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Kilimanjaro Peak Trek Expedition

Max Altitude

19,300 FT

Grade

Moderate

Duration

9 Days

Trekking KM.

62 KM

Suitable for:10+ years.
Experience:First timer can apply, previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
Fitness:Sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes

150,000 /Person

  • +5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Kilimanjaro international airport to And fro
  • All included

Overview

Trek Info


  • Trail TypeSummit a Peak
  • Rail Head-
  • AirportKilimanjaro International Airport
  • Base CampArusha
  • Best Season
    • Winter Treks (November, December, January, February, March)
    • Summer Treks (April, May, June)
    • Monsoon Treks (July, August)
    • Autumn Treks (September, October, November)
  • SnowMid Jun to Mid Sep
  • Services fromKilimanjaro International Airport to and fro
  • Meals
  • StayCamping & Hotel/Guesthouse (Twin sharing)


  • Region - Kilimanjaro Region
  • Duration - 9 Days
  • Grade - Moderate
  • Max Altitude - 19300 Ft.
  • Approx Trekking Km - 62 Kms.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa. It stands an impressive 19,341 feet tall over the Tanzanian plains. Mount Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free-standing mountain globally, meaning it is not part of a mountain range (such as Mount Everest and the Himalayas).

Many people climb Kilimanjaro every year. The activity is not just for hardcore backpackers and experienced mountaineers. Every day people, including accountants, engineers, food servers and teachers, successfully reach the top. Children as young as 6 years old and seniors as aged as 82 years old have done it. Experts agree that anyone in average physical shape can climb Kilimanjaro, which is why the mountain is so famous amongst the general adventure-seeking population. No technical mountaineering ability is required.

The Kilimanjaro National Park Authority regulates foot traffic on the routes. It is required to have a guide while trekking on Kilimanjaro.

The weather in the mountains varies widely depending on the elevation and season. It can be freezing near the summit, so warm, and windbreaker clothing is a necessity. Heavy rain is also possible at any time, so quality waterproof gear is mandatory. All climbers should be well equipped.

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the dry season. January, February, July, August, September, October are the best months to go. The rainy season occurs during March, April, May, June, November and December.

Route: Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition via Machame route- 

The Machame route is the most popular path of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and various habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route. 

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, known as the Coca Cola route. The climbers on Machame hike steeper trails for longer distances while sleeping in tents.

The trek begins at Machame Gate, located at the southern base of the mountain, which is just a short drive from Arusha. 

The trek starts within Kilimanjaro’s lush, fertile, montane rainforest. As you might expect, the lower slopes receive quite a bit of precipitation. The trail may be steep and slippery, so trekking poles are advised. As the route heads toward the Shira Plateau, the trees disappear and are replaced by low brush in the heather zone. Then the route climbs high to the volcanic plug, Lava Tower, before dropping and circling below the South Icefield. This circular pathway from Barranco to Karanga to Barafu is known as the southern circuit. Climbers are exposed to grand vistas as it traverses halfway around the mountain.

The long, strenuous approach to the summit is made from the east through endless switchbacks up increasingly loose gravel until we reach the crater rim at a mark known as Stella Point. Then the route is relatively flat for another hour to Uhuru Peak – the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. The quick descent follows the Mweka trail.

The Machame Route is approximately 62 km/37 miles from gate to gate. It is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience, but plenty of first-time trekkers use the route as well and do just fine. It is rated as one of Kilimanjaro’s better routes and thus is recommended. It is undoubtedly a better choice than the typical tourist’s route – Marangu.

Optional Wildlife safari Tours
You can also include a Wildlife safari tour in the package, however, kindly write an email to us regarding the same as it has different arrangements that needs to be taken care of beforehand and has a separate itinerary.

HOW TO PREPARE 

The following preparations must be made before climbing Kilimanjaro:

  • You need to book your flights.
  • You need to organise your visa.
  • You need to get the required vaccinations.
  • You need to buy or rent the necessary equipment.
  • You need to get yourself into shape.

AIRPORTS THAT INDIAN VISITORS CAN ENTER- 

  1. Kilimanjaro International airport (We offer pick up and drop only from the Kilimanjaro airport)
  2. Karume International airport
  3. Julius Nyerere International airport

TANZANIA VISA FOR INDIANS

RECOMMENDED VISA FOR MOUNTAINEERING AND HOLIDAY- 

A Single-entry tourist visa – This allows the traveller a 3 months consecutive stay in the country.

