DEPARTURE DATES FOR 2018
FEBRUARY 12-23, 2018
Kilimanjaro is one of the 7 Summits - one of the highest in the world. It's completely non-technical but what makes it challenging is the altitude. More than anything, a climb up the peak of Kilimanjaro is a mental game. There are various routes one can take to the peak but the rule is to go as slow as possible for a successful summit day.
As the locals say, "POLE, POLE! (Swahili for slowly, slowly). It's the only way to go. The Northern Circuit provides 8 days of ascending to the peak with a higher chance of success than Marangu, Rongai or Machame routes. The Northern Circuit is also the newest trail with the least crowd so the experience is much wilder than the other routes.
KILIMANJARO WOMAN GUIDE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
What's more - this is a special trip and serves as a part of Peak Explorations' Women on the Move Project which aims to inspire and empower women hikers to hit the trails and push their limits along with fellow like-minded women.
By joining on this trip, you'll also be supporting our KILIMANJARO WOMAN GUIDE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM which provides full scholarship to selected female porters to attend the national park guide training school to become lead guides for Kilimanjaro climbs. To learn more about the program and to support our fundraising campaign, see our donation page via GoFundMe.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO AIRPORT
Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and then transfer to hotel in Moshi or similar for overnight.
DAY 2 - PREPARE
Free day and gear preparation. Optional waterfall hike & coffee tour.
DAY 3 - MOSHI (915 m/3,000 ft) TO LONDROSSI GATE (2,250 m/7,380 ft) to LEMOSHO GLADES (2,000 m/6,560 ft) TO MKUBWA CAMP (2,750 m/9,020 ft)
Drive from Moshi to the Londorossi Park Gate. From here follow a forest track in a 4WD vehicle for 11 km/7 mi (45 minutes) to Lemosho Glades and a possible campsite. From the Glades, walk for 3 hours along beautiful forest trails to the Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.
DAY 4 - MKUBWA CAMP (2,750 m/9,020 ft) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3,500 m/11,485 ft)
The trail gradually steepens, enters the giant heather moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600 m/11,810 ft. and drops gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream on the Shira Plateau
DAY 5 - SHIRA 1 CAMP ~ MOIR CAMP (13,800 ft. / 4,205m)
Trek across the Shira plateau, east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. We immediately veer away from the tourist trails toward the northeast edge of the Plateau to reach Moir Camp. The trek is about 4-5 hours over easy terrain. Moir camp is an isolated and seldom used camp affording views over the Shira Plateau.
DAY 6 - MOIR CAMP ~ BUFFALO/POFU CAMP (13,200 ft. / 4,025m)
Begin the morning trek heading out of the moorland and into the stark alpine desert, on a steep ridge off the main trail, and begin our venture on the Northern Circuit Route. The total trekking time is about 5 – 7 hours. From the Pofu Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view into Kenya's wild lands to the north.
DAY 7 - BUFFALO/POFU CAMP ~ KIKELEWA/THIRD CAVES CAMP (11,800 ft. 3600m)
Proceed onward through valleys and over ridges through the alpine desert and moorland, continuing our circuit to the east, enjoying a vast mountain wilderness to ourselves. Trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours.
DAY 8 - KIKELEWA/THIRD CAVES CAMP ~ MAWENZI TARN CAMP (14,160 ft./ 4,315m)
Trek 3-5 hours steadily upward to reach a placid mountain tarn (lake) at the foot of the majestically rising steep ridges of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro second highest volcano. The camp here is nestled along the tarn in a protected alcove with magnificent views towards the steeply rising rocks of Mawenzi.
DAY 9 - MAWENZI TARN CAMP ~ OUTWARD BOUND CAMP (15,585 ft./ 4,750m)
The trekking time today is 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle- the crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. The temperatures turn cold as you near the foot of Kibo, reaching Outward Bound Camp after 5-7 hours of trekking. Prepare all your gear for the day ahead, and turn in early to rest. A resupply of fresh food and supplies will reach camp on this afternoon.
DAY 10 - OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./ 5,895m) Millennium CAMP (10,200 ft./ 3,110m)
A midnight wake-up call is the start of a long trek. You begin trekking at 1am up the winding path of endless switchbacks. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750ft. / 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After a short time at the summit, re-trace your steps back to Gilman’s Point, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.
DAY 11 - Millenium CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft. /1,830m)
Descend straight to the gate (2-3 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Overnight at the hotel in Moshi.
DAY 12 - FLY HOME
The group will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport.
(OPTIONAL ADD ON TOURS: 7, 8 or 12 day Safari, 3, 4, 5 day Zanzibar Island tour, or 5-6 day Usambara mountain retreat). For Safari options, see HERE. Contact us directly for tours to Zanzibar and/or Usambara Mountains.
NOTE: The guide and his team reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary to accommodate the group, as needed.
This is a STRENUOUS trek. Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended. You will need to prepare in terms of cardio workout and consult with your doctor prior to joining the trip given the high altitude reaching up to almost 6000 meters / 20,000 feet. You will be required to sign a liability waiver and terms & conditions forms. A medical certification from your doctor may be required if Peak Explorations deems it necessary prior to joining this trip.
$150 Tent for 9 days (during trek)
$370 3 nights Hotel stay in Moshi
Balance is due 60 days prior to departure.
●National Park gate Fees.
●Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi.
●Camping fees and tents
●Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides.
●Rescue fees (required by the national Park)
●All Meals on the mountain
●Two nights’ accommodation in Moshi bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy
●Airport transfer (round-trip)
●Tents foam sleeping pads (double occupancy), cooking equipment’s and eating utensils
●Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
●Tips for Guides and porters
●Mountain equipment (eg sleeping bags)
●Some equipment is available for rent.
●Lunches and dinners at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi
●Any personal expenses.
●Extra activities (water fall tour, cultural village visit).
●Visa fees & travel insurance.
International flights are excluded. Clients must book their own flights and send a copy of their flight itinerary by e-mail to no later than the trip balance due date.
TRAVEL INSURANCE REQUIRED:
After making a deposit, you are required to obtain appropriate travel insurance through Travel Guard or other insurance of your choice that should cover at a minimum 100% of the trip cost (land & air), emergency medical and evacuation for high altitude trekking of up to 6000 meters. Proof of travel insurance must be provided via electronic mail to no later than the trip balance due date. Failure to obtain travel insurance by the trip balance due date will result in cancellation and no refund of your trip deposit and/or applicable cancellation fees as noted in the Terms & Conditions.
Note: If you opt to buy your insurance from a company other than Travel Guard, please ensure that the insurance you purchase covers high altitude trekking as there are only a select number of companies that provide such type of coverage.
Please check ahead of time as to the visa requirements for the country of your choosing. You are responsible for securing your own visa, if required.
Upon booking, you will receive trip notes that include the recommended gear list and specific trek information.
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