Location: Marangu, Machame, Rongai, Umbwe and Lemosho Route.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing “Machame Route”
    Prices 2019

    US$ 2.430.- per person

    The so called “Whiskey” Route is the Kilimanjaro longest and more scenic route.

    Duration: 9 days / 8 nights (you will stay 7 days on the mountain) 5½ days ascending and 1½ day descending
    Length: 40 km (24 miles) ascending – 22km (13 miles) descending – 62km (37 miles) round trip
    Description: The Machame route is a beautiful route that allows you to experience the southwest and the south side of the mountain, since you go up one way and down another. All your equipments and supplies are carried by porters and a cook prepare all your meals. Unlike Marangu route, where you sleep in Huts, on Machame you sleep in tents, which will be pitched by the porters (tents are included). Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. This makes the Machame better suited to more adventurous hikers and it also rewards you with better views than the Marangu route.

    Day 1:
    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi
    We will pick you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for dinner and overnight. You will have a briefing with your mountain guide, and he will also check your hiking gear.
    Accommodation:  Planet Lodge (HB)

    Day 2:
    Moshi – Machame Gate (1.490m) – Machame Camp (2.980m), 18km, 5-7 hours, ↑ 1.210m
    After breakfast in the hotel you will be transferred to Machame Gate for entry registration. Your guide and the porters will prepare and pack your equipments and supplies. After registration at the park office, you start your ascent to the rain forest immediately. Heavy rains on this side of the mountains often transform the trail into a soggy, slippery experience, so good footgear, trekking poles and gaiters are useful. Lunch will be served halfway to the camp. You will reach the Machame Camp in the late afternoon. Your porters will arrive earlier and will put up your tent before you arrive, while the cook prepares your dinner. The night temperatures can drop to freezing point.
    Accommodation: Machame Camp

    Day 3:
    Machame Camp (2.980m) – Shira Camp (3.840m), 9km, 4-6 hours,  ↑ 860m
    After breakfast you climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then two hours through gentle moorland. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will have the opportunity to see Kilimanjaro` Great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers.
    Accommodation: Shira Camp

    Day 4:
    Shira Camp (3.950m) – Lava Tower (4.630m), ↑ 680m– Barranco Camp (3.950m), ↓ 680m, 15km, 7 hours
    After breakfast you will walk eastward through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark, called “Lava tower”. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high and the trail passes right below it. After a lunch stop near Lava Towers you descend to Barranco Camp. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike. Barranco is at a good setting for a memorable sunset while waiting for your dinner.
    Accommodation: Barranco Camp

    Day 5:
    Barranco Camp (3.950) – Karanga Camp (4.250m) 6km, 3-4h,  ↑ 300m
    From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.
    Accommodation: Karanga Camp

    Day 6:
    Karanga Camp (4.250m) – Barafu Camp (4.600m) 7km, 3-4 hours, ↑ 350m

    On this day you climb the Great Barranco Wall. Topping out just below the Heim Glaciers, you can now appreciate how beautiful the Mount Kilimanjaro really is. The afternoon is for relaxation.
    Accommodation: Barafu Camp

    Note: Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

    Day 7:
    Summit Day! Barafu Camp (4.600m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m), 7km up, 8hrs up, ↑ 1.295m – Mweka Camp (3.100m) 23km down, 
    7-8 hrs down, ↓ 680m
    After a quick steaming tea / coffee you ascend to the Uhuru Peak. Your 6 hours climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for the most climbers. At Stella Points you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu route. Depending on the season and recent storms you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. After a photo shooting you descend back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and collecting your gear down to Mweka Camp for overnight.
    Accommodation: Mweka Camp

     The climb starts in the dark with 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. Slowly, slowly or “pole, pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.

    Day 8:
    Mweka Camp (3.100m) – Mweka Gate (1.780m) – Moshi/Arusha
    After a well-deserved breakfast you descend to Mweka Gate, where you will be awarded your certificates. From there you will be transferred to Moshi for after trekking briefing and overnight. You will arrive in Moshi around lunchtime.
    Accommodation:  Planet Lodge

    Day 9:
    Moshi/Arusha
    The tour ends after breakfast. Depending on your ongoing program you continue for a safari or we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home!

