CLIMB TOWERING MOUNT KILIMANJARO
It’s not the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, or nicknamed the Roof of Africa for nothing. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro isn’t easy, and for some it proves too difficult, but those from all over the world who’ve made it say it is definitely worth it; that reaching Uhuru Peak, the highest of the 7 peaks at 5895 metres, will change your life. And that’s not just because you can say in all honesty “I did it!” and cross it off your bucket list, but because the experience makes you see yourself and life differently. The biggest challenge is the possibility of altitude sickness if your body fails to adjust to height changes and thinning air, but there are others: like crossing icy glacier streams, withstanding temperatures that drop well below freezing; scaling the Barranco Wall and climbing for 5 to 7 hours in the dark. But after all that, when you get to the top, neon green boards say it all in one word: “Congratulations!”
WARNING: THIS ROUTE IS MORE DIFFICULT THAN THE MARANGU ROUTE
Spend two nights in a hotel in Moshi, and five nights in mountain tents during this epic experience.
Professional guide & personal porter; all meals on trek (plus dinner Day 1, breakfast Day 8); Kilimanjaro Airport and national park gate transfers; park fees, 2 nights in hotel.
- Africa’s highest mountain
- All meals included
- Park fees
- 2 nights in hotel
- Airport transfers
- Group size 1-8
Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to the Keys Hotel in Moshi. A preliminary talk prepares you for your trek.
Climb for 5 or 6 hours through mountain forest from the Machame Gate (1790m) to Machame Camp, just above the tree line at 3010m.
A shorter stage of 4 to 6 hours on a steepening path through a heath landscape to Shira Camp at 3845m. Enjoy the camp’s breath-taking views and watch the setting sun light the rock face and glacier of Kibo.
A longer stage of 6-7hrs. You climb about 700m but end up camping at Barranco Camp (3960m), its elevation only slightly higher than Shira Camp. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower Hut (4640m); climb through sparser vegetation as the landscape changes to afro-alpine desert.
The altitude will become noticeable during your 5-6 hour trek to Barafu Camp (4640m) which starts with climbing the “Barranco Wall”. You will be secured wherever necessary. The ridge offers splendid views of the south glacier of Kibo.
Beginning at midnight,you climb the screes of the Kibo, arriving at Stella Point, the crater rim of the Kilimanjaro, after 5 -7 hrs of night climbing. Another 1-2 hr climb along the crater ridge leads you to the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5895m. You will have reached the “Roof of Africa”. The relatively steep and long descent begins, with altitude playing a major role. After a break at Barafu Camp you head for Mweka Camp (3080m). In all, Day 6 will see you climbing 1250m and descending 2810m.
About 2 or 3 hours on an easier descent with good paths through luscious rainforest to reach Mweka Gate (1630m) and transfer back to the Keys Hotel in Moshi to overnight.
After breakfast continue with your travel plans or transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
(Depends on season)
Single tent supplement $50
Minimum age 16 years
International and regional flights plus taxes and visa fees. Alcohol & soft drinks. Any items of a personal nature. Medical & travel insurance. Tips & gratuities.
Note: Malaria precautions should be taken; Yellow Fever vaccination required if transferring through a South African border.
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