Welcome to the start of your journey to the ‘Roof of Africa’. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, affectionately known as ‘Kili’, is Africa’s highest mountain at 5895m. Kili is also the world’s highest free-standing mountain and its towering snow-capped, symmetrical cone is a world-recognised African image. A World Heritage site, the whole mountain is designated a national park and Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of some 755 square kilometers, consisting of vast areas of montane forest with unique moorland flora and alpine desert at higher altitudes. Climbing Kili is the adventure of a lifetime for many visitors to Tanzania. As the highest ‘walkable’ mountain in the world, the trek is not a technical climb but is, nevertheless, a serious challenge. It is undertaken by people of all ages but should not be attempted without some physical training/preparation. Mt Kilimanjaro is situated on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya and while Moshi is the nearest large town, it is also accessible from Arusha (1-2 hrs by road) and Nairobi (6-8 hrs by road).
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Day 1: Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport:
Depart UK and fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport
Day 2: Briefings and orientation plus town tour:
Briefings, orientation, town tour, Acclimatisation & visit a local school. Preparation for Kilimanjaro.
Day 3: Drive to Marangu Park Gate, visit Maundi Crater:
After breakfast on the first day of the trek, we’ll load the kit up, and you’ll be driven to Marangu Park Gate. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see the Colobus Monkeys as we journey upwards! Generally, the walk takes about half a day. Visit Maundi Crater. some brilliant wild flowers and superb views of Kibo and Mawenzi.
Day 4: Trek to Horombo Huts:
The next day we’ll start moving out of the forest and before too long we’ll notice the Kifinika Hill on our left and intermittent views of Mawenzi and Kibo too. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at Kambi Ya Taabu. We’ll arrive at Horombo Huts in the middle of the afternoon, spend some time chilling out and then have dinner together.
Day 5: Acclimatisation day at Horombo:
On the third day of the climb, we have an acclimatisation day. Generally, we recommend the ‘saddle walk’ – the views of Kibo and Mawenzi are amazing and the ascent and descent to Zebra Rock is just what your body needs.
If we set off nice and early we’ll still have the rest of the afternoon to relax and sort out kit. Remember to bring a book for this day!
Day 6: Trek to Kibo hut:
Climbing through the moorland forest then alpine desert you will reach ‘the saddle’ between the twin peaks of Mawnzi and Kibo. Before Kibo you will come to Jiwe la ukoyo’.
From here you will walk for about an hour to reach Kibo Hut (4703m). Take a well-earned rest to recharge your batteries ahead of the night’s summit attempt. Purify your water, put new batteries in your camera and head tourch, pack your snacks and get ready.
Day 7: Kilimanjaro summit day!:
On the fifth day of the climb, it’s time to get serious. You’ll be woken at midnight, and we’ll be trekking through the night. It gives us time to try and reach the summit and still descend in the daylight. Remember to layer up – it WILL be cold, but you’ll need to remove layers later in the day.
The first half of this ascent is on steep winding rocky path. We’ll maintain a very slow, but steady pace to reach the summit. As we near the crater rim, the sun will rise. We recommend that you pause to enjoy what many people consider the finest sunrise on earth.
From Gilman’s Point, it takes another 1½ to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5895m), although the gradients are much gentler and terrain easier. Standing on the summit will have made the last 10-12 hours worthwhile!
Today will probably have been the longest day of your life but quite possible the best! After hitting the summit, we head back down to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest!
Day 8: Return to Marangu Park Gate:
Day six of the climb is the final day on the mountain. We head from Horombo back to the Marangu Park Gate. We take the short drive back to the hotel for a well-earned HOT shower and celebratory evening meal.
Day 9: Rest day:
Today is a rest day. Take your time to relax or explore the town.
Day 10: Return flights to the UK:
Depart back to UK or continue on your adventure with a safari. You can book your extensions directly through us.
No experience is needed, however having a we strongly recommend you practice and train well. Although this trek is not a technical climb, it does nevertheless require a reasonable amount of fitness and a strong will to succeed. Remember that you are walking between 4 and 8 hours a day, uphill to an altitude of 5895m (almost 20,000 feet).
Training should involve long uphill walks (with a daypack) to accustom yourself to long distance hiking. Once you have booked on the trip, you will be given an advice pack which will contain information on how to train and make sure you are prepared physically to make the trek.
Once you have booked your place on your bucket list trip, you will receive a kit list from us containing all the kit/equipment you will need to complete the adventure successfully. This will ensure you have everything you could possibly need ready for the big adventure.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trip or your suitability for it, please contact us on 01769 309002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help.
3 Day Safari Package or 4 Day Zanzibar Getaway
If 10 days simply isn’t enough of a break or you want to make the most of being on the other side of the world and celebrating making it to the Roof of Africa, then why not extend your trip and either go on a 3 day Safari or a 4 day Zanzibar getaway. We can send you information packs on both so you can make your mind up on which would be best suited to you.
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Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The Trek Leader and our local agent will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
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