Kilimanjaro Trek (10 days)
- A fantastic 7-day route, carefully designed to maximise time for your acclimatisation
- Follow the bootprints of famed explorers and mountaineers and climb to the Roof of Africa at 5895m
- Stand on top of the largest freestanding mountain in the world
- Camp under a mesmerising blanket of stars in the African skies
- Enjoy the encouraging energy and support of your experienced local crew who will make a truly memorable impact on your trek
- There will be 1 guide to every 2 trekkers on summit night/day
- Other routes available for groups over 10 people – Rongai and Lemosho
- Optional extensions – Safari to Tarangire National Park & Ngorongoro Crater or Zanzibar Beach Extension
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent at 5895m. Its snow-capped summit rises high above the vast African plains and huge glaciers welcome you at the summit together with spectacular views. A tremendous award for pushing yourself well out of your comfort zone.
If the above dates do not suit you or you prefer one of the other trekking routes (Lemosho or Rongai routes) and you have a group of over 10 people, please get in touch as we’d be happy to set up a date that meets with your requirements between January – December (please note, there are differing weather patterns throughout the year). Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
Kilimanjaro, named ‘Kilema Kyaro by the Chagga people meaning ‘that which cannot be conquered’ is situated south of the equator in Tanzania at 19,340 feet (5895m). Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world, where huge glaciers flow down from the summit. Spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for the successful trekker, as well as the satisfaction of “topping out” this mighty African peak. Any reasonably fit person who enjoys walking can reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, our itinerary is designed to give you the best chance or reaching the peak of this iconic mountain.
This trek is graded extreme due to the high altitude. Your carefully planned itinerary gives you 7 days trekking on Africa’s highest mountain, which means plenty of time for acclimatisation and soaking up the ever changing scenery. There is a night ascent to the summit under the glow of moonlight presenting you with incredible views and memories of a high altitude sunrise that you will remember for many years to come. All our local guides go through a stringent bi-annual training program and our logistic team based in Moshi monitors your climb form start to finish.
The Machame Route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, is one of the most popular routes on Kilimanjaro and a favourite for Adventurous Ewe given that it has one of the highest summit success rates. This is due to the topography of the route which allows climbers to “trek high & sleep low”. This route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the south-west and joins the Shira & Lemosho routes before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. The rainforest is extremely beautiful and there is a tangible sense of ‘wilderness’ once the higher elevations are reached. The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. This route also passes the spectacular formation of the lava tower and onto the exciting climb of the Barranco Wall with the support of your expert Mountain Guides and Assistant Guides. You will make your final ascent to the summit by the stunning Barafu route. Your descent is via the Mweka route where there is a chance of seeing Colobus monkeys and plenty of bird wildlife.
– Qualified and experienced high altitude UK Mountain Leader (for groups of 6+)
– Qualified Local Mountain Guides and Assistant Guides (ratio of 1 Guide per 2 trekkers on summit night/day)
– All other crew including porters and kitchen crew
– Satellite phone and radio communications between crew and the office base in Moshi town
– Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi town (twin share basis)
– All campsites on the mountain with 3 Season mountain tents (2-person tents)
– Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your expedition
– Double layered Sleeping Mats
– Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
– Transfers as required for the expedition
– All applicable local taxes
– Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
– Luggage transfers each day of the trek via porters
– Portable flush toilets with a toilet tents
– Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter
– Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
– Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
– Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
– International Passenger Protection Cover
– All safety management, emergency evacuation and risk assessment procedures
– 15% discount code for Cotswold Outdoor Clothing and Snow & Rock retail stores, both online and in store
– International flights, however these can be organised for you at an additional cost through our Flight Operator
– Travel insurance – mandatory
– Visa – single entry visa currently $US150
– Kit and equipment as listed on your kit list (kit hire available)
– Tips for local crew – recommend minimum of $US150.00
– Single room supplement
– Personal drinks and expenses
– Any associated costs with leaving the expedition early
The tour includes all accommodation, private transfers to and from Moshi, park entry fees, porters, local guides, cook and meals whilst camping. Breakfast is included in the Moshi hotel. All meals are provided other than one lunch and one evening meal in Moshi – please allow about £20.00. It does not include insurance, airport tax if applicable.
