Kilimanjaro Expeditions 2015 , Kilimanjaro Climbing, Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge 2015 , Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing special Package, Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking . Machame Route ,Lemosho Route,Marangu Route, Umbwe Route, Shira Route.
Dates: August 14 – 24 2015
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Kilimanjaro is a very popular mountain and justifiably so. It is the highest freestanding mountain in the world that can be is definately a trek rather than a climb. There is no need for ice axes and crampons which makes this a very popular choice. But do not be fooled- just because Chris Moyels made it up, do not think this is an easy trek!
The physical and mental hardship are rewarded however on summit night when the skies lighten and the sun breaks the horrizon, painting a line of gold on the edge of the world. This is one of the most memorable sun rises on the planet and just what many trekkers need to spur them on to the roof of Africa.
The local guides and porters are world class and you cannot help but marvel at how strong and spirited these experienced professionals are. Their help and support keep the whole expedition moving and their singing on summit night is something that you will never forget.
This is the perfect mountain for people looking to experience climbing a big mountain at altitude for the first time. A high level of fitness, a strong mental attitude and the ability to adapt improvise and overcome are all that are requied.
It’s the trip of a life time and one that our leaders run extremely well. Don’t take our word for it though.
Day 1. Meet the expedition leader at Heathrow Airport. Begin our journey to Africa. (note: if you are making your way on a different flight or destitination you will be met at Kilimanjaro airport on Day 2)
Day 2. Arrive in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro Airport. Transfer to our Lodge. Full briefing with expedition leader, local guides and the first chance to meet some of our local crew. The rest of the day is spend relaxing and soaking in the African heat and preparing kit before the adventure starts in earnest.
Day 3. After breakfast transfer to Machame Gate to sign in to the national park. Here porters will split the loads between them and we will all start trekking on a path through the thick forrest. We’ll be walking “pole pole” (slowly slowly) to prepare us for the coming days. It can be muddy through the forrest but we always find a dry spot for our packed lunch on route. Arrive at Machame camp (3100m) in the early afternoon. A introductory breifing to life in camp. Hearty dinner and then early to bed. Approx 5-7 hours trekking.
Day 4. We leave Machame camp and head up the ridge towards Shira camp. The vegitation thins out as we head up into the Moorlands. Often in the clear mornings we will have our first glimps of the summit crator: Kibo and neighbouring Mr Meru. Short but steep day with plenty of breaks to aid acclimatisation. Arrive in Shira camp(3840m) early afternoon. Optional aclimatisation walk. Approx 4-6 hours trekking.
Day 5. After a second night under canvas we leave the scenic Shira camp on an excellent day for adjusting life at altitude. Today we will climb high and sleep low.This improves acclimatisation as we push ourselves up to 4600m at the Lava Tower, but then decend into the thicker air to recover at Barranco camp (3900m).As we decsend to our camp our surroundings change yet again as we trek beside mountain streams and pass large senecio plants. Approx 6-7 hours trekking.
Day 6. This morning we will tackle the Barranco Wall. This 300m climb out of camp is most people’s favourite part of the climb involving a bit of scrambling over rocks- a welcome break from pounding the trail. We are rewarded with breathtaking views looking down on top of the clouds. We then make our way to Karranga camp (3950m) for lunch and a well earnt rest.
Day 7. An early start today as we make our way across to Barafu Camp (4600m) our final camp before our summit bid. The climb out of camp is relatively steep through the dusty, boulder covered paramo. We will take it very easy today to save our energy and get a good early night as we will be up again at 11:00 prepare for our push for the roof of Africa.
Day 8. We will start the climb at around midnight after a quick snack.
We follow the line of head torches leading high into the night sky, spurred on by the deep African voices of the singing guides. This is a tough climb, but made easier by the slightly frozen scree under our feet and by the spectacular sun rise just before the summit. The sky grows lighter and thin band of gold stretches out across the horizon, illuminating the curvature of the earth. Truly one of the greatest sunrises in the world. After summitting at Stella Point there is an optional walk around the crator before our descent back to Millenium camp (3000m) for the best night sleep of your life. Approx 12-24 hours trekking.
Day 9. In the morning we will say a sincere thank you to our African team as for many this will be the last time we will see them. We then being our final trek off the mountain. Your leader will complete all the last formalities at the gate before lunch. After lunch we transfer back to the hotel for cold beers, warm showers and clean clothes. Tonight we will be celebrating, proudly collecting certificates and reflecting on the whole experience.
Day 10. Free day. Today is yours to spend as you please. Relax by the pool, do some shopping at the local Masai market before transfering to the airport to fly home.
Day 11. Land back in the UK.
This is a suggested itinerary and may change slightly due to the nature of the challenge.
- Transfers to and from the Airport. Transfers to and from the mountain. Services of guides (1:2 ratio for summit night). Services of all other local crew. All food for local crew. All meals on the mountain and in the Hotel (unless specified on the itinerary). National Park fees and climbing permit. Rescue fees. Camping Equipment. Bottled oxygen. Medical kit. Sat phone. Emergency group shelter. UK Doctor. Professional UK expedition leader. That excited sense of anticipation in the pit of your belly when you book on!
What’s not included:
Flights, Insurance (we are happy to recomend a reputable company), drinks during meals. Lunch on departure day (leaving you free to pick what ever Western dish you may have been dreaming about on the mountain). Tips, VISAS. Personal equipment. Sense of adventure- please provide your own!
We only use reputable local operators. This ensures ethical treatment of the local crew, guides and porters who climb with us. We know the directors personally and even for the lowest ranked porters on the team, is provided with a good wages by Tanzanian standards, a career path and prospects. The average wage in Tanzania is around $55 a month. Our porters, in addition to their wages, will receive at least a $30 tip, more experienced guides, cooks, head porters will can earn up to $100 in addition to their pay. Providing employment for an entire week is a big deal as many have huge families behind them, reliant on our custom. We ensure the tips are distributed in a transparent and ethical manner with written records, a very public presentation and above all, no room for corruption. Similarly many people often donate some equipment after their climb and we ensure that the equipment goes to those who need it most, rather than the most senior guides having the first pick. In bad weather porters can suffer with hypothermia if they are insufficiently equipped.
The advantage of working with a UK Expedition Leader as well as Tanzanian guides is while the Expedition Leader look after the clients and my team, the head Tanzanian Guide can concentrate fully on ensuring the safety of his crew. Guides can ensure the porters in their care are properly looked after. It is the local crew as much as the climbers who suffer if the logistics are not fully attended to. By allowing the Local Guide to concentrate fully on his crew rather than splitting his time, the whole trip runs not only smoother but safer. Our doctors are also always available for the local crew as well. We also ensure national park regulations are strictly followed regarding load weight for porters and ensuring all refuge is taken off the mountain.
For more information and to register your interest pleas contact our tour consultant and expedition Leder firstname.lastname@example.org