There are more than just a few route options to get to the top of Kilimanjaro... and yes, all of the routes involve a long hike to the top!
There are as many opinions of Kilimanjaro as people that has hiked it... and the internet offers an abys of information on the topic.
Being a paragliding pilot we’re fairly certain you’d prefer to be flying rather than hiking. So there’s a good chance your flying skills outweigh your hiking endurance. With this in mind we have carefully designed a route for these expeditions, aiming to have you feeling as strong as possible at the top - an altitude of around 19,000ft. Drawing on our past experiences, our route is ideal for even novice hikers and works in the much needed extra time to properly acclimatise.
Why did you want to join Paraglide Kilimanjaro?
"Who WOULDN’T want to? A chance to see Kili and fly off of it? With nice side-benefits
of meeting great people, both pilots and guides." Jeff Wishnie from
the United States of America.
Drawing on our past experience over many years and in-depth knowledge, we have our own personal favorite routes that we know works well for those wishing to fly from Mt Kilimanjaro. We designed our routes aimed to get you to the top as strong as possible to enjoy the magic of free flight from the top.
When deciding on a route it is important to think about what you are wanting to achieve...and hopefully having enough time to successfully launch from Africa’s tallest mountain and having a pleasant hike is front of mind. If you are a seasoned qualified pilot who are as passionate as we are about the art of free flying, we believe you are no stranger to weather conditions not always playing along for flying activities. Even more so when attempting to launch from a high altitude!
It takes massive physical energy to hike from the base camp to Uhuru Peak on summit day (over a 1000m push in one go!). The effects of altitude is real and you will probably not feel as clear headed or energetic as under normal circumstance. Everything takes effort at that altitude. Over and above your physical form and mental state, paragliders responds differently in high altitude as at lower heights which you are used to. You will need to prepare for this physically, mentally and also when considering your glider and flying gear for the expedition.
Our itineraries include a few extra nights and a night at Crater Camp as back up for more possible flying days (as much as 3 possible launch days) should the weather not play along. Please note that the Crater night adds a bit of cost to the trip, but will for sure be appreciated if you need more time for a suitable launch window (it is only 1 hour’s hike from the summit).
If you are an experienced paragliding pilot you are surely familiar with the term ‘para-waiting’ and understand that paragliding activities are weather dependent, even more so when attempting to launch a paraglider at extreme heights from the World’s highest freestanding mountain. Though our team will make every effort to ensure a successful and safe flight, there is always the chance of walking back down. A descent on foot down towards Moshi with one night en-route is included as a contingency plan for any unlucky pilot(s) who did not manage to get off in a safe flying window.
If you managed to launch successfully you get to enjoy a magical flight from the Roof of Africa that should last more than 90 minutes (top to bottom). On landing at one of the designated landing spots, our retrieve crew will collect you and take you back to the hotel in Moshi for a shower, celebrations and overnight.
We have a number of scheduled departures which you are welcome to join. Joining one of our set departures will give you the opportunity to meet fabulous like-minded adventurers and have the added support of our experienced paragliding guide and crew. Once you are down from Kili, we generally also go fly as a group at some of our local sites.
Should our scheduled departure dates not work for you, we are able to tailor you a private group itinerary based on your preferred departure date (minimum 6 persons per departure). Enquire for details.
We will give you as much information prior to your expedition to help you prepare for this unique experience. This includes some training advise, paragliding gear suggestions and pre-climb briefing.
We are looking forward to having you on our next Paraglide Kilimanjaro expedition!
Namibia's paragliding legend, Chris Lotter, flew off Kilimanjaro September 2011. When asked what inspired him to take up paragliding his answer was short and sweet: "Freedom!".