Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Kilimanjaro Bliss has scheduled climbs and private climbs. Our scheduled climbs tend to be near full moons and new moons, to experience the light, moonlit sky, or the excitement of the total dark during summit morning.

Deciding on the rUhuru Peak, Mt Kilimanjarooute and number of days can be intimidating. Although we can take any route, we concentrate on the ones that give the best experience. We try to avoid the steeper, and more used routes, to give you a better experience and greater chance to summit.

You may want to look at the routes we do, or look at considerations for choosing the number of days for your climb. You can follow the links to find more information. You can also look at how to prepare for your mountain trek.

Our Recommended Tours

DETAILED LEMOSHO ITINERARY

The Lemosho route is considered to be the most scenic route on Mount Kilimanjaro.   It is one of the newest routes and has fewer hikers than many of the others. It starts on the West side of the mountain, near the Kenyan border, so it requires a longer journey to reach the gate.  It has the unique feature of showing Kilimanjaro from different angles as you make your gradual ascent. This route provides better hiker acclimatization than other routes, due to the gradual terrain and the “hike high, sleep low” route itinerary.  This itinerary provides hikers with a higher rate of success in reaching the summit. This route is the favourite among many guides, and is well worth the extra time and money spent. The main route takes a southern path around the summit, but there is a northern route option. The northern route sees even less people. The northern route can be slightly more difficult, however.

Nights: Hotel 2, Tents 7
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 8 days hiking
Recommended days on trek: 8 days
Minimum trekking days required: 7days
Difficulty: Intermediate
Scenery: Superb
Traffic: Medium
Stating point: West, Londorrosi gate
Distance: 70km
Acclimatization: Excellent

From US$3,160 (includes 18% Tanzania VAT**)

Optional Additions:
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$210
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$100

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DETAILED LEMOSHO ITINERARY

The Lemosho route Northern Circuit is considered to be the most scenic route on Mount Kilimanjaro.   It is the newest route and has fewer hikers than many of the others. It starts on the West side of the mountain, near the Kenyan border, so it requires a longer journey to reach the gate.  It has the unique feature of showing Kilimanjaro from different angles as you make your gradual ascent. This route provides better hiker acclimatization than other routes, due to the gradual terrain and the “hike high, sleep low” route itinerary.  Taking the Northern Circuit route has even more acclimatization advantages than the Southern Circuit route. It also has even more spectacular vistas. This itinerary provides hikers with the highest rate of success in reaching the summit. The summit success rate of this route makes it well worth the extra time and money spent. 

Nights: Hotel 2 (as an add-on), Tents 7
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 8 days hiking
Recommended days on trek: 8 days
Minimum trekking days required: 8 days
Difficulty: Intermediate
Scenery: Superb
Traffic: Medium
Starting point: West, Londorrosi gate
Distance: 89 km
Acclimatization: Excellent

From US$3,360 (includes 18% Tanzania VAT**)

Optional Additions:
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$210
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$100

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DETAILED RONGAI ITINERARY

The Rongai Route is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. It offers spectacular views of the Massai lands reaching beyond Tanzania into Kenya.  It is drier than other routes, making it a good option for those climbing during the wet season.  It is also a good route for those looking for a shorter, more remote route with fewer trekkers.  The Rongai route joins the Marangu route for the summit assent and descent via Marangu, southeast of the mountain.   While being a potentially shorter and “easier” route, the Rongai, like the Marangu, is a continuous, gradual ascent. The shorter route with less days can make acclimatization more challenging than routes where the trail ascends and descends between camps. The “hike up high, and sleep lower” on other routes helps improve acclimatization to altitude.  To improve acclimatization, summit success, and safety, on the Rongai route, 7- 8 days are recommended.  We have a regular 7-day hike on Rongai . but we recommend that you consider our 8-day hike. 

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Nights: Hotel: 2 (available as an add-on); Tents: 6
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 7 days hiking
Minimum days on trek: 6
Recommended days on trek: 7 – 8 days
Difficulty: Beginners
Scenery: Very Good
Traffic: Low – Medium
Starting point: North
Distance: 73km
Acclimatization: Low to medium
Recommendation by Kilimanjaro Bliss: 8 days

From US$2,860 (includes 18% Tanzania VAT**)

Optional Additions:
Extra 8th Day Add-on:   US$260
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers:   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$240
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$120

DETAILED RONGAI ITINERARY

This is our recommended length on the Rongai Route. This is the only route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north, close to the Kenyan border. It offers spectacular views of the Massai lands reaching beyond Tanzania into Kenya.  It is drier than other routes, making it a good option for those climbing during the wet season.  It is also a good route for those looking for a more remote route with fewer trekkers.  The Rongai route joins the Marangu route for the summit assent and descent via Marangu, southeast of the mountain.   While being a potentially shorter and “easier” route, the Rongai, like the Marangu, is a continuous, gradual ascent. Taking this longer, 8-day trek increases the acclimatization,  although it is still less than the Machame or Lemosho routes.   

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Nights: Hotel: 2 (available as an add-on); Tents: 7
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 8 days hiking
Minimum days on trek: 6
Recommended days on trek: 7 – 8 days
Difficulty: Beginners
Scenery: Very Good
Traffic: Low – Medium
Starting point: North
Distance: 73km
Acclimatization: Low to medium
Recommendation by Kilimanjaro Bliss: 8 days

From US$3,120 (includes 18% Tanzania VAT**)

Optional Additions:
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers:   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$240
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$120

DETAILED MACHAME ITINERARY

The Machame route, or “Whiskey” route, has become the most popular route on the mountain. The Machame route is a popular route choice for those looking for a shorter hike than Lemosho, who do not mind the higher volume of hikers, but still want a very scenic experience. This route provides hikers with excellent acclimatisation, by as the short 7 day hike, this popular route called the whiskey route.

Our guides will monitor you daily for signs of altitude related sickness, using a pulse oximeter to assess your level of blood oxygen saturation, and using a stethoscope to listen for any unusually lung sounds.  Of the many hikers that journey up Kilimanjaro each year a few experience potentially serious altitude issues. Our guides are trained to identify these, and will transport you down if necessaryOur team take your well-being seriously, and carry an emergency Oxygen canister, and 2 – way communication systems. Many hikers assist their acclimatization by taking Diamox, obtained from their travel clinic before travelling to Tanzania.

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Nights: Hotel 2, Tent 6
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 7 days hiking
Recommended days on trek: 8 days
Minimum days on trek: 7 days
Difficulty
: Intermediate
Scenery: Superb
Traffic: High
Starting point: South West
Distance: 62km
Acclimatization: Excellent

From US$2,750 (includes 18% Tanzania VAT**)

Optional Additions:
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers:   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$150
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$100

DETAILED MT MERU ITINERARY

Standing adjacent to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru at 4566m, is the fifth highest mountain on the African continent and the second highest in Tanzania.  Its location makes it a fantastic vantage point for shooting stunning photographs of Kilimanjaro, and wildlife with Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.

Mt. Meru is both an excellent mountain to hike, as either an acclimatisation hike in preparation for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, or as a stand-alone option for those with less time available, or those on a smaller budget.  It should not however, be considered as an easier option, for it is equally, if not more, challenging in some aspects.  While most of this hike is relatively easy going, with steep trail in places, the night ascent to the summit from Saddle Hut, contains a few short, exposed sections. These now have a chain rope to provide some security on this exposed section. A good head for heights and sure footedness are necessary for this final ascent to Mt. Meru Summit. Those wishing to hike on Mt. Meru as part of an acclimatization hike for Mt. Kilimanjaro, but not wishing to make the full summit ascent, due to the exposed sections, will find equal enjoyment in the ascent to ‘Little Mt. Meru’ The total hike is 46 km and can be hiked in 3 days, but is usually hiked over a period of 4 days.

Geocaching

Those hikers who also like to Geocache, you will find an Earth-cache at the summit, and Geocaches hidden around Arusha National Park, leading you to some of the most scenic locations.  Our guides are Geocache friendly and will happily stop while you hunt.

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Nights: Hotel: 2; Huts: 3
Recommended days on trek: 4 – 5 days
Kilimanjaro Bliss: 4 day tours
Minimum days on trek: 3
Difficulty: Intermediate
Scenery: Very Good
Traffic: Low – Medium
Stating point: Arusha
Distance: 46km

From US$1,000 (includes 18% Tanzania VAT**)

Optional Additions:

4th Day Add-on:   US$330
To and From Airport/Hotel Transfers:   US$100
Hotel stay the night before leaving:  US$150
Hotel stay the night ending the tour: US$100

Geological History
Mt. Meru is a stratovolcano, which up until its last eruption in 1910, was very active.  Approximately 8,000 years ago, Mt. Meru was higher than Mt. Kilimanjaro. At that time, the entire eastern flank of Mt. Meru was blown away by a massive volcanic blast, significantly larger than Mt. St. Helens.  This left Meru with a huge caldera on it eastern side, from which lava erupted and flowed, forming many lava cones.  These give the mountain the distinctive appearance and character that it has today.  Officially, Mt. Meru, is still considered an active volcano, last erupting with a small eruption in 1910, but has shown no sign of life recently.

Flora and Wildlife

The ascent up Mt Meru passes through many different vegetation zones.  The dry forest of the lower region gives way to a dense mountain rainforest, which then turns into a scrubland. As the flora changes the wildlife does so too, making this a diverse and impressive hiking experience. Due to the presence of big game and leopards, it is obligatory that every tour be accompanied by an armed park ranger. The experience of walking past giraffe, elephants, and buffalo as they feed off the drier scrubland plants in the lower zones, and then entering the rainforest with monkeys feeding and swinging in the trees, makes this tour as much a walking safari as a mountain ascent. In the rainforest, you will be treated to the sight of giant plantain leaves, the smelling sweet Jasmine, as it blooms, along with many other sensory treats. Towards the top of the mountain, the vegetation consists of heath and moorland.  After Rhino Point the vegetation is replaced by volcanic rock of shades of brown and red, creating a stunning, barren alpine desert.

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