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE TANZANIA E VISA FOR INDIANS

To be able to apply online, Indian citizens are required to have- 

  1. An Indian passport valued for at least 6 months upon arrival in Tanzania.
  2. A scanned copy of the passport information page.
  3. A digital passport size photograph.
  4. Return/ onward ticket in digital format.
  5. A credit or debit card to pay the visa processing fee.
  6. E-Mail address where you will receive your approved visa.

It usually takes 7-10 working days for the e-visa applicable to be processed

LINK TO APPLY FOR E VISA- 

Tanzania Visa for Indian Citizens – Requirements for Indians (tanzaniaonlinevisa.com)

TRAVELLING INFORMATION FOR TANZANIA

Credit cards / Travellers Checks

Credit cards are only accepted by the major airline companies and by most of the bigger hotels and lodges. Do not rely on credit cards as a source of cash while in Tanzania. In some cases, a surcharge will be added to credit card payments. We suggest that you take sufficient cash and use the credit card as a backup only. Traveller’s checks are accepted at most banks and some hotels, however, a surcharge normally applies to exchange traveller’s checks into cash. Please note many shops/hotels don’t accept traveller’s checks.

Climate

There are two seasons of rain in Tanzania: the long rainy period (monsoon) which runs from late March until June and a short rainy period, which runs from November until mid-January. The long rains fall in heavy downpours, often accompanied by violent storms. The short rains tend to be much less severe.

Currency

The Tanzanian Shilling is the local currency, but traveller’s checks and cash in US$ are recommended. The current exchange rate is approximately Tsh 2100 = US$ 1. It is possible to change foreign currency at any Bureau de Change, which generally gives better rates than hotels and most banks. If you bring US $ cash or receive the US $, please make sure the bank notes are in good condition with no cuts or damage and that the bank notes are not older than 2008.

Duty-free

The following items may be imported into Tanzania, by travellers older than 18 years, duty-free:

  • 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes
  • One bottle of alcoholic beverage
  • 580 ml of perfume
  • Prohibited Imports
  • Unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.

Prohibited Exports

  • The export of gold, diamonds, and tanzanite, unless bought from a licensed jeweller is prohibited. 
  • Exporting souvenirs made from wildlife skins (this includes reptiles), shells, and coral is forbidden.

Electricity

  • The local electricity supply is 230 volts, 50 Hz. You will need to supply your own international standard adapter for your electrical appliances. 
  • Most hotels in Tanzania use plugs with 3 large flat prongs (“British” type – BS1363 system), however, some hotels also use plugs similar to the “French” type (2 parallel prongs), but with an earth connector.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever Vaccination

  • A viral infection transmitted by a daytime biting mosquito (Aëdes aegypti), typically found in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Only travellers coming from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission will require a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.
  • If travelling through any of the following countries, will you need a vaccination card:

AFRICA – Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.

AMERICAS – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

  • Tanzania is considered a low-risk area for Yellow Fever. 
  • If you are coming to Tanzania without a vaccination card, make sure you take precautions against mosquito bites.
  • Travellers travelling from Tanzania to South Africa are required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate upon entry to South Africa.
  • Please recheck regulations before travelling, as the above is subject to change without notice.

Malaria

  • Tanzania has a moderate risk for Malaria. 
  • Malaria occurs in all areas below 1800 metres and we recommend that you take precautions against malaria prior to the commencement of your holiday. 
  • Please consult your doctor about these. Women using oral contraceptives should consult their physicians before using prophylactics.
  • If planning to use Diamox on your Kilimanjaro hike, please consult your doctor as some malaria prophylactics cannot be used in conjunction with Diamox.
  • The best way to prevent contracting Malaria is to try and avoid mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent, sleeping under mosquito nets, and wearing proper clothing after sunset. 
  • Adequate precautions must also be taken to avoid yourself being bitten by a mosquito.
  • Kindly contact your closest Travel Clinic or medical practitioner.

Recommended Immunisations

As a sensible precaution we recommend that you consider getting at least some of the following recommended immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A – You can get Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Tanzania, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
  • Typhoid – You can get Typhoid through contaminated food or water in Tanzania, especially if you are visiting smaller cities or rural areas.
  • Please check with your local travel clinic for the latest recommendations.

Immigration amp customs

An onward ticket and sufficient funds are required when entering Tanzania. Tanzanian people are friendly and will always offer a helping hand.

Insurance

It is strongly advised to take out travel insurance which should cover baggage as well as personal accident and medical insurance and specifically covering your Kilimanjaro expedition.

Language

The official languages are Ki-Swahili and English. There are more than 120 tribal vernaculars.

