International flight from your home to Tanzania
On arrival met by African walking Safaris representatives for transport to your booked hotel. Evening is free for an early quiet dinner somewhere in Arusha town or Moshi town.
Rest day in Arusha or Moshi and explore the towns and the natives.
We are off at 8 a.m. in Vehicles to the Machame Gate, our entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. A group of old friends, local men from the Chagga tribe, will be waiting for us.
We will organize loads for our self-contained expedition and then begin our long walk through the cloud forest, a land of beauty and of perpetual mists that shroud the huge mountain above in mystery to Machame hut((9000ft/3100m) for dinner and overnight
You will find your group moving across the arid open spaces of the moorland and alpine desert zones. The classic views of the tremendous glaciers looming above and spilling off the rim of Kibo, our destination, will inspire and awe us. Each day we will choose a beautiful camp at an elevation between 12,000 and 13,000 feet. This mountain traverse stands with the finest in the world; as we do it, however, our motivation will be acclimatization. During the traverse we will spend three days and nights at relatively constant elevations. This is an excellent formula for helping our bodies make the adaptations necessary for an ascent to Uhuru Point, at 19,339 feet the highest point in Africa as well dinner and overnight at Shira camp
-Our team of Chagga staff and porters are all still with us. Today a group of them will go down to the forest in order to establish our exit route off the mountain. A larger group, composed of the strongest men, will carry the water, tents, food and safety equipment to our high camp at 15,700 feet for dinner and overnight Barafu hut
-Summit day. Up in the middle of the night. The climb through the starlit upper reaches of Kilimanjaro will seem endless. But as the bead of gold finally appears on the eastern horizon and you breathe the cold, dry air at 19,000 feet, you will know that you have succeeded in reaching the rooftop of Africa. A spectacular and very slow-paced walk (the air is thin!) around the crater rim to the very highest point of the continent produces an indescribable sense of accomplishment After summit descend down to Mweka hut for dinner and overnight.
- The exhaustion of yesterdays long summit day, and the thick air down in the forest may have you waking from the deepest sleep you can remember. Our walk back through the cloud forest may be yet another surprise. You will have forgotten the cool, soothing light and moisture in the forest after days spent at altitude. Our vehicles waiting for us at the park gate. Here we formally thank the Chaggas who have worked with us. They will be returning by private bus back to their families on the farms of Marangu. We are going in the opposite direction, towards the great safari parks of northern Tanzania. Showers, a great meal and a hotel await in Arusha/Moshi to us started.