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Your holiday in Tanzania starts on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport where you will be met by our representative. You will be escorted to your hotel after checking your entire luggage. At the hotel you can rest, after which you will briefed about the next day’s trek to Kilimanjaro.
After breakfast you will be driven from the lodge and transferred to Marangu gate with packed lunch. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu gate, you will be transferred to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through the pristine forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys. These monkeys are black with long capes of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains of Tsavo and Amboseli.
Facilities: Basic Camping
Route: Rongai Gate to Sekimba Camp. ±9 km
Travel time: ±4hrs
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the Second Cave (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern icefields on the crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and cut across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Your campsite nestles in a sheltered valley of giant Senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.)
Facilities: Basic Camp
Route: Sekimba Camp to Kikelewa Cave. ±10 km
Travel time: ±5-6/7 hrs
A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb sweeping vistas and a tangible sense of wilderness. You leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated on a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest on this Kilimanjaro trek, or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.
Route: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn Camp. ±5 km
Travel time: ±3-4 hrs
Cross the lunar desert of the "Saddle" between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!
Facilities: Shared ablutions, basic
Route: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to School Hut. ±8 km
Travel time: ±4-5 hrs
Start around 1 a.m., reaching Gillman’s Point (5685 m) at sunrise. The path from Kibo to Gillman’s is the most demanding four hours on the whole climb. Continue another two hours to the roof of Africa, Uhuru Peak (5895 m)! Enjoy breath-taking views here and savour in your sense of accomplishment.After revelling in your achievement, descend to Kibo Camp for hot lunch then to Horombo Hut.
Weather: The high altitude might cause sickness, it is suggested to use warm clothing.Water: The porters would have carried extra water to Kibo. Ask them and they will fill your bottles.
Facilities: Shared Ablutions, basic camping
Route: School Hut to Uhuru Peak ±6 km ascent; Uhuru Peak to Kibo Hut ±6 km descent; Kibo Hut to Horombo Camp ±11 km descent.
Travel time: ±8 hrs to reach Uhuru and 6 hrs to descent to Horombo
You will hike back to the Marangu gate and park's headquarters. At Marangu gate you sign in your name and details in a register. This is where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Meet your driver guide here and drive back to your hotel in Moshi. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower, and celebrate.
Route: Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate. ±18 km
Travel time: ±5-6 hrs
Your exciting Tanzania trekking tour ends today as you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home.
Fitness is vital for this level of activity, as the environment traversed may be remote and challenging. These rugged experiences include long walks, trekking, cycling or rafting in isolated areas through variable weather conditions for up to eight to ten hours a day. These trips are usually 13 to 19 days in duration. Maximum altitude reached will be 4000m and you need to be very fit in order to withstand the weather conditions. Good physical condition is essential and previous hill-walking experience or preparation is advisable.
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