CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO, THE ROOF OF AFRICA
It’s the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, and nicknamed the Roof of Africa. Climbing Mount Kiilimanjaro 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. Although the Marangu route is called the cheapest, shortest and easiest route, it is still a serious challenge and unprepared or inexperienced climbers choosing it for its “easiness” may explain the route’s low success rate in seeing its trekkers get to the top where the neon green boards say: “Congratulations!”
WARNING: EVEN THE ‘EASIER’ ROUTE IS CHALLENGING
Spend two nights at the Keys Hotel in Moshi and five nights in mountain huts during the trek.
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
- 6 day trek to top of Kilimanjaro
- All meals included
- Park fees
- 2 nights in hotel
- Airport transfers
- Group size 1-8
- Dormitory style accommodation
Transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to your hotel. A preliminary talk prepares you for your trek.
Climb for 3 or 4 hours through mountain forest from the Marangu Gate (1860m) to Mandara Hut at 2700m . After a rest enjoy view of Kenyan interior from Maundi Crater.
A 4-6 hour trek to Horombo Hut (3700m).You’ll soon reach the timberline and enter the heath and moor zone. Fantastic views of Mawenzi, Kibo and the wide plain of the Masai steppe.
Basically an acclimatization day with a 4-5 hour trek to the black and white striped Zebra Rocks (4020 metre) and back to Horombo Hut.
A long and tough stage following the well-built trail past the “Last Waterpoint” and so-called “saddle”. This nearly vegetationless plateau joins the main summit Kibo with Mawenzi. Reach Kibo Hut (4700m) after 5 to 6 hours.
“The Big Day” – the summit stage – begins at midnight when the lava ash is still frozen and walking on it is easier. Passing the Hans Meyer Cave at 5220m, the climb slowly but surely goes upwards. At sunrise, you will reach Gillman’s Point (5681m) – the crater rim of Kilimanjaro – while the sun slowly warms up the land. A further hike of 1-2 hours, takes you to Uhuru Peak at 5895m, the Roof of Africa. The route back down follows the same path; the lava ash will now have thawed and allows for a fast descent back to Kibo Hut for a warm meal and a 1 – 2 hour break before hiking on to Horombo Hut (3700 metres) to overnight
The last stage passes through the heath and moor zone to the Mandara Hut (2700m) for lunch and then it’s back to the Marangu Gate after a total trek time of about 6 hours. Overnight stay and evening meal at Keys Hotel in Moshi.
After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans or be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport.
(Depends on season and tour group size)
Single room supplement $65
Minimum age 16 years
International and regional flights plus taxes and visa fees. Alcohol & soft drinks. Personal items. 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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