Tanzania – Mt. Kilimanjaro
Tanzania – Mt. Kilimanjaro
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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A high level of fitness, setting goals to test, achieve and a strong desire to continuously develop yourself and your kit in tough environments with a brilliant sense of satisfaction. Experience driven and doesn’t mind experiencing fatigue and identifying new personal strengths. 8-9hrs of walking each day.
Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.
All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.
Comfortable Clothing for the flight
DAY 1 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
DAY 2 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)
DAY 3 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)
DAY 4 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)
DAY 5 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)
DAY 6 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)
DAY 7 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)
DAY 8 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
Day sack: 35 to 50ltrs
Warm and water proof gloves
Warm and water proof hat
Warm jacket for the evening
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.
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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!
Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!
I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.
I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.
Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!
I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.
I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.
This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.
Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.
I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.
Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.
I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…
IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .
This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.