Kilimanjaro! Few names have such a powerful resonance! It echoes like a spell, evoking awesome images on par with Xanadu, Timbuktu or Machu Picchu! Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing peak stands 5,895m (19,350 ft) high. It is rarely given a second glance by mountaineers, but for ordinary people it represents a considerable challenge and has rightly been called “the common man’s Everest”. Rising as it does, straight up from the plains of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro provides climbers with all the vegetation zones in a compact area – starting with tropical forest complete with rich flora and fauna near its base, followed by heath and moorland which gives way at altitude to a highland lava desert and finally the summit zone - a vast moonscape of rock, ice and scree. Climbing Kilimanjaro is no walk in the park and presents considerable physical challenges – the oxygen level at the summit is only 50% of that at sea level, so altitude sickness is an ever present threat. The temperature at the base is 35 deg C while at the summit it can reach minus 20 deg C in a stiff wind. The summit is still ice-capped with five glaciers carrying precipitated snow down its flanks.
Our trip has been timed in a way that once you finish your climb, you can rest for couple of days and then run the famous Kilimanjaro Marathon that is scheduled for the 4th of March 2018.
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Day 01: Arrive JRO Airport.Transfer to Moshi (815m / 2675ft)
You will be met by our local representative on arrival at Kilimanjaro International (JRO) Airport and transferred to our hotel in Moshi, a short one hour’s drive from the airport. Mount Kilimanjaro should be visible floating above the haze during the drive. After settling in and freshening up we will have a relaxed dinner followed by a thorough briefing on the climb by our local chief guide. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Nale Moru (1950m).Trek to Simba (2600m/8530ft)
We have a long drive to the village of Nale Maru on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya. We head eastwards and drive around the outer edge of the Kilimanjaro National Park passing through several towns and villages. At the start of the trek lies the little village of Nale Moru (1,950m) and we will be the subject of considerable interest for its residents! Simba Camp (2,600m) lies at the beginning of the moorland zone. Dinner and overnight at Simba campsite.
Day 03: Trek to Kikelewa (3,600m / 11810ft)
Early risers will enjoy the sight of majestic Kibo (Kilimanjaro’s main crater) in front of us and Mawenzi (Kilimanjaro’s second peak) off to the left, each catching the first rays of the morning sun. Today’s trek will take us towards Kibo initially, on a steady ascent to the Second Cave (3,450m). The Kikelewa campsite (3,600m) is in a pretty glade with clear views down towards the plains. Dinner and overnight at Kikelewa Cave campsite.
Day 04: Trek to Mawenzi Tarn (4300m / 14,108ft)
Mawenzi looks close enough to touch and we continue our trek to its base. We soon reach a height of around 4,000m and notice that moorland scrub has given way to alpine grasses and shrubs with a few tall and strange looking senecio plants here and there. Our campsite is situated next to Mawenzi Tarn (Tarn is a Scottish word for mountain lake) which gives it its name. Dinner & overnight at Mawenzi Tarn campsite.
Day 05: Rest Day at Mawenzi Tarn (4300m / 14,108ft)
Today is an important rest day – to allow our bodies to acclimatize. This optional climb to around 4,600m will give us an advance feel for climbing on a steep slope covered in scree and dust that we will encounter on the final push to the summit of Kibo. Dinner & overnight at Mawenzi Tarn.
Day 06: Trek to Kibo Huts (4750m / 15584ft)
Today we trek across the lunar landscape of the vast “saddle” between the spires of Mawenzi and the huge dome of Kibo. We spend the evening resting in our sleeping bags in preparation for the final ascent of Kibo, which will start around 11 pm. Dinner at Kibo Huts campsite and overnight summit attempt.
Day 07: To Uhuru summit (5895m / 19340 ft).Descend to Horombo (3720m / 12200ft)
We continue the steep and demanding climb, walking slowly in the light of our headlamps on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree and powdery dust, stopping briefly for a drink and a rest every hour or so. Finally, we reach the crater rim at Gillman’s point (5,685m). Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, is still a further 3-hour round trip along the crater rim. After spending about half an hour at Uhuru peak celebrating our triumph and taking pictures we start the arduous return trek. The steep descent from Gilman’s Point to Kibo Huts Campsite (4,750m) is surprisingly fast. We continue our descent along a wide trail to reach our moorland campsite for the night at Horombo (3,720m) just as the sun sets. Dinner and overnight at Horombo campsite.
Day 08: Horombo Camp to Marangu Gate (1,830m).Transfer to hotel, Moshi(4800m) 6-7 hrs
The wide dusty trail descends steadily through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m), where we stop for a welcome hot lunch. The descent continues along a well manicured trail. After saying goodbye to our trek crew and collecting our all-important ascent certificates, we will pile into our vehicles for the short drive to our hotel. Our thrilling Kili adventure has come to an end! Overnight at hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 09: Transfer to JRO airport. Depart
Check out time is 10:00am.
152,750 / 2350
AIRPORT TO AIRPORT
- - Kilimanjaro National Park Fee of US$ 850
- - Twin Share accommodation for 2 nights a Hotel in Moshi on Bed & Breakfast basis.
- - Twin Share Accommodation in 3-man tents with foam sleeping pads for 6 nights on the mountain.
- - All meals on the mountain starting from lunch on Day 02 till lunch on Day 09.
- - National Park fees, Camping fees
- - Portable Toilet Tents and a PAC (Portable Altitude Chamber)
- - Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools
- - White Magic Trip Leader assisted by certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
- - Porters’ salaries
- - Rescue fees (required by the national park)
- - Transfer to and fro Kilimanjaro Airport
- - Transport to the trek starting point, Nale Muru and back from Marangu Gate to Moshi
- - GST as applicable (Subject to change as per govt rules).
- - Sleeping Bag & Personal climbing equipment
- - Items of personal clothing
- - Lunches and dinners at the Hotel in Moshi
- - Air Fares, Visas, Insurance, Airport taxes, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, cigarettes, drinks, souvenirs and other
- - Expenses of a personal nature.
- - Tips for guides, cooks & porters
- - Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of White Magic