Kilimanjaro Adventure 8 Day Adventure Experience

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Kilimanjaro Trek

Overview

Kilimanjaro is the roof of Africa! At 5895m AMSL, Kilimanjaro is the highest and most assessable mountain climb of the Seven Summits and the highest mountain in Africa. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to join Adventure Bound Tours  who will guide you to the summit where you will have an unparralled experience of the beauty that is Kilimanjaro!

We will conquer the summit of Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, hiking through a number of different vegetation and temperate zones and experiencing the beautiful scenery of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks before summiting the mighty Kilimanjaro!

We are also able to offer you a 4 day acclimitisation trek to the summit of Mt Meru prior to your Kilimanjaro climb and a 2 day safari at the conclusion of your tour if you wish. Please ask for a quote.

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““We are excited to introduce our Kilimanjaro Trek to our Adventure Bound experiences!!
We offer a two week package which includes an aclimatisation climb on Mt Meru, the Kilimanjaro climb and a Safari at the conclusion. You can choose all 3 parts of the package, or only one! We have a great local team in Tanzania, who Olly has been working with for over a year now, to make this trek Adventure Bound perfect! ”.”.

Billy

Day 0: Mt Kilimanjaro pre-trek: Home location - Kilimanjaro Airport - Planet Lodge

Today you will arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania) and will meet Raj who will transfer you to your accommodation at the Planet Lodge Arusha and make sure you are settled in. Raj will give you a time for your pre trek briefing on the following day, in the mean time, take the opportunity to rest and re-adjust your body clock.

Day 1: Mt Kilimanjaro pre-trek: Planet Lodge, Arusha (Tanzania)

Today will be a rest and acclimitisation day where you will be picked up at the Planet Lodge and cycle to Lake Duluti Arusha. Lake Duluti is formed inside a volcanic crater and has water throughout the year, mainly from groundwater and seasonal rainfall. It is in the middle of an attractive forest which is the home to a variety of birds. You will have a relaxing paddle on Lake Deluti where Raj will give you his expert knowledge of the local birds and reptiles which inhabit the area. You will then have a relaxing lunch on the banks of the lake before returning to Planet Lodge. Once there, you will gather at the hotel conference room to meet your trek leader for a pre-departure dinner and briefing covering safety, culture and expectations.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro trek: Planet Lodge - Machame Gate 1815m - Machame Camp 3012m. 10.75km. B L D

After breakfast at the Lodge we will depart Arusha for Machame Gate which is approximately 1.5 hrs drive. On completion of entry formalities, you will begin your climb by walking along a 4x4 track for about 1 hr until the track ends and trail begins through the dripping verdant forest. You may likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above and may even see the black and white Colobus Monkey. 4 to 5hrs into the hike, you will now find a change in the vegetation as you enter the heather zone and the vegetation starts to thin out exposing wild flowers, shrubs and long grasses and the temperature starts to cool off. Machame Camp is just inside the heather zone and on a clear day Kibo peak and Mt Meru can been viewed. Although the first days' trek is not very steep, it will take approximately 5 to 7 hours.

Day 3: Kilimanjaro trek: Machame Camp 3012m - Shira Camp 3839m. 5.3km. B L D

You will be woken early to a steaming cup of coffee served in your tent, and then after breakfast, you will begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of giant heather. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the glaciers atop which marks the summit: Uhuru peak. You will scramble around huge boulders as you enter the Moorland zone, marked by the bizarre Lobelia and Senecio plants and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. You'll reach camp after descending a small valley and crossing a small creek, then ascending up onto the Shira Ridge after a total of 4 to 5 hrs trekking.

Day 4: Kilimanjaro trek: Shira Camp 3839m - Barranco Camp 3986m. 10.75km. B L D

Today we will proceed steadily upwards ("pole pole") over long ridgelines of high desert for about 4 hours until we reach the Lava Towers which is a 300 ft tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 4627m. We will break here for lunch and make the most of the altitude for acclimitisation purposes. After lunch, we will descend the steep track into the Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on 3 sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the Giant Groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari) and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Todays hike will be 6 to 7 hours.

