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CLIMB ONE OF THE "SEVEN SUMMITS" AND ENJOY AN AFRICAN SAFARI ON THIS FABULOUS TRIP!
Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest point on the African continent, has tempted many adventurers. There are many routes to choose from, ranging from the relatively easy to more challenging. We have chosen the Lemosho route, which approaches from the less crowded west, and is renowned for panoramic vistas of the African plains along the way, and a high summit success rate.
Following the trek you will enjoy a two day safari in Serengeti, known to the local Maasai as 'Siringitu' - the place where the land moves on forever - thirty thousand square kilometres of World heritage biosphere which is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. The annual wildebeest and zebra migration takes place here just before the rains in October, and the park is home to the Big Five - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceros. You'll be staying at safari camp inside Serengeti, with luxury safari tents, delicious meals and wildlife wandering right past!
When you travel with MHE, you can be assured that we are backed by many years in the business of providing safe and sustainable adventure trips. The staff you deal with in the office, all the way through to the guides and drivers have years of experience in safe and enjoyable travelling behind them. We can advise you on the right gear, the right training, and no question is too crazy for us to answer.
Our trips are designed for your maximum enjoyment and comfort, taking into consideration the environment and conditions, wherever you are. You will find that lodges and facilities higher up are not as luxurious as those in big towns and cities.
We use the best available accommodation. Please remember though that you are in a remote and difficult location, and your expectations should be reduced accordingly.
We believe in sustainable, ethical and responsible tourism. Our guides are all certified and trained, and our drivers all have many years of experience on the mountain roads. Our crew are all insured, and provided with suitable clothing and equipment.
We support the local economy wherever possible, and do NOT encourage giving any gifts of sweets, pens etc to the charming local children you meet along the way. If you are really interested to donate something, please discuss with us first.
Our "all inclusive" trip means that you are not constantly rummaging for money, and you know up front what is included.
Trip starts from: Moshi/Arusha, Tanzania No. of days of the trip: 13 No. of trekking days: 09 Maximum altitude: 5895 m Trekking Grade: Moderately Challenging
All-Inclusive Cost: Please call us for details
We are adventure lovers here at MHE and want to make adventure travel accessible to any one who yearns it. That is why we've introduced the Pay Monthly scheme. That's right, you can now pay in manageable monthly instalments! Simply call us for more details.
DAY 1: FLY TO MOSHI, TANZANIA
Take an early morning flight from Delhi or Mumbai to Kilimanjaro Airport, Moshi, Tanzania. Ideally you should aim to arrive by 3pm local time to ensure formalities are completed and you have time to rest and get a briefing before the trek commences.
The starting point for the Lemosho Route is the Londorossi Gate. It is a two to three hour drive from Mountain Inn and on this first day you may well spend more time driving and waiting around at the gate than you will be walking.
Londorossi gate is an area made entirely out of wood. The high timber fences you see are supposed to keep wildlife out. Your chances of seeing wildlife are much better on this lower traffic route on the first few days of your climb. Keep your eye out at the gate for the black and white Colobus monkeys that reside in the trees right next to the ranger quarters.
After registration at the gate, you return the way you came, about ten minutes, through some fields and cypress plantations to get to the trail head. Some call it Londorossi, some Lemosho Glades, some Simba. You follow the muddy road here for another 20 minutes until you finally reach the real trail head and the starting point of your days climb. Your trek begins in the dense, misty rainforest. The forest is beautiful and full of smaller wildlife, Colobus and blue monkeys being conspicuous. Along the way, you'll stop for a picnic lunch. This very first day on the Lemosho Route has several steep sections, but it only takes two to three hours to reach your first campsite, Mti Mkubwa, or Big Tree Camp.
The camp is located (as the name says) under a big tree, with plenty of monkeys and birds around which if not seen will definitely be heard in the evenings and mornings.
Altitude gained: 550 metres (1,795 feet) Terrain: rough forest path through dense vegetation. Summary: a short but demanding trek with some steep sections
DAY 3: MTI MKUBWA - SHIRA 1 CAMP. TREK 4-5 HRS
The second day may be 'only' a four to five hour walk, but it won't be a short day. The trail is very steep today and you will take many breaks.
