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You don’t have to be the fittest person in your hometown, or have experience with mountain climbing or advanced trekking to be able to join one of our Mount Kilimanjaro trekking tours, though you must have undergone some fitness training beforehand. Shujaa Tours is always pleased to spend time discussing with trekkers the 6 different routes that we offer up Kilimanjaro. Spread across 10 different treks, these routes have been designed to appeal to the majority of fitness and experience levels. Varying in duration from 5 to 9 days, we’re confident that we have a Mount Kilimanjaro trekking tour that’s suitable for everyone.

There are about 7 known Kilimanjaro routes, namely :

  1. MACHAME ROUTE
  2. LEMOSHO ROUTE
  3. RONGAI ROUTE
  4. MARANGU ROUTE
  5. UMBWE ROUTE
  6. SHIRA ROUTE
  7. NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE

Full Moon Dates

The moon

Importance of full moon dates

Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro on a cloudless evening is without a doubt an unforgettable experience. Now imagine seeing the glaciers glitter in the moonlight of a full moon – absolutely stunning.

The majority of a Kilimanjaro climb takes place during the day and it is only the summit attempt that starts before midnight in order to reach the summit at sunrise. A summit attempt done during a full moon could make the evening climb easier, since you might not need to switch on your head lamp in the bright moonlight.

Planning a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro to coincide with the full moon dates detailed below, could further enhance the whole experience, as the bright moonlight would provide spectacular views of Kibo from most of the overnight camps.

2018 full moon dates
New moon First quarter Full moon Last quarter
18 December 26 December 2 January 9 January
17 January 25 January 31 January 7 February
16 February 23 February 2 March 9 March
17 March 24 March 31 March
Blue Moon
8 April
16 April 23 April 30 April 8 May
15 May 22 May 29 May 6 June
13 June 20 June 28 June 6 July
13 July 19 July 27 July
Lunar eclipse
14 August
11 August 18 August 26 August 3 September
9 September 17 September 25 September 2 October
9 October 16 October 24 October 31 October
7 November 15 November 23 November 30 November
7 December 15 December 22 December 29 December

Kindly note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided in any of the above Full Moon tables. Although every effort is made to achieve accuracy in these moon calendars, users may use these dates strictly at own risk and are therefore strongly advised to confirm the accuracy of the details at own arrangement, before traveling.

The reason why Mount Kilimanjaro trekking is so popular is that this mountain can be climbed all year round. Its location, close to the equator, means that you won’t find the typical four seasons that you may be used to at home. There are only two seasons here: rainy and dry season. While trekking is possible throughout the year, the rainy seasons, from March to May and again from November to December, are not the ideal times to conquer this mountain. Paths to the summit can be slippery so any trekkers should be well prepared with the proper equipment.

Mount Meru is located inside the Arusha national park which off course dominates the Park by its massive rock faces. Trekking on mount Meru is used as a warm up trekking before attempting its sister Mount Kilimanjaro but the technical necessities required for mount Meru trekking are greater than on Mount Kilimanjaro trekking Routes.

Mount Meru is one of Africa´s most beautiful dead volcanoes standing today. From the peak of the mount Meru you will have a stunning view on small and large Momella Lakes, Mount Kilimanjaro and the beautiful distant plains of west Kilimanjaro. On the lower slopes you will find different types of landscapes such as grassland, thick forest and rough rocks.

On the fourth day of your mount Meru trekking you can see elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and monkey; you will be accompanied by park armed ranger on the way up and down the mountain. Trekking Mount Meru.

Ol Doinyo Lengai is a sacred mountain to Maasai Tribesman known as the “Mountain of God” and is nothing short of spectacular. Rising majestically from the Great Rift Valley floor to a height of 2,890m, OlDoinyoLengai is the only active volcano on the planet that erupts carbonate lava. This type of lava is very unique because temperatures of these lava are only around 5,000 degrees Celsius, about half the temperature of normal basalt lavas, and its lava flows with a viscosity almost as fluid as water.

It is best to trek OlDoinyo Lengai as part of a 3-day tour.

3 Days Sample Itinerary

Day 1
Depart Arusha after breakfast and drive to Lake Natron. Enjoy a picnic lunch and visit NgareSero Waterfalls which descend from the Nguruman Escarpment west of Lake Natron.

Day 2
After a delicious breakfast drive to Lake Natron, an alkaline lake that serves as the principal breeding site for three-quarters of the world’s population of Lesser Flamingos. After a tour and activities at Lake Natron we will return to camp for some much needed rest prior to our trek tonight. Just before midnight we will begin our trek.

Day 3
Escorted by an experienced Maasai guide, your climb will take 5 to 6 hours whereby you will reach the summit in time to witness the amazing sunrise as it illuminates the Great Rift Valley. After exploring the peak you will head back down the mountain to the base where your driver will be waiting for you to take you back to the camp in time much needed rest. We depart for Moshi before lunch and enjoy a picnic en-route. We arrive in Moshi in the early evening where you journey ends upon arrival.

Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Most of the peaks,Batian,Nelion,Lenana on Mount Kenya have been summit. Mount Kenya offers a wealth of excellent and diverse climbing possibilities on rock, snow and ice.

The highest peak that can be ascended without rock climbing is Point Lenana, 4,985 metres which requires a scramble or a walk.The other two(Batian 5,199m,Nelion 5,188m) are for technical climbers.

To combine this ascent with a circumnavigation of the main peaks, Nelion and Batian requires at least an extra day.

   Mount Kenya Climbing Routes, Itinerary

There are three main walking climbing routes up to the main peaks, Sirimon, Chogoria, Naro Moru.

  •    Climbing Mount Kenya Sirimon Route

Sirimon route is Mount Kenya is most gradual ascent route profile and best acclimatisation options most interesting route since its on the drier side on the mountain. The route passes through impressive Yellowwood forests in the lower reaches and features abundant wildlife and beautiful alpine scenery higher up

  •    Mount Kenya Climbing Naro Moru Route

NaroMoru route though not as scenic as the other two,it is the fastest route to point Lenana,Naro Moru route has many climbers since it’s the most popular route compared to Chogoria route and Sirimon route.

  •    Climbing mount Kenya Chogoria Route

Chogoria route is the Best route on descent,quite scenic and interesting of the three main routes on the mountain. The route passes the enchanting Hall Tarns and looks down sheer cliffs into the spectacular Gorges Valley and onto the beautiful Lake Michaelson.