Mount Kilimanjaro - Trek to the Roof of Africa - 8 days, 7 nights

Visit : Moshi, Machame Camp, Shira 2 Camp, Barranco Camp, Barafu Camp, Mweka Camp

"No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being."- Ansel Adams, renowned American photographer
Indeed, there's something to be said about an imposing mountain and more so if it is Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain that attracts hikers and tourists all year ro ...

"No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied - it speaks in silence to the very core of your being."- Ansel Adams, renowned American photographer
Indeed, there's something to be said about an imposing mountain and more so if it is Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest freestanding mountain that attracts hikers and tourists all year round. Trekkers also arrive here for an unbelievably diverse hiking experience that takes them up the mountain through five different terrains - rainforest, bushland, moorland, high alpine desert and the artic zone. Join us on this grand wilderness adventure as we contemplate the toughest physical challenge we might ever face - a trek up the Mount Kilimanjaro, the 'roof of Africa'.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • The multiple walk-up routes to Mount Kilimanjaro make it a good pick for both serious and budding mountaineers. All you need is a good level of fitness, a positive attitude and a body that adapts well to changing altitudes. This tour is also an ideal choice if you are looking for sheer diversity in the sights along the way and a wide range of wildlife too.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • A chance to encounter interesting wildlife en route to Machame Camp
  • An unparalleled view of Kibo Peak from Shira 2 Camp
  • The spectacular sunset at Stella Point
  • A climb up the spectacular Uhuru Peak, Africa's highest point
Start of Tour

Moshi

End of Tour

Mweka Camp

  • Day 1Arrive Moshi
    • Welcome to Moshi, a noticeably well-maintained city located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to the lodge. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure and take plenty of time to rest before attending the welcome meeting at night. At the meeting, meet your Chief Experience Officer who will review the details of the tour. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with the other travelers.

    • Meals - None (meals on your own)
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  • Day 2Moshi - Machame Camp
    • Today is day 1 of the 'Mount Kilimanjaro Trek'! After breakfast, board a private vehicle to Machame Gate which is the start of a well-trodden ascent route. It has been popularly nicknamed as Whiskey. From here, set off on the trek which will take 5 to 7 hours. The journey is upwards through the montane rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail, and steep climbs at short intervals. Look out for exotic birds and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Amid bird song and monkey hoots, this trek will lead you to the Machame Campsite.

      On arrival, we will set up the camp. Feast your eyes on the incredible views up to Kilimanjaro and an expansive panorama downslope through the lush greenery. After a hearty dinner, settle in for a memorable night in the lap of Mother Nature.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 3Machame Camp - Shira 2 Camp
    • Set off on a hiking excursion after breakfast to our campsite at Shira 2, located approximately 5 kilometers away from Machame. The journey consists of a steep ridge and rocky terrain. En route, take a short break to recharge ourselves. Soak in the peaceful views of the moody landscape populated with grey-green shrubs. En route, visit Shira Cathedral, a buttress of rock surrounded by pinnacles and steep spires.

      Eventually, you will emerge from the forest into short heather before reaching Shira 2 camp which is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Kibo Peak, one of the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 4Shira 2 Camp - Barranco Camp via Lava Tower
    • In the morning, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast surrounded by diverse vegetation and wide views. After satiating your hunger, set off on a hike to Barranco Camp, one of the most beautiful back-country campsites in the world. The camp sits at the end of a narrow valley and the trail goes across the rocky terrain to Lava Tower. With an elevation of 4,600 metres, Lava Tower is an ancient and massive volcanic formation. From here, enjoy spectacular views of the famous Uhuru Peak.
      Afterwards, descend into the Great Barranco Valley, celebrated for its spectacular vegetation, teeming waterfalls and abundant wildlife. This climb and retreat would help get used to the altitude. After a long day of hiking, reach Barranco Camp. Once we set up camp, marvel at the enchanting sight of hanging glaciers, Kibo massif and Breach Wall, which surrounds the camp on three sides.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 5Barranco Camp - Barafu Camp
    • Wake up to the comfort of a sumptuous breakfast and feast your eyes on the view of the Barranco Wall, a huge rocky buttress extending outward from Kibo peak. Later, it is time to leave Barranco Camp and start the climb towards Barafu Camp, located at an altitude of 4,572 metres. The trail takes us up a steep ridge below Helm Glacier, a big, smooth pile of ice 15 nautical meters long.

