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Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snow capped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear. Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount Kilimanjaro trip planner, helping you reach the heights of adventure alive without the pitfalls, all based on your own comfort level.

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99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 204 Great 52 Average 4 Disappointing 0 Terrible 2
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Poah cacheezy camandeezy danya frigee August 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The title is Swahili for "Cool as a crazy banana in the fridge".

This trip was excellent! Well organised and well operated by our leader, JT.
He and his team were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, capable, polite,
skilled, very VERY experienced, professional, the list goes on!

I was nervous about coming on this trip as I had never done anything like it
before, but everything was so well managed that one by one, my worries
disappeared and turned into excitement and even relaxation.

Everyone in the group was like-minded, determined and supportive of each
other so we all got along very well. I went on my own so it was a relief to
find that every one of my group had similar enough ambitions and were easy to
get along with, despite coming from a range of backgrounds. I don't believe
this was just a happy accident - everyone climbing this mountain has more
than enough in common to bond over and Exodus nourishes that bond well.
Reaching the top!

Being above the clouds and wending through the grand rain forests at the
start and the very end were all highlights for me as well. Shira cathedral
and the Baranco Wall also made good scrambling (climbing) and although I got
a bit of a headache at the lava tower, that was something else I had been
looking forward to and it did not disappoint.


JT and his team were friendly, knowledgeable, supportive, capable, polite,
skilled, very VERY experienced, professional. He's already won the award for
best group leader and he fully deserves to win it again.


Be prepared, think about what you need. Your kit doesn't have to be perfect,
just enough. Anything else is a comfort you're welcome to (but remember,
either you or your porter, who WILL become your friend, will be carrying it).
Consider what you will want to use when:
- Travelling
- On the plane
- When you arrive
- Leave the hotel
- Wake up in the tent each morning
- When it's warm at the bottom
- When it's cold at the top
- When it rains
- When your camera loses charge
- When you go to sleep in the tent
- When you wake up in the morning
- What information you need and how to store it (what reception is available)
Just go through the situations of what the holiday will bring and consider
what you need for those situations.

Research altitude sickness. You don't need to be an expert and you don't need
all the drugs - I personally did not take diamox and was just as well off as
everyone else (some people did).

Pole pole. Going slow sounds boring, but remember when sitting in your office
thinking about the trip, but you're out in the wild by the tallest free
standing mountain in the world. Make the most of it, look around, take
pictures. You're only going to have to wait around when you get to camp. Even
if you're really fit and the fastest walker in the world, you'll still fall
short of breath at some point. And unless you can beat the record of under
5.5 hours to summit, I'm not interested in how fast you can do it. I'm more
interested in what you get out of it, so just relax and see the sights.


Top trip. If the world didn't have more to explore, I'd do it again. Maybe I
still will one day. I look forward to my next Exodus trip - probably Everest
base camp.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Kilimanjaro - Adventure of a Lifetime August 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Kilimnjaro - Awesome - To the MAX !!!
Clambering out off my frozen tent at Shira 1 Camp, and seeing the snow-clad
summit of Kilimanjaro in the distance, and knowing in only a few days, we
would be at the top.


Our group leader was one of the funniest, happiest, and most competent
outdoor professionals it has ever been my pleasure to meet.
A totally indomitable spirit, and for whom I grew to have the utmost respect.


