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Mount Kilimanjaro

It is the highest peak in Africa 5,895m (19,341 ft) above sea level you can  call it the roof of Africa. Mt. Kilimanjaro is an awesome spectacle and climbing it is achievable by anyone who is determined.

The Mountain is accessible throughout the year via Machame route by a minimum of 6 days, Marangu routes for a minimum of 5days, Rongai routes, Lemosho route and Umbwe routes which consider to the shortest but challenging one. April and May it is heavy rains season, while the best month are January to March and August to October.

Only Marangu routes accommodate tourist in hut or bandas by Swahili words. The rest route you will be accommodated under tent. We provide airport pickup and drop off. You can add  four (4days) or more days for a relaxation in Zanzibar beach , this will be a breath taking after  a tough and long walk to  the peak of mount Kilimanjaro.

Walking while viewing down from the snowy summit to the vast plains 5,895m on the highest free standing Mt.Kilimanjaro for the first time it’s truly an interesting and unique wonder.

Kilimanjaro is an awesome spectacle, and climbing it is achievable by anyone who is determined.


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Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is also known as the "Coca Cola" or "Tourist" route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the summit and many people in a hurry try to make the summit via this overcrowded route, although less than 50% will make it. 90% of the Kilimanjaro climbers use this route and all the other routes combined see 10% of the visitors.


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Lemosho Route

The Lemosho - Shira route is comparable with the Machame route, but uses a more remote approach from the west. In fact they are 2 parallel routes merging at Shira plateau, but mostly the Lemosho variation is used.

As this is the one of the 2 routes where wildlife can be encountered (with the Rongai) you will be accompanied by an armed ranger.


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Machame Route

If Marangu is the "CocaCola" route, then the Machame Route is the "Whiskey" route. It is the second most popular and arguably the most scenic route on the mountains. All climbers sleep in tents (tents are included) and meals are served on the floor of a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. It is usually done over seven days, so acclimatization is easier, and the success rate is fairly high.


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Rongai Route

The Rongai route is the only easy route starting from the North and offers great views of the Kenyan savannahs. It wasn't used for a while as the border was not deemed safe, but now the trail is open again. It is much drier than the other routes and you might even encounter an elephant on the way.

OAT 01 K - Kilimanjaro - Machame Route
Tour Code: OAT021 – MACHAME ROUTE
Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 days
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park - Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be Customized
Important:
The Machame route can also be completed in 5 days. On day 3 on the itinerary below, you go directly to Kibo with an overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp, with your final summiting attempt on day 4. An extremely physically and mentally demanding option, not recommended for the average climber.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and Transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our guide will meet you and assist with your baggage then transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast

Day 2: Arusha to Machame Gate onward to Machame camp
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 45-minute drive from Moshi (910m) to the Machame village (1490m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. Depending on the condition of the road, it is possible to drive from the village to the Machame gate, but if not, the muddy 3 km walk will take about 1 hour to complete. After registering at the gate office, you start your ascent and enter the rain forest almost immediately. There is a strong possibility of rain in the forest, which will transform the trail into a very soggy, muddy and slippery experience. You will have a welcome lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.

Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have erected your tent on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite, (B-L-D). At a height of (2980m) - Machame camp, Trekking time is approximately 7 hours and the distance is about 18 km's while habitats found here is Montane forest

Day 3: Machame camp to Shira camp
You rise early at Machame camp and after breakfast you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then for 2 hours at a gentler gradient through the moorland zone. After a short lunch and rest, you continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. By now you will be able to see in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. You are now due west of Kibo and after a short hike you will reach the Shira campsite at 3 840m. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing, (B-L-D). At the height of (3840m) - Shira camp, the trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 9 km's while the habitats around this area is Moorland

Day 4: Shira to Lava Tower then to Barranco camp
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Today is a definitely, the toughest day. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear.

This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner, (B-L-D). at the height of (4630m) - Lava Tower and (3950m) -Barranco camp, trekking time is approximately 7 hours and the distance is about 15 km's while habitats found at this stage is Semi desert

Day 5: Barranco camp to Barafu camp
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.

