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A great journey for the adventurer who wants to face the ultimate challenge of standing on the "Roof of Africa".
Destinations > Tanzania > Mount Kilimanjaro
Six nights accommodation, meals as per itinerary, arrival transfer in Kilimanjaro, services of mountain guide and porters, pre and post climb accommodation, hut and rescue fees.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenge that any fit person can attempt. The trek is demanding, but you’re rewarded by the achievement of conquering Africa’s highest peak. The easiest and most popular route to the summit is the Marangu Route. The real highlight is the walk from Gillman's Point along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. The view as the sun rises behind Mawenzi on a clear morning is absolutely magnificent.
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This is the chance to take on your biggest challenge and climb Mount Kilimanjaro and stand on the "Roof of Africa".
Watch the sunrise from Gillman’s Point before continuing to Uhuru Peak, passing spectacular glaciers near the summit.
Experience spectacular views of the Rift Valley, Mount Meru and the Masai Steppes as they stand from the endless plains.
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Upon arrival you will be transferred from Kilimanjaro airport to the Springlands Hotel located in Moshi Town close to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you will have a climb briefing and time to prepare and overnight.
The National Park Gate (1,830m) lies at the edge of Marangu. After completing the entrance formalities, you will climb up through attractive and unspoilt forest to reach the clearing containing Mandara Hut (2,700m), a group of comfortable 'A' frame wooden huts. The volcanic remains of Maundi Crater are nearby and make a good afternoon excursion. An alternative is to rest and enjoy the beautiful forest. There is a rich birdlife around the huts and monkeys are often seen as well. (3-5 hours walking). (B)(L)(D)
The first part of the walk today is a steep ascent through the forest, but the path soon opens out into grassy moorland and in clear weather there are good views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. You will climb steadily through the moorland zone, containing giant heathers and occasional stands of groundsel, to eventually reach the hut complex at Horombo (3,720m). Sunrises and sunsets here are often spectacular and the site is close to the glaciated dome of Kibo. There is a real sense of being above the clouds here. (4-6 hours walking). (B)(L)(D)
You will climb very gradually towards the lunar desert of the Saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The terrain changes to scree and there is a palpable sense of high altitude wilderness. You should reach Kibo Hut (4,700m) at the bottom of the crater wall by midday. The remainder of the day is spent resting and eating in preparation for the final climb before a very early night! (4-5 hours walking). (B)(L)(D)
You will start your ascent by torchlight at about 1.00am, aiming to be up at Gillman's Point by sunrise. The initial climb is steep over loose volcanic scree but there are some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will have you up to Gillman's (5,685m) in about five or six hours. You will rest here and spend some time taking in the sunrise. If you're still feeling strong, you can make the three hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent is surprisingly fast and you will return to Horombo for the night. (11-15 hours walking). (B)(L)(D)
You will retrace your steps with a pleasant moorland walk to Mandara and then a lovely forest walk to the National Park gates. The greenness and lushness of the forest is quite a stunning contrast to the summit day and it really makes you realise how varied the scenery on Kilimanjaro really is. (5-6 hours walking). When you finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to Springlands Hotel for the night. (B)
After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight. (B)
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