Climb Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s 7 summits. The mountain rises out of the plains of Tanzania and is the highest peak on the continent of Africa standing at 5895m.
Where: Tanzania, Africa
Duration: 11 Days
One of the world’s 7 summits, Kilimanjaro rises out of the plains of Tanzania and is the highest peak on the continent of Africa standing at 5895m. Travel through five distinct ecosystems in 7 days. This is the classic climb of Kilimanjaro. Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this dormant volcano looms over five eco-systems and large game reserves and is certainly one of the world’s most impressive sights. The terrain is nothing short of dramatic.
Climbing to the top of this majestic summit is a journey to remember as you stand on top of the ‘Roof of Africa’. We use the Machame route, this has been chosen for its ever changing natural beauty and scenery and it also offers the highest success rate for the summit dur to its height profile. You will have the opportunity to climb at altitude amidst an amazing backdrop. A trekking peak with long days. We travel through 5 different climatic zones, each one unique. From thick jungle to high altitude moorland followed by screes to the summit.
Dates and Prices
|11th January 2018||21st January 2018||11 days||£2195||£548.75||Taking Bookings||Enquire Now|
|13th September 2018||23rd September 2018||11 days||£2195||£548.75||Taking Bookings||Enquire Now|
This is a ‘Land Only’ package meaning you are responsible for arranging your own flights and your trip will begin on arrival in country. We will inform you of the best flight deals and times to suit your itinerary. However, feel free to search for an alternative. If you are arriving via another airport it is your responsibility to ensure you coordinate with our groups flights to arrange meeting point.
NOTE - DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOUR DEPOSIT HAS BEEN PAID AND THE TRIP HAS BEEN CONFIRMED.
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After being collected from Kilimanjaro airport we will take the short drive to our hotel accommodation on the outskirts of Moshi. Views of Kilimanjaro can clearly be seen almost as soon as we leave the airport.
The remainder of the day will spent preparing our kit, receiving a briefing from your UK leader and relaxing in the warmth and African atmosphere.
Leaving the comfort of the hotel for now, we transfer to the Machame gate to begin our climb. After signing in for our permits and meeting our local crew of porters and cooks, we will begin our walk through montane forest trails.
Leaving the rain forest behind we will climb up a rocky ridge through moorland covered in heath. Arriving at the Shira plateau we have an amazing view of Kilimanjaro as our backdrop for the night.
Following the golden rule of acclimatisation of ‘climb high, sleep low’ today will be our toughest day yet. We’ll climb up to Lava Tower at 4600m. You may, if not already, feel the effects of altitude from here, before descending 650m to Barranco Camp at 3950m. The descent to camp can take up to 2 hours and is situated just below the infamous Barranco Wall.
Today is a short but fun day. Starting with climbing over the Barranco wall, a short and easy scramble. We will then travel through Alpine desert to camp across the Karanga valley.
Another short day, we continue through the Alpine desert to where the Mweka route descends from the Barafu Hut. From Barafu camp we will prepare ourselves for the summit. We will eat and rest. You will also receive a briefing from your Leader regarding the summit climb.
Starting at approx. 11pm with some food and drink we will begin our trek to the summit. Climbing steeply up through scree and beside magnificent glaciers, we will arrive at Stella point 5732m. The climb to Stella Point on the crater rim, is the toughest section of the climb both mentally and physically. Arriving here as the sun rises will give your body an added boost to push you another hour around to Uhuru point, the true ‘Roof of Africa’.
Descending back down the scree to Burafa Camp, we will take lunch and pack our belongings and continue our descent to Millennium camp where there is thicker air and you'll get a better nights sleep, and it'll be well deserved!
Every step from here is getting us closer to that shower and hotel room. After breakfast we will give our thanks to the mountain staff who have helped us to through our journey. We’ll then begin our descent through the forest to Mweka gate where we will collect our certificates and transfer back to the hotel to celebrate our achievements.
The day is yours to enjoy the sights of Moshi. Alternatively, you can relax with your fellow climbers. Flights will normally be an afternoon departure.
Often the flights are over night. Therefore arriving in the UK early morning of day 11.
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, vehicle breakdowns and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. Your 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!
- The Machame route offers a unique journey through 5 different climatic zones.
- Experience the friendliest mountain staff. Their joy at working with you on the mountain is unsurpassed anywhere in the world.
- Be led by esteemed and experienced UK guides along with Tanzanian mountain guides.
- We climb and descend over 7-days. This is one day more than some companies. Having the extra day improves your rate of acclimatisation, chances for relaxation and ultimately your success on the mountain.
- Led by an experienced UK leader assisted by local guides
Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano composed of three extinct volcanic cones, of varying ages. Kibo (5895m), Mawenzi (5149m) and Shira (3962m). It is one of the world’s highest free standing mountains: its mass rises 4800m above a rolling plain that averages 1000m above sea level. After reaching a height thought to be 5900m during its last major eruption 360,000 years ago, Kibo has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and landslides to its present height. It is believed that Kilimanjaro, like its neighbor Mt. Kenya, is losing glaciers due to localised deforestation and global warming.
Who is this expedition best for?
Kilimanjaro is an extreme, high altitude climb and is perhaps the most underestimated of the seven summits due to its popularity. This is a perfect trip for novice and more seasoned climbers alike. Participants should be fit but no prior experience is needed on this non-technical route. This is a near perfect entry into the world of high altitude trekking.
You should be comfortable walking 4-8 hours per day. Summit day is the most demanding portion of the climb, typically involving 8 hours for the ascent and 6-7 hours for the descent. Our expeditions require strength & endurance. Being in sound physical condition is the single most important aspect for climbers to maximise their climbing potential. The better your physical condition, the more likely you are to perform well and have an enjoyable experience. The most frequent comment we have received over the years is that climbers have underestimated the fitness level needed to fully enjoy their trip.