The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep, (B-L-D). at the height of (4550m) - Barafu camp, trekking time is approximately 7 hours, the distance is about 13 km's while habitat found here is Alpine desert

Day 6: Barafu camp to Uhuru Peak
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m).

The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared, (B-L-D). at the height of (5895m)- Uhuru Peak and down to Mweka at the height of (3100m), Trekking time is approximately 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak and 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka, the distance is about 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent, the habitat found at Uhuru is Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka Gate
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Height (1980m) - Mweka Gate, trekking time is approximately 3 hours and the distance is about 15 km's while Habitats are Forest

From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel (B-L-D).

Day 8: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure
Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Manyara or Beach holidays to the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

End of services.
Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact us by e-mail
The costing for this route will include:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Machame Route as itinerary depicts, Full board accommodation whilst on the trek, Meal plan as descriptions: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner, Accommodations at Snowcrest Hotel on First and Last day, Accommodation in tents on the mountain as per the itinerary, All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport

The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

Remember to carry your Identifications;
Valid Passport
Medical certificate
Entry Visa
Travel / Medical insurance
OOAT 02 K Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route
Tour Code: OAT 02 K MARANGU ROUTE
Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 days
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park - Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be. Customized

Important:
For the 5-day route, simply we exclude the additional acclimatization day at Horombo hut - day 4 on the itinerary below.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and Transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and assisted with your baggage then board your vehicle. Transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight stay on bed and breakfast

Day 2: Arusha to Marangu Gate
The drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate. The journey passes through the town or Moshi and the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment.

Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers. Our guides will always be with you to assist with any additional information or needs you might have. You now leave the Park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro's animals are found. Your first night stop, Mandara hut, is a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6-8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above and there are flush toilets behind the main hut, B,L,D. At an avarange height of (2700m) Mandara hut, Trekking time is approximately : 5 hours and the distance is about 12 km's, the habitat found here is Montane forest

Day 3: Mandara hut to Horombo hut.
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, then skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun. Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro's most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 m in height and the giant groundsel, which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours from here you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have hot washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight. At an average height of (3720m) - Horombo hut, trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 15 km's, the habitat found around is Moorland

Day 4: Horombo hut (3720m) - Acclimatisation day
Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara, but with a total capacity of 120 climbers! Normally bustling with hikers, guides, porters and with an atmosphere of adventure and excitement. You will meet both ascending and descending hikers here. This extra day and night at Horombo is for additional acclimatization. A hike towards the Mawenzi hut, passing the Zebra Rocks on the way (about 3 hours up and 1.5 hours down), is strongly recommended. This hike will further assist with the process of acclimatization. Always drink enough water and move slowly! All meals for the day are provided at the hut. Dinner and overnight stay at Horombo Huts , B,L,D.

Day 5: Horombo hut to Kibo hut
After breakfast you now continue your ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo there are two trails to the "Saddle" (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). There is an upper route (right hand fork) and lower route (left hand fork) to choose from. The upper route (right hand fork) will be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. It is very stony and eroded. At an average height of (4700m) - Kibo hut, trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 15 km's, the habitat around this area is Alpine desert

RECOMMENDATIONS
The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour and it also passes the last watering point at 4130m. You will have to fill your water bottles with all the water you will need until your return to Horombo hut in two night's time (Mineral water are also sold at Kibo hut). always slow down and drink enough water. Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone build block house which has bunk beds for 60 climbers, but no streams with water nearby. It is however possible to buy mineral water and soft drinks at the camp office.
There are platform toilets behind the hut. The summit is now a further 1195m up and you will make your final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski-stick and thermal clothing for your summit bid. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask.

Day 6: Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak
You will rise after midnight, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night, and this is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. Probably the most demanding section of the entire route.
From Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs,

At a height of (5895m) - Uhuru Peak then Ascend to Kibo Huts and onward to Horombo hut (3720m) Trekking time to Uhuru peak is approximately 8 hours to Uhuru and 6 hours to descend to Horombo, the distance is about 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent, the habitat at this stage is Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Then the 3 hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear you left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner on Mount Kilimanjaro (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and a well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions, B,L,D.

