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Mount Kilimanjaro Trek

Departure/Return Location
Moshi, Tanzania
Trek Departure Date
21 Sept - 30 Sept 2019
21 Sept - 30 Sept 2020
Dates are flexible. 
Trek Length
10 Days
Physicality
8/10
Age
12+ years
Months
April, May, June, July, August, September October, November
Group size
Maximum 16 
 

Tour Inclusions

  • 3 night's accommodation in Moshi. Extra nights are available at an additional cost. *Based on Twin Share - Breakfasts included.
  • Services of PNG Trekking Adventures highly experienced tour leader/guide.
  • Airport Transfers: Kilimanjaro Airport-Moshi return.
  • Pre Climb briefing on arrival in Moshi
  • Small groups we want our clients to have a very personal journey and not just be a number.
  • Cultural and environment aspects of the mountain.
  • Enrollment in the Flying Doctor Service for emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro climbing permit & Crater Permit.
  • 7 night accommodation in mountain tents. We use the highest quality expedition tents. Based on twin share.
  • All meals on expedition
  • All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, and government taxes.
  • Services of our own trained English-speaking mountain guide, and a skilled cook (serving as a porter), and enough porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a dinning tent.
  • African crew accommodation, food and repatriation back home. 
  • Road transfers to start of the climb and back to your hotel. 
  • Use of radios/phones to increase your safety.
  • Private Toilet tents at each camp site
  • Oxygen and Helmet's are supplied for all crater expeditions. 
  • Airport Transfers
  • Risk Management and responsible ecological practices on the climb
  • Mount Kilimanjaro booklet & Map
  • Mount Kilimanjaro Polo Shirt and Certificate

Tour Exclusions:

  •  International Airfares
  • Passport, Visa 
  • Traveler's insurance.
  • Vaccinations & Anti Malaria medicines
  • Extra meals and beverages & anything of a personal nature at hotels and restaurants
  • Tips to guides and porters
  • *Single Accommodation supplement US$200.00

Equipment List

Please do not underestimate how cold it can get on Mt Kilimanjaro. 

  • Bottom Layer - TOP - Polyprop/Merino long sleeved top x 2
  • Bottoms Layer - LEGS - Polyprop/Merino long sleeved pants x 2
  • Second Layer - Long Sleeved quick dry shirt x 2
  • Third Layer - Long Sleeved Merino or similar top
  • Forth Layer - Fleece Wind Jacket
  • Fifth Layer - Gortex jacket
  • Sixth Layer - Down (lightweight) or pile jacket. Wear this at night when arrive at camp and whilst having lunch.
  • Long trekking zip off pants
  • Water proof pants (light Weight)
  • Gaiters-Long
  • Socks x 3-Opossum hair socks are fantastic as they don’t smell and are extremely warm. They can be worn for up to 5 days without being washed.
  • Trekking Boots-Ankle high waterproof boots (Gortex probably best). Make sure there is plenty of room at the front for toes when going downhill.
  • Water proof gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Beanie
  • Light weight balaclava
  • Base ball Cap/Sun hat
  • Merino/wool neck gaiter or scarf
  • 3 sets of underwear
  • Sleeping Bag-must be suitable for -20 degrees
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional –adds 4-5 degrees of warmth)
  • Self Inflating mattress-Thermarest
  • Small pillow
  • 3-4 stuff sacks. (Sea to Sky larger ones are better, 1 of these is needed for your sleeping bag.
  • Runners or similar for at night. We have crocks lined with lamb’s wool.
  • Day Pack-Must be 35 litres and comfortable.
  • Kit bag or Rucksack 60 litres (in preference to a lge back-pack)
  • Camel Pack – 3 litres
  • 1 water bottle Nalgene 900ml-water an ordinary bottle freezes on summit climb.
  • 2 trekking poles-absolutely essential
  • Head Torch with plenty of extra batteries and spare bulbs
  • Sun glasses
  • Lip balm (important) and sunscreen
  • Toiletries-Toothbrush/paste, toilet paper, soap, quick dry towel, shampoo
  • Antiseptic hand gel
  • Camera, spare batteries and memory card. No power or cell phone coverage on mountain.
  • Bag must be lockable for leaving gear in back at hotel (1 between 2 is fine)
  • Zip lock bags/dry sacks to pack stuff in
  • Book to read
  • Nail brush suitable for cleaning boots and poles before travelling back home 

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Ibuprofen based pain killer
  • Panadol extra or similar headache medication
  • Throat lozenges
  • Lomitol/Gastro stop.
  • Fabric Band aid and roll of fabric tape-Strapping knees/ankles
  • Purification tabs water treatment (water is purified on the mountain however you may like to add additional purification)
  • *Diamox-See your Dr about this AMS drug.

You may feel queasy from the altitude when climbing. Please feel free to bring along some nibbles e.g sweets that you particularly like. Anything that you think you can keep digested.

  *Diamox (Acetazolamide) is used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness. This medication can decrease headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath that can occur when you climb quickly to high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters). It is particularly useful in situations when you cannot make a slow ascent. The best ways to prevent altitude sickness is to climb slowly,

Recommended dose 125 to 250mg twice daily starting one or two days prior to and continuing for three days once the highest altitude is reached, is effective. No medication should be taken without Dr's approval.  

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about the above list.

