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Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition!

Price for Marangu Route

Number of Pax

1Pax

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6+Pax

Price in $$ Per person sharing

$1957

$1663

$1635

$1603

$1571

$1545

Inclusive:

v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees

Exclusive

v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

6/7 Days Marangu Route

The Marangu route is probably followed by 90% of all climbers!

The trek starts at Marangu Gate. Porters will carry all your personal items, equipments and supplies and cook prepares your delicious meals.

Marangu route has a well defined path, which has been well set out where most obstacles have been modified to make it friendly. This is very scenic route with good views of Mawenzi and excellent prospects for viewing and to reach the summit.

 Day 1: JRO Airport – Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet by our knowledgeable driver guide, after greetings and double check your bags will transfer you to Moshi town (35 minutes’ drive). Briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipments. Anything missing can be rented for you.

 Accommodation:     Sal Salinero Hotel or Similar

 Day 2: Moshi Town – Marangu Gate – Mandara Hut

After breakfast pick up from your hotel at Moshi town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and go to Marangu Gate. Here you will meet your all team including porters who will carry your bags. After to do registration and get permit we start climb through mystic jungle to Mandara Hut (Alt 2750m) taking 3 – 4 hours.

 Accommodation:       Mandara Hut

 Day 3: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

After breakfast today we leave the forest, you trek along a good path through open grassy moorland to reach Horombo Hut (Alt 3700m) taking 5 -7 hours walk. Horombo Hut (Alt 3700m)

 Accommodation:       Horombo Hut

 Day 4: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

After breakfast today we continue ascending past ‘the last water point’ traversing the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi to Kibo Hut (Alt 4700m) taking 5 -7 hours walking. Kibo hut (Alt 4700m)

 Accommodation:       Kibo Hut

Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

After dinner we take a short rest up to 22:00pm where will wake up and start ascending to the summit on steep and heavy scree up to Gilman’s Point (alt 5681m) on the crater rim to arrive on time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak (alt 5,895m) the roof of Africa and the first free upstanding mountain in the world. After taking some photos of memories will descend down to Horombo hut for overnight. 7 to 8 hours ascent and 4 to 7 hours descend. Horombo Hut (alt 3700m)

 Accommodation:      Horombo Hut

 Day 6: Horombo hut-Mweka gate-Moshi town/Arusha town

Descend the mountain to Mweka gate, where you will be awarded your certificate of congratulation. This will take 5 to 7 hours to the gate where you will be met by your vehicle which then will pick you to Moshi town or direct to Arusha for an overnight.

 Accommodation:      Sal Salinero Hotel or Similar

 Day 7: Moshi town/Arusha town – JRO Airport

After short relaxation at your hotel or a walk around town take a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or proceed with the second part of your holiday in Tanzania.

 End of tour!

Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition.

Prices for Machame Route

Number of Pax

1Pax

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6+Pax

Price in $$ Per person sharing

$2166

$1852

$1806

$1770

$1734

$1705

 Inclusive

v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees

Exclusive

v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

7/8 Days Machame Route

Machame is probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro. For this route you don’t need any mountain climbing skills, but you must be fit. Porters will carry all your personal items, equipments and supplies and a cook prepares your delicious meal.

As a tent experience, Machame route (also known as the Whisky – route) is better cited to more adventurous hikes who are rewarded with fantastic scenic wonders and great panoramas. From late afternoon sunsets at the Shira to the misty of revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco wall. A photographer’s delightAn added benefit to this camping route is the most valuable commodity on the mountain acclimatization.

Day 1: JRO Airport – Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet by our knowledgeable driver guide, after greetings and double check your bags will transfer you to Moshi town (35 minutes’ drive). Briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipments. Anything missing can be rented for you.

 Accommodation:       Sal Salinero hotel or Similar

 Day 2: Moshi Town – Machame Gate – Machame Camp

After breakfast pick up from your hotel at Moshi town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and go to Machame Gate (Alt 1800m). Meet you Kilimanjaro team; guide, assistance guide, cook and porter. After registration and hold an entrance permit, start hiking from Machame gate to Machame Camp (5- 6 hours). Today we walk through mystic jungle. On our way we have lunch, prepared by your cook. Machame Camp (Alt 3000)

 Accommodation:      Machame Camp

 Day 3: Machame Camp – Shira Camp

After breakfast with our lunch box we walk for 5-6 hours up to Shira Camp. Today we leave the jungle and enter new, open world with strange plants. If it’s clear day we can see sunrise, optional walk to a beautiful view point in the afternoon. From this camp you have a fantastic view of the summit. Shira Camp (Alt. 3800m)

 Accommodation:       Shira Camp

 Day 4: Shira Camp – Barranco Camp

After breakfast we have another beautiful day with different sceneries. We walk up to Lava Tower (Alt 4600m) where we have our lunch. We descend to our camp for dinner and overnight. Total 6-7 hours walking. This day will help you to get used to the high altitude.Barranco Camp (Alt 3900m)

 Accommodation:      Barranco Camp

Day 5: Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we start climbing Barranco wall walk. When we reach to the top of the wall the two view of the summit is astonishing. After lunch we walk to Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight. Total 6-7 hours walking. Barafu Camp (Alt 4600m)

