Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in Northern Tanzania and bordering Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the landscape. Mount Kilimanjaro, the worlds largest free standing mountain, is an extinct volcano and a true sight to see.

Mount Kilimanjaro is remote, alluring and, simply put, awe inspiring. Starting off on the dusty plains of equatorial Africa and trekking to near arctic conditions at the summit, you will pass through tropical rain forest, moorland and alpine desert onto snow and ice. Your first trip to this mountain will be nothing short of dramatic. Kilimanjaro offers thrilling adventures taking you to the highest point in Africa.

This mountain attracts nature enthusiasts as well as mountain climbers with its distinctive eco-systems. The ascent to this majestic peak is a non-technical climb, accessible to all. The ascent has its challenges and rewards. Training prior to your climb is a must to ensure you are in strong physical condition.

The climb to the peak typically takes seven days. You should be comfortable walking four to eight hours per day. The ascent to the summit is the most demanding day of all, usually taking eight hours on the ascent to Uhuru Peak and another seven hours on the descent. This requires both strength and endurance.

ITINERARY

00: ARRIVAL DAY
You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and a guide will transfer you to your Hotel for your overnight.
Overnight: Protea Hotel or KIA Lodge

DAY 1: MACHAME GATE (1800m) – MACHAME CAMP (3000m)
After breakfast, drive from Arusha to the Machame Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. You will be introduced to your guide and porters. Registration is done and thereafter climbing will begin through rain forest for approximately 4 to 5 hrs, with a picnic lunch, ending at the Machame Hut. Later that afternoon, you will ascend to a little higher altitude for acclimatization returning to Machame Hut for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: MACHAME CAMP (3000m) – SHIRA CAMP (3800m)
After breakfast, you will start climbing through short savannah forest and other vegetation for approximately 4 to 5 hrs, with picnic lunch en route before arriving in the afternoon at the Shira Hut for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP (3800)
This extra day is needed for acclimatization purposes.

DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP (3800m) – BARRANCO CAMP (3950m)
After breakfast, you take a slow walk for 3 to 4 hours through semiglacier and sandy areas including a picnic lunch before arriving at the Barranco Hut for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP (3950m) – BARAFU CAMP (4600m)
After breakfast, climb through glaciers for approximately 4 to 5 hours including a picnic lunch before arriving at the Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP (4600m) – STELLA POINT (5750m) – UHURU PEAK (5895m)
You will have an early wake up call around 1 AM for preparation and light breakfast before starting the final ascent to the summit via the Stella Point reached in approximately 5 to 6 hrs and a further ascent to the Uhuru Peak reached in approximately an additional 45 minutes. After a short rest at Barafu Camp descend via Gilman’s Point down to Mweka Camp for an hours rest with a  light breakfast. You will then descend down for dinner and overnight at Mweka hut.

DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP (3100) – MWEKA GATE – ARUSHA
After breakfast, you will make your final descent to Mweka gate, thereafter you will say Goodbye to your uide and porters and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Protea Hotel or KIA Lodge

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
You will be escorted to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure flight. An extension to your trip to go on safari or travel to Zanzibar can be arranged, please discuss this with us.

PRICES are based on:
Tent camping on Kilimanjaro
2 nights in hotel (arrival and departure)

PRICE INCLUDES:
** All park entrance fees
**The first night on your arrival and last night after trek
** Rescue fees, transfers to and from Kili gate
** 3 meals a day on Kili (FB)
** Tansport, 4WD vehicle or minibus.
** Drivers/guide/porters allowances and salaries

NOT INCLUDED:
** International flights
** Hot and cold drinks including pure water
** Cigarettes, tips and sleeping bags (if camping)
** Mountain gear (we can arrange hire of this)