KILIMANJARO TREKKING

Mountain Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro is an awesome sight rising above the plains of East Africa close to the equator and one of the highest free standing mountains in the world. Kilimanjaro consists of the remains of three extinct volcanoes, Shira (4160m) in the west, Mawenzi (5280m) to the east and the snow-caped Kibo (5895m) in the middle. Kibo, with its famous crater is the main feature and the Uhuru Peak is the highest point where trekkers able to reach this point earn their certificates.

As you approach the mountain, on the lower slopes are cultivated farmlands. The mountain then rises through thick rainforest between altitudes of 1800m to 3000m and supports a fair number of wildlife.

The wildlife includes rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo, eland and black and white colobus monkey and blue monkey. Between 3000m and 4000m lies stunning moorland covered in heathlike vegetation and wild flowers. There are not many animals on the moorland. Above 4000m altitude is an alpine field almost semi-desert with very few plants however there are some species of mosses found only in this zone. Finally, a barren lunar scenery starts at an altitude of 5000m leading to the twin summit. Here there is virtually no rainfall or permanent life. This is literally a journey from the tropics to the arctic.

Climbing the Kilimanjaro is an adventure of a lifetime and any fit person with determination should be able to climb it. It is not a technical climb but it should be borne in mind that the trek is a demanding one that ascends to an altitude of 5895m; visitors are also advised to allow enough time to acclimatise to the altitude.  During the trek do not expect to carry your own load as porters would be available and a chef to prepare all meals.

Best Time to Visit

Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time during the year but note that high peak periods at Christmas, New Year and July to August are usually fully booked. Therefore any visitor planning a trip to the Kilimanjaro should book in advance during these times. The rainy seasons are late March to mid-June and October to the beginning of December, not advisable for climbing as it can be risky. The best time to visit is January to March and July to October and December.

Kilimanjaro Routes

There are sevem routes to climbing the Kilimanjaro, from the least demanding Marangu to the rugged Umbwe, wild Lemosho, and Machame. These routes are more demanding as regards steepness and in places scrambling however this is compensated by the spectacular sceneries. Accommodation is in huts and tents.

To climb the Kili you need the right kind of preparation, ensure a good level of fitness and be well determined. This is important as during the trek, you are covering 50 to 60 km walking uphill, taking about five to seven hours per day and over twice these hours on the day of the summit.

Please also note, travellers with respiratory problems, cold, high/low blood pressure, diabetics or any cardiac problems are advised to consult their doctors before making a decision to climb the mountain. Sure-Trip Safaris offers trekking packages including a packing list using the following routes shown below:  

Marangu Route

The Marangu also known as the “Coca Cola route” is an old and well established one; it is less strenuous route and quite favoured by many trekkers. However, although it is the easiest route to the top, it is the least scenic of all the routes. Accommodation on the mountain is in comfortable huts which are dormitory style and equipped with beds and mattresses.   Mountain climbing itineraries can be arranged in the range of 5 to 10 days depending on individual needs. One day acclimatisation spent on the mountain is highly recommended.

Machame Route 

The route is also known as the “Whisky Route”, provides most spectacular views of all the other routes.  The accommodation offered on this route is only tents and as such attracts the adventurous type of travellers. It is a strenuous walking trip so a visitor should be a fit person, experienced walking in mountain areas. Itineraries can range from 6 to 10 days using this route. An extra day is advised to be added to the itinerary to acclimatise which could be spent walking to the Shira Needles.

Best of Kilimanjaro

  • Highest mountain in Africa
  • Highest free standing mountain in the world and one of the world's largest volcanoes
  • Unique flora and fauna

 

Trekking Marangu Route

8 Days Itinerary

Day1: Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Arusha. Pick up from airport and drop at your hotel in Arusha town. 2 hours. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel, a 3 Star Hotel. Meal: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: After early breakfast, pick up from hotel at 8 a.m. and drop at the park gate. Start to walk from the Marangu Gate (1860m)through dense rainforest then giant heather to Mandara Hut. 2725m) 4-6 hours. Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Continue through a wide variety of vegetation dotted with giant lobelias and landscape to Horombo Hut set in a rocky valley 5-8 hours (93780m). Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: An extra day for acclimatization (optional) which can be spent taking a hike to the saddle and back to Horombo or spend morning exploring what is near. Most visitors will start to feel the altitude at this level. Second day at Horombo Hut.  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Continue and reaching the saddle, a high altitude semi-desert separating Mawenzi and Kibo peaks the vegetation become sparse and the air noticeably thinner. There are spectacular views across Kenya to the North and Tanzania to the South. Continue to the Kibo Hut. 5 – 6 hours (4725m).  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Start after midnight and climb up frozen scree slope to reach Gilman’s Point (5685m) for breathtaking views of the sun rising behind Mawenzi Peak. 7 hours.

