To the Top of Africa – Kilimanjaro Trek (10D8N)

 

Depart Singapore:

27 February 2015 (Friday)

 

Depart Kilimanjaro:

08 March 2015 (Sunday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a trekking trip Trekking

 

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Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres.

The Machame Route is a beautiful route up Kilimanjaro that allows you to experience the southwest and south sides of the mountain as you ascent one way and descent another. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo’s great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the spunky hiker a continuous scenic slide show.

Join us at the top of Africa!

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (27 Feb): Depart Singapore for Tanzania

  • Depart Singapore for Kilimanjaro airport, Tanzania.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: On-board flight

 

 

KilimanjaroDay 2 (28 Feb): Arrive in Kilimanjaro Airport – Transfer to Arusha

  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport by representative and drive to Arusha for your stay tonight.

Meals provided: -

Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel or similar, Arusha

 

 

Day 3 (01 Mar): Arusha – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

  • Trek Day 1 Walking Time: 5-7 hours;
  • Elevation: 1,490m to 2,980m
  • KilimanjaroAfter breakfast, drive from hotel to Machame Village (1,490m) where your guides and porters prepare and pack your equipment and supplies.
  • If the road is very muddy, it may be impossible to drive from the village to the Machame Gate, and in this case, it will take you an hour to complete the muddy 3km walk to the gate.
  • Complete registering at the park office and you will start your ascent and enter the rain forest.
  • Enjoy your lunch at halfway stop.
  • Reach Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
  • In the evening, enjoy the dinner prepared by the porter and cook.

Meals provided: Breakfast (in hotel), Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Basic camping, Montane Forest

 

 

Day 4 (02 Mar): Machame Camp – Shira Camp

  • Trek Day 2 Walking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Elevation: 2,980m to 3,840m
  • KilimanjaroRise early and after breakfast, climb for an hour to the top of the forest, then for 2 hours through a gentle moorland.
  • After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira Plateau where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now west of Kibo on the opposite side of the mountain from the Marangu Route.
  • After a short hike west, you will reach the shira campsite.
  • Dinner and rest for the day. The night at this exposed camp will be colder, with temperatures dropping below freezing.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Basic camping, Moorland

 

Day 5 (03 Mar): Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

  • Trek Day 3 Walking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Elevation: 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,950m
  • KilimanjaroAfter breakfast, you will walk up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass.
  • After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower, also called the “Shark’s Tooth.” at 4,630m. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it.
  • After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950m.
  • Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner.
  • On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. This day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Basic camping, Semi-desert

 

Day 6 (04 Mar): Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

  • Trek Day 4 Walking Hours: 4 hours
  • Elevation: 3,950m to 4,200m
  • KilimanjaroAfter spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is.
  • The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley and goes over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route.
  • You have now completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Basic camping, Alpine Desert

 

Day 7 (05 Mar): Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

  • Trek Day 5 Walking Hours: 4 hours
  • Elevation: 4,200m to 4,550m
  • KilimanjaroThe famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents.
  • Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb. This should include replacing your headlamp and camera batteries, and to prevent freezing, consider carrying your water in a thermal flask.
  • Go to bed by 7pm and try to get a few hours of precious sleep.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Basic camping, Alpine Desert

 

Day 8 (06 Mar): Summit Day! Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

  • Trek Day 6 Walking Hours: 6-8 hours up; 7-8 hours down
  • Elevation: 4,550m to 5,895m (summit) to 3,100m
  • KilimanjaroYou will rise around 11.00pm and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night.
  • Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers.
  • At Stella Point (5,685m), you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.
  • Depending on the season and weather, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak.
  • On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life.
  • Descend 3 hours from the summit back to Barafu Camp. Have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100m).
  • This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon.
  • Wash up and dinner and have a good rest after a long day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Basic camping, Stone Scree

 

Day 9 (07 Mar): Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha

  • Trek Day 7 Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation: 3,100m to 1,980m to 890m
  • KilimanjaroAfter a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate.
  • At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates.
  • From the Mweka Gate, continue down to Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles.
  • In the Mweka Village, you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you will be driven back to Arusha for a well-deserved hot shower and a comfortable night.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The African Tulip Hotel or similar, Arusha

 

Day 10 (08 Mar): Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport

  • Free and easy in the morning in Arusha. Depart around 11am and drive to Kilimanjaro airport for your onward flight home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

** This trip can be extended to visit safari for game drives before or after the trek. Contact us for more information.

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD3999.00

Single Pax

SGD4169.00

(Price is for minimum 6 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details)

Highlights

  • Walk among the clouds, high on the ‘roof of Africa’
  • Discover rain forests, moorlands, lava formations, alpine meadows, glittering glaciers
  • Marvellous 360 degree views from the roof of Africa at 5,895m!
  • Traverse the wild heath and moorlands of Shira Plateau
  • Enjoy wild camping in magnificent, scenic locations
  • Spot monkeys and other wildlife in the rainforest

Package Inclusions

  • 2 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room in hotel in Arusha (before and after trek)
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in tent
  • Airport transfers & related transport
  • Transport to and from mountain gates
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Services of professional English-speaking mountain guide & assistant guide(s)
  • Services of a professional cook and all kitchen and dining utensils
  • Enough porters for your luggage, food, water, sleeping tent and dining tent
  • Salaries, park fees, shelter and food for guides, cook and porters
  • Kilimanjaro National Park entry fees and camping fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Emergency oxygen cylinder(s)
  • All camping equipment (e.g. sleeping tent, mess tent, table, chairs, etc.)
  • 1.5” thick foam mattress with waterproof cover designed for mountain excursion
  • Use of radios/phones to increase your safety
  • All Government taxes and levies

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Kilimanjaro – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Mountain trekking gears & winter sleeping bags (available for rent upon request)
  • Drinks other than drinking water
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, political situation, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 15 Dec 2014. Subjected to availability and change.

 

27 February 2015

Singapore (SIN) to Dubai (DXB):

Emirates (EK 353) 1010hrs – 1345hrs

 

28 February 2015

Dubai (DXB) to  Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO):

Kenya Airways (KQ 311) 0245hrs – 0650hrs

 

28 February 2015

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO) to Kilimanjaro (JRO):

Kenya Airways (KQ 420) 0900hrs – 1005hrs

 

08 March 2015

Kilimanjaro (JRO) to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO):

Precision Air (PW 727) 1500hrs – 1600hrs

 

08 March 2015

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta (NBO) to Dubai (DXB):

Kenya Airways (KQ 310) 1910hrs – 0125hrs (+1)

 

09 March 2015

Dubai (DXB) to Singapore (SIN):

Emirates (EK 354) 0315hrs – 1440hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD1,362.65

 

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