In the form of a list:-

1. Don't under-estimate the extremes of temperature. Days are hot and sweaty.
Nights can be bitterly cold.
2, Make sure you have a very good sleeping bag... you're going to be spending
a lot of time in it.
3. Don't under-estimate how cold it will be on the summit attempt. We had
wind-chill down to -20deg. You'll be making the summit bid at night and we
did ours in a snowstorm, even at the end of March. It was very very cold.
Take lots of thermals, and layer up.... 4 or 5 layers is expected.
4. Don't use a Camelbak, Platypus or other water bladder system. Trying to
suck a mouthful of water through a 1m length of tube at 4500m will disrupt
your breathing and make you gasp for breath. Better to take a couple of
1litre bottles so you can pour water into your mouth and swallow. Your mouth
will get very dry due to the dry air at altitude.
5. Don't take a Camelbak etc as the drinking tube WILL freeze solid on summit
day.
6. Take some form of insulation for your drinking bottle.
7. Take a pee bottle for use at night. Campsites can be busy, and struggling
to get out of a sleeping bag, get dressed and walk across to the toilet tent
can be a real pain. Pee in a bottle and empty it in the morning. Much easier.
8. Take lots of snacks you enjoy, and comfort foods. The food on the trek is
good, but nibbling something you love when you need a lift is the best
feeling ever.
9. Take high energy foods, gels or "power bar" type snacks for summit day.
You will need them.
10. Take factor 50 sunblock and apply it every day even if it's cloudy. I
burned my arm and wrist in about 1 hour on the journey from the airport to
our hotel, and it only got worse as the trek went on. Do not ignore this
advice. UV effects are far more intense due to the thin air. Every one of us
suffered with sun or wind burn.
11. Weigh your stuff. The porters will only carry 15kg, and you don't want to
be carrying more than 6kg in your day pack. Anything heavier will affect your
breathing. Leave spare clothes at the hotel to change in to when you return.
12. Enjoy every minute of it. The landscape is awesome. The experience is
awesome. You will make some solid friends in the group as everyone suffers
and shares the same.
13. Make sure you take enough cash in US dollars. They can be used
everywhere. You will want to tip the porters and guides much more than they
state in the trip notes..... these guys and girls are truly what makes the
trip.
14. You will probably want to donate some of your equipment to the porters.
In my group, we left behind rucksacks, sleeping bags, trekking boots, thermal
gear, gloves, hats, buffs, water bottles, etc. Tanzania is a very poor
country with around 30% unemployment. Working as a porter is a good job, but
many of them have very little specialised equipment. They do not expect it,
but are honoured to receive it.


If you have any specific questions, I will be happy to receive them by email
and answer as best I can.


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Operator Exodus Travels

JM

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I had an awesome group of 12 trekkers and 49 staff! We all had a great time together May 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The midnight Summit climb was tough, tiring and super COLD. There was so many trekkers in different companies that fell by the wayside on Summit night. I stood tough and strong and braved the cold windy elements and soldiered up the huge ascent to the top. The morning sun helped with feeling warmer. I stayed on the Summit admiring the views. Read more

Operator World Expeditions

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The Lemosho route to success on Kili March 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just back from a great trip. From the moment you land your African adventure
starts. The Moivaro lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable start and end
point, but your focus is inevitably on the challenge ahead. Our guide JT gave
an excellent pre-trek briefing and throughout the trek provided support and
motivation - always with a smile, a laugh or a song.
If you have even the slightest concern about altitude and acclimatisation,
the Lemosho route is an excellent choice: the extra time allows for a gradual
approach over the Shira Plateau, with some acclimatisation walks (going
higher and sleeping lower). And it’s attractive.
Don’t expect to be trekking in splendid isolation on any route. Even on the
supposedly quieter Lemosho route (which eventually merges with two other
routes) there is the daily traffic of porters passing you every morning...and
you get to recognise and chat with other groups as you pass each other on the
way.
I hadn’t realised when I first chose my dates, that this trip was a
‘female crew’ trip. I’m so glad it was. Apart from the value of this
scheme in providing opportunities for females porters and guides, having a
mixed crew really added to the friendly atmosphere of our camp. All organised
groups seemed to have moments when their crew sang for the clients, but for
us this went to a different level. Not only did their voices (and smiles)
really lift the singing, but you never felt this was a performance; it
carried on even when they were in their own tent in the afternoons.
Oh, and although we were a small group, we all reached the summit!
Reaching the summit was the highlight, but scrambling on the Barranco Wall
was exciting (there is a little exposure in short patches which could cause
some anxiety for anyone with a fear of heights, but is otherwise quite
manageable. Porters manage it with big loads!).
And listening to the female crew members singing!


JT: exceptional. Highly professional and with a great personality. Always
motivating us and ensuring we were ok. And he showed similar care for his
crew.


Go for it! The Lemosho route is great for acclimatisation, and is an
attractive route.
Don’t be put off by the female crew departures - indeed, I can’t
recommend it enough.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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The Roof of Africa & The Big 5! March 2018

5.0

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route & Safari

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Everything about this trip was fantastic from beginning to end! The mountain
hiking was brilliant, with the scenery changing slowly from lush tropical
forest to the barren moonscapes of the summit with almost everything in
between. The help, encouragement and guidance we received from the whole
team, from the leader to the porters, was incredible and they played a huge
part in ensuring the entire group had the privilege of standing on the roof
of Africa. The summit is a grim 6 hour uphill struggle through the night, but
it is almost instantly forgotten as you stand on Stella Point to watch the
sun's first rays light up Mawenzi Peak. From there it is a further 45 minutes
to Uhuru Peak - the highest point in Africa. After 6 days and a night of
walking at this point the sense of relief and achievement cannot be
overstated!

