Based on feedback from other climbers, we recommend the extra day on the mountain, for acclimatization purposes and to increase your chance of a successful summit -- regardless of the route! This is advisable if your schedule allows.
Zara also offers safaris. You may want to consider a safari before or after your trek. http://www.zaratours.com/safari
If your dates are flexible, you may want to join one of our trips for SINGLE TRAVELERS: http://zarameeting.informe.com/
Your home base will be the Springlands Hotel in Moshi. Extra nights at the Springlands Hotel are $60/room/night (single occupancy), which includes breakfast. http://www.zaratours.com/safari-accommodation
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Springlands Hotel in Moshi for your overnight. You can start your trek any day of the year!
Machame Gate (1500m) to Machame Camp (3000m), distance is about 18 km's. (BLD)
It is approx. 45 minutes drive from Moshi to Machame gate. All your equipment and supplies are taken over by porters; a cook will prepare all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route are in huts, the Machame route offers tents only. After all formalities have been taken care at the gate, head into the forest and begin the 7 hour ascent to the first camp on the mountain, Machame camp (3000m)
Breakfast is served early in the mess tent and, weather permitting; you could take in your first view of the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro. The lunch stop will be reached at about 3600m and after this short lunch and an equally limited rest you'll continue up the rocky ridge to the next camp on the mountain, Shira camp (3840).
The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky environment where you reach an altitude of 4600m after a 5 hours walk to Lava Tower. As you ascent from the Shira camp (3950m) there are good views of the Shira Plateau to the west, Oehler Ridge to the north east and the Western Breach to the east. This day you will climb high and steep low.
The morning starts with a scramble up the almost vertical Barranco Wall to an altitude of about 4200m and after aprox. 3 hours, the path now crosses through the southern slopes to reach the Karanga Valley.
After breakfast, you continue in a southeasterly direction to the junction before turning north to reach Barafu camp (4600m) after about 4 hours. Here you take a long rest and prepare for the midnight ascent to the summit.
At around midnight, you'll head in a northwesterly direction up the southeast valley towards Stella Point on the crater rim. The 6 hour long walk to Stella Point is a mental and physical challenge with the steep face just below Stella posing the ultimate challenge. The time you spend on the summit is determined by the weather and wind conditions. The walk back to Mweka Camp from the summit can take over 7 hours.
You will camp for the night at Mweka camp (3100m) before departing for the Mweka Parks Gate the next morning where your driver will pick up and take you back to the Moshi Bus stand.
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To secure your position, we require a 20% deposit to hold your reservation and final payment can be made 60 days before departure. You may make your reservation and payment on our Web site with Visa or Master Card. Here is a link to your reservation: http://zaratours.com/zara/zaratours.php
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Mount Kilimanjaro climbing check list/Tips Guidelines:
FOR CHIEF GUIDE: US$15 - US$20 PER DAY x number of days on Mountain,
Assistant Guide: US$10 - US$12 PER DAY x number of days on Mountain,
COOK: US$ 5 - US$8 PER DAY x number of days on Mountain,
PORTERS: 6 - 10 PER DAY x number of days on Mountain.
ANOTHER OPTION EACH PERSON CAN GIVE 10% OF THE PRICE HE OR SHE PAID FOR THE TOUR BOOKED.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE GUIDLINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN ACCORDING TO SERVICES GIVEN TO CLIENTS/CUSTOMERS BY STAFFS.
TIPPING GUIDELINES (Aprox):US$ 200 per person.
"TIPS IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED AT THE END OF THE TRIP!!"
Mount Kilimanjaro is located three degrees south of the equator in Northeastern Tanzania. It is the tallest mountain in Africa and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Of the famous highest seven peaks in the world, this is the easiest to get to and the easiest to climb. It requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.
Groups are limited to 5-7 people. We will combine groups up to this limit if they are starting the same route on the same day. However, we can also arrange for private groups at no extra cost. We will try to add single travelers to a group if at all possible, but we cannot guarantee it. We can accommodate large groups of any size.
With the exception of airfare, and transfers from the airport to the Zara properties, all Zara trips include all transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. This includes all transfers and the equipment for all activities listed.
Here is information for a full list of included/not included items for Kilimanjaro, Safaris, Mt. Meru, and packages. http://www.zaratours.com/resources/packing-list.html
Mount Kilimanjaro climbing check list
* Yellow fever certificate
* Entrance visa
* Medical insurance
* Waterproof jacket
* Water proof pants
* Warm jacket
* Thermal underwear
* Woollen socks
* Hiking boots
* Light shoes
* Sleeping bag
* Day pack
* Water bottle
* Toilet paper
* Torch and batteries
* Pocket knife
* Energy drinks
* Energy snacks
* Spare batteries
* Different lenses
* Video camera
* Video tapes
* Assorted plasters
* Sun protection cream
* Anti malaria tablets
* Insect repellent
* Lip salve
* Water purification tablets
* Antiseptic cream
* Adhesive tape
* Throat lozenges
* Toothbruch & paste
* Address book
* Travellers cheques
* Travel insurance
* Walking stick
* Plastic bags
* Cash dollars ( smaller bills )
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