Overview

Kilimanjaro Climb

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Departure Return
18 Sep,2016
27 Sep,2016
About the trek
When anybody thinks of Africa, the mind wanders with images of Giraffes, Zebras, Lions and huge Tuskers! The mountain lovers also get images of legendary and unique mountain; Mt. Kilimanjaro in their minds. Mt. Kilimanjaro, is a unique mountain situated on the borders of Tanzania and Kenya, but is wholly in Tanzania. Visible from the planes of Serengeti and other games reserves, this uniquely shaped and snow capped mountain is actually a dormant volcano! This 5,896 meters (19,340 ft.) tall mountain is the highest point in African continent and is considered the highest point on earth by some people as it is the highest free standing point on the planet. It is composed of 3 distinct volcanoes, out of which 2 are extinct and only one “Kibo” is dormant. Uhuru Peak (Freedom Peak) is the highest point of Kibo crater. The guides say this is the Hill (Hill means Kilima in local Swahili dialect) of the Njaro people and so is the name “Kilimanjaro”.
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Where will I stay?

  • **2 nights in Hotel Honey Badger or similar hotel in Moshi on FB Basis
  • **In two men mountaineering tents during Kilimanjaro Climb
  • **1 night in Hotel Planet Lodge or similar hotel in Arusha on FB Basis

What will I eat?

• As per itinerary. (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

How will I travel

  • Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro International airport transfers OR Scheduled Riverside bus shuttle transfer Nairobi – Arusha - Nairobi if arriving / departing from Nairobi.
  • Transport from the hotel to the mountain and back to the hotel.

What about my health

Detailed Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Climb

Day wise detailed itinerary of the trek

DAY 01: MUMBAI – Moshi, TANZANIA (VIA NAIROBI)
We would reach Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania by midday and should be able to enjoy a peaceful lunch in pleasant weathers of Moshi. Overnight in Hotel Honey Badger or similar hotel.

DAY 02: REST DAY IN Moshi. (1,400 MT. / 4,620 FT.)
After arriving in Moshi, we would have a rest day, for everybody to recover from the hectic and long flight schedule of the previous day / night. Most of us lead a very hectic city life at our homes and we normally would undertake such a journey after working till the last minute on the last day! That does not leave any time for our bodies to recover. This would not be conducive for a successful mountain climb. So we would take rest in relatively low altitudes of Moshi, where the weather would be like a hill station and would catch with some much needed sleep! Overnight in Hotel Hotel Honey Badger or similar hotel.

DAY 03: MOSHI TO MACHAME CAMP (3,018 MT. / 9,927 FT.), AFTER REGISTRATION AT MACHAME GATE (1,738 MT. / 5,718 FT.) (ABOUT 13 KMS.)
We would be taking the Machame Route to go up the mountain. This is the 2nd most popular route. We would take this route for the ascent and the decent would be from different route. This route has an advantage in it being steep in the initial section, it allows one to get acclimatize better and faster. The Machame route starts from Machame Gate and travels upwards through the rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail and short sections of steep climbs. The drive from Arusha to Machame gate would take about 1.30 hours. We would register ourselves at the gate.
Most of the 1st day’s climb would be through the rainforest and this path would be pretty well maintained. The sceneries through the rainforest would be interesting. The first day campsite would be at Machame Hut, which would be right after the dense tree cover in an area with lower but still thick bush lands.
Overnight camping in tents.

DAY 04: MACHAME CAMP TO SHIRA (3,756 MT. / 12,355 FT.) (ABOUT 9 KMS.)
The second day would continue through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. The climb would be on narrow rocky ridges. Picturesque hanging mosses would often cover trees and would offer an ethereal quality to the landscape. The day would finish at Shira Camp, which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east. White necked ravens would be seen throughout the day. There are some small caves a short walk from the campsite known as the Shira Caves and it would be a nice walk up to the caves at the end of the day. This would also help everybody to acclimatize faster.
Overnight camping in tents.

