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KILI ROUTE FITNESS - SAFETY GUIDE

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CHOOSE A PREFERRED KILIMANJARO ROUTE BASED ON YOUR FITNESS AND ACCLIMATIZATION NEEDS

Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca has personally experienced and carefully researched optimum strategies on the ground to conquer the highest mountain in Africa. Our objective is to take you safely to Uhuru Peak and to enable you enjoy your Tanzanian highlands fieldtrip to the highest stand-alone mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro, the snow-capped sky island floating above skirts of cloud on the vast grass plains of northern Tanzania. Depending on the constitution of your group, whether a family group with wide range of ages and abilities, or a superbly fit group of youthful athletes, there is a route and a strategy that is best for you. If you are pre-acclimatized, a slightly steeper, faster route is possible, but in general, the slower your ascent, the less chance you have of succumbing to debilitating altitude sickness. There are six trails up the mountain, starting from all four points of the compass. Umbwe is the shortest, steepest route, straight up from the south. The cheapest and therefore one of the most crowded is Marangu, entering from the southeast, through gentle scenic terrain, rainforest, heathland and alpine desert, before the final, more grueling ascent trek. There are permanent huts on what is inaccurately described as the easiest route, but it is very poor on acclimatization and highly unsuccessful due to the steep altitude gained in the first three days. From the southwest, Machame is scenic and the most utilized route, with a long traverse of the southern mountain flank giving spectacular views and sunsets. Lomosho and Shira both enter from the west after a long access drive to over 2250 meters, before an isolated, pleasant hike across beautiful heathland plateau with panoramic vistas. Pre-acclimatization is recommended for Shira. Finally, Rongai from the north is least crowded, driest route with abounding wildlife on lower slopes but acclimatization on site is always recommended.

The straightforward choice of route is your own, along with taking guided advice from Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca who have developed specific trail variations to maximize your summit chances. Our mountain guides also have the experience to detour where necessary to avoid problems due to climate or bottlenecks. Your fitness levels can be significantly improved by an exercise regimen leading up to your Tanzania trekking holiday. Hill-walking, stair-climbing, joint mobility and weight-bearing routines will all be of benefit, especially if you are not seriously overweight and have no debilitating medical condition. Care of feet and practice with full gear and your hiking boots will avoid any unexpected complications on your Mount Kilimanjaro climb. Remember, you will be hiking on rough ground in excess of six hours a day on average, and camping in searing heat, freezing cold and snow conditions, or battering winds on hard, rocky ground (read more on when is the best time to trek Kilimanjaro). It is necessary to acclimatize carefully, by taking your time on the ascent, climbing high and sleeping low, and taking extra days to rest too, making sure you drink five liters of water a day to avoid dehydration and eat generous calories of rich carbohydrates to meet your increased energy needs. A special acclimatization tour of Mount Meru is highly recommended as an extra adventure and a way to ensure that you are as physically prepared as possible to enjoy your ultimate conquest of the ice-capped summit of the continent.

Review Below Our Safety Guide For Your Kilimanjaro Trek

Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca has carefully researched and personally experienced optimum strategies to conquer the highest mountain in Africa. Our objective is to take you safely to Uhuru Peak and to enable you enjoy your Tanzanian highlands trip to the highest stand-alone mountain in the world. Read More On Fitness & Acclimatization

Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca ensure that their experienced and trained altitude responder guides can recognize the potential danger of these symptoms and decide on appropriate action. Our guides are trained and highly experienced as first-aiders with specialized summit oxygen techniques. Read More On Altitude Responder Guides

Uhuru Trails do not use fear as an excuse to charge for flashy technological fixes on Kilimanjaro. There are several pieces of technical apparatus touted by some operators as safety requisites. Many of them sound more useful than they are, and in terms of cost-effectiveness can be worse than useless. Read More On Mountain Gadgets

The best safety precaution you can take for your Kilimanjaro dream climb is to have time to become properly acclimatized to high altitude. If you have been unable to benefit from a preliminary practice tour of Mount Meru, you can still choose a route which allows you an extra day(s) to adjust. Read More On Acclimatization Days

KILIMANJARO TREK GUIDE- HOME
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KILIMANJARO TREK GUIDE- HOME

Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca is a fresh team name for a long-established partnership between AfricanMecca Safaris and one of our most experienced, dependable and registered team outfitters on Kilimanjaro to provide discerning climbing experiences.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB INTRODUCTION
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KILIMANJARO CLIMB INTRODUCTION

AfricanMecca believes Kilimanjaro is a mountain with attitude. Towering enigmatically like an ethereal island in the sky wreathed in mists, at 5895 meters, it is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest stand-alone mountain in the world.

