- Small Adult Group
- Guided Group
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners On trek the emphasis is on a varied and well balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Tanzania the availability of certain specialized products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialized dietary items from home. You may find it beneficial to bring some 'summit snacks' with you from home; summit day is a long trekking day and high energy snacks are not readily available locally in Tanzania. All meals during the climb are included. Please allow about GBP80 for the meals not included. Water Whilst the water we provide on Kilimanjaro is suitable for drinking you may wish to be extra safe and treat it with your own water purification tablets. The EU banned iodine to be used to purify water on 25 Oct 2009. The cheapest alternative is to use chlorine tablets. The major difference is chlorine doesn't eliminate giardia. Biox Aqua drops or tablets are the best available alternative for sale in the UK as they kill giardia and crytosporidium.
- Accom: camping
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Adult group
- Trek: point-to-point
- Trek: summits
- Walking & Trekking
There will be a trip briefing this afternoon/evening. Please bring with you your passport and insurance details, and your air ticket details. The briefing will cover all aspects of your trip and will include the distribution of any hired equipment you have booked.
Begin ascent through Rongai Forest (2600m).
After completing the necessary registration formalities, we transfer by road to Nale Moru (1,950m) to begin our climb on this unspoilt wilderness route. The first day is only a half-day walk on a small path that winds through farmland and pine plantations. It is a consistent but gentle climb through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife. We reach our first overnight stop by late afternoon at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m). Approx 3-4 hours walking.
Climb to Kikelewa moorland (3600m).
The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the 'Second Cave' (3,450m) with superb views of the Eastern icefields on the rim of Kibo, the youngest and highest of the three volcanoes that form the entire mountain. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi, the second of Kilimanjaro's volcanoes. Our campsite, which we reach in late afternoon, is in a sheltered valley near Kikelewa Caves (3,600m). Approx 6-7 hours walking.
Steady ascent beneath Mawenzi (4330m); afternoon acclimatisation.
A steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb panoramas of the Kenyan plains to the north. We leave vegetation behind close to Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m), spectacularly situated in a cirque beneath the towering cliffs of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or to explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatisation. Approx 3-4 hours walking.
Cross lunar desert of the 'Saddle' to Kibo, at the bottom of summit cone (4750m).
We leave our attractive campsite to cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo campsite (4,700m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall by early afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night! Approx 5-6 hours walking
Early start to reach Gillman's Point in time for sunrise over the crater rim; on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa (5895m). Descend to Horombo (3720m).
We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight at around midnight. We plod very slowly in darkness and cold 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 along the snow-covered rim to the true summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo Hut (4,700m) is surprisingly fast and, after some refreshments and rest, we continue descending to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3,720m). This is an extremely long and hard day, with between 11 and 15 hours walking at high altitude.
Continue descent to Mandara and Marangu.
A sustained descent with wide views across the moorland takes us into the lovely forest around Mandara (2,700m), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. The trail continues through semi-tropical vegetation to the National Park gate at Marangu (1,830m). We leave the local staff totravel on to Arusha for a well-earned rest and a much needed shower and beer! Approx 5-6 hours walking.
End climb; drive to Arusha.
This morning we transfer to Arusha Airport and fly to Zanzibar, on arrival we transfer to our beach resort on the east coast of the island, a distance of about 70kms. The remainder of the day is free to relax on the beach or by the pool.
Fly to Zanzibar; transfer to the south east coast of the island; free time at the beach, with optional excursions to explore Stone Town.
Free time on the beach, on the east coast of the island. Snorkelling and diving can be arranged locally and it is a wonderful way to experience the underwater world with its array of multicoloured fish. On the other hand, you might want to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach and the swimming pool! For those who want some activity there are 2 very good options; the spice tour or a day trip to explore Stone Town. Ask at reception about booking these trips.
A second free day at the beach.
Another free day by the beach to enjoy optional activities
Free morning; end Zanzibar.
The morning is free to relax, before an early afternoon transfer to Zanzibar Airport for our flight back to UK. Those not flying back with the group either finish the trip in Kichanga after breakfast or take the group transfer to Zanzibar Airport or Stone Town.