    – end of our service –

    Included

    • All meals while on climb
    • All car transfers
    • Three days of accommodation the first days and the last day
    • Mountain tents accommodation
    • All park fees
    • Rescue Fee
    • Guides and porters salaries & allowances
    • English speaking professional mountain guide
    • Full briefing
    Not Included

    • All necessary climbing gears such as hiking poles, gaiters, water bottles, extra warm clothes, Sleeping bags
    • All items of personal nature
    • International flights and visa expenses
    • Health and Travel Insurance – we highly recommend!
    • Tips to guide & porters

     

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing “Marangu Route”
    Prices 2019

    Price $ 1.875.- per person

    Note: An extra day for acclimatization costs $ 250. – pp


    Duration: 7 days / 6 nights (you will stay 5 days on the mountain) 3½ days ascending and 1½ day descending
    Length: 32 km (20 miles) ascending – 64 km (40 miles) round trip
    Description: The Marangu route is the so called “Coca Cola” Route, the easiest, shortest and most popular route, with the comforts of solar-powered sleeping huts and comfortable beds at every camp. The huts are communal and each bunk has a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Huts. Bath rooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. All climbing groups, often from several countries, share meals in dining huts. Soft drinks, bottled water and beer maybe for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices will increase with elevation).

    Day 1:
    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Moshi
    We will pick you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for a short briefing with your Mountain Guide and a gear check. Afterwards you will dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation:  Planet Lodge (HB)

    Day 2:
    Moshi – Marangu Gate (1.970m) – Mandara Huts (2.700m) 12km, 4-5 hours, ↑ 730m
    After breakfast you drive to Marangu Gate for entry registration. Then you will start the trek to Mandara hut through thick rain forest. Look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life and Colobus monkeys. It can be wet and muddy so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Stop halfway for lunch and reach Mandara Huts for Dinner and Overnight.
    Accommodation: Mandara Huts

    Day 3:
    Mandara Huts (2.700m) – Horombo Huts (3.720m) 11km, 6-8 hours, ↑ 1.020m
    After breakfast you hike through rain forest glades then follow an ascending path through heath land, where you can look for giant Lobelia and groundsel. Continue up to open moorlands. Halfway you will stop for lunch where you can enjoy amazing views on Mawenzi. You will end the day hiking at Horombo Hut where you can see Kibo`s summit. Dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Horombo Huts

    Note: An extra day for acclimatization can be added by staying another night at Horombo Huts. The day is spent on a hike to Mawenzi Hut and back in the evening.

    Day 4:
    Horombo Huts (3.720m) – Kibo Huts (4.703m) 10km, 6-8 hours, ↑ 983m, Alpine Desert
    After breakfast you walk through alpine desert. If you wake up earlier you can get some great pictures from the sunrise. When you stop for lunch, and later when you cross this surprisingly large saddle, you can examine the summit climb up Kibo that you will be starting in just few hours to come. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.
    Accommodation: Kibo Huts

    There is no running water at Kibo Huts!

    Day 5:
    Summit Day! Kibo Huts (4.703m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m), about 8h, 4km up, ↑ 1.192m – Horombo Huts (3.720m) 14km down, about 6h, ↓ 2.175m
    You wake up at Midnight you will have a light breakfast. you will hike to the summit via Gilman`s point at the crater rim. Here views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greed you. You will reach the Uhuru Peak at sunrise, Africa`s highest point for photo taking. Then you will descend to Kibo Huts for lunch. Continue down to Horombo Huts for the rest of the day. Dinner and Overnight.
    Accommodation: Horombo Huts

    The climb starts in the dark with 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. Slowly, slowly or “pole, pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.