Once you reach the first major ridge, you leave the forest behind and enter the moorland with its giant heathers, as you work your way up towards the Shira Plateau. Through a few more steep ridges, offering great views, a well-deserved break then a descent into the valley on the other side.
Eventually, sometime after lunch, the path flattens out and before you know it, you are standing on the edge of the Shira Plateau (3,612 m) with Kibo straight ahead of you, the Shira Ridge to your right and the plateau below. From the Ridge you will gently descend to your camp for the night, Shira 1 at 3,480 m.
It sounds like a difficult day, but you have all the time in the world and many climbers name this as their favourite day of the walk.
Altitude gained: 830 metres (2,725 feet) Terrain: rough path crossing through the forest to moorland Summary: steep walk up to the next camp
DAY 4: SHIRA 1 CAMP - SHIRA 2 CAMP. TREK 2-4 HRS
Today is an easy paced acclimatization day of two to four hours of hiking. You will hike east across the Shira Plateau, past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp at 3,935 m. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular.
Altitude gained: 350 metres (2,340 feet) Terrain: Montane desert across the plateau Summary: steady climb up hill
You will start with a gentle walk uphill (and scrambling a bit for two short sections). Following the slope of the Shira Plateau you gradually leave the heather and moorland behind and enter the mostly barren alpine desert region, enjoying breath-taking views all the way. After some bends and ups and downs, you reach the junction with the busy Machame route. Shortly after you come to another junction. From here you will go south-east towards the Lava Tower, called the 'Sharks Tooth'. After the tower, you come to a second junction, which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 m 15,997 feet). You will now continue down to Moir Hut camp at an altitude of 3,860 m.
Rest and enjoy Dinner here.
Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit day.
Altitude gained: maximum of 1,035 m gain up to Arrow Glacier, net gain for the day is 20 metres (100 feet) Terrain: dry barren alpine path with small scrambles Summary: another great day for acclimatization, starting and ending at almost the same altitude.
DAY 6: MOIR CAMP - POFU CAMP. TREK 7-8 HRS
From the campsite, you head north for a short distance, and cross a river before meeting the day's main challenge: the Wall is close to vertical in places, your route takes a diagonal line and is not as hard as it appears at first. The scrambling itself is no more difficult than on Day One, but it is more exposed and lasts much longer - a stiff climb of over 300 metres. You will feel a great sense of achievement looking down from the top. If you aren't used to scrambling, follow behind someone who is, putting your hands where he or she does: your feet will follow. If you are worried about the exposure, don't look down. Think of the wall as a long uneven staircase with handholds. It's amazing to watch the porters calmly walk up carrying heavy weights on their heads, without using their hands.
After the Wall, the path crosses a plateau area divided by several valleys with superb views up towards the southern ice fields - in the order that you see them, they are Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers. You descend fairly steeply into the Karanga Valley (4000 m), the last water point, so before leaving stock up with water for Pofu and beyond. Most groups stop for lunch here, important fuel for the night-time attempt on the summit, but some add an additional day to the standard itinerary and camp here overnight for acclimatization.
About 3 km after the Karanga Valley, the circuit path meets the Mweka trail, which is the normal Machame descent route. You turn left at this junction, heading up toward Pofu Camp. Alternatively, your group may take a more diagonal route from Karanga Valley, in effect cutting the corner to reach Pofu. Once you are settled in, watch out for lovely evening light on Mawenzi.
As the campsite is exposed and rocky, it is especially important to familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark falls.
Altitude gained: rises 380 metres (1,250 feet) over the Barranco Wall, then falls and rises to Barafu (650 m/ 2,130 ft net gain) Terrain: after a steep, exposed climb up the Barranco Wall (some scrambling), gradients ease Summary: a taxing day, to be followed by an even tougher night, but with good views.
DAY 7: POFU CAMP - THIRD CAVE CAMP
Leave the Pofu camp and cross numerous ribs and gullies. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (3,800m).
DAY 8: THIRD CAVE CAMP - KIBO CAMP
After breakfast, you trek across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. If the view is clear it will be breathtaking, especially when you get your first peak over that ridge...The saddle is the barren plain of alpine desert between the two main peaks of Kilimanjaro: Mawenzi and Kibo. The only living things left are some hardy grasses and the occasional everlasting flower. (How DO they do it?)
