Mt. Kilimanjaro Itinerary

 MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMB WITH TUSKER TRAIL 2012 TOUR - 2013 COMING SOON!

 

We are excited to offer a climb up Mt.Kilimanjaro as an extension of your stay in East Africa.  Mt.Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.  It's breathtaking peak rises 19,336 feet above the Tanzanian land.  Join us for a once in a lifetime summit experience!

 

The scheduled tour with Tusker begins July 5 after the marathon and Masai Mara tour and concludes July 13.  An overnight at the Norfolk will be confirmed due to flight times.  Tour itinerary and pricing is below.  Please contact Marathon Tours to inquire about possible options for date departures.

 

MACHAME ROUTE

9 DAY / 8 NIGHT CLIMB ITINERARY

 

Day 1 - Overnight at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi

Day 2 - Morning flight from Nairobi to KilimanjaroAirport.  Transfer to your hotel in Moshi where you will meet your Kilimanjaro Guide for your climb orientation and equipment check.  This is a good chance to get to know your guide, who is your best friend on Kilimanjaro.

Day 3 – Machame Camp 9,750-ft/2,972-m • 6.2 miles/9.9 km
After breakfast hand your gear to the porters and depart by vehicle to KilimanjaroNational Park. Stop briefly at a couple small shops  for a few last-minute supplies and when your guide completes the paperwork, the climb begins. Proceed uphill for about 5-6 hours to the Machame Hut where your tent will already be set up. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty.

Day 4 – Shira Plateau 12,480-ft/3,804-m • 2.8 miles/4.5 km
Around 8am you will leave the last glades of the rain forest. On a clear day you can see your first close-up of KiboPeak - from 20 miles away.  Passing through fields of heather, the mountainside gradually opens up. You now begin to feel the effects of the altitude, and should walk slowly for two reasons -- because that's all you can do; and to enjoy the hike. After 9,000 ft. you pass the first lobelia, protea and giant senecia, and reach Shira in 7-8 hours.

Day 5 – Barranco 12,850-ft/3,916-m • 5.6 miles/9 km
Hike uphill, past the Lava Tower, and slowly trek downhill through the Giant Senecios toward Barranco, around Kibo's spectacular south-facing glaciers. The view of the towering peaks are spectacular. After descending through the heather and lobelias we arrive at Barranco Camp.

Day 6– Karanga 13,200-ft/4,023-m • 4.1 miles/6.7 km
The first challenge of the day is to breach the 500 ft. Barranco Wall - not too tough, but a challenge nonetheless. Most of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo peak over our left shoulder. We descend down into the KarangaValley, and climb up the other side, where we rest up for the night before the tough climb up to Barafu hut.

Day 7 Barafu 14,950-ft/4,556-m • 3.4 miles/5.4 km
The air starts getting quite thin, and you will be running short of breath. It's a tough, but a rewarding uphill climb to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp.  "Barafu" means, "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. You arrive relatively early as we need to hike up a 1,000 ft from camp, to acclimatize at around 16,000 ft. before hiking to the crater tonight. It is to bed early because we start our climb at midnight for the final leg to UhuruPeak.

Day 8 – Summit: 19,340-ft/5,895-m • 3.7 miles/5.9 km

                 Mweka: 10,400-ft/3,170-m • 10.2 miles/14.5 km

Dress warmly as climbing starts around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon, if out, will provide enough light.  Reach the Crater rim by sunrise, after a 7 hour hike, and welcome a new dawn.
MawenziPeak is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater's ice-walls looming ahead. Continue to UhuruPeak (1-2 hrs.) This is the highest point in Africa, the world's highest solitary peak (19,340 ft), and the best view in Africa. The descent is invigorating. It's a good idea to have a little rest once in awhile as you continue down back to Barafu Camp (4 hours) and then down to Mweka camp (4 hours), our last night on the mountain.

Day 9 – Mweka Gate/Moshi 3,000-ft/914-m • 3.7 miles/5.9 km
Hike four-hours down to the road to meet your vehicle and return to the hotel. A hot shower and a cold beer await you, before you head off to a well deserved rest in a real bed.

Day 10 - Today you will be transferred out of Moshi to the Kilimanjaro Airport to explore more of Africa or perhaps to head home and share your experience with family and friends. 

 

2012 LAND COST PER PERSON:     $4,145.00 USD**  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:     $350.00 USD

OVERNIGHT AT THE NORFOLK HOTEL: $TBD (APPROX $260 USD)

 

TUSKER TRAIL RESERVATION FORM

TUSKER TRAIL CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

FINAL PAYMENT DUE: MARCH 1, 2012

 

**Park Fees are included in the pricing above and are subject to change. Please review Tusker's Booking Conditions for additional information on cancellation fees and insurance. Final payment deadlines and trip information will be sent to you directly from Tusker.  

 

Submit all reservation forms to Marathon Tours for your Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.  Forms can be mailed, scanned and emailed, or faxed to 617-242-7686.

 

DEPOSIT DUE AT BOOKING:  $500.00 PER PERSON 

 

 
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