9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari in Tanzania

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9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari in Tanzania

9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari takes you to Kilimanjaro Mountain in Tanzania which is the Africa’s tallest mountain and for centuries most mountaineers’ dream climb. On this 9-day expedition (including acclimatization days) you and a group of up to 10 people will be led by professional guides and support staff on a spectacular journey to the summit (5,895m).

 

Itinerary Highlights:

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania

Machame Camp

Shira Camp

To Barranco Camp

Acclimatization day – Karanga Camp

To Barafu Camp

Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro

Descent and return to Arusha

End of Safari or Tour

 

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival and Pickup from Arusha.

Your tour starts straightaway at Planet Lodge in Arusha, located a 45-minute drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Should you require an airport transfer today, please let your Travel Consultant at Arcadia Safaris know as this can be arranged for you at an extra cost. Should you have some free time after your arrival there are several activities that the lodge can help arrange for you. Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari in Tanzania

However, in the evening you will meet your expedition guides for a briefing of your upcoming adventure. Together with the guides you will check all equipment needed for the trek. Should you have forgotten anything important you can hire extra items from the guides. Take the time here to ask any questions you may have about the next 8 days in the mountains.

Destination: Tanzania
Accommodation Options:

Luxury

Arusha Coffee Lodge or Similar

Mid-Range

Planet Lodge or Similar

Budget

New Hotel Aquiline or Similar

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 2: Transfer to Machame Camp – 9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari.

After an early breakfast at the lodge you will depart for Machame Gate at 07:30 AM with the rest of the group and your guides. Machame Gate is located on the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Around 10 AM, after some paperwork at the gate, you are ready to hit the trails.

As you make your way up the foothills you will hike through tropical rainforest where you are likely to spot some black and white colobus monkeys as well as plenty of tropical bird species. A steady 5-hour climb will lead you to Machame Camp where your tent will already be pitched and ready for you.

Dinner is served in the mess tent. Every evening you will start your meal with a hot bowl of soup and energy packed food. Before you retire your tired legs, you will have a briefing for the coming day. Your oxygen level and heart rate will be measured to make sure you are healthy and prepared for tomorrow’s climb.

Destination:                              Machame Camp

Altitude gain:                            Machame gate at 1800m to Machame Camp at 3000m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 3: Transfer to Shira Camp – 9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari.

After a hot breakfast it is time to climb through the last part of the rainforest of the Kilimanjaro slopes. Once you pass the tree line the landscape changes to moorland where a lot of endemic plants and tree species are found.

Today you will need to remember to go “pole pole” (slowly slowly) as this part of the hike involves a 3-4 hour steep climb. After a break at lunch you will continue on the final 1, 5 hours of moderate ascending and descending trail until you arrive at Shira Camp. Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari in Tanzania

The views from Shira Camp are considered one of the most impressive of the Machame route, offering glimpses of the summits of both Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you still have a bit of energy left in you, you can explore Shira cave, which is located only 15 minutes from the camp. Be prepared for a cold night tonight, as temperatures frequently drop below 0 degrees Celsius at these elevations.

Destination:                            Shira Camp

Level of difficulty:                Semi-difficult to Average

Altitude gain:                         Machame camp at 3000m to Shira Camp at 3900m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 4: Transfer to Barranco Camp – 9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari.

Today you will need your energy for a long and tough day. To start you will ascend steadily from the moorlands to Alpine desert landscape. Since the vegetation is low to the ground in this part, there are many stones on the trail and it can get quite dusty.

The challenge today is both the long distance that you are covering, and the ascent to a higher altitude. At this stage you may experience some altitude sickness symptoms like severe headache, nausea and/or dizziness. Your first goal of the day is to reach the Lava Tower at 4630 meters. This stretch will take between 4 to 5 hours.

On arrival you will need to take at least half an hour to rest and let your body acclimatize to the high altitude. After acclimatization and some lunch, you will hike for another 2-3 hours to Barranco Camp at 3840 meters. Since you are descending to lower altitudes, any potential symptoms of altitude sickness will now fade.

Destination:                Barranco Camp

Level of difficulty:    Difficult to Semi-difficult

Altitude gain:             Shira Camp at 3900m via Lava Tower to Barranco Camp at 3840m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 5: Acclimatization Day – Karanga Camp – 9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari.

