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Challenge yourself on this iconic trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m), the highest point in Africa. Following the less-used and scenic Lemosho route, climb and descend on different paths, walking through the mountain's varied climatic regions and admiring the changing plant and animal life.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights simple camping
2 nights comfortable lodge
Challenging and Tough
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts today in the peaceful surrounds of our comfortable pre and post-trek accommodation in Moshi - the Weru Weru River Lodge
Your trek Leader plans to meet everyone in the hotel reception at 5pm for the welcome meeting which will include a full trek briefing. Afterwards we'll enjoy an included group dinner together at the lodge. There are no other activities planned for today. It is important to try and arrive in time for the briefing which includes essential information about your trek. However, if you do miss it, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If you would like an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is around 45 minutes' drive from our hotel.
If you arrive earlier today, the Lodge has a swimming pool and garden where you can relax with some great views across Mount Kilimanjaro.
Weru Weru River Lodge (or similar)
After a drive through farmland and plantations we reach the Londorossi National Park Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro. We continue from there to the Lemosho roadhead at 2100m/6890ft from where we start our trek up the mountain. We will climb steadily through the lush forest of the Lemosho Glades to reach Big Tree Camp (2780m/9121ft). Porters will assist throughout the trek carrying your trek kitbag. You only need to carry what you will need for the day - waterproofs, camera, water bottle, extra fleece, sunhat, packed lunch and 3 litres of drinking water. Please note that drones are not permitted in Kilimanjaro National Park without a permit, please refer to the equipment section of the trip notes for more information.
Today's 7 kilometre/4.4 mile trek is expected to take approximately 3 to 4 hours with an ascent of 680m/2231ft.
Big Tree Forest Camp (or similar)
Today we trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the camp at Shira One (3500m/11,484ft), from where there are often views of Kibo Peak, seemingly floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.
Today's 8.5 kilometre/5.3 mile trek is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 hours with an ascent of 720m/2362ft.
Shira 1 Camp (or similar)
Today we have the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatisation and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our tents will be set up for us at the Shira 2 Camp (3900m/12,796ft). In the afternoon there's the option to take an acclimatisation walk to the junction of the trail to the Moir Hut.
The 8 kilometre/5 mile trek between the camps at Shira 1 and 2 is expected to take approximately 5 hours with an ascent of 400m/1312ft. The afternoon acclimatisation trek is an additional 1 to 2 hours.
Shira 2 Camp (or similar)
Today's walk is longer and perfect for our acclimatisation as we will ascend to a high point of 4640 metres/15224 feet before descending to a lower altitude for the night. Our trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. We reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 metres/15224 feet), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy a leisurely lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 metres/12993), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.
Today's 10 kilometres/6.2 miles trek is expected to take approximately 7 to 8 hours with an ascent of 740 metres/2428 feet and descent of 680 metres/2231 feet.
Barranco Camp (or similar)
Today's trek starts with a steep ascent of the Barranco Wall, a rocky cliff almost 260 metres/853 feet high, that is believed to have been created by a huge landslide around 100,000 years ago. The trail wends its way up the 'Wall' and there are sections of what could be termed as light scrambling where you will be pulling yourself up over the rocks and it's easiest to put your trekking poles away. You don't need any technical ability and we will take it slowly. The climb leads to an undulating trail on the south eastern side of Kibo; if we are lucky with the weather there will be great views of the Southern Ice Fields. The terrain ranges from volcanic scree to pockets of lush vegetation as we make our descent into the Karanga Valley followed by an ascent to our campsite at 4035 metres/13239 feet. This valley is the last water point on the approach to Barafu.
Today's 6 kilometre/3.7 miles trek from the Barranco Valley to Karanga is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 hours with an ascent of 360 metres/1181 feet and descent of 185 metres/607 feet.
Karanga Camp (or similar)
This morning we make a steep climb out of the Karanga Valley following an easy path on compacted scree constantly gaining altitude with good views, until we reach our camp at Barafu (4640m/15,224ft). This afternoon we rest in preparation for the final night time ascent, and plan to get a very early night!
Today's 6 kilometre/3.7 mile trek is expected to take approximately 4 to 5 hours with an ascent of 605m/1985ft.