Day 7: Horombo hut to Marangu Gate
After breakfast you continue your descent, passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m), receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel on Bed and breakfast. Up to Marangu Gate at a height of (1980m) - Marangu Gate, ascending time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 27 km's
Day 8: Arusha to Airport for your Departure
Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Beach holidays to Spice islands of Zanzibar.

End of services.
Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact us by e-mail
The costing for this route will include:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Marangu Route trek as itinerary depicts, Full board accommodation whilst on the trek, Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner, Accommodations at Snowcrest Hotel on First and Last day, Accommodation in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary, All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport

The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

Remember to carry your Identifications;
Valid Passport
Medical certificate
Entry Visa
Travel / Medical insurance
OOAT 03 K- Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route
Tour Code: OAT020 – RONGAI ROUTE
Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 days
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park - Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be Customized

The Rongai route ascents Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of un spoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north with less attempting hikers.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, met and assisted. Transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast

Day 2: Rongai Gate to 1st Caves camp
After breakfast we provide a private transfer to Marangu gate for registrations then onward transfer to Rongai trailhead approximately 2hours. Meet your guide and porters before you begin your hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then climbs gently through a forest. The trail is not at all steep, but is rather a gentle hike through beautiful country. The first night's camp is at First Cave, at about 2,600 metres. There is a toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut. Water can be found just down the trail below First Cave, overnight stay at the camp (B-L-D).
at the height of (2600m) - 1st Caves camp, trekking time is approximately 5 hours and the distance is about 8 km's and habitat is Montane forest

Day 3: 1st Cave to Kikelewa Cave
After breakfast the trail continues up towards Kibo, passing Second Cave -3450m - en route, and reaching Kikelewa Cave at about 3600 metres. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! Water is in the obvious stream below the cave, although you might have to stroll downhill a way to find some. Overnight at 3rd Cave camp at Kikelewa Caves, (B-L-D).
at the height of (3600m) - Kikelewa Cave, trekking time is approximately 6-7 hours and habitat is Moorlands

Day 4: Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn camp
Today you take a short but steep climb up grassy slopes offers superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn spectacularly situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area, overnight stay at the camp (B-L-D).
at the height of (4330m) - Mawenzi Tarn camp, trekking time is aproximately 3-4 hours while Habitat is Moorlands

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn camp to Kibo hut
After your delicious breakfast you continue ascending on the east side of Kibo crossing the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo taking 4 to 5 hours to reach Kibo Hut. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, which always begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo Camp, (B-L-D).
at the height of (4700m) - Kibo hut, trekking time is approximately 4 - 5 hours while habitat found here is Alpine desert

Day 6: Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak and down to Horombo hut
You will wake up around mid night, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. This is where the going really gets tough. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave (5150m), also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman's point (5 681m), which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great physical and mental effort. This is a most demanding section of the entire route. At the Gillman's Point you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.

Total exhilaration and satisfaction - you made it. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs… at the height of (5895m) - Uhuru Peak and (3720m) - Horombo hut, the trekking time is appoximately 8 hours to reach Uhuru, and 6 hours to descend to Horombo walking distance is 6 km's ascent - 21 km's descent and Habitat found here is Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Then after congratulating yourself for a hilarious summit attempt…we take 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest you gather all your gear for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) where you will overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening you enjoy your last dinner (with soft drinks and beer for sale at the camp office) on the mountain and well-earned sleep, filled with memories and stirring emotions, (B-L-D)


Day 7: Horombo hut to Marangu Gate
After breakfast you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Gillman's Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. You now drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel on Bed and breakfast. At the height of (1980m) - Marangu Gate, Trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the distance is about 27 km's

Day 8: Arusha to Airport for your Departure
Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Beach holidays to Spice islands of Zanzibar.

