SUPERTREKS KILIMANJARO

Are you 65 years or older? Have you always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro, but thought you were too old? World Wide Trekking happens to have the perfect solution. Our all-inclusive SuperTrek package offers an 11-day extended trip versus the conventional seven. This extension provides shorter days, a more relaxed paced, and lengthened acclimatization schedule ensuring summit success. Furthermore, when WWTrek says all-inclusive, we mean it. This package includes all services, tips, gratuities, meals, beverages, global rescue evacuation membership, Harvard Expedition Doctor Aaron Waxman, and more. Let us worry about all of the heavy lifting and finer points while you focus on the once in a lifetime experience and accomplishment of reaching the “Roof of Africa” today.

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SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 13 days/12 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 16

TRIP COST: From $6,995/person

DATES

July 11 – 23, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conquer one of the Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro – and the world’s tallest freestanding mountain
  • Experience 5 different ecozones on a mystical journey to the “Roof of Africa”
  • Extend your adventure with one of our amazing safari add-ons

MEDIA

TEASER VIDEO

TREK TIPS

MAP

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania (4,551′)

  • Welcome to Africa! After you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will purchase your visa and clear customs. Then you’ll be met by a World Wide Trekking representative, who will transfer you to the luxurious Ndarakwai Lodge. You’ll meet your fellow trekkers and some of our team at a Welcome Reception. Then we’ll turn in for a good night’s rest.
    • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
    • Transfer to Ndarakwai Ranch
    • Welcome reception at the camp

Day 2: Tanzania Walking Safari

  • After breakfast we depart for a walking safari through the protected lands that surround Ndarakwai Ranch. These lands are home to elephant, zebra, eland, giraffe, wildebeest, gerenuk, lesser kudu and mountain needbuck. Cheetah and lions are frequently spotted in this area as well. Next, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, then return to the lodge for a Kilimanjaro briefing and gear check. Afterward, you will pack a duffel for the trek and prepare your day pack with the items you’d like to access during the day (extra clothes, camera, sunblock, snacks and medicines.) At this time, your World Wide Trekking guide will make the rounds to check each person’s gear and answer any questions you may have.
    • Ndarakwai Ranch Walking Safari
    • Orientation and gear check
    • Stay at: Ndarakwai Ranch
    • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Trek from Londorossi Gate (7,742') to Big Tree Camp (9,498') | Distance: 3 miles

  • After breakfast, we travel through coffee fields, small villages and forests of ferns and flowers to reach our starting point, Londorossi Gate. After registering with the Park Service, you will be driven further up the mountain to the trail head, where your first day’s trek through the rain forest to Big Tree Camp begins.
    • Trek to Big Tree Camp – 9,498′
    • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Big Tree Camp (9,498') to Shira Camp 1 (11,500') | Distance: 5 miles

  • We leave the Big Tree Camp and continue our ascent as the environment gradually changes from heath forest to moorland. Halfway up the trail, we meet the river gorge and ascend across the remote Shira Plateau. We set up camp and sleep at the Shira Plateau campsite.
    • Trek to Shira Camp 1 – 11,500′
    • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Shira Camp 1 (11,500') to Shira Camp 2 (12,500') | Distance: 4 miles

  • Today we trek across the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. The altitude gain today is only 1,300 feet, so after reaching Camp 2, you may want to hike a little higher up the plateau — just for the fun of it and for the stunning views of the valley below and the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above.
    • Trek to Shira Camp 2 – 12,500′
    • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Shira Camp 2 (12,500') to Lava Tower (15,190') | Distance: 4 miles

  • This morning, after we enjoy a hearty breakfast, we will set out to trek east. We will pass through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then we will trek up the mountain towards Lava Tower. While crossing the ridge at the Lava Tower, we will enjoy great views of the rolling African plains far below. Here we will admire the ancient glacier of the Breach Wall from the Lava Tower (15,223’).
    • Trek to Lava Tower – 15,190′
    • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Lava Tower (15,190') to Moir Camp (13,580') | Distance: 4 miles

