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The Ultimate Mt Kilimanjaro Hike

You’re probably reading this because you’re interested in summiting the highest mountain in Africa in 2021.

Like Mt Kenya, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro requires a lot of time and dedication. We will do mandatory prep hikes together to build endurance and acclimatize.

I specifically chose Lemosho route because it’s one of most scenic routes with the highest success rate in terms of summiting.

I’ll also help you purchase the correct gear needed for this experience. Listen, gears can either make or break your experience. You must have the correct gear..

P. S I also plan customized experiences for groups of friends or family wishing to travel together.

A summary of the Itinerary:

Day 1

Travel to Moshi.

We enter Kilimanjaro National Park through Londorossi Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro (at 2250 m/7380 ft above sea level) and continue to drive to the Lemosho Glades where we will take lunch. The total drive takes around 4 hours. You then begin the ascent, hiking for around 3 hours through dense rain forest to Mti Mkubwa, commonly referred to as “The Big Tree Camp” where we will spend the evening, have dinner and stay camping overnight.

Day 2

We hike for 5-6 hours through moorland to an altitude of 3500 m / 11,500 ft to Shira 1 Camp, crossing the Shira Ridge. Shira 1 Camp is located near a small stream on the Shira Plateau. Dinner and overnight at Shira 1 Camp.

Day 3

We will explore Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk eastwards of 4-6 hours towards Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau, leading to Shira 2 Camp (3640 m/12,000 ft) on moorland meadows. Then we continue through semi desert to Moir Hut (4160 m/13,700 ft), a not very much frequented site on the base of the Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Overnight camping at Moir Hut.

Day 4

We will hike from Moir Hut for 4-6 hours to the Lava Tower for lunch break and then follow the Western breach to Barranco Camp. Staying at around 4000 meters/13,200 ft altitude for the whole day, this day contributes to successful acclimatization. This day also offers you amazing views and opportunities to take great pictures of Barranco wall. At Barranco Camp you can probably experience one of your most memorable sunsets.

Day 5

After breakfast, we will proceed with the trail until reaching Hein Glacier, then we head down to Karanga Valley where we will arrive at Karanga Camp (4200 m; 14,000 ft) for an evening tea, dinner and stay camping overnight.

Day 6

After breakfast we will head east for around 3 hours through alpine desert, crossing over multiple ridges and valleys until we reach the Mweka route and continue upwards, following the ridge for about an hour to reach Barafu Hut (4645 m/15,239 ft) where the camp is set on the ridge. At Barafu Hut we should relax and prepare for the summit on the next day. Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp.

Day 7

From Barafu Camp, we were proceed to the Crater camp.

Day 8

From around 5am in the morning we start the 2 hours ascent to the summit through the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers heading in northwestern direction through heavy scree, reaching Stella Point (5685 m/18,650 ft) on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek, but you will be rewarded with a magnificent sunrise (weather permitting).

From Stella Point we may encounter snow all the way on the further 1 hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

We will then make a 4-6 hours descent down to Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper rain forest at an altitidue of 3100 m/10,200 ft, and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. In the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 9

After breakfast we continue the descent for 3-4 hours to Mweka Park Gate and Mweka Village where you will take a hot lunch and from where we will drive back to Moshi.

Spend the night at a hotel in Moshi

Day 10

Drive back home

The price includes:

  1. All park fees
  2. Professional experienced mountain guides, cook and porters
  3. Rescue fees
  4. All meals while on the mountain
  5. Guides, porters, cook park fees
  6. Clean and purified drinking water
  7. Good tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bag
  8. All other camping equipment including foldable tables and chairs

Important to Note:

Dates: 6th to 15th July 2021
Slots :Available 6 (Women only)
Cost : kshs 85,000 for East Africans and 1800 USD for non East Africans.

All payments made via MPESA till number 685993 or via PayPal.

A cash deposit of kshs 10,000 is required to reserve your slot.

The balance should be cleared by 30th June 2021

Included in the price:

  • Transfer to and from Nairobi
  • Full board accommodation whilst on the trek. Camping basis.
  • Accommodations in camps as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees to include Government taxes
  • Service of an English-speaking Professional Guide, experienced Chef, Professional Photographer and potters.
  • Transportation from Nairobi & back
  • Treated water on the trek.
  • Emergency rescue services via vehicle

Excluded in the price :

•Covid Cerficate and yellow fever certificate

  • Prep Hike fees,laundry, sleeping bags hiking gear and drinks

• Meals on the 9th & 10th Day
• Climbing gears
• International flights
• Visas to Kenya. Kenyans do not need a visa to Tanzania
• Items of personal nature
• Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

Upon payment you’ll be added to the whatsapp group. We will be prepping together before the actual summit.

The prep hikes begin from April 2021 through June 2021. In the meantime, you can be doing simple work out routines from the comfort of your home.

Prep hikes are mandatory for acclimatization & building endurance.

We will have 3 prep hikes as follows :

  1. 17th April- Kijabe Hills- kshs 3,500p (Kijabe is in the one zoned area)
  2. 22nd May- Table Mountains – kshs 3,500 or an alternative trail within the one zoned area
  3. 26th June – Rurimeria – kshs 3,500 or an alternative trail within the one zoned area
  4. Please note that the above prep hikes are mandatory but it’s recommended to take up more challenges to build endurance. You can make personal hiking arrangements outside the mandatory hikes and also take frequent walks (20000-30000 steps)
  • All Payments are accepted in either M-pesa or PayPal. Mpesa till number is 685993 ‘Justrioba Tours 7’
  • please note deposits are non refundable a week after depositing. If for any reason you are unable to make it if for this trip, I will help you can find another lady to replace you. You will cater for any costs that might arise with cancellation charges.
  • In the event you can’t find a replacement, your deposit can be redeemed in another trip.
  • Just Rioba does not provide travel insurance. Please remember to cater for yours.

Required Gear for Mt Kilimanjaro Hike

You can rent gear. However, I strongly recommend buying yours.

  1. 3 pairs of Warm Jersey.
  2. Sweater/Fleece.
  3. 8 Sets of Thermal under-wear top and bottom.
  4. 2 pairs of light loose-fitting cotton trousers.
  5. Sleeping bag
  6. Travel blanket
  7. Waterproof Hiking boots – (an extra pair of hiking boots and crocs is recommended))
  8. Warm Gloves ( 2 pairs of thin gloves & 2 pairs of Thick water proof gloves)
  9. Balaclavas (3)
  10. Winter hat
  11. Head lamp with extra batteries.
  12. Sun Glasses (Polarized with UV protection)
  13. Sunscreen (factor 50 or higher).
  14. 8 pairs of socks ( 8 pairs of thick and 8 pairs of thin)
  15. 1/2 long sleeves shirt.
  16. 2/3 T-shirts.
  17. Sun Hat
  18. Warm fluffy jacket.
  19. Summit jacket
  20. Summit pants
  21. Hiking pants (4 sets)
  22. Camera.
  23. Extra batteries or personal power bank and charger (a necessity if you are a fan of taking photos).
  24. Personal toiletries.
  25. 3 liter refillable Water bottle or (2 Liter Camel-bag).-
  26. 2 Hot Water bottles (1 litre each)
  27. Gaiters (2)
  28. A poncho or a waterproof cover for your backpack.
  29. Day bag
  30. Porter’s bag (85 L)
  31. Your personal medication (if you have any)

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me via winnie@justrioba.com. I’ll be available to respond.

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