Elevation: 5895 m | 19 341 ft
Co-ordinates: 03°04’33″S, 37°21’12″E
Dates: 30 June to 10 July 2013
5-15 June 2014
Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, with the white-capped Uhuru Peak standing way above the landscape. In 1889, Hans Meyer, Ludwig Purtscheller and Yohanas Kinyala Lauwo were the first to ascend this African peak. It is believed by some that the name is a combination of the Swahili word kilima (mountain) and the Kichagga word njaro (whiteness), hence ‘white mountain’.
Our 10-day trek consists of a slow climb through the major climactic conditions found on Earth, from African savannah, through tropical rain forest and tundra, to top out in snow and ice. This is one of those climbs that everybody should do at least once in their lifetime. You will be forever changed by the experience.
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania, transfer to hotel and expedition briefing.
Day 2: Half-day tour around Marangu Village and climb preparations in the afternoon.
Day 3: We drive to Umbwe Gate (1800 metres), meet the porters and climb up through the rain forest to Umbwe Cave.
Day 4: Climb to Barranco Camp (3950 metres) situated beneath the Western Breach Wall.
Day 5: Rest day.
Day 6: Climb up to Arrow Glacier Camp (4850 metres) for further acclimatisation and return to Barranco Camp.
Day 7: Pack up and move to Karanga Valley Camp (3950 metres).
Day 8: Move up to Barafu Camp (4950 metres) to rest and prepare for the summit push.
Day 9: Summit Day
Summit Kilimanjaro (5895 metres) and savour the breathtaking views. Head down to the Mweka High Camp (3800 metres).
Day 10: Descend through the rain forest to Mweka Gate and return to the hotel for our celebration meal.
Day 11: International transfers back home.
Depending on which option you choose, your rate will vary between
US$ 1995 and US$ 2795
It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro in 5 days, but the success rate increases dramatically if you add 2 extra days on the mountain.
Payment Terms, Refunds and Cancellation Policy
A 20% deposit is payable at the time of registering for your expedition. The remaining balance must be paid 90 days prior to the departure date. In the event of a cancellation a full refund, less a handling fee of US$100.00 will be provided if cancelled 90 days prior to departure. A 50% refund will be provided if cancelled 45 to 89 days prior to departure. No refunds will be provided if cancelled 44 days prior to departure. Adventures Global reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer a personalised service, we will always attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary and waiving of certain fees when feasible.
Adventures Global reserves the right to cancel any of our trips for any reason whatsoever, prior to the start of a trip. In the extremely unlikely event that one of our trips is cancelled, a full refund of the payments received from you will be released. Adventures Global is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred as a result of a cancellation (e.g. non refundable airline tickets, visa fees, etc) You will however have the option of choosing an alternative trip of equal or higher monetary value.
Included in the cost
- Conservation/National Park fees and all Government taxes
- All climbing permits
- Three nights hotel accommodation in Marangu/Moshi on a bed and breakfast basis (twin beds sharing) Visit to a Chagga museum, lunch with our main Guide and visit to the local market
- All airport/hotel/airport transfers
- Three course meals three times a day whilst on the mountain
- Hot drinks – tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice and boiled water
- Western leader/facilitator
- Experienced main guide
- Assistant Guides as required
- Porters as required
- Insurance for all Tanzanian staff
- General first aid kit
- Tents for sleeping in while on the mountain
- Dining tent at the different camps
- Celebration meal after the climb
Not included in the cost
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc
- Travel and Medical rescue insurance
- Visa fees
- Staff/Guide gratuities
- Lunches and dinners in Marangu/Moshi
- Alcohol, soft drinks and mineral water
Climbing Kilimanjaro is strenuous but does not require that you have any previous
trekking or mountaineering experience. It does not require any technical experience;
only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike for 4-8 hours over hilly
terrain with a light day pack. The summit push is a long day and the ascent and decent
can take as long as 16 hours.
Adaptation to altitude requires attention to regulated height gains and timing
Our itinerary has been tailored to ensure this and incremental height gains are
interspersed with rest/acclimatization days.
Your acclimatization progress will be carefully monitored by your experienced Guides
and Western Leader on an ongoing basis.
Adventures Global will provide a comprehensive medical aid kit which will cater for the majority of ailments. However, we strongly recommend that you bring your own personal kit which should include antibiotics for stomach and respiratory tract infections. A yellow fever inoculation and certificate is compulsory in Tanzania.
Rescue and Travel Information
Whilst most climbers may experience some minor ill-effects of high altitude, those with persistent symptoms will be required to return to lower altitudes or in severe instances require emergency evacuation.