      Arrive at Barafu Camp. It is advisable to wear proper thermal clothing as the campsite has no barriers to block the cold wind. Retire early for the night for an early start towards Stella Point the next day.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 6Barafu Camp - Stella Point - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp
    • Yet another adventure awaits as we climb up Uhuru Peak, located at a height of 5,895 metres. Pack up camp and begin hiking at 11 pm to reach Stella Point, located at an altitude of 5,756 metres. The physically and mentally taxing trek towards Stella Point will take us approximately 6 hours and on arrival, our excursion through the rock and difficult terrain will be rewarded with a memorable view of the ethereal sunrise.
      After a round of snacks and warm drinks, continue on the gradual ascent towards Uhuru Peak along a trail blanketed with snow. The temperature near the peak can be around -23° C in the morning, but the views from this highest point in Africa are a memorable sight to behold.

      Finally, upon reaching the peak, make a stopover to celebrate the successful completion of this elaborate trek. Afterwards, descend towards Barafu Camp for a short rest before trekking down to Mweka Camp. After trekking along a path strewn with rocks for approximately 4 hours, reach Mweka in late afternoon. Subsequently when you settle down, take in the hustle and bustle of the campsite and the magnificent views around.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 7Mweka - Moshi
    • This morning, we undertake a gentle 10-kilometre trek towards Mweka Gate through an exquisite rainforest trail. From Mweka Gate, continue the walk through the village of Mweka, populated with mud huts and cement shacks with corrugated metal roofs. Enjoy a delicious lunch here.

      Reach Moshi in the afternoon and celebrate the exhaustive but satisfying excursion with a congratulatory beverage followed by a shower. After that, board a vehicle to go to Moshi Women's Cooperative, supported by G Adventures and Planeterra Foundation. The cooperative is known for educating women in the matters of business. It is here that we will be awarded a gift and a certificate for completing the physically-gruelling trek. Shop for souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing massage from a Moshi Mama at the lodge on direct payment basis.

    • Meals - Breakfast and lunch
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  • Day 8Depart Moshi
    • After a filling breakfast, depart for the airport for your onward journey. We hope that you enjoyed your tour with us and are confident that you will join us again soon! If you are looking to extend your tour, you can talk with your Experience Officer and he will help you with travel arrangements.

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    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • 07 nights accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

Exclusions

  • Cost of your International round trip airfare.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges.
  • Any transportation to / from Moshi. Your tour price starts Ex Moshi.
  • Optional activities.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Equipment rentals if any.
  • Snacks, bottled water, beers, or any other drinks.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2019

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Moshi 1,63,500
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Accommodation

The idea of camping in Africa can be a daunting one. For those not accustomed to 'roughing it' for a few days we offer a full camping service. All tents are pitched for you, meals are prepared and served and the washing up is done by G Adventures staff. This leaves you with more time to enjoy your surroundings and is ideal for first-time campers who may be worried about the challenges such a trip can entail. When camping, we are exposed to the elements and whilst there are times when the weather is fine and temperatures are pleasant, there may be days when it is foggy, rainy and cool. In certain locations there may also be a number of bugs. These factors, however, should be seen as minor downsides to a camping experience which will allow you to get up close to the beautiful nature that Africa has to offer. All camping equipments (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) are supplied. We supply canvas dome tents with built-in mesh insect nets on the doors and windows. Mattresses are also available which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.

While on the mountain (7 nights), we provide full-service alpine camping at designated communal campsites. Your porters will be carrying your tents which they will pitch for you at these sites. The campsites are fairly basic, and exposed to the elements. They will not have electricity, nor shower facilities and toilet facilities are basic long drop latrines, which could become dirty at times (especially when it is raining), as many other hikers sharing the same facilities. Your crew will prepare basins of warm water for washing daily. All meals on the mountain will be prepared for you by your group's cook. The tents are two-person dome tents which are assembled by the porters. All tents have built-in insect nets. Mattresses are also provided, which are warm and comfortable.

Drinking water: On day 2, you should bring bottled water from the hotel for your first day's hike. Beyond that, purified (filtered) mountain water will be provided for you for the duration of the hike.

Barafu Camp: The night before your summit attempt, on day 5, you will be staying at a high altitude camp where there are no water facilities. Your porters will carry water up to the camp for cooking, bathing and drinking.

This trek is not for the faint of heart and the camp sites on Mt. Kilimanjaro are basic. However, many come out of their camping experience on the world's largest free-standing mountain not only gratified, but ultimately rejuvenated by such an experience of a lifetime.