    Day 6:
    Horombo Huts (3.720m) – Marangu Gate (1.970m) ↓ 1750m – Arusha
    After breakfast you will have the final ascending to the Marangu Gate. From there you will be transferred to Arusha for after trekking briefing and overnight.
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge

    Day 7:
    Depart for the airport, other destinations in Tanzania or a trip to the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

    – End of our service –

    Included:

    - All meals while on climb
    - All car transfers
    - Two days of accommodation the first and the last day
    - Mountain Huts accommodation
    - All park fees
    - Guides and porters salaries & allowances
    - English speaking professional mountain guide
    - Full briefing
    Not included:

    - Sleeping bags and climbing gears
    - All items of personal nature
    - International flights and visa expenses
    - Health and travel insurance – we highly recommend!
    - Tips to guide & porters

     

  •  Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing “Lemosho Route”
    Prices 2019

    US$ 2.430.- per person


    Duration: 10 days / 9 nights (you will stay 7 days on the mountain) 5 ½ days ascending 1 ½ days descending
    Length: 49 km (29 miles) ascending – 22 km (13 miles) descending – 71 km (42 miles) round trip
    Description: The Lemosho Route is considered the most scenic route on Kilimanjaro. It starts with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. You will have a beautiful view towards northwest to the Amboseli National Park in Kenya and to the Mount Meru. The Lemosho Route is an unspoiled, remote and little used way to the Shira Plateau. It crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. An added bonus is that climbers will encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame Route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Descent is been done via Mweka Route.

    Day 1:
    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
    We will pick you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation:  Planet Lodge (H/B)

    Day 2:
    Arusha
    Today you will meet your guide for a friendly afternoon briefing about the itinerary and final gear check. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge

    Day 3:
    Arusha– Londorossi Gate (2.250m) – Lemosho Glades (2.100m) – Mti. Mkubwa Camp (2.800m) 7km ca. 3-4hrs walk,
    700m
    Your day starts early with a transfer to the Londorossi Gate for your paper registration. Afterwards you drive to the Lemosho Glades. Meanwhile the porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment. Then the trek starts. You will walk along forest trails to Mti. Mkubwa Camp. This first leg you will be accompanied by an armed ranger, as there are buffaloes and elephants around.
    Accommodation: Mti Mkubwa Camp

    Day 4:
    Mti Mkubwa Camp (2.800m) – Shira Camp 1 (3.500m) – Shira Camp 2 (Cathedral 3.850m) 10km ca. 6-7 hrs walk, ↑ 
    1.050m
    Today you wake up early in the morning. After breakfast you will climb about 1h before you reach the the top of the forest. The trail gradually steepens and enter in a giant heather moorland area. You cross some small rivers and you will see Giant Lobelias and Senecias. They can reach up to an hight of 9m and are the tallest ones oft he world. You will reach Shira 1 and make a short break. A gentle walk across the plateau leads you to Shira 2 Camp, where you stay for the night.
    Accommodation: Shira Camp 2

    Day 5:
    Shira Camp 2 (3.850m) – Lava Tower (4.630m) – Barranco Camp (3.950m) 15km ca. 7 hrs walk, ↑ 
    100m
    After breakfast you walk towards Eastern direction. You will leave the forest behind you and the route turns into a semi desert and rocky landscape. You climb up to the Lava Tower. This is definitely the toughest day so far. In the afternoon you descend down almost 680m to Barranco camp. The descend takes about 2 hrs and the benefit of this acclimatisation benefit becomes clear. You have the chance to take some impressing pictures of the Western Breach and the Breach Wall.
    Accommodation: Barranco Camp

    Day 6:
    Barranco Camp (3.950) – Karanga Camp (4.250m)  
    3-4hrs, walk, 
    300m, acclimatisation day
    From Barranco camp, famous for its’ giant groundsel (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the Southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys.
    Accommodation: Karanga Camp

