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Arrive in TanzaniaYou will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town. You will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.Meals: No Meals Included
Umbwe Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Cave Bivouac Camp (2,850m/9,350ft)At 8am leave Moshi for Umbwe Gate where you will meet our porters, guides, and cooks who will spend the next six days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. After arriving, wait at the gate while we register your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. Your first day’s destination is Cave Bivouac Camp, approximately 6 hours from the gate. The trail is steep and can be slippery in some places. Hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro’s cloud forest. The forest will thin later in the hike and heathers, tall grasses and wildflowers will come into view. Porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival.Elevation Gain:1,050 meters, 3,445 feet Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Cave Bivouac (2,850m/9,350ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)The first section of the trail continues following the ridge. After leaving the forest, continue through open moorlands until reaching Barranco Camp. Barranco is generally regarded as the most scenic campsite on the Umbwe Trail as it’s surrounded by giant senecios and lobelias. As Barranco is in a valley, the sun rises later than at the other camps.Total Elevation Gain: 1,100 meters, 3,610 feet Hiking time: 5 to 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft)Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley.Elevation Gain: 250 meters, 820 feet Distance: 7 Kilometers Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Karanga Valley (4,200m/13,780ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike.Elevation Gain: 400 meters, 1,320 feet Distance: 6 Kilometers Hiking time: 3 to 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Hike by the light of your headlamp for the next six hours. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point.The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and, as far as hikes go, not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. The crater rim hike takes approximately one hour. Upon reaching Uhuru, take photos of your guide and group at the peak before beginning the descent to Mweka Camp. On the way down from Uhuru, enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.At Barafu Camp, eat breakfast and take a short break. You still have another three to five hours to go before reaching Mweka Camp.Elevation Gain: 1,295 meters, 4,240 feet Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters, 9,170 feet Hiking time: 6 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru, 3 to 4 hours back to Barafu, 4 hours to Mweka Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft)After breakfast, finish the trek with a hike through the forest to Mweka Gate. The trail may be slippery following rain. Our vehicles will meet you at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Moshi.Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet Hiking time: 4 hours Meals: Breakfast Included
Depart Tanzania or Continue to other expeditions !The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some gift shops before heading to the airport. *Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania Meals: Breakfast Included
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
- Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
- 4 Season mountain tents
- Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Tips to mountain crew
- Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
- Cook $10 – $15/day
- Porters $8
The trek to the Barafu Hut is only moderately difficult.The only really steep point is Barranco Wall (which can be managed with just small will and wits ). The final push to the summit ridge takes around 6 hours and is very steep and cold. This last steep section is mostly switchbacks and then some easy rock scrambling near the top. Your guide will set a very slow pace. Most reasonably fit individuals can make it so long as they are not having any difficulty acclimatizing.
The official age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park to climb the Uhuru summit is 10 years, and we usually recommend a minimum age of 13 years. If anyone in your group is under 16, please let us know in advance so arrangements can be made.
Guides are a requirement on Kilimanjaro developed by Tanzania National Park Service
Although it’s not technically required but it's a good idea. Kilimanjaro is not the easiest trek and its good to have some previous experience and know what you are getting into and what the trekking is.
We have a complete downladable packing list or if you want more details please visit http://trekohike.com or https://share.bannersnack.com/bcie120lu/
March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period. Rest of the months are quite fine.
We generally recommend flying to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) where it is likely to end up spending several hundred dollars to and from Nairobi. There is a shuttle service from Nairobi operated by Riverside Shuttle which takes 6 to 8 hours and costs $ 35 to $ 40 each way. You will need a yellow fever certificate to cross the land border into Tanzania. You will also need a separate visa for Kenya. Flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro cost US $ 200 each way.
Permits are required and are included in the cost of the trip. You will receive your entrance permit at the entrace on the first day of the trip.
Your park entrance fee includes the cost of a mountain rescue that will be organized by the Tanzanian National Park in cooperation with our team. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance. While the Park Service will provide rescue services, your travel insurance will cover any costs related to cancellation fees, unexpected interruption of your vacation, medical expenses and repatriation including air ambulance, personal accidents, loss due to delay or damage to your personal belongings. If you do not already have one, we recommend either Cover More or World Nomads.
