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Climb Mount Kilimanjaro + Zanzibar Beach
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For the adventurous traveller wanting a challenge, climb the epic Mount Kilimanjaro followed by time relaxing on Zanzibar island. There are several trek options including the popular Machame, Marangu and Rongai routes. You need to be fit to climb & well equipped, but the sense of achievement when you summit will last a lifetime. Experienced mountain guide, porters & transfers included.
You will be met at
and transferred 1-hour to
- the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Towering over the plains of East Africa,
is a triple volcano and the highest mountain in Africa. The oldest volcano is Shira, a collapsed caldera, whilst Mawenzi is middle aged & the young Kibo is still dormant. The highest point, Uhuru peak, is on Kibo at 19,340 feet (5,895 m). Mount Kilimanjaro National Park includes moors and highlands, the Shira Plateau, and the two peaks of Kibo (the summit) and Mawenzi. The area below the national park includes rain forests and a game reserve.
Check into your hotel and meet your mountain guide, who will brief your group, as you begin acclimatising for your ascent via the popular
(or "Whiskey") Route. This is very scenic route and the second most popular ascent, starting on the southwest side of the mountain
, traversing around the southern slopes of Kibo and descending on the south-eastern side
, sleeping in mountain tents throughout the climb.
: Climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is a demanding ascent, requiring the ability to walk up to 10-hours per day with a backpack (12 kg max) over angled terrain. Although all your supplies and camping equipment are portered up for you, this ascent should only be undertaken by climbers who are suitably fit and well prepared.
Temperatures on the mountain fall to below -15 degrees centigrade overnight, so many layers of warm clothing are essential. You need to bring your own day pack, sleeping bag, hiking boots, walking stick, water bottle with purification tablets/filtration system, warm jacket, rain jacket, waterproof trousers, head lamp or flashlight with batteries, gloves, balaclava, scarf, thermal underwear, woollen socks, sweater, shorts, T-shirts, jeans, light shoes, sunhat/cap, sunglasses, pocket knife, underwear and toilet paper. We suggest you wear (or carry as hand luggage) your boots, rain gear & camera, as these are crucial for your climb and you don’t want to risk losing them when you fly internationally. Malaria tablets are essential and energy drinks, chocolate, sweets, fruit, nuts and energy snacks are suggested.
Be aware that altitude sickness is the biggest issue facing climbers and as a result not everyone reaches the summit. There will be one guide per 2 or 3 climbers, so if you are a bit slower than the rest or get ill and have to descend, a guide will be with you. Food served on the mountain is plain and wholesome including lots of carbohydrates, stews, soups, vegetables and fresh fruit. Vegetarians can be catered for but we must be notified in advance. Several deaths occur on the mountain each year and the ascent is at your own risk. If you abandon the climb for any reason and return from the mountain early, you will need to pay locally for any extra transport, accommodation & meals required, as no climbing fees can be refunded.
BEST TIME TO CLIMB
: January, February, and September are regarded as the best months in terms of weather, so these tend to be the busiest months. It is also recommended that you summit as close to full moon as possible.
At leisure to check your equipment and acclimatise at
in the foothills of
After breakfast and a tour briefing from your guide, we drive 50-minutes from
through the village of Machame to
Kilimanjaro National Park
After registering with park authorities, we set off walking through banana and coffee farms and along a winding trail through a beautiful rainforest and across the heathland. After 4 to 6-hours we reach the
(3,100 m), where we make camp and enjoy our dinner.
A steep climb this morning, as we leave the glades of the rainforest and continue on an ascending path across a little valley and along a steep rocky ridge covered with heather, with magnificent views of Kilimanjaro and Kibo Peak.
After 4 to 6-hours of walking, the route turns west into a river gorge to
(3,658 m), where we rest and overnight.
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, as we leave the moorland
and walk across lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach, heading
After lunch near the lava tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the
Great Barranco Valley
(3,900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below (5-7 hours walking).
A steep climb today up the
leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. We walk through the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Lunch is usually taken at Karanga, the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the
(4,600 m) by mid-afternoon, from where the two magnificent peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. There are often spectacular views to the plains far below (6-8 hours walking).
A very early morning start today, as we tackle our 6-hour ascent to Stella Point (5,745 m), before the final trek to Gilman's Point and the summit at
(5,895 m) - the highest point in Africa.
After celebrating your successful trek to the summit, we make our descent to
Mweka Forest Campsite
(3,100 m), after trekking 11 to 15-hours today.
An easy-paced descent today, as we walk 4 to 6-hours down to Mweka Park Gate and drive back to your hotel in
Please note it is customary to tip your porters & guides locally, as they depend on this as their income. Budget for $200 to $240 per climber (which will be shared out by the head guide), with anything greater than this at your discretion. Old clothing is also appreciated.
Today you will be transferred 1-hour to
, with onward transfer to
for your light aircraft flight to
You will be met at Zanzibar airport and transferred 1-hour to your beach hotel on the beautiful
. Check in and relax in your wonderful surroundings on this exotic East African spice island.
Days 10 To 12
At leisure to relax on the warm golden
beaches of the
You can enjoy a traditional Arab dhow cruise, catamaran sailing, magnificent scuba diving or deep sea fishing. If you wish to explore the island further, day excursions include a Spice Island tour, a snorkelling trip to Prison Island where you can see giant tortoises, a visit to Josani Forest or to Kizimkazi where you can see dolphins.
for your flight home.
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