    Day 7:
    Karanga Camp (4.250m) – Barafu Camp (4.600m) 13km ca. 3-4 hrs walk,
    350m
    After you spend the night at the bottom of the Barranco wall you climb up this awesome looking obstacle. At the end it turns out to be easier than anticipated. On top you can see how beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro is! The trek leads you towards Karanga Valley. Here you will have the last water on the climb. You have finished now the southern circumnavigation. All eyes are foccused on the peak! Now you have to pass „only“ a stone dessert to Barafu Camp.
    Accommodation: Barafu Camp

    Day 8:
    Summit Day! Barafu Camp (4.600m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m),  1.295m,
    – Mweka Camp (3.100m) 7km up, 23km down (8 hours up, 7-8 hours down)
    After a quick steaming tea / coffee you ascend to the Uhuru Peak. Your 6 hours climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for the most climbers. At Stella Points you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu route. Depending on the season and recent storms you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. After a photo shooting you descend back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and collecting your gear down to Mweka Camp for overnight.
    Accommodation:Mweka Camp

    The climb starts in the dark with 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. Slowly, slowly or “pole, pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.

    Day 9:
    Mweka Camp (3.100m) – Mweka Gate (1.780m) – Arusha
    After a well-deserved breakfast you descend to Mweka Gate, where you will be awarded your certificates. From there you will be transferred back to Arusha for an after trekking briefing and overnight. You will arrive in Arusha for lunchtime.
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge

    Day 10:
    Arusha- Kilimanjaro International Airport
    According to your Flight times we will bring you to the Kilimanjaro Airport “KIA”and you will check in for your flight back home!

    – End of our service –

    Included:

    • All meals while on climb
    • All car transfers as per itinerary
    • Four days of accommodation in Moshi in double room
    • Mountain tents accommodation
    • All park fees
    • Guides and porters salaries & allowances
    • English speaking professional mountain guide
    • Full briefing
    • Flying Doctors of Africa Society Membership which entails all safari participants to one emergency or aero-medical evacuation to Nairobi; medical expenses are not included.
    Not included:

    • Sleeping bags and climbing gears
    • All items of personal nature
    • International flights and visa expenses
    • Health and travel insurance – which we highly recommend!
    • Tips to guide & porters

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing “Rongai Route”
    Prices 2019

    US$ 2.430.- per person

    Duration: 9 days / 8 nights (you will stay 6 days on the mountain) 4 ½ days ascending 1 ½ days descending
    Length: 45 km (28 miles) ascending – 36km (22 miles) descending – 81km (50 miles) round trip
    Description: The Rongai is the longest route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of untouched wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north and retains a sense of untouched wilderness lost on the crowded Marangu and Machame trails. Rongai has a relatively gentle gradient and short daily stages as it winds its way from the starting point just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border. It passes through farmland, forest, and Alpine moorland on its way to the beautiful summit cone. There are magnificent views throughout, with possibilities for wildlife viewing. Only a few climbers decide for this Route.

    Day 1:
    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
    We will pick you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel inArusha for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge (B&B only on the arrival day)

    Day 2:
    Arusha
    Today you will meet your guide for a friendly afternoon briefing about the itinerary and final gear check. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge

    Day 3:
    Arusha– Marangu Gate – Nalemoru Gate (ca. 2.000m) – Simba Camp (2.600m), ca. 8km, 5hrs walk, ↑ 
    600m
    After breakfast you will be transferred to Marangu Gate for registration. Afterwards we bring you to Nalemoru Gate, which is about 3-4hrs. Your guide and the porters will prepare and pack your equipment and supplies. The first section of the route climbs gradually, passing through pine plantations, and potato and maize fields. You are likely to see wildlife such as buffalo and colobus monkeys as well as a variety of bird life. As you continue up, you come to lush green forest, with olive and juniper trees, which in turn gives way to heathland. A short distance later you reach Simba Camp.
    Accommodation: Simba Camp

