You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town (Keys Hotel, Panama garden resort,
or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel); you
will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the
necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.Meals: No Meals Included.
Your guide and trek support crew arrive at your hotel in the morning. Introductions and a last brief equipment check precede your drive to the Umbwe Gate of Kilimanjaro National Park. This entrance, situated at 1,640 m above sea level, is where your trek starts. The head-guide will finalize the permits and registration for search and rescue services.
Your first day trekking is meant to bring you to Umbwe Camp for your first mountain overnight. Climbing up to 2,930 m is a long haul with a significant increase in altitude, so find the right pace for the whole group and stick with it. As this part of Umbwe route goes through rainforest with its probability of rain showers- do not forget your raincoat. Your support crew will have prepared the camp and dinner by the time you get there.
This being the group’s first night at this elevation, we recommend that you follow the below rules from here on:
>>Do not consume any alcohol and minimize your caffeine intake
>>Drinking no less than 4 liters of water per day is a good way to keep yourself hydrated. Take it in small amounts but frequently
>>We encourage our clients to use Diamox in the mornings prior to the day’s climb. This reduces altitude sickness symptoms. Consult your doctor on the use of Diamox before leaving home on this trip.
Nightly discomfort often accompanies acclimatization. However, while such symptoms as headaches and nausea are common, make sure you inform your guide of them immediately.
The second day of the trek follows rockier terrain with sparse undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees.
As we gain elevation, glimpses of Kilimanjaro can be seen. The path flattens as we approach Barranco Valley. From
Umbwe ridge, the route descends to Barranco Campsite through the strange but beautiful Senecio Follows.
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical
but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend
sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. In this day you will have hot lunch at Karanga
Camp. After a short rest you will go for acclimatization. Walk to the scree slopes towards the Southern Ice Fields. This
will increase our chance of reaching Freedom Point Uhuru Peak.
After late breakfast we leave Karanga Camp and continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point,
you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp,
rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit night. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this
We will wake up at midnight for hot drinks and start ascending to the summit.
Early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our trekking to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically
challenging part of the trek. It might be wind and cold at this elevation and day can be extreme. We ascend in the
darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded
with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak-
the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro which is the freestanding Mountain in the world.
From the summit, we now make our descent straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for hut lunch and a short rest. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and getting the summit certificates. Here your team will be
waiting you at the gate for the short celebration and singing some Kilimanjaro song plus traditionally while you are
receiving the certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the camp to the gate, African traces
transfer car will be at the gate piking you up to your hotel for hot shower and rest. Prepare for the safari in the
next days or flying home.
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Tips is recommanded for a group sharing as follows:
>>Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
>>2 nights of accommodation in Moshi.
>>Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
>>Park entry fees,
>>Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees.
>>18% VAT on tour fees & services
>>4 Season mountain tents
>>Double layered Sleeping Mats
>>Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters.
>>3 hot meals daily while on the mountain.
>>Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
>>Hot water for washing. >>Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
>>Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
>>Emergency first-aid kit.
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