It’s really simple………..The easiest way to climb Kilimanjaro requires more time at altitude. If you are looking to fail, you will pick the Marangu route over 5 days. If you want to be safe, successful and really enjoy the experience and learn more about the mountain and local people you need more time. You need to pick 8 days on the Lemosho route.
I have climbed Everest to the top and Kilimanjaro over 30+ times to date and highly recommend the 8 day Lemosho route. More acclimatization on Kilimanjaro means a safe, more enjoyable experience going into high and extreme altitude.
We use 3 routes on Kilimanjaro all over 8 days. Our most popular and successful route is the Lemosho route. The lemosho route is the most beautiful route encompassing the western side of the mountain all the way round to the eastern flanks of Kilimanjaro where we make our final ascent and descent of the Mount Kilimanjaro. READ MORE.
We believe we have the right balance on our trips for climbing Kilimanjaro. We have a short day followed by a longer day and we follow this sequence to give maximum acclimatization and recovery. Pushing long 8 hour hikes back to back at high altitude is not advised and is dangerous to your health. Read some REVIEWS from our trips and we also have Kilimanjaro Mountain Guide of the year on our team.
Here is an example of a day spent climbing Kilimanjaro:
Wake up at 6am and start sipping water. You should aim to drink 1 liter of water between 6am and 8am. Our staff come around to your tent with hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate for you to enjoy. At 6:20am our staff will bring you a bowl of hot water for washing. You will need to be packing your bags at this stage. Slowing clean up and roll up your thermarest and pack your sleeping bag away. Once you are ready you exit the tent and place your duffel bag outside on our tarp. At 7am you can move into our dining tent for Breakfast. You will enjoy a full breakfast with porridge, sausages, eggs, pancakes and fruit. You can bring your 2 liter camel bak in to the dining tent with you for breakfast, our staff will collect it and give it back to you before you start hiking at 8am.
We like to start hiking each day by 8am. We go in for the pole pole pole pace. We will let other groups and porters move past us. We are trying to get to the camp as slowly as possible. The pace of our day on the mountain is really important. Keeping your heart rate as low as possible is key to managing stress and recovery on the mountain. In your training you should be training hard with higher heart rates but on the mountain the taking our time, enjoying the mountain and being as relaxed as possible to critical to success.
Some days we arrive into camp for Lunch and have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the mountain experience. On the longer days out on the mountain we set up our dining tent and serve a hot 3 course lunch. We serve amazing soup, full meal followed by desert. We will then continue hiking arriving in Camp by 4pm at the latest.
Once we arrive in camp you will be served water for washing, followed by popcorn and biscuits or nuts and hot drinks in the mess tent. On the longer days you can fill up on water at lunch time. So you should never be carrying more than 2 liters at any time on the mountain.
You can rest and relax and then dinner will be served most nights between 6pm and 7pm. We try and make it as early as possible when it is colder. We serve a 3 course dinner with new meals each day on the mountain. READ MORE. Once dinner is over we will give a short briefing on the following day. You can bring your Nalgene bottle to dinner with you and our staff will arrange from them to be filled with boiling water. Having a nice hot water bottle will help you drift off to sleep. It also helps you start the hydration the follow morning. Most people head to bed at 8am while other play cards until 9pm and good to get to bed and get as much rest as possible.