Have you always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro but thought you wouldn’t be up for the challenge? World Wide Trekking has the perfect solution, a trek designed to make the summit more attainable and the journey more enjoyable. Our all-inclusive SuperTrek package offers a 10-day extended trip versus the conventional seven. This extension provides shorter days, a more relaxed pace, and a 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”.

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SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous*

*This itinerary has shorter days at a pace created to ensure your success

TRIP LENGTH: 13 days/12 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 8 – 14

Double Occupancy

$ 7,995

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a more relaxed  pace up on this trek built for your success!
  • 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′)

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Tanzania, Africa
  • A World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer to the luxurious Ndarakwai Ranch
  • Welcome Reception Dinner
  • Overnight: Ndarakwai Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Tanzanian Walking Safari

  • After breakfast, we depart for a walking safari through the protected lands that surround Ndarakwai Ranch. These lands are home to elephants, zebras, elands, giraffes, wildebeests, gerenuks, lesser kudus, mountain reedbuck, cheetahs and lions.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to the ranch
  • Kilimanjaro briefing and gear check
  • Overnight: Ndarakwai Ranch or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Londorossi Gate (7,824') to Big Tree Camp (9,120')

  • Transfer to Londorossi Gate, register with park authorities, and continue on to the trailhead
  • Leave the trailhead and trek to Big Tree Camo
  • Overnight: Big Tree Camp (9,120′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Big Tree Camp (9,120') to Shira Camp 1 (11,500')

  • Our first full day on the mountain takes us up out of the rainforest and into expansive savannahs and grasslands. We will make our way through lush hills and up to the Shira Ridge before descending slightly into Shira I Camp
  • Overnight: Shira I Camp (11,500′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Shira Camp 1 (11,500') to Shira Camp 2 (12,600')

  • Today we trek across the Shira Plateau from Shira I Camp to Shira II Camp
  • Overnight: Shira II Camp (12,600′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Shira Camp 2 (12,600') to Moir Camp (13,697')

  • This morning, after breakfast, we will set out to trek east. 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.
  • Overnight: Moir Camp (13,697′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Moir Camp (13,697') to Pofu Camp (13,205')

  • Today we have a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley
  • There is an option for a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 15,337′ before returning to the Northern Circuit trail
  • Our route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Pofu Camp (13,205′). Enjoy expansive vistas across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border
  • Today’s trek is great for the acclimatization process, as we will hike to a high altitude and then sleep lower
  • Arrive at Pofu Camp for lunch and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation
  • Overnight: Pofu Camp (13,205′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Pofu Camp (13,205') to Rongai Third Camp (12,910')

  • Today we will continue east around the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro to Rongai Third Camp
  • This trek is shorter than the previous day and by now you should be feeling well acclimated to the altitude
  • We will arrive at the Third Camp just around mid-afternoon
  • Overnight: Rongai Third Camp (12,910′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Rongai Third Cave (12,910') to School Hut Camp (15,560')

  • After breakfast, we will trek at a steady incline up and over the saddle between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak
  • We continue walking south west up to School Hut Camp, inching closer to Uhuru Peak.
  • Overnight: School Hut Camp (15,560′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: School Hut Camp (15,560') to Crater Camp (18,800')

  • 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 will rest up for our final ascent to the “Roof of Africa”
  • Overnight: Crater Camp (18,800′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: Summit Day! Trek to Uhuru Peak (19,342') and Return to Millennium Camp (12,556')

  • 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 on 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’)!
  • We are now on the highest freestanding mountain in the world, as well as the highest point on the African continent!
  • After enjoying the view from the roof of Africa, we descend to Kosovo Camp, rest, eat, pack camp, and begin our hike down the Mweka route on the southern side of the mountain
  • We descend into the jungle to Millennium Camp for our last night on the mountain
  • Overnight: Millennium Camp (12,556′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 12: Millennium Camp (12,556') to Mweka Gate (5,380')

  • 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 Planet Lodge in Arusha for a well- deserved shower and afternoon to relax.
  • Enjoy a celebration dinner
  • Overnight: Planet Lodge
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 13: International Departures or Add On Adventure

What's Included:

  • Pre-trip planning, consultation, and customization
  • Amenity package for each guest
  • Transportation by private vans, vehicles, and buses throughout
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 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 night hotel accommodations at Planet Lodge
  • 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 for service personnel during scheduled itinerary
  • 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
  • All gratuities for guides

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 Tanzanian Safari | From $1,600/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:

All flights should be made through the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) located in Tanzania. Often, arriving to this location is most easily done through Amsterdam (AMS) on KLM airlines (one direct flight daily). You will go from AMS and connect on KLM airlines into Tanzania (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 preferred flight route: Home airport – AMS – JRO (one direct daily on KLM airlines).

We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance to get more information.

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.

Contact G3 Global Services for more information on how to receive your visa prior to your arrival.

*Note: Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with Redpoint Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote or to purchase travel insurance, visit Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

While you are trekking on Kilimanjaro, you will be staying in a group of high end camps. Camp will be set up each day of travel as our areas of rest. You will be provided with:

  • Tents: 4 person, large guest tents (2 guests) with closed cell foam sleeping pads.
  • Dining Dome: Our large solar lit dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Private Toilet Tents: Portable flushing camp toilets will be available to you.
  • Food: 3 nutritious meals daily, along with snack and drinks (tea, coffee, coco).

All of this is with the help of our mountain crew which includes, cooks, waiters, tent crews, porters and more.

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.

*Please contact us if you have any special dietary needs or food restrictions. We can accommodate any special diets. We are happy to help!

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 a medical kit, Gamo Bag (hypobaric chamber) and satellite communicator.

Prior to the trip, we recommend you bring a prescription for Acetazolamide (Diamox) to aide in acclimatization and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local International Travel  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 us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can schedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs. 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. 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 with detailed tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up.

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 a small amount of money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but it is the most convenient at the airport. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals and gratuities.

*Credit cards are accepted at lodges for extra amenities.

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 1,000 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.