Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is an inactive stratovolcano in north-eastern Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 5,895 metres above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain as well as the 4th most prominent mountain in the world. There are six official climbing routes by which to climb Mt Kilimanjaro: Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame. Of all the routes, Machame is by far the most scenic albeit steeper route up the mountain, which can be done in six or seven days. The Rongai is the easiest camping route and the Marangu is also relatively easy, but accommodation is in huts.
There are 3 levels of climbing excursions in Kilimanjaro:
These climbs include a lightweight mess tent, table and stools, smaller client tent and foam pad. Clients must provide their own sleeping bag. This is the most adventurous tour level.
These climbs include a larger mess tent, backed chairs, larger client tentts with 3" foam mattress. A pillow and 18 degree celcius rated sleeping bag with liner are also included. There is a private portable toilet. Evening meals have an additional course (entree) and there is fresh coffee available.
These climbs are similar to the Luxury specification, but with a larger walk-in client tent and a cot so that guests are raised off the ground when sleeping. On this specification, tips to all of the crew are included, offering the most comfortable and all-inclusive option.