Barafu Camp (or similar)
Today we make our final ascent to the summit at 5,895m/19,341ft before descending over 2000m/6562ft to our last camp site. It is undoubtedly a long and strenuous day, particularly with the high altitude and extreme cold. We plan to make a start around midnight as at this time the scree and potential snow are still frozen and our aim is to have summited and descended before the top layer of scree becomes wet and slippery. Our path zigzags up the scree and after passing Rebmann Glacier, we reach Stella Point (5685m/18,652ft) on the crater rim. Although at times you may be able to walk for only 10 paces before you have to stop and rest, there is no doubt that it is all worth it when you reach the top. From Stella Point we continue around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895 metres/19341 feet. After time to enjoy your achievement and take those all important photographs at the famous summit sign, we descend back down the scree to Barafu Camp for a rest and something to eat. It's then a virtual continuous descent down to the Millennium Camp at 3790m/12,435ft where the air feels positively oxygen rich in comparison to where we have just ventured!
Today's walking totals 19.5 kilometre/12.1 miles and is expected to take up to 14 hours. The trek from Barafu Camp to Stella Point is an ascent of 1045m/3429ft and will take around 5 to 6 hours, with the hike from here around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (additional 210m/689ft of ascent) taking another 1 to 2 hours. The trek down from the summit to Millennium Camp, (a total descent of 2105m/6907ft), is expected to take approximately 5 to 6 hours (excluding the time spent resting at Barafu).
Millennium Campsite (or similar)
After a well-deserved night's sleep and rest, our final day on trek takes us down through the lush beauty of the rainforest, enjoying the increasing warmth and richness of the mountain air. The trail end is at the Mweka Gate (1630m/5348ft) from where we travel by road to Moshi and back to the comforts of our lodge. We will have a well-earned lunch on arrival back in Moshi.
Today's 12 kilometre/7.5 mile trek is expected to take between approximately 4 to 6 hours and is a total descent of 2160m/7087 feet.
This morning there is the option to go on a game drive around the Momella Lakes area in the neraby Arusha National Park which is famed for its high giraffe population as well as elephant, hippo and buffalo. This trip will run from approximately 0630-1300 hours. There needs to be a minimum of 2 participants for the trip to run and cost is between US$ 122-328 depending on numbers.
If you do not wish to take part in this trip then you are free to depart from the hotel in Moshi at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at the lodge. If you would like an airport transfer today, you'll need to depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), which is around 45 minutes' drive from our hotel.
Any customers who have booked to travel on our Zanzibar Extension (ref: ZI) will be transferred to Arusha Airport (around 2 hours drive away) for the flight to Zanzibar. Your Leader will advise you of your departure time from the hotel.
Total distance : 81 kilometres
The climate is tropical but varies greatly with altitude. Coastal areas and islands are hot and humid, while the central plateau is dry and arid.
Tanzania can be visited all year round and its seasons can be defined as green and dry.
The dry season is generally from June to October and January to February, with most days being fine and sunny weather with temperatures and humidity rising throughout the day. It can be cold at night, particularly in June & July.
The green season includes the rains of March to May (with the peak in April – generally during the afternoon) and November to early December. This pattern can be unpredictable. The weather system during these periods refreshes the landscape creating luscious green scenery which is not witnessed during the dry season.
The Zanzibar archipelago is a year-round destination but does have dry and rainy seasons. The dry season is between June to October and January to February. The ‘short rains’ are between November to December, when a short, afternoon rainstorm can be a daily occurrence. The ‘long rains’ occur between March to May, when days can be humid and rainy, however, sunshine is still often frequent. The changing weather patterns does mean the ‘rainy’ season is becoming less predictable.
Weather at altitude can vary to the above seasons, with the evenings being cold. Kilimanjaro features its own array of climates and biomes; between 1,800 to 2,800 metres is a rainforest climate (humid and hot), from 2,800 to 4,000 metres is dry mountain vegetation – please note night time temperatures can fall to below 0 degrees from this level. A cold desert climate with a strong equatorial sun during the day but cold nights is found between 4,000 to 5,000 metres. The summit generally has clear days though the evenings can be very cold featuring snow.
