Trek Mt Kilimanjaro - 7 days - £1050 (+ 2/3 day Safari option)

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Trek Mt Kilimanjaro (7 days + 2/3 day Safari option) - £1050

This trip was the initial inspiration for starting uDare in the first place and after 3 years, we finally get to make it happen!

We have a well resourced local providers in Tanzania for the duration in order to ensure an excellent experience and the best chance for our whole party to reach the summit in full health and happiness.

Kilimanjaro is THE roof of Africa, yes the highest point on the whole continent and at 5,895 meters, also happens to be the highest freestanding mountain in the world!!


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The Machame route (our chosen route) is generally considered to be among the most challenging and certainly exposing any trekker to the most scenic views, giving the most rewarding experience on this legendary mountain!

The trek begins at Machame Gate, located in the southern base of mountain, with its lush vegetation. 
We'll wind our way through the fertile rainforest. Trekking through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. Picturesque hanging mosses often cover trees and offer an ethereal quality to the landscape. There is also a set of small caves a short walk from the campsite known as the Shira Caves.

 

Kilimanjaro Climb - 7 Days Machame Route.
30th September : arrive at Nairobi airport and shuttled to the hotel with the rest of the day to chill before the climb
1st October Mountain Day 1: Start of your climb today. You will be picked up at the hotel early morning, drive to Jackpot Office to meet your crew and then the drive to Machame gate starts. Upon arrival at the gate all the crew will sign in and do a last equipment check before the climb starts. MACHAME GATE to MACHAME CAMP Today’s hike is a nice walk through tropical rainforest. Dinner and overnight at Machame campsite (2834m) Estimated hike time 7 hour

2nd October Mountain Day 2: MACHAME CAMP (2834m) to SHIRA CAMP (3749m)From the Machame Camp, we cross the stream onto its west bank and follow the path up the steep rocky ridge- crisscrossing a few times before reaching Shira Camp at the base of a same-circular wall of rocks. Estimated hike time 7 hours

3rd October Mountain Day 3: SHIRA CAMP (3749m) to BARRANCO CAMP (3901m), via LAWA TOWER From Shira Camp, we hike to Lava Tower (15,000) to acclimate and then proceed down to Barranco Camp via the great Barranco Wall. Tonight’s camp is one of the best on the mountain. Estimated hike time 5 hours.

4th October Mountain Day 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3901m) to KARANGA VALLEY
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft Distance: 5 km
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
Estimated Time: 4-5 hours

5th October Mountain Day 5 : KARANGA VALLEY TO BARAFU CAMP ( Summit Day)

After breakfast, 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.

6th October Mountain Day 6 : BARAFU CAMP to UHURU PEAK to MWEKA CAMP We will start trekking in the middle of the night (1 - 2 AM).We start early as so hopefully reach the summit to watch the sunrise of the Great Rift Valley. The 1,100-meter ascent in just over 3km will take us about 6-8hrs. After watching the sunrise, we will have a tough hike, descending down the mountain to below the tree line, to Mweka Camp Estimated hike time 7 – 9 hours

7th October Mountain Day 7: MWEKA CAMP to MWEKA GATE to ARUSHA On your final day we will have a short three hours hike out, walking through the lush forest. We will have lunch, and meet your driver at Mweka gate to transfer you to your hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.

8th to 10th October – optional safari days / return flights

 

 

 

 

The Machame Route is approximately 50 miles from gate to gate and is designed for physically fit people with some hiking experience.

 

 

 

 

 


**** 2/3 day Safari option ****
Following the hike, what better way than take a chilled 2 day/3 day Safari break via Lake Manyara for a full day game drive with picnic lunch, dinner and camp overnight in the wilderness and on to Ngorongoro crater the following day. If you opt for the three day safari then you would go on to Serengeti. We could experience the likes of varied bird life, tree-climbing lions, hippos , monkeys, elephants, buffalos and leopards!

2 Day Safari - Day 1 Lake Manyara followed by Day 2 @ Norongonogo Crater. We return to Arusha on day 2 @ around 5pm and stay at Arusha Inn

3 Day Safari - Serengeti and Norongorongo Crater ( the two camps will take 3 days due to distances involved) You return to Arusha Inn on Day 3@ around 7pm

Note: The safari is ammendable and adaptable to suit flight arrangements and prices will vary based on the options you choose. This can be even be decided when you meet the organiser on the other end who will assist in accomodating your needs. All financial transactions are directly with the provider of your safari.


WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE:
• All Park, Camping, Rescue & Crew Park Fees
• Staff wages
• All hot meals including a hot lunch, beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) and afternoon tea for climbers
• 3 litres of treated and filtered drinking water every day, more if you would like
• Waterproof tents, Mess tent, camping equipment, kitchen facilities, tables and chairs for all meals
• waterproof mattresses
• Private toilet/s
• Portable oxygen
• First Aid Kit
• Mobile stretcher
• Transport to the Park gate & return to your hotel
• Transfers from Nairobi Airport to your hotel and return ( shuttle at 8AM AND 2PM Only from both ends Airport and Arusha)
• 3 nights standard share accommodation in Arusha - 1 night before and 1 night after your climb and 1 night on return from camping safari

NOT INCLUDED:
• Tips for the staff. Tipping staff for climbs is the custom in Tanzania. You should consider
tipping at minimum of 10% to 12% per climber and more if you think it is warranted.
• Personal sleeping bag, personal climbing equipment and clothing
• Flights
• Lunch & dinner in the hotel
• Travel insurance & Visas

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Dates of travel:
Leave 29th September 2013 to arrive on 30th September 2013 to Nairobi  international airport and return on the 10th October if you do two day safari or 11th October 2013 if you do the three day safari. I’m sure some of you may want to stay on or travel onwards to other places. If so book your return accordingly.

Recommended flights: Qatar Airways dep 29th Sept @ 16.00 from Heathrow arriv nairobi @6.45am
return qatar airways 10 October @ 17.20 from Nairobi intl arriv @heathrow 11.15am

>>>>> Payments <<<<<


Kili Trek - Payment plan:
Monthly Amount Trek
1st Instalment - 1st April ( deposit) £200
2nd Instalment - 1st May £425
3rd Instalment - 1st June £425
Total £1050

Safari - Payment plan:
Please state your interest separately (in the RSVP questions) for this and I will confirm your places with the provider based on final numbers
$340 for 2 day safari OR..
$540 for 3 day Safari

Payments can be made to the following account with your name and trip ‘KILI’ for confirmation.
A/c Name: Saumya Raju

A/c No:[masked]

Sort Code:[masked]

* Feel free to contact Saumya for any further queries.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you planning to run Kilimanjaro this year?

    June 10

    • Wolf

      Hi Val, not this year but we will be repeating it in 2015! ;-)

      2 · June 13

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Wolf.

      June 13

  • Merina T.

    To sum up this trip in one word - AWESOME! I personally think that it was organised very well especially when you take into consideration the ^curve balls^ an under developed country can throw at you. Details of cost were clear from the start. The porters and guides were just brilliant . . .the amount they do for you makes you humble and appreciate the little things in life. This trip tests people in many ways . . . you either come back making a really good bunch of friends or not - and to that I have to raise my glass and say that I have made some really good friends. Really looking forward to catching up with you guys in Nov! Sam thank you for this amazing trip.

    1 · October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good points well made Merina! :D

      October 26, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      Merina..you've been a trooper! xx

      1 · November 4, 2013

  • Kevin

    This trip was an awesome experience. Thanks to Sam for organising and for those on the trip who made it such an awesome experience.

    2 · October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Amen!

      October 20, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      it was awesome having all of you for making it a great team experience!!

      October 21, 2013

  • Mandy W.

    If I had to give advice it would be plenty of lolly pops, lots of dextrose, a fask to keep water cold epecially on first couple of days a blow up matress to avoid huge stones in your back and head and some sleeping pills lol

    October 21, 2013

  • Damian

    I have a few questions regarding your trip guys, hopefully someone can answer some of them for me... How many ppl in the group actually made it to the top (percentage)? Any serious cases of altitude sickness / hypoxia? Also, what sort of (hidden) additional fees did you come across while climbing Kili / during N.P. Safari? Thank you.

    October 18, 2013

    • Damian

      Thx for sharing, Lee. Very helpful feedback. I will have that in mind while planning my next year's trip (hopefully).

      October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem Damian. By the way, Olga was bang on the money when she said that before people went, having read that 10-12% of the trip cost was the normal level to tip the porters and guides, Roxi and myself were also questioning whether or not it was a level commensurate with the experience. Believe me when I say that for what these guys do for you, it doesn't how much you tip them, you are always going to feel that you are shortchanging them. They are all, every single one worth their weight in gold!