The landscape can be quite dramatic, open and windswept, with big clouds rolling across it, big boulders to rest on... Many people really enjoy this part. But it all depends how well acclimatized you are. This is an easy stroll until you get to the end. The last part leading up towards the Kibo Huts is steeper, the air is thin, and you will feel the lack of oxygen.
Just before you get to the Kibo Huts you will be joining the wide beaten path of the Marangu route, and you will realize just how remote the last days have been. The Kibo Huts themselves are not exceptionally scenic, but you will likely be camping a little below them, with good views back over the saddle.
On arrival at Kibo at 4,700m have an early dinner and sleep before the summit attempt at midnight. Your day pack should be ready with everything you will need tonight: rain gear if you aren't wearing it anyway, enough water, hand warmers, balaclava... You should have fresh batteries in your head torch and camera and you should already be wearing the right clothes. Make sure everything you are wearing is bone dry!
This is the big night...Dinner and overnight Kibo Camp
DAY 9: SUMMIT- MILLENIUM CAMP
An early start (00:00am) for the summit Uhuru peak, highest point in Africa at 5,895m. After an initial little scramble over some small cliffs to get out of the Barafu Camp, the path becomes easier to follow. But it doesn't take long and you reach a sharp turn to the left. And then it starts, the endless succession of switchbacks, snaking back and forth, back and forth, up the steep slope of loose, volcanic scree that is the side of Kibo Peak. As steep as the slope is, due to the many switchbacks the path itself isn't all that bad. However, the scree is loose and you keep sliding down, and nothing's easy without oxygen. The air is incredibly thin, getting thinner all the time.
Don't push yourelf too hard. Take all the time you need and don't let anyone pressure you into moving faster than you feel comfortable to. Steady, steady, one tiny little step after the other. Other groups overtaking you? Let them go! It doesn't matter if you reach Uhuru Peak or even the rim in time for sunrise. It only matters that you reach it and that you will be able to get back down safely! You cannot move too slowly on Kilimanjaro.
Click photos, celebrate getting to the top of one of the Seven Summits, enjoy the sunrise if you made it in time, then descend to finally reach Millennium Camp (3,790m) for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 10: MILLENIUM CAMP - MOSHI
Walk down across the Alpine moorland to Mweka Gate for a picnic, presentation of certificates and photos. Please note that this is a long walk-off lasting 5 to 6 hours, perhaps even longer if there is rain on the route.) As the southern flank tends to be wet, it is quite likely that you will encounter wet and very muddy conditions in the rainforest section on this last day. Please be prepared for this and do not expect an easy jaunt back to the gate! Nevertheless, the route is very beautiful and worth the effort.
DAY 11: FLY ARUSHA - SERENGETI
04:30am transfer to Moshi airstrip in time for 06:30am flight to Serengeti National Park. On arrival at Serengeti (approx. 08:30am), meet your safari driver and proceed for game drives with picnic lunch. Serengeti is home to lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, cape buffalo, and the famous wildebeest and zebra migrations around October each year.
Overnight at Ang'ata Serengeti Camp.
DAY 12: SERENGETI SAFARI
Morning and afternoon game drives in Central Serengeti.
Overnight at Ang'ata Serengeti Camp.
DAY 13: FLY SERENGETI - MOSHI - DEPART TANZANIA
Breakfast. Transfer to Seronera Airstrip in time for 10:35am flight to Moshi. Arrival at Moshi airstrip at approximately 15:40pm. Transfer to your overnight flight home.
Our "all inclusive" trip means that you are not constantly rummaging for money, and you know up front what is included.
2 Nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn on half board basis sharing
All meals on the mountain on full board basis prepared by our trained chef /cook and eating utensils
Kilimanjaro National Park conservation (entry) fees
Kilimanjaro National Park Rescue fees /Camping fees or hut fees
Four or Three seasons Light dome tent per two persons sharing on camping based route
Camping chair, table, 1 dining tent for the camping route
Kilimanjaro National Park trained and certified English speaking Mountain guides
Kilimanjaro National Park trained Porters
2 Oxygen cylinders
Boiled drinking water on the trek
1 portable toilet
1 transfer from Moshi to Park gates per group
1 transfer from Park gates from Moshi per group
Safes and luggage storage room at Mountain Inn while on the trek
All government taxes included.
