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Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro...If Cheryl Cole can do it...

Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain on the African continent. It's snow-capped summit has long been a source of fascination for travellers and an irresistible challenge to trekkers and mountaineers. The mountain consists of three separate volcanic peaks. The highest is Kibo (5895m) followed by the jagged volcanic spires of Mawenzie (5149m) and the collapsed volcanic cone that now forms the Shira plateau (4006m).

The first recorded sighting of the mountain dates back some seven hundred years, when Chinese fisherman sighted a distant white peak whilst sailing off the coast of Zanzibar. Early attempts to conquer Kilimanjaro ended in disaster or defeat and it wasn’t climbed until 1889 when German geographer Hans Meyer, Austrian mountaineer and moustache enthusiast Ludwig Purtscheller and Chagga man-of-iron Yohani Kinyala Lauwo staggered to the highest point of the crater rim and planted the German Imperial Standard on the summit.

The allure of Kilimanjaro is as hard to resist today as it was all those years ago. It offers trekkers and mountaineers a challenging but attainable goal, a taste of high altitude adventure and the opportunity to stand at the highest point on the African continent.

We run several different ascent routes on the mountain; the Rongai, the Lemosho, the Machame and the formidable Western Breach. Our programmes have been designed to give you the best possible acclimatisation and an excellent chance of reaching the summit.

Our Kilimanjaro programmes are all-inclusive, which means that you will be met at the airport or bus station at the start of the trip and all transport, food (on the mountain), accommodation, tents, camping equipment, guides, cooks and porters will be provided for you. All you need to do is arrive in Africa well prepared, physically fit and equipped with enough steely resolve to conquer the worlds most famous mountain. Godspeed!