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7- Days Summit for a cause.

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Overview

Itinerary

Day 1 Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel

Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Today you will arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

After landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will meet our representative with enthusiasm, waiting for you and they will pick you up directly to Malkia Tree Lodge, for rest and start immersing yourself in the African atmosphere. It will be about a 1-hour drive from the airport to Arusha.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Malkia Tree Lodge

Day 2 Umbwe Gate (1614m) – Umbwe Cave camp (2850m)

Hiking time: 6 Hours •Distance: Approximately 10.3 km •Habitat: Forest (Montane)

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Machame gate where registration formalities will be completed. From there, we proceed to the Umbwe Gate (1641m), passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpse of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth. 

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Umbwe Cave Camp

Day 3 Umbwe Cave camp (2850m) – Barranco camp (3985m)

Hiking time: 6 hours •Distance: Approximately 6.3 km •Habitat: Moorland

Shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, you will have sightings of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you – etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Barranco Camp

Day 4 Barranco camp (3985m) – Karanga Camp (4040m)

Hiking time: 6 hours •Distance: Approximately 6 km •Habitat: Moorland / Semi desert

After spending a night at the great Barranco Wall, we make our way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water available at Barafu camp.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Karanga Camp

Day 5 Karanga camp (4040m) – Barafu camp (4681m)

Hiking time: 4 hours •Distance: Approximately 3.4km •Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast, we turn left up the ridge and the route ascends 640m towards Barafu Camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice” and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.

The summit is now a further 1214m higher and you will commence with your final ascent attempt, the same night. Prepare your equipment, hiking poles and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. 

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Barafu Camp

Day 6 Summit Attempt- Mweka

Barafu camp (4681m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3090m)
Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak | 6 to 8 hours to descend to Mweka Camp •Distance: Approximately 4.5 km ascent and 10.8 km descent •Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will get up around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head northwest and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. Most climbers find the 6-hour walk to Stella point as the most mentally and physically challenging.

At Stella Point (5739m), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions but it’s best not to stop for too long as it will be extremely difficult to get going again due to cold and fatigue.

The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a short rest before heading down to Mweka hut (3090m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Barafu Camp

Day 7 Mweka camp (3090m) – Mweka Gate (1641m)

Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours •Habitat: Forest •Distance: Approximately 8.5 km

It will be a short 4-to-6-hour scenic hike back to the park gate. Some hikers do experience knee problems, which could make the descent longer than planned. At Mweka gate, successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5739m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village, you will be served a delicious hot lunch. Afterwards, we drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebration.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Mvuli Hotel Arusha/Similar

Price includes
Price Excludes
      • Arrival and departure transfers from, to Kilimanjaro International Airport
      • Accommodation during trekking
      • Meals during and 3-times, Breakfast, lunch and dinner
      • Private portable toilet
      • Professional First Aider trained guide
      • All parks fees, mountain rescue fees, government taxes
      • Crew team, Porters and cooker
      • Tent highest quality tent Eureka or Mountain hardware
      • Transport to and from mountain
      • Emergency oxygen cylinder
      • Mattress
      • Sleeping bag

       

    • Items of personal nature such as passport, visa, travelers, etc.
    • Tips for the crew [recommended [10$-15$ for a porter/day, 15$-20$ for cooker/day and 20$-25$ for a guide}
    • Medical equipment as hyperbaric chamber
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