Full Moon Kili Climb

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Full Moon Kili Climb

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Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2750 to $ 3025

Best travel dates to go:

Aug 29, 2009 to Sep 05, 2009; Mar 07, 2009 to Mar 14, 2009; Dec 06, 2008 to Dec 13, 2008; Dec 26, 2009 to Jan 02, 2010; Aug 01, 2009 to Aug 08, 2009;


Detailed Description of this trip:

Approach the mountain from the north by the lightly used Rongai route that starts just south of the Kenya-Tanzania border. Experienced guides consider this ascent route to be both easier and more beautiful than the main Marangu trail. The Rongai route begins in attractive farmland and delightful forest, with the possibility of wildlife viewing, and passes through several different climate zones, adding considerably to the interest of the trek. An extra day is added to the standard five-day itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatization offering the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery. This route retains a sense of unspoiled wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the north. These special departures are timed to summit the mountain by the light of the full moon, enhancing your viewing experience



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Tanzania

    Hotel

    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transfered to the Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar, for your overnight. Attend a briefing for all climbers.

  • Day 2 - Tanzania

    Private Car Service

    After completing the necessary registration formalities at the gate of Marangu National Park, transfer by Landrover to Rongai.

    Mountain Climbing

    The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (6,400’) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently, through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and a flowing white tail.

    Camping

    The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (8,500’) with extensive views over the Kenyan plains. [3-4 hours walking] Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 3 - Tanzania

    Kikelewa Caves.
    Mountain Climbing

    The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the 'Second Cave' (11,300’) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice-fields on the crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi.

    Camping

    The campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kikelewa Caves (11,800’). [6-7 hours walking] Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 4 - Tanzania

    Mawenzi Tarn.
    Mountain Climbing

    A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb views and a tangible sense of wilderness.

    Camping

    Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14,100’), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi.

    Relaxation

    The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area, to aid in your acclimatization. [3-4 hours walking]
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 5 - Tanzania

    Kibo Camp.
    Mountain Climbing

    Cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach the Kibo campsite (15,580’) at the bottom of the crater wall.

    Relaxation

    The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent, before a very early night! [4-5 hours walking]
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 6 - Tanzania

    Gillman’s Point / Uhuru Peak / Kibo.
    Hiking

    Begin the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. Proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (18,640’).

    Sightseeing

    Rest there for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi.

    Mountain Climbing

    Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip climb to Uhuru Peak (19,340’), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Kibo (15,400’) is surprisingly fast.

    Camping

    After some refreshment, you will continue the descent to reach the final campsite at Horombo (12,200’). [11-15 hours walking]
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

  • Day 7 - Tanzania

    Moshi.
    Hiking

    A steady descent will take you down through moorland to Mandara Hut (9,000’), the first stopping place on the Marangu route. Continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park gate at Marangu (6,000’).

    Food and Dining

    Enjoy a packed lunch on the way down.

    Hotel

    Overnight at the Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar. [5-6 hours walking]
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 8 - Arusha

    Arusha / Onward.
    Food and Dining

    Transfer back to Arusha for lunch.

    Later, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with either a wildlife safari or visit to Zanzibar Island. A day room can be reserved on request, for an additional cost.
    Meals: Breakfast.

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