End of services.
Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact us by e-mail

The costing for this route will include:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Marangu Route trek as itinerary depicts, Full board accommodation whilst on the trek,

Meal plan as detailed:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner,

Accommodations at Snowcrest Hotel on First and Last day, Accommodation in huts on the mountain as per the itinerary, All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport

The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

Remember to carry your Identifications;
Valid Passport
Medical certificate
Entry Visa
Travel / Medical insurance

OAT 04K - Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route
Tour Code: OAT024 – LEMOSHO ROUTE
Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 days
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park - Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be Customized

The Lemosho Route: is an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. It can either be used to gain the Western Breach route or followed by the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game. This is probably another most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. As to the similarity on the other routes, porters will always carry all your equipment and supplies and a cook prepares all your meals. In contrary to the accommodation on the Marangu route in huts, the Lemosho route offers strictly tents only. This makes Lemosho better suited to the slightly more adventurous hikers, rewarding them with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hikers a stunning scenic "slide show" over 6 days.
The Lemosho route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days.

There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain - acclimatization. The Lemosho route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 4 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is the secret to successful acclimatization.

Important:
The Lemosho route can also be completed in 5 days. On day 4 on the itinerary below, you go directly to Kibo with an overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp, with your final summiting attempt on day 4. An extremely physically and mentally demanding option, not recommended for the average climber.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and Transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our guide will meet you and assist with your baggage then transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast

Day 2: Arusha to Londorossi Gate onward to Mti Mkubwa camp
After breakfast you driver will a brief you regarding your day by day trekking, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes). You will have a lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon.
Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa campsite, (2750m). Your porters (arriving at the camp site earlier before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite. At the height of (2100m) - Londorossi Gate and (2750m) Mti Mkubwa camp, the trekking time is approximantely 3 hours and habitat is Montane forest

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira 2 camp
Today wake up early in the morning at Mti Mkubwa camp and, after breakfast you trek for an hour or so to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m). By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this bare camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Enjoy dinner and overnight. (B-L-D) at the height of (3840m) - Shira 2 camp, trekking time is approximately 6.5 hours and the habitat is Moorland

Day 4: Shira to Lava Tower then to Barranco camp
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Today is a definitely, the toughest day. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner, (B-L-D). at the height of (4630m) - Lava Tower and (3950m) -Barranco camp, trekking time is approximately 7 hours and the distance is about 15 km's while habitats found at this stage is Semi desert

Day 5: Barranco camp to Barafu camp
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out easier than what you anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut.

The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep, (B-L-D). at the height of (4550m) - Barafu camp, trekking time is approximately 7 hours, the distance is about 13 km's while habitat found here is Alpine desert

Day 6: Barafu camp to Uhuru Peak
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared, (B-L-D). at the height of (5895m)- Uhuru Peak and down to Mweka at the height of (3100m), Trekking time is approximately 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak and 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka, the distance is about 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent, the habitat found at Uhuru is Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka Gate
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Height (1980m) - Mweka Gate, trekking time is approximately 3 hours and the distance is about 15 km's while Habitats are Forest
From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel (B-L-D).

Day 8: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Manyara or Beach holidays to the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

End of services.
Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact us by e-mail
The costing for this route will include:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Marangu Route trek as itinerary depicts, Full board accommodation whilst on the trek, Meal plan as descriptions: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner, Accommodations at Snowcrest Hotel on First and Last day, Accommodation in tents on the mountain as per the itinerary, All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport

The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

Remember to carry your Identifications;
Valid Passport
Medical certificate
Entry Visa
Travel / Medical insurance
OAT 05 K - Kilimanjaro - Umbwe Route
Tour Code: OAT023 – UMBWE ROUTE
Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 days
Destination: Kilimanjaro National Park - Tanzania
Specialty Categories: Trekking
Season: All year round
This Tour can NOT be Customized

The Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach. It is probably the most scenic, non-technical route on Kilimanjaro. It is quite taxing, primarily due to the relatively fast ascent to higher altitude, but the rewards are plentiful. Fewer people, pristine forest and shorter walking distances make it a great option for fit hikers. Add to your experience - OVERNIGHT IN THE CRATER!! Be one of a few fortunate people to spend a night in Africa's largest volcano. This option is highly recommended, as this will be the only opportunity to get close to the beautiful and fascinating glaciers of Kilimanjaro and to be able to visit the ash pit. This route is the hardest but most spectacular and direct way to reach Uhuru Peak.
It follows a forested ridge to the moorlands, then traverses below the Southern Icefields to reach the Barafu Route which is followed to the summit. An early start is made on the summit day to reach Stella Point, on the Crater Rim at dawn. Uhuru Peak lies a further 40 min. along the rim.

