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A seven-day trip to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, trekking on the Rongai Route... Expect rainforest and moorland landscapes, with perhaps a sighting of some Colobus monkeys on the lower slopes and even the occasional elephant higher up. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. Accommodation on the mountain on this trip will be in tented camps – a true adventure.
A member of Jerry Tanzania Tours hospitality team greets you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). He will drive you to your hotel, which will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay after a long flight, such as: pleasant rooms with hot showers, a restaurant with delicious choices, genial service team and access to the Internet.Your briefing, in the course of which your guides will provide all the details of the forthcoming trek, takes place in the evening. They will answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the trek, providing rental gear when necessary.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
After an early breakfast at your hotel (07.00), you depart one hour later and arrive at the Nalemuru Gate for around 11.00, when you take your picnic lunch.
Once you have completed registration, you’ve met the trekking team who will accompany you up the mountain and the porters have loaded up, you are ready to start the trek. Your starting altitude is at 2,000 metres and today you will ascend up to 2,671 metres, beginning your approach from the north-east. The vegetation at first is pine, as well as some vegetable fields, but you briefly enter lush forest where colobus monkeys can sometimes be seen. After the forest, the landscape changes to heathland with its huge heathers. You aim to reach Simba Camp by 16.00, as your walking distance today is only 8 km and your walking time is around 3 hours. Dinner at Simba Camp will be at 18.30.
Accommodation: Simba Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 3 hours, from Nalemuru Gate (2,000 m) to Simba Camp (2,671 m)
Your 07.00 breakfast is followed by today’s 08.00 departure. You would expect to spend about 6.5 to 7 hours walking today, covering a distance of 16 km. At the start, notice how the once-large heathers become smaller as you climb and the trees become fewer and further between. Behind you, you can see over the border to Kenya if the weather is good. The path is a steady, steep and dusty ascent. A picnic lunch is eaten at 13.00, before you continue in a south-easterly direction with the craggy peak of Mawenzi in front of you.
The path crosses moorland and there is less ascent than you have experienced this morning, but overall, this is a long day. At the end of the afternoon’s walk, you should reach camp at around 17.00 and dinner will be served at 18.00.
Accommodation: Kikelelwa Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 7 hours, from Simba Camp (2,671 m) to Kikelelwa Camp (3,600 m)
You have the luxury of a later (08.00) breakfast and a slightly later departure. Today, after leaving Kikelelwa at 09.00, you have a very short day of walking – at just over 3 km – but you have to ascend over 600 metres and you take between 3.5 and 4 hours to complete the stage.
The scenery and views on this route are truly wonderful. You will notice how the vegetation disappears as you climb. On arriving at the campsite around 13.00, it will be time for a hot lunch. Some people like to use the afternoon to acclimatize, and if you are lucky enough to experience clear weather then the views of Kibo can be spectacular. In any event, the setting for this camp is truly beautiful. Dinner is served at 18.00.
Accommodation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 4 hours, from Kikelelwa Camp (3,600) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315)
This is an extra day meant for acclimatization and after breakfast you will begin hike in the direction of Mawenzi Ridge with a 74-metres gain in altitude. You will spend one or two hours at higher altitude in order to properly acclimatize yourself, so the lunch break will take place at Mawenzi Ridge itself before you head back down to Mawenzi Tarn. Dinner is once again scheduled for 18.00.
Accommodation: Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 2 hours, Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315) – Mawenzi Ridge (4,389 m) – Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315)
After a 07.00 breakfast and departure from Mawenzi at 08.00, you set off on today’s 9 km walk, which will take you from an altitude of 4,315 metres up to the 4,720 of Kibo.
Expect to spend around 4.5 to 5 hours walking on the stage today. You begin the day westwards, then cross the ridge and proceed downwards and along the edge of the so-called “saddle”. You won’t see much vegetation today, but it is not unknown for an eland to be sighted – amazing at this altitude. Equally incredible are the views today, the favourite day of many trekkers. On the way, you stop for your picnic lunch at midday, before continuing the climb to Kibo, which you would expect to reach by 15.00. Dinner is served at the early time of 17.30, an early bedtime is recommended, ready for your summit day.