 Accommodation:      Barafu Camp

 Day 6: Barafu Camp –Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

After dinner we take a short rest then around 01:00pm we wake up and start climbing to the summits (Alt 5,895m), about 7 hours. Early in the morning we reach at Uhuru Peak where will take photos. On our way back we enjoy the fantastic views of the glaciers. Optional walk to reach the glaciers. Short rest and thereafter descend to our camp (about 2-3 hours) where we can rest and have our lunch. After lunch we descend to Mweka Camp (about 3 – 4 hours). Mweka Camp (Alt 3000m)

 Accommodation:       Mweka Camp

 Day 7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi Town

After breakfast we have final descend to Mweka Gate where you will get award of certificate of congratulation. It will take you 4 to 6 hours to walk to the Mweka gate and walking distance is 8.5km. This is another beautiful walk through the jungle. Transfer to your hotel in Moshi town. Overnight at Sal Salinero Hotel or Similar

 Accommodation:       Sal Salinero or Similar

 Day 8: Moshi Town – JRO Airport

After breakfast at you hotel today we shall have a short walk around Moshi town then transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or Zanzibar.

 End of tour!

 

Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition.

Prices for Rongai Route

Number of Pax

1Pax

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6+Pax

Price in $$ Per person sharing

$2261

$1899

$1869

$1829

$1790

$1752

 

Inclusive

v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees

Exclusive

v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

 

7/8 Days Rongai Route

Steppe Dogs Adventures leads treks up the unique Rongai Route known to be more scenic than the Marangu Route, easier than the Machame Route, and the success rate on the Rongai is very high. Unlike the Marangu Route where you sleep in huts, on the Rongai you sleep in tents (tents are included), and the porters will pitch your tent for you. Meals are served in a dinner tent or on a blanket outside. The Rongai starts on the north side of the mountain just south of the Kenyan border, and is one of the least traveled routes. The Rongai joins the Marangu for the summit climb, then you descend the Marangu Route on the mountain's southeast side, so you see Kilimanjaro from many viewpoints. There are two versions of this trek - a direct 6-day itinerary, and a 7-day itinerary that takes a longer route.

Day 1: JRO Airport – Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet by our knowledgeable driver guide, after greetings and double check your bags will transfer you to Moshi town (35 minutes’ drive). Briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipments. Anything missing can be rented for you.

 Accommodation:    Sal Salinero hotel or Similar

 Day 2: Moshi town –Rongai gate (Nalemoru gate) – Sekimba Camp (First Cave Camp

Nalemoru Gate (2.000m) - Sekimba Camp (2.700m)

Pick up from the hotel in Moshi Town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and drive to Marangu Gate to get your permit. Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. We continue to Nalemoru Gate, where we start the trekking in Bale Moru Village. The small path crosses maize fields before entering pine forest. The climb starts gently through the forest. The trail is a rather gentle and beautiful. The main thing is to watch out for is elephants and cats covering portions of the trail. Other animals to be seen are buffaloes and monkeys. We have lunch on our way and a hot dinner is served in the camp. Hiking time is 4 hours and distance is approximately 6.7km.

Accommodation:       Sekimba Camp

Day 3: Sekimba Camp – Kikelelwa Camp

Sekimba Camp (2.700m) - Kikelelwa Camp (3.650m)

The morning walk is a steady ascent up to the 'Second Cave' (3.450m) with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields on the Crater rim. After lunch, leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. The views start to open up and you begin to feel you're on a really big mountain! We continue to walk to our campsite, in a sheltered valley with giant Seneciois near Kikelelwa Cave. Hiking time is 6 - 7 hours and distance is approximately 11.8km.

Accommodation:    Kikelelwa Camp

 Day 4: Kikelelwa Camp - Mawenzi Tarn Hut

Kikelelwa Camp (3.650m) - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4.300m)

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes in rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. Leave the vegetation behind shortly before reach the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4.300m / 14,100ft), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or to explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. From here you have a good view of Hans Meyer Peak (Mawenzi Peak) 5.149m / 16,900ft. Hiking time is 3 hours and distance is approximately 3.7km

Accommodation:    Mawenzi Tarn Camp

 Day 5: Mawenzi Tarn Hut – Kibo Hut

Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4.300m) - Kibo Hut (4.700m)

Another beautiful day with different sceneries. We continue to ascend on the east side of Kibo. We cross the lunar desert of the 'Saddle' between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (4.700m / 15,400ft) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. We enjoy the spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent at midnight. Hiking time is 5 hours and distance is approximately 9km

Accommodation:    Kibo Hut

 Day 6: Kibo Hut - Uhuru Peak - Horombo Hut

Kibo Hut (4.700m) - Uhuru Peak (5.895m) - Horombo Hut (3.700m)

Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Gillman's Point (5.700m / 18,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Mawenzi in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5.895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Kibo Hut. We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend the Marangu Route to Horombo Camp (about 3 to 4 hours). Exhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep. Hiking time to the Uhuru Peak is 7- 8 hours and descending to Horombo hut is 6 – 8 hours and distance is approximately 5.4km ascent and 15km descend

Accommodation:    Horombo Hut

 Day 7: Horombo hut – Marangu Gate – Moshi/Arusha town

Horombo Hut (3.700m) - Marangu Gate (1.850m)

After a good night's sleep we start our final descend to Marangu Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Marangu Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our guides, cook and porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed. Hiking time is 6 hours and distance is approximately 19.7km

Accommodation:      Sal Salinero or Similar

 Day 8: Moshi town/Arusha town – JRO Airport

After short relaxation at your hotel or a walk around town take a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or proceed with the second part of your holiday in Tanzania.

End of Tour

 

Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition.

Price for Umbwe Route

Number of Pax

1Pax

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6+Pax

Price in $$ Per person sharing

$2166

$1852

$1806

$1770

$1734

$1705

 

Inclusive

v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees

Exclusive

v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication. 

7/8 Days Umbwe route

The Umbwe Route is the most direct (and for that reason also the hardest) route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, through the Southern Glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Western Breach of Kibo.
The route is so hard because there is little time for acclimatization and to get used to the high altitude.
The route is off the beaten track and not very often used.

Umbwe route is known for its beautiful scenery and view of the landscape. Porters will carry all your personal items, equipment and supplies and a cook prepares your meals. During the route we use tents.

For the 7-day route, add an additional acclimatization day at Umbwe Cave Camp on the itinerary below (an extra day between day 2 and day 3). On the extra day you can make a scenic walk through beautiful scenery.

The extra day helps to get used to the high altitude.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport - Moshi Town

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, meet and greet by your guide, then make a short transfer to Moshi Town (35 minute drive) to the hotel for an overnight. Briefing about the Kilimanjaro climb by your guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your equipment. Anything missing can be rented the next day.

Accommodation:    Sal Salnero Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Moshi Town - Umbwe Gate - Umbwe Cave Camp

Umbwe Gate (1.600m) - Umbwe Cave Camp (2.900m)

 Pick up from the hotel in Moshi, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and go to Umbwe Gate (1.600m / 5,300ft). Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. Start hiking from Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Cave Camp. Today we walk through a mystic jungle, home to black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey and many exotic bird species. On our way we have our lunch and on arrival in the camp a hot dinner is waiting for you.

Accommodation:   Umbwe Cave Camp

 Day 3: Umbwe Cave Camp – Barranco Camp

Umbwe Cave Camp (2.900m) - Barranco Camp (3.900m)

 After a beautiful sunrise we have a good breakfast. We start climbing from Umbwe Cave Camp to Barranco Camp. We leave the mystic jungle and the trees give way to strange big plants, Giant Erica and Giant Heather. After a while we can see the misty forest in a distance and every now and then we get a glimpse of Uhuru Peak. After a good lunch we walk into the moorland zone, with interesting vegetation with giant groundsels and giant lobelias, up to 5 meters high.

Accommodation:   Barranco Camp

Day 4: Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp

Barranco Camp (3.900m) - Karanga Camp (3.900m) 

Another beautiful day with stunning panoramas. We start the day with a steep climb of the Barranco Wall. An exhausting experience, but a fantastic reward when we are on top of Barranco Wall, a magnificent view of Uhuru Peak. We now enter the Alpine Dessert Zone. We stop in Karanga Valley, with fantastic views of the glaciers and Mawenzi Peak (the second peak of Kilimanjaro). It is possible to walk around to see more beautiful panoramas in the afternoon.

Accommodation:   Karanga Camp

Day 5: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Karanga Camp (3.900m) - Barafu Camp (4.600m) 

After a good breakfast we start walking uphill again. The temperature grows colder and the landscape is sparser as we reach Barafu Camp. This is the base camp we use for our summit attempt. From this camp we can see both Uhuru Peak and Mawenzi Peak. Very good dinner, before you will have a rest to be ready for the summit attempt.

Accommodation:    Barafu Camp

Day 6: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp

Barafu Camp (4.600m) - Uhuru Peak (5.895m) - Mweka Camp (3.100m)

Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Stella Point (5.700m / 18,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Uhuru Peak in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5.895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Barafu Camp (2 to 3 hours walk). We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend the southern slopes of the Mweka route, to Mweka Camp (about 3 to 4 hours). Exhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep.

Accommodation:    Mweka Camp

Day 7: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi Town

Mweka Camp (3.100m) - Mweka Gate (1.640m)

 After a good night sleep we start our final descend to Mweka Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Mweka Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our guides, cook and porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed.

Accommodation:    Sal Salnero Hotel or Similar

Day 8: Moshi town/Arusha town – JRO Airport

After short relaxation at your hotel or a walk around town take a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or proceed with the second part of your holiday in Tanzania.

 End of tour!

 

Mount Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition.

Price for Lemosho Route

Number of Pax

1Pax

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6+Pax

Price in $$ Per person sharing

$2591

$2179

$2140

$2095

$2050

$2007


Inclusive

v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees

Exclusive

v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

8/9 Days Lemosho Route

This long, little-used route parallels the lower part of the Shira Route. Steppe Dogs Adventures Ltd leads treks up the Lemosho Route. The Lemosho Route is an unspoiled, remote, little-used, and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. Above the plateau, you approach Kilimanjaro's great western Breach, then follow the south circuit to reach the easier Barafu Route. This is one of the few routes where an armed ranger accompanies our groups, since there are still animals in the forest around the Lemosho Glades.

There is a stunning view into the Ash Pit, and this itinerary crosses the Shira Plateau. It takes in the glades on the Lemosho Route as well as the drive to high altitude on the first day which takes us through magnificent scenery with views of the Great Rift Valley, Mt Meru and Longido. 

Day 1: JRO Airport – Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet by our knowledgeable driver guide, after greetings and double check your bags will transfer you to Moshi town (35 minutes’ drive). Briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipments. Anything missing can be rented for you.

