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Hiking adventure in Tanzania featuring Mountain Climbing

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Dates: mid December through March and June through September are ideal months for this trip


This 6 night trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa, follws the Machame Route. This route, also called the Whiskey Route is the most popular camping route by far.


Day 1: Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met outside the customs area by your 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 an early breakfast at your hotel, Kilimanjaro briefing and checking your mountain personal equipment you will be transferred to the 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. Take time to admire the beauty of the rainforest. Dinner and overnight at MACHAME CAMP (BLD)


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. Dinner and overnight at SHIRA CAMP (BLD)


Day 4: 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 (BLD)


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 senecios and lobelia grow; however, you are well advised to rest as much as you possibly can to prepare you for the climb ahead. Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp.


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 (BLD)


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 (BLD)


Day 8: Descent and Departure
After breakfast 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. You will be met 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.


Included:

• Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO) to Arusha on a private vehicle

• Transfers to/from the mountain trail heads

• Kilimanjaro park entrance fees, camping fees, rescue fees

• Services of trained professional English speaking mountain guides, cooks and porters

• All food for the duration of the climb, top quality food specially considered for maximum nutrition needs.

• Complimentary fruits and juice while hiking

• Portage of 1 bag (maximum 15 kgs) per person

• Safety equipment eg. Oxygen cylinder or Gamow Bag

• Oximeter for checking blood levels of clients daily

• Camping equipment including mountain Hardware tents, mess tent, chairs etc.

• Services of hot water bottle while sleeping for comfort

• Portable flushing toilet

• Flying Doctors Services for entire climb (www.flyingdoctorsafrica.org)


Not Included:

• Tips to the guides, cook and porters

• Bottled Mineral water

• Visas

• Laundry

• Telephone calls

• Day rooms on the last day after the climb

• Other items of personal nature

• All other expenses resulting from early descend before the completion of the climb such as extra nights in Arusha etc.

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