Religion

Mainly Christian, Muslim, and Traditional beliefs. Please keep in mind that you are entering a different country with strong religious customs.

Security

  • As with any other town, walking alone at night is not advisable, and it is preferable to use taxis which are available at most hotels. Do not leave cash or valuables in your hotel room and use a safe deposit box.
  • Make use of a safe deposit box to
    ...

keep your belongings safe, and do not leave anything of value lying around in your hotel room.

Visa and entry requirements

  • Visas are required by most visitors to Tanzania.
  • Visas are available at your local Tanzanian Embassy.
  • Costs vary from country to country. 
  • Visas are valid for 3 months. It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist’s visa for a single entry at any ONE of the FOUR MAIN ENTRIES into Tanzania -subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements-, for those who could NOT apply for the visa from Tanzania Mission abroad.

These are:

Dar-es-Salaam International Airport, Zanzibar International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)

  • Payment, at all these points, is in US Dollars or its equivalent in Sterling. 

For all other entry points in Tanzania, visitors must hold valid visas prior to approaching those entry points in Tanzania. However, in order to avoid unnecessary delays, those who proceed to Tanzania from a country where there is a Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office are strongly advised to obtain their entry visa prior to departure to Tanzania.

OUR LEAD GUIDES AND ASSISTANT GUIDES ARE KILIMANJARO LICENSED MOUNTAIN GUIDES

Most of our lead guides are not only certified by the KINAPA, but occasionally we have very qualified local assistant mountain guides proven to be a superb asset to expeditions. We strongly believe that having experienced professional mountain guides is extremely important for several reasons to attract clientele from many parts of the world, due to the competitive nature, require mountain guides to adhere to increasingly higher and higher standards of mountain guiding, professionalism, and safety in the mountains. Our guides have extensive guiding experience. To ensure higher standards of safety and professional high altitude mountain guiding expertise, and to provide you with a quality mountaineering experience, we carefully choose our guides according to these standards.

BEST LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Interestingly enough, Kilimanjaro Nature’s Guide Baraka Dalali was born in Southern Tanzania, where the altitude is 2800 metres in the famous Udzungwa Mountains. Baraka has lived and worked in Arusha for seven years. He is a professional mountain guide, with a wide range of high-altitude mountaineer guiding experience. He is fully certified by WFR – Wilderness First Respond with American and European standards and brings a unique and unparalleled combination of knowledge and experience to Kilimanjaro expeditions. Baraka knows the mountain better than perhaps anyone. He is well known and well respected on the mountain. He has been on almost every face, side, and valley of Kilimanjaro. The importance of having previous local experience has been proven over and over again. We bring international guiding experience and standards when dealing with quality logistics, pre-logistics, weather, and many other aspects of the Kilimanjaro climb. After seven years of experiencing expeditions from a porter to a licensed guide on Kilimanjaro, Baraka has developed an incredible relationship with the local people, mountaineers, Park Authorities, and Park Rangers. This aspect makes the Kilimanjaro Nature team unique. Our success speaks for itself, as today we are among the most successful outfitters for Kilimanjaro expeditions.

GOOD CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO

Having a high guide-to-client ratio is essential to the success of a trip, especially on summit day, when so many variables arise and the number of guides plays a critical part in the success of an expedition. If for any reason a member needs to descend, or a slower pace is required for part of the team, having multiple guides is a most powerful tool. Decisions on group management are constantly changing, especially on summit day, depending on such situations as weather, group strength, and rhythm. We have literally seen climbing groups as large as 10 people without a ratio of 1 to 2 guides! This is something that we are unable to understand. The margin for error is too high in such a situation. Safety is extremely compromised and the chance of reaching the summit is much lower.

EQUIPMENT AND FOOD

We have always been ahead of equipment standards. We believe it is necessary to use the best equipment available in the industry to succeed on the mountain. Not only do we use the best equipment, but we renew our equipment at the end of each season to keep our equipment in excellent condition. We mentioned the importance of high-quality equipment, but we do not believe in bringing up everything available since that would be heavy and inefficient. We believe in selecting the best possible gear for the task, still keeping it to a minimum. Our menus are some of the best expedition menus available in the guiding industry. They have been developed meticulously and thoughtfully, evaluating the number of calories per day carbohydrates, weight, taste, variety, and creativity. We tremendously emphasise staying hydrated. One of the most important aspects of our menu is the way we pack our food. Although not related to the taste of the food, it is logistically one of our keys to success.