 Accommodation:            Sal Salinero hotel or Similar 

Day 2: Moshi town – Londorosi Park Gate – Big Tree Camp

Lemosho Glades Starting Point (2.100m) – Big Tree Camp (2.800m)

Pick up from the hotel in Moshi Town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and go to Londorossi Park Gate to get our permit. Afterwards we drive to Lemosho Glades Starting Point (2.100m / 6,900ft). Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. Start hiking Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp. Today we walk through a mystic jungle, home to elephants, buffaloes, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey and many exotic bird species. On our way we have our lunch and on arrival in the camp a hot dinner is waiting for you.

Accommodation:               Big Tree Camp 

Day 3: Big Tree Camp – Shira Camp I

Big Tree Camp (2.800m) – Shira 1 Camp (3.500m)

Early breakfast. Afterwards we climb for about one hour to the top of the forest. Looking back we see the misty forest behind us. The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. It offers beautiful views of Mount Meru to the West. We continue our walk until we reach Shira 1 Camp.

Accommodation:         Shira Camp I

 Day 4: Shira Camp I – Shira Camp II

Shira 1 Camp (3.500m) - Shira 2 Camp (3.800m)

After a good breakfast we start walking to Shira 2 Camp. We walk through beautiful scenery with strange plants. We cross several small streams before we have a gentle walk across the plateau which leads to Shira 2-camp (3.800m). From the camp you can see the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers.

Accommodation:         Shira Camp II 

Day 5: Shira Camp II – Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

Shira Camp 2 (3.800m) - Lava Tower (4.600m) - Barranco Camp (3.900m)

Another beautiful day with different sceneries. We start walking in the morning and we enter into the moorland zone, with interesting vegetation with giant groundsels and giant lobelias, up to 5 meters high. We climb up to Lava Tower (4.600m 15,100ft), a huge rock standing up right. We have a hot lunch on this beautiful point. After lunch we descend to our camp for dinner and overnight. This day will help you to get used to the high altitude, to increase our chances of reaching the summit.

Accommodation:          Barranco Camp 

Day 6: Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp

Barranco Camp (3.950m) - Barafu Camp (4.550m)

Another beautiful day with stunning panoramas. We start the day with a steep climb of the Barranco Wall. An exhausting experience, but a fantastic reward when we are on top of Barranco Wall, a magnificent view of Uhuru Peak. We now enter the Alpine Dessert Zone. After lunch we walk to Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight. On our way we are rewarded with fantastic views of the glaciers and Mawenzi Peak (the second peak of Kilimanjaro).

Accommodation:         Barafu Camp 

Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

Barafu camp (4.550m) - Uhuru Peak (5.895m) - Mweka Camp (3.100m)

Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Stella Point (5.700m / 8,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Uhuru Peak in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5.895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Barafu Camp. (2 to 3 hours walk). We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend the southern slopes of the Mweka route, to Mweka Camp (about 3-4 hours). Exhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep.

Accommodation:        Mweka Camp

 Day 8: Mweka hut – Mweka gate – Moshi/Arusha town

Mweka Camp (3.100m) - Mweka Gate (1.980m)

After a good night sleep we start our final descend to Mweka Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Mweka Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our guides, cook and porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed.

Accommodation:      Sal Salinero or Similar

 Day 9: Moshi town/Arusha town – JRO Airport

After short relaxation at your hotel or a walk around town take a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or proceed with the second part of your holiday in Tanzania.

 

End of tour!

 

Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition.

Prices for Shira Route

Number of Pax

1Pax

2Pax

3Pax

4Pax

5Pax

6+Pax

Price in $$ Per person sharing

$2880

$2437

$2383

$2333

$2284

$2241

 

Inclusive

v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees

Exclusive

v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

8/9 Days Shira route

Shira Plateau Route is a little used, unspoiled, remote and a beautiful way up to Shira Plateau.
On the first day you will drive by car and only need to walk the last part to Simba Camp.

This route can only be used in the dry season. For this route, you don't need any mountain climbing skills, but you must be fit. Porters will carry all your personal items, equipment and supplies and a cook prepares your meals.

As a tent experience, the Shira Route is better cited to more adventurous hikers who are rewarded with fantastic scenic wonders and great panoramas. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall. A photographer's delight!

An added benefit to this camping route is the most valuable commodity on the mountain acclimatization.

For the 8-day route, add an additional acclimatisation day at Shira 2 Camp on the itinerary below (an extra day between day 3 and day 4). On the extra day you can make a scenic walk to the Shira Cone (rises 200m above the plateau) and Shira Cathedral.  The extra day helps to get used to the high altitude.

From this route you climb Mount Kilimanjaro from the West side. This will give you totally different views of the Great Rift Valley and Mount Meru.

Day 1: JRO Airport – Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet by our knowledgeable driver guide, after greetings and double check your bags will transfer you to Moshi town (35 minutes’ drive). Briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipments. Anything missing can be rented for you.

 Accommodation:     Sal Salinero hotel or Similar

 Day 2: Moshi Town-Londorosi Gate - Simba Camp

Londorossi Gate (2.250m) - Simba Camp (3.600m)

Pick up from the hotel in Moshi Town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and go to Londorossi Park Gate (2.250m / 7,300ft). We drive along Boma Ngombe to Sanya Juu and up to Londorossi Gate. Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. We drive in the direction of Simba Camp. The last part is for walking. The path leads through a misty jungle, home to elephants, buffaloes, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey and many exotic bird species. We reach the top of the forest and the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. We walk through Morum Barrier Gate to Simba Camp. The trail goes up to Shira Plateau, a very scenic area, offering great views of Mount Meru. On our way we have our lunch and on arrival in the camp a hot dinner is waiting for you.