Please note, if you need to alter the itinerary for any reason (e.g. travel delay or illness or in the event of having to descend from your climb early due to altitude sickness, injury or exhaustion), any unscheduled meals or nights spent in a location other than the tour itinerary will be at your own expense.

The start/end hotel has a number of services and facilities available as follows; Internet, laundry, gear hire, luggage storage, telephone services, TV lounge, swimming pool, outdoor dining area and a shuttle service to/from Moshi as the hotel is located just a few kilometres from the centre of town.

Things to Carry

    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Available on rent:
    • Balaclava ($6 USD)
    • Day pack ($12 USD)
    • Duffel bag ($6 USD)
    • Fleece pants ($6 USD)
    • Fleece top/sweater ($5 USD)
    • Gaiters ($8 USD)
    • Gloves ($6 USD)
    • Rain jacket or poncho ($12 USD)
    • Scarf ($6 USD)
    • Sleeping bag ((-25 to -35°C) $40 USD; If you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader.)
    • Sunglasses ($8 USD)
    • Thermal underwear ($5 USD)
    • Walking poles ($12 USD for two poles)
    • Warm hat ($6 USD)
    • Windproof rain pants ($12 USD)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

    Kilimanjaro - Other:
    • Electrolytes (Powder or tablets, optional)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Medication (Consult with your doctor about options to manage altitude sickness)
    • Moisturizer/lip balm
    • Pee bottle and/or She-Wee (You can use these items to avoid having to leave the tent at night)
    • Sunblock
    • Toilet paper
    • Wet wipes (Recommended)

    Kilimanjaro - Technical Clothing:
    • Waterproof lightweight hiking boots (required)
    • Windproof rain jacket (required) (A breathable jacket, with a hood is recommended)
    • Balaclava (Optional)
    • Fleece jacket or warm layer
    • Fleece pants
    • Gaiters (Optional)
    • Hat (A hat with a brim is recommended)
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
    • Insulated Jacket
    • Light gloves
    • Lightweight wicking shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirt for hiking (2 moisture-wicking shirts, and 1 breathable shirt recommended)
    • Quick-dry socks (Wool or synthetic)
    • Shorts (Optional)
    • Short sleeve t-shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking
    • Slip-on sandals or shoes (Optional extra shoes to wear around camp)
    • Thermal underwear (Moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Underwear (Moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Warm gloves (Waterproof recommended)
    • Warm hat
    • Waterproof pants (Pants with a side zipper recommended)

    Kilimanjaro - Technical Gear:
    • Day pack (30-35 L - can be rented in location)
    • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
    • Duffle bag (50-90 L - can be rented in location)
    • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season (Sleeping bags can be rented for approximately 40 USD for the duration of the tour; if you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader. Purchasing sleeping bags in Arusha might be more difficult to source.)
    • Walking poles (Highly recommended)

    Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.

    You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, not larger than 30 cm(height) x 30 cm(width) x 60 cm(length), maximum 15 kg, plus a day-pack (5 kg).

    Note: A refillable water bottle/flask is required for the trek, no plastic or disposable bottles are allowed on the mountain and they may be confiscated prior to the hike.

Travel Tips

  • Our Crew

    For your hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will be lead by an experienced certified mountain guide. To round out the team, you will be joined by an assistant guide (for groups of more than one person), a cook, and a team of porters.

    Your guide has been trained in mountain guiding skills, first aid and emergency response, flora and fauna, and group management. All guides are licensed by KINAPA, the National Park Authority. Your cook is an experienced cook who will prepare a variety of nutritious and hearty meals. As a general rule, each hiker will be accompanied by 2 porters, who assist in carrying both your bag and the team's gear (tents, food, etc). Please note English is often the 3rd or 4th language of the Tanzanians in the area of Mt. Kilimanjaro, therefore your guide will speak a basic English.

    The porter will carry a maximum of 15 kg of your belongings and 5 kg of personal gear. All our porters will carry a maximum of 20 kg and there is a strict weigh in by the Kilimanjaro Park authority.

