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Kilimanjaro Climb

Lemosho - via Stella Point

Overview

This special trip in Tanzania is for those who want to ascend the glorious summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, ‘Kibo’, ‘Mawenzi’, and ‘Shira’. The highest mountain in Africa is a dormant volcanic mountain, rising to approximately 5,895 metres above sea level. It takes seven days to ascend the ‘Roof of Africa’ taking the Lemosho Route. You will stay at camps along the way and the aim is to reach the summit by dawn on the eighth day.

Safaris

The Lemosho Route
8 days on Kilimanjaro – 10 days / 9 nights program

Day 1 - Arrival 
On arrival, you are met and transfer to the lodge. There is a full climb briefing and kit check with the climbs manager and head guide. Dinner & overnight lodge (full board).

Day 2: Kilimanjaro - Forest
From Arusha, we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set off at a leisurely pace into Afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid-afternoon. Overnight Forest Camp (full board).

Day 3: Kilimanjaro - Shira 1
From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on the trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp (full board).

Day 4: Kilimanjaro - Shira 2
After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walks with your guides. Overnight Shira 2 Camp (full board).

Day 5: Kilimanjaro - Barranco
The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heat zone into the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. Lunch is taken at Lava tower before descending down to Barranco camp.

Day 6: Kilimanjaro - Karanga 
After 2 half days you now have a relatively long day to Karanga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic - significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatisation and in the late afternoon, you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp (full board).

Day 7: Kilimanjaro - Barafu
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening, splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm. Overnight Barafu Camp (full board).

Day 8: Kilimanjaro - Mweka
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Millenium camp. Overnight Millenium Camp (full board).

Day 9: Arusha
After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for well-deserveded shower! Dinner & overnight Lodge (full board).

Day 10: Depart
There is an airport transfer available today. Please note day rooms and extra meals are at additional cost.

Location

In East Africa, north of Mozambique.

Experiences

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna woodlands and forests and includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest volcanic crater. The crater is home to the highest density of big game in Africa, including the Big Five.  As a result, the Ngorongoro is one of the continent's most famous safari destinations and it is also an exceptional place to interact with people from the Masaai tribe. 

The Serengeti, Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers scintillating game-viewing with herds of buffalo, elephant and giraffe. Mount Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. And when you see it, you will understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breath-taking beauty from the surrounding coastal scrubland. Kilimanjaro is also one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for thousands of visitors from around the world.

 

Accommodations

Tented Accommodation

Useful Info

Capital: Although Dar es Salaam lost its status as the nation's capital to Dodoma in the 1970s, it remains the focus of the permanent central government bureaucracy.

Time: Tanzania is three hours ahead of GMT and eight hours ahead of EST.

Money: The Tanzanian Shilling is the currency of Tanzania.

Health: It is recommended that all visitors to Tanzania are vaccinated against Yellow Fever, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Polio. Visitors should also take tablets to protect against the threat of Malaria.

Water: The water in Tanzania is not safe to drink, always drink bottled, sealed water.

Climate: Tanzania has a tropical climate but because of its size, there are regional variations. Zanzibar is hot all year round but February is the hottest time to visit and July and August are the cooler months.

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