Accommodation: Kibo Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 5 hours, from Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315 m) to Kibo Camp (4,720 m)
Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is very different. Rising at 23.00, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. Today, you have 1,192 metres to climb, on what will be your toughest day, with around 13 hours of actual walking time and a distance of 21 km
Your expectation is to reach the summit from 07.00 onwards. You begin on a rocky path, and then climb via a series of zig-zags which get ever smaller.
Your reference points on your ascent today are, first, William’s Point (5,000 metres), Hans Meyer Cave (5,151 metres) and then Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres). The focus today is on walking slowly. On reaching the top, you take time to celebrate the successful climb, take photos and congratulate yourself, then make the descent to return to Kibo Camp for about 11.00 and take a very well-deserved, two-hour rest and enjoy a welcome hot lunch. Setting off again at 14.00, you continue your descent until you reach Horombo for about 17.00. Dinner will be served at 19.00.
Accommodation: Horombo Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 13 hours, Kibo Camp (4,703 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) to Horombo Camp (3,720 m)
After breakfast at your now-familiar time of 07.00, you take the chance to thank your hard-working guides and porters at the ‘Tipping Celebration’. You depart from Horombo and start your descent down towards Marangu Gate, stopping at Mandara for a hot lunch at around midday.
Marangu Gate is reached by around 16.00, and today’s section is around 19 km which takes 6.5 to 7 hours of walking time. Having reached Marangu Gate, you will be presented with your certificate, recognizing your tremendous effort. You then return by vehicle to Moshi, to the comfort of your lodge, for your overnight stay and some deserved relaxation. Or perhaps, if you still have some energy, you can celebrate your wonderful achievement. After all, you have just climbed Africa’s highest mountain!
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Hiking time and Elevation: 7 hours, from Horombo Camp (3,720 m) to Marangu Gate (1,879 m)
After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00.(In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room use which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
As a transfer service to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Jerry Tanzania Tours guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.
* All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.
A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provided to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Travel Insurance which covers up to 6,000 meters above sea level and also includes helicopter evacuation, weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are well-equipped to handle medical emergencies as they have undergone various High-Altitude Medical Emergency Training to save the lives of climbers who fall sick on the mountain.
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
One night at the hotel (Panama Garden Resort or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool).
Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Jerry Kilimanjaro Tents).
All hotel accommodation is based on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer. Single occupancy in a hotel is available upon request and extra chargers apply.
Breakfast in the hotel before and after the trek.
All meals on the trek. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. In our menu you will find different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.
All drinks on the trek (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
For all treks of over 6 days in length, we have an extra porter who bring fresh food to camp (Mawenzi Tarn Camp) for our use.
All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, rescue fees and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
2-inches thick and comfortable foam mattresses.
Modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Walk-in Jerry Kilimanjaro Tents.
All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery).
Dry bag (to protect your duffel bag).
Portable toilet and toilet tent.
Oxygen cylinders and oximeters.
Complete medical kits.
Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s Point (5,685 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres).
We advise you to purchase Travel insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek as it protects you from accidents and unforeseen circumstances, you’d never dream of happening on your once-in-a-lifetime trek.
Make sure your travel insurance covers you for:
Overseas Medical expenses
Delays in flights and other delays, etc.
$100 per person for USA Citizens and $50 per person for All Other Nationalities (read climbing Mount Kilimanjaro guide for more details).
Here’s an average of tipping scales on Kilimanjaro:
$20 – $25 for a chief guide per day.
$15 – $20 for an assistant guide per day.
$12 – $15 for a cook per day.
$6 – $10 per porter per day.
These figures are per party, not per climber. It is perfectly acceptable to give less or more than these figures.
Normally, the porters do not summit. Yet, there is a special breed of them - the so-called “summit porters” - who reinforce the climbing crew for the very final leg of the trip. These people help the guides to make sure that every climber is safe and comfortable. Together with your guides, the summit porters will be carrying hot tea, biscuits and oxygen to make sure that you are warmed and energized to keep trekking to the summit. Please show your appreciation for any help you receive by tipping these porters directly. We would suggest an extra tip of $20.
Though all group camping equipment is included in our Kilimanjaro packages, your personal outfit (mostly clothes for climbing) is not. Thus, you should bring all personal gear for your Kilimanjaro adventure. Our consultants will let you know what you will need for the expedition.
If you do not have certain gear, you may hire everything necessary from us. All equipment is new (we renew our stock every six months). However, remember that personal gear hire is not included in your tour price and extra fees apply.
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