8 Days
Duration
10-20
Group Size
Tanzania
Location
8/10
Physicality

Trek up the Kilimanjaro (5,895m) the highest free standing mountain in the world to the roof of Africa, explore the largest and most prolific wildlife reserve on the continent and discover perfect relaxation in an exclusive luxurious 5 star resort on the spice island of Zanzibar, on the beautiful and famous white sands and turquoise waters.

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Grade 8 Trek (Tough): require that you are very fit and previous trekking experience is strongly recommended. Grade 8 includes long walks with steep uphill and downhill gradients. There will be extremes of altitude (up to 6000m) and weather conditions and will involve several long days (up to 8/9 hours) of trekking continuously without a rest day.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking
WEAR Comfortable Clothing for the flight
INCLUDED
International flights
Airport transfers
Tour Leader
English speaking guide
Transport for itinerary
Bottled water
Meals where indicated
NOT INCLUDED
Personal drinks
Travel Insurance
Cost of Excursions:
Hot Air Balloon
Coral and wreck Diving
Fish and coral Snorkelling
Kite Surfing
Spice Down coastal exploration
Stone Town and spice tour

 

D1

Kilimanjaro.

Arrive Moshi and check into the Mountain Inn. The rest of the day is left free to prepare for the start of the trek; we may be treated to views of Kilimanjaro from here, weather permitting. Dinner and overnight stay in Mountain Inn
D2

Drive to Marangu; hike to Mandara Hut

We make a short drive to the National Park Marangu Gate at 1800m, and begin our hike up the Mountain. Porters will assist throughout the trek, carrying all of our luggage. You only need to carry what you need for the day – waterproofs, a camera, water bottle and a packed lunch. The first stage is along a rocky path through lush rainforest, with lichens and bright ferns, huge trees and tiny colourful flowers all adding interest to our first day. We arrive at our first hut at Mandara, situated close to the Maundi Crater at an altitude of 2727m (About 3-4 hours walking.) (Over night stay with Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D3

Walk to Horombo Hut

Leaving the forest, we ascend on a path through open Moorland and alpine meadow. As we are climbing to over 3700m today, you may start to feel the effects of altitude: may become breathless quite easily. The guide will make sure you take your time and have plenty of rest stops; giving many opportunities to take in the views. Later, above podocarpus Hill, the scenery changes again; rocky volcanic ravines covered with dense shrubbery, giant lobelia and groundsels, as well as many other wild flowers peculiar to Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear you should get views of the gaunt peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. We arrive at Horombo Hut (at 3720m) and spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring our surroundings. There is plenty to do, but you may prefer to conserve your energy for the days ahead. (About 6-7 hours walking.) (Two nights stay with Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D4

Spare day for acclimatisation.

We have built in an extra day to acclimatise. There are plenty of walks that can be done from the hut, and since we are now above the forest, views are not hampered by the trees. (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D5

Walk to Kibo Hut.

The sun rises dramatically from behind Mawenzi Peak, lighting up the sea of cloud which shrouds the lower reaches of the mountain. After our rest we continue ever higher, past huge cactus like groundsel, and the last spring water (we now rely on porters to carry supplies). Breathing becomes noticeably shorter and the climb now begins to test even the fittest. Climbing above 4115m we get clearer views of Kibo and almost lunar landscape of the saddle. Here we’ll find only the hardiest forms of vegetation amid the sand and rocks. Temperatures may vary dramatically, and strong winds can whip up in a very short space of time. Despite the seemingly inhospitable terrain, you meet herds of Eland at this altitude. Continuing for 2-3 hours across the plateau, we finally reach Kibo Hut, at the base of Kibo peak. The air is considerably cooler here, and once the sun drops temperatures often fall below freezing. If you are finding that the altitude is having a bad effect on you, you may make a tough but wise decision to go no further than Kibo Hut (4703m) (About 5 hours walking) (Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner)
D6

Walk to summit; descend to Horombo Hut

Setting off in the early morning we begin a hard walk, ascending to 5660m in just a few hours to reach Gilmans Point on the rim of the crater. We begin in darkness, walking up a steep scree slope, past icy crevasses and giant boulders to the final ridge. Although at times you may only be able to walk 10 paces before you have to stop and rest, there is no doubt that it is all worth it when you reach the top. Gilmans point is perhaps the most spectacular in Africa, where the whole of East Africa seems to spread out below you; the Masai plains; the Rift Valley; Mt. Meru; Amboseli and Tsavo of Kenya. From Gilmans, you may continue around the crater rim to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895m. Then we descend, down the scree to Kibo Hut for a brief rest, and then down to Horombo Hut. (About 11 hours walking.) (Over night stay with Breakfast & Lunch)
D7