DAY 05: SHIRA TO BARANCO (3,972 MT. / 13,066 FT.) (ABOUT 12 KMS.)
The third day would start in the moorlands and would move into alpine desert, with fewer trees and more rocks. There would be almost no vegetations and we would see only rocks. The highest point would be the base of the Lava Tower, after which the trail would descend into the Baranco Valley. More vegetation would be present in this zone, especially the area just before the campsite. This area is called the 'Garden of the Senecias' which features many of the huge senecio plants. Shorter lobelia plants are also present.
From the Baranco Campsite the view would be awesome, down below us we would be surrounded by the clouds and mountains on both the sides. One side we would have a huge cliff and which we would be crossing when we would move upwards.
Overnight camping in tents.

DAY 06: REST BARANCO TO KARANGA HUTS (4,200 MT. / 13,776 FT.), (ABOUT 5 KMS.)
The day would start with the ascent of the Baranco Wall, which is considered a scramble in climbing terms. The top of the Wall would have attractive vistas of Kibo and the surrounding landscape. The trail would continue with many up and down sections across small streams and rivulets, and would finally cross the Karanga River to the Karanga campsite. The campsite would be very close to a stream. This is the only source of water close to the summit. The view from Karanga Valley would be great as we would be surrounded by mountains on three sides. We would see the top of Kili covered with snow from here.
Overnight camping in tents.

DAY 07: KARANGA HUTS UPTO BARAFU CAMP (4,633 MT. / 15,239 FT.), (ABOUT 4 KMS.)
This would be a very short day, if we would be starting from Karanga Huts. The path would go up and across a rocky zone, finishing at the high camp of Barafu. We would find very little vegetation on this inhospitable terrain. If we would reach early to campsite, sometimes we would have to wait for the people to leave to get the space for our tents!
Overnight camping in tents.

DAY 08: BARAFU CAMP TO UHURU SUMMIT (5,895 MT. / 19,340 FT.), AND THEN DECEND TO MWEKA (3,102 MT. / 10,204 FT.), (ABOUT 4 .5 KMS.ASCENT AND ABOUT 13.5 KMS DESCENT)
The summit push would usually start around midnight. Barafu is also used as a summit campsite for the Umbwe route. We would typically take somewhere between five and seven hours to ascend, using headlamps and cold weather gear. The first milestone, generally we would reach shortly after dawn, would be Stella Point (18,652 ft/5,685 m), which is on the crater rim. From the Stella Point, the trail would continue for another 30 minutes to the summit - Uhuru Peak (5,895 MT. / 19,340 FT.) If we reach the Uhuru peak just before sun rise, we would be witness to the most amazing view of the sun rise. We would see the shadow of the mountain on the clouds; it would be an awesome view. We would spend some time at the top taking pictures.
The descent back to Barafu would take roughly four hours. Some trekkers 'scree slide' down the slope at medium speed. After reaching Barafu, we would take a short break and would have lunch at the camp. Then would continue our walk downwards through the alpine desert and ensuing moorlands to Mweka Camp.
Overnight camping in tents.

DAY 09: MWEKA TO MWEKA GATE (1,649 MT. / 5,423 FT.), (ABOUT 10 KMS) THEN DRIVE BACK TO ARUSHA.
This would be the final day of the climb. We would continue through the rain forest to Mweka Gate. These rain forests would have many black-and-white colobus monkeys. The entire hike would be downhill. We would reach Mweka Gate around noon, here we would get our certificate. (This sometimes takes a bit of time, but it’s worth the wait!!)
From the gate we would drive back to Arusha through Moshi, which normally would take about an hour. After a good night’s rest we could proceed for the African Safari OR people who would not enroll for the Safari would leave for their homes on the next day. Overnight in Hotel Planet Lodge or similar hotel.

DAY 10: ARUSHA TO KILIMANJARO AIRPORT FOR ONWARD JOURNEY.
After breakfast we would leave for airport to catch our respective flights.

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