Continue until you reach Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa with unforgettable views of the crater, ice fields, and distant East African plains. Later return to Horombo Hut. 5 hours.  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Descend to Marangu Gate, transfer back to the hotel in Arusha. 6 hours.  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Transfer to airport fly back to Dar es Salaam to catch your flight back.  Meal: Breakfast

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

COMBINATION
Climb Mt Meru to prepare for Mt Kilimanjaro trek!
After trekking the Kilimanjaro, why not finish your holiday with:
  • adventure safari exploring the wilderness
  • relaxation at one of Zanzibar's sandy beaches

DEPARTURE:  Daily

PRICE:

 Included in Price
-Transport from/to Airport
-Transport from Arusha hotel to the starting point
-2 nights hotel before and after trekking, on
  Bed &  Breakfast basis
-Camping and Hut fees and meals on   mountain
-Government taxes and park gate fee
-Guides and Porters services all English
  speaking

Excluded in Price
-
International Flight
-All airport departure taxes
-Visas
-Driver/Guide gratuities
-Telephone bill and laundry
-Travel Insurance
-Hire of equipment and clothing for
 climbing
-Porters' tips
 

 

 

 

 

Trekking the Machame Route

8 Days Itinerary

Day1: Transfer from Dar es Salaam to Arusha. Pick up from airport and drop at your hotel in Arusha town. 2 hours. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel, a 3 Star Hotel.  Meal: Bed and Breakfast

Day 2: After early breakfast, pick up from hotel at 8 a.m. and drop at the Machame Gate. Starting from the gate, walk through the lush forest on a winding trail and continue on to the heathland. Stop at Machame camp overnight. 5 hours (3000m}.  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Early in the morning continue on an ascending path across the scenic heath-land to the alpine moorland of Shira Plateau enjoying the magnificent views of Kibo peak. Overnight at Shira camp, 6-7 hours (3800m).  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4: From the Shira continue upwards to the Kibo dome passing through the Lava Tower (4600m). The ground towards the camp steepens and this makes walking more strenuous, continue down to the Baranco camp. Overnight at camp. 5-6 hours (4000m).  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: It is advised that this day should be taken to acclimatize. Take short exploration walks (between Baranco and Barafu) where there is no gain in elevation.  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Cross the floor of the great Baranco Valley and up to Baranco wall, trek up through the Karanga Valley and slowly take in the excellent scenes of the Kibo peak. The night is spent at Barafu camp. 6-7 hours (4500m).  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: The summit day, depart around 1.00 am. (after midnight) and pass between the Rebmann and Tarzel Glaciers to the rim of at Stella Point. About one hour from this point the summit is reached at Uhuru Peak (5895m). (6-7 hours of strenuous walking). Afterwards descend down to Mweka hut for overnight. (2-3 hours).  Meal: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Descend down to Mweka Park Gate (4-5 hours) say farewell to your guides and porters then transfer to Arusha to your hotel. Transfer to airport for your departure.   Meal: Breakfast Lunch 

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

COMBINATION
Climb Mt Meru to prepare for Mt Kilimanjaro trek!
After trekking the Kilimanjaro, why not finish your holiday with:
  • adventure safari exploring the wilderness
  • relaxation at one of Zanzibar's sandy beaches

DEPARTURE:  Daily

PRICE:

 Included in Price
-Transport from/to Airport
-Transport from Arusha hotel to the starting point
-2 nights hotel before and after trekking, on
  Bed &  Breakfast basis
-Camping and Hut fees and meals on   mountain
-Government taxes and park gate fee
-Guides and Porters services all English
  speaking

Excluded in Price
-
International Flight
-All airport departure taxes
-Visas
-Driver/Guide gratuities
-Telephone bill and laundry
-Travel Insurance
-Hire of equipment and clothing for
 climbing
-Sleeping bag
-Porters' tips
 

Kilimanjaro Packing List

Before boarding the air plane, remember to carry critical climbing gear such as sleeping bag, medication and toiletries, with you on board the plane in case your baggage is delayed. At the start of your Kilimanjaro trek use your day pack to take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain jacket and pants at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day. Also be aware that the pack that the porters carry on Kilimanjaro is limited to 15kg (35 lbs). The overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $15 per day. You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters. 

THE LIST CONSISTS OF FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Baggage
  • Toiletries and Other Items  
  • Water 
  • First Aid Kit   

 

Clothing  

Head and Face

Pile or wool hat - it has to cover the ears, balaclava works well

Shade hat - a good brim hat such as Visor to protect you from the sun

Bandannas - use to clean glasses, protect your neck from sun burn

Sun glasses with shields or glacier glasses, essential for eye protection

Upper Body        

2 synthetic shirts, long sleeve

T- shirts -   2 to 3 t-shirts that will definitely get dirty whilst on mountain, polypropylene material is the best, no cotton.