Accommodation:      Simba Campsite

 Day 3: Simba Camp - Shira Camp 2

Simba Camp (3.600m) - Shira 2 Camp (3.800m)

After a good breakfast we start our walk to Shira 2 Camp. We cross several small streams before we have a gentle walk across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 Camp (3.840m). From the camp you can see the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers.

Accommodation:      Shira Camp 2

 Day 4: Shira Camp 2 – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

Shira 2 Camp (3.800m) - Lava Tower (4.600m) - Barranco Camp (3.900m)

Another beautiful day with different sceneries. We start walking in the morning and we enter into the moorland zone, with interesting vegetation with giant groundsels and giant lobelias, up to 5 meters high. We climb up to Lava Tower (4.600m / 15,100ft), a huge rock standing up right. We have a hot lunch on this beautiful point. After lunch we descend to our camp for dinner and overnight. This day will help you to get used to the high altitude, to increase our chances of reaching the summit.

Accommodation:     Barranco Camp

 Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

Barranco Camp (3.900m) - Karanga Camp (3.900m)

Another beautiful day with stunning panoramas. We start the day with a steep climb of the Barranco Wall. An exhausting experience, but a fantastic reward when we are on top of Barranco Wall, a magnificent view of Uhuru Peak. We now enter the Alpine Dessert Zone. We stop in Karanga Valley, with fantastic views of the glaciers and Mawenzi Peak (the second peak of Kilimanjaro). It is possible to walk around to see more beautiful panoramas in the afternoon.

Accommodation:    Karanga Camp

Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Karanga Camp (3.900m) - Barafu Camp (4.600m)

After a good breakfast we start walking uphill again. The temperature grows colder and the landscape is sparser as we reach Barafu Camp. This is the base camp we use for our summit attempt. From this camp we can see both Uhuru Peak and Mawenzi Peak. Very good dinner, before you will have a rest to be ready for the summit attempt.

Accommodation:   Karanga Camp

 Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka camp

Barafu Camp (4.550m) - Uhuru Peak (5.895m) - Mweka Camp (3.100m)

Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Stella Point (5.700m / 18,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Uhuru Peak in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5.895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Barafu Camp (2 to 3 hours walk). We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend the southern slopes of the Mweka route, to Mweka Camp (about 3 to 4 hours). E xhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep.

Accommodation:     Mweka Camp

 Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate

Mweka Camp (3.100m) - Mweka Gate (1.980m)

After a good night's sleep we start our final descend to Mweka Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Mweka Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our guides, cook and porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed.

Accommodation:    Sal salnero hotel or Similar

 Day 9: Moshi town/Arusha town – JRO Airport

After short relaxation at your hotel or a walk around town take a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or proceed with the second part of your holiday in Tanzania.

 End of tour!

 

 

 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro Sickness & Medications

What is Altitude Sickness? Altitude sickness is a collection of nonspecific symptoms acquired at high altitude. It covers a spectrum of illnesses from acute mountain sickness that resembles a bad case of the “flu” or a “hangover,” swelling of the brain (high altitude cerebral edema) or accumulation of fluid in the lungs (high altitude pulmonary edema). It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude sickness, as there are no specific factors that correlate with a person’s susceptibility to altitude illness. However, the rate of ascent, altitude attained and degree of physical activity are all contributing factors to the onset and severity of the illness.

What causes the symptoms of altitude sickness? Symptoms associated with altitude sickness result from the body's inability to adjust to lower levels of oxygen in the blood. It is the pathological effect of high altitude (commonly above 2,400 m or 8,000 ft) on humans caused by exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The percentage of oxygen in air remains at altitude, but the density or number of oxygen molecules in each breath decreases as altitude increases. At 3,650 m (12,000 ft) there are roughly 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath.

Acclimatization  The main cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast. Over time your body will adapt to the lower oxygen levels at a specific altitude. This adaptation is called acclimatization and generally takes one to three days at any given altitude. In order to increase oxygen levels in the blood, your body responds by increased the frequency and depth of your breathing.  It is possible to prevent altitude sickness by ascending slowly and allowing your body to adjust as you go. Watching for early signs and symptoms of high altitude illness and responding quickly by descending to a lower altitude can usually avoid serious complications of high altitude disease.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) – Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes and occurs in over 50% of individuals who live at a low altitude and sleep at altitudes about 3,000 m (10,000 ft). The severity of AMS is variable. Symptoms usually begin within 6 to 12 hours of arrival at altitudes above 2,400 m (8,000 ft) but may begin as soon as one hour or as long as 24 hours after arriving. Symptoms generally begin to decrease in severity by the third day.

AMS symptoms – The symptoms of AMS are similar to a hangover and include: headache, fatigue, lightheadedness, lack of appetite, difficulty sleeping (because of waking frequently from Cheyne-Stokes breathing), nausea with occasional vomiting and decreased co-ordination. Symptoms may be mild or severe and are often the worst after the first night at altitude and improve within a day if you do not ascend to a higher altitude. However, symptoms may return as you travel higher.

