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Lemosho Route - 8DAYS /7NIGHTS

The Lemosho Route is an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. It can either be used to gain the Western Breach route or followed by the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals.

 

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$2200
Per Person

Machame Route -8Days/7Nights

If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” Route. It is the second most popular and arguably the most scenic route on the mountains. All climbers’ sleep in pre-prepared tents and meals are served on the floor of a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is done over six to seven days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high.

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$2100
Per Person

Rongai Route - 8Nights/7Days

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the north-eastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north.

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$2000
Per Person

KILIMANJARO TIPS

General Standard of Services: 

Our mountain climbing trips offer high standards of service for food, accommodation, and staff.  Whilst there might be some variations on an individual trip, please find below a general description of the level of services that we offer

LEMOSHO ROUTE VIA BARAFU CAMP CLIMB 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS ON MOUNTAIN


The route starting from a trailhead at Londorossi gate in Western Kilimanjaro. Then route approaches from the Lemosho Glades and Forest allowing for a gentler ascent to the plateau. It is also a very scenic route with fine views across to Meru and Masai Steppe and a chance of seeing game. The route picks up Machame and continue the Southern Circuit Route of Machame (i.e. Lava Tower/Barranco/Barafu/Stella) Widely considered being the most scenic route, it is without any doubt breathtakingly beautiful with a wider range of eco-systems and views along the trail. The impressive Barranco Valley is praised by all who climbed it. The “Whisky” route to Marangu’s “Coca-Cola”, it is more demanding and less subscribed, with a longer ascent, thereby appealing to more serious trekkers.


BRIEF ITINERARY: 

  1. Hotel in Arusha
  2. Forest Camp
  3. Shira 1 Camp
  4. Shira 2 Camp
  5. Barranco Camp
  6. Karanga  Camp
  7. Barafu Camp
  8. Final ascent to Uhuru Peak then descend to Millennium or Mweka Camp
  9. Hotel in Moshi
  10.  Depart

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:  

DAY 1- ARRIVE KILIMANJARO AIRPORT (JRO) TANZANIA.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met outside the airport by Go2Safari Tanzania driver guide and your head mountain guide holding a sign board written clearly your booking name and drive to Arusha for overnight

DAY 2 – FOREST CAMP 

After early breakfast at your hotel transfer to Kilimanjaro entrance gate with picnic lunches. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate we start climbing through the forest up to the Lemosho camp – a gentle walk of a few hours to stretch our legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead.

Dinner and overnight at FOREST CAMP 

DAY 3 – SHIRA 1 CAMP 

After breakfast in the chattering forest, we start a slow walk to aid acclimatisation through the forest and into the Hagenia zone, where the vegetation begins to thin out as we approach the Shira Plateau. Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif, the others being Mawenzi and Kibo and from our camp we have great views of the Shira needles and the distant form of the Mount Meru.

Dinner and overnight at SHIRA 1 CAMP

DAY 4 – SHIRA 2 CAMP   

After a spectacular sunrise that reveals the magnitude of the distant snow-capped crater, we slowly climb into the alpine heather zone, approaching the Kibo massif from the west, to our camp. Today is a shorter walk allowing for further exploration of the lobelias, senecio and other endemic plants on an acclimatising walks.

Dinner and overnight at SHIRA 2 CAMP 

DAY 5 – BARRANCO CAMP   

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will have a hot lunch at Lava Tower thereafter descend to your next camp. This day is very nice for acclimatization because you will ascend to Lava Tower 14900ft then descend to Barranco Valley. Beautiful plants giant senecio are seen at this camp

Dinner and Overnight at BARRANCO CAMP

DAY 6 – KARANGA CAMP 

This morning you begin your hike to Karanga Camp where you will arrive in time for lunch. You will encounter a bit of a climb at Barranco Cliff and spend the rest of the trek climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain most of the way to your next camp.  The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive at your camp late afternoon and you are well advised to rest as much as you possibly can to prepare for the climb ahead. Also this is a day on which we supply fresh foods from town market to make sure that our clients will have successful climb for the remaining days.

Dinner and overnight at KARANGA CAMP

DAY 7 – BARAFU CAMP 

The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach.  The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses.  Lunch will be taken along the way or at Barafu Camp.  Climbers who choose to ascend the peak will go to bed very early this night, as the next day is the longest one.

Dinner and overnight at BARAFU CAMP

DAY 8 – ASCENT TO SUMMIT / DESCENT MWEKA CAMP 

You will be awakened at midnight and after a light breakfast, start climbing at around 1 a.m.  It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult.  Here, very few will not be suffering from altitude sickness in some form or another; and climbers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb.  Temperatures will range from -4° to 5° Fahrenheit.  Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater at Stella Point.  Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit. Uhuru Peak stands at 5895 m and is the highest point on the continent of Africa.  The track around the edge of the crater is rocky and icy.  Concentrate on your feet, and follow your guide very closely for this portion of the journey.

