Kilimanjaro Trekking Trip

Kilimanjaro

12 Days / Tanzania
Inclusions
training weekend
accommodation
parkfees
meals
international
internal
intl guide
doctor
transfers
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3,999.00

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Overview

Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest mountain standing at 5,896m, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is in fact a huge crater known as Kibo, it is over 2km wide with several distinct cones – the highest being Uhuru Peak. The name Kilimanjaro is believed to come from Swahili, Kilima meaning ‘hill’ or ‘little mountain’ and Njaro meaning ‘white’ or ‘shining’ – a perfect reflection of this beautiful peak.

Our 12-day itinerary includes seven days of trekking on the Machame Trail, this time- frame allows for greater acclimatisation and increases the chance of a successful summit. This route is rich in biodiversity; we start in scrublands thick with African wildlife and then move into lush forests before experiencing the flowering alpine tundra at the higher elevations. Above 4,500m we encounter more snow and rock as we approach the summit.

Unlike most companies who spend their last night before summiting in Barafu camp we stay in Kosovo camp; a much quieter camp which is 120m higher up the mountain and cuts an hour off our summit night! This trek is suitable for people with a good level of fitness who enjoy challenging themselves. It is not a technical peak and no mountaineering experience is required to make it to the summit.

We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Kilimanjaro (5,896m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Kilimanjaro expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.

The international guide and doctor work in tandem with our incredible local team of guides and porters to deliver an exhilarating experience each and every day on the trail! The morning ritual of native song and dance gets the blood pumping in the early sunlight and shouts of ‘Pole, pole’ (Slowly, slowly in Swahili) will accompany you throughout the day and help you reach the top! There’s also a ‘free-day’ at the end of your trip where you can get some R&R or go on Safari in Tarangire National Park.

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Dublin.

    Depart Dublin for Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    depart
    plane
  • Day 2

    Arrive in Tanzania.

    Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to Arusha.

    arrive
    transfer
    hotel
  • Day 3

    Machame Gate (1,490m) to Machame Camp (2,980m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Drive to Machame gate and then trek through Montane forest to reach Machame Camp.

    breakfast
    transfer
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 4

    Machame Camp to Shira Camp (3,840m), 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek above the tree line to Shira Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 5

    Shira Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m), 7 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Barranco camp via Lava Tower (4630m). Today's route has stunning views throughout.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 6

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,000m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek through an alpine desert to set up camp in the Karanga Valley.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 7

    Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (4,800m), 5 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Kosovo camp and prepare for tomorrow's summit attempt.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 8

    Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) to Millennium Camp (3,832m), 14 hrs trekking.

    Trek to the summit of Africa! Afterwards, descend to Millennium Camp.

    breakfast
    trek
    lunch
    dinner
    camping
  • Day 9

    Millennium Camp to Arusha, 6 hrs trekking.

    Trek to Mweka Gate and then drive to Arusha. Enjoy the pool and bar at the hotel in the afternoon and evening!

    breakfast
    trek
    transfer
    dinner
    hotel
  • Day 10

    Day of leisure.

    Relax by the pool or go on our optional safari day if you still have some energy left!

    breakfast
    relax
    safari
    hotel
  • Day 11

    Depart Tanzania.

    Relax for the morning. Transfer to the airport for an evening departure.

    breakfast
    relax
    transfer
    plane
    depart
  • Day 12

    Arrive Dublin.

    Arrive back in Dublin in the early morning.

    arrive

Facts

Kilimanjaro lies within the 756-square-kilometre Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the few places on earth that supports five major ecological zones: rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers.

There are actually three volcanoes that form Kilimanjaro and they are Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo. You will pass Shira on route to the summit, but it is Uhuru Peak on the volcano of Kibo that marks the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the highest point in Africa. Its last eruption was around 200 years ago and today Kibo lies dormant.

Hans Meyer

Hans Meyer

In 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Kilimanjaro.

South African Bernard Goosen twice scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair. His first summit, in 2003, took nine days; his second, four years later, took only six. Born with cerebral palsy, Goosen used a modified wheelchair, mostly without assistance, to climb the mountain.

Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. About two-thirds of them are successful. Altitude-related problems are the most common reason climbers turn back.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project is an American run Tanzanian NGO which campaigns for the fair treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro. KPAP send an investigator on all our Kilimanjaro treks to monitor porter welfare. KPAP investigators report on porter compensation, tips, clothing, food and the weight of their loads. Earth's Edge is a proud partner of KPAP.

Facts about Tanzania

The name Uhuru translates as 'freedom', the name was given to commemorate Tanzanian independence from Great Britain in 1961.

Kilimanjaro is not a peak you can climb on your own. It is mandatory to climb with a licensed guide and have porters carry your equipment. This sustains the local economy and allows local people to reap the rewards of tourism.

There are several routes by which to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro namely, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.

80km from Kilimanjaro National Park, Arusha is a bustling city and a major diplomatic hub with a population of over a million people. This is where Earth's Edge trekkers stay before & after the climb.

The mountain’s snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80 per cent of their mass since 1912. In fact, they may be completely ice-free before 2030, according to scientists.

Best time to climb Kilimanjaro

In Tanzania, there are two wet seasons and two dry seasons. The "long rains" run from March through May and the "short rains" runs from November to mid-December. Outside these times is considered the dry season. It can still rain during the dry season but statistically, it is much drier. This makes January, February and June through to October the best time to climb the mountain.

When trekking on Kilimanjaro, temperatures on average falls 1°C for every 200m in altitude gained.

At the summit of Kilimanjaro because of the lower air pressure, there is effectively half the oxygen than there is at sea level

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  • Feb 6th, 2021 - Feb 17th, 2021
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Earth's Edge is an excellent company with which to travel. They provide local expertise and pre-departure support to allow you to travel in confidence and take on significant challenges.

Darren O'Connor. Co. Dublin, Ireland. 

I signed up to do Kilimanjaro based on the reviews I read online and boy - I was not disappointed! Genuinely could not recommend Earth’s Edge highly enough, from months before the trip even happened, until we got home; they created an experience that I don’t think could be equalled. Any more “Once in a Lifetime” trips for me - will definitely be through Earth’s Edge!

Gordon Graham. Newry, Down

A really unforgettable experience on Kilimanjaro! From the moment I signed up, the information, advice, and support I received was second to none. On arriving at the airport, all I needed to worry about was my hike. The planning was like clockwork. The food was amazing, the porters and guides were superhuman, and our excellent group leader Gracjan was always there to offer a hand! An adventure of a lifetime!

Pat Downing. Bandon, Cork

 

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