Runs: From 15 July 2012 to 11 July 2012
Experience breathtaking views from the world's highest freestanding mountain, take on a personal challenge and help to make a real difference to people's lives. Sound good to you? Well read on...
This is an extreme challenge that requires training and a good level of fitness. The trek will be very tough at times, so you will need the determination and perseverance to see it through. It's no mean feat, but when you're standing on the rooftop of Africa surrounded by snowfields at the summit, it will be well worth it!
This route starts just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border and has been mostly unused for many years. Now open for climbing once again, experienced guides consider this ascent route to be both more manageable and beautiful than the Marangu trail.
You will start off in attractive farmland and then pass through delightful forest, with the possibility of wildlife viewing. The trek encompasses a whole range of climatic zones ending with snowfields at the summit.
day one and two
Depart from the UK to Kenya. In Kenya you will connect with an internal flight to Kilimanjaro airport or transfer overland across Kenya by bus to the Namanga Border. Once through the border into Tanzania you will continue your journey until you arrive at your hotel in Marangu.
day three, four and five
The trek officially begins on day three at Rongai. You will trek through various landscapes starting off with maize and potato fields, onto attractive pine forests and through to the edge of the moorland zone (2,600m) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. On day four you will leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Approximate trekking time is 6-7 hours. The next day you'll have a short, steep climb up some grassy slopes which is rewarded by superb all round views. You will then make your way to the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4,330m).
day six and seven
Day six will see you walk out to the ridge line at 4,440m which has majestic views of Kibo. Then it's back to camp for an afternoon of relaxing and savouring the gorgeous setting. The next day you will trek across the lunar desert of the ‘saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the next campsite at 4,750m.
day eight and nine - summit day!
Firstly, you will trek up the scree slopes to Gilmans Point, continuing around the rim to the highest point, Uhuru Point. After reaching Kilimanjaro's summit at 5,895m and having enjoyed the amazing landscape, you will then return to your camp via Kibo and onto Horombo. This is the toughest day most trekkers have ever experienced, involving 13-15 hours walking. However, the majestic views will be your reward! You will then begin your descent the next day through moorland, rainforest and finally down to the National Park Gate at Marangu (1,830m). After lunch you will be driven to your hotel in Marangu for a well appreciated shower and celebratory dinner!
You start your journey back to the UK by transferring back to Nairobi airport (approx 4-6 hours overland or via and internal flight from Kilimanjaro) for your flight home.
departure dates and costs
We have a range of dates available in July, September and October 2012, and are also taking bookings for 2013.
Prices depend on when you travel, but here is an example:
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optional safari extension
After you've finished your momentous climb you may wish to extend your stay by three days and enjoy safaris in Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. These areas are home to a large variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and different vegetation - perfect for the wildlife enthusiast!