Mount Kilimanjaro Trip 7N/8D

Special Tour 8 days
Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania East Africa

Provide your customers with the unique experience of climbing the tallest freestanding mountain in the world with this amazing 8 day Kilimanjaro Trek Package.



DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)



DEPARTURE DATE & TIME

Details to be provided upon request.



PACKAGE INCLUSIONS


  • Arrival and departure airport transfers as per itinerary (Kilimanjaro – Moshi – Kilimanjaro)
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary




  • All park entrance fees
  • National park approved guides and porters




NOT INCLUDED


  • All International Flights + Taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel & Personal accident Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls…. etc
  • Excursions not detailed in the above program




 

What to Expect

Health Requirements

Please note you will need a Yellow Fever Inoculation, this must be done no later than 10 days prior to departure. If you have had any previous history of Liver Disorders, you must consult your physician first. Malaria prophylactics are a must.

Tips

These are considered to be compulsory for all attempting Kilimanjaro, it has become a tradition! Please budget at least USD 100 for this camping hike – per guest – which gets split across the group. Old clothing is also appreciated!
Travel Insurance
Please ensure you have sufficient Medical Cover for the duration of your trip and in particular to cover you while doing the Kilimanjaro Climb.

 

TIPPING GUIDELINE:

(Per day)

 

Per guide:         $20

Per cook:          $10

Per porter:        $5

 

Please Note:

We reserve the right to amend the rates. Rates for Mountain Climb are subject to change due to increase in park fees, government levies, etc.

 

Packing list

Tips

The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)

Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)

Wrap clothing in plastic bags

In the day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, rain pants and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.

 

Footwear

  • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike.
  • Take trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm (leather), waterproof, and with ankle-support
  • Take tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaitors
  • Hiking socks
  • Wool socks

Clothing

  • Your inner layer should be warm therefore preferably no cotton. Next layer should be insulating and warm, and the top layer should be water proof but breathable. Kilimanjaro may be on the equator, but the temperature can drop drastically.
  • We recommend that you wear shorts for first and last and pants for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts for first and last day only
  • Long-sleeved shirts for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Underwear
  • Sport bras, for women

Cold Weather

  • Warm mittens and/or gloves (waterproof)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaitor
  • Crampons (may be needed March-May and November-December)

Baggage

  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large waterproof duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
  • Plastic bags

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (-10 degrees F is recommended)
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Mattress (to put under the sleeping bag when camping)
  • Tents are supplied by AMEG Safaris at no charge

Other

  • Water bottles (2+)
  • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip. Guides will boil water for you along the route. Some people still bring a water filter to enhance the taste. You may want an insulated water bottle to keep it from freezing on the last day.
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Money (small Tanzanian bills for trek)
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, mini-tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Batteries – bring double extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Electricity adapter
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Playing cards, games, books
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, mementos for guides, porters, and other climbers

Toiletries

  • Toilet paper
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handy-wipes
  • Documents
  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book

First Aid

  • Ibuprofen
  • Bandaids
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Malaria pills
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diahorea medicine
  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Prescription drugs