The descent is now easier than the ascent.  You will reach Barafu Camp after about three hours (around 11:30 AM).  Climbers will be given the opportunity to rest and have some refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night.  Arriving into camp at around 5:00PM, you will have trekked a total of thirteen hours today.

Dinner and overnight at MWEKA CAMP

DAY 9 – ARUSHA 

After breakfast then continue to go down to Mweka gate where you sign your name and details in a register.  This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.  Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Meet by a driver guide and drive back to your hotel in Arusha. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower and celebrate.

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE 

Departure transfer to Kilimanjaro airport. End of Kilimanjaro climb services:

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MACHAME ROUTE:  7DAYS /6 NIGHTS ON MOUNTAIN:

Once championed as the discerning wilderness route for climbers, Machame is gaining on Marangu in terms of popularity. It is also the second-most accessible trailhead of the non-steep routes (Umbwe), making it attractive to operators, especially those based in Arusha or Moshi. Its reputation as one of the most scenic routes is entirely justified, with the sweeping views across the Masai Steppe to Meru and the impressive Barranco Valley praised by all who climb it. Gains in popularity, however, are inevitably at the expense of total exclusivity but as the descent route is different from the ascent, climbers are only aware of the popularity when they reach camp, however, it is still infinitely quieter than the Marangu Route.


 

BRIEF ITINERARY: 

  1. Hotel in Arusha
  2. Machame Camp
  3. Shira Camp
  4. Barranco Camp
  5. Karanga Camp
  6. Barafu Camp
  7. Final ascent to Uhuru Peak then descend to Mweka Camp
  8. Hotel in Arusha
  9. Depart

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:  

 

DAY 1– ARRIVE KILIMANJARO AIRPORT (JRO) TANZANIA. 

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met outside customs area by driver guide and your head mountain guide holding a sign board written clearly your booking name and drive to Arusha for overnight

DAY 2

MACHAME CAMP   

After early breakfast at your hotel then Kilimanjaro briefing and checking your mountain personal equipment before transfer to Kilimanjaro entrance gate. From the park entrance gate you will walk for about two to three hours trek through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegetation.  A stop for hot lunch will be made halfway to this evening's campsite.  As you continue your ascent, you will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather.  You will be walking on a ridge, to the left of which is the Semira stream, and on the right, the Weru Weru.  Depending on the pace of the climbers, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.  Your camp is set up near some old metals huts, which were once used for shelter.

This initial stage of the climb is tranquil and relatively easy.  There is no point in rushing to get to the camp, as there is little to do there.  Guides tend to recommend a slow ascent, even at this point, for gradual acclimatization.

Do not try to keep up with your porters, who will usually bound ahead.  Instead, take time to admire the beauty of the rainforest.  If you are interested in botany, you should carry a small reference book.

Dinner and overnight at MACHAME CAMP

DAY 3

SHIRA CAMP 

On this and subsequent mornings, wake-up call is at around 6:00 AM.  You will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting, by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak!!!

Today's trek takes you up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock, and bearded heather.  You will encounter giant groundsels as you hike through a ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves, and foamy streams.

Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp.  The hike to the next campsite takes approximately six hours and you should arrive between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.  Most climbers tend to pace themselves, walking slowly and resting about every half-hour.  Many will feel lethargic and have headaches by the time they reach camp.  Guides advise those with symptoms of altitude sickness to drink tea and sleep a lot -- and there is no better advice to follow at this stage.

Dinner and overnight at SHIRA CAMP

 

DAY 4 –APPROX 5 - 6 HOURS WALK

BARRANCO CAMP 

After breakfast you will start crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp.  The descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco.  Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River.  Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as the night before.  Today's trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30PM and 5:30PM.

Dinner and overnight at BARRANCO CAMP

DAY 5

KARANGA CAMP 

This morning you begin your hike to Karanga Camp, which is on the same altitude as Barranco Camp. You will encounter a bit of a climb at Barranco Cliff and spend the rest of the trek climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain most of the way to camp.  The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch (approximately 1:00PM) having trekked for about four hours.

In the afternoon you have the opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley where giant senecio and lobelia grow; however, you are well advised to rest as much as you possibly can to prepare you for the climb ahead.

DAY 6

BARAFU CAMP  

The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach.  The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses.  Lunch will be taken at your camp and the climbers arrive at Barafu Camp at around 1:00PM.  Climbers who choose to ascend the peak will go to bed very early this night, as the next day is the longest one.

