There are few mountains you can summit at 5895m without ropes. And there are fewer mountains with the storied history, allure and incredible views of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Bucket Listers arrive from the world over to trek to the top, which is certainly no walk in the park. We fancy your chances of success with an 8-day trek acclimatizing to the altitude, enjoying the scenic Rongai Route with the aid of outstanding guides, chefs and porters. Inspired by the snow-capped peak of Uhuru throughout, you’ll ascend in the early morning hours to one of the most magical and well-earned sunrises on the bucket list.
Length of Trip : 8 days
World Expeditions offer a fully guided trekking trip to Uhuru Peak, trekking in along the Rongai Route.
The trip includes:
• 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
• 2 nights in 3 star hotel in Marangu on a twinshare basis
• 5 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
• Group camping equipment including tent (sleeping bag and mat not included ‐ can be hired locally)
• Experienced local mountain guides, cook and camp crew
• Park entrance fees valued at US$826
• Emergency oxygen
The cost is CA$3995 per person, and does not include transport to and from Kilimanjaro Airport. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. They arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if they can not match you up they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
Best time to go : April and May are the months with long rains that should be avoided if considering this climb. November brings short rains but it seldom rains all day. In spite of its equatorial location, Kilimanjaro can have severe weather conditions at the higher altitudes and you need to be prepared for temperatures well below freezing at the summit.
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : Best suited to older kids with solid trekking experience.
Where to eat :
The 8-day trip includes 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners. Delicious (and much appreciated) hot meals are prepared at the camp by the trek chef.
Official Site :
World Expeditions Kilimanjaro ‐ Rongai Route:
Where to Stay :
The trip includes
2 nights in 3 star hotel in Marangu on a twinshare basis
5 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
Group camping equipment including tent
Note that this does not include your sleeping bag and mat, but they can be hired locally if you’d prefer not to bring your own.
Getting There :
There are direct flights to Kilimanjaro Airport via Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Doha and Nairobi and Istanbul, as well as private bus services and shuttles from Nairobi to Moshi or Arusha. You’ll fly into Kilimanjaro Airport on Day 1, and make your way by taxi to the Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort in Marangu to meet you guides and fellow trekkers. If you are already in Arusha or fly in the afternoon, there is a complimentary group transfer to Marangu, departing from the Ilboru Safari Lodge.
Note from Robin :
World Expeditions use professional, highly rated guides, porters and gear, so you’re in safe and responsible hands. Trekking towards Kilimanjaro via the Rongai route is not only beautiful and fascinating (hello little Colobus monkey!) but it’s a great way to acclimatize too. The more days you in the trek, the easier your summit will be. Kilimanjaro is unique in that you can summit without climbing experience, but you should be fit and be prepared for hiking at altitude. It can get extremely cold ( up to minus 15C!), wet and tough, so stay positive and invest in the right kind of gear (a full list will be provided). Guides are on the lookout for AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and are well trained to deal with any emergencies. The final stretch involves 11- 15 hours of walking, but the reward is a bucket list view, and a tick on the Global Bucket List! Consider extending your trip (and your bucket list) with some downtime in Zanzibar or in the Serengeti.
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