  • Equipment Checklist

    Available on rent:
    • Balaclava ($6 USD)
    • Day pack ($12 USD)
    • Duffel bag ($6 USD)
    • Fleece pants ($6 USD)
    • Fleece top/sweater ($5 USD)
    • Gaiters ($8 USD)
    • Gloves ($6 USD)
    • Rain jacket or poncho ($12 USD)
    • Scarf ($6 USD)
    • Sleeping bag ((-25 to -35°C) $40 USD; If you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader.)
    • Sunglasses ($8 USD)
    • Thermal underwear ($5 USD)
    • Walking poles ($12 USD for two poles)
    • Warm hat ($6 USD)
    • Windproof rain pants ($12 USD)

    Documents:
    • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
    • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

    Kilimanjaro - Other:
    • Electrolytes (Powder or tablets, optional)
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Medication (Consult with your doctor about options to manage altitude sickness)
    • Moisturizer/lip balm
    • Pee bottle and/or She-Wee (You can use these items to avoid having to leave the tent at night)
    • Sunblock
    • Toilet paper
    • Wet wipes (Recommended)

    Kilimanjaro - Technical Clothing:
    • Waterproof lightweight hiking boots (required)
    • Windproof rain jacket (required) (A breathable jacket, with a hood is recommended)
    • Balaclava (Optional)
    • Fleece jacket or warm layer
    • Fleece pants
    • Gaiters (Optional)
    • Hat (A hat with a brim is recommended)
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
    • Insulated Jacket
    • Light gloves
    • Lightweight wicking shirts
    • Long-sleeved shirt for hiking (2 moisture-wicking shirts, and 1 breathable shirt recommended)
    • Quick-dry socks (Wool or synthetic)
    • Shorts (Optional)
    • Short sleeve t-shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking
    • Slip-on sandals or shoes (Optional extra shoes to wear around camp)
    • Thermal underwear (Moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Underwear (Moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
    • Warm gloves (Waterproof recommended)
    • Warm hat
    • Waterproof pants (Pants with a side zipper recommended)

    Kilimanjaro - Technical Gear:
    • Day pack (30-35 L - can be rented in location)
    • Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry)
    • Duffle bag (50-90 L - can be rented in location)
    • Sleeping bag and liner, 4 season (Sleeping bags can be rented for approximately 40 USD for the duration of the tour; if you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, please let your booking agent know so that we can prepare your group leader. Purchasing sleeping bags in Arusha might be more difficult to source.)
    • Walking poles (Highly recommended)

    Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.

    You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one soft compact suitcase, sports bag, or backpack, not larger than 30 cm(height) x 30 cm(width) x 60 cm(length), maximum 15 kg, plus a day-pack (5 kg).

    Note: A refillable water bottle/flask is required for the trek, no plastic or disposable bottles are allowed on the mountain and they may be confiscated prior to the hike.

  • Flight Information

    On arrival no transfers are included. Please make your way to the joining hotel. Kilimanjaro International airport is approximately 40 km, or 40 minutes, from Moshi. Taxis are available to transfer you to Moshi and cost approximately USD 50 per car. If you are arriving in Moshi from Nairobi, Kenya, there is a public shuttle bus that leaves Nairobi at 8:00 am daily to Moshi. It is a direct bus via Arusha and with border formalities and a break (and potentially a change of vehicles) in Arusha, the trip is approximately 8 hours. There are a number of local companies that offer this service, and this can be organized locally. In addition, for your convenience, you may pre-reserve a seat on our partner shuttle service through G Adventures.

    For pre-booked transfers from Kilimanjaro International airport to our Moshi hotel, G Adventures representative present will assist you or your driver will be waiting with a G Adventures sign. At times there are taxi drivers who will try to solicit your business, so please be aware of them and proceed directly to the G Adventures representative. For any issues relating to pre booked transfers for Kilimanjaro International airport including delays or missed transfers, please contact our airport transfer operator.
    Musaddiq: +255 754 400 141 or +255 787 400 142 (From outside Tanzania)
    Musaddiq: 0754 400 141 or 0787 400 142 (From within Tanzania)

    Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, though a brief departure meeting will be held in the garden of the hotel in evening of day 1. Here you will meet our local G Adventures representative, and possibly some of your guiding team. At this point you will receive information about general and specific aspects of the "Kili" trek. On arrival at the hotel, our G Adventures representative will be there to assist you with anything you need. If you arrive late and miss the meeting, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

    This tour departs Moshi for Mt. Kilimanjaro in the morning of day 2.

  • Medication & First Aid

    Health
    Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

    Safety and Security
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants or during night time excursions.

    Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).
    Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
    http://adventure.coxandkings.com/travel-resources.

    Medical Form
    Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

  • Luggage Info

    We recommend using a backpack for your convenience or a medium-sized duffel bag if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins)

  • Books to Read

    • In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall chronicles the author's adventures with wild chimpanzees in Tanzania. Goodall is a world-renowned primatologist, humanitarian and conservationist who set up a chimpanzee reserve in Tanzania.
    • Mr. Myombekere and His Wife Bugonoka, Their Son Ntulanalwo and Daughter Bulihwali by Aniceti Kitereza is a love story depicting the history of the Kerewe through three generations.

