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Kili Itineraries 2012

KILIMANJARO CLIMBS ITINERARIES FOR 2012

 

Marangu Route

 

Day One: Upon arrival in Arusha you will be met by our representative and taken to the Snowcrest hotel.

Overnight at Snowcrest hotel or Mount Meru Game lodge or similar

 

Day Two: After an early breakfast you will be driven to Kilimanjaro.  The actual hike begins at the park gate (6,000') and we hike 5.5 miles up to Mandara Hut (8,860') near the upper edge of the forest line. The hike takes about 4-6 hours. The path is interesting, starting off through rain forest vegetation, and then opening up to giant heather. If time and weather permit, a short walk from Mandara to Maundi Crater is worth it. Accommodations here, as well as at Horombo, are in wooden A-frame huts that sleep 4 to 8.

Overnight: Mandara Hut

 

Day Three: Today the destination is Horombo Hut at 12,200'. It takes a good 5-6 hours to cover the 10-mile journey and we often get our first views of the Kibo summit. The trail is strenuous and slippery and takes us clear of the forests and out onto the moor land. It passes beneath the rocky southern face of Mawenzi-one of the three volcanoes that make up Kilimanjaro. Rainfall in this region is frequent.

Overnight: Horombo Hut

 

Day Four: Another long hike, this time up to Kibo Hut at almost 15,500'. Although somewhat shorter in distance, this usually takes 7 hours because it is steeper and the altitude slows everyone down. The route passes directly up onto the Saddle, a wide, flat area with the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi looming overhead. Views from here can be fantastic. The last part of the trail passes across the arid plateau before ascending to Kibo Hut. Kibo Hut is a stone hut with rooms that sleep 10-15 people in bunk beds. We have a light dinner, and turn in early for any sleep if possible. The guides give a little pre-climb talk after dinner.

Overnight: Kibo Hut

 

Day Five: We are awakened about midnight, and have tea and cookies. The guides try to get everyone ready to climb as quickly as possible, leaving between 1:00-1:30 a.m.   Starting off, the trail swings back and forth up a steep screed slope and the climate is bitterly cold. The summit climb is an event you will not forget, with the night sky full of stars and only you’re breathing to help focus your mind. Most climbers arrive at Gillman's Point, elevation 18,635 feet, in time to enjoy sunrise around 6:30 a.m. The views from the top looking down on the plains of Africa make it all worthwhile. Some climbers decide that they have reached their goal and head down from here.

 

 

 For the strong, the true summit is Uhuru Peak (19,340 feet)-an additional 3 hours away round-trip. The descent from Gillman's Point is fairly rapid, taking about 2 hours. Most climbers take a short rest at Kibo Hut before descending to Horombo Hut for the night, arriving in the late afternoon.

Overnight: Horombo Hut

 

Day Six: A long 14-mile hike back to the Marangu gate and park's headquarters. We stop at the hotel, pick up our gear and drive to our hotel in Arusha. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower and celebrate the climb.

 

After finishing your climb you will be taken to Kia Lodge where you will have the use of a room to freshen up before being taken to the airport to connect with your onwards flight.

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An extra day is available to help climbers acclimatise.

Please see the five night price in the costing section.

 

Day Three: Today is an extra day to acclimatise, and it is best spent taking a day hike up toward the Maundi Hut by the upper trail to a viewpoint at 14,100 feet (4 hours round-trip). If you are feeling very fatigued, it can be spent resting or exploring the nearby region. Birdlife is abundant at Horombo. The rains come upon us almost every afternoon. So plan your day hike to be back inside the lodge with a cup of tea and good book by 4 p.m. Most climbers begin to feel the altitude at this level. After the rain clears, Horombo typically has beautiful sunsets and a night sky full of stars.

Overnight: Horombo Hut

 

Marangu – Four Nights

 

Marangu – Five Nights

Clients

Price per person

 

Clients

Price per person

1

1790

 

1

2016

2

1386

 

2

1604

3

1305

 

3

1523

4

1214

 

4

1432

5

1157

 

5

1392

6

1158

 

6

1344

SRS

105

 

SRS

105

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inclusions:

  • Services of trained English speaking guides, a cook and porters.
  • All food – for the duration of the climb, top quality food specially considered for maximum nutrition needs with a dedicated cook
  • All Kilimanjaro fees– including park fees, Hut fees and rescue fees
  • Safety communication equipments
  • Safety equipment Hyperbaric (aka Portable Altitude Chamber) for entire climb
  • Portage of 2 bags (maximum 20 kgs) per person
  • Hut fees
  • Three litres of bottled water per day for Kili climb
  • Government taxes and levies.

