Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa. It is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. rising 15,100 feet (4,600 meters) from base to summit. Kilimanjaro is also the most prominent mountain in Africa. Kilimanjaro is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 meters); Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 meters); and Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. The climb to Kilimanjaro is a mix of moderate to strenuous climb and definitely once in a lifetime experience.
I know that I must do what’s right. Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.From the song “Africa” by Toto
- Destination: Tanzania
- Google Map Co-ordinates: 3.0758° S, 37.3533° E
- Highest Altitude: 5,895 m/19,341 ft.
- Nearest City (Airport): Kilimanjaro Airport
- Months: Jul-Nov, Dec-Mar
- Dates: 22-31 Dec, On request
- Level: Strenuous
- Guide: Available
- Price: On request
Mount Kilimanjaro has always been such a remarkable mountain. Standing tall right with snow-capped peaks in the middle of the warm continent of Africa is a sight to see and experience. This allure has attracted many for centuries to visit, trek and climb this tall mountain. Many have come to introspect life through this contradiction of a mountain. Ernest Hemingway too came here in the early part of 20th century and penned down his thought in the form of a short story, “The snows of Kilimanjaro”. In the story he writes, “Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,341 feet high and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai ‘Ngaje Ngai’, the House of God. Close to the western summit there is dried and frozen carcass of leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”
The first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
There are seven official trekking routes by which to ascend and descend Mount Kilimanjaro: Lemosho, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.
We will be taking the Machame route. Sometimes called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River. The Mweka Route is used for the descent.
You will be met by some of your team at the Airport and transferred to your hotel. The nest day your guide will brief you and you will have time to prepare your bags for the climb. Put all that you need for the summit, and the higher altitudes in a waterproof bag (max 16 kgs), which will be carried by the porters throughout the climb. Your personal belongings, camera, passport, anything you need while hiking will go into your small waterproof day pack. Anything you need for the rest of your holiday can be left behind and locked in the office lock up.
- Day 1 / Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, meet and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
- Day 2 / Stay at Arusha for acclimatization and for the briefing.
- Day 3 / Machame Gate (1,640 m) to Machame Camp (2,835 m)
- Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest. You will receive a lunch pack at the gate and you can also drink bottled water you bought at Hotel in Moshi. There is possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at Machame campsite.
- Day 4 / Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3500m)
- You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
- Day 5 / Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m)
- The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630 m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630 m). Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680 m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600 m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp site.
- Day 6 / Barranco Camp to Karanga camp (3,963m)
- After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge going up the spectacular Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite (3, 963m) .Today is a short day of about 4 hours walking. By varying the altitude on this route, you are helping your body to acclimatise.
- Day 7 / Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600m)
- After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley and pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to the Barafu Hut (4,600 m). 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 can be seen from our campsite. Again about 4 hours walking in very sparse vegetation.
- Day 8 / Barafu Camp to the Summit (5,895m) | Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
- Waking up very early (midnight), we continue our way to the summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). This part of the climb takes about 7 hours. 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. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will be able to see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we make our descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka camp site (3,100 m), stopping at Barafu on the way for lunch and a short rest. This part of the descent takes about 6-7 hours. You might want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned rest.
- Day 9 / Mweka Camp to Moshi
- After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. 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). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel. You will get your certificate (hopefully) It is time for celebration! 5 hours walking.
- Day 10
- End of Expedition. Have a rest day or drop at the Airport for departures or stay on for the safari.
- Payment and Cancellation Policy:
- • Payment to be made in a choice of 2 Installments or full payment , and full payment must be done before 30 days from the start of the event. Cancellation: • 90% refund of the total amount On cancellation before 2 months from the date of start of the event. • 75% refund of the total amount If cancelled between 30 to 60 days from the date of start of the event. • 50% Refund Of the total amount If cancelled Between 10 and 30 days from the date of start of the event. • 25% refund Of the total amount If Cancelled between 3 and 9 days from the date of start of the event. • No refunds if cancelled within three days of the start of the event or if not present during the event, Or if the participant has to cancel or leave the event after the start of the event due to any reason what so ever. • No Refunds on cancellations, or not attending the event or if the Participant has to leave during any point of the event. • No refunds will be made if the event gets cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances out of the control of the organizers like Natural calamities, bandhs, strikes , etc. • Foreign nationals (not from India) will have to bear extra cost wherever applicable.
- All meals during the trek.
- Transport As per itinerary (Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha).
- Porters, Guide.
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- Any medical expenses.
- Any beverages or additional food.
- Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Tips for guide and porters.
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