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Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut. The day starts early with a breakfast, followed by briefing. The drive of 2hrs from Arusha will lead us to the Machame Gate. The porters prepare and pack supplies and your equipment while your guide doing payments formalities. Day 2: Machame Hut to Shira Hut After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather. Day 3: Shira Hut to Barranco Hut The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. Day 4: Barranco Hut to Barafu Hut After breakfast we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley 4200m and the junction which connects with Mweka Trail. Day 5: Barafu Hut to Summit and Mweka Hut You will rise at midnight and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. Day 6: Mweka Hut to Moshi or Arusha After breakfast, we continue descent down to Mweka Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles help. A vehicle awaits you at Mweka gate to drive back to hotel in Moshi or Arusha. End of the Trekking.
Circular route through the south and southwest slopes of the mountain. It is the second frequented route and one of the most beautiful routes.
Run by a rugged terrain and requires previous experience on the mountains. One of the main attractions of this route is the Lava Tower area. And the descent to Brranco Camp, which facilitates acclimatization.
After breakfast we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing Barranco Wall, through the Karanga Valley 4200m and the junction which connects with Mweka Trail.
We continue to the Barafu Hut which is located at an altitude of 4600m. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.
Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are seen from this position.
This section can also be divided into 2 separate days where camp can be made in or near the Karanga valley to make summit day easier.
You will rise at midnight 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 walk to Stella point is for some climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and if lucky you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise.
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 and we strongly recommend not to 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 life. 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.
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 in my house at no charge. 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. Money 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 Travel Companions 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 Guide(s) 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: • You will be given an envelope at the Springlands Hotel after your trek for your tip money. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these. It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. There is no need to take money on the mountain with you. • The typical tip is $15/day for guides, $10/day for assistant guides and cooks, $7/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker. • Expect 1 guide per 1-3 hikers, 1 assistant guide and 1 cook: • Expect porters as follows: - 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day (minimum of 4 porters) - 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters) - 4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters) - Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of your luggage. • Budget $200 per hiker for tips for a 6-day trek. • Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items for this purpose. • Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip. Transportation With the exception of airfare, all our trips include all transportation costs and arrangements within the destination country. This includes all transfers. Recommended Gear List Kilimanjaro Climber’s Packing List Notes • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds) • Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible) • Wrap clothing in plastic bags • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day. • We are interested in purchasing second-hand gear for rentals. • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society. Baggage • Day pack, for you to carry • Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry • Plastic bags Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cotton Your 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! • Shorts, for first and last day only • Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings • Short-sleeved or t-shirts • Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings • Long underwear • Fleece jacket or wool sweater • Fleece pants • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind) • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow • Underwear • Sport bras, for women Cold Weather Accessories • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered) • Wool or pile hat • Balaclava or neck gaiter • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated) Footwear • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike! • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening • Gaiters • Hiking socks for warmer conditions • Wool socks for colder conditions • Sock liners to wick away moisture Sleeping • Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended) • Sleeping pad and repair kit • Tents • Foam sleeping pads are provided by us at no charge (Thermosets is highly recommended, however) Other • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3) o Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip (available at the Springlands Hotel). Your guides will boil water for you along the route, or use steripens for water sanitization. o To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket. For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often. o Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals. • Water filter or iodine purification tablets • Sun hat with brim • Sunglasses • Bandana • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travelers cheque, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills) • Ski or trekking poles • Headlamp or flashlight • Camera, film, tripod • Video camera, tapes • Batteries o Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life • Binoculars • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods • Playing cards, games • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $10 • Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing • Sewing kit Toiletries • Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail) • Small towel • Soap • Toothbrush and toothpaste • Handy-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning) • Hand sanitizer • Lotion • Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision) • Comb, mirror Documents • Passport • Yellow fever certificate • Tanzania Visa • Medical insurance • Address book • Vaccination records • Airline tickets • Cash, travelers cheques, credit cards • Maps, guidebooks • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travelers cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage. First Aid • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen, or Aspirin • Throat losenges • Bandaids • Moleskin • Sunscreen (SPF 15+) • Lip balm with sunscreen • Insect repellent • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream • Bandages and tape • Diahrea medicine • Antihistemines • Ace bandage • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor) • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor) • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor) • Diamox (talk to your doctor) Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals • Shoes • Any warm clothing • T-shirts • Hats • Nerf football, frisbees • Candy • Pens Packing for your flight to Africa • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up) • Books/magazines • Toiletries • Snacks • Water • Walkman and music • Eye shades, ear plugs • Melatonin or other sleep aid • Critical climbing gear (in case baggage is delayed)
When to try the climbing? The meteorological conditions and the influx of visitors that we will find on the route are important factors when deciding when to climb Kilimanjaro. The rainiest season is March, April and May. The rest of the year the meteorology allows to make the ascent. January and February are the best months because they are the driest and warmest. Another good time is from June to September, although the temperatures are lower and there are more people. Kilimanjaro is known for the famous glaciers of its summit, which are shrinking drastically since the beginning of the 20th century. The beauty of the different habitats that are crossed to reach its peak, make the ascent to Kilimanjaro a unique experience. On our route we will walk through tropical forests, moors and alpine areas. We will enjoy the experience of being above the clouds, seeing a “sea of clouds” to our feet next to the glaciers. The sight of seeing the sunrise on the summit, from where you can see the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater next to the Rift fault make it an unforgettable experience. 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 in my house at no charge. 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. What if we do not get to the Summit? Fatigue or altitude sickness may prevent reaching to the summit, but that does not mean that the Mountain has lost its value rather it is giving you another more chances to keep on trying and that is why we recommend the following procedures: 1: Prior training is very important regardless your fitness and experience of hiking. First train your brain and mind to make sure that you will not only be okay with any outcomes but ready to tackle any obstacles that may come across. Take long walks at least one to two hours everyday two months before Hiking, (Make this your daily habit and you will stay healthy). If there are Hills around your place take your time to train yourself hiking on them. 2: Train yourself to get to know your body limits and never ever force it when it comes to Hiking Kilimanjaro, remember there is always tomorrow and time for everything. 3: Drink a lot of water (A lot of it by any means possible) at least one month before Hiking and during Hiking. This will help you stay hydrated and strong to keep on Hiking. 4: If possible train yourself to survive in areas with low level of Oxygen. 5: And finally eat good and healthy foods, have enough time to sleep, get time to relax and refresh your body and mind. Above all make sure you Travel a lot and Africa must be your top priority Destination and Go Africa must be your hosts every time you choose Africa. See You Soon.
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