The Snows of Kilimanjaro

 A thrilling climb to the highest peak in Africa
Overview

Conquer the mighty Kilimanjaro. Soaring to an impressive height of 5,895m, it's the highest in Africa and the world's highest free-standing mountain! Its striking silhouette and volcanic snow-capped peaks are a breathtaking sight. 

The climb is not technical but the high altitude can be demanding. Taken at a gentle pace and with assistance from our guides and porters, someone of reasonably good fitness should successfully complete the climb. This is not an endurance test but a fascinating and thrilling trek. We take the Machame route which takes seven days to climb and descend the mountain and offers great views throughout. It also allows us to ""walk high and, sleep low"" - the secret to successful acclimatisation. 

Our nights are spent in camp sites, sleeping in thermal tents. Our mountain guides, porters and chefs tend to our needs providing hearty meals and a warm bowl of water to wash with. This may be more adventurous living than you are used to, but it is all part of the wonderful experience and allows you to be at one with the beautiful surrounding nature.

We start slowly and relatively easily for the first two days. We increase our distance by day three and four and the walking terrain becomes steeper.  On day five we complete the final ascent to Uhuru peak on Kibo volcano's crater rim; this will be the longest and most tiring day of the trek. We will be woken at midnight to complete the ascent; we walk in the dark as the ground is frozen and this makes it easier to ascend this steep section. As the sun begins to rise we hope to be rewarded with the spectacular views.

We then begin the steep but picturesque descent to Mweka (3,100m), arriving late afternoon for a well earned rest and overnight. On day seven we make the final descent to Mweka Gate, where we are transferred to our comfortable hotel for a well earned shower and evening celebration.

Please note: This holiday has been graded as D+ /P as we feel much of the walking on this holiday is equivalent to our D+  grade, however the final ascent of Kilimanjaro is considerably above this grade, and comparable to C grade.

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Michael Hatch
Adrian Flatt
Ian Rowat
Barry Trevis
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