As long as symptoms are mild, climbers can usually continue to climb at a moderate rate. As symptoms become more severe, you should NOT climb higher until your symptoms have resolved (usually within 24 hours) and you should consider descent to reverse the symptoms. Even a descent of 300 m (1,000 ft) will significantly improve symptoms. You should rest and avoid drinking alcohol and taking sedatives or sleeping pills as you recover. This may mean that you, as well as your fellow climbers, will be delayed or unable to climb as high or as far as you had hoped. However, climbing higher while you have symptoms of AMS can lead to serious complications. All symptoms of AMS should be communicated to the head guide who will make a decision about whether or not to evacuate the climber suffering from AMS.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) – HACE is a life-threatening illness and is a severe form of AMS. It is caused by leaky blood vessels in the brain leading to swelling of brain tissue. HACE usually occurs within a few days after climbing above 3,000 to 3,500 m (9,800 to 11,500 ft). Symptoms may include: headache; exhaustion with severe weakness, drowsiness, loss of co-ordination and difficulty walking in a straight line Severe illness can lead to death if not treated quickly and immediate descent is a necessary life-saving measure. Follow-up care must be sought at a medical facility.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) – HAPE is a potentially fatal condition in which lung capillaries leak and fluid accumulates in the lungs preventing effective oxygen exchange. Symptoms may include: cough shortness of breath even at rest, fatigue, grunting or gurgling sounds when breathing, persistent cough with white or pink-tinged frothy fluid, feeling of impending suffocation or drowning, confusion and irrational behavior. In cases of HAPE, immediate descent is necessary. Patients should be evacuated to a medical facility for follow-up treatment.

Preventing Altitude Sickness – Ascending slowly to achieve proper acclimatization is the best way to avoid AMS. Another method is to consider taking a preventative medicine (see below) prescribed by a physician familiar with high-altitude medicine. We always advise our climbers to go “pole pole” (slow) and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Urine should be clear in color. Ideally you want to climb high during the day and sleep at lower elevations. Don't over-exert yourself at altitude. Light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep that can further worsen symptoms. Also avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including barbiturates, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills because they also decrease respiration leading to an exacerbation of symptoms. If you drink caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soda) regularly, do not stop drinking it before or during your trip. Caffeine is safe at high altitudes and stopping it suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms similar to AMS. It is important to tell your guide if you begin to show symptoms of AMS so he can determine the best course of action.


Preventive Medications

Diamox (Acetazolamide) – Diamox is a drug that allows you to breathe faster so you metabolize more oxygen and minimize or prevent symptoms of AMS. It is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you go to altitude in order for it to have an effect and continue for at least five days or until you reach the highest point of your trip. It can temporarily cause carbonated drinks to taste unpleasant. Other possible side effects include: tingling of the lips, hands or feet, nausea or blurred vision. Diamox is a sulfa medicine and people with sulfa allergies should not take it. It is also not recommended in pregnancy. Contact your physician for a prescription.

 

Dexamethasone – Dexamethasone is a steroid that may be recommended as a preventive treatment if you are allergic to Diamox. Euphoria and mental disorientation are complications feared by some, yet a number of studies have failed to demonstrate these symptoms. However, dexamethasone should not be taken for more than seven days in order to avoid side effect due to ‘long-term’ steroid use such as high glucose blood levels, high levels of calcium in the urine, protein catabolism, immune suppression and psychiatric effects. Contact your physician for further information.

 

Ibuprofen and Aspirin – A number of over the counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and aspirin can help prevent the headache that occurs with AMS. If you plan a rapid ascent, you can start taking the medication before your ascent. Otherwise you should only take it if you develop a headache.

Ginkgo biloba – Ginkgo biloba is a complex herbal extract preparation with many active ingredients. While some small studies suggest that ginkgo biloba is effective at reducing the symptoms of AMS in adults, larger trials have failed to demonstrate benefit.

 

SOME EQUIPMENT WHICH CAN BE HIRED IN TANZANIA

Steppe Dogs Adventures Ltd features an equipment collection unmatched on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our very comprehensive stock list leaves nothing that you could possibly need. So, if you're on your way to trek or enjoy a safari, don't worry about your gear. All of our equipment is of the top quality and well maintained.

Thermal Underwear

$10per trip

Thermal Tops

$10 per trip

Thermal T-Shirt

$5 per trip

Fleece

$10 per trip

Fleece Jacket (Thick)

$10per trip

Fleece Trousers

$10per trip

Down Jackets

$25per trip

Waterproof Trousers (Windbreak)

$15per trip

Summit Pants (Ski Pants)

$25per trip

Waterproof Jacket

$15 per trip

Gaiters

$10per trip

Gloves

$10per trip

Glove Liners

$5per trip

Scarf

$5per trip

Warm Hat

$5per trip

Walking Poles (pair)

$10per trip

Sleeping Bag

$25 per trip

Sleeping Bag Liner

$10per trip

Head Torch

$10 per trip

Water Bottle

$10 per trip

Walking Boots

$25per trip

Socks

$3per trip

Sunglasses

$10 per trip

Day Pack

$25 per trip

Rucksack

$50 per trip

Sleeping Mat

$7 per trip

Thermal Rest Mat

$20 per trip

Pillow

$5 per trip

Camping Bed

$30 per trip

Balaclava

$10 per trip

Poncho

$15 per trip

Sun hat

$5 per trip

Walking T-Shirt

$10 per trip

Walking Trousers

$10 per trip

Duffel Bag (waterproof)

$25per trip

Plastic Bin Liners

$1to buy

Rucksack Cover

$10 per trip

Bandana

$2 per trip

Oxygen

$10per day

Ox meter

$25per trip

Chair

$10per trip

Table

$15per trip

Tent

$7per day

Mess Tent

$10per day

Camelback Water Bag

$15 per trip

Day Pack Cover

$10 per trip

Water Pump

$20per trip

Binoculars

$20per trip

Neck Warmer

$5per trip

 

 

Pre- departure Information:

Accommodation

For our accommodated climbing packages, we make use of permanent huts in Marangu route and the rest of routes we make use of camping facilities. At Moshi town we make us of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation with en-suite facilities.

