What to Expect for the Lemosho Route on Mt. Kilimanjaro

The Lemosho Route on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro is currently the second most popular route to the summit. As it is such a popular route, we thought it would be helpful to provide more detailed information on the day by day experience using this well-traversed route.


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Seven Tips for Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro

It’s been estimated that only 60–65% of people successfully reach the summit at Uhuru Peak from any of the seven major routes to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but this rate increases the more days that a climber adds to his/her trek, with success rates reaching around 85% for 8-day routes. After successfully summiting along with my four other trekking mates on the 7-day Lemosho trek, I’d like to give you seven tips for ensuring that you also have the very best chance of reaching the summit on your Trekking Hero adventure and can avoid the effects of altitude sickness:


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Kilimanjaro Campsites - What to Expect

For anyone not taking the Marangu route to Kilimanjaro, sleeping in tents is going to be a way of life on your journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here are some things to expect during your time at Kilimanjaro campsites:


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What Exactly is a Joining Safari?

A joining safari is exactly what it sounds like; you join up with different groups and trips that are going to the same locations all over the Serengeti. These types of safaris sound great at first glance, especially as a solo traveler, because you will get to meet new people every day from all parts of the world. They are generally very cheap to operate, and can be put together relatively last minute as well. There are many good things about the joining safari, but let’s talk about some of the issues that you will want to know about before making this decision.


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Corals and Caves – Palawan Might be the World’s Top Island

Amazing coral reefs, crystal clear lagoons and untouched white sand beaches have long attracted a small but steady stream of travelers to the islands of Palawan in the Philippines.  Recently, the islands got the attention of the world when they were voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller as the best in the world. Despite the recent publicity the destination still has yet to attract throngs of visitors and still retains its virtually pristine beaches and a bit of an off the beaten track feeling. Palawan is really a complex of over 1700 individual islands stretching almost 2000km (1200 miles) along the western border of the Philippines. Palawan is the largest island and almost all coastlines measuring almost 500km long but only 50km (30 miles) across. Beautiful lagoons, photogenic karst topography and sugar beaches give way to a rugged chain of mountains covered by a vast blanket of still virgin rain forests. Puerto Princesa is the provincial seat of government and just an hour’s flight from Manila is the first stop for most visitors to the islands. It’s a popular tourist destination in and of itself for its beach resorts and popular sea food restaurants. Its local claim to […]


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Trekking the Ruwenzori - Africa’s Tallest Mountains

Africa’s tallest mountain range, the Ruwenzoris, sit almost on the equator between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This massive snow capped range of mountains hosts some of the last remaining glaciers in tropical Africa and the large alpine area boasts numerous lakes and waterfalls. The mountains are home to a unique array of gargantuan plant life that draws comparisons to the dinosaur age.  Margherita Peak (5,109m / 16,761 ft), Mount Speke and Mount Baker which are respectively Africa’s third, fourth and fifth tallest mountains.  While Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya the tallest peaks in Africa draw numerous visitors the Ruwenzori are almost undiscovered despite the fact they are probably one of Africa’s most beautiful mountainous regions. The history of the mountains goes back as far as ancient Greece when Aristotle noted the ‘Mountains of Silver’ as the source of the Nile and Ptolemy in the 4th century BC placed them correctly on the map and named them “Lunae Montes” or “The Mountains of the Moon.” The ancients did not have first hand verification of the mountains and instead relied on stories told by Egyptian traders who told fables of the source of the Nile as a huge […]


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How Much to Tip? Tipping on Kilimanjaro

Looking back at my first trip to Kilimanjaro one of my biggest surprises was the size of the tip and the size of the crew that managed the trip. Most of my previous trekking experience prior to Kilimanjaro was in Nepal and the Andes where tips of $40 to $80 are the norm so the idea of a $200 tip takes some mental adjustment. One reason tips are bigger is the size of support teams on Kilimanjaro. Keep in mind your tip is going to be divided among the entire team so actual tips per a team member need to be considered. A ten person group climbing Kilimanjaro will be supported by a team of 40 consisting of 4 head guides, 3 assistant guides, 3 cooks and 30 porters. Contrast this to the Everest Base Camp trek where the same group of 10 would only be supported by a total crew of 6 consisting of 2 or 3 guides and 3 or 4 porters. You might be wondering if such a large team is really required (does it take a team of 9 to get just two individuals up the mountain?). A simple fact is that this is how things […]


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Packing Checklist for Climbing Kilimanjaro

It’s possible to rent gear locally for climbing the mountain but it’s expensive and the quality is certainly poor for the money you will be spending. If you let us know in advance its possible we can provide some gear to you free of cost. However, the best bet is to bring your own gear (Complete list) . On your first night in Moshi before starting the trek you will be introduced to your guide and he will review your equipment to make sure you are adequately prepared. Climbers heading to the mountain need to be properly equipped for rainy conditions on the way to the summit and freezing temperatures at the summit. Keep in mind that gear will generally be divided up while your hiking. The bulk of your gear will be carried by our porters in a duffel bag and you will carry a daypack with the essentials which include snacks, camera, headlamp, poncho, extra layers, sun protection and water bottles. The follow article describes the equipment needed in full detail. If you want to jump right to our Kilimanjaro packing list you can download as a word doc or pdf. Base, Middle and Outer Layers The principle […]


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The Weather of Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro lies in the tropics and the seasons are marked more by variations in rainfall then by changes in temperature. The main driving force controlling the climate is the migration of the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ. The ITCZ marks the convergence between the north and south trade winds and can be picked out in Satellite pictures as a broad band of thunderstorms which encircles the globe. What’s the best time to climb Kilimanjaro The best time to climb is from June to September (Long Dry Season) and from January to February (Short Dry Season). June, January and February might be considered the best months as they have great weather and not as many visitors come to the mountain. The busiest time of year on the mountain is in September. On average the “Long Wet” season lasts from the 25th of March until the 21st of May and we don’t recommend climbing during this period although it is possible. Is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro during the rainy season? One advantage to climbing during the wet seasons is that you will practically have the mountain to yourself. Some climbers enjoy seeing the summit covered in snow and the climbing […]


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Marangu or Machame? What’s the Best Route to Climb Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa attracting over 35,000 climbers annually. Trekkers can choose between seven different route options (Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai, Northern Circuit and Umbwe). Here we take a closer look at the Marangu, Machame routes which are the most popular options and combined account for nearly 85% of visitor traffic to the mountain. Each route offers a uniquely different experience so it’s worth getting the facts before you make a selection. Huts (Marangu Route) vs Camping (Machame Route) The hut experience on Marangu vs. the camping experience offered by Machame is perhaps the biggest consideration and difference between the two routes. Marangu offers an extensive system of well developed huts, shared dinning lodges and developed bathrooms. The huts are commonly shared between 4 persons although the higher Horombo Hut has a mix of dorm and quad shared rooms and Kibo is completely dormitory style. The bathrooms at Horombo Hut and Mandara are well maintained with flush toilets and solar lighting. The dinning lodges are comfortable, clean and offer a good place to get out of the weather and socialize. If you are not used to camping and are looking for a slightly more comfortable experience […]


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Mount Kenya Trekking Quick Facts Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak at (5,199 meters (17,057 ft)). It’s a 4 hour drive to the trailhead from Nairobi. We suggest heading up via the Sirimon Route and down via the Chogoria Route. Distance – The distance depends on the route but assume between 60 and 80km. Elevation – The elevation gain depends on the route but assume 2500m. Time Required – Minimum of 4 days and up to 7 days. Cost – Entrance fee is $220 per person for 4 days. Cost per person for a fully guided trip start at $650 Time to Visit – It’s best to avoid the rainy seasons from March to June and October to December.


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Mount Longonot Trekking Quick Facts A short but strenuous day trek to a recently dormant stratovolcano (9100 ft) located in the center of the Great Rift Valley. The trailhead is 60km from Nairobi on a paved road and is reachable by private vehicle and public transport. Distance – 9 km hike. Elevation – The hike starts at around 7000 ft (2150m) and the summit is approximately 9100 ft (2780m). The actual vertical of 630m is greater due to the up and down on the crater rim. Time Required – 1 Day. 5 hours of hiking to the summit. Cost – Mount Longonot National Park Entrance Fee is $20 for nonresidents. Time to Visit – Year round.


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