With 5895 meters it is the highest mountain on the African continent, with three extinct volcanoes namely; Uhuru Peak (the highest peak 5895m), Mawenzi Peak at 5149 meters and Shira Peak at 3962 meters.
The climb towards the summit, takes you through five different landscapes, beginning with tropical rainforest where you will encounter a variety of tropical birds and monkeys, including the black and white colobus monkey, hereafter you walk through a savannah-like environment, followed by ‘ alpine moorland “a moonscape of only sand, rock with some scattered cactuses, lobelia and proteas, then follows a desert landscape followed by ice walls and snowy plains.
When traveling from scratch on the savannas of the Kilimanjaro National Park, you will experience a breathtaking view from the world’s highest freestanding mountain !
There are more than seven routes, but only 3 routes lead to the summit. It include the Umbwe route, Rongai route, Lemosho route, Shira Plateau route, Mweka route, Marangu route, Machame route.
KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE 2018
We have climbed Mt Kilimanjaro by the Rongai route because it is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. This route offers a remote journey through unspoilt rainforest and wilderness, with fess crowds, compared to the popular southern routes. It is the only route where it's possible to see wildlife in the first few days of trekking.
By going up by the Rongai route and descending by the Marangu route, it gives 2 different views on Kilimanjaro, enjoying the wilderness on the North-site and the beautifull scenary with forests, moorlands and high altitude desert, on the south/east-side.
Climbing Africa’s highest mountain will be an 6-day adventure in beautifull nature !
This Kilimanjaro Challenge, was organized by FCM Travel Solutions and Sponsored by Berghaus, and Turkish Airlines.
After the expedition, we visited the national wildlife parc Tarangire National Park wich is a protected area for wildlife and a World Heritage Site. Approximately 25,000 large animals, live in the parc. It is possible to spot large animals in the crater like the black rhino, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, eland, gazelles, lion, cheetah and African wild dog
Day 1: International flight
international flights with Turkish Airlines
Day 2 : Arrival in Tanzania
private transfer from Airport to Moshi for overnight. Free day to relax in the swimmingpool and meeting with the local organisation for Kilimanjaro Challenge briefing.
Day 3 : Rongai One (2,600 m); 3-4 hours walking.
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park gate, we transfer by car to Rongai. The climb begins from Nale Moru (1,950 m) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp, Rongai One, is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m) with extensive views.
Day 4: Kikelewa campsite (3,600 m); 6hours walking.
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Kikelewa campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3,600 m).
Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m); 3-4 hours walking.
A short but steep climb is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking]
Day 6: Kibo campsite (4,700 m); 5-6 hours walking.
We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700 m) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Day 7: Horombo Hut (3.720); 11-15 hours walking.
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We start very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic screen to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m) we will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Then we will ascend for one hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach Horombo Camp (3,720 m).
Day 8: Marangu Gate (1,830 m); 5-6 hours walking.
A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m).
Day 9: Safari
Drive early towards Tarangire National Park. to spot the big 5 in one day: lion, giraf, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Lunch at the picnic site in the parc In the afternoon, drive to Moshi
Day 10: Free day in Moshi
In the late evening, drive towards Kilimanjaro Airport to fly home with Turkish Airlines
Day 11 : International flight
Arrival in Zaventem
This team prepared monthly with FISIOTICS and
went together for a Walking weekend in Ardennes ,
Professional workshops and info sessions about gear, food,
preparation and health .
HIGH ALTITUDE TRAINING PROGRAM BY FISIOTICS
We combine functional & hypoxic training adapted to your physical condition and medical background. This program is specially made for trekking and climbing in high altitude mountains.
Included in your training program :
monitoring your physical reaction to increasing altitude
or reduction on rental service Altitude Dream
If you like more info about how to prepare for climbing the Kilimanjaro or how to climb it,
please contact us
Info training :Stef Maginelle 0477-619995 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Info Kilimanjaro :Sofie Lenaerts 0472-890590 – email@example.com