Exclusions:

  • International air fare
  • All expenses of a personal nature such as, telephone calls, 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Communication charges or other personal items
  • Meals or transfers other than those included on the cost of the climb
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages, laundry, personal gear or clothing on the mountain
  • Any charges resulting from an early descent such as additional hotels, transfers etc. (If a client returns before the completion of the climb)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Tips and gratuities for Crew on mountain, transfer driver/guide, hotel staff etc
  • Entry visa fees

 

                                        Machame Route

 

Day One: Upon arrival in Arusha you will be met by our representative and taken to the Snowcrest hotel.

Overnight at Snowcrest hotel or Mount Meru game lodge or similar.

 

Day Two: After breakfast, we depart from our hotel at approximately 8:00 AM for the Machame village where you begin the trek.   From the park entrance gate (Machame), you will walk for about two to three hours trek through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegetation.  A stop for lunch will be made halfway to this evening's campsite.  As you continue your ascent, you will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather.  You will be walking on a ridge, to the left of which is the Semira stream, and on the right, the Weru.  Depending on the pace of the climbers, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.  Your camp is set up near some old metals huts, which were once used for shelter.

 

This initial stage of the climb is tranquil and relatively easy.  There is no point in rushing to get to the camp, as there is little to do there.  Guides tend to recommend a slow ascent, even at this point, for gradual acclimatisation.  Do not try to keep up with your porters, who will usually bound ahead.  Instead, take time to admire the beauty of the rainforest.  If you are interested in botany, you should carry a small reference book, as guides are not especially knowledgeable about this aspect of the climb.

Overnight: Machame Camp (10, 000 ft)

 

Day Three: On this and subsequent mornings, wake-up call is at around 6:00 AM.  You will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting, by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak.  Today's trek takes you up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock, and bearded heather.  You will encounter giant groundsels as you hike through a ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves, and foamy streams.

 

Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp.  The hike to the next campsite takes approximately six hours and you should arrive between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.  Most climbers tend to pace themselves, walking slowly and resting about every half-hour.  Many will feel lethargic and have headaches by the time they reach camp.  Guides advise those with symptoms of altitude sickness to drink tea and sleep a lot -- and there is no better advice to follow at this stage.

Overnight: Shira Camp (12,500 ft)

 

 

Day Four: The entire Shira Plateau greets you this morning with sweeping vistas across to Meru and the Shira Needles.  A steady walk takes you up to the pass at Lava Tower (15,000 ft), where you stop to have lunch.  Crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp.  The descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco.  Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River.  Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as the night before.  Today's trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30PM and 5:30PM.

Overnight: Barranco Camp (13,000 ft)

 

Day Five: This morning you begin your hike to Karanga Camp, which is on the same altitude as Barranco Camp.

 

You will encounter a bit of a climb at Barranco Cliff and spend the rest of the trek climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain most of the way to camp.  The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch (approximately 1:00PM) having trekked for about four hours.

 

In the afternoon you have the opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley where giant senecios and lobelia grow; however, you are well advised to rest as much as you possibly can to prepare you for the climb ahead.

Overnight: Karanga Camp (13,000 ft)

 

Day Six: The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach.  The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses.  Lunch will be taken along the way and climbers arrive at Barafu Camp at around 2:30PM.  Climbers who choose to ascend the peak will go to bed very early this night, as the next day is the longest one. 

Overnight: Barafu Camp (15,200 ft)

 

Day Seven: Ascent to Summit (19,430 ft) / Descent

You will be awakened at midnight and after a light breakfast, start climbing at around 1:00 AM.  It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult.  Here, very few will not be suffering from altitude sickness in some form or another; and climbers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb.  Temperatures will range from -4° to 5° Fahrenheit.  Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater, between Stella and Hans Meyer points.  Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit. Uhuru stands at 19,340 feet and is the highest point on the continent of Africa.  The track around the edge of the crater is rocky and icy.  Concentrate on your feet, and follow your guide very closely for this portion of the journey.

The descent is no easier than the ascent.  You will reach Kibo Hut after about three hours (around 11:30 AM).  Climbers will be given the opportunity to rest and have some refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night.  Arriving into camp at around 5:00PM, you will have trekked a total of thirteen hours today.