  • In the beautiful morning light, this moderately steep climb will take us up out of the Moir Valley. This route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo. This day includes breathtaking views out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.
    • Trek to Moir Camp – 13,580′
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek from Moir Camp (13,580') to Pofu Camp (13,205') | Distance: 6 miles

  • This day will again include breathtaking views out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Pofu Camp after midday, giving you plenty of time to rest.
    • Trek to Pofu Camp – 13,205′
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 9: Trek from Pofu Camp (13,205') to Rongai Third Cave (12,700') | Distance: 5 miles

  • The route then continues east around the northern slopes to Rongai Third Cave. This trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimated to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.
    • Trek to Rongai Third Cave – 12,700′
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 10: Trek from Rongai Third Cave (12,700') to School Hut Camp (15,600') | Distance: 4 miles

  • After breakfast we will trek at a steady incline up and over the Saddle, which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. We will then continue walking southwest up to School Hut Camp.
    • Trek to School Hut Camp – 15,600′
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: Trek from School Hut Camp (15,600') to Crater Camp (18,799') | Distance: 2 miles

  • Today we continue up the mountain, inching closer to Uhuru Peak. We’ll end our day at Crater Camp, the highest camp on the mountain, and only 900 vertical feet below the summit. Here, we’ll rest up for our final ascent to the “Roof of Africa”.
    • Trek to Crater Camp – 18,799′
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 12: Summit Day! Trek from Crater Camp (18,799') to Uhuru Peak (19,341') to Millennium Camp (12,467') | Distance: 6 miles

  • We will wake before midnight and prepare for our ascent through the arctic Kilimanjaro. We begin our climb in the darkness, wearing headlamps until the pre-dawn light reflects o the African plains and high mountain glaciers. Following a distinct ridge, we approach the rim of the crater and then traverse to the main summit of Uhuru Peak (19,341’)! You will now be standing on the highest freestanding mountain in the world, as well as the highest point on the African continent! From here we can view the Bismarck Towers, rock pinnacles along the rim, and the hanging Redman Glaciers. As the sun rises, awakening Africa, we will take in a panorama of incredible views. To our west, the second highest point in Tanzania, Mount Meru (14,977’), and the southern exposure reveals the sprawling plains of Tanzania and East Africa as well as the Mawenzi Peak (16,893’) of Kilimanjaro. After enjoying the view from the roof of Africa, we descend to Kosovo Camp, rest for an hour or two, eat lunch, pack camp, and begin our hike down. Our route takes us down the southern side of the mountain via the Mweka Route. We spend our final night on the mountain at Millennium Camp.
    • Leave pre-sunset for summit
    • Summit Kilimanjaro – 19,341′
    • Descend to Millennium Camp – 12,467′
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 13: Trek from Millennium Camp (12,467') to Mweka Gate (5,380') | Distance: 6.5 miles

  • The sun’s rays congratulate us with a spectacular light show as we awake below the towering mountain on our final day of our Kilimanjaro journey. We descend through the lush green landscape of the Mweka Route into the thickest jungle we have encountered yet. The environment becomes primordial, with 20 foot-tall fern trees creating a prehistoric atmosphere. Rain is likely and a rain poncho is a smart choice for your comfort. After reaching the Mweka Gate, we will sign-out with the rangers and say farewell and thank you to our mountain staff. We will then drive to the KIA Lodge in Arusha for the day room accommodations and a well- deserved shower. Here we will enjoy a celebration dinner before international departures.
    • Descend from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate – 5,380′
    • Day Room: KIA Lodge
    • Celebration Dinner
    • International Departures
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 13 (Optional): Millennium Camp (12,467') to Mweka Gate (5,380') | Distance: 6.5 miles

  • The sun’s rays congratulate us with a spectacular light show as we awake below the towering mountain on our final day of our Kilimanjaro journey. We descend through the lush green landscape of the Mweka Route into the thickest jungle we have encountered yet. The environment becomes primordial, with 20 foot-tall fern trees creating a prehistoric atmosphere. Rain is likely and a rain poncho is a smart choice for your comfort. After reaching the Mweka Gate, we will sign-out with the rangers and say farewell and thank you to our mountain staff. We will then drive to the KIA Lodge in Arusha for the overnight accommodations and a well- deserved shower. Here we will enjoy a celebration dinner! The following morning will start your next adventure with an add-on of your choice provided through World Wide Trekking.
    • Descend from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate – 5,380′
    • Overnight: KIA Lodge
    • Celebration Dinner
    • Meals Included: B/L/D