Walk to Marangu; drive to Moshi

After a good long rest at Horombo, we pass once more over Moorland and through ravines, enjoying the increasing warmth and richness of the mountain air. Stopping for a short time in Mandara, we continue down through the forest entrance and continue by road to Moshi, and onto our hotel. (About 5 hours walking.) (Overnight hotel – Dinner)
D8

Kilimanjaro International airport – home

Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (Breakfast)

Clothing and equipment required for the trekking part of the trip

  • Personal first aid kit including any medication needed
  • Walking boots
  • Walking socks
  • Walking poles
  • Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Warm and water proof gloves
  • Warm and water proof hat
  • Thick Sweater
  • Warm jacket for the evening
  • Trainers/sandals
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun protection for skin/head/hands
  • Water proof sacks for the inside of your day sack
  • 4 Season Sleeping Bag & liner
  • X2 1ltr water containers
  • X1 3ltr bladder with drinking tube

Personal Expenses

You will need extra money to cover the cost of drinks, souvenirs, meals (where applicable) airport taxes, etc. It is advisable to change money on arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport whilst waiting for your luggage, as opportunities for changing money are subsequently few, although it is normally possible at the hotel in Moshi. Credit cards are generally not accepted. It is prohibited to export Tanzanian currency. Please note that pre 1990 USD notes are not accepted in Tanzania.

Park Fees

These will vary throughout the year, but early bookings will avoid a possible change in fee. (These are built into the trip cost.)

Tipping

In this area, tipping is a recognised part of life. Although EDGE Travel Worldwide pays most gratuities for the trip, porters and guides on the trips still look to members of the group for reward. Accordingly, you should allow $100 for tipping. (Please carry low denominations of US Dollar currency.)

Meal Plan

Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.

Optional Excursions

These can be organised once in Tanzania during the Safari, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar phases:

  • Hot Air Balloon champagne breakfast over the Serengeti (Safari)
  • Coral and wreck Diving (Zanzibar)
  • Fish and coral Snorkelling (Zanzibar)
  • Kite Surfing (Zanzibar)
  • Spice Down coastal exploration (Zanzibar)
  • Stone Town and spice tour (Zanzibar)

Practical Information

Seasonal Climate

Broadly speaking the long rains arrive in April/May and the short rains arrive November to early December, although this pattern has been known to be completely erratic. Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year, but it is often wet in the rain forest in April, May and sometimes in November. December to March are the warmest months, but the climate varies greatly with altitude. Days in the low land forest are pleasantly warm, but occasional showers are common and nights can be quite cool. It can be particularly cold at night, at altitude, particularly in June and July, and on final summit ascent, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Visa Requirements

UK, AUS, NZ, USA & Canadian citizens will need an entry visa. Other nationalities should consult their consular office.

Vaccinations & Protection

Make an appointment with your Doctor to discuss and also gain written confirmation of what is needed by the relevant Consulate of your trip destination. A third source of reference is: www.travelhealthpro.org.uk EDGE Travel Worldwide is not responsible to list or advise; which vaccinations or any other travel medication you may need on your trip. This is your responsibility. Special Note: Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

Grading and Fitness for the Kilimanjaro Hike

To enjoy any trek such as climbing Kilimanjaro, it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard a trek as a means of getting into shape or loosing excess weight. Start a programme of conditioning well before departure – in fact as soon as you book – and be aware that short walks on the flat do little to prepare you for the gradients involved on this trek. Running, hill walking and other more active sports are suitable. Walking Grades and Fitness Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individuals own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This trip is rated as Grade C/D

Grade C Walks (Strenuous): are for the more serious hill walker and a higher level of physical fitness is required. Walking days are normally 6-8 hours and may involve up to 900m or more in ascent or descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important.

Grade D Walks (Tough): require that you are very fit and previous trekking experience is strongly recommended. Grade D includes long walks with steep uphill and downhill gradients. There will be extremes of altitude (up to 6000m) and weather conditions, and will involve several long days (up to 8/9 hours) of trekking continuously without a rest day.

Altitude

The altitude of Kilimanjaro makes the trip most suitable for the more serious walker with previous experience of hill walking. Extreme cases of Acute Mountain Sickness are rare, but if it becomes necessary for someone to abandon the trek in the interests of safety, the Adventure Leaders decision on this is final.

Experience

Bearing the above in mind, we ask for a synopsis of recent walking experience from people intending to go on the trip.

Medical Examination

You should visit your GP and specifically mention the maximum altitude the trek reaches, i.e. 5895m/19,340’. Bear in mind that the final trek to the summit is optional, and can be omitted if so wished.

Allergies and Medical History

All Medical History, current prescription drugs and known allergies Must be disclosed to your trek leader before leaving for Tanzania. This is extremely important due to the nature of the event you will be undertaking. Strictly no smoking or drinking is allowed whilst on the Mountain. It is strongly advised that any current smokers are to stop smoking at least 6 months before the trip or to even use this adventure of a life time, to give up all together.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
January 30, 2019

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

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