Day 5: Kilimanjaro hike: Barranco Camp 3986m - Barafu Camp 4662m. 8.5km. B L D

The day begins with a steep scramble up the Barranco wall and after about 1.5 hrs when you reach the summit of the wall you can sit on the bare rock and enjoy the views of the Heim Glacier After a short rest, you will continue for 3 to 4 hours to Karanga valley for lunch. After lunch, the trail will continue on steadily up hill. The temperature will begin to drop and the landscape become more sparse as you enter the alpine desert zone. You will enter Barafu camp which is set on a small exposed flat area on a ridge which will be your base camp for which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for an early night.

Day 6: Kilimanjaro hike: Barafu Camp 4662m - Uhuru Peak 5895m - Mweka Camp 3106m. 15.86km. B L D

A steaming hot drink will arrive to your tent very early on this momentous day. A midnight wakeup call is the start of a juggernaught (12 - 17 hours of trekking). You will begin trekking at 1am with the temperature range from just below zero at midnight to between 12 to -23 deg C, just before dawn at the summit. You will leave most of your equipment back at camp but be sure to take your camera and plenty of water insulated to stop it from freezing. From camp, the steep, winding path of endless switchbacks continues incessantly until you finally reach Stella point at 5745m after 4 to 7 hours of hard trekking. This is the end of the steep section with another 1 hr of gentle upward slope until you reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro the roof of Africa. Watching the sun rise from the summit is truly spectacular with views to Mt Meru.

After a short time at the summit, you will descend the same route back to Barafu camp and see the steepness and ruggedness of the track during the day light and be amazed that it takes you only 1.5 to 2 hours to get back to camp. After a snack and a meal you will continue your decent via the Mweka route which is a more direct route off the mountain. The trail to Mweka Camp is a nice gradual descent for 3 to 5 hours passing through a number of vegetation zones until you reach camp for a well deserved rest after an epic day

Day 7: Kilimanjaro hike: Mweka Camp 3106m - Mweka Gate 1633m - Planet Lodge. 9.1km. B L

Although you are probably eager to get off the mountain, the last section follows quite a pretty route abundant in birdlife and flowers. After 2 hrs walking you will join a 4x4 track which will lead you directly into Mweka gate where lunch will be prepared, summit certificates issued and farewells to the fabulous crew that have accompanied you across the highest mountain in Tanzania and Africa. After lunch and a beer, the transport will transfer you back to the Planet Lodge where you can put your feet up and contemplate your achievements.

Day 0: Mt Kilimanjaro pre-trek: Home location - Kilimanjaro Airport - Planet Lodge

Today you will arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania) and will meet Raj who will transfer you to your accommodation at the Planet Lodge Arusha and make sure you are settled in. Raj will give you a time for your pre trek briefing on the following day, in the mean time, take the opportunity to rest and re-adjust your body clock.

Day 1: Mt Kilimanjaro pre-trek: Planet Lodge, Arusha (Tanzania)

Today will be a rest and acclimitisation day where you will be picked up at the Planet Lodge and cycle to Lake Duluti Arusha. Lake Duluti is formed inside a volcanic crater and has water throughout the year, mainly from groundwater and seasonal rainfall. It is in the middle of an attractive forest which is the home to a variety of birds. You will have a relaxing paddle on Lake Deluti where Raj will give you his expert knowledge of the local birds and reptiles which inhabit the area. You will then have a relaxing lunch on the banks of the lake before returning to Planet Lodge. Once there, you will gather at the hotel conference room to meet your trek leader for a pre-departure dinner and briefing covering safety, culture and expectations.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro trek: Planet Lodge - Machame Gate 1815m - Machame Camp 3012m. 10.75km. B L D

After breakfast at the Lodge we will depart Arusha for Machame Gate which is approximately 1.5 hrs drive. On completion of entry formalities, you will begin your climb by walking along a 4x4 track for about 1 hr until the track ends and trail begins through the dripping verdant forest. You may likely hear the many exotic birds in the canopy above and may even see the black and white Colobus Monkey. 4 to 5hrs into the hike, you will now find a change in the vegetation as you enter the heather zone and the vegetation starts to thin out exposing wild flowers, shrubs and long grasses and the temperature starts to cool off. Machame Camp is just inside the heather zone and on a clear day Kibo peak and Mt Meru can been viewed. Although the first days' trek is not very steep, it will take approximately 5 to 7 hours.

