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Mount Kilimanjaro Trek

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Kilimanjaro Trek

Trek will be to Mount Kilimanjaro, which is located in the region of Tanzania, Africa. It is at an altitude of 19,340 feet, the level of the trek is moderate, and the total distance would be 62 kilometres. So, anyone physically fit can trek, from older people to young kids. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain, one of the only mountains not part of any mountain range like Mount Everest in the Himalayas. You will see the lush green montane rainforest, along with the culture of Africa, and you will also hear and see the wildlife in the forest. You could also explore the local cuisine, coffee plantations, tribes, and safaris or visit the remote villages of Tanzania.

Trek Route

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Machame Gate by road and from Machame Gate to Machame Camp by Trek

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp by Trek

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp by Trek via Lava Tower Camp

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp by Trek via Karanga Camp

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Summit and Uhuru Peak Summit to Mweka Camp

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Village by Trek and Mweka Village to Moshi by Road

Day 8: Return to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi

Important Trekking Tips By Experts?

What Mountain Expert Say

Shivam | Mountain Expert

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Shivam

Shivam was born and brought up in the Dehradun. Coming from a tradtional family bussniess background and be the 4th genration in the bussnies, he decided to take a another path. Working in the US based firm and sepding some couple of years expreinces. One day he decided to go on a solo trek and from there things got change. After resign his well establish career he decided to persue his career in the adventure and as well as mountain background.He has done various challenging treks in Himalayan region like Kedarkantha, valley of flower, Buran Ghati and list go on. And his love for mountains and adventure is never-ending. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from him.

Why You Should do Kilimanjaro Trek

This is the perfect trek for hikers and Trekkers keenly seeing high peaks and views from the top. There are many reasons to do this trek, and we provide a few below to make you understand why you must do this.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant mountain with a grand view from the top and of the peak from afar.

The view of the Mountain from afar is like a mountain floating above clouds, which is just a majestic sight, and it is different when you are up close.

2. You will get up close to the wildlife and nature of Africa.

The plants found there are sycamore trees, ferns, lichen (known as older man’s beard) that covers most trees, Giant groundsels by the name Red hot pokers, Lobelias, and Senecio trees. You might also see or hear some animals like some birds (tropical Boubons, Harthlaub Turacos, Silver cheeked Hornbill), and animals like Olive Baboons, Colobus Monkeys, and Blue Monkey, along with Dik-DIK, Abbott’s Duikers, Civets, Elephants and Bushpins.

3. Local Culture of the villages.

You would be mesmerized by the vibrant culture of Tanzania, whether it’s their music, traditional music, attire, or house design. But this would be a sight to behold to experience it in person.

4. Trekking through the barren hills.

As you get close to Mount Kilimanjaro’s top, the landscape changes from green grasslands and forests to rocky terrain, a beautiful sight to behold and worth seeing through one’s eyes.

Best time to do Kilimanjaro Trek

The ideal time to do this trek is in the Wet Season, which is from July to September and the Dry Season in January & February. Mount Kilimanjaro is near the equator and does not experience hot or cold weather like other mountains. The weather is clearer in the Wet Season, and the chance of snowfall and rivers is very low. In contrast, January and February are the Dry Seasons with warm weather and some showers, so it is the best time to trek.

Day-wise Detailed Itinerary of Kilimanjaro Trek

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

  • Stay – overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Altitude  Moshi (3120 ft / 950 meters)

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the Trekup India Team will meet you at the airport. You will then be driven to the hotel, where you will be resting for the rest of the day; you could also use this day to explore Moshi. You could do the famous safaris in Tanzania, where you will see the second highest peak in Africa, Mount Kenya, and Mount Kilimanjaro’s sibling Mount Meru.

Day 2: Moshi to Machame Gate by road and from Machame Gate to Machame Camp by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Moshi to Machame Gate by Road (32 km), Machame Gate to Machame Camp by Trek (11 km)
  • Time took – Moshi to Machame Gate by Road (approx. 45 min), Machame Gate to Machame Camp by Trek (approx. 7 hrs)
  • Altitude – Moshi (3120 ft / 950 meters), Machame Gate (5906 ft / 1800 meter), Machame Camp (9900 ft / 3018 meters)
  • Altitude gain – Moshi to Machame Gate (2786 ft / 850 meters), Machame Gate to Machame Camp (3994 ft / 1218 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

In the morning, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will begin the journey, which will be by road from the Hotel in Moshi to Machame Gate, which is a short drive. On the drive, you will see Coffee, bananas, and many root crops. You will then begin the trek from Machame Gate, which will be through dense rainforest. At the Machame Gate, you will be fulfilling registration details by the armed guards of TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks). On the trail, you will see huge trees and bright-coloured flowers like orange and red Kilimanjaro Impatiens. You could also see some Colobus Monkeys if you are lucky enough; after crossing the forest, you will walk through the moss-covered landscape. After walking for a few hours, you will then reach Machame Camp.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 5 km
  • Time taken – approx. 6 hrs
  • Altitude – Machame Camp (9900 ft / 3018 mtr), Shira 2 (12,760 ft / 3890 mtr)
  • Altitude gain – 2860 ft / 872 meter
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Begin your day with a warm meal and hot tea, and then prepare for the trek the following day. As you begin your trek, you will see the change in landscape from grasslands to black lava rocks covering the hill. As you ascend the trail, you will pass Erica trees and some narrow ridges. As you come close to Shira 2, Mount Kilimanjaro can be seen along with Mount Meru. After crossing the rough terrain, you will reach Shira 2 Campsite and view Shira Cathedral and Klue Peak from the campsite.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp by Trek via Lava Tower Camp

