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Kilimanjaro Climbing and Wildlife Safari

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 100 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2018 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2018 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival day.

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Arusha town for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Mandara Hut.

1700m to 2740m
5500ft to 9000ft
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 rainforest 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 3: To Horombo Camp.

2700m to 3700m
9000ft to 12,100ft
11 km, 6-8 hours
Heathland

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 4: To Kibo Camp.

3700m to 4700m
12,100ft to 15,400ft
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 5: To Summit and Horombo.

4700m to 5895m
(and down to 3700m)
15,400ft to 19,300ft
(and down to 12,100ft)
4 km up / 14 km down
10-15 hours
Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), 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 6: To Arusha.

3700m to 1700m
12,100ft to 5500ft
18km, 5-7 hours

After breakfast, A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2,700m.), 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 (1,830 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 7: Arusha National Park.

In the morning drive to Arusha National park for game viewing, lunch, dinner and overnight Momela, Arusha.

Day 8: Lake Manyara.

After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara national park lunch, dinner and overnight Manyara.

Day 9: Ngorongoro / Olduvai Gorge.

After breakfast transfer to Ngorongoro with packed lunch descent into the crater for a day game viewing. Dinner and overnight Ngorongoro.

Day 10: Olduvai Gorge.

After breakfast drive to the Olduvai gorge, an archaeological site, lunch at Ngorongoro. After lunch drive back to Arusha via Mto wa mbu social market. End of Tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transport to and from mountain gates
- All parks entry fees
- All camping fees
- Rescue fees
- Guide and porters fees
- Guide and porters salaries
- All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day
- Cook and all kitchen utensils.

Price Excludes:
- International flights
- Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb book with us for US$42 per person at Impala hotel, bed and breakfast
- Airport transfers book with us for US$60 per vehicle per transfer
- Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature
- Hard and soft drinks and tips
- Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request
- All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this).

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