A New Year is almost upon us, and if 2017 is going to be the year in which you Climb Kilimanjaro, now is the perfect time to start planning your trip to the Roof of Africa, budgeting for your expedition, and booking your flights to JRO International where your adventure will begin.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a lifelong ambition for many, and understandably so, it is one of the Seven Summits after all, but Africa’s highest mountain is no walk in the park, and if you are to make it to Uhuru Peak at 5,895m above sea-level, you need to prepare mentally, physically, and financially for this journey of a lifetime.
I say ‘financially’ as many hikers are drawn in by cheaper 5-Day climbs, only to be left very disappointed. While some make it, it is estimated that 75% of climbers on shorter climbs do not make it to Kili’s snow-capped peak, quite simply because they haven’t had enough time to acclimatize to the altitude. So, is it really worth it?
If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, you should choose your route wisely and go for one of the longer treks such as the 8-Day Lemosho Route. A great all-rounder, the Lemosho Route is our number #1 choice for Kili in 2017, and here’s why…
Value for Money
The Lemosho Route may be more expensive than some of the other routes on Kilimanjaro, but it offers great value for money. Pre-and post climb accommodations, camping equipment, three generous meals per day, water and hot drinks, a full team of mountain crew, and flying doctor’s medical evacuation come as standard, and with 8 days on the mountain, you can really enjoy the full Kili experience.
Less crowded than the popular Machame and Marangu Routes, Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route is ideal for those who are looking for a more personalised experience. While the route does join up with the Machame Route at Barranco Camp, the days before consist of gentle climbs through breathtaking scenery.
Perhaps the most important thing of all, the Lemosho Route has one of the highest success rates on the mountain, and the reason is simple. With more days to acclimatize, the body copes better with the altitude, and this make the whole experience much more enjoyable. It’s still a tough climb, don’t get me wrong, but when you consider that the success rate is around 95% – victory is pretty much guaranteed!
Whether you decide on a Private Kilimanjaro Climb, a Group Kilimanjaro Climb or a Charity Kilimanjaro Climb, choose the Lemosho Route… When you view Mother Africa from the continents highest peak – you’ll be glad you did!