3 Pin (as per the UK), best to travel with an adapter as some lodges have 2 pin sockets.
Moshi - Excursion to Arusha National Park including park fees and lunch, Approx. $122-400 USD - depending on numbers (minimum 2 persons). This excursion runs from approximately 0630-1300hrs and is dependent on passenger flight times. Massage - Relax after your trek with a massage at the Weru Weru River Lodge Spa. Prices range from $60 - $90 USD and can vary from 60 minutes - 90 minutes. Payments by cash or card.
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. Use the following check list and notes to be sure that you have what you need for the actual trek. Jacket - After sunset, temperatures can fall below freezing. A very warm jacket is the most convenient way of keeping warm when the temperature drops. Down jackets are recommended especially for the summit attempt. Waterproofs - Breathable jacket and trouser waterproofs made from material such as Goretex not only protect against rain and wind, but also stops you from overheating. They 'breathe' and avoid the condensation that you may experience from nylon waterproofs. Long trousers - For everyday walking, light trekking trousers are the most suitable. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and become cumbersome and cold when wet. Fleece jackets: Fleece jackets are essential as nights can be very cold at altitude. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your fleeces. Thermal underwear/base layers - Long sleeve tops and long-john legging thermal underwear is essential. Cotton clothing like t-shirts are not suitable or recommended as a base layer as they do not wick away any moisture from the skin. In extreme cold, this could lead to hypothermia. It can also contribute to chaffing of the skin in sensitive areas leading to discomfort and skin irritation. Shorts - Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold! Waterproof gloves; a warm scarf & a warm hat - Heavy duty windproof gloves or mittens (such as ski gloves) and thinner liner gloves are essential. Also bring a scarf to cover your neck and a warm balaclava or a warm hat. Buff - Useful protection against dust kicked up from the scree slopes of the summit Note re: summit night clothing - Climbing Kilimanjaro is the equivalent of trekking from the Equator to the Pole. It is essential that you have the proper equipment and clothing to ensure you enjoy the trek and also give yourself the very best chance of reaching Uhuru Peak. After many years of trekking and reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, we strongly recommend that you should wear the following for your summit night Torso: You should have six or seven layers of clothing covering your chest depending on your kit specifications. Starting from your base layer to the outer shell, you should wear a long-sleeve thermal underwear layer; a comfortable long sleeve shirt; a jersey; a thin fleece; a thicker fleece and a thick waterproof and windproof outer shell that may contain a fleece lining. If you have a down jacket you may want to decrease this by one layer. Legs: You should wear three layers of clothing covering your legs. Starting from your base layer to the outer layer, you should wear long-john thermal underwear; trekking trousers and a waterproof and windproof outer shell. Extremities: Your head must be covered by a balaclava or a warm hat and your neck should be covered by a scarf. Your hands must be covered with thinner liner gloves with thick waterproof and windproof gloves on top. You must have thick clean warm socks for summit night. You might also wish to bring hand warmers for additional warmth for summit night. Most well stocked pharmacies/outdoor stores will have these available.
Walking boots - We strongly recommend walking in a good, comfortable, broken in pair of boots. Trainers and tennis shoes do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of walking boots. Ideally, visit a specialist outdoor pursuits shop who will offer advice. It is a good idea to carry your boots in your hand luggage on international flights or wear them. Gaiters are useful to keep snow and scree out of your boots. Trainers or trekking sandals - Useful in towns and when travelling and relaxing around camp. It is worth bearing in mind that trekking sandals afford you little protection from stubbing your toes when walking around rock-strewn campsites at night. Socks - It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of fairly thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don't breathe well and can cause blisters.