 Spending money/tipping:

Clients are advised to bring enough money to cover the purchase of curios, tips for the guide and additional entertainment. US Dollars and Tanzanian Shilling are the most practical and convenient currencies.

 It is customary for satisfied climbers to tip guides and porters. Amounts given are entirely within the guest's discretion. As a general guideline however, guests are advised to budget from $80-$150 each for this, dependent upon duration of climb and crew size. 

Meals:

All meals are prepared by the local cook and all supplies and cooking equipment are carried by the porters. Breakfast and dinner are hot meals prepared at the various camps while lunch is enjoyed en-route.

Due to the extreme difficulties in logistics variations and options will be limited and we will need advance notice of any special dietary requirements.

 First Aid:

Our guides are trained in basic first aid and a mountain rescue fee is included in the cost of the climb. We do however recommend that you bring along a basic medical kit with general consumables and specific prescription medication. Preventative Malaria medication should be taken before the trip and throughout its duration, although it is advisable to consult a doctor prior to departure. Yellow Fever vaccinations compulsory – please contact your Travel Clinic before departure.

 Luggage:

The bulk of your luggage will be carried by a porter. Maximum baggage allowance as stipulated by the mountain authority per porter is 15kg, but Steppe Dogs Adventures recommends a limit of 12 kg per person. Please bring soft-sided luggage (e.g a backpack or soft barrel bag), not a suitcase.

 In addition to your main luggage we recommend that you bring along a small daypack (approx. 25 – 30 lt. capacity, with a waterproof cover). This will be carried by you and need to include personal items, water, snacks, and camera, waterproof and thermal layers.

Insurance:

It is compulsory for all travelers to have insurance covering their personal requirements, medical expenses and personal possessions. This is to be arranged before leaving your home country. Steppe Dogs Adventures Tanzania has comprehensive public liability insurance.

 Visas:

The onus is on the client to organize all visas required for a visit to Tanzania prior to departure.

 What Gear you are required to bring!

You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb.

Technical Clothing

1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood

1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down

1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell

2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric

1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric

1 – Waterproof pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)

2 – Hiking pants

1 – Fleece Pants

1 – Shorts (Optional)

1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)

3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)

2 – Sport Bra (women)

Headwear

1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection

1 – Knit Hat, for warmth

1 – Balaclava, for face coverage (Optional)

1 – Bandana (Optional)

 

Handwear

1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)

1 – Gloves, thin

Footwear

1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in

1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (Optional)

3 – Socks, wool or synthetic

3 – Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, and worn under socks to prevent blisters (Optional)

1 – Gaiters, waterproof (Optional)

 

Accessories

1 – Sunglasses or Goggles

1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (Optional)

1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz)

1 – Water Bottle (Camelbak type, 3 liters)

1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (Optional)

1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)

Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Equipment

1 – Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons

1 – Trekking Poles, collapsible (highly recommended)

1 – Head lamp, with extra batteries

1 – Duffel bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment

1 – Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear

*May be rented on location

 

Other

Toiletries
Prescriptions
Sunscreen

Lip Balm

Insect Repellent, containing DEET

First Aid Kit

Hand Sanitizer

Toilet paper

Wet Wipes (recommended)

Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (Optional)

Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)

Camera, with extra batteries (Optional)

 

Paperwork

Trip receipt

Passport

Visa (Available at JRO

Immunization papers

Insurance documents

The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear.

Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary. If you rent a sleeping bag from us, note that the bag weighs 5 lbs 6 oz. and this weight does count against the 33 lb limit.

Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure.

If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter. It is rare to require an extra porter and should happen only in special cases, such as for carrying extensive photography equipment. You are expected to bring everything you need, though we do rent warm sleeping bags and trekking poles on location. All extra luggage, items you will not use on your climb, such safari clothing, gear and equipment, can also be safely stored at the hotel.

Plastic, recyclable water bottles are not allowed in the park, due to past problems with litter. So water should be carried in Nalgene bottles, water bladders, or similar devices. You should be able to carry 3-4 liters of water with you at all times. Please do not bring alcohol. It is illegal to have alcohol in the park. Our staff will not carry it for you. Besides, drinking and high altitude do not mix well.

Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. You should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that you should not replace.

Steppe Dogs Adventures recommends that you wear one complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. In your carry-on baggage, you should bring your backpack, waterproof jacket and pants, insulated jacket, fleece pants, snacks, toiletries, medications, camera and all paperwork. Airline regulations do not allow you to carry trekking poles on the plane. Make sure you do wear/carry your hiking boots; wearing a different pair of boots on your climb will likely cause blistering.

If your baggage is lost or delayed, please notify us immediately upon your arrival so we can assist you in assembling the necessary gear. We will take you to local, independently owned rental gear shops in Moshi. Note that these shops generally carry second-hand items that may not be up to Western standards. Steppe Dogs Adventures cannot guarantee the fit, quality or functionality of items found in local shops. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to carry on the most important pieces of gear as noted above. We will make reasonable attempts to deliver delayed luggage to you on the mountain. All additional expenses that are incurred by us while resolving lost or delayed luggage problems must be reimbursed locally.  