If anyone needs to leave the group at any point during the trip (for reasons such as an early descent from Kilimanjaro due to altitude sickness or other reasons), all expenses incurred until re-joining the group on the itinerary described in these Trip Notes are the responsibility of the individual(s) concerned and must be paid to our local operator before leaving Tanzania.
How to Book your Trip
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the Adventurous Ewe website. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250 at the time of booking. The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
For a new trip set up on dates that suit you, your charity or corporate organisation, we require just 10 people. The length of the trip may vary between 10 – 12 days dependent on your route selection and time available.
For further information or to discuss the various routes and timings available, please get in touch with us at email email@example.com or call 01492 588 069.
FOOD AND DRINKS
All meals are included within the trip cost apart from during free time on the last day of the challenge.
On trek the emphasis is on a varied and well-balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids to help with acclimatisation.
Fully purified and treated water provided whilst trekking.
All other drinks at the hotel/restaurant will need to be paid for on an individual basis.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Tanzania the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home.
The menu has a high liquid and carbohydrate content; the two important elements for successful high altitude mountain ascents. At higher altitudes, stimulants (such as coffee) and less digestible foods (such as meat) are not recommended. At mealtimes a
selection of hot drinks are available. Soup is served twice daily.
Bed Tea – tea or coffee served to your tent door in the morning (a real treat).
Breakfast – consists of seasonal fresh fruit, porridge, cooked eggs, sausage, bacon and toast.
Energy snacks are provided for the daily walk such as biscuits, bananas, and chocolate bars. Bringing your own snacks can often be a treat especially when trekking at higher altitudes. Be sure to bring some of your favourite treats for summit night as these will be a welcome boost in so many ways.
Lunch – either a packed lunch on longer days or, more usually, a hot lunch served in specifically set up lunch camp. A hot lunch typically consists of soup, bread or pancakes, cheese, tuna, jam, peanut butter, pasta salad and cake.
Afternoon tea – served in late afternoon. It is an opportunity to drink lots of hot drinks and snack on peanuts or popcorn.
Dinner – the main meal of the day usually consists of three courses; starter: soup and bread / main: rice, potatoes or pasta with fish, meat or vegetables / dessert: usually fruit.
You will be provided with Katadyn filtered water throughout your mountain expedition. If you wish to bring your own water purification treatment in order to be extra safe, you are welcome to do so.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.
Internal road transfers
Airport transfers and transfers to and from the start of the trekking point will be via mini bus. All mini buses are fitted with seat belts.
PASSPORT, VISA, INSURANCE & VACCINATIONS
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. Airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 months validity.
Most nationalities require a tourist visa for Tanzania, including British nationals. We recommend that you check with the relevant embassy for the most up to date information regarding visas. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and obtain your own visa, if one is necessary. Adventurous Ewe is not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise.
Please visit the UK Foreign & Commonwealth office website, or your respective nationality governing website, for the latest travel information on Tanzania at:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our overseas expeditions. It is a condition of joining this expedition that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). We strongly recommend that the policy also covers trekking at high altitude (5895m), personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
At a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure you must send through your travel insurance details to Adventurous Ewe. You will also be asked to present evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24-hour emergency contact number to your Mountain Leader on arrival in Tanzania.
We also recommend that you enrol with Global Rescue prior to embarking on your trip (optional). Global Rescue is the world’s premier provider of medical & security advisory and evacuation services http://www.globalrescue.com/adventurousewe/.
For the most up to date information on vaccinations, you should consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission, this includes the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS government website ‘Fit for Travel’ at:
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Adventurous Ewe prioritises the safety of all of their trekkers and staff, and as such have developed a thorough safety management system. This encompasses comprehensive risk assessments and procedures together with audits of all aspects of your expedition from vehicles to accommodation to the high altitude trek activities. Your health and safety is our top priority
Tanzania is one of the safest African countries for travellers and serious crimes are rare. But as with all places where tourists and crowds gather petty theft can be a problem. In the same way that health risks can be avoided with a few sensible precautions, so can security risks.