    Day 4:
    Simba Camp (2.600m) – Kikelewa Camp (3.600m), 6-7hrs walk,
    ca. ↑ 1.000m
    Your route continues on up through the heathland, which is covered with a thick layer of heather. The lush green is behind you already, and the paths can be dusty. You have great views of Mawenzi – Kilimanjaro’s secondary but more technical peak – and Kibo, the summit crater. On a clear day you can see the ice fields on the crater rim, as well as the high plains of Kenya. Arriving at the camp, you can have a rest and then head off on an acclimatization walk up to Third Cave (3.800m).
    Accommodation: Kikelewa Camp

    Day 5:
    Kikelewa Camp (3.600m) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4.330m), ca. 4hrs walk,
    ca. heathland, 730m
    After breakfast you have to manage a short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon you can spend for acclimatizing and exploring the area.
    Accommodation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

    Day 6:
    Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4.330m) – Kibo Hut (4.700m), ca. 5hrs walk,
    ca.  ↑ 470m The distance today is short, but the route is steep and you have to take your time. You gain again approximately 600m in height today, and the landscape around you changes dramatically. The vegetation zone is left behind and replaced with a semi-desert of arid, rocky land of the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo Hut. The rest of the day you spend in resting and preparing yourself for the final ascend, which begins around midnight.
    Accommodation: Kibo Hut Camp

    Day 7:
    Summit Day! Kibo Hut (4.700m) – Gillman`s Point (5.681m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m),  .1195m,
    ca. 6km, 8hrs walk – Horombo Camp (3.720m), ca. 21km, 6hrs walk
    You will rise around 23.30hrs. After some tea and bisquit you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. To avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun you will start in the night while it’s dark, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. The first section of the ascent is on rocky path, which becomes a steep scree slope, which you slowly zig-zag your way up. You gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular as the first rays of the sun hits you. You ascend to Gillman’s Point (5.685m), on the rim of Kibo Crater, and contour round to the summit at Uhuru Peak (5.896m). Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views are breathtaking. You begin your descent by retracing your steps and descending on scree slope back down the mountain to your camp at Kibo Hut. Stopping for breakfast and a rest, you continue your descent through giant groundsel and lobelias to Horombo Hut Camp, where you have a long, well-earned rest. On your descent you will have fabulous views of the plains.
    Accommodation: Horombo Hut Camp

    The climb starts in the dark with 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. Slowly, slowly or “pole, pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.

    Day 8:
    Horombo Hut (3.720m) – Marangu Gate (1.980m) –Arusha
    A gentle trek takes you down through the magnificent rainforest, quite dense in places, to Marangu Gate, where you complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are there to welcome you back and bring you back to our hotel in Arusha town, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower.
    Accommodation: Planet Lodge

    Day 9:
    Arusha- Kilimanjaro International Airport
    According to your Flight times we will bring you to the Kilimanjaro Airport “KIA”and you will check in for your flight back home!

    – End of our service –

    Included:

    • All meals while on climb
    • All car transfers as per itinerary
    • Four days of accommodation in Moshi in double room
    • Mountain tents accommodation
    • All park fees
    • Guides and porters salaries & allowances
    • English speaking professional mountain guide
    • Full briefing
    • Flying Doctors of Africa Society Membership which entails all safari participants to one emergency or aero-medical evacuation to Nairobi; medical expenses are not included.
    Not included:

    • Sleeping bags and climbing gears
    • All items of personal nature
    • International flights and visa expenses
    • Health and travel insurance – we highly recommend!
    • Tips to guide & porters.

     


  • Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing “Umbwe Route”
    via Arrow Glacier Camp
    Prices 2019

    US$ 2.680.- per person

    Duration: 9 days, you will stay 7 days on the mountain
    Length: 31km (17 miles ascending – 21km (12 miles) desceding
    Description: The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder. Having reached the Southern Circular Route, trekkers can continue north-west to tackle Kibo from the west and the difficult Arrow Glacier Route; or you can follow the Southern Circular Route east round to Barafu and approach the summit from there. Despite its reputation as the toughest trek, the Umbwe Route is still a non-technical climb. Taxing, but not technical. All you need are an iron will and calves of steel; this is truly a trek to test your mettle. The difficulty is that it’s so relentlessly uphill.
    We recommend this route only ambitious hikers with pronounced physical fitness and trekking experience. Because it leads to the summit without major detours, walkers who opt for this route, should already have high-level experience or altitude training. Especially the first two days are extremely stressful and also more rocky, so a good and trained slip resistance is beneficial.