Should I Get a Medical Check Up?

All climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting the mountain. Ask your doctor if high altitude trekking is permissible for your age, fitness level and health condition. Ask if you have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause problems on the climb. Ask if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization. Ask whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines.

If you have any medical issues that can be make climbing Kilimanjaro more dangerous for you than the average person, we need to be informed of this before you book.

Such medical issues include but are not limited to: spine problems; circulation problems; internal problems such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, intestinal or kidney problems; respiratory issues such as asthma; high or low blood pressure; head trauma or injury; heart conditions; blood disease; hearing or vision impairment; cancer; seizure disorders; joint dislocations; sprains; hernia.

The minimum age for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is 10 years old. There is no maximum age. However, the climb is strenuous and presents health risks, especially to people in high risk categories. Serious consideration should be given to anyone under the age of 18 and over the age of 60. The climbers on the extreme ends of the age spectrum should definitely consult their doctor.

Our minimum fitness requirements are that each climber must have a resting heart rate of under 100 beats per minute. We will check your resting heart rate before your climb. If your resting heart rate is above 100, you will be required to see a local doctor prior to the climb to get approval. The average resting heart rate is 60-80 beats per minute.

 What Are the Entry Requirements for Tanzania?

Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport, at least six months prior to expiration. The passport is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point: border station, airport, and harbor. The passport must be presented along with one of the following:

v  A valid visa

v  Resident permit

v  A pass

A visitor must also present an onward or return ticket together with proof that the visitor has sufficient funds to support himself or herself while in Tanzania.

All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived. Exemptions: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, or India. The visa is permission granted to a foreigner who intends to travel to Tanzania on business, for a holiday, to study or conduct research, or for other approved activities. When entering Tanzania, the visitor with a visa may then obtain from the immigration control officer, a pass or any other authority to enter the country.

Visas are issued by the following:

v  The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.

v  Tanzanian representatives abroad: Visas can be obtained at Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions, such as the Tanzanian Embassy of the United States.

v  Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport.

v  Any other gazetted entry point. 

At Kilimanjaro Airport, passengers disembark their flights outside on the tarmac. Upon entering the airport, there is one line for visitors who have their visas and one line for visitors who need to purchase their visas.

To avoid potential loss of passports in the mail or delays in visa processing, Steppe Dogs Adventures recommends that US citizens obtain their visas upon arrival, at Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is an easy and simple process. The cost of a Tanzanian visa for US citizens is $100, payable in US dollars.

Canadian, Australian, British and most European passport holders can also obtain visas upon arrival at the airport. The cost of a Tanzanian visa is $50, payable in US dollars. Confirm with your embassy. 

What Vaccinations, Immunizations and Medications Do I Need?

The following information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Tanzania.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications 

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Transmission of hepatitis A virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or subsequent handling.

Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.

Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug.

v  Meningococcal (meningitis) if you plan to visit countries in this region that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.

Rabies, pre-exposure vaccination, if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain occupational activities.

Typhoid vaccine. Typhoid fever can be contracted through contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water supplies or foods sold by street vendors

Yellow fever, a viral disease that occurs primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America, is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is also present in Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for travelers to endemic areas and may be required to cross certain international borders (For country specific requirements, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country.). Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk. · As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles, and a one-time dose of polio vaccine for adults.

Malaria
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite. Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. All travelers to East Africa, including infants, children, and former residents of East Africa, may be at risk for malaria. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites.

All travelers should take one of the following drugs:

v  atovaquone/proguanil,

v  doxycycline,

v  mefloquine, or

v  primaquine (in special circumstances). 

Yellow Fever

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present.

Food and Waterborne Diseases

Make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food and waterborne diseases are the primary cause of illness in travelers. Travelers' diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are found throughout East Africa and can contaminate food or water. Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella, cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or liver damage (hepatitis).

To stay healthy, do...

v  Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.

v  In developing countries, drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.

v  Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)

v  To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches.

v  Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

v  Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites:

v  Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors.

v  Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide).

v  If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours; sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.

Do not…

v  Do not eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).

v  Do not drink beverages with ice.

v  Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

v  Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.

v  Do not handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.

v  Do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.

v  Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or kept.

 

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.

Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Standard travel insurance provides coverage for:

v  Trip cancellation

v  Trip interruption

v  Missed connection

v  Travel delay

v  Baggage delay and personal items lost

v  Hurricane and weather

v  Employment layoff

v  Pre-existing medical conditions

v  Emergency medical

v  Medical evacuation and repatriation

v  Financial default

v  Terrorism

At a minimum, the insurance should protect you against trip cancellation and trip interruption, should you need to cancel your trip due to circumstances such as training injuries or sickness or emergencies. Ideally, insurance should cover high altitude trekking (not to be confused with "mountaineering" or "mountain climbing" which most insurance will not cover) and all medical and repatriation costs.

For our customers residing in the USA, we recommend that you obtain Travel Guard's Silver, Gold or Platinum plans, which provide coverage for high altitude trekking, trip cancellation, interruption and delay; lost, stolen and damaged baggage; medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation; and luggage delay, for a low cost.

 Climbers are strongly advised to obtain travel insurance immediately after booking their trip. Travel Guard insurance covers trip cancellation due to pre-existing conditions only when insurance is purchased within 15 days of booking. Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance to staff upon request. Clients who fail to obtain travel insurance will not be allowed to climb.

  

 

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