Your luggage should consist of three main pieces: Main baggage - The item of luggage used to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane and used to store all of the items that you don't need on trek. This can be left behind at the group hotel used prior to the trek. Trek kitbag - Before leaving Moshi there is time to re-sort luggage into what you need on trek and what can be left in Moshi. Think about what you are taking on trek (remember your sleeping bag) and then think how big your kit bag needs to be. An ex-army type can usually be obtained cheaply. A nylon or canvas bag with a zip along the top is also suitable. Whatever you choose, it must be strong and waterproof, but the porters will carry your kit in heavy duty outer bags for added protection. Soft luggage is essential as framed rucksacks are unsuitable.The weight limit for bag and its contents must not exceed 15 kg but you will probably find that you do not need this much. Daysac/Rucksack: 30-35 litres recommended. During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the luggage which is being carried for you by the porters. In any mountain region the weather can change rapidly and you must be equipped for this eventuality. Your daysac should therefore be large enough to carry waterproofs, fleece jacketweater, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun hat, sun cream, water bottle (minimum 1 litre) and your camera. Most people normally find that this adds up to about 2 to 3kg. Other optional items in a daysac might be a diary or a book to read at lunch time. We advise you to take a waterproof rucksack cover or alternatively line the sack with a large dry sack to keep the contents dry.
Personal equipment you will need to take on trek: Sleeping bag - As you do not carry it yourself, this may be down or synthetic, but it must be 4-season comfort rating (temperature -10 degrees celcius). A silk or fleece liner helps to keep your bag clean and adds extra warmth. Sleeping mat - Whilst Vaude sleeping mats are provided, they are lightweight and fairly thin. You therefore may wish to bring your own inflatable thermarest for added comfort and a good night's rest. Sleeping aids - Some people find it difficult to sleep at altitude. You may find ear plugs and an eye mask useful at night. Trekking poles - Strongly recommended. Water bottles or Platypus/CamelBak hydration system - During the trek you will be supplied with filtered water each morning in camp but this will still need to be purified. Take at least 2 x 2 litre personal water bottles or a system that allows for this much water. If you elect to use a hydration system with a tube then it is essential that the bladder and tube are insulated for high altitude and below freezing temperatures. Explore have partnered with Water-To Go who supply 75cl personal water bottles with an in-built filter that eliminates 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals. https://watertogo.eu/partnerships/explore/ If not using a filtered bottles, a personal supply of tablets/drops (approximately 40 tablets) for your water purification system is essential and should be brought with you as they are not easy to find in Moshi. Powdered fruit juice can be used to disguise the taste and this can be purchased in Moshi. Sunglassesnow goggles - Essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun hat, high factor sun cream/block and lip salve - Choose a high factor suncream (factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection. Torch/batteries/bulb - A head torch is essential at night in the camp and for lighting your way on the night time summit ascent. Bring plenty of spare batteries and a bulb. There are no facilities on the mountain to recharge any digital equipment. Personal toiletries - Essentials are toothbrush/paste, soap (preferably biodegradable), face cloth and trek (quick dry) towel. Personal First Aid Kit - on each trek a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Also please bring antibacterial hand wash for daily usage. Please do not give medicines to local staff without consulting the tour leader. Personal supplementary snacks - Although sufficient food is supplied on this tour, we recommend that you bring some high energy snacks like cereal bars and chocolate (sweets if you are lactose intolerant) with you. Dextrose and mint cake are especially good for summit night. Swimming costume - The hotel in Moshi has a pool. Two man tents, dining tent, toilet tent and all cooking and kitchen equipment are provided by Explore once you are on the trek. Equipment rental in Tanzania - the following items are available for hire locally and prices stated are for the duration of the trek. Please advise Explore in advance of your trek so prior arrangements can be made with our local agent in Moshi :- Trekking poles - $15 per pair Four-season sleeping bag - $20 Air mattress (self-inflating Therm-a-Rest style) - $10 Equipment hire and trek training days in the UK - Trek Hire UK hire out a wide range of kit including quality sleeping bags, down jackets, therm-a-rest sleeping mats and walking poles http://www.trekhireuk.com. They also run regular trek training and preparation days from their base in the Surrey Hills, ideal for getting an indication of your overall fitness level and also covering advice on kit and altitude. Drones - Are not permitted in any National Park in Tanzania without a permit. Permits cost approximately US$250 per 24 hrs. Please advise us at time of booking if you wish to take a drone with you into the National Park, as permits are difficult to obtain. If you launch a drone without a permit this will be confiscated by the Park officials. Plastic Bag Ban: With effect from 01 June 2019, it is illegal to use, manufacture and/or import plastic bags into Tanzania and Zanzibar. Any person found with plastic bags of any type including shopping bags on arrival into the country can receive a heavy fine. Small plastic bags used for hand luggage toiletries are permitted but must be in a reusable condition and not disposed of in the country. Please ensure you do not have any non-permitted types of plastic bag in your hand luggage or luggage. Any plastic bags obtained whilst travelling are disposed of before arriving into Tanzania or are surrendered at the designated desk available at all entry points into the country.