After a good night’s rest, you will feel ready to conquer the great Barranco Wall! This steep 260-meter-high wall may look a bit terrifying, but making your way over the wall with your hands and feet is quite fun, and the view at the top over Karanga Valley is more than worth the effort.

The acclimatization process of climbing the Barranco Wall at 4100 meters is an important factor in succeeding in completing the Kilimanjaro expedition. After only 1.5 hours you will reach Karanga Camp where the guides have already pitched your tent so you can spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing.

Destination:                              Karanga Camp

Level of difficulty:                  Semi-difficult to average

Altitude gain:                           Barranco Camp at 3840m to Karanga camp at 3995m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 6: Transfer to Barafu Camp – 9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari.

From Karanga Camp it is a 3 hour steady hike to Barafu Camp, your last stretch before summit day! Today is all about resting up for the big day tomorrow. Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM and you should get some sleep after this. Around midnight you will be woken up to hike to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Destination:                                  Barafu Camp

Level of difficulty:                      Semi-difficult to average

Altitude gain:                               Karanga Camp at 3995m to Barafu Camp at 4550m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 7: Transfer to the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

You will be woken up just before mid-night and after some tea and biscuits you will set of on your summit bid of Mt. Kilimanjaro. For the best chance of reaching the summit today, you will need to hike very slowly and steadily. After 6-7 hours on a steep ascending trail you will reach Stella Point at 5685 meters, just in time for the sun to rise slowly over Mawenzi peak.

Another hour of hiking over a glacier and caldera you will reach Uhuru Peak which is the highest point of Africa at 5895 meters above sea level. Sit and enjoy the views for a while and congratulate yourself on a job well done. You will soon descend on a 3-4 hour hike back to Barafu Camp for a well-deserved lunch and rest.

You will continue on for another 3-4 hours today, following the Mweka route to the last camp on your Kilimanjaro expedition; Mweka Camp at 3100 meters. After this unique and highly memorable day you will have a nice hot meal and some well-deserved sleep!

Destination:                Mweka camp

Level of difficulty:    Very difficult to Semi-difficult to average

Altitude gain:             Barafu Camp at 4550m, via the summit 5895m to Mweka camp 3100m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

Day 8: Transfer to Arusha.

Your last day on the trails will be very enjoyable and relaxed, through lush tropical rainforest. After 3 hours of descent you will reach Mweka Gate where you will have your final meal with your expedition crew and fellow hikers.

After a well-earned tip for the crew (information about tipping can be found in practical information sheet that your Travel Consultant will share with you) you will return to Arusha. Kilimanjaro Hiking Safari in Tanzania

After a week on the mountains a hot shower awaits you at Planet Lodge. From the comfort of the lodge, you can relax and reminisce about the impressive climb you just completed to the roof of Africa!

Destination:                        Mweka gate

Level of difficulty:           Very difficult to Semi-difficult to average

Altitude gain:                     Mweka camp 3100m to Mweka gate at 1800m


Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

 

 Day 9: End of Tour or Extension.

Depending on the time your flight departs today, there may be some time to enjoy the pool, have a massage or take a yoga class. All activities you plan for today are at your own expense.

If you need an airport transfer please let your Travel Consultant know at the time of your booking so this can be arranged for you at an additional cost. Thus the end of our Safari.

Destination: Mweka Gate
Accommodation Option: No (End of tour) Unless on Request

  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinking Water, Fruits and Wi-Fi throughout the journey

Thank you for choosing Arcadia Safaris and we hope to see you (or any referral) when you next visit!

 

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Round Trip Airport Transfers (pick up and drop off)
  • Private transportation in a 4×4 Safari Cars
  • Meals specified on a Full Board basis
  • Accommodation with ensuite facility
  • Applicable Park entrance & activities Fees
  • English speaking professional Driver-Guide
  • All hotel/lodge pickups and drop off
  • All Taxes
  • Bottled drinking water and Fruits while on safari
  • Activities as stipulated in the itinerary (except those stated as “optional”

 

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight Fares (unless requested)
  • Country entry Visa
  • Personal/Travel insurance
  • Telephone charges
  • Laundry
  • Bar bills and all other kinds of drinks except water
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Souvenirs, gifts and Tips
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Covid-19 and other related tests and vaccinations

 

RATES PER PERSON: (Tour Rates/Prices are Per Person and exclude International Flight from or to your home Country).

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