Join this 6 days of walking safari to Kilimanjaro Mountain with Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris! This safari offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak of Kilimanjaro at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability. The trek will take you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest. It is open to any normally fit and healthy person prepared for physical exertion and exercise.
Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will provide you with 5 nights' budget camping accommodation and 1 night's hotel accommodation. The detail of the accommodations are listed as follows:
From Arusha, you will drive to Machame Route, often called the Whiskey Route. From the Machame Park Gate, it will be a gentle climb up through the original mountain forest, carpeted with unique-busy-lizzie-flowers, begonias, and ferns. The first camp will be amongst a giant heather at 3,000 meters. The slope will be 1,200 meters and you will have 5 to 6 hours' walking.
You will emerge from the giant heather zone and hike through a fine open moorland to a camp by Shira Cave at 3,840 meters. There may be herds of eland up here and a lion sometimes. Also, there are attractive geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half-hour optional walk in the afternoon. The gradient is 840 meters and you can walk for 4 to 5 hour.
Starting from Shira, you will go up towards the main peak, Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the uneven high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Elude the foundation and underneath of the impressive western break, then slide down into the privileged Barranco Valley for a mid-way camp at 3,950 meters. You will have 6 to 7-hour walking with only 110 meters total ascent. However, having climbed much higher and dropped back down will assist you in getting used to climbing.
You will go up to the steep of Barranco Wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and then go down again to the Karanga Valley, where you will take a break for lunch. After lunch, you will hike to Barafu Huts. You will have a total hike of 7 to 8 hours and have ascended 650 meters. You will have unbelievable views across Mawenzi peak from the camp after having finished a longer day of hiking. You will need to relax sufficiently in the groundwork of the challenging summit for the next early morning hike.
At 1:00, you will start to climb the steep ice-covered scree. This scree is inescapable on any route, but you will aim to go passing Gillman's end to reach Stella point on the crater border for sunrise. For about other 40 minutes, you will be at the uppermost top of the continent, which is Kibo Peak (5900 meters). Frequently, you'll be covered in warm sunshine. Afterward, you will return to Mweka Route. The gradient is 1,300-meter height and you will have about 7-hour trekking to the summit. Meanwhile, the gradient of the other is 2,600 meters and you will have 6 to 7-hour trekking to Mweka Campsite located 3,400 meters on the top of Mweka Gate. This will be a long hard day but you will experience absolute delight when you have completed it.
Starting from Mweka Campsite, it will be a 4 to 5-hour drop from side to side the forest to Mweka gate which depends on individual fitness to accumulate certificates. Get together to the vehicle and get ready to go back to Arusha for the night time.
During this tour, you will have a walking tour and cultural tour.
This safari will be held in the area of Kilimanjaro Mountain, Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is the Africa's highest mountain. It is found in the northern part of Tanzania, lies just 3 degrees south of the equator, and is permanently snow-capped. It offers one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing ability. The trek takes you through well-defined altitudinal vegetation zones, from semi-arid scrub to dense cloud forest. It is open to any normally fit and healthy person prepared for physical exertion and exercise. Walking roughly 60 kilometers, you will start from Marangu Gate and gradually come up, with night stops, to reach Gillman's Point and finally Uhuru Peak, the actual summit.
Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will provide you with breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The airport transfer is included in the price.
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