at the Kilimanjaro International Airport/Alternative Airport pick up and
transferred to the Springlands Hotel for overnight bed and breakfast.
called the Whisky Route. This is a popular route up steep paths through
magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the
Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the
Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. An extra day could
be added to the itinerary, best spent on the Shira Plateau, where you could
walk to the Shira Needles. Strong groups could omit camping at Karanga River.
The Mweka Route is used for the descent.
Accommodation on the mountain is
in tents, which the porters will pitch for you. You will need a sleeping bag,
warm clothes and walking poles. This is a steep, tough trek within the limits
of a fit individual used to walking in mountain areas.
Gate (1490m) - Machame camp (2980m), Hiking
time: 7 hours,
About 18 km's - Habitat: Montane forest.
camp (2980m) - Shira camp (3840m), Hiking time: 6 hours. Distance: About 9 km's
– Habitat: Moorland
rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the
top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland
zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the
Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the
Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and
after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The
porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night
at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with
temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp (3950m),
Hiking time: 7 Hrs, Distance: About 15 km's - Habitat: Semi desert
The route now turns east into a semi desert and
rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m
after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before
ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely the toughest
day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some
climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and
headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping
area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true
acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco
camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful
photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a
valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with
a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and
overnight at Barranco Camp site.
to Karanga Valley - Barafu
camp (4550m), Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 13 km's -
Habitat: Alpine desert
exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and
dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain
before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and
you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski
stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the
replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a
spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry
your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to
get some precious rest and sleep for not more than 5 Hours.
Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m), Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours
to descend to Mweka, Distance: About 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent, Habitat:
Stone scree and ice-capped summit.
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits
you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and
ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour
walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most
challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short
rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely
to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow
all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the
summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as
it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy
your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk
back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well
earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to
Mweka Camp (3100m) for Dinner and Overnight.
(3100m)- Mweka Gate (1980m)
time: 3 hours,
About 15 km's Habitat: Forest
Breakfast, From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village,
normally a muddy and long hour walk. In
the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a delicious
hot lunch!! You now drive back to Moshi for a long over due hot shower, Overnight
in Springlands hotel. It is recommended and tips are highly appreciated
at the end of their trip. Tips can be given to the Guide at Springlands Hotel.
This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.
Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green
certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold
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
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 Mount Meru:
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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