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Pre-trip planning, consultation, and customization
  • Amenity package for each guest
  • Transportation by private vans, vehicles, and buses throughout
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners, and a welcome reception
  • 10 nights accommodations in World Wide Trekking Kilimanjaro camps (4-person, all-season, 5 foot tall guest tents, with 2 guests per tent)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations at the Ndarakwai Ranch
  • 1 day room at Kia Lodge before international departure / 1 night accommodation at Kia Lodge before continuing with an add-on
  • Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure for all participants
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • World Wide Trekking Lead Guide(s) and local Tanzanian guides
  • Gratuities to World Wide Trekking Western Lead Guide(s)
  • Gratuities to porters, waiters at group meals, guides, and drivers
  • Services of local English speaking guides throughout
  • Services of local porters and staff
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance and excursion fees described in the attached itinerary
  • Any necessary permits for trekking, national parks, etc.
  • Services of World Wide Trekking Operations Manager in Tanzania
  • Services of local crew, cook staff, tent manager & staff, servers, porters and additional staff
  • One local Tanzanian licensed guide per every two guests on Kilimanjaro
  • Emergency Evacuation membership for all travelers
  • Beverages are included with meals including the Welcome Reception, Night 2 Dinner, and Celebration Dinner

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Medical expenses and immunizations
  • International airfare (origin > Tanzania > origin)
  • Passport and Tanzania visa expenses and handling fees (1-year visa is: $100, paid upon arrival to JRO airport)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Personal trekking gear other than that which is provided with the guest amenity package
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of personal nature, laundry, wifi charges, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of World Wide Trekking’s control

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

January, February and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and are therefore also the busiest months for climbing Kilimanjaro. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone. Our personal favorite is mid-May through early August, because the rainy season has just ended and there is more vegetation and biodiversity, and less dust in the air. The temperatures in late June through early August are cooler.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

There are many flight options from global airports to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). International airfares are not included in program pricing. The best route to fly is through Amsterdam. KLM flies once daily from Amsterdam to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where your WWTrek Professional Guide will meet you for your adventure. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

When clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Please have $100 cash. Exact change is required. You will need a brand-new, one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please have your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha. We will have a Welcome Reception, meet some of our team, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, and then turn in for the night.

EARLY ARRIVALS/LATE DEPARTURES:

Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

ADD-ON ADVENTURES:

GRATUITIES:

All gratuities are included in the price of this trip.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

LEARN ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

GENERAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY:

Tanzania is the perfect destination for travelers looking for quintessential Africa. Located in East Africa and having an area roughly twice the size of California, Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years man has roamed its regions, savanna to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Explorers, drawn to exotic Africa, have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”

POPULATION:

49.25 million

TIME ZONE:

East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00

CAPITAL CITY:

Dodoma, Tanzania

PEOPLE:

Tribes of Tanzania

Sukuma: Making up 13% of the population, the largest tribe in Tanzania, with three million Tanzanians, is the Sukuma. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.

Nywamwezi: The “people of the moon,” or Nywamwezi, are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.

Chaga: Living on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Moshi, the third largest tribe of Tanzania is the Chaga. They speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. The Chaga were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they have a strong sense of identity. They are known for their advanced farming techniques and for their trade and politics. They are a highly successful tribe.

Shirazi: The Shirazi are descended from Persia, and make up the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.

CULTURE & RELIGION:

Tanzanians have a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). Rarely will a Tanzanian identify himself by tribe from the start. This collective attitude comes from the days of Julius Nyerere and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. Such a national mindset has allowed Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting and Christians and Muslims living side by side with minimal friction. Tribes in Tanzania range from as few as 100 members to as many as a few thousand members.

MONEY:

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. The Tanzanian shilling replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966 and is abbreviated TZS. The shilling is subdivided into 100 senti and written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.