    Day 1:
    Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport „JRO“
    We will pick you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Moshi for dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Sal Salinero (H/B)

    Day 2:
    Moshi – Umbwe Gate (1.800m) – Umbwe Camp (2.950m) about 4-5h, ↑ 1.150m
    After breakfast, you get to know your guide who will give you a briefing on the upcoming climb. You will be transferred to Umbwe gate. Here all the formalities are completed, the registration, the weighing of luggage and the distribution to the carrier. The route initially follows a gently rising forest path gets steeper and narrower when you climb the mountain chain between the Lonzo and Umbwe river. You will walk through the jungle with a fascinating variety of plants. After about 5 hours to reach the Camp.
    Accommodation: Umbwe Camp

    Day 3:
    Umbwe Camp (2.950m) – Barranco Camp (3.950m) ca. 6h, ↑ about 1.000m
    After breakfast you will leave the camp and follow a now tighter and steeper path. A 14m high rock passage must be overcomed. The vegetation is balder and the rain forest thins out, until you reach a bog and heathland. Giant lobelia and giant Senecias line your path. You will make today again 1000m altitude.
    Accommodation: Barranco Camp

    Day 4 – Acclimatisation day!
    Barranco Camp (3.950m)
    Today you walk from Barranco Camp to Lava Tower and back again. This day is for acclimatization to the altitude.
    Accommodation: Barranco Camp

    Day 5:
    Barranco Camp (3.950m) – Lava Tower (4.630m) – Arrow Glacier Camp (4.800m), about 5h
    After breakfast you will head northwards up to the Arrow Glacier Camp. You must first overcome the steep rise in the Barranco wall of rock at about 4.300m. You have a wonderful view of Kibo. Then you proceed to the Arrow Glacier Camp. This day is something of a rest and preparation for the Summit support.
    Accommodation: Arrow Glacier Camp

    Day 6:
    Arrow Glacier Camp (4.800m) – Crater Summit Camp (5.700) about 5h, ↑ about 900m
    This stage is marked by steep ascents and will be the hardest day for you. The vegetation becomes more sparse, but you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Mount Meru, the Mawenzi and Kibo. The route continues steadily uphill on a steep stone desert to the crater edge, the Western Breach. It’s getting cold. You see to the left of the northern ice field and the Furtwangler Glacier in front of you. You will reach the last camp before the summit climb, the  Crater Summit Camp. Dinner and overnight.
    Accommodation: Crater Summit Camp

    Day 7:
    Crater Summit Camp (5.700m) – Uhuru Peak (5.895m) ca. 2h – Mweka Camp (3.100m) ca. 7-8h
    The last stage to the summit starts at 4 o`clock in the early morning with a final steep ascent to Uhuru Peak. It can be overcome only 195 meters and about 2 hours walking and you reach the Uhuru Peak.

    You did it!

    After a short stay in 5.895m altitude and a photo shoot to get ready for the descent to Mweka Camp. The descent is via the Mweka route. You will need approximately 3 hours to Barafu Camp on the now thawed boulder fields. Here you can take a break and take your well-earned lunch. After lunch, continue to descend to Mweka Camp. The descent is not as steep, but still long. It will be your last night on the mountain.
    Accommodation: Mweka Camp

    The climb starts in the dark with 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. Slowly, slowly or “pole, pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there.

    Day 8:
    Mweka Camp (3.100m) – Mweka Gate (1.980) about 3h walk – Moshi
    After breakfast, you continue walking to Mweka gate about 6km away. It is a walk for about 3 hours before we will wecome you at the gate. Here you will receive your certificate for a successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. You will have lunch with your Guides before we transfer you to the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. (H/B)
    Accommodation: Sal Salinero

    Day 9:
    Moshi
    The tour ends after breakfast. Depending on your further plans, we take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport or you might also start for a safari or add some days on Zanzibar!

