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inclusions

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
  • airport transfers
  • hut accommodations on trail
  • 3 nights accommodation in Moshi
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • farewell and welcome dinners
  • guide & porter services
  • all ground transportation to/from trail
  • 2 nights camping on safari
  • guided safari excursions

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc.)
  • trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals

itinerary

Day 1: Moshi (2,800ft/853m). Arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where our team will be awaiting your arrival. Drive 1 hour to the town of Moshi to check into our partner lodge to catch up on your jetlag. Join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner at the lodge.

Inclusions: Welcome dinner (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation; accommodations

Day 2: Moshi to Mandara Hut (8907ft/2715m). The adventure begins! Drive 1 hour to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Depart with only a daypack and begin your ascent through the mossy rain forest. Keep your eyes out for monkeys in this lush area. Stop at a picnic spot to enjoy your box lunch before continuing to ascend. Spend the first night on the trail at Mandara Hut, a solar generated, A-frame hut. Enjoy a delicious dinner before getting some well-deserved rest.

Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 5 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; accommodations 

Day 3: Mandara hut to Horombo Hut (12,155ft/3705m). The scenery transitions from rain forest to moorland and it is possible to catch your first glimpses of the Kibo Crater. Check out the unique plant life that can live for 100 years and reach up to 16 feet tall! Pass an ancient burial ground and learn about Chagga culture. Retire to Horombo Hut for the evening. 

Total distance: 7.2 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; accommodations

Day 4: Horombo Hut (12,155ft/3705m). Spend a rest day at Horombo Hut. To acclimate to the altitude, head out on a day hike to Zebra Rock, a geologic phenomenon in a beautiful setting. Don't forget to check out the star-covered sky. With almost no light pollution, the mountains are an astronomer's paradise.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; accommodations

Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (15,518ft/4730m). The hike continues through yet another microclimate, the alpine desert. This moon-like landscape gives you great views of the summit. Reach Kibo Hut for some rest before heading out that same evening for your final ascent. 

Total distance: 6 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; accommodations

Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut (12,155ft/3705m). Arise just before midnight to begin the long ascent to the top. Steep switchbacks lead you to the summit. Gain almost 4,000ft as you reach the summit at 19,341ft above sea level! With the crater on one side and a glacier on the other, this spot is certainly breathtaking. Enjoy a beautiful view of the sunrise before you return to Kibo Hut and on to Horombo Hut for the night.

Total distance: 12.7 miles. Approximately 13-16 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; accommodations

Day 7: Horombo hut to Moshi (2,800ft/853m). Continue your descent back through the rain forest. Stop at Mandara Hut for lunch and continue all the way back to the park gates. Return to Moshi for a hot shower and a celebration dinner with your team.

Total distance: 12.2 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; accommodations

Day 8: Moshi to Tarangire Park to Mto wa Mbu. Time for safari! After departing Moshi around 9am, the drive to Tarangire Park is a scenic, 4-hour ride. At the park, pop the roof of the car and begin a game drive. Spot elephants, ostrich, waterbuck, giraffe, and even lions! After wrapping up the game drive, it is a 1-hour drive to the campsite. Settle down for a beautiful night of camping under a star-filled sky.

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; camping accommodations

Day 9: Mto wa Mbu to Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater. Depart the campsite and head to Lake Manyara National Park. Watch herds of baboons on the move and in the trees surrounding the car. Head toward the lake, which is colored pink by the numerous flamingo wading in the water. Eat lunch next to the hippo pond and then drive one hour to Ngorongoro crater where you will eat dinner and camp on the rim of the crater. 

Inclusions: All meals (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); national park fees; camping accommodations

Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater to Moshi (2,800ft/853m). Wake up early and start the descent into the crater. As you descend, spot rhinos, zebra, lions, wildebeest, and impala. This UNESCO World Heritage site was formed by an imploded volcano over 3 million years ago and now this conservation area is home to many African species. Return to the campsite for lunch before the 4-hour drive back to Moshi, returning by 5pm.

Inclusions: Breakfast and lunch (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); transportation

Day 11: Moshi (2,800ft/853m). International flights depart.

Inclusions: Breakfast (choice of 2 options including vegetarian, coffee, tea, water. Other options available for guest purchase); airport transportation

End of services.

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


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