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 14-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, professional medically certified Western guides, 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.

BEGIN YOUR ADVENTURE

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous*

TRIP LENGTH: 14 days/13 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 16

TRIP COST: From $7,995/person

price based on double occupancy
*This itinerary has shorter days at a pace created to ensure your success

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

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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 or comparable
    • 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 reedbuck. 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 or comparable
    • 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 OR Overnight: KIA Lodge
    • Celebration Dinner
    • International Departures
    • 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

Add-On Adventures

4-Day Classic Tanzanian Safari | From $2,800/person
Lake Manyara National Park | African tribes | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area

4-Day Serengeti Luxury Safari | From $3,500/person
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area

6-Day Epic Tanzanian Safari | From $5,000
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Tarangire National Park

10-Day Ultimate Tanzanian Safari | From $4,900
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Tarangire National Park | African Tribes and more

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking | From $4,995
Silverback Gorillas | Volcanoes National Park

Zanzibar Island | From $1,800
Stone Town, a World Heritage Site | white sand beaches | turquoise waters

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).

*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.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that 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, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, and Immigration:

Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep 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 and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new expedition tents from The North Face. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

Transportation:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified Professional Western Guide(s) before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, and toilet attendants. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add another adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

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.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

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.

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN TANZANIA

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Tanzania that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Kilimanjaro Kids Community is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre orphanage sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and currently houses 12 Tanzanian children and 4 full-time staff. HOP has also been working at the Makuyuni Primary School to provide daily school lunches for the school’s 850 children, supporting the Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group in the village of Mto wa Mbu, as well as providing start-up funding to one of our long-time porters for his business, Bima’s Rice and Beans.