Kilimanjaro

Overview.


At 19,341 feet/5,895 meters, Tanzania 's snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the world's tallest free-standing mountain. It's also the world's tallest walkable mountain—and what a walk it is. To reach the summit, one must pass through five distinct climate zones ranging from rainforest to alpine desert and eventually glacial Arctic. Although it is possible to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without any specific mountaineering training or equipment, summiting the Roof of Africa is not an easy task.

The exciting thing about this mountain is that anyone who is fit and determined can make it up. No special climbing equipment or expertise is needed. That said, more than 50% of all attempts fail because people figure it's doable in shorts, t-shirt, and a couple of beers for hydration

Mount Kilimanjaro is located inside the Kilimanjaro National Park outside of Moshi town in a beautiful accessible village of Marangu where the headquarter of the park is located. There are different routes to the top involving different villages and scenarios. These routes includes Marangu route, Machame route, Rongai route, Lemosho route, Umbwe route, Shira route and Mweka route which is used for descent only.

With all these routes to the top Mount Kilimanjaro is however not only the highest free standing peak in the world but also highest accessible point. The chagga who inhabit the area of the mountain has not yet managed to give the meaning of Kilimanjaro with the exception of kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro Routes.


Marangu Route

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Lemosho Route

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Rongai Route

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Machame Route

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TRAINING PROGRAM FOR KILIMANJARO.


When you train to climb Kilimanjaro, you should concentrate on both your fitness and your heart rate. Muscles become stronger if they are used regularly, at a suitable level and for a sustained period.  This is known as the training effect. The heart is the most vital muscle to train, so that it can pump more blood more efficiently and deliver more oxygen. Your cardiovascular system - - your heart and lungs working together - - is severely tested by climbing altitude. Resting heart rate tends to increase at altitude.The increase is significantly larger at higher altitudes, however it should decrease as you acclimatize. Resting heart rate is,therefore, a good indicator of your body’s adaptation to altitude. Training programs differ widely Most people use hiking, running or cycling as their prime activity. We think it works best if you do both cross training and interval training.

  • Cross training involves mixing in another form of exercise. For example, if the core discipline is running, we recommend cross train once a week by cycling or hill walking. Hill walking include carrying a daypack with 10kg of weight in it.
  • Interval training involves varying the effort level sharply every couple of minutes during a single session. Challenging the heart to prepare for the varying effort. I suggest a rest day after every training day or a week.

Fitness, strength and stamina are all important for climbing Kilimanjaro. Don't rely on a single form of exercise. The smooth surface of a treadmill does nothing to prepare the leg muscles for climbing loose scree or difficult, steep terrain, or perhaps a strong head wind. Try to include some brisk hill walking or cross country jogging expedition, in months or weeks prior to your departure. Whatever the exercise, minimize the risk of straining the muscles by warming up slowly beforehand, including stretching, then cooling down gently afterwards. Stretching beforehand reduces the risk of injury. Afterwards it helps to prevent stiffness of the next day. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your training sessions.


More Essential Tips

  • Start training in good time, if someone is fit a month of special effort might be enough, but if unfit aim to begin three to four months in advance.
  • Also, if never use trekking poles before it's better to practice using them. They are very importance and a great companion on the mountain.
  • Get used to boots, especially when they are new, to avoid blisters
  • It’s also best to consult a medical doctor before your trip in case your doctor has any recommendations to offer based on your medical history. If you take prescription medicine, you want to make sure you bring enough to more than the entire trip (just as a precaution).

And take a few rest days before you leave for Tanzania! You’ll want to preserve some of those calories because you will need them on the hike!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN SAFARI.


Have you got a unique safari dream? Maybe you’ve got a limited or extended time frame? Maybe you’ve got a special event to plan? Or maybe you’ve got a big group to organise with people of all ages to cater for? Perhaps you’ve a set budget you’d like to stick to? Whatever your circumstances, fear not because We can design a custom trip especially for you. To find out more just get in touch with us telling us as much detail as you can about the special trip you want to organize.


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CUSTOMER REVIEWS.