Overnight: Mweka Camp (10,200ft)

 

 

Day Eight: Mweka to the Gate

On the final day of the journey, climbers descend from Mweka camp to the base.  The descent to the gate will take approximately 5 hours and climbers usually arrive before noon.  Upon arrival at the gate climbers will be rewarded with certificates attesting their success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

 

After finishing your climb you will be taken to Kia Lodge where you will have the use of a room to freshen up before being taken to the airport to connect with your onwards flight.

 

End of Services

 

It is possible to reduce the amount of nights on the mountain by combining day five and six.  Therefore on the shorter itinerary climbers will hike from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp and miss out the night at Karanga camp.

Machame – Five Nights

 

Machame – Six Nights

Clients

Price per person

 

Clients

Price per person

1

2186

 

1

2332

2

1771

 

2

1912

3

1695

 

3

1836

4

1549

 

4

1772

5

1535

 

5

1671

6

1342

 

6

1439

SRS

220

 

SRS

220

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inclusions:
  • Services of trained English speaking guides, a cook and porters
  • All food – for the duration of the climb, top quality food specially considered for maximum nutrition needs with a dedicated cook
  • All Kilimanjaro fees– including park fees, camp fees and rescue fees
  • Safety communication equipments
  • Safety equipment Hyperbaric (aka Portable Altitude Chamber) for entire climb
  • Portage of 2 bags (maximum 20 kgs) per person
  • Tents – Top quality mountain tents.
  • Three litres of bottled water per day for Kili climb
  • Government taxes and levies.

Exclusions:

  • International air fare
  • All expenses of a personal nature such as, telephone calls, 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Communication charges or other personal items
  • Meals or transfers other than those included on the cost of the climb
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages, laundry, personal gear or clothing on the mountain
  • Any charges resulting from an early descent such as additional hotels, transfers etc. (If a client returns before the completion of the climb)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Tips and gratuities for Crew on mountain, transfer driver/guide, hotel staff etc
  • Entry visa fees
                                              Rongai Route
 

Day One: Upon arrival in Arusha you will be met by our representative and taken to the Snowcrest hotel.

Overnight at Snowcrest hotel or Mount Meru game lodge or similar.

 

 

Day Two:  After an early breakfast you will be taken to the National Park gate to complete the necessary registration formalities.

 

From the park gate, we transfer by Landcruiser to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that wind through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ 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.

Overnight: Rongai Campsite (1 Cave)

 

Day Three:  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, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant senecios near  Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.)

Overnight: Cave Campsite 03

 

Day Four:  A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb allround views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation.

Overnight: Cave Campsite 03

 

Day Five:  We 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!

Overnight: Kibo Hut

 

Day Six:  We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m.) We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (4,700 m.) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshment, we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720 m.).

Overnight: Horombo Hut

 

Day Seven:  A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830 m.).

 

After finishing your climb you will be taken to Kia Lodge where you will have the use of a room to freshen up before being taken to the airport to connect with your onwards flight.

End of Services

 

 

RONGAI – Four Nights

 

RONGAI – Five Nights

Clients

Price per person

 

Clients

Price per person

1

2156

 

1

2315

2

1679

 

2

1833

3

1589

 

3

1742

4

1495

 

4

1646

5

1417

 

5

1545

6+

1282

 

6+

1418

SRS

218

 

SRS

218

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusions:

  • Services of trained English speaking guides, a cook and porters.
  • All food – for the duration of the climb, top quality food specially considered for maximum nutrition needs with a dedicated cook
  • All Kilimanjaro fees– including park fees, camp fees and rescue fees
  • Safety communication equipments
  • Safety equipment Hyperbaric (aka Portable Altitude Chamber) for entire climb
  • Portage of 2 bags (maximum 20 kgs) per person
  • Tents – Top quality mountain tents.
  • Three litres of bottled water per day for Kili climb
  • Government taxes and levies.

Exclusions:

  • International air fare
  • All expenses of a personal nature such as, telephone calls, 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Communication charges or other personal items
  • Meals or transfers other than those included on the cost of the climb
  • Optional activities
  • Beverages, laundry, personal gear or clothing on the mountain
  • Any charges resulting from an early descent such as additional hotels, transfers etc. (If a client returns before the completion of the climb)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Tips and gratuities for Crew on mountain, transfer driver/guide, hotel staff etc
  • Entry visa fees
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