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DAY 01 – MOSHI  
 Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport in Nairobi you will be met and assisted by a representative for transfer to your hotel where you will be assisted with the check in formalities, If you need to hire any extra gear, advise the hotel this evening. Leave any excess clothing and valuables at the hotel – they will lock them up for you. Pack your bag carefully for the climb – remember the weight limit of 12kg. Leave some ‘bin bags’ in an outer pocket of your bag and show the porters where they are so that in case of rain they can quickly cover your bag. Keep one out for your personal backpack too!
MEAL PLAN Bed & BreakfastOVERNIGHT Mountain Inn
DAY 02 – MOSHI – MACHAME  ~ 5.00 hrs
 Driven to Park Gate (approx. one hour) where you will meet your guide and porters. The guide has an amount of paperwork to do at the gate, as well as organizing the porters – these things take time (African time!) – please relax, sit down and enjoy the scenery – don’t get anxious about starting off – it will only get you stressed out!! The larger the group, the longer it will take – be prepared to wait for anything from 1 – 2 hours. A five-hour walk through the spectacular forest will bring you to Machame Hut at 3000 m. This day wear your hiking boots and ensure you keep your wet weather gear with you. Shorts and t-shirt will be sufficient. There are patches on the route where it is VERY wet and muddy, and you may end up with pretty wet boots this evening. Ensure your boots are waterproofed, and that you have spare lightweight shoes to wear in camp this evening. ALWAYS keep your boots and water bottles INSIDE the tent at night – otherwise they will freeze. Fill up your water bottle at night and purify it – allowing some of the chlorine fumes to dissipate. Take it SLOWLY today; you will encounter some steep parts on the climb – but generally it’s not too strenuous. The porters walk ahead and sometimes with you – make sure every day, that you have all your personal gear needed with you, as you will not have access to your bag. The porters will set up Camp and the guide will prepare your meals. Conditions are difficult on this route, and your guide / porters will do everything they can to make your climb pleasant and as comfortable as possible. Eat well – at higher levels your appetite will diminish.
MEAL PLAN Breakfast – Mountain Inn, Lunch – Picnic Lunch, Dinner – Machame CampOVERNIGHT Machame Camp
DAY 03 – MACHAME – SHIRA ~ 4.00 hrs
 Ascend to Shira Hut, 3800 m. A short descent from Machame Hut followed by an hour or so of hard uphill to the top of the forest, then 2 hours at a gentler angle through the lower moorlands brings one to the top of a rocky bluff. Lunch is normally taken here. From here, descend 50 ft then start traversing westwards, up towards Shira Cathedral. The last sections of this route is relatively flat and easy – but once again, take it very slowly. Take a jersey with you today, as it cools down considerably during and after lunch. Again, keep your wet weather gear handy, and some snacks for the route. Drink plenty of water. Today you should take Diamox (if planning to) – in the morning. You may experience tingling fingers, toes and nose from this drug. As it is a diuretic, it is most important to keep your fluid intake high. Camp at Shira – it’s a pretty cold campsite, you may get rain or sleet, and in the morning the ground and tents will be frozen over. Tonight, you may experience headaches and breathing problems.
MEAL PLAN Breakfast – Machame Camp, Lunch – Picnic lunch, Dinner – Shira CampOVERNIGHT Shira Camp
DAY 04 – SHIRA – BARRANCO ~ 6.00 hrs
 From Shira you will set off to Barranco (3 900 m), skirting just below Lava Tower – you are now walking at approx. altitude of 4 000 m, around the southern side of the mountain. A few steep sections and valleys, a small section of scree and rock, some sand ‘dunes’ – it’s a long and fairly tiring day. This is part of your acclimatization – walking in height from 3 800 m up to 4 800 m, and then overnight at 3 900 m. Once again, pace yourself to graduate slowly. Tonight, you may experience further headaches, nausea and breathing problems. Night temperature – again cold.
MEAL PLAN Breakfast – Shira Camp, Lunch – Picnic Lunch, Dinner – Barranco CampOVERNIGHT Barranco Camp
DAY 5 – BARRANCO – BARAFU ~ 5.00 hrs
 Continue from Barranco across and up towards Barafu Hut (4 600 m). Today you will cross the Barranco Wall – it’s a climb over rock – not technical, but tiring and hard/long – ending up in the valley for lunch. After lunch, you start to ascend – to Barafu – again you will probably get more headaches / nausea, some sections of sand/scree. It’s a long day – your guide will set the pace. Learn to pace yourself with your breathing – do not try to rush to catch up with anyone, go at your own, most comfortable speed and you will arrive at base camp relatively comfortably. Listen to your guide/s, they will help you. It will be very cold today – especially when you stop for lunch and rest – dress warmly, again you may expect some sleet on this day. You will be walking through the cloud. After supper, drink as much tea as possible; settle down for an early night. You are likely to have a pretty bad headache at this stage. If you are vomiting, or hallucinating, talk to your guide. He will make the decision as to whether you are able to continue. If you plan to take Decadron, do so before going to bed. Drink plenty of fluids, as you are in a ‘desert’ area – albeit cold, and tomorrow will be a long hard day.
MEAL PLAN Breakfast – Barranco Camp, Lunch – Picnic Lunch, Dinner – Barafu CampOVERNIGHT Barafu Camp
DAY 6 – BARAFU – UHURU PEAK ~ 6.00 hrs
 Today is a very long and strenuous day. Drink lots of fluid before you start, you will be very thirsty by the end of the day – if you manage, carry 3 litres of fluid with you today. You will be woken at about 00h30 or 01h00 with tea and a biscuit. Put on all your clothing ready for the final ascent. You will be climbing up scree for approximately 4-5 hours. The guide will stop frequently to rest and check on his group. It is very important to listen to your body and breathing and try to get into a rhythm. Because of the slowness of your walk, your fingers and toes are likely to get extremely cold – three pairs of socks should be considered for today and two pairs of gloves (inner and warm outer). The views from the mountain (on the way up) are spectacular – you gain incredible height over a short distance. You arrive at Stella Point (5 750 m), just at the top of the crater, have a rest – the sun should be shining! From here continue on a relatively easy path up to Uhuru peak (5 895 m), the highest point in Africa. Your water bottle is probably frozen at this stage, and on reaching the summit there will be a certain relief amongst the group. You will descend from Stella to Barafu. Depending on the timing of your summit, you will be able to have a short rest here (maybe a sleep) and something to eat, before continuing down the Mweka Route, which has recently re-opened after extensive re-furbishing being done by National Parks. You will travel down quickly on the screen gasping in more oxygen, step by step. This is a long descent, and Mweka always seems to be on the ‘next hill’ – never arriving. It is likely you may experience seizure of joints – particularly knees today – keep a support bandage with you for this descent, and perhaps some anti-inflammatory pills/cream. Arrival Mweka (3 100 m), late afternoon, on the edge of the rainforest, overnight camping. Time to reflect on the day’s achievements.
MEAL PLAN Breakfast – Barafu Camp, Dinner – Mweka CampOVERNIGHT Mweka Camp
DAY 7 – MWEKA – MOSHI  ~ 4.00 hrs
 A three to four hour pretty decent through the rainforest to the Park Gate, where the vehicle will meet you. There are generally beers and cokes for sale at the park gate. Transfer by vehicle to the Hotel in Moshi.
Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, "Kibo", "Mawenzi", and "Shira", is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain were Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields.
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