CLIMB KILIMANJARO

"The Whiskey Route "

OVERVIEW

Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and is known as the “mountain of greatness.”

The expedition to Kilimanjaro is personally led by Jason Black “the world record holder as the fastest Human to climb Kilimanjaro twice in one day (22.5hrs).”

This expedition truly is an experience, a journey of a lifetime to the top of one of the worlds highest Seven Summits. Climbers experience first-hand the five ecosystems and game parks that Kilimanjaro towers over as we climb the mountain slopes on our way to the summit. For those in good shape who can trek a few hours per day, Kilimanjaro is an accessible mountaineering objective. Although Kilimanjaro is considered a non-technical climb, roughly 1/3 of the visitors do not reach the summit. While some circumstances are out of the climbers and guides control, a lot of this has to do with the expertise of the climbing guides, we have achieved a 100% success rate on Kilimanjaro.

Jason is passionately committed to making a community of people’s lives richer through is treks, expeditions and adventures. On all my trips I will only employ and buy goods from the local area, ensuring the locals are empowered to prosper and grow, educate and balance an inequality.

So as well as taking part in a truly magical trek of a lifetime to the top of the highest mountain in Africa Kilimanjaro you’ll also help us to continue to move mountains for disadvantaged children, families and communities across the world.
 

KILIMANJARO CLIMB

2895 Deposit €399
  • Date: July 23rd - 31st 2022
  • Deposit €399
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KILIMANJARO CLIMB & SAFARI

4295 Deposit €399
  • Climb Kilimanjaro first
  • 4 Days on the Safari Reserve.
  • 4 Star full board Accommodation.
  • Date: July 23rd - Aug 4th 2022
  • Deposit €399
5 STARS

INCLUDED

Costs Include:

  • Airport transfers
  • Three-nights accommodations at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha (breakfast provided) – 1 pre-climb, 1 post-climb, and 1 post-safari
  • Team welcome dinner
  • All meals while on the climb and safari
  • All group gear on the climb (sleeping tents, dining supplies. and tents, toilette tents, first aid, etc.)
  • Porter service on the climb
  • All climbing staff including mountain guides and local support staff
  • All park fees, permits and tour fees
  • All transportation in-country
  • All accommodations on safari, including two nights in a Hemingway style tent camp on the beautiful Serengeti
  • Travel in all-terrain Land Cruiser or similar safari vehicles with pop-tops for game viewing – driven by experienced professional safari tour guides

 

Costs Do Not Include:

  • International Round-trip airfare to/from Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO)
  • Tanzania tourist visa
  • Alcoholic or bottled beverages
  • Specialty coffee or espresso drinks
  • Trip cancelation insurance or the required medical evacuation insurance
  • Any expenses incurred by early departure from the program
  • Personal items and personal equipment.

ITINERARY

Day 1Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport. After immigration, retrieving your bags, and clearing customs, our representative, identifiable by a Jason Black Adventures sign, will transport you to our hotel in Arusha. (approximately 1-hour travel)

Day 2Gear check and climb orientation. After a leisurely breakfast, your climb guide will conduct a gear check at the hotel and provide an orientation of the days ahead on Kilimanjaro. Your guide with provide instructions for packing trekking duffel and day packs. Afterward, there are options for exploring the Arusha area or spending the remainder of the day relaxing by the pool.

Day 3Machame Camp (3022 m / 9,915 ft). In the morning, we drive from the hotel to the Machame Gate entrance (1814 m / 5,950 ft) and begin our ascent in the lush forest. We arrive in the afternoon at our Machame Camp and enjoy a wonderful dinner before retiring to bed.

Day 4Shira Camp (3833 m / 12,575 ft). After breakfast, we head out and wind our way through the moorlands to Shira Camp.

Day 5Barranco Camp (3981 m / 13,060 ft). We leave Shira Camp and trek to the Lava Tower, where we enjoy lunch and the views of the Western Breach route. From there, we descend to Barranco Camp. Upon reaching camp, we size up the next day’s crux: The Great Barranco wall.

Day 6Karanga Camp (4029 m / 13,200 ft). After ascending the Great Barranco wall, we pause for photographs above the clouds and then descend slightly to Karanga Camp.

Day 7Kosovo Camp (4870 m / 15,978 ft). Today we climb to our high camp, Kosovo Camp, passing by the popular and often very crowded Barafu Camp. The additional ascent to Kosovo Camp provides a much quieter camp that also positions us for a slightly shorter summit day. We have an early dinner and drift off to sleep in anticipation of the early morning start of our summit climb.

Day 8Summit Day! We have an ‘alpine start’ shortly after midnight and climb through the night using headlamps until the first rays of sunlight illuminate the mountain and surrounding landscape. We arrive at Stella Point (5745 m / 18,848 ft), take a short break, and then continue to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m / 19,341 ft), and savor our moments here at the roof of Africa. After summit photos and ample time for rest and snacks, we descend to Mweka Camp (3075 m / 10,090 ft) and return into the lush green forest for our last night on the mountain.

