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Complete one of Africa’s great bucket list toppers.
Trek Kilimanjaro and Mt.Meru in Tanzania

Fulfill one of Africa’s greatest bucket list dreams: Experience an epic trek of Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru in Tanzania.

With unwavering determination and a touch of fortune, our team of trekking experts, supported by a standby emergency medical helicopter evacuation team from our insurance provider, is ready to guide your trekking crew to conquer Kilimanjaro and check it off your bucket list.

Kilimanjaro presents five routes for climbing, each with its unique challenges and attractions. The Marangu route, Umbwe, Rongai, Lemosho, and Machame route are the most popular, determining the number of days required for the summit.

The same dedication applies to Mt. Meru – let us be your guides to triumph over this majestic peak and mark it as a cherished accomplishment on your bucket list.

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Kilimanjaro Trekking Routes . Our Personal Favorites

MARANGU ROUTE

NO. OF DAYS: 6

PRICE FROM: $2567 /PERSON/ DAY

The Marangu route stands out as the most favored path for trekkers aiming to conquer the summit of Kilimanjaro. Taking you on a gentle journey through forests, moorlands, and the high-altitude desert known as the Saddle, the route ultimately leads to the summit at Uhuru Point. This route is generally more cost-effective and allows the opportunity to reach the summit in five days, with an optional extra day for acclimatization. A distinctive feature of the Marangu route is the availability of hut accommodation, setting it apart from other climbing routes.

However, securing hut accommodations requires early reservations.

LEMOSHO ROUTE

NO. OF DAYS: 8

PRICE FROM: $2880 /PERSON/ DAY

Regarded as the most remote route to Kilimanjaro’s summit, the Lemosho Route offers a scenic journey through enchanting forests and moorlands. It traverses the Shira Plateau, eventually meeting the Machame Route. The route then follows the South Circuit, providing breathtaking views of the Southern Icefields, passing through Barranco Hut, Barafu, and culminating at the summit. Lemosho is the sole route affording views of all three peaks of Kilimanjaro (Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo).

The trek can be completed in seven or eight days, with the eight-day option recommended for enhanced acclimatization, allowing trekkers to relish the experience in a more relaxed manner.

UMBWE ROUTE

NO. OF DAYS: 6

PRICE FROM: $2405 /PERSON/ DAY

Umbwe route is one of the most challenging routes to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route can be done in five, six, or seven days. We recommend it to be done in six or seven days so as clients can stay at Baranco for acclimatization and then they can go to lava tower the next day which is 4600m.

This route follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, and then traverse below the southern ice field to reach the Barafu Route which is followed to the summit.

RONGAI ROUTE

NO. OF DAYS: 7

PRICE FROM: $2405 /PERSON/ DAY

Regarded by many as the easiest path to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Rongai Route ascends from the mountain’s north-eastern side, tracing the border between Tanzania and Kenya. Renowned for its unspoiled wilderness and natural beauty, this route provides a distinct perspective on the trek. The journey can be completed in six or seven days, offering a comfortable pace for trekkers.

MACHAME

NO. OF DAYS: 6

PRICE FROM: $2170 /PERSON/ DAY

The Machame Route embarks from the southern side, meandering eastward beneath Kilimanjaro’s southern ice field before reaching the summit. Often dubbed the “Whiskey” route, it has surpassed the Marangu route in popularity. Unlike Marangu, hiking days on Machame are longer, with steeper walks.

Known for its challenging terrain, the Machame route attracts adventurous individuals with prior hiking or backpacking experience. It has become a renowned choice for those seeking a more demanding and thrilling ascent up Kilimanjaro.

Embarking on a Kilimanjaro trek is an extraordinary adventure accessible to those with a fit and healthy state, requiring no extensive mountain climbing experience. Anne Lorimor, at 89, set a world record as the oldest climber to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019, emphasizing that age is no barrier. Conversely, Coaltan Tanner of the USA achieved the feat at just six years old, highlighting the diversity of climbers.

Our trekking team, supported by emergency medical services, is ready to guide your crew to conquer Kilimanjaro. With various routes like Marangu, Umbwe, Rongai, Lemosho, and Machame, catering to different preferences, each route determines the duration needed for the summit.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB WITH GLADIOLA ADVENTURE

To summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, there are five routes: Marangu, Umbwe, Rongai, Lemosho, and Machame, each offering a unique experience. Due to its equatorial proximity, the Kilimanjaro region doesn’t experience extreme winter and summer weather but rather distinct dry and wet seasons. For a more comfortable climb, plan during the warmest and driest months of the year (see table below). Additionally, the number of days for the summit depends on the chosen route.

Consider watching the short film by Laurence Hills, which beautifully captures the ecological zones of Kilimanjaro, providing a glimpse of its breathtaking beauty.

Safety and Insurance

Gladiola Adventure has teamed up with Kilimanjaro Search and Rescue (SAR), an efficient helicopter rescue operation on Kilimanjaro. Equipped with Airbus AS 350 B3 helicopters stationed at Moshi Airport, Kilimanjaro SAR ensures prompt response within five minutes of a distress call. Their team comprises expert pilots, highly trained rescue doctors, and emergency flight technicians prepared for all mountain emergencies.

Kilimanjaro SAR manages a medical clinic specializing in high-altitude-related illnesses, mountain medicine, and trauma. Staffed 24/7 by qualified medical professionals, this clinic, supported by a Clinical Advisory Team of experts, ensures top-notch treatment.

Note: This service is exclusively for clients with the required travel insurance, and special coverage for high-altitude trekking is mandatory. Verification of your travel insurance is necessary before attempting the trek.

Safety and Insurance

What is the best time to climb Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the warmest and driest months of the year, taking into account Kilimanjaro’s proximity to the equator and its seasonal patterns (refer to the table on the right). Safety is a primary concern, as adverse weather conditions like rain, mud, snow, ice, and cold can pose challenges during the physically demanding trek.

Why should you care?

Climbing during favorable weather not only enhances safety but also increases the chances of a successful summit. Additionally, these periods witness increased foot traffic on the routes. Consideration of these factors is crucial for planning a successful and safe Kilimanjaro climb.

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