Join Kyle and Ian Taylor Trekking for an adventure of a lifetime to the roof of Africa July 14-23!
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Follow your guides and porters as they lead you on a 7 day climb of the highest freestanding mountain in the world via the beautiful Machame route. Climb through beautiful lush Rainforest, past giant Heather, over volcanic formations and up to Uhuru Peak at 19,341ft. Words cannot describe the emotions you will feel as you make those last few steps to the summit. Show yourself what you are made of and celebrate being alive with the magic of Kili.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]
Adventuring to Manyara Park, the Serengeti Plain and the spectacular Ngorogoro Crater you will spend 3 days seeing the true wild that is Africa. As a much deserved reward from your climb on Kilimanjaro you’ll travel in style in an open top safari truck with your guide checking out everything from Giraffes to Lions! You’ll stay at some of the coolest “tent” camps in Africa guarded by true Maasai Warriors! Breakfast, box lunch and dinner are all included during your trip! It’s beyond amazing and a life changing experience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_gallery type="flexslider_fade" interval="3" images="5012,5003,5004,5005,5006,5007,5008,5009,5010,5011" onclick="link_image" custom_links_target="_self" img_size="large"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_gallery type="flexslider_fade" interval="5" images="5001,4992,4989,4998,4995,4991,4994,4997,4996,4999,5000,4993,5002" onclick="link_image" custom_links_target="_self" img_size="large"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]
Photos from Kyle’s trip in 2012
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Pick up from the lodge after breakfast and transfer to Machame gate where we will register before starting the climb. From the park entrance gate (Machame), we will walk for about two to three hours through a dense forest of fig and rubber trees, begonia flowers, and other tropical vegetation. A stop for hot lunch will be made halfway to this evening’s campsite before we continue our ascent, where we will find that the tropical forest has given way to tall grasses and giant heather. As we continue along the ridge, to the left there is the Semira stream, and on the right, the Weru Weru. This initial stage of the climb is tranquil and relatively easy, so depending on the pace of the group, arrival at Machame Camp is usually between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. We always recommend clients to walk at a slow, controlled pace as this will aid in the acclimatisation process. We will sleep tonight at the Machame Camp at 2,980m (9,777 ft).
On this and subsequent mornings, wake-up call is at around 6:00 AM. We will be greeted with a steaming cup of tea or coffee, and weather permitting, by a fabulous view of Uhuru peak! Today’s trek takes us up a steep track through a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock, and bearded heather. Lunch will be taken just below the Shira Plateau, about three to four hours from Shira Camp. The hike to the next campsite takes approximately six hours and you should arrive between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Tonight, we will camp at the Shira Camp located at 3,840m (12,598ft) above sea level.
After breakfast we will start crossing the Bastains stream, where we will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp, along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco. Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River. We will stop for lunch near the highest point yet reached near the Lava Tower at 4,630m (15,190ft). Today’s trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at the Barranco Camp (3,950m/ 12,595ft) is between 4:30PM and 5:30PM.
We have a slightly more leisurely start to today as this is our day to acclimatise. After breakfast we can see the Great Barranco Wall and have a leisurely walk to Karanga camp through the Karanga Valley. We reach the Camp for lunch and have a relaxed afternoon with opportunities for walks or just relaxing. We consider this day vital in giving you the maximum chance acclimatising and completing your end goal of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro. Tonight we sleep at the Karanga Camp at 3,900m (12,795ft).
The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach. The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Lunch will be taken half way and we should arrive into the Barafu Camp at 4,550m (14,928ft) early in the afternoon. We will all go to bed extremely early today as tonight we will leave for our summit attempt.
We will awake at midnight and after a light breakfast, start climbing at around 12:30 AM. It is at this stage that the climb becomes much more difficult and climbers should carry as little as possible on this portion of the climb. Temperatures will range from -4° to 5° Fahrenheit. Making our way up a path that is flanked by the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers, we will climb for about six hours before reaching the edge of the crater, between Stella and Hans Meyer points. Another hour of climbing brings you to the summit. Uhuru stands at 5,895m (19,340 feet) and is the highest point on the continent of Africa. It is now time for the decent back to Barafu Camp after about three hours from the time you left the summit. We will take some time to have a quick rest and some lunch before we pack up all our remaining things and head further down the mountain to Mweka Camp at 3,100m (10,170ft) for the night.
After breakfast then continue to head down to Mweka gate where we sign each of our names and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. We will then return to Moshi, where it is a welcome treat to sleep in a bed, take a hot shower and celebrate!
Your 10 day trip includes a 7 day climb and a 3 day safari. All land costs including transportation, food and hotels are included. Your only responsibilities are for airfare, tips, some beverages and souvenirs.
For more about Ian Taylor Trekking please visit www.iantaylortrekking.com
“We know that safety, quality and value are the most important factors when choosing your adventure, and we promise to provide you with a service that supports you from start to finish. Along with the local staff and families we work with in each country, we will offer you a safe, challenging and enjoyable experience that we know will motivate you to continue on to other treks in the future.” – Ian Taylor Tekking
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