Kilimanjaro

The Challenge

Enjoy one of the world's most iconic treks by hiking to the summit of the highest mountain on the African continent, Mount Kilimanjaro. This beautiful trek will take you through five distinct ecological zones, making each day a new visual feast; from the lush rainforest, to strange semi-desert landscapes and right up into the Arctic zone where you will see enormous blue-tinged glaciers and the famous Kilimanjaro summit sign!
We will take the stunning Machame Route (also known as the Whisky route) which is considered one of the most stunning and least crowded routes on the mountain but also one of the most challenging. This incredible journey will take you up to dizzying altitudes of 5895m and while it is achievable by anyone with a good level of fitness, the Kilimanjaro challenge is not to be underestimated! At 7 days, this trek is one day longer than most which offers you the greatest chance of reaching the summit because of the all-important acclimatisation opportunities.

Porter Protection - KPAP

Anyone who has trekked Kilimanjaro will tell you that the porters, cooks and guides are the lifeblood of the mountain and that they couldn't have made the summit without their support. Despite their incredible effots, the local staff are not always treated well by trekking companies. We are really proud to be one of a small number of UK Tour Operators who are official partners of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) which works closely with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) to improve conditions for porters and mountain crew on Kilimanjaro. Our membership means that our local team of staff are provided with good quality trekking kit, good quality tents, hearty meals (and other neccessities you yourself would expect to be provided as a trekker), as well as fair wages and more. Why not learn more by visiting the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project website here.

Itinerary

Day 1-2 (Thurs 9th - Fri 10th March): London Kilimanjaro - Moshi
Depart London for overnight flight to Kilimanjaro via Nairobi or Amsterdam. On arrival, take a short transfer to your hotel in Moshi and spend the rest of the day at leisure. A briefing and welcome dinner tonight. (Meals included: Dinner)

Day 3 (Sat 11th March): Machame Gate to Machame Huts (3000m)
A 45 minute drive from the hotel delivers you to Machame Gate to register and meet your porters. Your pace will be slow and gentle and the day will be spent trekking slowly up the muddy track through the rain forest. It's a long day and typically takes 7 8 hours but by the end you emerge into a clearing and the welcome sight of your tents, hot tea and dinner. (Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4 (Sun 12th March): Machame Huts to Shira Plateau (3,840m)
Following a hearty breakfast you start the climb through the remaining rainforest towards the giant moorland zone. The trek today is shorter and the environment changes rapidly as you ascend out of the rainforest. Depending on the group pace, it is a 5 - 6 hour trek, during which you gain approximately 800 metres in altitude. Lunch is taken on a stunning outcrop of rock before completing the last stretch to Shira Camp and a stunning view over the Shira Plateau. Weather permitting you should also get your first close views of Kibo - the dramatic peak of Kilimanjaro. (Meals: BLD)

Day 5 (Mon 13th March): Shira Plateau to Barranco Camp (3,950m)
Set off early as today is a long trek. You will climb gradually through alpine desert where you reach a crossroads with the option of climbing to an altitude of 4,500 metres to the Lava Tower, or dropping back down towards Barranco Camp. It will depend on how fit you feel at the crossroads as to whether you visit the Lava Tower, but if you can manage it, it is highly recommended for acclimatisation. Whilst long, the environment is extraordinary and few would disagree that Barranco, nestled at the foot of Kibo, is a wonderful campsite. Your sleeping altitude is not much higher than the previous night at Shira but this is a great day for acclimatisation if you make it to the Lava Tower at 4,500 metres. (Meals: BLD)

Day 6 (Tues 14th March): Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (3,963m)
Your first obstacle is to breach the Barranco Wall, a 600-foot rock face. No technical or rock climbing experience is required and whilst steep, it is still classed as a trek. This portion of the trek will involve scrambling over rocks. Once over the wall, the climb becomes extremely beautiful, with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks on your left, and then descends into the Karanga Valley where you will camp for the night. (Meals: BLD)

Day 7 (Weds 15th March): Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,700m)
It is a slow, tough hike up to Barafu camp, which means "ice" in Swahili. The air starts to get quite thin at this stage and you will be running short of breath as you climb out of the Karanga Valley. It can be extremely cold at this altitude and with an early start ahead, an early night is required. At midnight you start the final ascent to Uhuru Peak the Summit. (Meals: BLD)

Day 8 (Thurs 16th March): Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) to Mweka Hut (3100m)
After light snacks and hot drinks, start climbing around midnight on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. Light is provided by your head torches and the full moon. As you ascend, the sun climbs spectacularly behind you, staining the sky a vibrant reds and oranges. Once you reach Stella Point, you have reached the top of the Machame route and are only an hour from Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, and the world's highest solitary peak (5895m/19,340ft). From there you descend to Barafu Camp for a brief rest before continuing to descend for other 5-6 hours to Mweka Hut, where you will say goodbye to your trekking staff. This is likely to be the toughest day that you will have ever experienced. You will have ascended 1100m (3,600ft) and descended 2700m (8,800) feet in a period of 14-18 hours. Although exhausting, you will have just achieved something extraordinary. (Meals: BLD)

Day 9 (Friday 17th March): Mweka Hut to Moshi
In the morning you will walk down to Mweka Gate through the rainforest. This takes around 6 hours. You will then be transferred back to the hotel for lunch and a well deserved shower and relax! Enjoy a gala dinner tonight in celebration of your climb and be awarded your certificates of achievement. (Meals: BLD)

Days 10-11 (Sat 18th - Sunday 19th March): Kilimanjaro London
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to London, arriving the next morning. (Meals: B)

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • All airline taxes and charges
  • Local transfers and transport in Tanzania
  • 2-3* hotel, tents on the trek
  • Porters, cooks and expert English-speaking local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour escort
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Any necessary vaccinations
  • Malaria prophylaxis
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Transport to/from UK airports
  • Tips (approx. $280)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tanzanian visa (currently $50)
  • Carbon emission offsetting

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FAQ
Trip Dates

9th - 19th March 2017

Tour Price

£2650

OR

£675 (payable in instalments) plus £3950 sponsorship for any UK charity

Which payment option?
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  • There is a registration fee payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
Self-Funded

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.
The prices vary - please refer to individual tour pages for exact pricing.
Trip Difficulty

Challenging to extreme

This trip is graded as Challenging to extreme

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