Day 3: Kilimanjaro trek: Machame Camp 3012m - Shira Camp 3839m. 5.3km. B L D

You will be woken early to a steaming cup of coffee served in your tent, and then after breakfast, you will begin up the steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, and trees of giant heather. The clouds should clear for a beautiful view of the Western Breach and the glaciers atop which marks the summit: Uhuru peak. You will scramble around huge boulders as you enter the Moorland zone, marked by the bizarre Lobelia and Senecio plants and volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards which protect wild alpine flowers growing at their bases. You'll reach camp after descending a small valley and crossing a small creek, then ascending up onto the Shira Ridge after a total of 4 to 5 hrs trekking.

Day 4: Kilimanjaro trek: Shira Camp 3839m - Barranco Camp 3986m. 10.75km. B L D

Today we will proceed steadily upwards ("pole pole") over long ridgelines of high desert for about 4 hours until we reach the Lava Towers which is a 300 ft tall volcanic plug which marks an exposed pass at 4627m. We will break here for lunch and make the most of the altitude for acclimitisation purposes. After lunch, we will descend the steep track into the Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on 3 sides with steep valley walls and the Kibo massif. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the Giant Groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari) and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Todays hike will be 6 to 7 hours.

Day 5: Kilimanjaro hike: Barranco Camp 3986m - Barafu Camp 4662m. 8.5km. B L D

The day begins with a steep scramble up the Barranco wall and after about 1.5 hrs when you reach the summit of the wall you can sit on the bare rock and enjoy the views of the Heim Glacier After a short rest, you will continue for 3 to 4 hours to Karanga valley for lunch. After lunch, the trail will continue on steadily up hill. The temperature will begin to drop and the landscape become more sparse as you enter the alpine desert zone. You will enter Barafu camp which is set on a small exposed flat area on a ridge which will be your base camp for which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for an early night.

Day 6: Kilimanjaro hike: Barafu Camp 4662m - Uhuru Peak 5895m - Mweka Camp 3106m. 15.86km. B L D

A steaming hot drink will arrive to your tent very early on this momentous day. A midnight wakeup call is the start of a juggernaught (12 - 17 hours of trekking). You will begin trekking at 1am with the temperature range from just below zero at midnight to between 12 to -23 deg C, just before dawn at the summit. You will leave most of your equipment back at camp but be sure to take your camera and plenty of water insulated to stop it from freezing. From camp, the steep, winding path of endless switchbacks continues incessantly until you finally reach Stella point at 5745m after 4 to 7 hours of hard trekking. This is the end of the steep section with another 1 hr of gentle upward slope until you reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro the roof of Africa. Watching the sun rise from the summit is truly spectacular with views to Mt Meru.

After a short time at the summit, you will descend the same route back to Barafu camp and see the steepness and ruggedness of the track during the day light and be amazed that it takes you only 1.5 to 2 hours to get back to camp. After a snack and a meal you will continue your decent via the Mweka route which is a more direct route off the mountain. The trail to Mweka Camp is a nice gradual descent for 3 to 5 hours passing through a number of vegetation zones until you reach camp for a well deserved rest after an epic day

Day 7: Kilimanjaro hike: Mweka Camp 3106m - Mweka Gate 1633m - Planet Lodge. 9.1km. B L

Although you are probably eager to get off the mountain, the last section follows quite a pretty route abundant in birdlife and flowers. After 2 hrs walking you will join a 4x4 track which will lead you directly into Mweka gate where lunch will be prepared, summit certificates issued and farewells to the fabulous crew that have accompanied you across the highest mountain in Tanzania and Africa. After lunch and a beer, the transport will transfer you back to the Planet Lodge where you can put your feet up and contemplate your achievements.

Guides

Olly found his love for trekking and mountaineering while serving with the Australian SAS and was fortunate enough to train in the area of Mountain and Cold Weather Operations while serving.

Olly Travelled to Tanzania in 2017 where he met his new Adventure Bound Kilimanjaro team and was welcomed as family. Olly summited Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro and with the help of his new team, developed an itinerary that was all inclusive and an experience like no other found in Tanzania.

Olly is very privelidged to have met this new team and is looking forward to many happy trekking years!

Nanyorii

Nanyorii

Nanyorii is the co-owner/Director of Adventure Bound Kilimanjaro and lives in the city of Arusha Tanzania.

