Kilimanjaro Backcountry Adventures
Kilimanjaro Backcountry Adventures is an exciting tour operator located in Kahe Moshi, Kilimanjaro. Our intention is to provide the service that you would expect from a first class tour operator, which also provides value for money. We are an experienced mountain climbing team that provides opportunites to climb all the major mountains in Tanzania. We also offer safaris from several national parks as well as cultural excursions - services that cover the east African countries.
We are also amongst the few tour companies who can offer a real African village tour, staying with local families in their homes. Our village tours will give you the opportunity to explore, enjoy and experience a real African life. Our African families will show you the real African culture, our traditions, an opportunity to taste our traditional foods and so much more. It will be an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
One hundred and eighty million years ago, the continents as we know them did not exist. They were jammed together in one big land mass we have since named Gondwanaland. Slowly the continental plates separated and the various land masses ground across the earth's crust, expelling tremendous heat and pressure as they shimmied along. Africa, however held it's ground and has been percolating in one spot for more than 200 million years, unable to vent the molten furnace beneath, The relentless build up of heat has pushed the land mass an average of a thousand feet higher than the other continents.
The pressure became too much 750,000 years ago, and three massive volcanic vents ripped open in East Africa. They shot hot magma into the sky and slowly stacked layer upon layer of molten rock, eventually forming three mountains. Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. The Shira cone was the first to burst out of the fertile plain but soon collapsed on itself and became extinct. Mowenzi formed several miles away before Kibo rose up between them both and fused them into one massive mountain.
Today the Kibo cone is the summit portion of the combined mass known as Mount Kilimanjaro. After Kibo usurped it's neighbours, it spewed forth lava and ash until 360,000 years ago. For thousands of years lava rolled over the rim and filled in the gap between the separate volcanoes, creating the current saddle between the Kibo and Mowenzi formations. The whole mountain eventually levelled off at 19,340 feet above sea level. It last erupted 100,000 years ago and has sat quietly ever since.
Any person determined to climb this mountain, 300 kilometers south of the equator, has to proud of themselves. During the high season more than 50 climbers daily set out for this most wonderful hiking trip.
The different zones of vegetation are most impressive. You start at an altitude of 1700 metres and pass through a tropical rain forest. At 3000 metres you cross a highliand marsh with it's fantastic flora.
Kilimanjaro’s trekking seasons:
The mountain can be climbed all year round, There are, however, a couple of rainy seasons – April-May and November-mid-December – that are best avoided. We recommend January-March and mid-June-October are the best months as the skies tend to be clear and the mountain quieter.
At Kilimanjaro Backcountry Adventures we recommend to trek in January-March and July-October. These are our favourite months. There are two main reasons for this:
The weather is usually good and the skies are often clear during these months.
Because they both fall just before the rainy seasons, they tend to be quieter than other months. People are probably afraid that the rains will come early, so opt to avoid these months. But in our experience, the rains are more likely to fail than arrive early. Thus the mountain is usually emptier, and quieter. And yet the weather is still lovely.
Note that early in June and late December, though they also fall outside of the rainy seasons, but only just, are not such good times to be on Kilimanjaro according to our experience. The clouds tend to linger after the rainy season, even if the rains have largely finished, so views are restricted.
Full Moon and New Moon treks:
We used to offer Full Moon Kilimanjaro treks – which many companies subsequently copied. We did it because we realised that the final push up the slopes of Kibo to the summit -a walk that is traditionally done at night – is best done under the light of a full moon. Visibility is that much greater, of course, due to the brightness of the light reflected by the full moon. There is also those who say that the weather during the full moon period is more settled and calm.
These full moon treks proved very popular – to the point where our detractors/competitors started to say that they were too popular. They argued that the mountain became too crowded at this time. We disagreed then, and we still do. But if you want to enjoy the advantages provided by the full moon, but want to avoid the (imaginary) crowds, then you can always choose to climb a day or two later or earlier.
If the Full Moon doesn’t appeal, then how about a New Moon Kilimanjaro climb? After all, one of the chief pleasures of a Kilimanjaro climb is to gaze up at the stars. The lack of light pollution and the height that you are sleeping it means the Heavens are just spectacular. By choosing to climb over a New Moon, the light reflected from the Moon to the Earth is at its lowest, allowing you to see the stars at their amazing best!
The Best Time to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
AFRICAN VILLAGE TOURS AND STAYS
Kahe village is a ward in Moshi rural district, Kilimanjaro region at northern eastern of Tanzania.It is located 23 kms from Moshi town.The population is approximately 28,000 people and it is a low social-economic area with lots of beautiful old baobab trees.
The economy of Kahe depends on agriculture and livestock keeping. Mostly the residents are producing rice and its for two seasons a year using irrigation from one of the Mount Kilimanjaro spring as a source of water.
There is more than 5,000 hectors of rice farms in Kahe village.It is a mixed tribe area with more than 11 tribes such as the famous Maasai tribe, Chagga tribe, Pare tribe, Zigua tribe, Gweno tribe, Kamba tribe which is a tribe originally from Kenya, Kahe tribe, Rangi tribe, Nyaturu tribe, Zigua tribe, Sambaa tribe etc. but each tribe' have their own traditional and culture.
Day Trips - Chemka Hot Spring
Kilimanjaro Backcountry Adventures offer a wonderful day trip to the fabulous hot spring Chemka. The stunning hot spring is found in Moshi in the Kilimanjaro region.
Chemka is the perfect place for relaxing, swimming and enjoying a peaceful day.
The Chemka Hot Springs are approximately 40 kilometres away from Moshi, in the village called Chemka. They are underground springs with warnm water. The water forms a clear and clean pond, which is ideal for swimming. The pond is very deep in some places, up to 10 metres, but the water is so clear you can see to the bottom well all the time. The pind is situated under lush trees.
On the shore you can camp, enjoy your snacks and dry out after your swim.
Our package includes; transport, village fees, driver guide, lunch box and drinking water. Not included are personal items and tips.
Please contact us for further information.
Further information on our African Safaris will be here shortly.
Kilimanjaro is the most beautiful and incredible place to be. Your time on this mountain will be breathtaking and unforgettable. You will create memories that will last forever.
The Team at Kilimanjaro Backcountry Adventures is very experienced. The Guides, Porters, Chefs, Camp Managers and the rest of the team will always work very hard to make sure your journey with us is an incredible experience. Our team is made up of local people, who have first hand knowledge of this beautiful mountain. We will share our knowledge and our stories and hope they will make sure your journey with us will be this becomes an unforgettable and life changing experience.
There are a number of routes available to climb Kilimanjaro. We advise that you choose the most suitable route for your experience and level of fitness. Whichever route you take, you are sure to see the most beautiful scenery and delight in your walking experience. Please see the 'Our Climb Itineraries' section for further detials of each route.
Our team Chef prides himself on his delicious, fresh and healthy meals.
The environment of Kilimajaro consists on 5 main zones.