OUR KILIMANJARO MOUNTAIN PORTERS

Kilimanjaro Nature completes its trips safely and successfully with our excellent team of porters. We have a core group of porters we use for many of our climbs. On all of our climbs, we work to a ratio of four porters for every climber. This means none of the porters are overloaded with too much gear. It also means that you don’t need to carry anything but the day’s essentials from camp to camp each day, making the climb much more enjoyable. Kilimanjaro Nature’s reputation on the mountain means that numerous porters want to climb for us and our core groups are all excellent, friendly, and hard-working individuals.

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Who can participate

    • Age; 10 years.
    • First timer can apply; previous trekking experience is more appreciated.
    • The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.
    • The climber should be able to carry a 10-15 kg backpack.

     

    Note:-

    • Heart problem, Very High blood pressure, Asthma, and Epilepsy cannot be reconciled on these missions. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.
    • Junior trekkers (below 14 years) should have a company of parent/guardian.
    • Trekkers between 14 to 18 years can come solo with the disclaimer form signed by parent/guardian.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
    • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport
    • Stay at a Resort in Arusha
    • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check in the evening.
    • Explore the city or relax today.

On your arrival, our driver meets participants at Kilimanjaro International Airport and takes you to booked Hotel cum Resort in Arusha. On reaching the hotel, check-in and relax; meet our representative at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check as per the climbing gear list. You also can either explore the city or relax at the hotel.

Day 2 : Machame Gate to Machame Hut
    • 1,800 m to 2835 m
    • Distance: 11 km
    • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest

We arrive ready for registration and the start of our trek. Excitement builds as the porters load up equipment and you meet the trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain. The Machame-Mweka Route (normally just referred to as the Machame Route) approaches from the mountain’s south-western side. Your first day of walking, starting at an altitude of 1800 metres, will end at a height of over 3000 metres, cover a distance of 11 km and take around 4.5 to 5 hours of actual walking time. The beginning of today’s walk is characterised by a wide track that winds its way up through dense forest, beautiful tall trees laden with green moss. As the route becomes steeper and narrower, so the vegetation changes and the appearance of flowers such as impatiens kilimanjari and impatiens pseudoviola introduce some bright colours to the scenery. The cloud forest trees can reach over 25 metres in height. A picnic lunch is enjoyed around 13.00, water bottles can be refilled and then our walk continues. The emblematic giant heathers appear as you reach heathland and the forest thins out. You get your first glimpse of Kibo peak. Machame Camp is reached at around 17.00. You will be surprised by the richness of the birdlife here. Dinner is served at 19.30.

Day 3 : Machame Hut to Shira Camp
    • 2835 m to 3,750 m
    • Distance: 5 km
    • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Full Board Shira Cave Camp.

You will soon become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast and today we aim to leave the camp at 08.30. We have a further 800 metres of ascent, finishing the day at 3800 metres, and although the overall distance is short (5km) we will spend around 4.5 to 5 hours actually walking. Our path today is dusty, narrow and steep. The vegetation is initially made up of forests of heather but soon we will encounter the first of the giant groundsels. The climb before our midday picnic lunch is steep, but there are then great views to the south and to Kibo, all to savour as you eat. With today’s early start and the short distance, we should be at the camp by 14.00, by which time we will have met the moorland lobelias and the distinctive dark obsidian rock of Shira Plateau for the first time. Once at the camp, you will have plenty of time to admire sights such as the so-called Shira Cathedral, Klute Peak and Mount Meru, before your dinner at 18.00

Day 4 : Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower camp
    • Shira Cave camp 3,750 m to Baranco Camp 3,900 m via Lava Tower Camp (4,600 m)
    • Distance: 10 km
    • Walking Time: 5 to 6 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Accommodation: Barranco Camp

Today’s trek is longer than yesterday’s, though our overall gain in height is modest. Starting at 3800 metres, by the time we reach camp this afternoon we will only be 140 metres higher, though in between our start and finish we climb up to the base of the famous Lava Tower at 4627 metres, before descending again to our camp. The benefits for the purposes of acclimatization today are enormous, as you climb high and then descend again for the overnight stop. The overall distance of around 10km means that we will actually be walking for around 6.5 to 7 hours, excluding breaks. Once again, our day will begin with breakfast at 07.00 and departure at 08.30, when we begin our trek across the stony landscape of Shira Plateau. The vegetation is sparse at first, with just a few hardy lichens to admire. You climb towards the Lava Tower and your picnic lunch is taken at 13.00. After passing the highpoint of the day by the Lava Tower, we descend down to the Barranco Camp. Once at camp, which we expect to reach by 16.00, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00

Day 5 : Barranco Camp to Karanga camp
    • Barranco Camp 3,900 m to Karanga Camp 3995 m
    • Distance: 6 km
    • Hiking Time: 3.5 to 4 hours
    • Habitat: Moorland
    • Accommodation: Karanga Camp.

