Kilimanjaro beklimmen – Tanzania
Bucketlist Kilimanjaro beklimmen. Een actieve safari in Tanzania, volop actie en avontuur, kunt u natuurlijk niet mooier afsluiten dan met een beklimming van Mount Kilimanjaro. Oriënteert u zich goed op de diverse mogelijkheden, bereidt u zich goed voor en kies vooral een betrouwbare organisatie met professionele begeleiding, goed eten en goede adviezen.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain at 5895 metres. The second highest at 5195 metres is Mount Kenya. Kilimanjaro used to be within the boundaries of Kenya. Legend has it that Queen Victoria gave the mountain to Kaiser Wilhelm in 1848 because he commented that it was unfair that Kenya had the two highest peaks.
Due to Kilimanjaro’s equatorial location and high elevation, almost every climate type on earth is represented, including a ever snow-topped summit.
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Beklim Mount Kilimanjaro via de Marangu Route of de Machame Route
Wij werken al jaren met de Marangu Route en de Machame Route. De eerste staat te boek als eenvoudiger en wordt veelal aanbevolen voor minder geoefende klimmers. Het is eerder een intensieve wandelroute dan dat er echt geklommen wordt. U neemt het beste een volle week voor deze route.
Beide beklimmingen starten op dag 1 met een ontvangst, briefing en overnachting in het Springlands Hotel in Moshi Town aan de voet van de Kilimanjaro.
The Marangu Route
The only route with hut accommodation. The Marangu Route is considered the easiest and one of the most popular routes to the summit, the Marangu route is used by almost 40% of all climbers and uses comfortable mountain huts with solar power lighting. It is suitable for those adventurers who are not particularly experienced in the mountains, therefore classified as a moderate trek rather than a climb.
Although the trail can be a little crowded at certain times of the year, the views are beautiful and each day of walking progresses through a different climate zone, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. The real highlight is the walk from Gillman’s point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that occupy most of the summit area. The views as the sun rises behind Mawenzi on a clear morning are absolutely magnificent – The Rift Valley, Mt. Meru and the Masai Steppes stand out from the endless plains, almost three vertical miles below.
The National Park Gate (1,830 m.) lies at the edge of Marangu, which is an attractive village with many small coffee and banana plantations. After completing the entrance formalities, we climb up through an attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700 m.), a group of comfortable ‘A’ frame wooden huts. The largest cabin has a downstairs dining area and an upstairs dormitory and mattresses. Smaller huts sleep eight persons. The total capacity is sixty persons. Water is piped onto site from a spring above and there are flush toilets behind the main cabin. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is rich birdlife at the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. (3-5 hours walking) Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis
The first part of the walk is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather, there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. We climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720 m.). The buildings here are similar to Mandara Hut, but total capacity is one hundred and twenty persons. Water is piped from the stream behind the huts. There are platform toilets south east of the main hut, about eighty metres down the slope and flush toilets have been built within the complex of small huts. Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. (4-6 hours walking) Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.
We climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. We usually reach Kibo Hut (4,700 m.) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. Kibo is a stone-built block house with a small dining area and a number of dormitory rooms leading off a main corridor. There are bunk beds and mattresses for about sixty people. There is no water here so one has to bring an ample supply from the ‘last water’ supply above Horombo Hut. Platform toilets are behind the hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! (4-5 hours walking) Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 0100 hours, aiming to be up at Gillman’s Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree, but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have us up to Gillman’s (5,685 m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there and spend some time taking in the sunrise. For those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and we return to Horombo for the night. (11-15 hours walking) Overnight on the mountain on a full board basis.
We retrace our steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day and it really makes you realise how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. (5-6 hours walking). When you finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to Springlands Hotel for overnight. Overnight at Springlands Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.
After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight and end of our services.
The Machame Route
Deze route vergt een betere conditie en wellicht dus een intensievere training. In deze route wordt ook daadwerkelijk geklommen, noem het eerlijk gezegd eerder klauteren. Bovendien is deze route een dag langer.
Drive to the mountain. Trek through banana and coffee farms, before crossing the beautiful rainforest and heathland. The second night is spent at camp at an altitude of 3000m. The day’s hike takes approximately 4 to 5 hours. Overnight at Machame Camp on full board basis.
Steep morning climb, with some of the most magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and Kibo Peak. The third night is spent at camp at an altitude of 3720m. The day’s hike takes approximately 4-6 hours walking. Overnight at Shira Camp on full board basis.
Trek across the lava ridges of the glaciers. The fourth night is spent at camp at an altitude of 3900m. The day’s hike takes approximately 5-7 hours walking. Overnight at Barranco Camp on full board basis
Steep morning climb on the south eastern flank of Kibo. The fifth night is spent at camp at an altitude of 4600m. The day’s hike takes approximately 6-8 hours walking. Overnight at Barafu Camp on full board basis.
during the early hours for Stella Point, before the final trek to Gilman’s Point and Uhuru Peak at an altitude of Summit 5,895m. After your celebration of a successful trek to the summit, you descend to Mweka Forest Camp where you will spend the night. The day’s hike takes approximately 11-15 hours walking. Overnight at Mweka Forest Camp on full board basis
Easy-paced trek down to the gate. Takes approximately 4-6 hours walking. Transfer and overnight. Overnight at Springlands Hotel on bed & breakfast basis.
Morning transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your onward arrangements.