Day 9Mweka Gate (1638 m / 5,375 ft). Still savoring our summit success, we awake and enjoy our last breakfast together on Kilimanjaro. The morning will be spent descending to the Mweka Gate where we will have a celebratory buffet style lunch to quench our burgeoning appetites! We thank our Tanzanian staff and drive back to Moshi hotel to shower and enjoy a dinner in town.

Day 10: Jason’s personal magical day.
A day in a life of the locals as we visit local villages and experience african culture, food, crafts, drink banana beer and sing tribal songs. We swim in the rivers and waterfalls, visit the local museum showcasing early native settlement. Late into the night we celebrate our African experience in Moshi town perched on a rooftop restaurant enjoying dinner local brews as we dance to the tribal heartbeat of africa. 

Day 11 Depart africa and fly Home

SAFARI BEGINS

Day 12: Safari begins! Depart Moshi / Arusha and drive to Mto wa Mbu and relax by the pool at Lake Manyara Resort Lodge. This is a leisurely day after the climb of Kilimanjaro. In the evening you can relax at your resort or spend some time exploring the town.

Day 13:  After an early breakfast we will drive to Tarangire Park for a full days game drive. We will enjoy an al fresco lunch in the park and return to your accommodation for an evening meal.

Day 14: Today is a wonderful drive initially across the Ngorongoro Highlands before we drop down into the famous Ngorongoro Crater, where we will have lunch. This is a full days game drive and again return to your accommodation for our evening meal.

Day 15: We will pack in the morning and then drive to Lake Manyara where we will enjoy a half days game drive. In the afternoon we will drive back towards Moshi / Arusha and can drop you off at airport for an evening flight or you can extend your safari or return to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

PACKING LIST

This is a Climb, proper gear is required.

Base Layers

  • Synthetic Short Underwear (1-2 pair): non-cotton style underwear
  • Lightweight Long Underwear (1-2 pair): long sleeve shirt and long pants
  • Heavyweight Long Underwear (1 pair)
  • Short Sleeve Synthetic Shirt (1-2)

 

Mid Layers

  • Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
  • Soft Shell Pants: very breathable and water repellant
  • Lightweight Nylon Pants

 

Windproof/Rain Layers

  • Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable shell jacket
  • Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable shell pants

 

Insulation Layers

  • Insulated Down or Synthetic Jacket with hood
  • Heavyweight Insulated Down Jacket with hood
  • Insulated Pants

 

Headwear

  • Warm Hat: synthetic or wool hat (ski hat)
  • Balaclava: to protect your neck and face in high winds
  • Baseball Cap or other sun hat: to shade your face/neck from the sun on a hot day
  • Bandana or Buff: to protect your neck/face from the sun

 

Eyewear

  • Glacier Glasses: full protection with side covers or wrap around
  • Ski Goggles: to be worn in the event of high winds – (2nd pair optional)

 

Gloves

  • Lightweight Synthetic Base Layer Gloves: for wearing on warm days
  • Soft Shell Gloves: to wear for moderate cold/wind
  • Shell Glove with Insulated Liner: to wear for severe cold/strong wind
  • Expedition Mitts: large enough to fit a liner glove inside

 

Footwear

  • Liner Socks (3 pairs)
  • Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
  • Hiking Boots: comfortable hiking boots
  • Gaiters

 

Sleeping Equipment

  • Sleeping Bag: rated to at least -20°F
  • Self-inflating Sleeping Pad: full length is preferred
  • Closed-cell Foam Pad: to be used in conjunction with the inflating pad for warmth and comfort when sleeping
  • Earplugs

 

Mountaineering Gear

  • Trekking Backpack: approximately 35L
  • Compression Stuff Sacks: for reducing the volume of the sleeping bag, down parka, etc. in your duffle
  • Trash Compactor Bags: to line backpack and stuff sacks as well as for separating gear
  • Backpack Rain Cover (optional)
  • Trekking Poles: adjustable
  • Headlamp: with 2 extra sets of new batteries

 

Travel Items

  • Large Duffel Bag with Lock: for transporting gear on the mountain, no hard sides or wheels
  • Small Duffel Bag with Lock: to store items in the hotel(s) while on the climb
  • Travel Clothes and Shoes: for days in cities and towns
  • Lightweight journal, sketchbook, pencils, pen
  • U.S. cash: for currency exchange to purchase SIM cards or merchandise in cities and towns

 

Additional Food Items

  • Snack Food: bring a few days supply of your favorite climbing snack food such as bars, gels, nuts, beef jerky, etc. variety of salty and sweet is good

 