Today we breakfast slightly later (07.30) and our walk is short, being only 4km but still taking between 3.5 and 4 hours of walking time. Our departure time today will be 08.30 and we will enjoy a hot lunch at 13.00 at Karanga and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before dinner at 18.00. Our altitude gain today is only 160 metres. At the beginning, we encounter the hardest part of today’s stage as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as we first descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp.

Day 6 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
    • Karanga camp 3995 m to Barafu Camp 4,673 m
    • Distance: 4 km
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Accommodation: Barafu Hut Camp.

Another short day -in terms of distance – begins with our breakfast at the camp at 07.30 and another 08.30 departure. Today we will ascend about 500 metres in a distance of around 5km and walking time once again is between 3.5 and 4 hours. We will be aiming to arrive the Barafu Camp by 13.00, when we will be rewarded with a hot lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17.30, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.

Day 7 : Barafu Camp to Sumit and Trek Back to Mweka Camp via the peak hours walking

    Barafu Camp 4,673 m to Uhuru peak  5,895 m via Stella Point 5756m

    • Distance: 4.3 km ascent to Stella Point
    • Distance: 5 km  Barafu to Uhuru Peak Ascent.
    • Hiking Time: 6-7hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert
    • Accommodation: Mweka Camp.

     

    Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking

    • 15,100 ft / 4,600 m to 19,300 ft / 5,895 m
    • 19,300 ft / 5,895 m to 10,200 ft / 3,100 m
    • Distance: 7 km ascent / 23 km descent
    • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
    • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
    • Full board at Mweka Camp.

Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4600 metres to Stella Point at 5745 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 150 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Our goal is to reach the summit by around 07.00 then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, we return to Barafu, where we rest for a couple of hours, take a hot lunch and then leave again at 13.30 to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we spend the night. We would expect to arrive at 17.00 and take our dinner at 19.00. (In total, we cover around 17km today with about 13 hours of walking.)

Day 8 : Mweka Camp To Mweka Gate and drive to Arusha
    • Mweka camp 3,100 m  to Mweka Gate 1,640 m
    • Distance: 10 km
    • Hiking Time: 4 -5 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest
    • Half Board

Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00 and at 08.00 you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’ Departure is at 09.00 and you descend down to Mweka Gate at an altitude of 1640 metres, where you will be served a hot lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to return you back to Planet Lodge in Arusha, where you can choose to relax – or celebrate!

Day 9 : Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport
    • Private departure transfer to the Airport.

After a good night’s rest at your lodge, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.) If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.

How To Reach

  • Pick Up Place
  • Drop Place
  • Note

1. Kilimanjaro International Airport is the closest airport to the Kilimanjaro National Park and is well connected to certain foreign and African countries.

 

2. We offer pick-up and drop services only from Kilimanjaro airport. TTH representatives will meet you at the airport and drive you to the Arusha hotel.

 

3. Another option is to fly into Nairobi Airport in Kenya or Das es Salaam Airport in Tanzania and book a direct or connecting flight to Kilimanjaro Airport.

 

4. Al Arabia, Kenya Airways, and Ethiopian Airlines offer cheap connecting flights from Nairobi Airport.

 

5. The type of vehicle depends on the number of people in the group. For small groups of 1 to 3, we use mini buses, and for groups of 4 to 10, we use big buses.

 

6. Small buses can accommodate a maximum of 15 people and big buses accommodate a maximum of 28 people.

 

TRANSPORTATION - VEHICLE TYPE

1. The transportation type depends on the number of people in the group. 

2. We use big buses when there are 4 to 10 clients whereas we use a minibus for when there are 1 to 3 clients. 

3. The mini buses can take 15 people maximum and the big buses can accommodate about 28 passengers. 

 

  KILIMANJARO PREPARATION

1. You need to book your flights.

2. You need to organize your visa.

3. You need to get the required vaccinations.

4. You need to buy or rent the necessary equipment.

5. You need to get yourself into shape.

6. TANZANIA VISA FOR INDIANS

7. RECOMMENDED VISA FOR MOUNTAINEERING AND HOLIDAY- A Single-entry tourist visa – This allows the traveler a 3 months consecutive stay in the country.