Upper body Layers -   it is recommended you have three warm layers for the upper body and ensure that they fit comfortably over each other and supply good insulation. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.The items must be made of wool, polypropylene or pile materials. A good combination is a long underwear top, a sweater and a pile jacket or heavy wool shirt. Cotton items should be avoided as they are not adequate insulators and are useless when damp.

Rain parka -  cortex material or waterproof nylon that has been "seam sealed". Afternoon showers are common in East Africa, especially on mountains.

Wind Shirt -  a nylon wind shell, roomy enough to fit comfortably over all upper body layers. Gore-Tex is good for both this wind shirt and for the raincoat.

Poncho -  this will be a quick handy protection for your body and day pack, poor protection in windy rain.

Gloves or mittens -  wool or pile

Mitten shells -  one pair to go over mittens to provide protection from the wind and rain at higher altitudes on the mountain.

Lower Body

Undergarments - adequate supply for the entire climb.

Hiking shorts - 1 pair of a quick dry shorts, good to hike in the lower elevations on the mountain.

Tights - Chose the lycra type as they prevent nettle stings and sunburn, dry fast and provide warmth on cool misty days.

Long underwear bottoms - 1 pair, has to be wool or polypropylene.

Pile, bunting or wool pants - 1 pair that fit loosely over the long underwear bottoms

Rain pants - cortex or nylon material comfortable and has to be breathable.

Footwear

Thin socks - 2 pair of polypropylene material to wear under the heavy wool socks in order to prevent blisters and keep the feet dry.

Thick socks - 6 pairs of heavy wool or polypropylene socks

Gaiters: 1 pair of high gaiters made of breathable material to keep dirt and snow out of your boots.

Hiking boots - 1 pair medium weight hiking boots large enough to be worn with one liner sock and one heavy wool or synthetic sock.

Tennis shoes - to wear in camp after a day of hiking.

Sleeping Gear

Sleeping bag and stuff sack - it should be as a low as zero Fahrenheit

Air mattress (with puncture kit) closed cell foam mattress

Small inflatable cushion or pillow

Baggage

Frameless Large day pack - check for a comfortable one, that can carry 15 to 20 lbs of personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have a good waist belt.

Large duffel bag with lock this is to be used to carry all your mountain gear, your duffel will be packed into the group porter duffel bag, the weight should be 30 to 35 lbs.

Duffel bag - this should be large enough to store your non mountain gears. This will meet you at the hotel after the climb.

Plastic bags - several, sleeping bag and clothes will be double bagged while on the mountain. It can rain every afternoon.

Toiletries and Other Items

Toiletries - tooth brush and paste, comb, shampoo, moisturizing cream, foot powder, tissues, etc.

Sunscreen - SPF 15 or more

Lip balm - must have SPF 15 or more

Ear plug -it can be very noisy at camps

Flash light/ head lamp - bring extra batteries

Adjustable ski poles - it is required to assist during the descent

Pocket knife

Personal first aid and drug kit “Very important”

Towel - for wash up in camp

Towelettes - individually wrapped anti-bacterial towels are great for general hygiene

Spare contact or glasses/spectacles. Contact can be a problem in a dusty condition; glasses wearers should have a spare set.

Snacks (optional) - bring a supply of your favorite snacks to eat on a climb.

Plastic sandwich bags - keeps personal Items separate and dry

Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)

Camera film (300 mm lens recommended bring plenty of films)

Binoculars

Large plastic garbage bags and ziploc storage bags of various sizes

Water

Water bottles - 2 to 3 one little size bottle with an open mouth are more comfortable, has to be made up of a hard plastic as it can be applied sometimes to warm up.

Water treatment tablets - Please bring two bottles of ‘Portable Aqua” or “Polar Pure” crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water.

Water flavoring - Tang, Gatorade, Wylers lemonade make the treated water test well.

First Aid Kit

The kit for the group will contain: gauze, tape, aspirin, medicated soap, antibiotic ointment, antacid tablets, some antibiotics, pain killers, eye drops, immodium, compazine, diamox, throat lozenges, melatonin, antihistamines. It is highly advisable that you carry your own first aid kit during your climb with essentials such as topical antibiotic, bandages, and moleskin. We have indicated some medicines/items to be used but please consult your doctor first.

  • Intenstinal disorders - antiacid, compazine for severe nausea, vomiting, cipro or bactrin for severe diarrhea.
  • Cuts and scrapes - Band aids
  • Infections - antibiotic ointment, Erythromycin tablets
  • Headaches - Ibuprofen
  • Blisters - moleskin
  • Insomnia - Halcion 15mg tables, high altitude mountaineering causes restlessness
  • High altitude sickness - Diamox (acetazolamide) 25mg tablets
  • Anti-malaria - prophylacts