Nanyorii's vast knowledge and expertise stems from 13 years as a tour consultant in Tanzania. Her personal experience of the tourism industry and her wealth of knowledge of her home country make her a very motivated and passionate team member. Since taking up her position with Adventure Bound, Nanyorii has worked tirelessly to ensure that all trekkers have an unparalleled and smooth tour. She is a proud Maasai and is passionate about maintaining strong cultural ties in the form of art and music and has produced several music videos the most predominant being Dream land. (link)

Nanyorii is responsible for all logistics and planning in Tanzania prior to the trekkers arrival and during your tour.

Nayorii is the mother of two girls and summited Kilimanjaro in 2015.

Raj

Raj

Raj, our charismatic Sarfari Guide has been working in the tourism industry for many years.

Raj started his tourism career in Tanzania as a porter on Kilimanjaro and then as a guide, summiting Kilimanjaro over 50 times. Raj is passionate about his native country and it's wildlife, so it was a natural progression for him to move into the Safari industry, where he worked as a guide for a number of years. Raj has since been able to fund his own Safari vehicle and is now our Adventure Bound exclusive Safari Guide. Raj will pass on his expert knowledge of local game and bird life as you experience all that the Tanzania landscape has to offer.

Raj is also an avid photographer, and the husband of Nanyroii our Adventure Bound Kilimanjaro Director.

Dickson

Dickson

Dickson is Adventure Bounds Chief Guide and has been guiding across Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro for 8 years. He has summited Kilimanjaro more than 100 times and is one of the most sort after guide in the Tanzania mountaineering fraternity.

Dickson has completed a diploma in tour guiding and is a certified guide with KINAPA (Kili National Parks) and the Kili Guide Association, where he needs to retrain and qualify every two years. His training includes geology, onthology, mamology and botony so will be able to answer your every question in regards to Kilimanjaro. He has also trained as a Wilderness First Aid Responder and holds safety as his number 1 priority.

Dickson will not only guide you with professionalism and expertise, but he is a great bloke to spend time with, and I'm sure you will enjoy his company as much as I did!

Justin

Justin

Justin is the Adventure Bound Head Cook (Stomach Engineer). Justin started his career as a porter where he sumitted Kilimanjaro more than 60 times. He has now qualified as a chef where he has provided tasty nutrition for hungry trekkers for 3 years.

He is required to come up with new menus and is assessed yearly by a group of chefs. You will be amazed at the standard of food that is provided with just the simplest of equipment.

Justin is an invaluable asset to the Adventure Bound team!

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Checklist

Documents

Travel documents

  • Please bring a copy of all airline tickets and travel insurance documents with you for the duration of the trip.
  • Ensure documents are water proofed.
  • Also carry your yellow fever certificate to show customs on return to your home location.

Passport

  • To enter Tanzania, a passport valid for six months beyond the date of planned departure is required.
  • Take a photocopy of the photo page of your passport and keep it in a separate area in case of loss of your passport.

Visa

  • If you have an Australian passport, you do not require an entry visa into Tanzania, however ABT recommends acquiring a visa through your nearest consulate prior to travel to decrease the time spent getting through formalities at Kilimanjaro Airport.
  • If you are not an Australian citizen, please see the attached link to see if you are exempt from acquiring a  Tanzania Visa. www.tanzaniaconsul.com/apply.html

Travel Insurance

  • You are required to organise your own travel insurance and provide proof of document to Adventure Bound Tours prior to departure.
  • The policy should cover the following; Trekking Kilimanjaro, change in airline reservations, medical expenses, lost baggage, lost passports, air tickets and personal papers, and lost money. It needs to be possible to claim while in Tanzania.

Cash

  • There are no ATM’s or other facilities while trekking so it is advised that you carry some cash for souvenir purchases and tips.
  • Carry some small denominations because the locals will not have change to give you.
  • There are a variety of banks in Tanzania, however ABT advises to exchange your money prior to travel and carry cash and a Visa card for emergencies only.
  • Contact your bank before departure and let them know the duration that you will be in Tanzania.
  • Credit Cards

 

Equipment Carriage

It is very important to select the correct gear and equipment prior to embarking on your Kilimanjaro Adventure. I have put together a check list that you should consider prior to purchasing items. All of these items I have used during years of trekking and consider them to be the best for me, however; all people are different and trial and error tends to be the only way to find the best equipment for the individual, but this can be expensive. The only way to find out the best equipment for you is to use your equipment as frequently as possible prior to your trip and during training, which will allow you to test its durability and comfort.

