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|
Drive to Marangu; hike to Mandara Hut
Walk to Horombo Hut
Spare day for acclimatisation.
Walk to Kibo Hut.
Walk to summit; descend to Horombo Hut
Walk to Marangu; drive to Moshi
Kilimanjaro International airport – home
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
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm and water proof gloves
- Warm and water proof hat
- Thick Sweater
- Warm jacket for the evening
- 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
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.
These will vary throughout the year, but early bookings will avoid a possible change in fee. (These are built into the trip cost.)
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.)
Local food and drink: Meals other than those included in the itinerary are paid for separately by the traveller.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Bearing the above in mind, we ask for a synopsis of recent walking experience from people intending to go on the trip.
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.