100m and climbs the mountain over seven days – a slow enough ascent to give you the best possible chance of acclimatising and reaching the summit at Uhuru Peak. The descent is much quicker and is completed in one day making an eight day trek in total.