The most adventurous, but technical, climbing skills required. This trip is booked by many - a bit more expensive but worth it for frequent climbers. The climb crossing the breath rain forest gives you an open view of the glacier when you reach the Shira Plateau situated in the middle of the moorlands. There are standard to luxurious lodges in Zanzibar. We have chosen Serena Inn in Zanzibar at Stone Tone and Breezes Beach at East Cost of Zanzibar. You will enjoy and experience nature. We have our extremely qualified, knowledgeable and competent mountain guides/ porters, whom the success of your climb will depend greatly on.
Arrival day - Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town for dinner and overnight. This itinerary does not specify your accommodation in Arusha town before you start the climb, we assume you have already reserved your accommodation on this day, if not we can arrange your accommodation on this day at the Impala hotel at an extra cost based on bed and breakfast. And also if you will arrive at Kilimanjaro international Airport we can arrange your transfer to Arusha town at an extra cost of US$ 60 per transfer also excluded in the price below.
Day 1: Mandara Hut. 1700 m to 2740 m 5500 ft, to 9000 ft, 7 km, 4-5 hours. Montane Forest. After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (45 minutes), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rain-forest to the Mandara encampment located at 9000 ft/ 2740 m. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys.
Day 2: To Horombo Camp, 2700 m to 3700 m, 9000 ft to 12,100 ft. 11 km, 6-8 hours. Heath land. After about 1 hour, you will leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You will start to feel the affects of the altitude. If you wish to extend you trek, here you can spend an extra day resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of Mawenzi.
Day 3: To Kibo Camp, 3700 m to 4700 m, 12,100 ft to 15,400 ft, 10 km, 6-8 hours. Alpine Desert. Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into "moonscape". Dinner, rest, and prepare for summit climb .
Day 4: To Summit and Horombo. 700 m to 5895 m and down to 3700 m, 15,400ft to 19,300 ft and down to 12,100 ft, 4 km up, 14 km down. At 10-15 hours, Alpine Desert. Very early in the morning midnight to 2 a. m., commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow up to Gilman's point located on the crater rim at 18640 ft/5861 m (4-7 hours). Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point in Africa: 19340 ft/5895 m (1-2 hours). Unbelievable views at every turn. Get your picture taken at the summit to show your friends.
From here, we now descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo encampment for dinner and a tired but happy overnight (1-2 hours). This beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek with many switchbacks. "Pole pole" and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
Day 5: To Arusha. 3700 m to 1700 m 12100 ft to 5500 ft, 18 km, 5-7 hours. After breakfast. A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700 m), the first stopping place at the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (1830 m). At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to the Impala Hotel in Arusha. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters it is time for celebration!
Day 8: Arusha to Zanzibar. By Flight (precision air) departs Arusha at 11:00 hours and arrive in Zanzibar at 12:15 hours, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your chosen hotel in town (Serena Inn) for overnight. HB.
Day 9: Excursion in Zanzibar. After breakfast, pick up from your hotel for any two tours mentioned (spice, historical stone town, jozani forest, prison island or sunset cruise), dolphin tour on request. HB.
Day 10: R and R (rest and relax). At leisure and overnight at your hotel in town. HB.
Day 11: Stone Town to East Coast. After breakfast transfers you to hotels at the East Coast (Breezes Brach Club) for overnight. HB.
Days 12-13: R and R. At leisure and overnight at your hotel. HB.
Day 14: Zanzibar to Dar or Arusha or Nairobi to Home Pickup from your East Coast hotel and transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight to Dar-Es-Salaam or Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport or Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta Airport) in connection to your departure flight back home.
Note: If you can let us know the nearest destinations of International airlines as we can arrange for your flight tickets then we will update you on the price of the airfare. Also the itinerary above can be customized to fit your interests.
- Prices are based on: Tent (camping) on Kili Lodge in Zanzibar. Minimum 2-3 people $3346 US P/P per trip
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