Other Equipment

  • Cup: plastic 16 oz. minimum cup or mug
  • Bowl: large plastic bowl for eating dinner or breakfast
  • Spoon: plastic spoon (Lexan)
  • Water Bottles (2): wide mouth bottles with 1-liter capacity
  • Water Bottle Parkas (2): fully insulated with zip opening
  • Water Treatment
  • Thermos (optional): 1 liter
  • Hand and Toe Warmers
  • Sunscreen: SPF 50 or better
  • Lip Screen (2 sticks): SPF 30 or better
  • Toiletry Bag: include toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, baby wipes and hand sanitizer (2 small bottles)
  • Pee Bottle: 1-liter minimum bottle for convenience at night in the tent
  • Female Urination Device (FUD)
  • Knife or Multi-tool (optional)
  • Small Personal First-aid Kit: include athletic tape, band-aids, Ibuprofen, blister care, etc.
  • Medications and Prescriptions: bring personal medications, antibiotics (Azithromycin, etc.), altitude medicine such as Diamox, etc.
  • Handkerchiefs/Bandanas (optional)

 

Optional Electronics

  • Country-appropriate power plug adapters and power transformers
  • Adventure Sports Watch: such as Garmin fēnix 6
  • Personal Power System: such as Goal Zero Nomad 28 Plus Solar Panel and Sherpa 100AC Power Bank
  • Digital Entertainment: movies, tv shows, music, books loaded on to smartphone, iPad, Kindle
  • Camera: bring extra batteries, charger, and memory cards

FAQ

Most frequent questions

The official age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority for climbing Uhuru Peak is 10 years old, we usually recommend a minimum age of 13 years. If anyone in your group is under 16 years of age please inform us in advance so arrangements can be made.

We get a lot of first time Climbers in our groups so even if you don’t have experience you will be in good company. Your fitness level should be such that your comfortable walking all day. Previous, hiking or trekking experience is always a plus.

Your park entrance fee includes cost of rescue off the mountain which will be organized by the Tanzanian National Park Service in conjunction with our team. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance. While the park service will provide rescue services your travel insurance will cover any cost related to cancellation charges, unexpected curtailment of your holiday, medical and repatriation expenses including air ambulance, personal accident, delay loss or damage to your personal effects. 
Guides are a requirement on Kilimanjaro set by the Tanzania National Park Service
March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period.

 

Permits are required and included in the cost of the trek. You will get your permit at the Machame gate on the first day of the trek.

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The Machame Route requires 6 days of trekking. Some individuals opt for an extra acclimatization day which is spent at Karanga Camp.
The typical time spent walking is about 5 to 6 hours. On the summit day you will spend 12 to 16 hours trekking. However, you will be given a few hours to rest at Barafu so that this long day of trekking is broken into two parts. We make the summit push and decent all in one day to avoid acclimatization problems.
It’s proper expedition mode with tented camping on the Machame Route. Your camp crew will set up the tents before you arrive. Tents are on twin sharing and private tents may be available for individuals travelling alone. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
Your mobile service may work at one or two points on the mountain but don’t count on it. We have tested mobile internet cards from both Vodacom (Tanzania) and Safaricom (Kenya) and were not able to access the internet. If you have a phone call that needs to be made during the trek please speak with your guide and he may be able to arrange something.
The Machame Route does not have any charging points available so bring spare batteries.
Drinking water is obtained on the mountain and then boiled before it is provided to you. Disposable plastic water bottles are not allowed on the mountain.
Your guide can provide you with a bucket of hot water both in the evening and the morning for washing.
Lunch are packed and eaten on the trail during the day. You will take lunch and dinner in the dining tents that are set up.
You should be in good enough shape to walk continuously throughout the day. Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!
The best scenario is to acclimatise slowly. The 6 day trip up Kilimanjaro is a fairly rapid ascent and trekkers should report any problems to their guide. Common symptoms of mountain sickness include headaches and cough.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun’s intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.
We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will utilize the park rescues services for immediate evacuation.
Yes, we ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. We have long standing, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests’ whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.
We will provide you a complete packing list on receipt of your trek. It is possible that you can rent gear once you reach Moshi but it tends to be expensive and the quality is not great. If you need any specific equipment beforehand we may be able to help you with some supplies free of charge.
A good pair of hiking boots are important for the final climb as they help to keep your feet warm and provide adequate ankle support. Tennis shoes are sufficient on the other days of the trek.
Porters on Kilimanjaro are allowed to carry 15Kg plus their own personal belongings.
The following are the suggested minimum tips. Head Guide: $90, Cook $60 Porter $30.
You should bring enough to cover the tips at the end of the trek. Other than that our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Previously, it was possible to buy snacks and other items on the trek but the park service has eliminated all vendors and once you get on the mountain there are no opportunities to spend any money.

Your guide should be able to arrange a phone call or to get a message relayed in the case of emergency. Don’t expect any communication options although it is possible you will have cell signal in some locations.

Some climbers may actually finish the climb ahead of schedule and get back to Moshi early. It’s also the case that sometimes climbers either have problems with altitude or decide to come down earlier for other reasons. If you do get back to Moshi early you are responsible to pay the costs for your extra hotel nights ($35 per/night) and meals. The reason behind this is that our costs are the same regardless of when you end the climb. So even if you are climbing less days than scheduled keep in mind that we have already paid the staff, purchased, food and rented gear for all the days you were supposed to be on the climb.

Tipping is an expected and highly appreciated component of your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek. Tipping is one of the most direct ways that you can have a positive economic impact within the African community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry.