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Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5895m and one of the 7 summits of the 7 continents.  Since 1912 its glacier has melted 85%, at the current rate, most of the ice will disappear by 2040 and it is highly unlikely that any ice body will remain after 2060. So lets’ climb it before it is all gone.  I have decided to use 9 days to hike the Machame route.  I have also chosen a bright new moon day to attempt our final push to the summit as it increases our chances of ascending to the summit.  Many people choose the 8 days option but I thought we give ourselves more time so that all of us can conquer the summit.  Lets’ take 6 days leave to fulfill our dreams of conquering one of the highest summits of the world.

Let's conquer one of the seven summits - Mt Kilimanjaro starting at Kilimanjaro Summit, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, TanzaniaMt Kilimanjaro, photo credits to Tamboko@Flickr

Let's conquer one of the seven summits - Mt Kilimanjaro starting at Kilimanjaro Summit, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, TanzaniaNew Moon day to help us see better during final ascend to summit.  Yeah!!!

Let's conquer one of the seven summits - Mt Kilimanjaro starting at Kilimanjaro Summit, Rombo, Kilimanjaro Region, TanzaniaMt Kilimanjaro Uhuru peak at 5895m, photo credits to Chris@Wikepedia

All this will cost us USD$2380 for 11 days trip and we need 8 people to make this happen.  I have used 1USD to 1.45SGD to estimate the trip cost, I will refund the difference if Singapore dollars appreciates against US dollars during the time of exchange and you will have to top up the equivalent Singapore dollars if Singapore dollars depreciates.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

0910 hrs:  Meet at Changi Airport
2100 hrs: Arrive at Nairobi, overnight at Nairobi hotel

Day 2

0800 hrs: Leave for Arusha
1400 hrs: Leave for Moshi
1530 hrs: Arrive Moshi, overnight at Moshi hotel

Day 3:
0800 hrs: Leave for Machame Gate
Machame Gate (1490m) - Machame camp (2980m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 18 km's
Habitat: Lush Montane forest
Overnight, at Machame hut

Day 4:

Machame camp (2980m) - Shira camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: About 9 km's
Habitat: Moorland
Leave the forest. The path follows a steep ridge passing through open moorlands crossing a large gorge to reach Shira hut. 
Overnight, stay at the camp

Day 5:

Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m)-Barranco camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 15 km's
Habitat: Semi-desert
We turn Eastwards and continue ascending through the dry landscape before dropping again to reach Barranco hut.
Overnight, stay at the camp. 

Day 6: 
This is the extra day on this route to assist acclimatization. This can be either at Shira with a leisurely walk to Shira Pinnacles or at Karanga, between Baranco and Barafu. Staying Karanga means that we avoid a long day before the summit day and get to Barafu early for a good rest. The extra day is extremely valuable for acclimatization and it's an ideal day to rest.  
Overnight, stay at the camp

Day 7:
Barranco camp (3950m)- Barafu camp (4550m)
Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: About 13 km's
Habitat: Alpine desert
The steep path out of the Barranco valley and crosses the Karanga valley, then turns North to reach Barafu Hut.
Overnight, stay at the camp. 

Day 8: New Moon Day 
SUMMIT ATTEMPT
Barafu camp (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak 
7/8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: About 7 km's ascent - 23 km's descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
At Stella point in time for sunrise, then to Uhuru peak, the highest point in Africa. Then descend to Gilman's point and down to Horombo hut. 
Overnight, stay at the camp

Day 9:
Descend down passing Mandara hut to the gate where you are transferred back to your hotel in Moshi for dinner
Overnight stay at the Moshi hotel.

Day 10: 
0800 hrs: Breakfast
0900 hrs: Leave for Nairobi
1830 hrs: Arrive Nairobi city
1930 hrs: Arrive Nairobi Airport
2359 hrs: Leave for Bangkok

Day 11:
2100 hrs: Reach Singapore

 

Includes:

  • 2-way Shuttle bus transfer: Nairobi- Moshi - Nairobi or 2 way KIA transfers
  • 2 transfers from Moshi to Machame park gate –return
  • 3 meals per day while trekking - Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
  • 9 days Kilimanjaro trek - Machame
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in tents while trekking, tents and sleeping mats provide
  • 2 nights' accommodation at YMCA/Buffalo Hotel Moshi
  • 1 night accommodation in Nairobi
  • All park entrance fees and government levies
  • English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
  • Porters, a maximum of 2 per person

 

Excludes:

  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Visas
  • Tips, I recommend US$100 for each person
  • Sleeping bags, you can rent at US$10/night
  • Insurance

 

Things to bring:

  • Outdoor Attire
  • Head Lamp with good batteries, for summit ascending day
  • Shoes recommended for trekking. NO Slipper
  • Clothes for changing
  • Insect Repellent
  • Clothing suitable for warm climate (lower altitude), cool (mid-altitude), and cold weather (under 0 degrees)
  • Yellow fever vaccination papers
  • Walking stick
  • Hat that covers neck, to prevent neck sunburn
  • Enough camera batteries, but even a fully charged battery won’t work well if is exposed to cold.
  • Ear plugs to sleep well

 

FAQ

1. Where will we sleep and are there toilets?

We will be sleeping in tents for 6 nights, 2 people to 1 tent.  When we are not climbing 3 nights will be in hotels.  There are toilets along the way and in the camp.  However, you should not expect clean toilets all the time.

2. I’ve never trekked before. Is that a problem?

While Kilimanjaro is no walk in the park it’s a perfectly achievable hike for healthy travellers with a moderate degree of physical fitness. That said, I do recommend that you do some advance training. The best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk wherever you can in the weeks leading up to your departure in order to build up your stamina and climbing muscles. (A stair-climber at the gym is a good alternative if you don’t have any mountains.) Start training six months out. With a little preparation, you should get to the top without much trouble.

3. What are the conditions like?

Kilimanjaro is home to a variety of ecosystems and microclimates. Everything from tropical forests to subzero alpine environments.

4. Will the altitude affect me?

Yes, as such I have chosen 9 days trek to give us enough time for acclimatization.

5. What will we eat?

Clean water is taken from the mountain and boiled.

Breakfast: 
Fruit Juice, Fruit, Cereal / Porridge, Eggs bread / French-toast / Plain-toast / Pancakes, Sausages, Margarine, Jam / Honey, Tea / Coffee / Drinking chocolate.

Lunch: 
Sliced Carrot and Cucumber stripes, Avocado slices, Boiled egg, Vegetable / Meat cutlets, Sandwiches (Egg / Cheese / Tomato/ Tuna / Meat / Peanut butter), Fruit.

Dinner: 
Soup ( Mushroom /Asparagus / Chicken / Tomato / Vegetable), Bread, Salad, Rice / Pasta / Potatoes, Chicken / Meat, Mixed Vegetables ( Zucchini / Carrot / French -Beans / Cabbage), Lentils, Fruit Salad, Fruit with custard, Tea / Coffee / Milo / Drinking chocolate.

Snacks: 
Peanuts / Crisps / Popcorn / Cookies.

Vegetarian options are available.

6. What will I be carrying while trekking and how heavy it is?

Your backpack that keeps your personal valuables and 2-liter water for the day.
 

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