Kilimanjaro: Savannah to Summit

Reach the Ceiling of Africa

OVERVIEW

Standing at 19,340 feet above sea level, Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s Seven Summits. Experience the adventure of a lifetime with 40/40 Adventures. Standing at Uhuru Peak looking out across the clouds, you will understand exactly what draws adventurers from across the world to the snow-covered mountain of Kilimanjaro. Discover what it takes to become a summiteer, working as a team, experiencing life amongst our Tanzanian guides and porters. Become part of a unique expedition and feel the solidarity amongst your team as well as that personal satisfaction of completing a summit climb.

ROUTE

Our team will be summiting via the Machame Route or popularly known as the “Whiskey Route” as it offers a tougher challenge than other climbs. As possibly one of the most scenic routes to the summit, Machame boasts several paths to the highest point and back. We will approach Mount Kilimanjaro from the south, beginning with a short drive from Moshi to the Machame Gate. Our path will lead us through lush rainforest, traversing a ridge onto the moorland of the Shira Plateau. We will then turn east and traverse under Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before we summit via Barafu Camp. After reaching the Roof of Africa, we will descend via the Mweka Route and return to Moshi.

Along the route we will be supported by Mountain Guide Aloyce Nyaringa and his experienced team of porters. Along with sharing their knowledge and love for their mountain, they will provide us with the opportunity to experience a climb of a lifetime.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Enjoy a rest day and prepare for the start of our Expedition. We will remain in Moshi and meet our Guides and Porters.

DAY 2: Machame Gate (1,800m/5,900ft) to Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft).

This morning you will begin your journey with a transfer to the Machame Gate. After registration, we begin climbing along a winding trail through beautiful and lush forest. Since this is the zone which experiences the most rainfall on the mountain, you should be prepared for afternoon showers. These can make the trail slippery at times! The climb is steady, gradually easing as you approach camp at Machame Hut. The camp is located on the edge of the forest and giant heather zones. Approximately 6-7 hours of walking today. We will stay overnight at Machame Camp.

DAY 3: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,800ft) to Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

Today begins with a climb up a steep ridge to reach a small cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo, the summit cone of Kilimanjaro, and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. It filled with lava when Kibo erupted and its rim has been eroded by weather and volcanic action. Once on the plateau the trail becomes gentler as you continue your climb to Shira Camp. On a clear day, the views from here are spectacular. The day will take approximately 5-6 hours of walking. We will stay overnight Shira Camp

DAY 4: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,650ft) via Lava Tower (4,550m/14,900ft)

Your climb today will take you steadily up and over the expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. The trek to the base of Lava Tower is about 4 hours. This tower is a 300-foot-high volcanic plug. From Lava Tower we begin our steep descent into the Barranco Valley, passing large flowering plants that actually look like trees. This is good practice for your descent from the summit in a few days’ time and will take around 2 hours. Although you will end your day at almost the same elevation as you started, today is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit night. Barranco Camp is in a beautiful, sheltered valley below the imposing Barranco Wall. We will stay overnight at Barranco Camp.

DAY 5: Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,600ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) via Barranco Wall (4,200m/13,800ft)

After breakfast, leave Barranco Camp and climb the Barranco Wall, an impressive scramble with fantastic views back towards camp. The porters climbing the wall are also an impressive sight. From the top, at 4,200m, we will follow an undulating path around the mountain side. On a clear day there are spectacular views of Kibo and Mount Meru. After descending into the Karranga Valley we will take a short, steep, path to Karranga Camp where you will eat lunch. Walking time to here is approximately 3-4 hours. After lunch, there will be a steady climb to Barafu, which is Swahili for ice! Camp is on the ridge below the summit cone and the walk will take around 3 hours. After dinner and a summit briefing, rest in preparation for the summit climb. Evening of rest at Barafu Camp, depart for the summit in the early hours

DAY 6: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,300ft) then descending to Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft)

In the early hours of the morning you will begin your final ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak, taking approximately 6-8 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day and therefore you will want clothing for both extremes. Just when you think you’ve had enough of climbing in the dark, the sun will rise and you will be rewarded with a rich red sky framing Mawenzi. At Stella Point (5,750m), you join the crater rim. From here, climb less steeply to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, the descent will take you down to Mweka Hut, with lunch served at Barafu Camp on the way which will take about 6 hours. If you’re too tired to descend all this way, there is an alternative option to camp slightly higher at Millennium Camp. Overnight Mweka Hut or Millennium Camp.

DAY 7: Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft) to Mweka Gate (1,830m/6,000ft)

Descend to the gate through a lush forest (2-3 hours), looking for monkeys along the way. From Mweka Gate we will transport you to your accommodation for a well-earned hot shower!

DAY 8: Enjoy a restful day in Moshi, take a chance to reflect upon your journey, and pick up some last-minute souvenirs before beginning our homeward flights. Early evening departure from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi. An overnight flight from Nairobi to London Heathrow.

DAY 9: Flight home.

40/40 Adventures – Your Team for the Summit.

40/40 Adventures LLC is led by David Gill, a seasoned expedition leader with over 20 years’ experience working with groups in backcountry environments. Several years of this was spent in hostile environments managing and leading teams in the removal of the remnants of war. David has lived and worked across Africa, Europe, Asia, South & Central America and the United States.

Aloyce Nyaringa will be our Lead Guide on Uhuru Peak 1. Aloyce lives in Moshi and is a seasoned expedition leader and Mountain Guide having summited Kilimanjaro on hundreds of occasions. Aloyce will lead our team of guides and porters that will ensure that our summit attempt will be a success!

What's Included What's Not Included
40/40 Adventures Guide International Flights
Local Guides Personal Travel Insurance
Porters Personal Equipment (see kit list)
Group Climbing & Cooking Gear Tips for Local Guides & 40/40 Adventures Guides
Tent on the Trek Personal expenses – Laundry, Room Service, alcohol etc.
Park Fees Any unforeseen increase in park fees
Scheduled Hotel Nights – Double occupancy Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early
Ground Transportation in country
All Meals on the trek and those detailed in itinerary
Sense of achievement, accomplishment and memories!

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Trip Overview
Season Summer
Dates May 22-31, 2019
(Additional Dates) June 15-25, 2019
Expedition Start Point Moshi, Tanzania
Days on Expedition 9
Travel Included to and from Expedition start No
Cost $3795 pp
Expedition Area Tanzania Africa
Activities Killamanjo Summit
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