Kilimanjaro Climb

09 Nights / 10 Days

When should you go: 25 Dec - 03 Jan

Mt Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world it is also place of myth and folklore. Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak of Africa at 5,895m (19,350 ft) high and each year about 25,000 tourists visit Tanzania to climb the Kilimanjaro peak. This is popularly known as "common man's Everest" or as Ernest Hemingway described its beauty, "as wide as the entire world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun."Trekking on the Mount Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment. It is the world's tallest walk-able mountain, and you will enjoy the walk while crossing 5 different climatic zones to reach the apex.

To reach the peak of Africa you will have to cross through several regions within a small area - the journey begins with tropical forest bursting with flora and fauna at its base, followed by uneven heath and highlands reaching the lava desert and finally the roof of Africa. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a difficult walk and the high summit only supports 50% oxygen of the at sea level. Hence you may suffer from altitude sickness. The temperature at the peak is also very cold, the base in 35 degree C but the tallest point of Africa experiences minus 20 degree C in strong wind. The roof of Africa remains snow capped throughout the year.

  1. Day 1: Reach JRO Airport, transfer to Moshi (815m / 2675ft)

    As soon as you arrive a local representative will meet you at Kilimanjaro International (JRO) Airport and take you to the hotel Moshi. The drive will take you an hour to reach the hotel from the airport. While driving to the hotel you will be able to enjoy the sight of the Mount Kilimanjaro through the car window. Once reached, just enjoy your dinner and discuss about the trek that will begin next morning.

  2. Day 2: Drive Moshi to Nale Moru (1950m) and walk to Simba Campsite (2600m/8530ft)

    Start you day with a long drive to the village of Nale Maru situated at Tanzania's northern border with Kenya. Next you cross the outer edge of the Kilimanjaro National Park and pass through several towns and villages located at the eastern side of the township. Now you start your trek from the small village of Nale Moru (1,950m) which is a very interesting spot for its traditional living style of the native. You may rest at night at the Simba Camp (2,600m) at night.

  3. Day 3: Trek to Kikelewa Camp (3,600m / 11810ft)

    Enjoy the sun rise at Mawenzi (second peak of Mt Kilimanjaro). The locals call it the sight of majestic Kibo (Kilimanjaro's main crater) where the first sunray falls at the day break. Today you will walk towards the Kibo initially, and then reach the second grotto (3,450m). Rest at the Kikelewa (3,600m) camp and enjoy the sight of the mountains while dining in the camp.

  4. Day 4: Trek to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4300m / 14,108ft)

    After walking the whole day you cross the heath and reach the Mawenzi Tarn camp at 4000m ft. The entire area is covered with alpine grass, shrubs and bizarre looking senecio plants scattered all over the place. After dinner sleep at the Mawenzi Tarn camp.

  5. Day 5: A rest day at Mawenzi Tarn (4300m / 14,108ft)

    Once you have reached some 4000 ft height, your body should get acclimatize to the climate of such high altitude. Hence rest for the day at the camp and walk about the place. You may also climb a steep slope covered in scree and dust to have fun. Dine at Mawenzi Tarn camp.

  6. Day 6: Trek to the Kibo Huts Campsite (4750m / 15584ft)

    On the sixth day, you walk along the lunar site of the immense "saddle" linking the spires of Mawenzi and the massive dome of Kibo. Finally you may rest inside your sleeping bag and prepare for the steep trek of Kibo. The trek for Kibo will start around 11 pm the next evening therefore, just enjoy the dinner at Kibo Huts campsite.

  7. Day 7: Rest day at Kibo Huts Campsite (4750m / 15584ft) prior to the final Kibo apex trek

    Once you have reached some 5000m ft height, take a day off from the trek. Rest today and allow your body to get accustomed to such high temperature. Then only after acclimatizing your body start walking in dark night with the help of the light of your headlamp. Walk very slowly (Pole Pole in Swahili) so as to preserve energy for seven hour long exhausting trek. Have dinner and sleep after day long journey at Kibo Huts campsite.

  8. Day 8: To Uhuru peak (5895m / 19340 ft) and descent to Horombo (3720m / 12200ft)

    The journey continues. You should walk slowly guided by the lights of the headlamps only. At the end of every hour rest for a while and then again start trekking. Once you reach the crater rim of Gillman's point (5,685 m) it will take another 3hrs to reach the Uhuru Paek, o the roof of Africa. Now rest for a while and walk slowly towards the destination. Once you have reached the pinnacle, it time of celebration. It's time for photography and fun. Having experiencing the thrill of reaching the top of Africa, now return through the steep from Gilman's Point to Kibo Huts Camosite (4,700m). The descending journey is very swift and you may reach the Horombo (3,720m) camp before the sunset. Stay here for that night and prepare about the returning journey for the next morning.

  9. Day 9: Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate (1,830m) and later transfer to hotel, Moshi

    After walking down the extensive sandy track through the heath, you reach the Mandara Hut (2,700m). Have your lunch here continue your journey to the hotel from where the trip began. Finally say goodbye to your trekking team, hop into a car and drive down to the hotel. Thus after touching the roof of Africa stay for a night at the hotel and share your experience with friends and visitors.

  10. Day 10: After breakfast transfer to the JRO airport to board the flight back home.

    Wake up early, have breakfast and start your return journey. The check out time of the hotel is 10:00am. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for flight to onward destination.

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