The food on the mountain was plentiful, and given the circumstances, very
tasty. Spirits in the camp were high throughout the trip (even when the zip
for the toilet tent broke) and there was a real sense of togetherness in the
team to ensure everyone reached their goals.

Once we were down and showered, and had had a few beers to celebrate the
achievement, it was time for the safari. Over the following 3 days we were
lucky enough to see everything we could have hoped for, including close
encounters with a leopard, a pack of lions with cubs, elephants, giraffes and
countless other animals. The sheer numbers of wildlife in both the Ngorongoro
Crater and the Serengeti was breathtaking, and it was wonderful to see the
animals interacting with each other in their natural habitat. The base for
the final two night of the trip was a permanent tented camp on the outskirts
of the Serengeti, which although it took a little getting used to (being
escorted back from dinner by a man with a gun was an interesting
experience!), waking up to the African dawn chorus in the midst of so many
amazing animals was a great way to end the trip!

I just want to put a little disclaimer on this review that I work for Exodus
in the UK Head Office, but this was my first time travelling with them and it
has made me extremely proud of the company I work for.
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Operator Exodus Travels

Mt. Kilimanjaro Tours and Travel Guide


Mt. Kilimanjaro Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro holds an almost mythical fascination for the adventurous traveler. This snowcapped peak near the Equator is the highest freestanding mountain in the world – yet can be summited without using technical climbing gear.

Towering over the vast African savannah below, it still presents challenges even for the very fit – including choosing the right guided trip to the top. Stride can act as your Mount Kilimanjaro trip planner, helping you reach the heights of adventure alive without the pitfalls, all based on your own comfort level.

Many Americans first heard about Mount Kilimanjaro through Ernest Hemingway’s famous short story, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro,” published in Esquire magazine in 1936. A 1952 film starring Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward and Ava Gardner further popularized the mountain by bringing The Snows of Kilimanjaro to the silver screen.

While Hemingway’s fearless spirit took him to Africa on his own, planning a Mount Kilimanjaro trek can be intimidating – there are a number of routes to choose from, for starters, each offering differing levels of difficulty and other advantages and disadvantages. Sorting these out is essential: while ascending to the peak is not as strenuous as some other mountains of its size, this is still a long trek even for those with extra lung capacity.

Native Guides

Fortunately, you can choose among a wide variety of trusted tour operators, who can provide you with a selection of itineraries, group sizes, and accommodation options, allowing you to keep the adventure alive without the worries. Tanzania mandates that a native guide escort travelers; your Tanzania tour operator will always take care of this requirement. Pick a “Stride Preferred” trip to ensure you get the best guides -- knowledgeable and friendly escorts who go along on the adventure.

Most guided tours of Mount Kilimanjaro take five to seven days to reach the summit, with stays in tents or mountain huts. The trails showcase a diverse landscape. Your trek begins as you leave the African savannah, then head into jungle, through cloud forest and into surprising hanging-moss forests before reaching a landscape reminiscent of high desert.

As you climb toward the peak, an even starker desert unfolds, and a glacier appears nearby. The latter is receding rapidly -- a third of the glacier has melted away in just the past quarter century -- so it’s advisable not to put off a Mount Kilimanjaro tour if you want to witness the striking natural wonder of ice near the Equator.

Add a Safari

But before you head off, let Stride act as your personal travel advisor, showcasing the Mount Kilimanjaro guided trips that will best meet your comfort levels. And while you’re here on the site, why not consider adding a Tanzania wildlife safari to your trip? The Serengeti plains, Ngorongoro Crater, and other wonderful wildlife parks aren’t far away.

While Hemingway was able to wring remarkable literature out of his Kilimanjaro experiences, you may well be rendered speechless as you trek. That’s OK. Take it all in. Ponder. Then ask your seasoned tour guides for suggestions on the best spots to nab those brag-worthy photos that will leave your friends envious. If they utter one word, it’s likely to be, “Wow!

Once you’ve booked your tour...

While Tanzania in general has a tropical climate, be sure to pack cold-weather gear for your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. You may be by the Equator, but it gets freezing up there!

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