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR THE TANZANIA E VISA FOR INDIANS

To be able to apply online, Indian citizens are required to have- 

1. An Indian passport is valued for at least 6 months upon arrival in Tanzania.

2. A scanned copy of the passport information page.

3. A digital passport size photograph.

4. Return/ onward ticket in digital format.

5. A credit or debit card to pay the visa processing fee.

6. E-Mail address where you will receive your approved visa.

7. It usually takes 7-10 working days for the e-visa applicable to be processed

LINK TO APPLY FOR E VISA-

https://www.tanzaniaonlinevisa.com/requirements/indians-citizens/

Tanzania Visa for Indian Citizens - Requirements for Indians

http://tanzaniaonlinevisa.com/

 

OPTIONAL WILDLIFE SAFARI TOURS

1. Wildlife Safari Tour can be added to the package, however, you have to write us an email regarding the same. 

2. Wildlife Safari Tours require different arrangements and a different itinerary, as such, it needs to be taken care of beforehand.

1. Private departure to the Kilimanjaro airport

 

2. Hotel checkout by 10:00 pm

 

3. For extending your stay in the hotel for the day, inform us at the time of the booking so that we can let you know about the cost of the entire day. In this case, check-out will be at 18:00 hours.

 

4. For additional days of stay at the hotel, you have to do your own booking.

 

5. If you have booked an airport transfer, you will be picked up from your hotel and dropped off at the airport.

 

6. For those who have booked a Safari, our guide will meet you in the evening for a briefing session.

Cost Terms

  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Note
  • Tour Fee
  • Cancellation Policy

 

  1. Complimentary meet and greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport.

 

  1. Travel 
  • Airport pick up and Drop as per itinerary.
  • Transfer from hotel to Machame Gate and return from Mweka Gate to Arusha hotel as per itinerary.

 

  1. Accommodation
  • Two Night stay in Hotel at Arusha.
  • Camping while on Trek

 

  1. Permit & Forest fee 
  • All National Park gate fees.
  • All camping fees.
  • Climbing permit.
  • Government climbing taxes.
  • Rescue fees (Kilimanjaro rescue team fees).

 

  1. Team
  • Qualified mountain guide
  • Assistant guides
  • Porters and cooks.

 

  1. Salaries paid to your guides and porters as recommended by KINAPA.

 

  1. Backpack/Duffle bag/ personal luggage (Suitcase/Trolley bag isn’t allowed) shouldn’t be more than 15 kg. 

 

  1. All meals while on Trek (Veg.+ Egg)
  • From Lunch on Day 2 to Lunch on Day 8 while on Trek 
  • Food of superior quality and variety offered for the duration of your climb 

 

  1. Hot drinks on the mountain.

 

  1. 3 litres of mineral water (per hiker) for the first day on your climb, and the rest of the days, you will be given clean purified and treated Kilimanjaro water.

 

  1. Trekking equipments 
  • Good quality tents.
  • Camp table and camping chairs.
  • High Altitude Sleeping bag.
  • Portable toilets will be provided.
  • Sleeping pads.
  • Solar Lamp in the sleeping tents.
  • A Massai blanket to cover your pads will be provided.

 

  1. Certificate for your successful summit attempt.

 

  1. Safety & Medical Emergency 
  • High Altitude First Aid kit & Packed Oxygen Cylinder (TO BE USED ONLY IN EMERGENCY CASES ONLY)
  • Uniquely advantageous acclimatisation procedures.
  • Special logistical arrangements that promote optimal hydration, digestion and rest for the duration of your climb.
  • The option to have a private climb at no additional charge whether you are a group 1, 2 or 3 climbers!

 

  1. Items of personal nature.
  2. Tips for guides, porters and cooks (reasonable tip will be given by a guide or person from the office on the day of your briefing).
  3. Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders).
  4. Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended).
  5. Optional travel insurance.
  6. Personal hiking/trekking gear.
  7. Airfares and departure taxes.
  8. Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
  9. Meals & drinks that are not specified.

ACCOMMODATION

Kilimanjaro Wonders in Moshi https://www.kiliwonders.com/

Masai Land Safari Lodge in

Arusha https://masailandsafari.com/

Kibo Palace Hotel https://kibopalacehotel.com/

Tulia Hotel Arusha https://www.tuliahotelandspa.com/

Outpost Lodge Arusha http://www.outpost-lodge.com/

 

FOOD OPTIONS-

We can customise the menu for you if you let us know well in advance. We have hosted people with gluten free diet, vegetarian diets, vegan diets and have accommodated all types of food restrictions. Tell us what you would like to be served with and we’ll prepare for you.