Our Kili trek is camping based and, as you may expect, conditions are basic on the mountain, though the service from our porter team is superb. We use two man tents which will be put up and taken down by our porter team. A mess tent is provided where we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as tea and refreshments at the end of each day's trek. We carry portable chemical toilets and a toilet tent and there are also basic long drop toilets at each campsite. There are no permanent washing facilities at the camps - a limited amount of water is available. In Moshi before and after the trek we stay at the comfortable Weru Weru River Lodge which has an outdoor swimming pool and great views of Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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Tanzania: A single visa is required by UK, New Zealand, Australian, US & Canadian citizens. Only single entry visas can be arranged on arrival, but due to queues at immigration we recommend for the visa to be arranged in advance online or through the embassy. An E-visa for Tanzania can be obtained prior to departure via the e-visa website: http://www.immigration.go.tz. Click on the e-Services tab and then select Online Visa Application, please ensure you read the Visa Application Guidelines before applying for your e-visa. Please refer to the Explore visa letter you will receive for information required to complete your e-visa application. You will need to print a copy of your e-visa approval letter and present this with your passport and final documents at your entry point into the country. The approval letter can take approximately 10 days to approve if there are no queries on the application. We therefore advise that you apply at least 15 working days prior to travelling. Please ensure you have enough validity left on the visa through to the end of the tour before you travel. The Tanzanian High Commission in London no longer processes or issues visas. American nationals are required to apply for a multiple entry e-visa for all tourism visits to Tanzania; the ordinary single entry e-visa is unavailable for Americans. Passports must have a minimum validity of 6 months and at least 1 blank/unused page at time of travel. Plastic Bag Ban: With effect from 01 June 2019, it is illegal to use, manufacture and/or import plastic bags into Tanzania and Zanzibar. Any person found with plastic bags of any type including shopping bags on arrival into the country can receive a heavy fine. Small plastic bags used for hand luggage toiletries are permitted but must be in a reusable condition and not disposed of in the country. Please ensure you do not have any non-permitted types of plastic bag in your hand luggage or luggage. Any plastic bags obtained whilst travelling are disposed of before arriving into Tanzania or are surrendered at the designated desk available at all entry points into the country.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
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This trip goes to an altitude where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a common and usually harmless condition caused by reduced air pressure and a lower concentration of oxygen. While the itinerary has been specifically designed to allow your body to acclimatise gradually, the speed of onset and severity - as well as the height at which AMS develops can vary greatly between individuals; being physically fit affords no special protection. If symptoms occur while on tour you must let your tour leader know immediately. For further advice when travelling at altitude we recommend visiting the medical advice website of Medex and downloading their information booklet: http://medex.org.uk/medex_book/english_version.php Travellers with heart or lung conditions, anaemia, asthma, high blood pressure, or taking the contraceptive pill must seek the advice of their GP and specifically mention the maximum altitude this trip reaches - 5,895m. Please take these to your medical appointment so that your doctor has the full details of your trip. You must have adequate travel insurance for your trip. Please ensure that your insurance policy covers you to the maximum altitude indicated above. If you have Explore insurance you will be covered to this altitude. This trip includes night stops where we sleep at altitudes in excess of 4000m. For this reason it is suitable only for participants aged 16 and over.
As part of our Responsible Tourism program, we support the 'Donate a Mosquito Net' charity. This scheme purchases mosquito nets from a local provider and donates the nets to villages in areas that are most affected by malaria. The nets cost US$3.00 each and your leader will advise how you may donate if you wish.
A Yellow Fever vaccination and certificate is only required when travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. We strongly recommend protection against malaria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, polio and yellow fever.
Please note you are required to produce a valid yellow fever certificate on arrival in Tanzania. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Travellers may also wish to take immunisation against meningococcal meningitis. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.