Here is a check list and some tips for you to research equipment, to make sure that you do not overspend, and that you buy the correct equipment that is suitable for the  environment.

Back Pack

Adventure Bound has included the cost of a personal porter into your tour fee. This makes the journey more enjoyable, decreases the likelyhood of injury and fatigue, and puts money back into the economy. If you would like to carry your own pack, ABT requires a doctors certificate.

  • You will require a 100l waterproof duffle bag for all of your personal and sleeping equipment. The duffle bag is given to your porter and is placed inside a purpose built back pack for carriage and will be handed over to you at the end of each day. Your duffel weight restriction is set at 15 kg’s (33 lbs). The weight limit is strict, and if you exceed it, you will be charged extra or may need to hire a second porter so please weigh your duffel before leaving home. Moreover, your duffel will be carried by a porter, so it’s important that the duffel bag be “soft”, and without wheels or any internal or external frame.
  • If you elect to carry your own pack, please ensure that it is at least 75L and is a hiking/ mountaineering pack and not a travel pack which is not suitable for multi day hikes.
  • Although porters will be carrying your duffel, you will need a day pack to hold the items you will need access to during the day; such as your rain shell, camera equipment, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, hat, gloves, rain gear, and your personal first-aid kit. Also use this daypack as your carry-on luggage while flying to Africa.

Water proofing

  • Adventure Bound Tours will generally schedule tours outside of the rainy season, however there is always the chance of rain while trekking so you will need to make sure that your equipment is water proofed by purchasing some dry bags of various sizes to keep your sleeping equipment and clothing dry.
  • An alternate method is to purchase a large 100L dry bag which lines the inside of your duffle and keeps the contents dry. The cheapest method is to use Ziploc bags and garbage bags to keep your equipment dry.
  • I recommend and use the Sea to Summit range of dry bags which retail at approximately $15AU each.

Water Carriage

  • Staying hydrated at high altitude is one of the most important factors which determine how you will fare over the course of the trek. Dehydration is one of the more subtle and dangerous afflictions of being at high altitude.
  • Since it’s impossible to determine ahead of time (without expensive testing) whether your water supply is safe to drink (no matter how pristine it appears), we purify all your drinking water on the trek. Our crew on the mountain have been trained to use the PUR packet to purify your drinking water.
  • I recommend the use of a water bladder system which can be used on the run without the need to stop and dig out a water bottle from your pack. They also pack small when they are empty saving space and weight in your pack.
  • I also recommend the carriage of a 1 litre Nalgene water bottle. These have a wide mouth which is handy for mixing electrolyte powders and diluting water treatment tablets. An insulated water bottle pouch is also recommended  to keep your water from freezing on summit day.
  • I recommend the MSR 2 Litre water bladder which is a lightweight durable canvas bladder which retails for approximately $80AU. A 1 litre Nalgene bottle retails for approximately $25AU

Sleeping Gear

Tent

  • Adventure Bound Tours will loan a two person tent to be shared by two people.
  • If you are traveling alone and wish to have a tent to yourself, please advise ABT and additional charges may apply.

Sleeping mat

  • The Exped Synmat inflating mattresses are probably the most popular choice and will provide comfort after a long day full of adventure, however are quite expensive at approximately $250AU. They also provide insulation from the ground in the cold weather which will be experienced throughout the tour.
  • I recommend the full length mattress which is small and light. If you prefer a cheaper option, an Oztrail self inflating mattress is sufficient and costs approximately $120AU

Pillow

  • A blow up pillow is another comfort item which will allow you to experience a better sleep at night. They are a relatively cheap and light item to carry so I highly recommend their use.
  • I recommend the more expensive Sea to Summit blow up pillow which retails for approximately $50; however, there are cheaper alternatives for $10 – $15AU.

Sleeping bag

  • A good quality sleeping bag is essential for comfort and warmth while on the tour. A rating of -10 degrees C is sufficient for the tour. Please waterproof your bag using a dry sack or garbage bags.
  • A silk or fleece sleeping bag liner is also recommended which can not only add warmth to your sleeping bag, but also facilitate easier movement while inside your sleeping bag.