Dinner and overnight at BARAFU CAMP

 

DAY 7

ASCENT TO SUMMIT / DESCENT MWEKA CAMP 

You will be awakened at midnight and after a light breakfast, start climbing at around 1 a.m.  It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult.  Here, very few will not be suffering from altitude sickness in some form or another; and climbers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb.  Temperatures will range from -4° to 5° Fahrenheit.  Making your way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, you will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater, between Stella and Hans Meyer points.  Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit. Uhuru stands at 5895 m and is the highest point on the continent of Africa.  The track around the edge of the crater is rocky and icy.  Concentrate on your feet, and follow your guide very closely for this portion of the journey.

The descent is now easier than the ascent.  You will reach Barafu Camp after about three hours (around 11:30 AM).  Climbers will be given the opportunity to rest and have some refreshments before continuing on to Mweka Camp for the night.  Arriving into camp at around 5:00PM, you will have trekked a total of thirteen hours today.

Dinner and overnight at MWEKA CAMP

DAY 8

MWEKA CAMP - MWEKA GATE

After breakfast then continue to go down to Mweka gate where you sign your name and details in a register.  This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.  Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Meet by a driver guide with packed lunch and drive back to your hotel in Arusha. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower and celebrate.

DAY 9 – DEPARTURE

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

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RONGAI ROUTE – 6 DAYS /5 NIGHTS ON MOUNTAIN 

Rongai trailhead is to be found on the Kenyan border on the Northern Side of the Mountain. Its position in the rain shadow of Kili means it has a completely different landscape from the other routes, drier and more open, allowing for better views. It is a beautiful route, with few climbers, and a very gentle ascent, suggesting it as the ideal route to take. However, the position of the trailhead makes reaching it difficult, there is no park office and so park fees must be paid in Marangu gate and the only descent route allowed by Kilimanjaro National Park is Marangu route, detracting from the remote wilderness of the ascent. Nevertheless it is a very worthwhile route, and the advantages make it attractive only to those operators intent on offering something different.


BRIEF ITINERARY: 

  1. Hotel in Arusha
  2. First Camp
  3. Kikelewa Camp
  4. Mawenzi Tarn Camp
  5. Kibo Camp
  6. Final ascent to Uhuru Peak then descend to Horombo Camp
  7. Hotel in Arusha
  8. Depart

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:  

DAY 1– ARRIVE KILIMANJARO AIRPORT (JRO) TANZANIA. 

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met outside the Airport by Go2Safari driver guide and your head mountain guide holding a sign board written clearly your booking name and drive to Arusha for overnight on bed and breakfast.

DAY 2  APPROX: 3-4 HOURS WALKING

After early breakfast at your hotel then Kilimanjaro briefing and followed by checking your mountain personal equipment before transfer to Marangu gate with packed lunch. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu gate, you will be transferred by vehicle to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path the winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering the forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkeys. These monkeys are black with long ‘capes’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains of Tsavo and Amboseli.

Dinner and overnight at FIRST CAMP

Day 3 - APPROX: 6-7 HOURS WALKING

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m.) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim. After lunch, we leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite nestles in a sheltered valley of giant Senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3.600 m.)

Dinner and overnight at KIKELEW CAMP

Day 4 - APPROX: 3 - 5 HOURS WALKING

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb sweeping vistas and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330 m.), spectacularly situated on a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization.

Dinner and overnight at MAWENZI TARN CAMP

Day 5 - APPROX: 4-5 HOURS WALKING

We cross the lunar desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach School campsite (4,750 m.) at the bottom of the Kibo crater wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night!

Dinner and overnight at KIBO CAMP

Day 6

Start around 1 am reaching Gillman’s Point (5685 m) at sunrise. The path from Kibo to Gillman’s is the most demanding 4 hours on the whole climb. Continue another 2 hours to the roof of Africa, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Descend to Kibo Camp for hot lunch then to Horombo Hut. Meals and overnight at HOROMBO CAMP

Weather:  cold effects of high altitude is felt. Wear everything you brought.

Water: the porters have carried extra water to Kibo. Ask them and they will fill your bottles.

Day 7

You will hike back to the Marangu gate and park's headquarters. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register.  This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.  Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates.  Meet by a driver guide with packed lunch and drive back to your hotel in Arusha. It is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower and celebrate.

Day 8

Departure transfer to Kilimanjaro airport. End of Kilimanjaro climb services:

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KILIMANJARO TIPS


General Standard of Services: 

Our mountain climbing trips offer high standards of service for food, accommodation, and staff.  Whilst there might be some variations on an individual trip, please find below a general description of the level of services that we offer.