      October 20, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    HI Damian, Ange
    Thank you for your interest in this trip. This is the first time we've organised this trip and one of our key criteria was to use a local company that treats its porters and guides ethically. With that in view, the organisation we worked with has been extremely adaptable and supportive to our needs. The guides and porters were primarily the key reason as to why we made it all the way. They work extremely hard and take on far more than you can imagine. We had 39 porters for our group in total.
    As far as possible we are transparent in providing all the information you require to help with this trip. Do however bear realistic views about any unforeseen circumstances that could arise being in a foreign country.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      As from the feedback provided, on this trip we have were lucky in not having encountered any additional cost aside from personal expenses on food and drinks and some even chose to pay the porters additional tips.
      There will be a retake o this trip next year so do keep your eyes peeled on this page :)

      October 19, 2013

    • Damian

      Thank you, Saumya. Like Ange, I'll definitely keep an eye on next year's schedule (hopefully similar period ie. late September - early October).

      October 19, 2013

  • Ange

    Thank you everyone for all your comments, it sounds like it was a fantastic trip. I have done jungle treks and macchu picchu and I agree that all that the guides and porters ALWAYS do a fantastic job that you WANT to tip them.
    Saumya I'm so glad that you organised this trip using local and ethical companies, that would be a big thing for me. Slightly worried about altitude sickness but I will definitely be interested if this trip is repeated next year!

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Catalina

    Hi Guys! It was an excellent experience for me this climbing! I enjoyed every step from organising all the equipment, the training and all the different stages up to Uhuru Peak. With so many different landscape from jungle, rain, sunshine, rocks, great plants, the stars, etc. it was great to have my phone off during the hole trip. I specially enjoyed the good vibes from the local people, the singing and the support of the hole team. As in the movie out of Africa out of this world !

    3 · October 19, 2013

  • Ange

    I am thinking about doing this next year hopefully with uDare and have the same questions as Damian

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    An amazing experience! Thanks for organizing!

    2 · October 14, 2013

  • Mandy W.

    It was a great experience but there were some hidden charges I was not expecting

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Im gateside! First waypoint complete. Parked up in Costa Coffee :)

    September 28, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    See you all at the airport...xxx

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Hi all,
    There is another catch up organised for wed 25th. Hope you recieved the messages. I have been told there is the option to rent sleeping bags,jackets, walking poles and other hiking equipment @$10 each for the duration of trek. Strongly encourged to bring your own snacks too!
    I am aware of unrest in Nairobi however this has not affected our schedule just yet. Staying positive! :) 6 days and counting!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Nick B.

    Good luck guys!!! Have a good one :)

    2 · September 21, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      Thanks Nick ! u still have time to join us:)

      September 23, 2013

  • Ange

    Hi, are there any plans to do Kili in 2014?

    2 · September 19, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      If all goes well this year , indeed there is plans to do it nxt year.

      3 · September 20, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Please note catch up has been cancelled.

    September 19, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Its $30 per person with breakfast. for the additional night in Arusha. hope this works for everyone

    July 26, 2013

    • Mandy W.

      No problem glad its sorted

      July 26, 2013

    • Merina T.

      No issues. Thanks Sam

      July 26, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    guys all those flying out on the 29th, we recieved a schedule flight cancellation from Doha to Nairobi. Please call up your airline and request to fly in a day ahead i.e 28th sept @16.00 flying into doha and then to nairobi @02.20am getting into nairobi at 7.35am on 29th sept. call asap> My flights have now been changed @ no additional cost.

    July 25, 2013

  • Mandy W.

    Sorry I missed the meetup been so.busy

    July 22, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    ok guys, meeting in Le Pain Quotidien at 7pm 18 Great Marlborough St
    London on thu the 18th!

    July 16, 2013

  • Swetha

    Mandy - great. I recently went to Johannesburg for work and my friends there said its best to go to Masai Mara when the animals are migrating / moving. Was going to ask Sam if we can get that information at all etc. I will look up online and post more.

    July 9, 2013

  • Mandy W.

    Hi Swetha i am doing the 3 day Safari

    June 22, 2013

  • Nicole

    Can I just ask if it's possible to just do the safari part. I would love to do the hike but my back wouldn't love me which means all of you would HATE me. So I don't want to miss out fully. Sorry if you've already mentioned it, I must have missed it if you did. I would also be interested in the Zanzibar bit as well.