Accommodation as per itinerary
National Park conservation fees as applicable to the itinerary
Game drives as indicated
4x4 Land cruiser with English speaking driver-guide
Loose comfortable T-Shirts NOT COTTON or long sleeved shirts for sun protection
Long trousers (for cultural reasons, we request you not to wear tight pants or
shorts. If you really want to wear shorts, please make them loose fitting and long)
A warm jacket / fleece pullover
A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
A water and wind proof layer (jacket and pants)
Woollen or thermal gloves
Sun hat and sun glasses
Woollen or fleece hat
Scarf / stretchy ‘buff’
Socks – depending on the season bring either warm, woollen socks or cool, breathable cotton socks
Sports shoes / comfortable walking shoes
Sandals or flip flops for indoors
A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, travel towel, etc
Ziplock bags are handy for convenient leak-proof storage
Sun block and lip balm
Dust mask/ scarf / stretchy ‘buff’ for dusty trails
Personal first aid kit + any personal medications you need to take + water treatment tablets/drops
Camera, batteries and charger, music, book
Airtight and waterproof ‘dry bags’ are great for 1) keeping your clothes dry and 2) storing your dirty
laundry separate from clean clothes!
Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 litres of water and have bottles that can handle boiling/hot water
HEAD TORCH and spare batteries
Your sense of humour and adventure!
Make sure your clothing is suitable for extreme cold and warm temperatures - the days get warm, but there is a wind chill factor, so plan for layers.
What to take with you in your day pack:
Please carry the following in your day pack, as a minimum:
2 litres of water (please make sure your water bottles will take boiling/hot water)
Sunscreen, sun glasses, sun hat, lip balm, dust mask / scarf / ‘buff’ to help on dusty trails
Warm fleece or thermal layer and gloves
Water proof layer
Any money you want for snacks/drinks along the trail
CRITICAL – take any personal medications you require during the day – you will not see your kit bag until evening.
The rest you can put into your kit bag which will be carried by the porters, whom you won’t see until camp in the evening. It’s a great idea to use dry bags (ie airtight/waterproof) in your kit bag to store your dry clothes in to keep them DRY in case it rains and one to put your dirty laundry in (to keep from making everything else in your bag smell bad!).
Altitude and preventing Altitude Sickness
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Data indicates that drinking 3-4 litres of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process.
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and other altitude medications and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice. If anything happens to your guide the first aid kit has a Wilderness Medicine handbook with comprehensive information about altitude sickness and other ailments.
When relevant, your pre-trek briefing will include information about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
For more information on AMS, please do read up here:
Tipping and cash requirements:
While all main meals are provided on trek, do not forget to bring some money for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes.
The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice. Tipping is now common but there is no strict rule about how much the tip should be. Needless to say, you should only tip if you are satisfied with the service.
Photographing and interacting with local people:
During your trek you will have many opportunities to photograph local people and the amazing scenery and you will use tons of film/memory space! When you want to take a photo of a person, please ask them first and respect their right to refuse – you will be surprised how easy it is to convey the request to take someone’s photo even when you don’t share a common language!
If you have a digital camera it is considerate (and fun!) to show them their photo and if it’s possible to arrange to have copies printed and sent to them this is an amazing gift! However do not promise to do so if you are not sure you can deliver on the promise, so please talk to your guide about this! Photos can be a brilliant way to establish a connection with local people, but please respect their right to privacy.
Refrain from giving money or food to children. There are many good organisations working to help these children and we recommend you support them instead of encouraging them to beg. One other way is to collect books, pencils and other such articles and donate them to village schools you will find on your way.
Considering the Environment:
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips.
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment - people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
Pick up any litter along the trail.
Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source.
Try and avoid making a campfire - if you must, be sure to use only fallen wood. Do not consume food cooked on wood fires.
Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic bottles are a problem.
Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora.
Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate).
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.