It depends on the route you chose and your physical fitness . It can be covered in 5 days (too aggressive) to 8 days (goo acclimatization).Some individuals opt for an extra acclimatization day which is spent at Camp.
The usual time spent walking is about 5 to 6 hours. On the day of the summit, you will spend 12 to 16 hours of trekking.However, you will be given a few hours to rest at Barafu so this long day of trips is divided into two parts. We make the summit push and decent all in one day to avoid acclimatization problems.
We offer camping tent on most of the Route. The camp staff will prepare the tents before you arrive. Tents are available for twin sharing and private tents may be available for individual travelers. You will need to bring your sleeping bag.
Your mobile service may work at one or two points in the mountain but do not rely on them. We tested mobile internet cards from Vodacom (Tanzania) and Safaricom (Kenya) and we could not access the Internet. If you have a phone call to make during the treks, please talk to your guide and he may be able to arrange something.
In general, it is best to bring additional batteries or a portable solar charger. In some cases, park rangers may be able to help you charge a device for an additional fee.
We provide plenty of drinking water on the climb. Drinking water is obtained on the mountain and then boiled before it is provided to you. Disposable plastic water bottles are not allowed on the mountain.
Your guide can provide you with a bucket of hot water both in the evening and the morning for washing.
Lunch are packed and eaten on the trail during the day. You will take lunch and dinner in the dinning tents that are set up.
You must be in good enough condition to walk continuously throughout the day. Comprehensive fitness, flexibility and health will ensure you can walk safely and comfortably. People with severe or chronic health conditions that affect their endurance, range of movement, coordination, or balance may experience difficulty completing the journey. If you suspect your physical preparedness, consult a good doctor before booking your trip!
The best scenario is to adapt slowly. The 6-day trip over Kilimanjaro is a fairly quick trip and the hikers must report any problems in their guidebook. Common symptoms of mountain sickness include headache and cough.
It may seem obvious, but your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage in the mountains than on the beach! The intensity of the sun increases dramatically when we rise in altitude, and the refreshing snow reflects more captivity than ultraviolet radiation than does sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothes and sunblock. It is recommended to use a sunblock specifically for mountain conditions. If you wear a prescription eyeglasses, I recommend that you get your medical prescription for sunglasses.
We take all possible precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our hikers, but be assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid and is Wilderness First Aid Certified. In case of altitude sickness, you will be taken directly to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will use the park rescue services for immediate evacuation.
Yes, we ensure the safety of travel for all our guests, both male and female. We have strong long-term relationships with hostels that we abound, and know that they are safe and reliable. In addition, our guides constantly indicate the whereabouts of all guests on treks. We travel in small groups, all the better to maintain continuous communication easily.
We will provide you a complete packing list on receipt of your trek. It is possible that you can rent gear once you reach Moshi but it tends to be expensive and the quality is not great. If you need any specific equipment beforehand we may be able to help you with some supplies free of charge.Please visit http://trekohike.com to get an idea.
A good pair of hiking boots are important for the final climb as they help to keep your feet warm and provide adequate ankle support. Tennis shoes are sufficient on the other days of the trek.
Porters on Kilimanjaro are allowed to carry 15Kg plus their own personal belongings.
Tipping is an important part of the culture in Tanzania. Please review our tipping guidelines.
Its not required to bring any money on the mountain and you can give tips at the hotel at the end of the climb. The hotel has a lock box where you can store valuables during the climb. Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Once you get on the mountain there are no opportunities to spend any money.
Your guide should be able to arrange a phone call or to get a message relayed in the case of emergency. Don’t expect any communication options although it is possible you will have cell signal in some locations.
Some climbers may actually finish the climb ahead of schedule and get back to Moshi early. Its also the case that sometimes climbers either have problems with altitude or decide to come down earlier for other reasons. If you do get back to Moshi early you are responsible to pay the costs for your extra hotel nights ($35 per/night) and meals. The reason behind this is that our costs are the same regardless of when you end the climb. So even if you are climbing less days than scheduled keep in mind that we have already paid the staff, purchased, food and rented gear for all the days you were supposed to be on the climb.
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