We outfit climbs for all routes on Kilimanjaro though we prefer the more scenic and less tourist routes such as Lemosho Glades (also known as the Shira route), and the Umbwe route.
For those with time to acclimatize properly, we ascend via the Western Breach Route. This trek is a truly first-class mountaineering experience!
Scheduled and tailor-made treks are available. Prices vary by group size.
On routes other than Marangu (which has mountain huts), we provide modern mountaineering tents with ground sheets & cold-weather sleeping mats. Large mess tents with floors hold aluminum tables and chairs with backs arm-rests. We also provide sanitary portable flush toilets inside enclosed tents.
We have an extensive choice of rental gear, including special mountain sleeping bags, warm outer layers, and everything you’ll need for a safe and comfortable ascent to the top of Africa.
Last but not least, our professionally trained cooks serve up the best cuisine on Kilimanjaro, using the freshest and highest quality ingredients.
Our mountain guides are experienced Tanzanians fluent in English. They are also knowledgeable on the flora and fauna of the mountain as well as on Kilimanjaro’s geology.We carry all the requisite safety gear for emergencies, such as oxygen, hyperbaric chambers, stretcher & litter, as well as a WFR First-Aid kit (for our climbers and our porters). Moreover, our guides are trained to be proactive about altitude illness, and prevention of injuries. Should climbers require a French speaking mountain guide, we can provide a tour leader fluent in French. We are known for providing not only excellent services on our treks, but also for ensuring that we leave no traces behind.
Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit.
Climbing Mt. Meru is usually skipped in favour of its bigger neighbour Mt. Kilimanjaro to the west, but the sheer beauty and challenge of this three-day climb makes it a must-do for obliging itineraries. The early parts of the trail pass through lush rainforests of fig trees and colubus monkeys high in the canopy.
Ol Doinyo Lengai
Ol Doinyo Lengai is a volcano located in the north of Tanzania and is part of the volcanic system of the Great Rift Valley in Eastern Africa. It is located in the eastern Rift Valley, south of both Lake Natron and Kenya. It is unique among active volcanoes in that it produces natrocarbonatite lava, a unique occurrence of volcanic carbonatite, which means its lava is only 510 degrees Celsius (or 950 degrees Fahrenheit). A few older extinct carbonatite volcanoes are located nearby, including Homa Mountain.
Whereas most lavas are rich in silicate minerals, the lava of Ol Doinyo Lengai is rich in the rare sodium and potassium carbonates, nyerereite and gregoryite. Due to this unusual composition, the lava is erupted at relatively low temperatures (approximately 500-600 degrees Celsius). This temperature is so low that the molten lava appears black in sunlight, rather than having the red glow common to most lavas. It is also much more fluid than silicate lavas. The sodium and potassium carbonate minerals of the lavas formed by Ol Doinyo Lengai are unstable at the Earth’s surface and susceptible to rapid weathering, quickly turning from black to grey in color. The resulting volcanic landscape is different from any other in the world. The chemical makeup of the lava has been compared to dish soap.
“Ol Doinyo Lengai” means “Mountain of God” in the language of the native Maasai people.
The flank of the volcano