Africa - Tanzania

 

Tanzania - Mount Kilimanjaro

 

Overview

Standing at an impressive 5895m Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain Yet with no mountaineering skills necessary to reach the summit, even non-climbers can experience the thrill of climbing one of the world’s greatest peaks. Climbing through 5 different habitats we go from the dusty plains of East Africa through jungle and moorland to the icy arctic wastes of the summit, this is one of the most beautiful and challenging treks there is. We believe that our 10-day package offers you the best possible chance of summiting Kilimanjaro safely.  Each expedition is accompanied by an experienced and qualified British Mountain Leader and supported by Tanzanian Mountain Guides and Porters.

 

Pre-Expedition Training

Prior to departing on your overseas adventure you will attend a pre-expedition training day during which you will be trained in the skills and briefed on the information you need to allow you to prepare appropriately to give you an enjoyable and successful expedition.

 

Itinerary

Our itinerary follows what we consider to be the most enjoyable route on Kilimanjaro, the Machame Route.  The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route although longer and steeper than the Marangu Route (coca-cola route) has a higher success rate as it allows trekkers a longer time to acclimatise to the mountain. The route also offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain.   On each day of your 7-day trek you will be accompanied by a qualified and experienced UK Mountain Leader and be assisted by our Tanzanian mountain support crew.


Day 1 and 2: Depart UK and Tanzania

We fly from the UK into Kilimanjaro International Airport where we will be met by our in-country rep before then being transferred to our hotel in Moshi. There we will meet our Tanzanian head guide and receive a brief on our upcoming trek. We will then do a final check of our equipment to make sure everyone has the necessary mountain gear.


Day 3: Machame Gate to Machame Camp (Trek approx. 18km/5-7hrs)

We travel to the Machame Gate via private vehicle.  We register in the office, hand over baggage to porters and then start our trek.  To start with, the trek follows a 4-wheel drive track through a luscious green forest.  After about 45minutes, we leave the track and follow a narrower, steeper path.  We start to see changes in the vegetation as we venture further into the cloud forest.  We set up camp at Machame Camp 3100m.


Day 4: Machame Camp to Shira Caves (Trek approx. 9km/ 4-6hrs)

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep ascent onto the Shira Plateau, where we are rewarded with stunning views of the mountain. Looking back from this point you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance. From here we continue on to our camp at Shira Caves 3840m.


Day 5: Shira Caves to Barranco Hut (Trek approx. 15km/8-10hrs)

We follow an undulating trail, which is extremely useful for acclimatisation as even though we ascend to around 4500m we only sleep 150m higher than yesterday evening.  The vegetation diminishes further as the day goes on.  We head towards the Lava Tower and then branch to its’ right where we enjoy views of the breach wall.  We descend into the Barranco Valley and to our campsite at Barranco Hut 3900m where we will have excellent views.


Day 6: Barranco Hut to Karanga Camp (Trek approx. 10km/5-6hrs)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long. We pass under the Heim and Kersten glaciers and head towards the Karanga Valley. From here a steep climb up takes us to Karanga camp 3963m.


Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (Trek approx. 8km/4-5hrs)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4600m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for our climb to the summit. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.


Day 8: Summit Day (Trek approx. 20km/10-12hrs)

We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting while it’s dark and walk steadily upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance and are rewarded with the most spectacular views. We aim to be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and beyond are breath-taking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5896m); Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.

After taking time to enjoy the views from the summit we make our descent, returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slopes and tracks back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp 3720m for a long well-earned rest. On our descent we have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi.

The summit day, although very long, varying between 10 to 12 hours, is an extremely rewarding day.


Day 9: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate (Trek approx. 10km/5hrs)

Leaving Mweka Hut, the path descends steeply through beautiful green forest, reminding us of our first days on the mountain. The path leads us to the park gate where our transport meets us and takes us back to Moshi.  After a well-deserved shower, we then enjoy a delicious celebration meal!


Day 10 and 11: Depart Tanzania and arrive UK

Today we pack up and say farewell to Africa and Kilimanjaro. We transfer by private vehicle to our departure airport and then fly home.

 

The price includes;

Pre-expedition training day

Comprehensive information pack

Qualified and experienced British Mountain Leader

International Flights

In country transfers

Accommodation pre/post trek (based on 2 sharing)

Breakfast & dinner pre/post trek

All meals on the mountain (3 meals per day)

Drinking water on the mountain

All permit and park fees

Tanzanian guide, porters and cooks

All Team Equipment

Portable toilet on the mountain

Gamow bag

 

The price does not include;

Personal expedition equipment

Tanzanian Visa

Inoculations

Cost of rest and relaxation activities

Travel insurance

Tips

Lunch pre/post trek

 

Dates

Training day: TBC

Expedition: 25th July - 03rd August 2018

If you wish to extend your stay or would like information on excursions before or after your Kilimanjaro climb, please contact us for assistance.

 

Cost

 

£3375.00

 

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