    – end of our service –

    Included:

    • All meals while on climb
    • All car transfers as per itinerary
    • Four days of accommodation in Moshi in double room
    • Mountain tents accommodation
    • All park fees
    • Guides and porters salaries & allowances
    • English speaking professional mountain guide
    • Full briefing
    • Flying Doctors of Africa Society Membership which entails all safari participants to one emergency or aero-medical evacuation to Nairobi; medical expenses are not included.
    Not included:

    • Sleeping bags and climbing gears
    • All items of personal nature
    • International flights and visa expenses
    • Health and travel insurance – we highly recommend!
    • Tips to guide & porters.

  • kilimanjaro-route-map

  • Altitude sickness

    The cause of altitude illness is a matter of oxygen physiology. At sea level the concentration of oxygen is about 21% and the barometric pressure averages 760mmHg. As altitude increases, the concentration remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12,000 feet (3,658 meters) the barometric pressure is only 483mmHg, so there are roughly 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. In order to oxygenate the body effectively, your breathing rate (even while at rest) has to increase. This extra ventilation increases the oxygen content in the blood, but not to sea level concentrations. Since the amount of oxygen required for activity is the same, the body must adjust to having less oxygen. In addition, high altitude and lower air pressure cause fluid to leak from the capillaries which can cause fluid build-up in both the lungs and the brain. Continuing to higher altitudes without proper acclimatization can lead to potentially serious, even life-threatening illnesses.

    Acute mountain sickness

    The commonest illness at altitude is acute mountain sickness. This is sometimes colloquially referred to as altitude sickness or mountain sickness and in South America it is called soroche. Most people experience acute mountain sickness as a relatively mild, self-limiting illness.

    What are the symptoms?

     The most prominent symptom is usually headache, and most people also experience nausea and even vomiting, lethargy, dizziness and poor sleep. Symptoms are very similar to a really bad hangover. Acute mountain sickness can be diagnosed using a self-assessment score sheet. If you have recently ascended to over 2500m, have a headache and your total score is 3 points or more on the score sheet, then you have acute mountain sickness.

    Who gets acute mountain sickness?

    Anyone who travels to altitudes of over 2.500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness. Normally it doesn’t become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine.

    There are a number of factors that are linked to a higher risk of developing the condition. The higher the altitude you reach and the faster your rate of ascent, the more likely you are to get acute mountain sickness. On the Apex high altitude research expeditions, flying from sea level to the Bolivian capital, La Paz (3600m), caused over half of the expedition members to have acute mountain sickness on the day after they arrived. If you have a previous history of suffering from acute mountain sickness, then you are probably more likely to get it again. Older people tend to get less acute mountain sickness – but this could be because they have more common sense and ascend less quickly.

    What causes acute mountain sickness?

    How a shortage of oxygen leads to acute mountain sickness is not known. Some scientists believe that it is due to swelling of the brain but the evidence for this hypothesis is not conclusive. The theory is that In susceptible individuals, swelling could cause a small increase in the pressure inside the skull and lead to symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The swelling may be due to increased blood flow to the brain or leakiness of blood vessels in the brain.

    What to do?

    It is better to prevent acute mountain sickness than to try to treat it. Ascending at a sensible rate (300m gain in altitude per day), should mean that your body can acclimatise as you ascend and so you will be less likely to develop acute mountain sickness. However, if you need to go up more quickly, you could consider taking a drug called acetazolamide (also known as Diamox). There is now good evidence [BMJ. 2004;328:797] that acetazolamide reduces symptoms of acute mountain sickness in trekkers, although it does have some unusual side-effects: it makes your hands and feet tingle, and it makes fizzy drinks taste funny.