    June 22, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      Hi nicole im sure i can organise that u make the safari and zanzibar. I will email u tomorrow with zanzibar and safari details

      June 22, 2013

  • Swetha

    Is anyone doing the 3 day safari?

    June 19, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Guys i have sent an email with confirmation letter for visa purposes and some additional info.

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Chris M.

    Hey uDarers, this looks an amazing experience to be a part of; so, if a space becomes available then I'll clean up my hiking boots and look forward to seeing you all at the top! All the best, Chris

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Recieved the second instalment from Mandy, Merina,olga, seema( full amt),Swetha, Tanja. Thanks

    May 7, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Thanks to all who made it last night!! A long fun night indeed. Tanja, Seema, Catalina, Mandy..i see loads of laughs ahead! Will send updates soon.

    May 2, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Dont forget peeps...tomorrows catch up Wed 1st May @ Le Pain Quotidien 7pm at 64 Tottenham Court Rd, London, Greater London W1T 2ET. I know some of you will join by 7.30/8pm. Call me when you get there[masked]

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Swetha

    Is it possible to get contact information of the tour company helping us? We are looking at various options and it might be easier if we can speak to those guys as there are multiple options like Cairo, Zanzibar :-) thanks!

    April 16, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      Swetha, these guys only do accomodation. no internal flights and no package deals. internal flights are best booked online as advised by them. I have in the thread below the options for Zanzibar. I am seperately looking at Zanzibar but i will just be backpacking around for a few days rather than having a concrete plan. I cannot confirm at this point hence i have tentatively booked my return for the 10th but might change it based on my plans to go to Zanzibar.

      April 18, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Zanzibar information:
    Internal flights are cheaper booked online.

    The people we are using can only help you with the hotel reservation. The tours will have to be at your discretion and the hotel can help you plan for this. The hotels they use in Zanzibar are:

    Tembo House in Stone town.
    Single: US $116
    Double: US $138
    Triple: US $176

    Casa Del Mar in Jambiani.
    Single: US $94.
    Double: US $121
    Triple: US $148

    Red Monkey Lodge also in Jambiani
    Single: US $67
    Double: US $98
    Triple: US $118

    The prices above are per night, per room on Bed and Breakfast arrangement.

    In the North Coast the hotels are a bit more expensive. Let me know if you want to use any of these, Sam.
    I suspect you can get cheaper hostel style arrangements in these places if you look online but those are the key areas to cove in Zanzibar!

    April 12, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Seema and i have now booked our return flights
    Qatar Airways dep 29th Sept @ 16.00 from Heathrow arriv nairobi @6.45am
    return qatar airways 10 October @ 17.20 from Nairobi intl arriv @heathrow 11.15am

    April 11, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Ok so some of you were asking about taking later flights. Most of us booked on the Qatar airways flight is aiming for the 8am Shuttle anticipating no glitches.

    This will be the one where the organiser will be there to meet us and pick us up. The shuttle from Nairobi to Arusha leaves Nairobi at 8am and arrives in Arusha at around 1300Hrs with a bit of time spent at the border at Namanga because everyone on the shuttle have to be cleared. Anyone taking the 2pm Shuttle which i have been advised is the last shuttle for Arusha will have to make it on their own and will be picked up from there. You will be reimbursed the cost of $25 for this. If you miss this, then i have to inform the organiser who will have to arrange for private transport to Arusha . You will be charged US $80 per person where you will be taken to Namanga with the Safari van and then one of the land cruisers will meet you there and drop you off at the hotel where the rest of us will be waiting.

    April 10, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    I have sent a group email to all of you with updates from the catch up. Please check.

    April 8, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Thanks to all who made it on Saturday. Please can all those that RSVP'd send me your email and contact numbers so i have it for my record and i can send updates.

    April 8, 2013

    • Mandy W.

      Hi there, I have already send my Email and mbl when I RSVPed.I would like an update as I turned up at 4.pm on sat but couldn't find you as never met anyone in group before. Thanks Mandy

      April 8, 2013

  • Swetha

    Hello everyone ... I am just trying to sort out my visas :) I just realised that we probably need visa to Kenya and Tanzania - I guess Brit citizens also need a visa to Kenya (per their website). Has anyone applied for their visas?

    April 3, 2013

    • Mandy W.

      Hi Vinod are you definatley meeting at Chandos at 5.30 I can't find anyone

      April 6, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      Hi Mandy, shame we missed you. Not sure if you recieved my email with my mobile number. Hopefully you will make it to the next one. Iwill email with what was discussed at the catch up.