Trek Overview

Standing Astride the equator, yet permanently snow-capped, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's rooftop and the world's highest freestanding mountain. Surrounded by some of the world's greatest game reserves, Kilimanjaro towers above these hot, fertile plains like a massive sentinel, beckoning adventurers to climb her. Many travellers are attracted to her highest point-Uhuru Peak on Kibo - which can be reached by several easy walking or scrambling tracks. The two main summits of Kilimanjaro: craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and 'flat-altitude, semi-desert. Kilimanjaro possesses a whole range of environments including the summit glaciers, screes, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests, which lead down to cultivated foothills. PNG Trekking Adventures takes the Lemosho and Crater Camp Track. The Lemosho Track is an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals. We choose to reach the summit via the Arrow Glacier route, also referred to as the Western Breach approach. This route includes camping at Arrow Glacier and the Crater camp before a short 2 hour climb to the summit. The overnight camping at and the climb from Arrow Glazier to the Crater camp is often referred to as dangerous due to glacial rock movement. It is not uncommon to hear rock falls during the night and to experience loose rock and melting ice on the ascent to the crater camp. The path is directly up a rocky amphitheater and often requires strenuous scrambling over steep rock. It is not technical but definitely requires more fitness and strength than the standard routes up Mt Kilimanjaro. Our guides are extremely experienced and are among only a few who are confident to use this route. Follow up your Kilimanjaro Summit and take a Masai Mara Safari, followed by trekking up to see the Silver Back Gorilla's in Rwanda.
Friends and family that may not wish to climb the mountain but would like to do the Safari or Gorilla's we can organise for them to come across to Moshi in Tanzania a couple of days prior to the climb finishing. We can transport them out to the gates of Kilimanjaro to be there when the group comes off the mountain.

Trek Details

Our Team: Group accompanied by experienced PNGTA guide. Guide ratio.1:2 trekkers. 
Success: Likely the highest success rate of any guide service with nearly 100% due to longer summit itinerary. 
Safety: We carry oxygen, helmets, med kits, satellite phone and local communications equipment on each expedition. We have a 100% safety record. Clients will sign a waiver with TANAPA for this route as it is not without risk due to rock fall. Wearing helmets and taking oxygen is compulsory. 
Food: We offer carefully planned, nutritious meals, prepared by trained chefs on the mountain. Dietary requirements can be catered for. 
Experience: Our guides are extremely experienced and are among only a few who are confident to use this route. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Moshi, Tanzania

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport the group will be met by PNG Trekking Adventures representatives and transferred to their hotel in Moshi. After booking in there will be a climb briefing of what is going to happen over the next 8 days. Hotel Accommodation

Day 2: Londorossi Park, Big Tree Camp Site

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 2.5 hours). From here forest tracks requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite. (2,750m) Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 3: Big Tree, Shira Plateau

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone, several streams are crossed on the way to the Shira Ridge (3,600m) and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp (3,500m) located by a stream on the Shira Plateau. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 4: Shira Plateau, Shira Camp

After breakfast a gentle trek across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp (3,850m) on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 5: Shira Camp, Lava Tower Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower Campsite (4,630), called the "Shark's Tooth." This afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatization walk. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 6: Lava Tower, Arrow Glacier Camp

After breakfast we head off and come to the second junction which leads us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876 meters. It is an easy days walking, but the altitude has to be taken into account. We will all be feeling the effects. This afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatisation walk. The overnight camping at Arrow Glazier camp is often referred to as dangerous due to glacial rock movement. It is not uncommon to hear rock falls during the night and to experience loose rock and melting ice on the ascent to the crater camp. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 7: Arrow Glacier, Mt Kilimanjaro Crater

After breakfast we leave the Arrow Glacier campsite and head straight up to the crater, scrambling over rock most of the time. It is very energy sapping at this altitude. The path is directly up a rocky amphitheater and often requires strenuous scrambling over steep rock. It is not technical but definitely requires more fitness and strength than the standard routes up Mt Kilimanjaro. We may get the opportunity to explore the Furtwangler Glacier and the rarely visited Ash Pit. It will get extremely cold tonight and most of us will experience difficulty in sleeping due to the altitude (5,640) but the excitement of the summit so close will keep us focused. Tent Accommodation (BLD)

Day 8: Crater, Summit, Moshi

We will rise at 4am and after a quick cup of tea we will start out for the slow but short climb to the summit. We should be on Uhuru (5,895) the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro around 6am to watch the sunrise. After spending 15-30 minutes on the summit we begin our descent back down to Millennium camp for brunch. This part of the descent takes about 4 hours. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. After brunch, we continue the long but satisfying journey down to the Mweka Park Gate, approximately 6-8 hours. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Park gate to drive us back to the hotel and a well deserved shower and comfy nights sleep. Hotel Accommodation (BL)

Day 9: Moshi Rest Day

Well deserved rest day to enjoy Moshi and surrounds. Hotel Accommodation (B)
 

Day 10: Depart Moshi

Depart hotel after breakfast or early afternoon depending on flight schedules. Transfer to airport for homeward journey or continue on safari extension.

OR go on Safari. Please make inquiries.

Clients can forfeit the Rest Day on Day 9 if time poor. 
We would also suggest if coming in on a long haul flight consider taking a rest day prior to the climb commencing. US$170 based on twin share (half board) Single Supplement US$105.00

Dates

21 Sept - 30 Sept 2019 
21 Sept - 30 Sept 2020
Trek dates are flexible

Trek Prices (USD)

6 x Pax      $3950.00 per person
7 x Pax      $3685.00 per person
8 x Pax      $3520.00 per person
9 x Pax      $3410.00 per person
10 x Pax    $3295.00 per person
Single Supplement $200.00
Clients will have to sign a waiver with TANAPA for this route as it's not without risk due to rock fall and wearing helmets is a must. Price includes helmets. 

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