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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs2018-12-27T12:00:33+00:00

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs

6-8 Days

Arusha to Arusha

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Being one of the most popular mountains in the world, roughly 30,000 trekkers every year try to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbs
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About There are several routes by which to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, namely, Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame.

The 2 shortest routes, Marangu, and Machame, are less challenging and are often trekked by individuals with limited mountaineering experience. The trek to Uhuru Peak is considered to be a relatively straightforward endeavour; however, ample time must still be provided for proper acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness.

Trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro typically have a support crew of guides and porters who are integral in helping climbers reach the summit.

Summit attempts are generally begun at midnight so that trekkers can reach the rim of the crater to view the sunrise. Walking overnight also means the ground (loose gravel) is frozen, making the going significantly easier.

Accommodation As specified. Three-man mountain tents for 2 people sharing on all routes, excluding the Marangu Route.
Half-board sharing a room at AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro
Meals Provided on the mountain
Entrance Fees All park fees
Transfers
From AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro – various park gates Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided
on the mountain
Guide
National park approved guides and porters
Excluded: all international / domestic flights and taxes • visas • travel and personal accident insurance • personal expenses • excursions / activities not specified • gratuities

Marangu Route

  • Nicknamed the “Coca-Cola” route
  • Has a reputation for being the “easiest” route, attributing to the lower success rate
  • The shortest and cheapest route, but less time to acclimatize, therefore lower success rate
  • Ascent and descent on same route

Machume Route

  • Highly recommended for scenic value
  • Great for acclimatization with lots of walk high, sleep low opportunities
  • Stunning scenery through 5 diverse climatic zones
  • Good opportunity to split pre-summit day climb to leave climbers rested before summiting
  • Fully catered camping only

Marangu Route

Day 1

Guests arrive in the town of Moshi by their own arrangements, and can take the time to prepare themselves for the adventure that lies ahead.

AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro – Dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast guests are transferred to the Marangu Gate in the Kilimanjaro National Park where they will begin the trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The first day’s trek will take them up to Mandara Hut (2 750m), is through lush forest area.

Overnight at Mandara Hut – Dinner and breakfast.

Day 3

After breakfast, guests will begin the days’ trek along a good path, which takes them through open moorlands and up to their next stop along the climb, to Horombo Hut (3 700m).

Overnight at Horombo Hut – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4

Following breakfast, guests will continue their ascent, which will go past the ‘Last Water Point’ to reach the Saddle, a dry area between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi (4 700m) that resembles a lunar landscape. From here, it is about an hour’s hike until the next overnight hut.

Overnight at Kibo Hut – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5

Climbers depart at midnight for Gillman’s Point (5 681m), which is on the crater rim, and arrive in time to watch the sun rise. The next part of the ascent is steep, and the climbers continue the climb to Uhuru Peak (5 895m), the highest point in Africa. After enjoying the views and acknowledging their accomplishment, guests then begin their descent back to Horombo Hut.

Overnight at Horombo Hut – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner..

Day 6

The climb descends to the Marangu Gate from where climbers are transferred back to the overnight accommodation in Moshi.

AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro – Dinner

Day 7

The climb concludes with breakfast and an outbound departure.
Note: Extra day to acclimatise at Horombo Hut on Day 4.

Machume Route

Day 1

Guests arrive in the town of Moshi by their own arrangements, and can take the time to prepare themselves for the adventure that lies ahead.

AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro – Dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, guests are transferred to the Machame Gate in the Kilimanjaro National Park where they will begin the trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. They will ascend 3 000m to their first stop of the trek, Machame Hut, through lush forest, a muddy trail and short sections of steep climbs.

Overnight at Machame Camp – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3

After breakfast, guests resume the trail as it ascends along a steep ridge passing through heather and open moorlands to Shira Hut, on a small plateau at 3 800m, with views of Kibo and Mount Meru.

Overnight at Shira Hut – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4

Climbers head eastwards after breakfast and ascend through a barren landscape, reaching Lava Tower, before descending into the Barranco Valley (3 900m).

Overnight at Barranco Camp – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5

The trail on this day ascends steeply out of Barranco Valley, consisting of many up and down sections until it crosses the Karanga Valley and turns north towards Barafu (4 600m).

Overnight at Barafu Hut – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 6

After an early start (around midnight), climbers ascend to the crater rim to the first milestone, at Stella Point, in time to watch the sun rise before continuing the ascent the summit, Uhuru Peak (5 895m) – the highest point in Africa. The trail descends to Barafu and on to Mweka (3 000m).

Overnight at Mweku – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 7

The climb descends to the Machame Gate from where climbers are transferred back to the overnight accommodation in Moshi.

Overnight at AMEG Lodge Kilimanjaro – Dinner.

Day 8

The tour concludes with breakfast and outbound departures.
Note: Extra day to acclimatise at Karanga Valley on Day 5.

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