 

 

GUIDE-

We make sure that all of our chief guides and assistant guides are experienced and qualified- 

 

  • All of them have completed their First Wildness Response course. 
  • We make sure that all of our guides are fully qualified and certified with a Kilimanjaro Mountain Guide licence.
  • A good knowledge of all the attractions on the mountain and experience climbing Kilimanjaro is required.
  • Most of the guides have taken Basic first aid classes that are conducted every low season for the chief leading guides. Re-certification of their training is always done to keep their skills sharp and up-to-date. 

 

The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

Cancellation terms:

 

For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at info@trekthehimalayas.com  At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.

 

Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 5% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • 30% deduction of trek fee
  • 100% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 85% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip

Refund options

  • Book the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch
  • 50% deduction of trek fee
  • 80% cash voucher for same trip till one year
  • 70% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek

Refund options

  • Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend
  • No cash refund
  • 20% cash voucher for the same trip till one year
  • 10% cash voucher for any trip till one year

 

 

If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:

At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.

 

Note

  • If the entirety of your group fails to reach or cross the pickup point, or abandons the trek, due to any unforeseen circumstances like snowfall or heavy rainfall, landslide, and such, in such a case the voucher will not be issued. You can, however, choose to repeat the trek with us.

 

  • The voucher is also not issued if for any reason you have to come down from the trek. The trek leader may send you down from the trek, owing to reasons like lack of fitness, AMS, blood pressure, turn-around-time, health issues, or if you are found smoking/ drinking, or breaking the rules of the trek. Vouchers are issued only when the whole trek is cancelled or called off on behalf of TTH.

 

 

In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:

As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.

In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.

 

 

Note:

  • Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch
  • In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH
  • TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice
  • Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers

 

Cash Voucher Terms:

  • This is a non-transferable voucher
  • The voucher cannot be merged with any other offer of Trek The Himalayas
  • The voucher is valid for Trek booked directly with Trek The Himalayas in India
  • To avail the voucher please use your register phone number or e-mail id
  • All the other Terms of booking a trek with Trek The Himalayas are applicable to the voucher
  • Trek The Himalayas holds rights to add/remove any of the Terms and Conditions without prior notice

 

 

Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trek Essential

  • Basic Gear
  • Clothes
  • Personal Utilities
  • Head Gears
  • Foot Gears
Back pack & rain cover(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack + rain cover20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)
Walking stickAdvisable (At least one)
Water bottle/Hydration pack2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.
Personal Medical KitConsult your doctor
SnacksEnergy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors
T-shirts4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)
Fleece T-shirts1 Nos.
Fleece jacket1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)
Down feather / Hollofil jacket1 Nos.
Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)1 Pair
Thermal inners (upper and lower)1 Pair
Trek pants3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)
Waterproof gloves1 Pair
Fleece/woolen gloves1 Pair
Poncho1 Nos.
Sunscreen creamMoisturiser
Hand sanitizerAntibacterial powder
Toothbrush and toothpasteLip balm / Chapstick
Toilet Paper & wipesQuick dry towel
Head torch1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)
Sun cap1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)
Woolen cap1 Nos.
Balaclava1 Nos. (Optional)
Neck-gaiters2 Nos.
Sunglasses Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Trekking shoes1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)
Floaters/flip-flops1 Pair
Cotton socks6 pairs
Woollen socks1 pairs
Gaiters1 Pair (TTH will Provide)

Fitness

Fitness regime for:

Moderate

Calculate Your BMI :


Your BMI value is

24.22

Congratulations, your body is in good conditions!

BMI Range Category
Less than 16.5 Serverely Underweight
16.5 - 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 25 Normal
25 - 30 Overweight

  • If your BMI is normal, you can plan your fitness regime as mentioned.
  • If your BMI is not normal, consult your trusted physician before you plan your fitness regime.
  • If you're suffering from any chronic illnesses consult a medical practitioner.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to climb Kilimanjaro without a guide?

One can trek to Kilimanjaro only by booking a registered guide, and porters to carry necessary amenities. Therefore, it is not possible to climb Kilimanjaro without proper planning, permission, guides, and porters.

What type of animal species can one encounter during their Kilimanjaro trek?

Kilimanjaro National Park is home to numerous species like leopards, spotted hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, bushbuck, blue monkeys, and water buffalos. Therefore, one can encounter numerous animal species during their trek to Kilimanjaro.

Is it difficult to climb Kilimanjaro?

Standing at 5,895 meters, Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of Africa, and also a part of the seven toughest summits across the globe. It is classified as an extreme altitude mountain trek. Therefore, everybody cannot climb Kilimanjaro without proper training, or else they will encounter various problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or altitude sickness.