All climbers are thus required to have travel insurance which includes emergency rescue. Should you be unable to arrange cover locally, you can secure cover on the internet at www.ihi.com
Tourist entry visas can be obtained at Kilimanjaro International Airport on your arrival in Tanzania for US$ 50.00
You will require 2 colour photos for your entry visa (bring 5 in total – also for trekking permits etc).
You will be staying at a charming hotel in Marangu or Moshi on a B&B basis, twin beds sharing. Single rooms can be arranged (depending on availability) at a $75 surcharge .
Three nights hotel accommodation in Tanzania are included in the package. Should you require extra nights please inform us soonest so we can secure the booking.
Accommodation on the mountain will be in two-man tents sharing and ground sheets will be provided. Please make sure you have your own thermarest/sleeping mat.
Food and Drinks
Drink bottled water in Tanzania.
Don’t drink tap water or stream water anywhere on the trail. Stick to bottled water, soft drinks or water that has been purified by our staff, who will use a purification pump and boiling.
A recommended gear list is available on request.
The bulk of your gear (15kg max.) will be carried by the porters in a duffel bag (strong & waterproof) and you will only need to carry a daypack which will contain your water supply, waterproofs, fleece, camera equipment etc – usually about 5kg.
Staff and Leadership
The climb will be led by an experienced Western leader who has climbed Kilimanjaro many times and has summited other mountains elsewhere in the world. He will be assisted by a main guide who has intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. An additional guide will manage support staff and porters and deal with the setting up of camps and food issues.
The client/trekking guide ratio will be 1:3
The client/porter ratio will be 1:2
There will be additional porters to carry communal gear and other staff designated to boil water, pitch tents and erect the ablution facility for the climbers.
Mobile signal is available in Marangu and Moshi and on most parts of the mountain .
A satellite phone will be available throughout the duration of the climb for international calls in the event of an emergency.
Guides will use hand-held radios to communicate with each other whilst on the climb.
You can use either cash or a credit card for your expenses in Tanzania. US dollars are the most acceptable, though banks and moneychangers are also happy with pounds sterling, Australian dollars and most European currencies. There are numerous moneychangers in Moshi and Marangu.
Whilst on the mountain you do not need to carry money, unless you want to buy a beer or a soft drink on the way down.
On Kilimanjaro it is customary that each climber makes a contribution toward staff gratuities. Staff are hard working and loyal and gratuities serve as recognition of a job well done and are accepted with humility and honour. Gratuities are pooled and distributed to individual staff members depending on their responsibilities and duration of employment.
Gratuities will be co-ordinated by the Western Leader – please budget for an amount of not more than $150.
- 1 Large duffel Bag – Preferably water repellent and with locks
- 1 Medium sized backpack
- 1 Sleeping bag rated to at least -15 degrees celcius
- Sleeping bag inner with stuff pack
- Thermarest sleeping pad or a good closed-cell foam pad
- Blow up cushion or small pillow
- 1 Pair of good walking boots
- 1 Gortex jacket
- 1 Pair gortex longs
- 1 Warm down or syntheetic jacket
- 1 Pair of mitts
- 1Pair or polartec gloves
- 1 Head torch with new batteries
- 1 Pair trekking longs
- 2 Trekking shirts
- 1 Pair of running shoes
- 1 Pair thermal underwear
- 1 Pair of fleece trousers
- 1 Fleece sweater or jacket
- 4 Large plastic bags
- 3 Pairs or undies
- 3 Pairs or warm socks
- 3 Pairs or sock liners
- 1 Fleece or wool hat
- 1 Balaclava
- 1 Beanie
- 1 Sun hat or cap
- 1 Bandana, buff or scarf
- 2 Nalgene water bottles with insulated covers
- 1 Small flask for summit day
- 1 Pair or gaiters
- 1 Set of trekking skit poles
- 1 Pocket knife or leatherman
- Sunscreen and lip screen/gel
- Water purifying tablets
- Toilet paper – in case
- Personal first aid items
- Camera Gear
- Personal snacks
- Pee bottle / funnel
- Clothes for travelling and a bag with lock
- Personal toiletries while on the mountain
- Baby wipes
- Your passport and 2 passport photos
- Photocopy of the first 2 pages of your passport
- Yellow fever injection
- Ipod or Mp3 Player
- US Dollars
This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please communicate with me individually, but most important of all, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased work load. A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the expedition, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.
Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful climb of Kilimanjaro. During your training, you should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.
Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or step mill training, trail running, walking up and down hills or participating in step aerobics classes. When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e,. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).
Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout. Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you use most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.
Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles. The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and scree slopes, which will be encountered on a climb of Kilimanjaro.
Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.
This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In the months leading up to the expedition, it would be important to do some long walks in the mountains.
Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to summit the highest freestanding mountain in the world and the highest mountain on the African Continent.