Local Staff: 

Our guides all know the mountains very well, speak English, and are very welcoming and helpful towards the clients.  They carry maps and National Park leaflets (where available) on the mountain.  When doing climbs such as Kilimanjaro, we ensure a ratio of crew team to clients is equal to equal to weigh taken for trek and clients have enough guides for safety: 2 clients: 1 guide.  This ensures good mountain services and is particularly important on the summit day.

Porter welfare is an important part of our staff policy.  We pay a good salary and we pay it immediately at the end of the climb.  We also ensure that our staffs have sleeping tents on all camping routes.  Gratuities  is a large cost element on mountain climbs and the temptation to reduce this cost always exists.  We believe our policy to be correct in human terms, and it also has the commercial by product of removing the often unpleasant pressure on clients to tip heavily.

We pay a lot of attention to finding the right staff for our trips.  We recognize that they are our biggest asset and wherever necessary our guides taking more courses in first aid and the best way to handle clients.

Accommodation when Camping:

We provide spacious two person tents of proven quality made in The USA and specifically designed for mountain use we only ever accommodate 2 people in these as experience has shown us clients prefer this.  There is plenty of personal space, an ample luggage storage area, and a separate external flysheet.  A limited number of these tents are available as single tents at a supplementary charge and should be reserved in advance.  Clients should bring their own sleeping bag and mat. We can provide cushion when requested in advance on extra costs.

Breakfast and dinner are served in our communal dining tent with folding chairs and tables and solar light.  This tent is also available for communal use in the afternoon and evening; especially useful in the event of inclement weather.

Handling of luggage: 

Each client should bring a maximum of 15 kg when climbing the mountain.  Client luggage should be contained in a duffle bag or soft kitbag which will be carried inside a waterproof bag by a porter.  Clients carry only a light day sack.  Additional mountain luggage may attract a supplementary charge.  Any unwanted client baggage and suitcases can be safely stored at the Hotel.

Medical equipment: 

Group medical kits with instructions are provided on all climbs.  Clients are asked only to provide their most basic personal needs.  We pay special attention to avoiding altitude sickness by maximizing acclimatization. We do carry oxygen cylinders or a Gamow Bag for every single climb.

Hygiene: 

We always ensure that the clients have a bowl of hot washing water in the morning and again after the walk at an agreed time in the afternoon.  The only exception is the highest overnight on Kilimanjaro (Kibo hut or Barafu camps) where there is no running water and so all water must be carried from a lower level by porters.

Hand washing water treated with dettol is available with soap before all meals, and clients are strongly advised to make use of it.

Long drop toilets are available at most of the campsites and huts used on mountain climbs.  We are very much encourage a policy of 'bum and bury' on all other occasions to avoid littering the mountains and issue all clients with matches.  We do however provide our own portable flashing toilet tents on every climb

Food and drink: 

We choose the ingredients carefully to ensure that the food prepared by our team is tasty, easy to digest at altitude, and has high energy content.  We also cater for vegetarians, ensuring that their meals are varied and inviting

Our menus have a high liquid and carbohydrate content; the two important elements for successful climbing.  Meat does feature heavily in our menus due to client demand but is unimportant for mountain fitness on such short climbs.

At higher altitudes, stimulants (such as coffee) and less digestible foods (such as meat) are almost totally absent from the diet however we provide when requested.  The evening meal at the highest overnight on Kilimanjaro is a combined soup/stew as experience shows this to be the best preparation for the summit day.

Boiled water is offered to the clients each evening for their water bottles and is readily available at other mealtimes too.  A wide selection of hot drinks (tea, coffee, drinking chocolate, Milo) is also available at meals and soup is served twice daily.

Environmental concern: 

All cooking is done on gas stoves wherever possible, and all non biodegradable rubbish (both from the camp and the clients) is carried off the mountain.  We aim to follow the Sierra Club motto "Take nothing but photos, Leave nothing but footprints".

Hire of equipment: 

We have a limited amount of personal camping equipment available for hire for example sleeping bags, walking poles etc.  Please contact us in advance to ensure availability.

Special Note: 

Serious cases of altitude sickness can only be treated by immediate descent.  The decision of the senior guide in such situations will be final.  Any client refusing to accept this decision will be deemed to have abandoned the climb.  No further responsibility will be taken except to ensure their safe descent and a porter will be provided to escort them to the nearest road head.

The information contained in "General Standards of Service" is given in good faith and covers the average range of conditions likely to be found on these trips.  High altitude mountain climbs are subject to unexpected changes and abnormal conditions can prevail at any time.  Clients should be prepared to be flexible when necessary.