Footwear

Trek boots

  • Your feet are your form of transport which will allow a successful completion of the tour so you need to look after your feet with a well fitted pair of hiking boots.
  • Make sure they are waterproof with a Gortex liner, and provide plenty of support with a Vibram sole that has an aggressive tread pattern for good grip. (Technical mountaineering boots are not needed). New boots should be worn beforehand to reduce the risk of blisters.
  • If you decide to wear an old set of hiking boots, please ensure they are less than 5 years old. I have seen several boots separate at the sole due to the glue becoming brittle and seperating due to age.
  • If you purchase new shoes, please train in them prior to the tour to ensure that they are well broken in and will not cause blisters or other problems.
  • There are a huge variety of boots available for purchase. I feel the best idea is to go to a retailer and try on several brands that fit your feet comfortably remembering to try them on with the socks that you will be wearing on the tour.

Tent booties

  • a pair of “snow clogs” or ” tent booties are an ideal second pair of shoes. They are easy to slip on and off when you need to get in and out of your tent quickly, and also are warm and light to carry.

Clothing

Base Layer

  • Underwear. You should have one pair for each day of the climb. Choose underwear that is suited for high activity. Synthetics (not cotton) are really the best choice for the function.
  •  Thermal underwear.  Thermal underwear top and bottom (not cotton)- 2 pairs (one medium-weight, one heavy-weight).Wear materials which will wick away the moisture from your body such as wool or a synthetic fibre. They will not only be drier and lighter than any other materials, but they will dry quickly once you take them off and hang them up.
  • T-shirts. (2 or 3). Synthetic, to allow sweat to be wicked from your body.
  • Norwegian skivvy. Light-weight long-sleeve synthetic shirts (1) (synthetic with a half-length neck zip)

Outer wear

  • Hiking shorts (1). These should be lightweight and synthetic. These are useful below 3,650 M
  • Trousers -1 pair of light-weight, loose-fitting trousers (synthetic is preferable), and 1 pair of heavier hiking pants, synthetic or canvas. Jeans are not acceptable for hiking as they are heavy and cold when wet. Convertible pants (with zip-off legs) are ideally suited for this trek, as temperatures can swing dramatically during the day.
  • Heavy wool sweater or down jacket. (Polartec®-200 weight or similar. A full front zip is useful)
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat. A strap is useful for windy conditions.
  • Mittens and gloves (one pair of heavy mittens and a light pair of gloves, and/or synthetic glove liners).
  • Balaclava face protection. If it allows your breath to escape, it will help keep your glasses free from fogging up.
  • Beanie for head warmth
  • Rain Jacket. Waterproof/Windproof/Breathable shell (for the upper body). Goretex recommended. The best choice would be a waterproof shell with layering underneath that allows perspiration to escape, arranging your clothing so you can easily add or shed layers as climactic conditions change. You will need a full hood.
  • Rain pants. Waterproof, “breathable” pants (to be worn over long underwear.). Goretex recommended. Note: Keep your waterproof shell with you (either wear it or keep it in your daypack) anywhere above 3,050 M. At any time of the year, you can become quickly chilled in rain at this altitude and above.

Gaiters

  • Gaiters provide protection for your shins against sticks and rocks, they also protect your shoes and shoe laces against scuffing and wear and tear.
  • I like the full length length gaiters to keep the rocks, mud and grass out of my shoes while I am hiking.
  • Gaiters are a personal choice and retail for approximately $60 to $80 AU. I prefer the Sea to Summit range of Gaiters due to the canvas construction which is very durable.

Socks

  • Socks are the individual’s preference. There are a lot of different brands of hiking socks claiming dryness and blister free trekking. Ensure you select the correct thickness so your boots don’t become too tight or too loose. One pair per day on the mountain (use synthetic/wool-blend, or synthetic heavy trekking socks, and consider sock liners). Make sure that your socks are not too tight, or restriction of blood vessels can cause cold and unhappy feet!

Miscellaneous

Head Torch

  • An LED Head lamp with extra batteries is a must and safety item needed to be carried by each climber. Headlamps leave your hands free for reading, writing or whatever you may be doing after dark. They are also best for the night time final ascent. We strongly recommend the type with the batteries held on the headband, e.g. Petzl, using AA or AAA batteries. Make sure you bring plenty of backup batteries, and change the batteries before setting out for your midnight trek on summit day. Batteries only seem to last half as long in the cold climate.

