First climbed in 1889 by the German Geography Professor Hans Meyer and Austrian Mountaineer Ludwig Purtscheller, Kilimanjaro is a complex mountain located just south of the equator.
The mountain itself is actually a dormant volcano made up of three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. The highest of these is Kibo and at 5895m the highest point on Kibo and on the African Continent is Uhuru Peak, this is the summit that the majority of climbers on Kilimanjaro visit and it is the summit that all Monkey Mountaineering trips aim to achieve.
There are now seven authorised trekking routes (Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and the little used Umbwe – If you are interested in a route other than the Lemosho please give us a call or email us firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Kilimanjaro which is considered by many to be the most scenic.
Monkey Mountaineering's 8 day Lemosho trek is a superb choice as it combines beautiful scenery and majestic views of the mountain with lower numbers of trekkers than other routes and a high success rate.
The route starts to the west of Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate. From the gate, the first two days are spent trekking up through the rain forest to the Shira Ridge.
The route then crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east. This relatively flat section at just below 4000m offers and excellent opportunity to acclimatise and affords excellent views of the mountain from different perspectives.
The Lemosho route is relatively quiet until it joins the Machame route close to Lava Tower where it then traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu High Camp. We then use the Mweka route for a fast descent before returning to Arusha.
Monkey Mountaineering's Approach
Maximise Chances of Success. At Monkey Mountaineering we recognise the difficulties involved in completing an ascent of Kilimanjaro, that's why we do everything we can to help you achieve your goal. To improve your chances of success our groups on Kilimanjaro are never more than 8 people. We use local guides who are professional, fully qualified, experienced and have in-depth knowledge of the mountain. They are client focused and will manage the whole trip to maximise your chances of success. We are good but we can't work miracles so we recommend that you do some training walks to improve your fitness in preparation for your Kilimanjaro ascent.
Minimise Environmental Impact. In keeping with our core values of sustainable adventure travel we take steps to ensure our impact on the environment is kept to a minimum. We always respect the environment we operate in and we plan all our Kilimanjaro trips with this in mind. Our group sizes on Kilimanjaro are never more than 8. Our guides encourage responsible behaviour whilst on the mountain and we encourage you to manage litter and ensure nothing is left behind on the mountain, except of course, footprints.