KILIMANJARO CLIMB PRICES
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KILIMANJARO CLIMB PRICES

Here you will find prices for various recommended and acclimitized routes for Kilimanjaro including Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, Shira, Umbwe and Marangu. We recommend you customize your private climb based on your preference and group size.

TOP 10 REASONS TO CLIMB WITH US
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TOP 10 REASONS TO CLIMB WITH US

We have 10 great reasons why you should climb with us. The first is a pioneering approach to guiding standards on Mount Kilimanjaro. Uniquely, we offer every trekker his or her own personal support guide (1 GUIDE : 1 CLIMBER RATIO).

WHICH KILI ROUTE TO CHOOSE?
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WHICH KILI ROUTE TO CHOOSE?

There are six approved routes for a Kilimanjaro climb with Uhuru Trails By AfricanMecca, each offering different advantages and drawbacks. Regardless of which route you choose, you need not be a rock climber, superlatively fit or supremely well-equipped.

OUR MOUNTAIN FAMILY TEAM
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OUR MOUNTAIN FAMILY TEAM

We trust our clients to the care of some of the best experienced mountain guides in the Tanzanian travel industry. Our guide leaders have 100 hundreds of climb experiences in between 10 to 20 years' of the best way to succeed in climbing Kilimanjaro.

BEST TIME TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO
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BEST TIME TO CLIMB KILIMANJARO

One of the best times for a Tanzanian trek vacation on Mount Kilimanjaro is in the warm months of January and February when clear skies afford excellent views of superb scenery, especially from the upper slopes; though, expect some snowfall during this period.

UHURU SUMIMIT SUCCESS GUIDE
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UHURU SUMIMIT SUCCESS GUIDE

Trekking to the roof of Africa can be a glorious, triumphant achievement that can color the rest of your life with self-confidence and pride. Or it can be an ordeal or even an abject failure. You need to know exactly what you are letting yourself in for.

KILIMANJARO SAFETY CLIMB GUIDE
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KILIMANJARO SAFETY CLIMB GUIDE

It must be clearly understood that Mount Kilimanjaro is a dangerous environment where climbers are risking their lives. One person in every thousand (0.1%) will die on the mountain and more than half of these deaths could be preventable.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT GUIDE
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SAFETY EQUIPMENT GUIDE

Kilimanjaro kills those climbers who go beyond their sensible limits. We have an enviable safety record because its leaders do not waste time on technological fixes on high altitude, but get sick and injured trekkers off the mountain without delay.

KILIMANJARO HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDE
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KILIMANJARO HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDE

The general impression is that a climbing tour of Kilimanjaro is an easy mountaineering option, since the 5895 meter mountain has been successfully climbed by hardy children and by octogenarians. It is not. It is a perilous undertaking.

FAQ ON KILIMANJARO
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FAQ ON KILIMANJARO

Review Frequently Asked Questions for our Kilimanjaro treks. Questions range from custom private climb options, charity climbs, Crater Camp add experience, costs, tipping, a day on a climb, packing list, reducing ecological footprint to combining safari.

FIVE ZONES OF KILIMANJARO
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FIVE ZONES OF KILIMANJARO

Review the 5 geographical, flora and fauna zones of Mount Kilimanjaro. The zones include the lower countryside slopes, montane forests, heathlands and moorlands, the towering alpine deserts and the arctic ice cap summit of the shinning mountain.

KILI GEOLOGY, HISTORY & TRIBES
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KILI GEOLOGY, HISTORY & TRIBES

Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, is a unique Tanzanian highland vacation destination: a stand-alone pinnacle which creates its own climate in zones of distinct character, from fluted glacial columns and cathedrals of ice on the summit.

GUIDE ON KILIMANJARO PARK
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GUIDE ON KILIMANJARO PARK

Kilimanjaro, the shining mountain, floats in a wreath of cloud above the vast South Amboseli plains (a.ka the Western Kilimanjaro wilderness), offering an amazingly diverse series of fauna and habitats. It is a superlative destination for trekking.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

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  • First off, we had the most amazing time ever and wanted to thank you very much. Tanzania proved without a doubt to meet all of our expectations. Every detail was thought of on our trip by AfricanMecca and were are all flawless.
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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA

When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.

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