Sun Glasses

  •  Mountaineering sunglasses (with 100% UV screening and side gussets; retainer straps are helpful). For eyeglass wearers: eyeglass straps, spare eyeglasses and spare prescription sunglasses (or clip-ons). The dusty conditions in August – October may cause problems for contact lens wearers. Bring plenty of solution. You may end up wearing glasses most of the time. Consider disposable contact lenses.

Trekking Poles

  • Trekking poles. Collapsible (telescopic) are best, because you can adjust them to sternum height, while ascending, and lengthen them for the descent. Your descent from Uhuru Peak is characterized by steep volcanic scree, and two poles can greatly aid in balance and comfort.

Photography

  • Please bring a small camera with you to document your adventure. If it is not the waterproof type, ensure that you have an appropriate dry bag to keep it dry. Also ensure that you bring extra batteries.
  • Please avoid the SLR type cameras as they are not sealed and may get moisture inside the lens and housing.
  • The only electricity is by solar panel and 12v car batteries with a 240v inverter; however this is not always readily available.

Mobile Phone

  • If your phone is unlocked, you are able to buy a local sim (you require your passport for purchase) including a 10 gb data package for sending photos and emails if you desire. The price of the sim and data is approximately $20US. Please be aware that coverage can be limited depending on your location and the weather and can take some time to send photos.

Toiletries

  • A small waterproofed toiletry bag should be taken containing toothbrush and paste, biodegradable soap, small packets of tissues, and moist towelettes or babywipes as an alternative to having a shower.
  • An old water bottle (different colour to your drinking bottle) for using at night instead of finding your way to the toilet in the cold. For the ladies a collapsible Tupperware container with lid, is ideal (apparently!).
  • Toilet paper (1-2 rolls) and many re-sealable plastic bags (for carrying used paper back to camp for proper disposal). Note that we provide toilet paper on all treks, but it’s helpful to have your own for toilet trips on the trail.
  • Sun block (lip and skin…The equatorial sun is extremely intense, especially at high altitude)
  • Insect repellant (may be necessary at lower elevations)
  • Towel and washcloth thin, quick-drying ones are preferable. Make sure you bring plastic bags for each.

Medical

The Adventure Bound Team takes your safety and any medical issues very seriously. It is essential that you look after yourself in training and while on the tour so that you enjoy the Adventure and come home fit and healthy. In some cases a medical certificate will have to be obtained to ensure that you are fit and healthy to undertake the tour prior to departure.

There is a list of items that need to be taken for your personal medical kit in the Equipment Checklist under the Resources tab on our Kilimanjaro page.

Personal medical kit

  • Please see the below link for recommended vaccinations prior to arriving in Tanzania.  https://redplanet.travel/mdtravelhealth/destinations/tanzania
  • You will require water sterilisation tablets for the duration of the tour. All the local water is clean, however should be treated as suspect and sterilised prior to consumption.
  • A small first aid kit must be taken and contain all items as listed on the downloadable kit list. Please bring a copy of the prescription for any prescription medications you may require.

FAQ's

Q: Do I require a Tourist Visa?

A: Australian tourists are exempt from acquiring a Tourist Visa when traveling to Tanzania. You still require a passport which will be stamped at the customs office on arrival to Tanzania.

If you do not hold an Australian Passport, please follow the link to see if your country is exempt from a Visa. Adventure Bound will provide a cover letter and itinerary to be sent along with your passport should you require to gain a visa.

https://vanuatu.visahq.com.au/

Q: Do I need travel / medical insurance for Tanzania?

A: Yes, you do need Travel Insurance, it is very important. You are responsible to organise your own Travel/Medical insurance.

You will need coverage for medical evacuation; medical, theft, loss etc… if you wish to organise your own insurance, please ensure the below are provided as inclusions. Travel Insurance MUST include Medical Evacuation and medical expenses including hospital coverage in Tanzania and Australia. It can be a very costly experience for you if you do not have your Travel Insurance!

We require a copy of your personal, Travel and Medical Insurance no later than 4 weeks before departure. Failure to have travel and medical insurance will prevent you from attending the tour.

Please let state that you will be climbing Kilimanjaro to your provider.

Q: Do you offer group discounts?

