NOTE: 2014 Kilimanjaro Climbs will be lead by HGT USA Director Tony Monaco
A friendly welcome, endemic fauna and flora, the history, geology and local mythology – Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Chagga guides and porters,
Mount Kilimanjaro, on the northern border of Tanzania, is Africa’s highest mountain and the largest free standing mountain in the world. This iconic mountain rises from coastal scrub-land to a breathtaking, snow capped height of 5,895m/19,30ft.
Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high altitude summit climbs. Lemosho route is gradual and non-technical. For those who embrace the challenge, Kilimanjaro is a humbling, gratifying and utterly magical experience, testing courage, determination and tenacity.
The adventure begins with a 4X4 drive through Western Kilimanjaro to Londrossi gate for registration, passing through village communities to the trail-head. The trek begins within lush montane forest; home to elusive eland, elephant, leopard, buffalo and small mammals.
Each day, as the trek gains altitude, the scenery changes; from montane forest into the moorland zone, carpeted by heathers and giant lobelias; above 4000m/13,123ft, the barren lunar landscape supports only mosses, lichen and a few hardy birds. Finally, the vegetation gives way to the glaciers and peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. The ultimate quest is snow capped Uhuru Peak on 'the roof of Africa'
Kilimanjaro is a scenic, climatic tour that passes through five ecological zones, from equatorial tropics to Arctic conditions. While the temperatures in the rainforest are generally very mild, averaging 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 26 degrees Centigrade), as altitude is gained, precipitation levels and temperatures drop. During the night ascent to the summit, temperatures are frequently well below zero. Climbers need to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, especially extreme cold.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to be greeted by our Tanzania representative who will assist with luggage and transfer to Moshi and the hotel (around 45 minutes on a tarmac road). After check-in you will be given a time to meet the guide for a climb briefing and last minute equipment check. This is an opportunity to ask questions (lunch and dinner not included)
The day begins with a long drive (approximately 3hrs) on a corrugated road, through scrub and farmland to reach Londorossi Park Gate (2100m/6889ft). The journey offers magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley mountains of Mt. Meru and Longido and the Shira zone of parasitic cones which extend along the north of the road. After registration rejoin the vehicle for a short drive through plantations to reach the trail head. After recent rain, the road can be muddy, adding to the adventure. Begin hiking along an easy forest trail to reach Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite for dinner and overnight (2,750m/9,022ft, 3 to 4 hrs).
An early start. Leaving the montane forest, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone towards Gane and Marshall One Valley. Here you will begin to see the giant heathers. Continue a steadily ascending to the rim of Shira Plateau. Hike across the Shira Caldera to reach Shira Cave camp site (views of Arrow glacier) (3,500m/11,482ft, 6 to 7 hrs).
Heading eastwards, the route crosses the Shira Plateau to Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. Enjoy the views of Mt Meru ‘suspended’ above the clouds on approach to Shira Hut 2. Shira is where Lemosho route joins the south circuit trekking route. Dinner and overnight camping (3,840m/12,598ft, 4 to 5 hrs).
Continue hiking on a rocky and rugged eastward path (resulting from lava ridges) to ascend to the base of the Lava Tower for lunch (4,630m/15,190ft, 5 to 6 hrs). This is a short distance ascent to aid acclimatization. From the Lava Tower there is a 680m/2,230ft descent to reach Barranco campsite (3,950m/12,958ft, 2 to 3hrs). The camp is situated in a valley below the Western Breach and Great Barranco Wall.
The day starts as a scramble up Baranco Wall, also known as ‘breakfast’ (which is easier than it first looks when you leave your tent in early daylight). The rock scramble tops out just below the southern ice-fields and Heim Glacier. The terrain is now volcanic scree with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows. Enjoy lunch within Karanga Valley before continuing to Barafu campsite for a well deserved rest (4,550m/1,4927ft, 7 to 8 hrs). Join the guide for an summit ascent briefing before resting.
The final ascent is started around midnight while the scree (small stone) is still frozen. The torch-light ascent on te steep zig-zag path, aims to reach Stella Point at sun rise (5,735m/18815ft, 5 to 6 hrs). If legs are still strong, the last push to the summit is much less steep, flattening out along the crater rim before ascending again to finally reach the ice capped summit - Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19340ft, 1 to 2 hrs). After a short rest and celebration photos on the peak, start the descent to return to Barafu for breakfast and a short rest before heading down the trail to Mweka campsite for a final night camping (3,100m/10,170ft). The high altitude ascent and descent makes this part of the trek the most challenging (between 11 to 15 hrs)
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short (4 to 5 hr) hike, on a stepped rock path through the lush forest, to reach the National Park gate at Mweka. After signing out and picking up certificates join the waiting vehicles for the drive back to Moshi and the hotel. Dinner included.
Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departure or onto another activity.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
What Is Included
- Private ‘group’ transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Pre-climb briefing and equipment check
- Transfers to/from the National Park gate
- Community forest fee
- National Park entry fee
- Kilimanjaro rescue fee
- Mountain crew – Lead guide, co-guide, chef, porters
- Crew salaries
- 3 energy rich mountain meals each climb day
- Water (bottled on first day, boiled and filtered thereafter)
- Camping fees
- Camping equipment – mountain tent, sleep-pad, dining (mess tent, table, chairs, crocs, cutlery)
- Hotel accommodation - 1 night before, B&B and 1 night after the climb, HB (tourist class - shared twin rooms)
- All taxes and government charges
What Is Not Included
- Internal air or road transfers (e.g. Nairobi, Dar es Salaam etc)
- International travel visas
- Personal travel insurance
- Alcohol, sodas,
- Items of a personal nature
- Emergency Air Rescue - FAR
- Sleeping bags
- Gratuities (tips)
- Any activities outside of the contracted services
Meals are a mixture of traditional and western food. Our chefs are extremely good and we receive consistently excellent feedback on our client satisfaction questionnaires.
Bed tea for wake up calls and service with a smile. Breakfast – sausage, egg, tomato, cornflakes or oat porridge, fresh fruit, bread, jam or honey
Appetizer - vegetable (e.g. leek and potatoes, pumpkin, carrot and coriander) or chicken soup, or fresh salad vegetables with mayonnaise
Main Course - Fried Tilapia fish fillet with French fries and salad vegetables, beef goulash, spicy fried chicken with veg sauce and rice, pasta with mixed vegetables in a rich tomato sauce, Tanzanian banana stew (Ndizi), beef and rice (Nyama na wali)
Desert - Fresh fruits, fried bananas with chocolate sauce, Tanzanian pancake with honey
We also serve hot drinks with each meal (tea, coffee, milo, chocolate).
A hot lunch or lunch box will be provided according to the weather conditions and mid day location. Lunch boxes may contain - samosa, sandwich, fruit, boiled egg, chopped salad vegetables (carrot, tomato), chocolate bar, cake and fruit juice. A hot drink will also be prepared.
We provide energy snacks for the summit e.g. chocolate nuts, popcorn or biscuits
Route maps are just representation of the trekking routes. This does not represent the exact geographical conditions.Click here for Kilimanjaro Climb route map
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.For more information
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January, February, and July,August and September are considered to be the best months in terms of weather, and correspondingly are the busiest months
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