The trek up to the highest point on Africa is a amazing natural and cultural experience. On all of our trips we send a US guide along with our fantastic local team from Tanzania. This trip is not a technical climb but instead a test of endurance and altitude resilience. We prefer the Rongai route with fewer people and a slightly longer schedule to provide a better opportunity for acclimatization.
Day 1 - Depart the USA for Tanzania.
Day 2 - Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Arusha
Day 3 - Sightseeing, shopping, relaxing in and around Arusha... including a visit to the National Cultural Center.
Day 4 - Drive to the Rongai Gate trailhead at around 6,000 ft. Hike to our first camp (Camp 1), at 9,000 feet.
Day 5 - Our 6 hour hike takes us to the Camp at the Third Cave, at 12,800 feet.
Day 6 - Acclimatization day at camp with a mid-day hike to 14,000ft.
Day 7 - Today's 4 hour hike takes us to Kibo Camp at 15,500ft.
Day 8 - Rest and acclimatize with short walk above Kibo Camp
Day 9 - Summit Day! A midnight wakeup for our climb to The Top of Africa at 19,341 feet! We descend to the Horombo Camp at 12,000 feet.
Day 10 - Six hours of easy descent take us to the end of the trail at the Kilimanjaro Park Headquarters (6,000 feet). We return to our hotel in Arusha.
Day 11 – Departure for a 3-day safari to Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater
Day 12 - Safari
Day 13 - Safari and return to Arusha/Hotel
Day 14 - Departure for the States/Home
Tanzania Visa requirements and recommendations
I recommend using a service called TravelVisaPro.com to obtain your visas for Tanzania. You can send (via FedX or Priority Mail) your passports to them with payment and they will return passports with visas in 8 days. I advise doing this sooner than later since the visas are valid for one year and you avoid any last minute 'rush' issues. I believe the total, including their service, is $148/person.
Immunizations (CDC requirements and recommendations)
Please check with the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website for Tanzania for current information on recommended and required immunizations. I tend not to take the Malaria pills unless the trip includes a visit to the coast (Zanzibar?) or lower elevations. In general the concern is Hep A and B and Typhoid. Tanzania requires proof of Yellow Fever if arriving from countries with this disease (USA excluded).
Rescue Insurance (AAC membership)
Not a bad idea to join the AAC since it includes international rescue insurance and other potential benefits including discounts on Alpine Club memberships, huts, etc in the Alps, for example.
AEW Kilimanjaro costs:
Trip cost does include:
Airport shuttles round trip, 3 nights at the hotel in Arusha (2 before and 1 after the climb) with breakfast, Forest Service fees, Kilimanjaro Nat'l Park fees, on mountain rescue fees, payment for porters, 2 local Guides and Cook, tents, tables, chairs, oxygen cylinder, and private toilet. This cost also includes the travel expenses and wages for AEW guide as your personal Aspen Expeditions' guide.
Trip does not include:
Gratuities, Airline Tickets, Personal gear like sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles etc, other meals and drinks at hotel in Arusha and personal interest/gifts, etc.
Itinerary / Pricing: Please contact us via phone at 970-925-7625 or email/form to create your customized Kili expedition.
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