Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) - Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) - Tanzania

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking

  • Region: Tanzania

  • Grade: Moderate

  • Duration: 11 days

  • Max Altitude: 5895m

  • Batch Dates: 06 Feb - 16 Feb, 2021

Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) Overview

Mount Kilimanjaro is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania, in the Kilimanjaro National Park. It covers an area of 100 kilometers long and 65 kilometers wide. The mountain is a dormant volcano which is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo (on which Uhuru summit stands) and Mawenzi.  Kibo is classified as dormant but not extinct. The last major eruption from Kibo occurred 360,000 years ago. The last volcanic activity happened 200 years ago and resulted in today’s ash pit (visible from Uhuru Peak). Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. By free-standing, or non-massif, we mean it is not part of a mountain range.

 

The summit on Mount Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet. To put this in perspective, Mount Everest, stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) – just over 2,950 meters higher. But here’s an interesting Kilimanjaro Fact: Both Everest Base Camp’s – South and North – are below the summit of Kilimanjaro; however, most climbers take upwards of 8-10 days to reach EBC. On Kilimanjaro trekkers on fast routes reach the summit within 4-5 days. The rapid ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro makes it a difficult and rather dangerous mountain to hike due to the risks of Altitude Sickness.

 

There are many route by which Kilimanjaro can be climbed one of the more interesting options is the remote Northern Route. 

Dates and Cost

Fixed Departure in 2021. 

06 Feb - 16 Feb

Trip cost: 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01:JRO Airport - Moshi (815m)

Duration: 45 km/1 hr

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International (JRO) Airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to the Hotel in Moshi. Group Hotel would be simple and clean. In the evening we will have an exhaustive briefing on all the aspects of the climb. 

 

Day 02: Moshi - Londorossi Gate (2,250m) - Mkubwa Camp (2,750m)

Duration: 5km ; 4-5 hrs

Drive from Moshi or Arusha 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 Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.  Dinner and overnight at Campsite.

 

Day 03: Mkubwa Camp - Shira Camp 1 (3,500 m)

Duration: 8 km ; 6-7 hrs

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 04: Shira Camp 1 -  Moir Hut Camp  (4,130m) 

Duration: 10 km ; 6-7 hrs

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 05: Moir Hut Camp - Buffalo Pofu Camp (4,025m) 

Duration: 12 km ; 7-8 hrs

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 of Kenya's wildlands to the north.

 

Day 06: Buffalo Camp - Kikelewa Caves Camp (3600m)

Duration: 15 km; 8-10 hrs

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 07: Kikelewa Caves Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315m)

Duration: 4 km ; 4 hrs

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 08: Mawenzi Tarn Camp - Outward Bound Camp  (4,750m)

Duration: 7.5 km ; 7 hrs

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 the camp this afternoon.

 

Day 09: Outward Bound Camp - Uhuru Peak (5,895m) - Millennium Camp  (3,870m)

Duration: 12 km; 10-12 hrs

A midnight wake-up call is the start of a long trek. You begin trekking at 1 am up the winding path of endless switchbacks. It is a steep and demanding climb and we will be walking slowly in the light of our headlamps on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s point (5,685m), a convenient point to rest for a short time and enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. 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 Millenium Camp for the night.

 

Day 10: Millenium Camp - Mweka Gate (1,830m)

Duration: 13 km; 6 hrs

Descend straight to the gate (6 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Drive an hour back to town. Overnight at the hotel; bed and breakfast.

 

Day 11: After breakfast transfer to the JRO airport to board the flight back home. (45km/1hr) Trip Ends!

  1. Twin Share accommodation for 2 nights a Hotel in Moshi on Bed & Breakfast basis. 
  2. Food when at Hotel in Moshi.
  3. Twin Share Accommodation in 3-man tents with foam sleeping pads for 8 nights on the mountain.
  4. All meals on the mountain starting from breakfast on Day 01 till lunch on Day 11. 
  5. National Park fees, tax, Camping fees.
  6. Portable Toilet Tents.
  7. Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools.
  8. Above14000ft Trip Leader assisted by certified, experienced, English-speaking guides. 
  9. Porters' salaries. 
  10. Rescue fees (required by the national park).
  11. Sleeping Bags
  12. Technical climbing equipment if needed.
  13. Airport taxes
  14. Travel Insurance
  15. Kilimanjaro Heli rescue Insurance
  1. Personal Clothing.
  2. Air Fares, Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Drinks, Souvenirs and any other expense of Personal nature. 
  3. Tip for guides, cook and porters
  4. Any additional costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  1. Sturdy backpack/rucksack (70 lt)
  2. Backpack small ( 20 - 30 Ltrs) 
  3. Warm hiking pants and shirts/T-shirts/sweatshirt.
  4. T-shirt wicking Layer.
  5. Good hiking shoes.
  6. Head light with extra batteries.
  7. Sunglasses.
  8. Sunscreen (SPF 50+) and toiletries.
  9. Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers)
  10. Insulated water bottle/ flask.
  11. Warm fleece jacket.
  12. Rain Gear
  13. Down jacket.
  14. Warm gloves - thin to work in the ice.
  15. Warm gloves - thick (waterproof)
  16. Warm socks
  17. Headgear (balaclavas/woollen cap, sun hat, bandana etc.)
  18. 4 season sleeping bag (-10 deg C or lower)
  19. Personal recreation: camera, books, music, cards etc
  20. Hiking poles
  21. Prescribed medication if any