Additionally, inadequate fitness will affect the atmosphere, pace, and overall enjoyment of the climb for all participants. We highly recommend checking with your doctor before undertaking any strenuous activity.
Preparation for climbing Kilimanjaro
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a serious undertaking. Just because you exercise regularly (four to six times per week) does not mean you have the conditioning needed to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. Plenty of people who have the endurance to run a marathon fail to summit high-altitude peaks. Pure cardiovascular fitness is simply not enough. You need to be able to ascend hundreds of metres on successive days carrying a day pack on your back.
Prioritise your training efforts in the following way, assuming that you are in good health and injury- free:
- Climbing Kilimanjaro conditioning – bag-loaded uphill hiking, walking, and stair climbing
- Strength training for the lower body and core
- Cardiovascular training, including both aerobic and anaerobic workouts without pack weight
- Flexibility training
Most people will need to train specifically for climbing Kilimanjaro for at least three to four months. During your training, you will need to progressively ramp up your hiking time, distance and elevation gain (at roughly 10% per week) to safely and effectively build your trekking-specific conditioning. Trying to rush this will increase the risk of experiencing some sort of training injury and not being ready for your trip.
This trek is challenging in itself, but the main challenge lies in the altitude.
Our route allows for excellent acclimatisation to the altitude and allows you to follow the golden rule of acclimatisation ‘Climb High, Sleep Low’.
Symptoms of being at altitude include tiredness, shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Altitude affects people differently and being super-fit is no guarantee of being less likely to feel the effects. All of our leaders have experience of trekking at altitude and are medically trained. The leader will assess your progress as you climb and their decision is final if you need to descend for safety reasons.
For more information regarding the effects of altitude, please read this current article.
- In-country accommodation - Hotels and Camping
- Camping equipment exc. sleeping bag and mat
- All meals exc. celebratory meal and final day lunch
- All drinking water whilst trekking
- In-country transportation
- National Park trekking fees and permits
- Local guides, Cooks and Porters
- Experienced UK Expedition Leader throughout
Whats not Provided?
- UK Transport to and from the airport
- International flights and taxes
- Personal Equipment
- Travel Insurance
- The hire of suitable boots if required.
- Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals.
- Tips for Local staff. (we will advise on amounts)
- Entry Visas
- Alcoholic or soft drinks not supplied during meals
- Entrance fees to monuments or tourist sights
- Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service etc.
- 1 x pair mid weight walking boots
- Trekking shoes or Walking boots
- 3 - 4 x pairs of trekking socks
- 3 x Thermal t-shirts (long and short sleeved)
- 2 x Fleece tops (1 thick, 1 thin) or Primaloft jacket.
- Walking type trousers (zip off legs are ideal)
- 1 x Shorts (if you don’t have zip off leg trousers)
- 1 x Pair light weight trekking gloves or liner gloves
- 1 x Pair Heavy weight Glove or Mitten. Must be big enough to fit over liner gloves
- Warm hat to cover ears & Sunhat / Cap
- Neck gaiter or Buff
- Fully waterproof over-trousers with taped seams. i.e. Gore-tex or eVent
- Waterproof Shell Jacket i.e.Gore-Tex +with hood
- Down Jacket with hood. essential for summit day and evenings around camp
- Extra pair of trousers for evenings
- Long Sleeved Shirt
- Long Thermal top and bottoms
DOCUMENTS AND MONEY
- Passport + Photocopy
- Visa Money - $50
- Money to be changed in country
- Money for tips
- Credit Card
- Insurance Documentation
- Immunisation Card
- Airline Tickets
- Money Belt
- No suitcases! Using a zip top expedition bag is easier for access. Also a small mesh bag is useful forleaving item at the hotel.
- You must only carry 1 bag and your day bag. Weight on the flight is limited and porters can only carry a certain amount of weight so please pack responsibly.
- Each item is required unless specified as optional.
- It is possible to hire items of equipment. Our preferred provider is: www.expeditionkithire.co.uk
CAMPING AND GENERAL KIT
- Soft Soft Expedition holdall 75 Ltr +
- Waterproof Rucksack liner or small dry bags
- Small Day Bag - 25 - 30 Ltr with good hip belt and suitable for carrying all day
CAMPING AND SLEEPING
- Sleeping mat (foam or inflatable is preferable)
- Sleeping bag - 4 season minimum
- Light Weight Dry bag for sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Head Torch (Battery operated only)
- Spare batteries for head torch
- 3 x 1ltr Water bottles (wide necked is better)
- Water Purification Tablets (for back up only)
- Vit C Tablets and/or Hydration Tablets
- Hand Sanitiser (LOTS!)
- 1 x Toilet roll and plastic nappy bags
- Ear Plugs
- Wet Wipes
- Essential wash kit/personal hygiene items
- Light Weight Towel
- Trekking Poles - highly recommended
- Sun Glasses. Cat.3/4 100% UVA/UVB(Wrap Around style is preferred)
- Extra snacks. High energy andlightweight
- Luxury treats which you can share withthe group. i.e. chocolate or coffee
- iPod / Book / Kindle / Diary
PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
- High Factor Sun Block SP30+ and Lip Balm
- Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
- Rehydration Sachets
- Blister Plasters
- Personal medication
- Insect repellant
- Malaria Tablets
COTSWOLD OUTDOOR 15% DISCOUNT
As a company we've recognised that the additional cost of having to buy clothing and equipment can be a barrier to booking on some of our programmes and expeditions.
With this in mind we've teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor. Arguably, the UK's largest outdoor retailer with stores across the country and an online shop to make purchasing as easy as possible.
All clients will recieve a 15% discount code once your deposit is paid.