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!!
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
• 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
• Lunch & dinner in the hotel
• Travel insurance & Visas
As per uDare Terms & Conditions, your organiser will need to have received a completed 'uDare Liability Waiver' form, without which you cannot participate in the event. This can either be handed to the organiser or scanned/emailed prior.
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
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
* Feel free to contact Saumya for any further queries.
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