While we will do everything to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Any valuables such as your passport and money should be kept on you at all times or kept in the hotel safe.
Do make photocopies of all your important documents, including passports, and keep copies of emergency.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. To keep informed of current travel news visit https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
This is a tough trek, which reaches an altitude of 5,895m. Even if you consider yourself fit, you might still find the climb very challenging, depending on how well your body acclimatises to high altitude. There is no scientific way to determine how easily you acclimatise, and be aware that the acclimatisation process can also differ from climb to climb.
Trekking experience and level of difficulty
To complete this trip comfortably, it is preferable that you have previous trekking experience in varied and irregular terrain carrying a 35 litre day-pack although this does not have to be at altitude. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, though you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness and head from heights in order to manage sections of the trek. During the trek you will be required to carry your own kit including packed lunches & snacks, drinking water, wet weather gear, additional warm layers and personal items such medication and toiletries. The walking hours stated are given as approximates only. Timings include lunch and photo stops though will vary depending on the pace of your group and weather conditions.
Most of the trails on trek are well defined and of good quality but some forest sections can be slippery particularly in poor weather conditions. There is a short rock scramble on Barranco Wall which rises 843 feet (257 meters) above the Barranco Valley. Steep, narrow paths cut back and forth along the rock face, making the Barranco Wall one of the more challenging sections of the mountain, but you will not need any technical climbing skills for the ascent. Though it’s a demanding portion of the trek, most trekkers are thrilled that they get to experience the Barranco Wall and it is a highlight of the Machame Route; even without the physical exertion, the view from the top is simply jaw-dropping! Your guides will position themselves at strategic points on the Wall to help you on your way to the top.
The final ascent to Uhuru peak is almost exclusively on scree and loose rock without permanent footpaths but no technical skills are required. During the course of the trip we shall spend time at both high and low altitude, experiencing both extremely cold and quite hot conditions. You should be prepared for an early start every day on Kilimanjaro.
We wake up between 06.00 – 06.30 and start the day with a hot breakfast. Hot water in bowls will be available for washing. After filling our water bottles, we start trekking as a group, your trek leader will set a slow pace, with the supporting staff and U.K. Leader walking amongst the group to offer support to the team. There will be regular short breaks to rest and refuel on snacks and water and a longer stop for lunch.
On arrival into camp, there will be time relax enjoy a hot drink, before sitting down together for our evening meal and a briefing by your leader on the following day.
All of our main luggage, tents and camping equipment will be carried by the supporting porters and will be already set up each evening as we arrive into camp.
All main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared, cooked and served by our supporting team.
Groups of 6+ trekkers will be accompanied by an experienced high altitude Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader. There are approximately 2.5 members of support staff per person in the group including guides, a medical porter, kitchen staff, luggage, tent and toilet porters.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a tough challenge, but one that is very achievable with the correct training. It requires a reasonable level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks! We have put together a guide to training for your expedition which will be sent to you once you register for this trip. We have a number of weekends that make ideal training for your Kilimanjaro climb available from Spring to September in Snowdonia. We will also offer a discount on any UK challenges used as part of your training program. Please contact us for more information on training weekends.
Safety and Emergency Support
There will be 2-way radio contact between Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leader, Local Leaders & crew and the Office Base in Moshi Town at all times during your trek. Your Mountain Leader will also carry a Satellite phone for emergencies only and have 24-hour contact with Adventurous Ewe office in UK. In the unlikely event evacuation be required the Tanzanian National Park rescue service have emergency vehicles on standby at exit routes from the mountain. All staff are highly trained with the evacuation procedures. A member of our staff will be carrying medical supplies and oxygen, should it be required.
If for any reason you need to leave the group early and come off the mountain, local staff will assist you with your descent and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary. All costs incurred due to an early descent will need to be covered by the individual before departing the hotel.
This trip includes five or more overnight stays over 3500 metres/11500ft, where there is a genuine risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If left untreated AMS can be life-threatening. We would expect the majority of a group to notice the effects of being at high altitude, and while most will only feel discomfort, it is not uncommon for a small number of people to need extra care which will be provided by our leaders and local staff.