  • Approximate Group Size

    8 to 12 people

  • Money to carry

    Spending Money

    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

    Money Exchange
    The local currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSH).

    Shillings can be obtained locally by changing foreign currency or by using ATMs (where available) which will disperse local currency. Your CEO will inform you where you can change money throughout the tour and approximately how much money you will need for each country.
    The easiest foreign currency to exchange for locally for any of the local currencies is the USD; however the British Pound and Euro may also be exchanged as well. Please note that due to past problems with forgery, USD notes that are older than year 2006 are not accepted in Africa.
    Large note ($US 50, $US 100 etc) can be difficult to change in some places, but will gain you the best exchange rate.

    If you plan to rely on cash, please bring foreign currency (Euro, Pound, USD) with you, as it is often expensive to buy these currencies locally. And in more rural areas, it is often not likely.
    If you plan to buy your visas at borders, you will need to bring USD cash to pay for these visas. Please note you cannot use the local currency or any other currency to buy these visas- they must be purchased in USD.

    Please do not bring Travellers' cheques toAfrica. They are difficult if not impossible to exchange in many places.

    Visa/Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. It is harder to find machines Mastercard/Cirrus cards. We highly recommend that if you hold a Mastercard, you obtain a Visa card prior to departure and travel with both. This is also useful should something unforeseen happen to one of your cards during your travels.
    While there are many ATMs in the major centres, there is no guarantee that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Africa. Check with your bank.

    Credit cards can be used in major cities and towns ONLY but please do not rely on them as a method of payment because they are generally not widely accepted. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. The majority of our optional activities can also be paid by credit card. Your CEO will advise on these.

    Please note that in many areas there may be occasional power-outages, where there will be no electricity for hours at a time. In addition, ATMs outside of larger centers often run out of cash or can be out of order unexpectedly. These factors could affect your ability to access money from ATMs. As such, please do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money.
    A combination of foreign currency and debit/credit cards for cash advances is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.


    For extra expenses at your hotel, cash or visa card are the only accepted form of payment. Please note however, there will be extra charges for using your credit card. As a result of this it is preferable to settle all expenses in cash.

    Emergency Fund
    Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD 200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

  • Tipping

    Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated component of your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek.

    Although it may not be customary for you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, as an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. It is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the communities that you visit.

    Your group will be assigned a CEO/Lead Guide, and a group of porters. The number of porters designated to your group will depend on the amount of baggage and equipment that is taken on the trek; this typically works out to 2-3 porters per traveller, but this number will be confirmed by Kilimanjaro National Park rangers at the gate once all baggage is checked.

    It is best to present your crew with the group's tip upon completion of your climb, during the last meal on the mountain. Tips should be placed in a group envelope and a member of the climbing team can hand the envelope directly to the Lead Guide. It is encouraged to announce the amount in front of the group to ensure each crew member knows the total amount.

    A tipping guideline to determine this amount is 10% of the total cost of their trek towards tips, per person. So if you paid USD 2000 for your trek, you should pay USD 200 collectively for your crew. (If there were only one or two of you, it is customary to pay slightly more than 10%). A realistic amount for a trip of 5-7 days length would be between 150-200 USD per climber for tips.

    If paying each crew member individually, you can use the following chart as a guideline.

    (Amounts in USD or local equivalent)

    Per Chief Guide: US$10-15 per day
    Per Assistant Guide: US$8-10 per day
    Per Cook: US$7-$10 per day
    Per Porter: US$5-8 per day

  • Type of Food

    This includes all meals while trekking on the mountain, along with breakfast back in Moshi on final day after your hike. All meals you have during your trip will be prepared from fresh local produce. Shopping for food will be done before the trip departs. Breakfasts and dinners will be served at camp, while lunches will be packed to have en route while trekking. All evening meals will be hot and will consist of a variety of continental and local dishes. We believe that providing more than enough food while on such a trek is of the utmost importance and as such you can be ensured that your cook and crew will provide enough quality food for you. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

    Please note: Bottled water (both before and after the trek) is at your own expense, however, during the Kilimanjaro trek you will be provided with drinking water. This water is collected from fresh mountain streams and then purified with tablets by your guides who will replenish your empty bottles/thermos flasks on a daily basis. For peace of mind, you are welcome to add your own chlorine or iodine tablets instead, if you are uncomfortable drinking the water provided.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: INDIAN MEALS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON TOUR.

  • Clothes to carry

    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket