Tanzania – Mt Kilimanjaro

16 Nov 18

Tanzania – Mt Kilimanjaro

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Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) lies just 3° south of the equator. Being the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world, it is well known as "The Roof of Africa". Towering over the surrounding African plains, the mountain has long been Tanzania’s most famous and iconic landmark. The majestic view of Mt Kilimanjaro on the flat African plains on a clear cloudless day, especially during sunrise or sunset, is simply breath taking.

Mt Kilimanjaro is also the fourth highest peak of the Seven Summits and has many interesting aspects. These are some of the more distinct ones :

  • It is a giant stratovocano that began forming a million years ago when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone.The mountain was built by successive lava flows.
  • It is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo (5895m); Mawenzi (5149m); and Shira (3962m). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim.
  • It is one of the few mountains on earth that supports five ecosystems: tropical jungle, savannah, and desert to montane forests, subalpine plants, and the alpine zone.
  • The glaciers on top of the mountain are constantly evolving. They melt and shrink in dry season but regenerate in the wet. However, the glaciers are diminishing and have lost more than 80 percent of their mass since 1912.

About The Climb

There are six main routes leading up the slopes of  Mt Kilimanjaro. Named after the places from where they begin, the routes are: Shira, Lemosho, Machame, Umbwe, Marangu and Rongai. Mweka is used for descending only.

The Marangu route is the shortest and only route with sleeping huts but the least scenic. The huts are basic but have solar lighting. All the rest are camping routes with designated campsites. Shira route is rarely used by trekkers because of the dirt motorway for rescue vehicles. The more popular and scenic routes are the Lemosho and Machame. Because of overcrowding, in particular, during the peak season, some trekkers now choose to approach the summit from the north from Rongai to avoid the crowd.

These are the approach routes:

  • Lemosho and Shira - West.
  • Marangu, Machame and Umbwe -  South
  • Rongai - North

Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit is a relatively new route that runs along the north side of Mt Kilimanjaro and allows almost a complete circumnavigation of Kibo. The more gradual ascend provides for better acclimatization to help the body to cope better in the mountain. This route isn’t incorporated as a standard section like the rest of the routes. It has lower traffic, avoiding the main stream of trekkers. The circuit begins in the remote west, following the Lemosho route up to the Shira Plateau before turning into the north eastern direction around the back of the mountain and onto the circuit itself. The remoteness of part of the circuit allows trekkers to see the more “un-touched” part of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Trekking Seasons

Due to its proximity to the equator, Mt Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. Instead, the temperatures on Mt Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude, time of day and the dry and wet seasons. While it is possible to climb Mt Kilimanjaro at any time of the year, it is best to avoid the raining season from mid March to June and November.

The popular trekking seasons are:

  • December – March (warmest months with the low rainfall)
  • July – October (Cooler months withe the low rainfall)

Experience Required

Good to have above 3500m high altitude trekking experiences. While Mt Kilimanjaro is the least difficult to climb of the Seven Summits and a superb first 5000m peak for those who have not trekked beyond 5000m, the success of ascending to the summit is not a given and requires great effort. For the most part, it takes just putting one foot in front of the other. Although this sounds simple, it requires excellent physical fitness and the ability to endure the extreme cold and rough conditions of the mountains . The biggest challenge and danger of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is the high altitude.

You will be trekking at above 3000m in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for 8 to 10 hours each day for up to 8 days . For summit day, be prepared to trek fo 12 – 15 hours starting  at midnight and in extreme cold temperature of -10°C to -15°C.

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the campsites, after sundown and for the summit, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A  down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.

A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

Available Dates Price Qty*
16-25 Nov 2018 (Lemosho/Beaver Full Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
17-25 Nov 2018 (Machame/Beaver Full Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
16-25 Dec 2018 (Lemosho / Cold Full Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
17-25 Dec 2018 (Machame / Full Cold Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
18-27 Dec 2018 (Lemosho/Christmas) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
19-27 Dec 2018 (Machame/Christmas) $3,150.00 (SGD)  / person  
24 Dec 2018-3 Jan 2019 (Lemosho New Year) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
25 Dec 2018-3 Jan 2019 (L24 Dec 2018-3 Jan 2019 (Machame New Year)New Year) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
14-23 Jan 2019 (Lemosho/Full Wolf Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
15-23 Jan 2019 (Machame/Full Wolf Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
31 Jan-9 Feb 2019 (Northern Circuit) $3,250.00 (SGD)  / person  
13-22 Feb 2019 (Lemosho/Full Snow Moon) $3,150.00 (SGD)  / person  
14-22 Feb 2019 (Machame/Full Snow Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
5-13 Jul 2019 (Rongai) $2,885.00 (SGD)  / person  
14-23 Jul 2019 (Lemosho/Full Buck Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
15-23 Jul 2019 (Machame/Full Buck Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
2-11 Aug 2019 (Northern Circuit) $3,250.00 (SGD)  / person  
9-18 Aug 2019 (Lemosho/Full Sturgeon Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
10-18 Aug 2019 (Machame/Full Sturgeon Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
7-16 Sep 2019 (Lemosho/Full Harvest Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
8-16 Sep 2019 (Machame/Full Harvest Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
18-27 Oct 2019 (Northern Circuit) $3,220.00 (SGD)  / person  
6-15 Nov 2019 (Lemosho/Full Beaver Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
7-15 Nov 2019 (Machame/Full Beaver Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
28 Nov-7 Dec 2019 (Northern Circuit) $3,250.00 (SGD)  / person  
5-14 Dec 2019 (Lemosho/Full Cold Moon) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
6-14 Dec 2019 (Machame/Full Cold Moon) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
18-27 Dec 2019 (Lemosho/Christmas) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
19-27 Dec 2019 (Machame/Christmas) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  
25 Dec 2019-3 Jan 2020 (Lemosho/New Year) $3,130.00 (SGD)  / person  
26 Dec 2019-3 Jan 2020 (Machame/New Year) $2,785.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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  • Dates listed are for open international group
  • You can also form a private group. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

Private Group Package Fee:

Route2-4 people5-9 people10 people and above
10 Days Northern Circuit $3350 per person$3250 per person$3150 per person
10 Days Lemosho $3165 per person$3080 per person$2995 per person
9 Days Machame $2815 per person$2730 per person$2645 per person
9 Days Rongai$2895 per person$2815 per person$2730 per person

The 10D Northern Circuit itinerary is the most scenic and highly recommended by us. This route isn’t incorporated as a standard section like the rest of the routes. It has lower traffic, avoiding the main stream of trekkers. The circuit begins in the remote west, following the Lemosho route up to the Shira Plateau before turning into the north eastern direction around the back of the mountain and onto the circuit itself, providing an almost 360 view of Kibo. The remoteness of the circuit allows trekkers to see the more “un-touched” part of Mt Kilimanjaro. The gradual route and additional day (8D trek) provides for better acclimatization to help the body to cope better in the mountain. The additional day can make a significant difference in lowering the risk of altitude sickness, in particular, for those who have no experience in multi-days high altitude trek to above 5000m.

DayDescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive MoshiD/-/-950m
Day 2-7Transfer to Londorossi Gate (2250m) for registration before transferring to Lemosho Gate (2100m) to start the trek. For the next 6 days, trek towards northwest and through the less visited northern circuit to School Hut (4715m) – one of the two last campsites on the north side of Kilimanjaro before the summit trek. B/ Packed L/DBig Tree - 2800m
Shira Camp 1 - 3570m
Moir Hut - 4100m
Buffalo Camp - 4150m
3rd Cave - 3880m
School Hut - 4715m
Day 8Summit day. Start the trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m) from School Camp at around 12am. Descend to the south side via Barafu Camp (4680m) to Millennium Camp.B/ Packed L/D3820m
Day 9Descend to Mweka Gate (1640m). Transfer to Moshi.B/L/D950m
Day 10Depart MoshiB/-/-

Like the 10D Northern Circuit itinerary, the 10D Lemosho itinerary is also a scenic route that is gradual with an additional day (8D trek) for better acclimatization to help the body to cope better in the mountain. This route is part of the standard route, merging with the Machame route after Shira Camp to head to Barafu Camp. This itinerary is recommended to those who want the additional day of acclimatization but a lower cost option than the Northern Circuit. The additional day can make a significant difference in lowering the risk of altitude sickness, in particular, for those who have no experience in multi-days high altitude trek to above 5000m.

 DescriptionMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Moshi-/-/D950m
Day 2-7Transfer to Londorossi Gate (2250m) for registration before transferring to Lemosho Gate (2100m) to start the trek to Big Tree(2800m). For the next few days, trek south-west on the standard route to Shira Camp, Lave Tower, Barranco and Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is the last campsite on the south side before the summit trek.B/ Packed L/DBig Tree Camp 2780m
Shira 1- 3500m
Shira Camp 2- 3900m
Barranco Camp- 3960m
Karanga Camp- 3963m
Barafu Camp- 4640m
Day 8Summit day. Start the trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m) at around 12am. Descend the same way down to Barafu Camp (4680m) and continue to Millennium Camp.B/ Packed L/D3790m
Day 9Descend to Mweka Gate (1640m). Transfer to Moshi.B/L/D950m
Day 10Depart MoshiB/-/-

The 9D Machame itinerary is also a scenic route that is the most well known, hence, popular and crowded. The start of the route is a steeper ascend, as compared to the Lemosho route. The first campsite (Machame Camp) is at 3010m. The ascend skip 1 camp and gain altitude a lot faster than the 8D itinerary. Because of the faster ascend and more physically demanding itinerary, this itinerary is recommended to only trekkers who have good fitness and endurance level and experience in multi-days high altitude trek.

 DescriptionMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Moshi-/-/D950m
Day 2-6Transfer to Machame Gate (1790m). After registration start the trek to Machame Camp (3010m). For the few days, trek south-west on the standard route to Shira Camp, Lave Tower, Barranco and Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is the last campsite on the south side before the summit trek.B/ Packed L/DMachame Camp- 3010m
Shira Camp 2- 3900m
Barranco Camp- 3960m
Karanga Camp- 3963m
Barafu Camp- 4640m
Day 7Summit day. Start the trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m) at around 12am. Descend the same way down to Barafu Camp (4680m) and continue to Millennium Camp.B/ Packed L/D3790m
Day 8Descend to Mweka Gate (1640m). Transfer to Moshi.B/L/D950m
Day 9Depart MoshiB/-/-

The Rongai route is the only route that ascend from the north. This route is relatively new as compared to the rest of the route. It is known to be tougher but less crowded. The last campsite before the summit is Kibo Hut, not Barafu Camp. The descend route is. The ascend is faster and gain altitude a lot faster than the 8D itinerary. Because of the faster ascend and more physically demanding itinerary, this itinerary is recommended to only trekkers who have good fitness and endurance level and experience in multi-days high altitude trek. It is a good alternative to the 9D Machame route for those who do not mind a tougher route that is not part of the standard route and less crowded.

 DescriptionMealsAltitude At Rest Point
Day 1Arrive Moshi-/-/D950m
Day 2-6Transfer to Nalemoru Gate (1990m) for registration and start trek to Simba Camp (2625m). For the next few days, trek southwards to 2n Cave, Kikelewa Camp, Mawenzi Tarn Hut and Kibo Hut. Kibo Hut is the one of the two last campsites on the north side before the summit trek.B/ Packed L/D2nd Cave- 3480m
Kikelewa Camp- 3630m
Mawenzi Tarn Hut-4310m
Kibo Hut- 4700m

Barranco Camp- 3960m
Karanga Camp- 3963m
Barafu Camp- 4640m
Day 7Summit day. Start the trek to Uhuru Peak (5895m) at around 12am. Descend to Horombo Hut.B/ Packed L/D3700m
Day 8Descend to Marangu Gate (1860m). Transfer to Moshi.B/L/D950m
Day 9Depart MoshiB/-/-

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfer
  • All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Moshi and tents during trek
  • Camping equipment: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, sleeping and dinning tents and dinning table and chairs. Portable chemical toilet (for Northern Circuit only)
  • Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and porters
  • Bottled drinking water on day 1 of trek and filtered drinking water for rest of trek, tea and coffee during meals on trek
  • Permits & fees: Trekking permit and National Park entry fee
  • Climbing certificates
  • Portable oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter and comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Emergency rescue fees (land rescue)
  • Tree donation in support of our local partner's environmental conservation projects

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa Fee
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping (estimated $300-$500 per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 6000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure a high standard of service and safe participation by everyone.

Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Kilimanjaro, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. They are well trained in mountain first aid and rescue and carry a walkie talkie with them during the trek.

Grading: 2C

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.

Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.

Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
  4. Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.

Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.

Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.