MOUNT KILIMANJARO

TREKS AND CLIMBS

Mount Kilimanjaro, a giant massif of three extinct volcanoes rising to a height of 19,340 feet (5895 meters) above sea level, can be climbed by many routes. The climb, when undertaken by any of the routes we offer is non-technical in nature (no technical equipment or experience necessary) and is more accurately regarded as a strenuous trek.

Trekking to the summit is still considered a climb in most circles because of the extreme altitude involved. Four climate zones, from Forest to Alpine are crossed in route to the summit. Almost any healthy person in good physical condition can reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. But do not be lulled to complacency by this statement. It is a strenuous adventure and you must prepared to train for it.

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KILIMANJARO ROUTES…
Shira (also called “Forest” or “Western Breach”) – 8 or 9 Climb days
Machame – 7 or 8 Climb days
Marangu (also called “Tourist” or ” Coca-Cola(TM)”) – 5 or 6 Climb days
Rongai / Loitoktok – 5 to 7 Climb days
Kibo Dome Circuit – 11 or 12 Climb days

MOUNT MERU

TREKS AND CLIMBS

Mount Meru Climb – 4 Climb days
Meru & Kilimanjaro Combination Climb – 9 to 12 Climb days

Each route differs in length, personality, scenery and relative degree of difficulty.  At EAO Adventures, we offer you the choice of any of the above routes. The route we highly recommend is the Shira or “Forest” route, also known as the Western Breach route. The reason for this is that it is a slightly longer, overall less steep approach. Aside from the push to Crater Camp on the day before summit day, this route allows for a slower ascent and more time to acclimatize to the increasing altitude. In addition, because you spend the night before your summit push (and the subsequent 7,000 ft. descent to the final night’s camp) in the outer volcanic crater at 18,500 ft. asl, the push to the summit is only an 840 ft., approximately one hour climb. As a result, the Forest/Shira route offers the greatest rate of success. It is also very beautiful. This is the route we include in our standard CLIMB AND SAFARI package.

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Most other routes require you to rise on summit day around midnight and hike for approximately 8 to 9 hours to reach the summit, then descend 7,000 – 9,000 ft. to your final camp, all in the same day. The full Shira/Forest/Western Breach route description and itinerary follows:

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