All our trips that spend time at High Altitude follow our standard altitude safety measures. A number of medical conditions or medications can also reduce your body’s ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, you must seek medical advice prior to booking. You may also wish to discuss medication such as Diamox that may help aid acclimatisation. Please note that while we endeavour to assist all our clients in achieving their goals, there may be times your leader makes the decision to either delay or stop your ascent based on your medical conditions and AMS symptoms.
All our Mountain Guides are fully qualified and have high altitude experience. Our Guides are carefully selected to ensure you have the best experience on your trek and with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure. They all have remote First Aid qualifications as well.
Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time of the year but it is usually very wet in the rain forest in April and May. January and February are the warmest months. Above the cloud line the days are warm and pleasant, with temperatures in sunlight often above 20°C, but the nights can get very cold. It is possible for temperatures to get as low as -20°C at Barafu campsite, our highest overnight stop. The daily weather pattern on the mountain tends to be clear mornings with an afternoon cloud build-up that often clears before sunset. In the (European) summer, the weather is usually cloudy at lower altitudes and often sunny above 3,500 m. Please note that mountain weather conditions are never totally predictable and we may meet wet and snowy conditions at any time. On the first and last day of our climb, temperatures should remain warm around the low-mid-twenties, with high humidity, becoming cooler at dusk and at night dropping to around 10-15 C. As we ascend and the vegetation becomes more sparse, temperatures begin to drop dramatically to around the low-mid teens and then into single figures around the 4000m mark – it becomes very cold at night! The temperature falls on average by 1C every 200m in altitude gained. On summit day, we can expect temperatures to fall below freezing. With added wind chill, the feel factor can be as low as -20C!
Responsible Travel in Tanzania
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering travel experiences in a responsible and ethical manner and with sustainable development at its core.
We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment!
Some of the responsible travel features embedded our Kilimanjaro Machame Route:
• Using local crew who are qualified Mountain Guides, support crew, cooks and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and willing to share their local way of life often with a big friendly smile
• Staying in smaller-scale locally owned accommodation.
• Buying locally produced food and drink, and dining in locally owned restaurants
• Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
• Careful management of limited energy and water resources
• Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding
• Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos
New laws on plastic in Tanzania
The Government of Tanzania have made it official that from 1st June 2019 all plastic carrier bags will be prohibited from being taken into mainland Tanzania. Plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are not prohibited at this stage.
Visitors to Tanzania are prohibited to carry plastic carrier bags at any time including for packing items in their main luggage or hand luggage before embarking on a trip or flight to Tanzania.
Plastic ‘ziplock bags’ that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed of in the country.
Our Tanzanian partner is a member of the Porter Protection Scheme under IMEC and adheres to fair wage and welfare policies for their porters, guides and staff. Nonetheless, the ground staff work very hard and any extra payment is greatly appreciated. A collective tip is usually organised at the end of the trek to split between the porters, guides and support staff. The amount is down to the individual and group size, but a good guideline is an average of USD$150 from each participant.
SAFARI – Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (2 days)
This 2 day safari option is a great way to experience some of Tanzania’s amazing wildlife within a short period of time. A visit to Tarangire National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater offer the best wildlife viewing experience for these two days. The concentration of wildlife in these two parks offers great opportunities to see plenty of wildlife before you head home.
Zanzibar Beach Extension (2 – 3 days)
“White sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters and timeless memories” is the best way to describe a beach break on Zanzibar. After a strenuous climb up Kilimanjaro, there is no better way to kick back, relax and soak up the sun before your trip back home.
With a wealth of attractions and activities to offer, it is no surprise why thousands flock to this magnificent island. From pristine beaches, lush forests and spice farms to its fascinating history and culture, Zanzibar has it all. Take a walk through Stone Town along the intriguing maze of narrow alleyways and old buildings dating back to the 19th century or visit the lush Jozani Forest where the rare Red Colobus Monkey can be seen. Apart from relaxing on the beach and sipping on Pina Coloda’s there are various activities to choose from including snorkeling, scuba diving, dhow cruises, water-skiing, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, windsurfing and kite boarding.
For more information or to book one of these optional extra trips, simply get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.