Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the airport and transferred Springlands Hotel to the in Moshi for your overnight.
After breakfast and a briefing from your guide,
leave Moshi at 9 AM, drive for 45 minutes to the Marangu Gate on the eastern
side of Kilimanjaro, register with the national park, and begin hiking at 10:30
AM. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and
Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters
and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but
keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Stop halfway for lunch, and
reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3 PM. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee.
A 15 minute side trip to Maundy Crater is a good way to see the surroundings
including Northern Tanzania and Kenya.
Dinner is served during the early evening at 7 PM. Bathrooms with running water
Day! Kibo Huts
(4,695 m/15,400 ft)
Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft)
to Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft)
4 km up, 14 km down
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast, and then
prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you
can reach Uhuru Peak shortly after sunrise. Leave at 1
AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the
crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 5 and 7 AM. Here, views of the fabled
crater and its icecaps greet you. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater
rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak,
by 9 AM. This is Africa’s highest point, and you would have to travel more than
3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a
higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your
friends. After your summit stay, descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch,
rest, collect your things, and re cross the saddle to the Horombo Huts. Eat
dinner and get some well-deserved sleep!
You do the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights.
It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your
warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly
slowly, or, “pole pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Wake as usual, pack, and descend through themoorland to the Mandara Huts. Have lunch there then continue your triumphantrecessional down through lush forest to the park gate, which you should reacharound 2 or 3 PM. Remember to tip your guides, cooks, and porters, since you will be leaving them here. Avehicle will take you back to the Springlands Hotel or similar hotel in Moshi,where it is definitely time for celebration!
Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to
recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around
Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region.
If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day. If you have time, enjoy a guided walk through the local rice fields and rainforest, do a little shopping in the town of Moshi, relax at the swimming pool, or get a massage.
Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Rental equipment is available. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.
The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.
Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.
The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimate a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.
The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.
The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.
You can add an extra day at the Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft). You can spend a full day and a second night at Horombo. On this day, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp then return to the Horombo Huts. This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountain’s weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.
The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha. Yahoo Currency Converter
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.
A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.
Tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru:
Expectations Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.
With the exception of airfare, all Zara trips include all transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. This includes all transfers and the equipment for all activities listed.
Kilimanjaro Climber’s Packing List Notes
Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cottonYour next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable.You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping.Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!
Cold Weather Accessories
Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals
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