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Kilimanjaro

Description

This is Mountain Climbing, it is the opportunity to climb to the roof of Africa, 5,895m above sea level. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Located in the North East of Tanzania, with the summit covered by permanent snow.

There are several routes to ascend, common routes are the Marangu Route and the Machame Route. Huts are available along the Marangu Route, on the Machame Route there are no huts but instead camping sites with toilet facilities are available.

Machame route is the most popular and one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It takes 6 days, making acclimatization easier and the success rate is fairly high. With the Machame/South Circuit Route, you will circle halfway around the mountain with great views from all angles. This route is approximately 40 km versus 20 km on the Marangu Route. Climbers descend down the Mweka trail and stay at the Mweka camp for the final night on the mountain.

We recommend you bring with you gear like; hiking boots, thick hiking socks, windproof/waterproof pants and jacket, heavy gloves, heavy winter jacket, water bottles, gaiters (covers top of boots and bottom of pants), smaller personal backpack, larger backpack for clothes, cold weather sleeping bags, safari style hat protecting face and neck from the sun, headlamp style flashlight, camera of course, dried fruit and energy bars, sun block, malaria pills, water purification tablets, inflatable pillows, your regular clothes.

NOTE: Kilimanjaro climb is always done within 6 days but you can add some extra days for acclimatization for US$184 per person per day.

.There are different routes to the top involving different villages and scenarios. These routes includes Marangu route, Machame route, Rongai route, Lemosho route, Umbwe route, Shira route and Mweka route which is used for descent only.

Arrival Day Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town for dinner and overnight.

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

Elevation (m): 1830m to 3100m

Elevation (ft): 6000ft to 10,200ft

Distance: 18km

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

The drive from Arusha to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about one and half hours. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. Lower down, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

 

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Elevation (m): 3100m to 3840m

Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 12,600ft

Distance: 9km

Walking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Moorland After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

 

Day 3: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (m): 3840m to 4630m to 3860m

Elevation (ft): 12,600ft to 12,700ft

Distance: 15 km

Walking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 meters. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860 meters. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Optional Day (7-days trek): Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (m): 3860m to 4200m

Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 13,800ft

Distance: 7 km

Hiking Time: 4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite.

 

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (m): 3860m to 4600m

Elevation (ft): 12,700ft to 15,100ft

Distance: 13km

Hiking Time: 8 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley (lunch at 4200m), and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

 

Day 5: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m)

Elevation (ft): 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)

Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent

Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5685m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

 

Day 6: Mweka Camp to Arusha Elevation (m): 3100m to 1830m

Elevation (ft): 10,200ft to 6000ft

Distance: 15 km

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you to the Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

Departure This day you will be transferred from the hotel in Arusha town to Kilimanjaro international Airport to connect to your flight back home

 

Price Includes: - Transport to and from mountain gates. - All parks entry fees. - All camping fees. - Rescue fees. - Guide and porters fees. - Guide and porters salaries. - All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day. - Cook and all kitchen utensils. Price Excludes: - International flights - Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb book with us - Airport transfers book with us - Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature - Hard and soft drinks and tips - Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request. - All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this) Discounts available for groups of 4+ persons