      April 8, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Hey guys, just got back today and will respond in detail tomorrow along with confirmation of payments! Reminder that we will be meeting on Sat the 6th April @4pm The Chandos, 29 St Martin's Ln, City of Westminster, London WC2N 4ER.

    April 4, 2013

    • Mandy W.

      Hi there I'm not sure what you look like I'm in chandos I'm wearing a grey coat

      April 6, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Hey all just to confirm, recieved payments from Lee, Roxi, Seema, Merina, Olga, Mandy,Vinod. I also recieved a payment from FREDRICH-REINEC ?? Please confirm who this is as not on the RSVP list. Thanks all!

    April 5, 2013

  • Swetha

    Just went to Tanzania embassy - you can't apply for visa now. You have to do it only before the travel as they don't do post dated visas and validity starts from date of issue. Should have read their instructions better :) don't think Brit citizens need a Tanzania visa though. For Kenya, we can request for a visa only 3 months in advance.

    April 4, 2013

  • Gaurav K.

    sorry not in a position to confirm attendance right now, have a great time, would love to do it next year

    March 25, 2013

  • Wolf

    We are trialling using the forums for discussions of event logistics as on these comment sections we have no facility to stop every comment being emailed to everyone (which can be LOADS for some events).
    Going forward there will be separate ones for each event that requires it & I have created one for the
    Kilimanjaro trip here: http://www.meetup.com/uDare-London/messages/boards/forum/9150862

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    @all When I was living in the Middle East I used to fly on Emirates and Qatar airlines all the time. The service on both of them is no different. Both are excellent. Also just in case anybody is interested, to get to Nairobi at a reasonable hour the minimum connection time on QA is 40 minutes and with EA its 3 hours. With the flight times under consideration QA arrives at 7.45am whilst EA arrives at 3.45pm. Using EA you can get to Nairobi at a more reasonable hour BUT your connection time would be up to 7 hours...

    March 24, 2013

  • Vinod

    @Angie. A facebook group or a group email would be helpful. Saumya, can you create a group email please?
    @Seema - I am well, thanks. I havent booked yet. Am tempted to fly with Emirates as I've experienced better service with them in the past. Better than a Doha transit. Am waiting to finalise plans with others who are interested and then book flights.
    @Saumya - hope you're having a good holiday. Would you consider making the venue for the 6th more central please? Around covent garden or thereabouts?

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      HI Vinod will try and sort out a fb group however need everyone to add me please.tried finding quite a few but in vain. Look for me by email [masked] or by name Saumya Raju. I can move the venue no doubt..will send you all an email. Thanks...holidays are awesome 34degrees and humid...sipping tender coconut water...the good life:)

      March 24, 2013

  • Seema P.

    zanibar post safari sounds good to me

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Saumya R.

      Hi Seema really looking forward to this trip myself:) glad you are on board!!Seema,not sure if you saw post from roxi,its on the udare wall..we are looking to fly to nairobi from heathrow via Qatar Airlines at 4pm .I will book my tickets when im back on the 4th April. Thank you for the deposit. really appreciate for being so prompt. Will i be meeting you on the 6th.?please join.:)

      regards
      Saumya

      March 24, 2013

  • Angie

    guys shall we created a FB group? It's more private than meet up and easier to discuss details moving forward. Are you all coming on the 6th?

    March 23, 2013

    • Tanja

      I can't meet you on the 6th and would prefer to book flights early next week. It seems Angie and I would opt for a per trek safari and Zanzibar from the 8th. return flight to LHR on 11 or 13. Anybody else who wants to join us?

      March 23, 2013

  • Tanja

    Is anybody interested in spending a couple of days in sansibar?

    March 21, 2013

    • Vinod

      Post safari

      March 22, 2013

    • Seema P.

      Vinod how are you, could you forward me your flight detail from heathrow and to zanzibar

      March 23, 2013

  • Saumya R.

    Hey all those that know their options of return, then i suggest you all book your tickets, same as Roxi to Nairobi! I will try and keep up with all of you soon. :)

    March 23, 2013

  • Merina T.

    Hey tanja Vinod and angie . . .think i am on the same page as you guys.

    March 23, 2013

  • Tanja

    I could do either - 2 day safari and Zanzibar or direct flight to z and from there to London? Would be nice to enjoy some more sunny and relaxing days before autumn starts in London.... What do you prefer?

    March 23, 2013

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