Porters will carry all your equipment and supplies and a cook prepares all your meals. In contrary to the accommodation on the Marangu route in huts, the Umbwe route offers strictly tents only. This makes Umbwe better suited to the slightly more adventurous hikers, rewarding them with a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Umbwe route offers the adventurous hikers a stunning scenic "slide show" over 6 days. The Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days.
There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain - acclimatization. The Umbwe route takes you high to Lava Tower (4630m) on the day 3 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco camp (3950m). This is the secret to successful acclimatization.

Important:
The Umbwe route can also be completed in 5 days. On day 3 on the itinerary below, you go directly to Kibo with an overnight at the Arrow Glacier camp, with your final summiting attempt on day 4. An extremely physically and mentally demanding option, not recommended for the average climber.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro and Transfer to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our guide will meet you and assist with your baggage then transfer to Snowcrest Hotel for an overnight rest on bed and breakfast

Day 2: Arusha to Umbwe
After breakfast you will be driven to the Umbwe Gate at 1800m, passing through villages with coffee and banana plantations. On arrival at the Parks Gate your guide and porters will meet you. Sign the register before you enter the park for your first step to accomplishing a life-long dream. The air is thick with moisture and the path is usually muddy. The route initially follows a forestry track winding up through the natural rain forest. It then narrows and steepens to climb the ridge between the Lonzo and Umbwe rivers, with huge trees surrounding you. The path offers some spectacular views of deep gorges and if you are lucky, glimpses of Kilimanjaro towering above you in the distance. The camp is perched between huge trees and thick undergrowth.
Overnight at the camp. (B-L-D) At the height of (1800m)- Umbwe Gate and (2940m) -Bivouac camp, trekking time is approximately 5 hours and the habitat is Montane forest

Day 3: Bivouac camp to Barranco camp
After breakfast leave the camp and shortly after leaving the camp the forest starts thinning and is replaced by rockier terrain, sparser undergrowth and straggly, moss-covered trees. The path continues along a narrow, but spectacular ridge. As you gain higher altitude, catch glimpses of Kilimanjaro rising majestically ahead of you - etched against the blue sky. The path flattens as you approach Barranco Valley. From the Umbwe ridge the route descends slightly to the Barranco camp. The camp is situated in the valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while your dinner is being prepared. Overnight stay at the camp. (B-L-D) at the height of (3950m) Barranco camp, trekking time is approximately 6 hours and the habitat isMontane forest & Moorlands

Day 4: Barranco to Lava Tower
After breakfast you will start your hike towards Lava Tower, a famous landmark on Kilimanjaro. The path is steep and rocky, with views of Mt. Meru, Kilimanjaro's little sister, punching her peak through the clouds. From Lava Tower you turn towards the Western Breach, a steep climb to Arrow Glacier camp (4800m). This is taxing and symptoms of altitude sickness might become noticeable. The campsite is spectacular. Vegetation has now all but disappeared, leaving only rock and scree in varying shades of brown and black. The campsite is very cold and you need to be prepared. Overnight stay at the camp. (B-L-D) At the height of (4630m) - Lava Tower and (4800m) - Arrow Glacier Camp, Habitat is Moorland/Semi desert

Day 5: Arrow Glacier to Crater
From the Arrow Glacier camp steep scree and rocky outcrops requiring a scramble lead up the Western Breach to the crater floor (5700m). This day will be the toughest challenge by far. After snowfalls the route can become icy and in these conditions an ice axe or ski stick may be required. When reaching the crater rim, you will be astonished by the view of snow and glaciers. Visible to you left is the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro with the Furtwangler Glacier in front of you. Walk past this glacier to the Crater camp, situated at the crater rim. If time permits, you can climb to the Ash Pit (1 ½ hour). The Ash Pit is 340m across, 120m deep and is one of the most perfect-formed examples in the world. The campsite is very cold as snow might occur. Be one of a fortunate few to spend a night in the inner crater of Kilimanjaro. Overnight at the camp. (B-L-D) at the height of (5700m) – Crater, trekking time is approximately 5 hours and the distance is about 15 km's, the habitat found here is Semi desert/ Snowfields

Day 6: Crater to Uhuru Peak then descend to Mweka Camp
Today you will rise around midnight, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the early morning darkness. From the crater floor you will probably encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. Time spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue.

Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk to Barafu camp from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest, before heading down to Millennium camp (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. washing water will be provided as well as drinking water, overnight at Mweka Camp. (BLD). At the height of (5895m) Uhuru Peak and down to (3100m) –Mweka, trekking time is approximately 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak and 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka, the habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka Gate
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. Height (1980m) - Mweka Gate, trekking time is approximately 3 hours and the distance is about 15 km's while Habitats are Forest

From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! You now drive back to Arusha for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations. Overnight at Snowcrest Hotel (B-L-D).

Day 8: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure
Today after breakfast we provide a private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight back home or continue with your safari schedule. This trekking is suitable and recommended for extension safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Manyara or Beach holidays to the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

End of services.
Should you wish to extend the this program to the mentioned tourist destination, please contact us by email

The costing for this route will include:
-Transfer to and from the base of the mountain, Marangu Route trek as itinerary depicts, Full board

accommodation whilst on the trek
Meal plan as descriptions:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner,

Accommodations at Snowcrest Hotel on First and Last day,
Accommodation in tents on the mountain as per the itinerary,


Park Fees
All park entrance fees to include government taxes, Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook, All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary, Treated water and boiled water on the trek, Return airport transfers from/to Kilimanjaro Airport

The costing will Excluded:
-Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears, Medical evacuation, USD 30 per person value, International flights and taxes, Visas to Tanzania, Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.

Remember to carry your Identifications;
Valid Passport
Medical certificate
Entry Visa
Travel / Medical insurance

Recommended Personal Items; Toothbrush & paste
Matches
Candles
Soap

Writing Pads, pen and a small diary
Cash and Travelers Cheque
Alcoholic drinks
Your favorite novel

Clothing;
Jersey
Waterproof jacket
Water proof pants
Shorts
T-shirts
Jeans
Warmth jacket
Thermal underwear
Balaclava / Gloves
Sunglasses

Woolen socks
Hiking boots
Light shoes
Cap or hat
Towel
Under wear
Socks
Walking Boots
Sleeping bag and any

Personal First Aid;
Asprin Tablets
Assorted plasters
Sun protection cream
Anti malaria tablets
Insect repellent
Lip salve

Water purification tablets
Antiseptic cream
Bandages
Throat lozenges
Pain Killer Tablets
EQUIPMENT AND COST FOR HIRING PER ITEM FOR THE ENTIRE TREK:
Day Pack: US$13.00, Torch: US$13.00, Mountain Boots: US$23.00, Sun Glasses: US$8.00, Wool Hat / Balaclava: US$8.00, Wool Socks: US$5.00, Warm Trousers: US$13.00, Sleeping Bag: US$18.00, Warm Bottle: US$8.00, Long Inner Wear: US$8.00, Cutters: US$8.00, Rain Coat: US$8.00, Rain Trouser: US$8.00, Walking Stick: US$8.00, Gloves: US$8.00, Warm Jacket: US$13.00, Pull Over / Sweater: US$13.00, Scarf: US$8.00, Ponchoo for Rain: US$13.00, Roll Mat: US$13.00

Access to East Africa from Europe, Middle East, Orient Countries and America:
Qatar Airways, British Airways (daily), KLM (daily), Kenya Airways (daily), SN Brussels, Swissair, El Al, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic. Please check with specific airline company and some lands both at Jomo Kenyata International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport and Dar es Salaam international Airport.

Should you find this safari program not suiting your Tanzania safari plan, please e-mail us so that we can work out a suitable safari program to meet your safari plan.

A tailor - made safari, is the ideal way for the tourist or traveller to explore the cultures and wildlife of Tanzania / Africa, without having to be pushed towards our set or fixed departure tours. It reflects on your personal interest while making the most of your time and budget . clients have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas, while the tour itself offers an outstanding personalized services from our team bursting with knowledge and enough experience to offer you a wealth of information to help organizing your itinerary into a life time experience.