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    $1850 p/p in USD
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Serac Adventure

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro for an amazing experience and the chance to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent. The seven day Lemosho Route is preferred over the six day option because it breaks up day two into two days, providing better acclimatization and a more gradual ascent. The extra day on the mountain on the seven day route will help climbers deal with the exhausting itinerary better than those who opt for the six day route.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Camping Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Blue Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:
    13

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 1,850 per person

What's Included

  • Transport from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi hotel and from hotel to park gate
  • 2 nights accommodation at Moshi hotel
  • Accommodation in mountain huts/camping
  • 3 meals daily on the mountain & hot drinks
  • 3-4 liters of mineral/treated water per person per day
  • Mountain guides, assistant guides, professional cooks, porters
  • National Park entry fees and hut fees
  • Portable oxygen tanks, ox meter and emergency first-aid kit
  • Kilimanjaro Park rescue team fees
  • Government taxes

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Meals & drinks at your hotel in Moshi before and after climb
  • Personal items
  • Tips for trekking group (not per climber)
    • Guides: $15/day/guide
    • Cook: $10/day
    • Porter: $8/day/porter

Disclaimer

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  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Serac Adventure‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at the trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

  • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather  and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

  • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

  • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the south east towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

After breakfast we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
  • Distance: 9km
  • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations it can be wet and muddy, gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.

  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
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