    If you do have acute mountain sickness, the best treatment is descent. Painkillers may ease the headache, but they don’t treat the condition. Acetazolamide may be helpful, especially if you need to stay at the same altitude, and resting for a day or two might give your body time to recover. It is essential that you should NEVER go up higher if you have acute mountain sickness.

    If a travelling companion has symptoms of acute mountain sickness and becomes confused or unsteady, or develops an extremely severe headache or vomiting, they may have a life-threatening condition called high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE).

  • Travel Documents

    • Passport with Tanzania Visa, International vaccination card
    • Copies of the passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule and travelers cheque numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
    • Airline tickets, Credit cards, travelercheque, cash, Cash money and cheque, cash about US$ 500.- (US$ 50.- pp per day you should spend for tips => depending on the hiking time and members of the team)

     

    Essential Items

    • Trekking bag, kitbag or robust hold all (waterproof)
    • Day backpack, 10-15l, large enough to carry your water, camera, raincoat, lunch pack, snacks & warm clothing
    • belt, to fix things at the backpack
    • ski pole or walking sticks
    • small travel bag, to deposit your extra gear at the hotel
    • sleeping bag, about 1000 g down feathers, up to -15 /0 degrees with waterproof bag around
      Thermarest pads

     

    High Altitude Gear

    • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing point plus wind)
    • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
    • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow and for the summit day
    • 1x Fleece pullover (Polartec 300) or Fleece jacket
    • 2x Fleece shirts long-sleeved (Polartec 200-300)
    • 2x Trekking pants, long (Zip-pant with removable legs)
    • Long Underwear, we recommend thermal underwear with „wicking“ properties
      Woolen socks for colder conditions
    • Wool or pile hat
    • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair, that can be layered)
      Insulating-glove covers
    • Balaclava or neck gaitor
    • Drinking bottle out of aluminum or 2x bag each 1,5l with drinking tube (maybe labeled with your name)
    • Thermos-bottle out of aluminum, both together at least 2l minimum, very good for summit day, maybe labeled with your name)
    • Gaitor, protection against coldness

     

    Hiking Gear

    • 2-3 T-Shirts
    • Shorts
    • Regular underwear
    • General clothing for Arrival and Departure, another clean T-Shirt for departure

     

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferable warm, waterproof and with ankle support + alternative bootlaces. Please make sure that you use them before you climb the Mountain
    • Tennis shoes or light sandals for lounging in the evening
    • Hiking socks for warmer conditions

     

    Equipment

    • Sun/lip with high protection (50)
    • Sun hatwith brim
    • Sun glasses 100% UV protection
    • Alternative sunglasses / lenses
    • Bandana
    • Personal Toiletries: toilet paper, small towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, handi-wipes, hand sanitizer, lotion, comb, mirror
    • Headlamp or flashlight (bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera, as cold weather shortens their life, alternative bulb)
    • Light pocket knife (with scissor) and lighter
    • altimeter
    • binoculars

     

    Personal Items

    • notebook, pencil and pen
    • electricity adapter
    • Neck pouch or belt for documents, money …

     

    Medical and First Aid Supplies

    • Malarone, Ibuprofen, insect repellent, plaster
    • Imodium
    • Water filter or iodine purification tablets!!!
    • painkillers

     

    Optional Items

    • Drinks with electolytes
    • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, glucose  and comfort food
    • Foto/Video: we recommend 3 charged batteries, due to coldness they discharge very fast
    • Protect further objectives from humidity
    • Maybe waterproof camera for rainy days
    • Please get in touch with the handling, if you buy a new camera only for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing
    • Alternative batteries for video camera
    • Bag for the video camera, to separate the battery from the camera
    • Maybe a small weatherproof camera for the summit day (youmight be tired, it is cold, but with a small camera you might have some good snapshots)
    • Reflex camera is highly recommended
    • Panorama lens makes the landscape and the camping more lively
    • Literature
    • 1 bag for dirty clothes
    • Further plastic bag with zipper, to separate wet things from dry things in your back-pack