When Should I Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?

Mt. Kilimanjaro can be climbed year-round but it can be wet and cold which means you need the right kind of waterproof gear.

Does Climbing Kilimajaro Require Technicalities?

The trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb, however, you require good physical condition to reach the summit. You should be able to walk for 2 hours on hilly terrains without getting overly exhausted. Anyone with a sore throat or cold should not go beyond 3000m/ Anyone with heart or lung problems cannot be reconciled on the expedition.

What kind of Tents will I sleep in?

Your tents are mountain-style, double-walled, mosquito-netted, and durably-floored with waterproof material. While technically rated as a four-person tent, we comfortably accommodate two people. Tents are erected and packed up by the staff porters. There is enough space for tall people to stretch out and room for your gear within the tent.

What is the food like?

Expect to eat well, amply, and on time. Your cook works with a variety of fresh, canned, freeze-dried, and mixed ingredients to produce multi-course meals. We emphasise drinking plenty of fluids and you will have a choice of beverages including tea, coffee, cocoa, milk, lemonade, and water. The evening meal will include meat, soup, salad, a vegetable course, and dessert. Carbohydrates come from cereals, bread, rice, and pasta. Vegetarians are catered for as well. You may bring trail snacks and protein bars, but they are not necessary.

Drinking water – is it safe, and is there enough for all climbers?

There is always plenty of water at each campsite. It is boiled before distribution to climbers. While it is not needed to bring additional bottled water, you may bring flavoured water as per your preference.

What happens if some members of the team need to turn back before the summit?

No one is forced to go on. There is always enough staff to split the party according to need and regroup later at the camp. Most people have no trouble reaching the highest campsite. If some members decide not to climb the final distance they can wait for the climbers to come back down the same way or take a lateral path to the descent route.

What happens if some members of the team need to turn back before the summit?

No one is forced to go on. There is always enough staff to split the party according to need and regroup later at the camp. Most people have no trouble reaching the highest campsite. If some members decide not to climb the final distance they can wait for the climbers to come back down the same way or take a lateral path to the descent route.

What kind of help is available in case of emergency?

We always have a first aid kit close at hand. Serious injuries are rare. Porters will assist injured climbers to the base of the mountain and onward to a clinic or hospital. Kilimanjaro International Airport is very near Marangu Gate if evacuation to the US or Europe is advisable.

What is the best time of the year to climb Kilimanjaro?

You can climb any month of the year. At lower elevations, April, May, and November are quite wet while March and June are transition months. August and September are the coldest and driest months. January, February, July, August, and September are all popular climbing months. Kilimanjaro’s dry season, and also the busiest time to climb, is June through October. December through February is also a busy time on the mountain although there tends to be more rain and snow. Clear skies are more likely from June to October, as the cloud cover burns off after the tree line. Because Kilimanjaro is such a large mountain, it has its own weather pattern – it often rains on Kilimanjaro when it is not raining elsewhere. You should prepare for rain and have your rain gear with you at all times while on the mountain. The coldest temperature experienced at the summit is around -30C. The lower elevations can be quite hot, so pack for a wide range of temperatures.

How much weight will I have to carry, where can I leave things not needed on the climb?

You will simply carry a daypack of about 5-6 pounds, though some people carry more or less. Your gear, not to exceed 33 pounds, will be placed inside a waterproof duffel at the trailhead, and a porter will carry this for you. If you have things you do not need on the climb, you may leave a bag behind at Arusha.

What kind of staff will accompany me on the climb?

The usual ratio is three local staff for each climber, although small groups may have four staff per climber. These usually consist of an English-speaking guide or guides, a professional cook, and gear-carrying porters. We encourage you to interact with your staff, though some will have limited English. They are all trustworthy local people who have grown up in the shadow of the mountain. Many of them have climbed the peak 50 or more times.

What is provided and what do I have to bring?

We provide tents, food, utensils, and leadership. You should bring your own sleeping bag rated to 10 degrees F., water system, personal clothing, sleeping pad, light duffle bag, and day pack. Hiking poles can be rented for $10 for the trip. A packing list is provided to all climbers, along with our pre-departure packet.

IS YOUR GUIDE CERTIFIED?

While some guide services conduct their own in-house training, few guides have any formal, consistent and comprehensive training. Although risk can never be eliminated, proper training can help minimise it. Climbing skills alone are not enough. Guiding experience and training, as well as evaluation of guiding-specific skills, are essential to maximise competency and greatly reduce potential hazards. Most people expect the formal training of a doctor or lawyer. Shouldn’t you ask the same from your guide?

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