  •   Did a one day trek to the Mandara hut on Mt Kilimanjaro with Diamond Glacier Adventures. Demi was my guide for the day. I had such a great time. Demi is a great motivator to get you up the hardest parts. No rush and the scenery is spectacular. Lots of opportunity to stop and take pictures. Lunch was very good, You stop about half way up in a picnic area. Also we stopped on the side of the road on the way home so I could get some great shots of Kilimanjaro once the cloud lifted off the mountain. I would highly recommend going with DGA if you are interested in any sort of trek long or short. They are excellent to deal with. More

    Jeneane M
    9/18/2019
  •   Shorter review: AMAZING ONE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, HIGHLY RECOMMEND, Demi and his Diamond Glacier Adventures are professionals, great guides and made us feel very welcome! MANY THANKS, DEMI AND THE TEAM! Do not hesitate and support the smaller business by choosing Diamond Glaciar Adventures instead of larger and more commercialized providers. Longer review: Based on my colleague's recommendation we booked (a group of 4, two couples from Germany/Russia/Poland) a 7 day Machame trip with Demi and his team in July 2019. The price was very reasonable, the communication was great and there were no issues with transferring the money via a bank transfer which was a strongly preferable option for us. We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and were transferred to Pepe Hotel the same night without any delays. Pepe Hotel is a basic but very nice hotel with all the necessary amenities. Demi had a brief debriefing with us which made us feel in good hands; overall very professional and we were very pleased with the trip planning. We went through our equipment and apparel and Demi provided us with warmer apparel if necessary. The service of Demi and his team on the mountain was top-notch; we felt very welcome, the food was great and the climbing pacing was tailored to us. Demi recommended that we shorten our 7 days trip to 6 days one because of our good shape, which we did and did not regret afterwards; however, this was a... Shorter review: AMAZING ONE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, HIGHLY RECOMMEND, Demi and his Diamond Glacier Adventures are professionals, great guides and made us feel very welcome! MANY THANKS, DEMI AND THE TEAM! Do not hesitate and support the smaller business by choosing Diamond Glaciar Adventures instead of larger and more commercialized providers.

    Longer review: Based on my colleague's recommendation we booked (a group of 4, two couples from Germany/Russia/Poland) a 7 day Machame trip with Demi and his team in July 2019. The price was very reasonable, the communication was great and there were no issues with transferring the money via a bank transfer which was a strongly preferable option for us.

    We arrived at Kilimanjaro airport and were transferred to Pepe Hotel the same night without any delays. Pepe Hotel is a basic but very nice hotel with all the necessary amenities. Demi had a brief debriefing with us which made us feel in good hands; overall very professional and we were very pleased with the trip planning. We went through our equipment and apparel and Demi provided us with warmer apparel if necessary.

    The service of Demi and his team on the mountain was top-notch; we felt very welcome, the food was great and the climbing pacing was tailored to us. Demi recommended that we shorten our 7 days trip to 6 days one because of our good shape, which we did and did not regret afterwards; however, this was a risky move on our part because it implies quicker ascend and a higher risk of altitude sickness.

    We made it to the summit on the fifth day - even though it was physically straining, we didn't have any health issues and were super happy to make in such a (relatively) short time. Nature is something out of this world, the views are breathtaking, the whole experience is something we will not ever forget in our lifetime! It is totally worth the price and the long flight and the strenuous ascend!

    As a little after-Kilimanjaro present Demi and his brother Connie invited us for a great barbecue in Arusha which was definitely a nice touch.

    Overall I was an amazing experience and we would definitely recommend Demi and his team as your guides and helpers! Many thanks for making it happen, guys!

    P.S. The Demi's team consisted of 19 people in total. I would highly recommend asking beforehand how large the group would be because it is crucial for tips at the end of the trip. Overall please refer to the tip calculation scheme at Demi's website beforehand; we referred to different resources which state 200-250 dollars per person, the actual amount is around 400+ per person for a group of four which is something you should definitely consider when comparing the prices.

    P.P.S. If you have any questions about our experience, feel free to contact me directly through TripAdvisor. More

    Sofya S
    8/18/2019
  •   I researched many well known companies to hike Kilimanjaro, I did not feel a connection them until I made contact with Demi. I was seeking a true local authentic experience, Demi natural and genuine. It was very important to me to book with a local...More

    Lisa O
    3/31/2019
  •   Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was the best adventure of my life made safe by Diamond Glacier Adventures. My friend with whom I endeavoured this beautiful but challenging trek, found DGA few years ago. So after a vast research we decided this was a good choice. And...More

    MaggieMayPL
    3/31/2019
  •   Demi, his brother Cony and their team were simply amazing in guiding us to the top of Kilimanjaro! They are professional, they know what they’re doing, and they made us feel safe and in good hands, as we are not experienced mountain climbers. They also...More

    noomiv2019
    2/08/2019
  •   I highly recommend Diamond glacier tours for climbing Kilimanjaro. Demi, his brother Cony and all of the crew did an amazing job, and I felt they did all in their power to get us to the top! I went with my partner and they gave...More

    Kristófer P
    2/08/2019