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Day 1: Arrive in Arusha:
We stay at Green Mountain Hotel Lodge, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare you for adventure.
We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
And to confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Dinner and overnight at Arusha Safari Lodge: Half board.
Climbing Program Details in Days
Day 2: Arusha to Machame Camp (3000m 6-7 hours walking)
The climb starts from machame gate (1800m) after registration Once at the gate you will be given a packed lunch, your climb will begin with ascending into the rainforest. During the day – The path follows a ridge through dense montane forest. This is the richest forested area on the mountain, and also the zone from where 98% of the water on Kilimanjaro orginates.
On sunny days, and especially in the dry season is very lush and beautiful; it can also be a very muddy experience, partculary if it has rained recently. About half way up – we will have a break and you can enjoy your packed lunch. We will reach the Machame Camp in late afternoon.
After your arrival and registration at Machame Camp you will be taken to your tent which has already been set up by the porters who ran ahead, where you will greeted with hot washing water. Once you have freshened up and settled in,a hot dinner will be served in the mess-tent. We may get our first closer look at the glaciated dome of Kibo if the evening clouds permit.
Day 3: Climb Machame to Shira Camp (4-5 hours walking Alt – 3850)
You will be woken up after your first night on the mountain with a nice cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate at 6:30am in your tent. After breakfast A shorter day that begins by climbing up a steep ridge,we leave the rainforest and continue our ascent crossing a small valley into open moorlands where the vegetation is sparse with small shrubs to reach a small semicircular cliff known as picnic rock .
There are excellent views of kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau from here and it is a good rest point too, the trail continues less steeply to reach the Shira Plateau. We camp near Shira Hut (3840m) which has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro; close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, the spectacular rock formations of Shira Plateau, and looking across to Mt. Meru floating on the clouds.
At the camp you will be welcome with hot washing water. You can then put your feet up with cup of tee and some snacks. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Day 4: Climb Shira 3,840m to lover tower 4,630m to Barranco Camp 3,950m. 6-7 hours walking
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach and altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hour walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scream path to Lava Tower (4630m). 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 680m to the Barranco Camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4630m at Lava Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco Camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to lay below the Breach and great Barranco wall. Which should provide you with a memorable sunset extensive views of the plains far below. While you wait for the preparation of your dinner
Day 5: Barranco via Karanga Camp 13,100ft to Barafu Camp(4600m. 6-7 hours walking)
After spending a night at the Great Barranco valley, A steep climb up the Barranco wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, (a very imposing sight at first) you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated topping out just below the hem glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route.
This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another forty minutes or so, you reach Barafu Hut. The last water stop on the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu Camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, make sure that you familiar yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.
The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, walking stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. Go to bed as soon as you finish your dinner, and try to get some precious rest and sleep.
Day 6: Summit Attempt. Barafu Camp (4550m)- Uhuru Peak(5895m)-Mweka(3100m)
The wake-up tea will be served at 11:30pm with the departure at midnight, After a hot drink and some biscuits we will start the challenge for the summit. Our initial 6-hour climb begins in the dark with our headlamps and guides to show us the way through the thick scree and winding pathways of Ratzel and Rebmann Glaciers until we reach Stella Point.
Many say this is the most challenging part of the entire climb but you will be rewarded with what is perhaps the most emotional and beautiful sunrise accompany with cup of tee, this “moment” you have see nor ever will see in your life. After taking a short rest we will continue the last part of 1 hour more along the Crater rim passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area, to reach your ultimate goal-the summit –the highest peak of Africa –Uhuru Peak at 5,895m.
Congratulations! You are now standing on the “Roof of Africa”. Our guides will take pictures of you at the world famous Uhuru sign, as much as they can.The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life, it is important to start our descent after few minutes.
We will descend through sliding scree and winding pathways for about 3 hours back to Barafu camp. On reaching Barafu Camp the rest our team will congratulate you and welcome you with a hot lunch. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka camp (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scream path into the moorland and eventually into the forest.
The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Trekking poles are very useful in this part of the descent. In the camp you will have a last fantastic view of the summit–finding it hard to believe that only a few hours ago you were stood at the top. And after this long day, you can enjoy your dinner and your last night on the mountain.
Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka Gate (3-4 hours walking)
Once again you will be woken for your final celebratory breakfast where our team will thank and congratulate you in their unique, special way! This is also the opportunity for you to say thank you for their support and encouragement and show your appreciation by giving a tip to each of them or to the team leader.
We will then set off for the final 3-hour scenic descent to Mweka Gate (1650m.) on a well maintained trail through lovely tropical forest alive with birdcalls and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. At the gate you will get the chance to have a celebratory beer while the equipment is loaded in the van and then it is off to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha town for a long overdue hot shower. After dinner with sparkling wine you will be presented with your certificate of achievement.
Day 8: Nairobi Airport Transfer
3 Days Zanzibar Tour
A trip to Zanzibar is a great way to relax after climbing Kilimanjaro or after your adventure safari. Kuwa Huru Adventure Tanzania provides an all-inclusive 3 days Zanzibar getaway package with four different levels of lodging to choose from.
Day 8: Arrive in Zanzibar- Spice Farms and Stone Town Tour
Arrive anytime you will meet us at the airport and pick up with a private transfer to Stone town. On arrival at the Airport you will drive to your lodge for check in and an afternoon at leisure with exploratory options, or you can start your tour to spice farm where you can see different types of spice and how they grow up plus tasting the seasonal fruits then will have lunch at spice farm ,then will do stone town tour where you can see historical site ,slave market ,daily market, narrow streets and later shopping, But this option depend on what time you arrive in this island. Dinner and overnight at your hotel
Day 9: Safari Blue Tour.
Spend the day at the Island with a variety of optional activities, These will include, Scuba diving, snorkeling, natural forest and dolphin tour. Early At 06:00 am You will go to south coast of Zanzibar to kizimkazi village. to day will be amazing trip, because you may swim with hundreds of spinner & bottle – nose dolphins.
Oslo you’ll see the living species of fish under Neath. You can stop in one of those for Sea food lunch , where by later you will continue with activities according to your itinerary plan. It is full day, back at hotel around 18:30. Dinner and overnight stay at Tembo Hotel: Half board.
Day 10: Departure Day.
Depending on your flight schedule and departure time, it’s possible to do some arether activities before your departure time, and then you will be transferred to the Zanzibar Airport to take a flight back home. If you are flying out of Dar es Salaam or Nairobi, we will arrange a connection flight for you to catch your flight back home.
Trip price Includes:
- Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees
- All entries fees as listed in the itinerary
- All transfers while in Zanzibar
- Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb.
- Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
- Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
- Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
- Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
- Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
- Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
- Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
- Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs and tables
- Water for washing up daily
- Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
- Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
- A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack
- Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodation and included meals
Trip price Excludes:
- International airfare & flights
- Airport taxes
- Items of a personal nature
- Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)
- South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
- Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
- Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
- Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
- Optional but highly recommended Portable toilet
- Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets