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COVID-19 Travel in Times of Uncertainty

Keeping you inspired and informed as we navigate COVID-19 together  when humankind rallies in the face of adversity; we have proved our resourcefulness, our courage and, most of all, the ability to showcase the empathy that defines our humanity.

The spread of COVID-19  has once again tested our resilience, and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our thoughts to those who have been affected. The rapidly changing situation with regards to COVID-19 has affected people, businesses and economies everywhere. It is difficult not to be overwhelmed with impact on such a massive scale and our thoughts go out to all those affected, whether in terms of health or their daily income.

In troubling times such as this, we can take to heart that we have faced challenges like coronavirus before – and we have prevailed.

 

SO, HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES?

In this context, Northland Tanzania safari’s priority remains the well-being and safety of all our guests and staff, as well as the communities surrounding. While it is difficult to plan in the long term, as things remain in a constant state of flux, we have put together a plan that we believe allows our guests a measure of certainty for the future, while still allowing us to exploring the wildlife, protecting the environment and the people that depend on us.

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8 Days Machame Route

“CAN I CLIMB KILIMANJARO?”

Yes, you can! Every year, over 50,000 people just like you come to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a place of myth and folklore. Located 200 miles (325 km) from the equator, the mountain defies logic with its crown of ice.

Climbing Kilimanjaro does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just some physical fitness and determination. People from all walks of life, from a 7-year-old child to an 89-year-old woman, have successfully summited.

But the challenge should not be taken lightly. You need to understand what lies ahead. Rest assured; you will find the answers to all your questions here at Northland Tanzania Safaris.

Overview

Machame, known as the “Whiskey” route, is a popular route to the mountain and the best route for climbing Kilimanjaro for charity. Compared with Marangu, the days on Machame are longer and the walks are steeper. It is considered a difficult route, better suited for more adventurous folks, and those with some hiking or backpacking experience. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel

You will be picked up by the staff of Northland Tanzania Safaris from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your accommodation in Arusha. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.

Accommodation and meals: Arusha Planet Lodge

Day 2: Arusha- Machame Gate (1,800m/5,905ft)

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your Hotel in Arusha and drive for 1 hour to Machame gate (10,000 ft) for registration. Here you will meet the rest of the crew (Cooks and Porters) and we shall all prepare for the climb. We will start the climb through rain forest and the giant heathers for 6 hrs. until we reach our first overnight camp.

Accommodation and meals: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters/ 3,935 feet

Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Day 3: Shira Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

This will be a short day but rather a steep rocky and dusty trail. It’s a slow hike with plenty of breaks and enough time to acclimatize. Most of the route is rather bare of vegetation providing little shade from heat.

Accommodation and meals: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

Elevation Gain: 840 meters/ 2,760 feet

Hiking Duration: 6 to 8 hours

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)

We will start climbing over boulders and very few rocks, then make our way to a steady uphill climb to Lava tower and there we stop for lunch around noon. For those interested, we may climb up the Lava tower, which is 14850ft (you may start to get a mild headache due to altitude change). From Lava tower we will go down for about 2 hrs through dusty and rocky trails to the Barranco Camp at 13000ft.

Accommodation and meals: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

Elevation Gain: 690 meters/ 2,264 feet

Hiking Duration: 6 to 8 hours

Day 5: Karanga Valley Camp (4,200m/13,780ft)

We start scrambling up the Barranco wall for an hour and half. As this is steep, you will be using your hands to reach and steady yourself like rock climbing, although not as challenging. At the top of the wall you can see the Barranco valley and the campsite you spent at the night before. You will walk up and down the greener valley, which is the last water point to the mountain.

Accommodation and meals: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

Elevation Gain: 250 meters/ 820 feet

Hiking Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

This will be a short but steep uphill climb across barren landscape with lots of boulders and shattered rocks. You will see the decken glaciers on your left. We will keep going through a very steep ridge until we reach a rocky section for more scrambling, which will last for about an 1.5 hrs. Our next camp will be on large rocks with very steep cliff faces. We will cap off the night early as we need to wake up at 11:00 pm for the summit.

Accommodation and meals: Machame Camp (3,000m/9,840ft)

Elevation Gain: 400 meters/ 1,320 feet

Hiking Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Day 7: Summit Day to Mweka Camp (5,895m/19,340ft)

We will start the climb at around midnight. We will start with very steep rocks for 1 hour and enter a snow-covered area where you can see glaciers above. If it’s a moonlit night, you may turn off your headlamp and continue a moon lit guided walk; indeed, a wonderful experience. The next 2 hours is headed towards Stella Point and we will take a break every 15 minutes as the climb gets more mentally and physically challenging.

Afterwards, we will make our way to Stella Point where the Lava fields are like loose sand. It’s a rather enjoyable and frustrating experience because you will take a step up and slide back gaining 0 distance and if you’re not careful, you will slide back 2 steps and gain negative 2 steps.

After breakfast, we will climb to Uhuru peak for 1 hr just as the sun appears over the Mawenzi peaks. We will be at Uhuru peak (19370ft) around 6-7 am. We will start our descent, which is steep and rigorous via Stella Point to Barafu Hut Camp.

Accommodation and meals: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)

Elevation Loss: 2,795 meters/ 9,170 feet

Hiking Duration: 6 to 7 hours to the rim, 1 hour to Uhuru peak, 3-4 hous descend back to barafu camp rest and lunch then 4 hours down to Mweka camp

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) Descent and transfer back to Arusha (1

Today’s hike will take us about 4 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 feet descent to the park gate. We will check out and receive Kilimanjaro climbing certificate at the park gate office, then eat our lunch and say goodbye to our mountain staff. After lunch, we will drive through very beautiful coffee plantations and small villages of the Chagga people back to Arusha. There you will be dropped off and is the perfect time for you to take a nice swim, a hot shower, and a well-deserved celebration!

Accommodation and meals: Arusha Planet Lodge (3,000m/9,840ft)

Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters/ 5,250 feet

 Duration: 4-5 hours

Inclusions:

  • Kilimanjaro park fee permits, camping fees,
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Expert guide, assistant guide, cook and porters
  • Bottled Oxygen Cylinder and Pulse Oximeter for rescues only
  • Hypobaric chamber (PAC)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Private portable private toilets only
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation before and after the climb
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering, mess and sleeping tents Four season, 3 people tent, double occupancy, sleeping mattress and pillow, hot water bottle during sleeping, table and chairs
  • Baggage porterage
  • Rescue Fee

Not Included:

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Gratuities for the crew after the service
  • Cigarettes
  • Healthy evacuation insurance
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Laundry
  • Climbing Gears
  • Sleeping Bag

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7 Days Rongai Route

Overview

The Rongai route ascends Kilimanjaro from the northeastern side of the mountain, along the border between Tanzania and Kenya. This route retains a sense of unspoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective of Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. The topography of the route does not allow for the application of the climb high and sleep low principle and hikers generally suffer more from altitude sickness on the Rongai route compared to other routes (an additional acclimatization day is highly recommended on this route). The Rongai route use the scree summiting path from Kibo hut to Gilman’s point and descend via the Marangu route. The main itinerary difference between the Rongai 6 day and 7-day routes is the additional acclimatization day at Mawenzi Tarn.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel

You will be picked up by the staff of Northland Tanzania Safaris from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your accommodation in Moshi. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.

Accommodation and meals: Marangu Hotel

Day 2: Rongai Start Point (1996m) – Simba camp (2626m)

Hiking time: 4 hours

•Distance: Approximately 6.7km

•Habitat: Forest (Montane)

We depart from Moshi town and drive 45mins. to Marangu park gate for registration. From there, we travel to Naro Moru, a further 68km and approximately 2 ½ hours on bad roads to the Rongai starting point (1996m). We begin our hike from the Nale Moru village. The small winding path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest, and then we climb gently through a forest. The trail is not steep, but is rather a gentle hike through a beautiful countryside. The first night’s camp is at Simba Camp (2626m). The camp facilities include a public toilet and a wooden table with benches, but no hut.

Accommodation and meals: Simba Hut

Day 3: Simba camp (2626m) – Kikelewa Camp (3679m)

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours

•Distance: Approximately 11.8 km

•Habitat: Moorlands

We hike from Simba camp to Kibo (3482m). We arrive for lunch at First Caves. The distance is 5.8km. After lunch, we continue trekking until we reach Kikelewa Camp at about 3679m. Here you will have an amazing view including a stream of water below the cave.

Accommodation and meals: Kikelewa Camp

Day 4: Kikelewa Cave (3679m) – Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m)

Hiking time: 3 hours

•Distance: Approximately 3.7km

•Habitat: Moorlands

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes offer superb views of this wilderness area. The vegetation zone ends shortly before you reach your next camp at Mawenzi Tarn situated beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. Here we spend the afternoon acclimatizing and exploring the area.

Accommodation and meals: Mawenzi Tarn Camp

Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn camp (4303m) – Kibo hut (4730m)

Hiking time: 5 hours

•Distance: Approximately 9 km

•Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast, we head west and continue ascending on the east side of Kibo. We then cross 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 begins around midnight. Overnight at Kibo hut.

Accommodation and meals: Kibo Hut

Day 6: Summit attempt

Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak | 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo

  • Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascent and 15 km descent
  • Habitat: Stone scree / ice-cap summit

The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. You will rise around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuit, we begin our ascent. 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 (5681m), 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 probably the most demanding section of the entire route. From Gillmans Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa!

Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend taking photographs and enjoying the amazing scenery. Afterwards, we begin our 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest at Kibo hut, we gather all our remaining gears and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for your overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. Later in the evening, you will have your last dinner on the mountain and have a well-earned sleep.

Accommodation and meals: Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

Hiking time: 6 hours

•Distance: Approximately 19.7 km

•Habitat: Moorland & Montane Forest

After breakfast, we continue our descent for around 6 hours passing the Mandara hut down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate, 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. Afterwards, we drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower and celebration.

Accommodation and meals: Arusha Planet Lodge

Inclusions:

  • Kilimanjaro park fee permits, camping fees,
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Expert guide, assistant guide, cook and porters
  • Bottled Oxygen Cylinder and Pulse Oximeter for rescues only
  • Hypobaric chamber (PAC)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Private portable private toilets only
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation before and after the climb
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering, mess and sleeping tents Four season, 3 people tent, double occupancy, sleeping mattress and pillow, hot water bottle during sleeping, table and chairs
  • Baggage porterage
  • Rescue Fee

Not Included:

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Gratuities for the crew after the service
  • Cigarettes
  • Healthy evacuation insurance
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Laundry
  • Climbing Gears
  • Sleeping Bag

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7 Days Marangu Route

Categories: Tanzania, Climbing

Also known as the “Coca Cola route” – the Marangu route is one of the most popular routes leading to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Many hikers believe that the Marangu route is the easiest route to Uhuru peak, since it is the only route which can be hiked in 5 days (making it the cheapest option). However, we strongly recommend hiking the route over 6 days to increase your chances of reaching the summit successfully. Note that this is the only route that provides communal sleeping huts, equipped with beds and mattresses at every overnight site. Some basic goods such as mineral water, beer and chocolates are also sold at most sites. The Marangu route takes the same route for both ascend and descend.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel

You will be picked up by the staff of Northland Tanzania Safaris from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your accommodation in Arusha. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Hotel

Day 2: Marangu Gate (1860m) – Mandara hut (2715m)

Hiking time: 5hrs •Distance: Approximately 8.1 km • Habitat: Montane forest

The drive from Moshi to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate takes about 50 minutes. The journey passes through 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 seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment.

From the park gate, we ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest where you will see most of Kilimanjaro’s animals. An alternative and more scenic parallel forest trail branches off to the left a few minutes after the gate. This trail follows the edge of a stream through the undergrowth and offers you the option to rejoin the main trail either after 1.5 hours hiking, or 1 hour before Mandara hut where you will spend the night.

Mandara hut consists of 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.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Mandara hut

Day 3: Mandara hut (2715m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

Hiking time: 6hours •Distance: Approximately 11.6 km •Habitat: Moorland

From Mandara hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into a 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 impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, with sightings of 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 (Senecia Kilimanjari), which can reach heights of 5m. After about 6 hours trek from here, you reach the Horombo hut for your accommodation.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Day 4: Horombo hut (3705m) – Acclimatization day

Horombo hut is a village of huts perched on a small plateau, with buildings similar to Mandara with a capacity of 120 climbers! Horombo is normally bustling with hikers, guides and porters, 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.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Day 5: Horombo hut (3705m) – Kibo hut (4730m)

Hiking time: 6hours •Distance: Approximately 9.6 km •Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast, we continue our 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 should be very familiar, as you will have climbed most of it the previous day towards Mawenzi hut. This section is very stony and eroded.

The recommended lower route (left hand fork) is much easier and nearly an hour shorter, 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 (unless you are willing to buy Mineral water at Kibo hut).

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.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Kibo Hut

Day 6: Kibo hut (4730m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Horombo hut (3705m)

Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak | 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo

Distance: Approximately 5.4km ascent and 15 km descent •Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h20, 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) and also offers 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 great physical and mental effort. This is probably the most demanding section of the entire route. Do the Kili shuffle and move slowly.

From Gillmans Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend, taking photographs, before 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 will have your last dinner on the mountain and have your well-earned sleep.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Horombo Hut

Day 7: Horombo hut (3705m) – Marangu Gate (1860m)

Hiking time: 6 hours •Distance: Approximately 19.7 km

After breakfast, you continue your descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu gate. At Marangu gate, you will receive your 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 Moshi/ Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebration.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Arusha Planet Lodge

Inclusions:

  • Kilimanjaro park fee permits, camping fees,
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Expert guide, assistant guide, cook and porters
  • Bottled Oxygen Cylinder and Pulse Oximeter for rescues only
  • Hypobaric chamber (PAC)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Private portable private toilets only
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation before and after the climb
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering, mess and sleeping tents Four season, 3 people tent, double occupancy, sleeping mattress and pillow, hot water bottle during sleeping, table and chairs
  • Baggage porterage
  • Rescue Fee

Not Included:

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Gratuities for the crew after the service
  • Cigarettes
  • Healthy evacuation insurance
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Laundry
  • Climbing Gears
  • Sleeping Bag

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5 Days Mount Meru Trekking

Overview

Mount Meru is in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared toward hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick-up- Drop off at Hotel

You will be picked up by the staff of Northland Africa Adventures from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your accommodation in Moshi. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.

Accommodation and meals: Arusha Planet Lodge

Day  2: Momella Gate (1500m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and after a 45-minute drive, you will arrive at the Arusha National Park Gate for entry formalities. Afterwards, we drive a little further to Momella Gate to start our climb. After a steady 2-hour climb, you will reach Maio Falls and some picturesque meadows. After resting, we will be on our way to the well-known ‘Arched Fig Tree’, with its shape forming an arch over the path. After another 1½ – 2 hours, you will reach the Miriakamba Hut.

Accommodation and meals: Miriakamba Hut

Day  3: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Saddle Hut (3550m)

In the morning, we follow a steep track with wooden steps upwards. Due to the increase in altitude, it will be noticeably cooler than the previous day making the hike easier. After approximately 2 hours, you will reach the vantage point ‘Mgongo wa Tembo’ (Elephant back) at an elevation of 3200m, where you will enjoy a well-earned break. After another hike in which the vegetation changes from rainforest into an airy bush land, you will reach Saddle Hut (3550m) at midday for a relaxing lunch break. In the afternoon, you have the option to do a side trip to Little Meru (3820m), which takes approx. 1 – 1 ½ hours where you can have wonderful views of Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro (approx. 80 km away).

Accommodation and meals: Miriakamba Hut

Day  4: Saddle Hut (3500m) – Summit Attempt (4566m) – Miriakamba Hut (2500m)

Duration: 10-12 hours of hiking

Your guide will wake you at 00:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt at 1:30am. The trail starts off on a steep grade from Rhino Point (3800m) to Cobra Point (4350m). At the last hour of the hike, you will scramble on a rocky ridge between the crater and inner cliffs of Meru. You will reach the summit of Meru (4565m) at sunrise with spectacular views of Mt. Meru Ash Tray and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Enjoy your views then descend to Saddle Hut for a short break. You will then continue descending to Miriakamba Hut (2500m).

Accommodation and meals: Miriakamba Hut

Day  5: Miriakamba Hut (2500m) – Arusha (1400m)

Duration: 2-3 hours of hiking

After a long rest and breakfast, we will begin our final descent to Momella gate. We will hike through forest and meadows where it is likely to spot wildlife. At the base of Mt. Meru, you will be greeted by our driver who will take you back to Arusha.
Accommodation and Meals: Arusha Planet Lodge

Inclusions:

  • Kilimanjaro park fee permits, camping fees,
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Expert guide, assistant guide, cook and porters
  • Bottled Oxygen Cylinder and Pulse Oximeter for rescues only
  • Hypobaric chamber (PAC)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Private portable private toilets only
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation before and after the climb
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering, mess and sleeping tents Four season, 3 people tent, double occupancy, sleeping mattress and pillow, hot water bottle during sleeping, table and chairs
  • Baggage porterage
  • Rescue Fee

Not Included:

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Gratuities for the crew after the service
  • Cigarettes
  • Healthy evacuation insurance
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Laundry
  • Climbing Gears
  • Sleeping Bag

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9 Days Lemosho Route

Overview

Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. On this 8-days Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is divided into 2 days, allowing for a shorter period prior to the summit attempt so that climbers can rest properly. This route is a favorite pick because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and high summit-success rate.

 Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick-up

Participating guests will be picked up by the staff of Northland Tanzania Safaris from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). They will be driven to their accommodation in Arusha. Participants will be given a short briefing for the climb the next day. Kits and the necessary equipment will be checked as well.

Upon booking confirmation, Northland Tanzania Safaris will provide a more detailed guideline regarding climate, clothing, footwear, baggage, and equipment among others so that participants can fully prepare prior to this activity.

Accommodation and meals:  Arusha Planet Lodge

Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

After breakfast, we will depart for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 hours. Here you would have to fill out entry formalities. Afterwards, we will drive to the Lemosho trail-head (approximately one hour). Upon arrival at the trail-head, we will have our lunch and commence our walk through undisturbed forest which winds all the way to the first camp site.

Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest.
Accommodation and meals: Forest Camp

Day 3: Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1

We will continue walking through the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. From here, you will witness an exhilarating view of Kibo from across the plateau.

Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland.

Accommodation and meals: Forest Camp

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2

We will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east towards Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 14 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland.
Accommodation and meals: Shira Camp

Day 5: Shira 2 to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we will continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we will come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and spend the night. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert.
Accommodation and meals: Barranco Camp

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we will leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall all the way to the Karanga Valley campsite. This will be a short day of walking intended for acclimatization.

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
Distance: 5km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
Accommodation and meals: Karanga Camp

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we will leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail and then continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you would have completed the South Circuit, which offers stunning views of the summit from various angles. This is also where we will camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert.

Accommodation and meals: Barafu Camp

Day 8: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

At around 2 am, we will continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We will head northwest and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim, the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point, we stop for a short rest and take in the magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. You may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you would have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the whole continent of Africa.

From the summit, we descend straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site and stop at Barafu for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we will have our last dinner claim our well-deserved sleep.

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic.
Accommodation and meals: Mweka Hut

Day 9: Mweka Camp to Arusha

After breakfast, we will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy but gaiters and trekking poles will help. It is also best to keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy. From the gate, you will continue for another hour to Mweka Village.

From there, a vehicle will meet you at mweka to drive you back to your hotel in Arusha where dinner and accommodation awaits. Now is the best time to celebrate!

Accommodation and meals: Arusha Planet Lodge

Inclusions:

  • Kilimanjaro park fee permits, camping fees,
  • Fresh, nutritious meals on the mountain
  • Expert guide, assistant guide, cook and porters
  • Bottled Oxygen Cylinder and Pulse Oximeter for rescues only
  • Hypobaric chamber (PAC)
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Private portable private toilets only
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation before and after the climb
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering, mess and sleeping tents Four season, 3 people tent, double occupancy, sleeping mattress and pillow, hot water bottle during sleeping, table and chairs
  • Baggage porterage
  • Rescue Fee

Not Included:

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Gratuities for the crew after the service
  • Cigarettes
  • Healthy evacuation insurance
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Laundry
  • Climbing Gears
  • Sleeping Bag

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About Kilimanjaro Climb

Located in Tanzania, East Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and one of the Seven Summits prized by climbers. It stands 19,341 feet tall (5,895 meters), and has 3 volcanic cones as peaks: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira.

Kibo is the highest peak followed by Mawenzi at 16,983 feet (5,149 meters) and then Shira at 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). Both Mawenzi and Shira are extinct volcanoes. Kibo is dormant (meaning it could erupt again), but the last major eruption took place between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago.

 The best months to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro are December to February and September, which offer the clearest and warmest conditions. June to August is also good climbing months, with cooler weather. There is a short rainy season in October and November, with afternoon rains, but clear skies during the morning and evenings. March to May is the long rainy season.

Your climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro will take you through 5 distinct climatic zones, offering unique vegetation, wildlife and scenery.

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