The Roof of Africa
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Rising from the East African plains, the tallest point of the mountain, Uhuru Peak, stands at a frosty 5,895 metres. From here you can gaze down on the clouds, and up at acres of blue sky.
This trek will take you from the hustle and bustle of Moshi, through the rainforests which cover the lower mountain slopes, up to the high alpine desert. After welcoming in 2017 at Barafu Camp, the trek will culminate with a midnight summit climb to reach Stella Point before dawn, where you will take in the unparalleled sight of sunrise over the African plains from the summit. This trek is a must for anyone with a sense of adventure!
In good hands
We are fully compliant to the British Standard for overseas expeditions and adventures (BS8848), and demonstrate a rigorous approach to the safe planning and management of our adventures. Our team in Tanzania has many years experience on Mount Kilimanjaro and beyond, and will ensure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of all our clients.
The adventure of a lifetime
From the moment of your arrival into Moshi, you will be surrounded with the best of East African culture and Tanzanian hospitality. During the 7-day climb, you will push yourself both physically and mentally, as you pass through the varied ecosystems on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. Each night our team will set up a comfortable camp, while our team of cooks will prepare belly-busting 3-course meals. This will help ensure you are in the best shape for the final summit push- leaving base camp at Barafu around midnight, with the path lit by our head torches. After sunrise, you will be standing on the roof of Africa, the 5895 metre-high Uhuru Peak.
27th December 2016
Arrive into Moshi. This vibrant town is the gateway to Kilimanjaro, the starting point for your climb. We will have a pre-trek briefing at the team hotel, before dinner.
28th December 2016
An early morning start to reach Machame Gate- the starting point for the trek. Here you will sign in to the National Park, and meet your team of porters and guides. Once everyone is ready, the climb to the top begins. You will trek through rainforest to reach Machame Hut at 2980m. If the skies are clear, you will enjoy your first clear views of the peak.
29th December 2016
After an early breakfast, you will continue the climb along steep ridges and pathways to reach Shira Hut at 3840m. You will be above the clouds, with Mt Meru rising above the clouds 40 miles to the West. From here, you can take a short hike to visit the Shira Caves before tucking into another 3-course dinner.
30th December 2016
Today is an acclimatisation day. You will gain altitude by trekking to Lava Tower at 4630m, before dropping back down to Barranco Camp at 3950m. Trekking high and sleeping low is a great way to help your body adapt to the increased altitude.
Lava Tower is an ancient volcanic plug, and provides a handy landmark to stop for lunch. Afterwards you will take in some stunning views of the Western Breach and the Breach Wall on the way to Barranco Camp. On a clear night from this camp, you can see the lights of Moshi & Arusha towns far below, with the only the snowy peak and stars above.
31st December 2016
After breakfast, we will scale the Barranco Wall – an imposing rock formation. A pathway winds up the rock face, and from the top of the wall ther views of Barranco Camp far below are breathtaking.
We will cross the Karanga Valley. At these altitudes there is very little vegetation or animal life, save for the occasional crow. Ahead of us, Mount Mwenzi stretches high above.
We will reach Barafu camp (4673m) in the late afternoon – our last stop before the summit. We will camp on a stony ridge, with views dominated by the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and the spectacular open vista of the vast plains below. We will get some rest in the early evening. At 11pm we will gather in the mess tent to welcome in 2017!
1st January 2017
After some hot drinks and snacks, your guide will perform a kit check. Once ready, following the light of head torches, you will set out for the summit. The route from camp descends a short way before reaching the bottom of the summit slope. The landscape takes on a different feel in torchlight, and the silence of the night is broken only by the footsteps and voices of your team.
This stage of the climb is both mentally and physically demanding, as you ascend the steep slope to reach the snow line. The team will take regular breaks for tea and biscuits, before eventually reaching Stella Point at 5750m. Here you can rest up and take in one of the most spectacular sights in the world, as the sun rises from behind Mawenzi Peak to illuminate the plains of Tanzania and the vast crater which sits at the top of Kilimanjaro. The feeling of looking down at the incredible distance you have covered overnight is hard to beat.
From Stella Point, you will trek for a further 2 hours to reach the highest point on the rim of the crater, Uhuru Peak. This is the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro- at 5895m it’s the roof of Africa and the peak of the highest free standing mountain in the world!
After taking in the views and savouring the moment, you will begin to make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will take a short rest, before continuing the descent to reach Mweka Hut at 3100m, for a hearty dinner and a well earned rest!
2nd January 2017
After a relatively late breakfast, it will be time to bid farewell to your team of cooks and porters. There will some songs and perhaps some dancing, before you continue with your guide along a well marked pathway to reach Mweka Gate. The forest here is alive with the sound of chattering monkeys and birds, and is a world away from life at the peak. After reaching the gate you will sign out of the park register and receive your peak certificate from the park ranger.
A short bus ride will take you back to the team hotel for a well-deserved hot shower, before you and the team toast your success at a celebratory dinner.
3rd January 2017
You can either chose to head straight home after your climb, or further explore the wonders of Tanzania on one of our trip extensions.
Deposit: £345 (balance payable 12 weeks before departure)
Package including a 2-day safari plus 4-day beach break on Zanzibar:
- £4,450 (including return flights from London)
- £3,550 (book your own flights)
- £3,050 (including return flights from London)
- £2,150 (book your own flights)
- International return flights to Tanzania (excluding book your own flights option)
- Experienced English-speaking guides
- All meals, transfers & accommodation as outlined above
- Bottled water during day 1 of the trek; safe, purified water during all other days
- All park fees, taxes, permits & fees as required for the above itinerary
- Tents during the trek
- Hotel accommodation on twin shared room basis, where specified
- Fully supported emergency procedures & 24/7 support line
- First Aid kit
- All porter services
Safari & Zanzibar:
- All meals on safari
- On-board beverages in safari vehicle
- Safari camp accommodation
- All park fees & entry permits
- Professional, English-speaking guides
- Flight to Zanzibar
- Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Zanzibar
- Airport transfers
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