Climb the world's highest freestanding mountain, trekking the best ascent -- the Lemosho Route on the western side. Better yet, do it during a full moon in the company of a Maasai Warrior.
Day 1 Arusha
Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you are personally met and transferred to your well-appointed lodge in Arusha. Overnight Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge | D
Day 2 Arusha National Park
Today, armed with picnic lunches, you venture to Arusha National Park. Here you will find plains game and have a nice introduction to safari in East Africa. You have the opportunity to get out and stretch the legs and go for a walk amidst massive trees, craters, lakes, and impressive views of Mount Meru. On a clear day you can even see the iconic Mt Kilimanjaro from a distance. You return to the lodge and in the late afternoon there is a comprehensive briefing and equipment check with the Climbs Manager and your guide. Overnight Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge | B, L, D
Day 3 Kilimanjaro | Forest
From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set off at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight Forest Camp | B, L, D
Day 4 Kilimanjaro | Shira 1
From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp | B, L, D
Day 5 Moir Hut
Crossing the Shira Plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and the morning we hike for around 3-4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch we ascend to Moir camp, arriving in the mid-afternoon. For those with the energy a hike in the late afternoon is possible.
Overnight Moir Camp (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 Kilimanjaro | Moir Hut
Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning we hike for around 3-4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch we ascend to Moir camp, arriving in the mid afternoon. For those with the energy a hike in the late afternoon is possible. Overnight Moir Hut Camp | B, L, D
Day 7 Kilimanjaro | Barranco
From Moir we traverse across the slopes of Kibo. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. Lunch is normally taken close to Lava Tower and for those that feel very strong there is an optional ascent of Lava Tower before descending down to Barranco camp in the afternoon. Overnight Barranco Camp | B, L, D
Day 8 Kilimanjaro | Karanga
You now have a relatively short day to Karanga Camp, after conquering the Barranco Wall. The selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp | B, L, D
Day 9 Kilimanjaro | Barafu
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp | B, L, D
Day 10 Kilimanjaro | Summit | Mweka
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp | B, L, D
Day 11 Kilimanjaro | Out | Arusha
After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and celebratory dinner! Overnight Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge | B, L, D
Day 12 Arusha | Depart
Dayroom at the lodge. Today you are transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for departures. Dayroom Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge | B, L
Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge ConservancyNgare Sero Mountain Lodge Conservancy is set in lush gardens amid forest and crystal clear waters on the slopes of Mount Meru, Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge is a wonderful place to relax and simmer in the immense beauty of East Africa. The Lodge has been adapted from an early colonial farmhouse built in the early 20th century and it is one of the oldest family lodges in Arusha. It offers only 10 garden rooms, 2 main house suites and pool cottage with 2 bedrooms, and provides per- sonal service for its residents since 1974.
Kilimanjaro Private CampKilimanjaro Private Camp is set up every step of the way and ready for when you arrive into camp in the afternoon. A mess tent contains a table, stools, and all cutlery. A portable toilet is provided for cleaner bathroom facilities.
Tanzania visas are issued on arrival. US Citizens pay $100 per person and these visas can be arranged beforehand as well. A passport valid for six months after date of entry is required. Visitors must hold return/onward tickets and all documents required for their next destination.
Tanzania requires proof of a valid Yellow Fever immunization certificate. (Immigration officials might force a visitor to get immunized, which is at an extra cost.) Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus, and Typhoid immunizations are recommended for all travelers. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended and you should consult your local doctor or physician to advise which malaria medication is best suited for you. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the CDC’s Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel
Tanzania – country code +255. Most areas will have mobile access and Internet available. Some areas on safari may not have mobile access.
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz (Type D; electrical plug has three circular pins) (Type G; electrical plug has three flat prongs).
A comprehensive gear list will be provided for essential clothing items to bring.
Make two photocopies of valuables such as your passport, tickets, visas and travelers' cheques. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Be sure to inform your credit card company as well as your bank you will travel internationally into Africa. This will eliminate any credit card holds for fraudulent activity.
Carrying cash, an ATM or traveler’s check card and also a credit card that can be used for cash advances in case of emergency is advisable. The best places to exchange money are normally bureau de change, which are fast, have longer hours and often give slightly better rates than banks. Local currency is Tanzanian Shillings (TSH), however most places accept USD. Better hotels, lodges, and camps will accept credit cards, however it is advised to withdraw cash when visiting remote areas and villages.
Tanzania – is a unitary republic with a President as head of state.
One third of the population is Muslim, another one third are Christians, and the remaining one third follow different religions.
About 120 peoples have been categorized into 5 ethnic groups distinguishable by their physical characteristics and languages. Approximately 95% of Tanzanians may be roughly classified as Bantu. Tribes range in membership from only a few thousand to the Sukuma tribe, which numbers more than 2 million. Other major tribes include the Nyamwezi, Makonde, Haya, and Chagga. The Luo, east of Lake Victoria, are the only people of Nilotic origin; the Maasai of the northern highlands are NiloHamites. A very small number of Bushmen-like people are scattered throughout northern Tanzania, where small tribes of Cushitic origin also live. The inhabitants of Zanzibar and Pemba are chiefly descendants of mainland Africans or are of mixed African and Arab extraction. The remaining 1% of the populace is made up of non-Africans, including Arabs, Asians, and Europeans.
The official language is Swahili with English being the de facto language used in the government and global economy. Most tribal languages are spoken first, then Swahili, and English in education.
Tanzania’s economy is mostly agriculture based. Tanzania has vast amounts of natural resources including gold, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium, nickel, chrome, tin, platinum, coltan, niobium and other minerals. It is the third-largest producer of gold in Africa after South Africa and Ghana. Tanzania is also known for the Tanzanite gemstones. Tanzania has dozens of beautiful national parks that generate income with a large tourism sector that plays a vital part in the economy. Prolonged drought during the early years of the 21st century has severely reduced electricity generation capacity (some 60 percent of Tanzania's electricity supplies are generated by hydro-electric methods). During 2006, Tanzania suffered a crippling series of "load-shedding" or power rationing episodes caused by a shortfall of generated power, largely because of insufficient hydro-electric generation. Plans to increase gas and coal-fueled generation capacity are likely to take some years to implement, and growth is forecast to be increased to seven per cent per year.
Tanzania has a tropical climate. The hottest period extends between November and February while the coldest period occurs between May and August. The climate is cool in high mountainous regions. Tanzania has two major rainfall regions. One is unimodal (December - April) and the other is bimodal (October - December and March - May). The former is experienced in southern, southwest, central and western parts of the country, and the latter is found to the north and northern coast. In the bimodal regime the March - May rains are referred to as the long rains or Masika, whereas the October - December rains are generally known as short rains or Vuli.
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to stop the spread of HIV. Their vision, a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS free generation.
The Ask & Goal (For US Explorers)
10% of the cost of each trip will go directly towards supporting community soccer programs sponsored by Grassroot Soccer in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the US, and partners throughout the globe. GRS's activities are divided between global and in-country activities. Through these activities, they engage hundreds of young role model editors (coaches, teachers and peer educators) on a part-time or volunteer basis.
"Soccer is like a universal language…Grassroot Soccer thus reaches large numbers of young people with HIV education, and bases its programs on the best available evidence.”
~Helen Epstein, author, The Invisible Cure
Glad's House UK aims to help as many street kids as possible in Kenya and Mombasa to lead and realize their full potential. How? By using social workers to reunite these kids with their families, placing them in school full-time, and engaging them in sports programs.
The Ask & Goal (For UK Explorers)
10% of the cost of each trip will go directly towards supporting community-based programs sponsored by Glad's House in Kenya and Mombasa. The programs are based around what they call the 4-Rs: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Re-socialization and Reintegration. Their focus is to provide high quality services to youths.
"If you believe that every child deserves a decent chance in life, then you believe in everything we stand for."
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