A: Yes. We are happy to offer you a group discount. Please quote us your group size and we will send your group an individual quote.

Q: What is the food like?

A: Adventure Bound Kilimanjaro will provide very nutritious and tasty food, suitable for the activities that you we will be conducting. It is also a good opportunity to experience the custom foods, the way they are cooked and the way of living.

We will have the opportunity to shop at a local supermarket prior to leaving Arusha where you will have the chance to buy some of your favorite snacks.

Please advise Adventure Bound of any dietary requirements that you may have.

Q: Is This an Australian led trek?

A: No, our Kilimanjaro Tours are led by professionally trained locals that are in the best position to lead you on this adventure.

Q: Do I need a porter?

A: Adventure Bound Kilimanjaro includes a porter within the total cost of the tour. It is essential to have a porter in order to have the best possible experience and chance of summiting.

Q: What are the washing/cleaning/toilets/shower facilities like?

A: The facilities on your tour while trekking are very basic. Toilets are known as ‘long drops’ and ‘short drops’. These are simple, deep pits or short pits that have been dug in the ground for use as toilets. There are no toilet seats. These facilities have a roof and screen over them for privacy.

You do need to take your own toilet paper (2 rolls).

Antibacterial Hand Gel is essential.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Adventure Bound Vanuatu has a comprehensive Check list to help you with the selection of your equipment. Please refer to our website for the Trekking Gear Guide list and printable checklist.

Adventure Bound will provide a suitable pack and two person tent for each trekker.

Q: How many people sleep in each tent? What size are the tents?

A: Only one person per tent, unless you specifically want to share a tent i.e. partner/friend etc. The tents are 2 person tents and provided on loan by Adventure Bound. Couples may prefer to use a 3 man tent we can also provide.

Q: How fit do you have to be to climb Kilimanjaro?

A: While you do not need to be an elite athlete, you do need to be in great physical condition, with good endurance and stamina.

Q: Do we tip the porters?

A: Tanzania is a tipping country so a tip of 10% of your tour fee is expected

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Kilimanjaro Trek Price – $3800

  • Based on a minimum of 2 trekkers
  • Discounts may apply with larger group sizes. However if a discount is given for a group, the conditions for the discount is that the group size is maintained and further charges will be charged if the group gets smaller.
  • For an Australian lead trek, additional fees apply. Ask for quote.

Extras

Adventure Bound Tours are able to offer a 4 day pre trek acclimitisation climb to Mt Meru which is 4566m AMSL.  This climb will set you up for sucess for your Kilimanjaro climb giving you additional days to acclimitise and an idea of what to expect for the Big One!

Adventure Bound Tours would also like to offer a 2 day post tour Safari. This will be your chance to relax and take in some of the spectacular scenery and wildlife Africa has to offer.

Please complete a ‘Get a Quote’ form for an accurate price.

Inclusions

  • All domestic transfers in Tanzania
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Planet Lodge, Arusha (twin share)
  • Mt Kilimanjaro (6 days)
  • All meals while trekking
  • Camping and hut fees
  • National Park permits and entry fees
  • Rescue fee
  • Head guide
  • Personal porter
  • Team chef
  • Food and equipment carriers
  • Tent (on loan from ABT)
  • Backpack (on loan from ABT)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Guided canoe tour of Lake Deluti

     Exclusions

  • International flights
  • All meals while in Arusha (Hotel accomodation)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Snacks while trekking
  • Innoculations
  • Passport

Terms and Conditions

A deposit of $600 is required at the time of booking  with full payment due 60 days prior to the departure date. If you fail to pay by this date you may lose your place on the specified trek and your deposit may be forfeited.

If you cancel your booking more than 90 days prior to departure your deposit will be refunded less a $100 administration fee.

If you cancel your booking between 30 and 90 days prior to your Trek you will forfeit your full deposit as stated on the website.

If you cancel 30 days or less prior to the departure date you will lose 50% of your booking fee but may in consultation, transfer your full fee to a subsequent expedition.

Dates for Kilimanjaro Trip

From
To
12/01/2018
19/01/2018
11/02/2018
18/02/2018
12/03/2018
19/03/2018
22/06/2018
29/06/2018
Full moon summit
21/07/2018
28/07/2018
Full moon summit
20/08/2018
27/08/2018
Full moon summit

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