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Trek Distance – 10 km
  • Time taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Shira 2 Camp (12,760 ft / 3890 meters), Lava Tower Camp (15,190 ft / 4630 meters), Barranco Camp (12,960 ft / 3950 meters)
  • Altitude difference – Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower Camp (2430 ft / 740 meters), Lava Tower Camp to Barranco Camp (2230 ft / 680 meters)
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Have a delicious breakfast prepared by Trekup India Cook and enjoy it with the view of Mount Meru. You will be hiking to a high altitude today, so it’s important to get your body acclimatized. As you begin the trek from Shira 2 Camp, you will see snow-covered Kibo Peak. The trail will be through black lava soil, like a place from another planet. In a few hours after climbing uphill, you will reach Lava Tower, a huge tower built of lava rocks, making it a great attraction. You will enjoy the Lava Tower view and then descend towards Barranco Camp. Walking down the trail, you will experience a change in the vistas from the black desert to the green grasslands. When you reach the campsite, it will be late evening, and the temperature will drop, so you should be prepared for a cold night.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp by Trek via Karanga Camp

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Trek Distance – 10 km
  • Time taken – approx. 10 hrs
  • Altitude – Barranco Camp (12,960 ft / 3950 meters), Karanga Camp (13,300 ft / 4054 meters), Barafu Camp (15,260 ft / 4650 meters)
  • Altitude gain – Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (340 ft / 104 meters), Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (1960 ft / 596 meters)
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Today’s trek will be harder than the rest, as you will walk through a rough trail at a high elevation. The trek route is common to other trails, so that you might find few people on the way. The beginning of the trek is the most difficult as you would be walking on the Barranco wall and on all four to cross it. Once you reach the top, you will see Heim Glacier along with Kersten and Decken Glacier; from there on, it is a slow descent to Karanga Valley Camp. From Karanga Valley, Camp Baranfu Camp is just a few hours away; soon, the terrain will change from green hills to rocky trails. As you approach Baranfu Camp, you will see the Rebmann glacier, rest there, have a delicious dinner, and nap.

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Summit and Uhuru Peak Summit to Mweka Camp

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Trek Distance – Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Summit (5 km), Uhuru Peak Summit to Mweka Camp (7 km)
  • Time taken – Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Summit (approx. 7 hrs), Uhuru Peak Summit to Mweka Camp (approx. 5 hrs)
  • Altitude – Barafu Camp (15,260 ft / 4650 meters), Uhuru Peak Summit (19,340 ft / 5895 meters), Mweka Camp (10,040 ft / 3060 meters)
  • Altitude difference – Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Summit (4080 ft / 1245 meters), Uhuru Peak Summit to Mweka Camp (9300 ft / 2835 meters)
  • Trek grade – Moderate to Difficult

Start your morning with a good ample meal, as today will be challenging. You will be climbing uphill from Barafu Camp, and the temperature from here will be extremely cold. You will be walking briefly and catching the sights of peaks and glaciers. After a while, you will have reached the topmost point of the continent of Africa. You will enjoy the view from Uhuru Peak Summit, but you will descend towards the Mweka Campsite after you are done. Then the landscape would have changed from barren hills to green vegetation.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Village by Trek and Mweka Village to Moshi by Road

  • Stay – overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Distance – Mweka camp to Mweka Village by Trek (10 km), Mweka Village to Moshi by Road (24 km)
  • Time taken – Mweka camp to Mweka Village by Trek (approx. 4 hrs), Mweka Village to Moshi by Road (approx. 50 min)
  • Altitude – Mweka Camp (10,040 ft / 3060 meters), Mweka Village (5400 ft / 1650 meters), Moshi (3120 ft / 950 meters)
  • Altitude difference – Mweka Camp to Mweka Village (4640 ft / 1410 meters), Mweka Village to Moshi (2280 ft / 700 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

On the last day of trekking, the trek will be easy as today’s trail will be downhill and through the forest and some streams. You will pass through the same forest you did when you began the trek. Also, you will hear animal voices. After a few hours, you will reach Mweka Gate, the entrance to Mweka village, where you will be required to fill in details of the trek and collect your trek completion certificate. From Mweka Village, you will then be driven to Moshi, where you will stay at a hotel. At Moshi, either you could rest and spend the rest of the day at the hotel, or you could explore by going on a safari or visiting the sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

Day 8: Return to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi

  • Stay – overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Meal – Dinner
  • Altitude  Moshi (3120 ft / 950 meters)

Today you will bid farewell by Trekup India after dropping you off at the airport, and from there, you will go to your respective places.

Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Kilimanjaro Trek

Trekking with us for Mount kilimanjaro Trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Kilimanjaro Trek

Mount Kilimanjaro Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an important question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks which you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day and also ensure they have a strap so the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place; the glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from sun UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm and nice.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be used specifically in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blend and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for normal driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is very important; this will be a great help to you while on the trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.

 

Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip; however, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-litre water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.

 

 

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