At 19,340' (5896 Mts.), Kilimanjaro, or Uhuru Peak, is the highest point in Africa, located in Tanzania. This extinct volcano rises over large game reserves and is certainly one of the world's most impressive mountain adventures we offer, taking place in one of the more diverse and fascinating regions of our planet.
Kilimanjaro is a non-technical climb, however many who attempt the mountain also underestimate it. Its altitude needs to be taken seriously. It is the easiest of the seven summits and a great stepping-stone for higher peaks. It is the perfect climb to prepare you for an expedition on Aconcagua, which is our specialty and a mountain we have guided on for over 20 years.
We will climb the Machame, or Umbwe, Route of Kilimanjaro. This is the finest route, and as part of our longtime philosophy we will encounter less crowds than in the overused Normal Route. We will descend via the Mweka Route. This is the descent route required by Kilimanjaro National Park, making a traverse of the mountain. This is another trademark of Aventuras Patagonicas, using more aesthetically beautiful routes and traversing the mountain, giving you more scenery and the entire spectrum of the mountain.
Our community gear, and most of our personal equipment, will be carried by our porters so you can enjoy light packs throughout the climb. We will also have a cook with us during the expedition, and although we use high quality local resources on this trip, the Lead Guide will always be an Aventuras Patagonicas, U.S.-based, Certified professional mountain guide trained with, and experienced in, the highest standards of guiding.
CLIMBING SKILLS: No previous climbing experience or technical climbing skills are required. The hiking is easy to moderate, but strenuous, especially on Summit Day. You must be in good to excellent physical condition. A small amount of snow will be encountered below the Summit, which does not need the use of crampons or ice ax. Trekking or ski poles are highly recommended.