"The Whiskey Route "
Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and is known as the “mountain of greatness.”
About the expedition
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 expedition leader. 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).” Jason Black as expedition leader has achieved a 100% success rate on Kilimanjaro.
Book Kilimanjaro expedition
Deposit €399 on booking
Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
Kilimanjaro Climb + 4 Days on the Safari Reserve + 4 Star Safari Reserve Hotel full board
- 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)
- Trip cancelation insurance or the required medical evacuation insurance
- Any expenses incurred by early departure from the program
- Personal items and personal equipment.
- Tanzanian Visa ($50 for most passports & $100 for USA citizens, purchased on arrival)
- Vaccinations and anti malaria tablets
- Personal expenses, eg taxis into town, bottled water in Moshi, meals in Moshi.
- Tips (~€110 paid in local Tanzanian Shillings for distribution at the exit gate) You can get money changed in Moshi.
- Alcoholic or bottled beverages
Day 1: Arrive 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 2: Gear 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.
After we get kit organised we explore local villages and experience african culture, food, crafts.
Day 3: Machame 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 4: Shira Camp (3833 m / 12,575 ft).
After breakfast, we head out and wind our way through the moorlands to Shira Camp.
Day 5: Barranco 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 6: Karanga 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 7: Kosovo 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 8: Summit 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 9: Mweka 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most frequent questions
- 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)
- Soft Shell Jacket: to be worn over other layers
- Soft Shell Pants: very breathable and water repellant
- Lightweight Nylon Pants
- Hard Shell Jacket with hood: waterproof and breathable shell jacket
- Hard Shell Pants: waterproof and breathable shell pants
- Insulated Down or Synthetic Jacket with hood
- Heavyweight Insulated Down Jacket with hood
- Insulated Pants
- 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
- Glacier Glasses: full protection with side covers or wrap around
- Ski Goggles: to be worn in the event of high winds – (2nd pair optional)
- 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
- Liner Socks (3 pairs)
- Wool or Synthetic Socks (3 pairs)
- Hiking Boots: comfortable hiking boots
- 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
- 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
- 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 town
- 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)
- Country-appropriate power plug adapters and power transformers
- Adventure Sports Watch: such as Garmin fēnix 6
- Backup Power Bank
- Music , books loaded on to smartphone, iPad, Kindle
- Camera: bring extra batteries, charger, and memory cards
Spending Money & Tips:
We recommend that you carry USD$350 dollars with you to Tanzania in mixed notes. There are some ATMs where you can withdraw cash using a credit card. Please try to bring dollars broken up into small notes. The reasons being that it is hard to find a place that will give you change for $100 and also it is easier for the guides to divide the tips equally if they have lots of small notes. Also, try to bring dollars that were printed after 2004 if possible as these get a better rate of exchange in Tanzania.
Temperatures on the expedition may vary from 0 to 30 degrees during the day and -20 to 10 degrees at night. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. Usually the days are hot and the nights are cold. You should be ready for inclement weather at all times as the weather can change rather quickly at high altitude. For accurate weather information please review these two websites;
Mountain Forecasts: www.mountain-forecast.com Norwegian Meteorological Institute: www.yr.no
Jason Black is Ireland’s leading specialist in high altitude climbing and mountaineering. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of this expedition. However, the process of adaptation or acclimatisation does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. Keeping well hydrated is also a huge factor in avoiding AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). You will be encouraged to drink at least three litres of water per day. Five litres per day is ideal. You should eat well, snack regularly between meals and do not under any circumstances try to diet on this expedition. This will keep your energy levels high throughout the expedition. Although frustrating at times, remember to keep your walking pace slow and steady which will in turn have the same effect on your heart rate. It is those who can set and maintain the correct pace on the approach days that are strongest at higher elevations.
AMS is brought on by lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. Symptoms include breathlessness, headache, poor sleep, nausea & dizziness. AMS is treated simply by not ascending to higher elevations or in more severe cases descending to lower elevations, where in most cases the symptoms are quickly relieved. This itinerary has been designed to minimise the chances of you experiencing altitude sickness. Our staff are highly experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. Please note it is common for most people to experience mild headaches at higher elevations. Always keep your guide informed on how you are feeling.
At high altitude, and especially in dry conditions, it is essential you protect your airway. This means walking with a bandana covering your mouth and nose, often in hot weather, or when you are breathing heavily. Getting used to covering your airway while walking takes some time, so you should practice prior to departure.
Diamox (Acetazolamide) is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor. In simple terms Diamox causes the kidneys to excrete more bicarbonate which causes the blood to become more acidic. Acidifying the blood stimulates ventilation, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood which reduces the chances of getting AMS. We recommend all participants, especially those who have had AMS in the past, to take Diamox prophylactically (as a preventative) on this expedition, starting on the first day of trekking. Current guidelines suggest 125 mg twice per day (in tablet form not capsules). You should try taking Diamox for two days at some stage prior to departing Ireland to ensure you don’t suffer any of the more serious side effects. Numbness and tingly fingers and toes are common but in some cases users can suffer from nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. If you experience any of the latter three side-effects we would advise against using Diamox. Always consult and follow the advice of your own doctor about Diamox or any other medication.
Your Dietary Requirements
We will try our best to cater for those with dietary restrictions. If you have any dietary restrictions, please declare them when booking. We will organise for you to have a suitable meal on your flight where meals are supplied by the airline. It is not possible for us to source specialist gluten or dairy free products locally. We will endeavour to provide suitable alternative carbohydrates, for example potatoes or rice rather than bread. If you want to have specialist food like gluten free bread and pasta or lactose free milk you will need to bring them with you on the expedition.
Vaccinations & Prophylaxis
We are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health directly. We recommend consulting your GP or The Travel Health Clinic (www.travelhealth.ie) for the most up-to-date medical advice.
All Irish participants are required to have a visa to enter Tanzania. You must have at least two free pages in your passport and ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after you return to Ireland. At the time of writing this document, EU passport holders could obtain a tourist visa upon arrival in Tanzania. The visa fee is US$50, payable in cash.