Kilimanjaro 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 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. Join Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris on this 6-day safari and create an adventurous experience!
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:
On the first day in the morning, you will have to drive about 2 hours through Kilimanjaro, the semi-tropical foothills, to Marangu area situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. As you drive, there is usually some admirable view of the snow-capped peak of the mountain. Upon arrival at Marangu gate, you will meet your team of guides and porters, pick up any last minute supplies for the trek, and head to the entrance of Mount Kilimanjaro National Park to register for the climb. From the cluster of buildings at the gate, it will be about 4 to 5 hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Huts.
The forest teems with brightly-coloured bird life, colobus, and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens, and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear, you may have fine views over the town of Moshi, lying on the boundary of the plain far underneath. Overnight stay will be at Mandara Huts. Mandara Huts is a collection of a basic frame mountain huts with bunk beds, quite adequate for your needs, where you will inevitably meet up with fellow trekkers who are bent on the same goal.
Your second day on the mountain will begin with a steep climb all the way through the last rainforest. Soon, you will get to a rolling alpine pasture scattered with giant heather. Afterward, you will depart for the forest which covering Kilimanjaro twin peaks, Kibo and rocky Mawenzi, which lie straight in the front dominating the skyline. Additionally, you will cross a zone of open heath with stunted vegetation before emerging onto a bleak moorland. Today, you will gain roughly 1,000 meters in altitude, and your walk can take anything from 5 to 7 hours depending on your pace. Tonight, you will stay at Horombo Huts, another collection of buildings which style are similar to those at Mandara, offering shelter and basic accommodation for those on the mountain.
This day will provide you with an opportunity to get to know yourself more and more from the altitude. Statistics show that an adaptation day like this effectively doubles the chance of making it to the summit, so this time will be well spent. The day will not be exactly wasted as there will be a few walks you can make in the surrounding area of the hut. The most popular area is the base of Mawenzi Peak, the spectacular eastern summit of Kilimanjaro, which will take 4 to 5 hours on the tour and will get you to reach the altitude of 4,600 meters. Afterward, you will return to the hut. This will give you a good stead later on. Overnight stay will be at Horombo Huts.
The countryside will be more rocky and uneven as you leave the everlasting flowers and other bizarre alpine plants behind. Giant groundsels and lobelias will appear in the sparse moorland. Today's trail up to Kibo will again take anything between 5 to 7 hours. Skirting Mawenzi peak, you will cross a stark, almost lunar landscape onto "The Saddle", a broad tundra desert between the 2 peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo. From here, you will get unbelievable views of the upper reaches of the mountain before arriving at Kibo Huts (4,705 meters), a dry-stone-walled hut with dormitories and restricted facilities.
Tonight, you will prepare for tomorrow's final beating which is the summit. You will re-packing and leave any supplementary items with the porters. You will need to summon all of your energy to get to the summit, so there's completely no point in carrying anything you don't need. An early night is imperative as you must make a midnight start in order to reach the summit in the morning before the cloud cover settles. Afterward, you will have time to get back down to the hut. Overnight stay will be at Kibo Huts.
It will be a long and demanding day. The guides will wake you soon after midnight and you will start out in the darkness, zigzagging up a long scree slope by the light of your torch in the extreme cold. At this time of the day, the scree is still frozen and will make it easier to walk on. After 2 hours, you should reach Hans Meyer Cave, a cave named after a German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 where he found the remains of a frozen leopard. The gradient will get steeper and this 3 hours will be the hardest stretch of the ascent. You should reach the crater rim at the notch.
From the notch, it will be a short hike to Gillman's Point (5,685 meters) and it'll be the time for a crack of dawn. Your reward will be the dramatic spectacle of the sun, rising over the ice fields and craggy peaks of Mawenzi. The profusion of colors and shapes will make all the suffering seem worth it. For those who still have the energy to drive, it will take another couple of hours along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak (5,896 meters). You will retrace the route back down passing Kibo Huts for approximately 3 hours to Horombo Huts for an adequate rest. Overnight stay will be at Horombo Huts for 1 night.
The pace will quicken as you continue your triumphant way back down across alpine meadow and past Mandara Huts through the rainforest to Marangu Gate where you will board the vehicle for the journey back to Arusha. Breakfast and lunch will be included on this day.
During this tour, you will have a walking tour and cultural tour.
This safari will be held in the area of Kilimanjaro Mountain. 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. You will use 4 routes during this Kilimanjaro trekking.
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 daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner during this safari.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Meru Slopes Tours and Safaris will drop you off from the airport. Airport transfer is included in the price.
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