Trek to the Summit of Africa's Highest Peak

Kilimanjaro Private Journey

Tanzania

11 Days

From $6,895

Overview

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    Important Note: Wilderness Travel does not summit Kili from Barafu (15,311'), as most other companies do! The bleak and crowded Barafu campsite is packed tent-to-tent with climbers who begin their 9-hour summit day at midnight, climbing through the dark on a crowded path. Our Northern Circuit Route avoids this by camping at Crater Camp (18,800'), beside the spectacular glaciers at Kili's crater rim, making our summit climb short—just 541 feet!

    SAFARI EXTENSION DISCOUNT

    $500 off per person when you add a Safari Extension to your Kilimanjaro Climb
    Special offers cannot be combined with other discounts

    Overview

    We’ve perfected the climb to the celebrated “snows of Kilimanjaro” on the stunning Northern Circuit Route, a breathtaking trail on Kili’s little-traveled northern flanks, and it makes a fantastic Private Journey to celebrate with family or friends. With seven days on the ascent for maximum altitude acclimatization, your group will have the best chance of peak success—plus just a short climb to the summit to view the sunrise (not the grueling 9-hour climb in the dark required on other routes!). On our route, your group will also have the opportunity to hike right to the rim of Kili’s astonishing inner crater, a surreal moonscape. Our camps have the finest amenities on the mountain, and for extra security we always carry oxygen and a Gamow bag. Our legendary, highly skilled guides and crew bring experience, camaraderie, and fun to your climb. Have it your way—with your own group and your own trip dates!

    Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania

    Depart: Arusha, Tanzania

    Highlights

    • Climb the best route to the summit of Africa's highest mountain!
    • Uncrowded trails, Kili's five ecozones, vital extra days for acclimatization
    • Sunrise on the summit of Africa, camp by the glaciers on Kili's crater rim
    • Led by the most experienced guides on the mountain
    • Best camp amenities for your comfort, safety, and nourishment on the climb
    • We insure and outfit our porters

    Overview

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      Itinerary

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      Two nights at our private camp at 6,500 feet on Mt. Meru in Arusha National Park aid in your acclimatization, with warm-up hikes to look for bushbuck, giraffe, and black-and-white colobus monkey.
      Meeting our porters and trail guides at 7,400 feet, we hike through lush montane forests and keep an eye out for a colorful array of birdlife and evidence of forest elephant. Ascending through the giant heath zone where Kili's ancient lava flows are still visible, we move up to our Shira Ridge Camp (11,450'), with its dramatic view of Kilimanjaro's glaciers that climbers on other routes never see. We continue to Moir Camp at 13,640 feet.
      Traversing to Pofu Camp (13,200'), our panoramas stretch across the West Kilimanjaro and Amboseli National Park plains, home to the well-known elephant population long studied by Cynthia Moss and Joyce Poole. Reaching the lunar-like alpine zone, we ascend from Third Cave (13,000') to School Camp (15,600')—only 3,200 feet below the summit! Higher up at Crater Camp (18,800'), with its extraordinary setting near the Furtwangler Glacier, we can hike right to the rim of Kili's astonishing inner crater, a surreal moonscape. The next day, our two-hour climb from Crater Camp is short, bringing us to Uhuru Peak (19,341'), Kili's true summit and the roof of Africa. We'll be on the summit for sunrise, with magnificent views of the vast African plains before the daytime clouds arrive. A descent along the Mweka Route brings us back to our lodge for a well-deserved hot shower and victory celebration. Depart in the evening of Day 11 via Arusha, or join our post-climb safari or other extensions.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: July to September & December to March. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance


      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and porters
      • Accommodations in mountain camps and private private acclimatization camp
      • All meals
      • All group camping and cooking equipment
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Use of Mountain Hardwear Lamina sleeping bag rated to -30°F and 3-inch Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad
      • Membership in Knight Support First Air Responder
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Mount Meru Seasonal Camp

      Arusha National Park, Tanzania

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Mount Meru Camp, set at nearly 6,500 feet in the ancient montane forest on the slopes of Mount Meru, is a fantastic, off-the-beaten-track hideaway and the perfect jumping off point for our Kilimanjaro climb. Each tent features wood framed beds, an en suite bathroom with a bucket-type shower and flush...

      Camping on the Mountain

      Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

      Days 3-10 (8 nights)

      You may be pleasantly surprised by the comforts of our Kili mountain camps, considering we're on a high altitude expedition! We use sturdy 3-person Mountain Hardwear tents (but just for two people each, to give you more room). Meals are served in a large dining tent. Breakfast is hot cereal, toast,...

      Mount Meru Game Lodge

      Arusha, Tanzania

      Day 11 (Day Room Only)

      Set in tranquil surroundings outside Arusha, Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa River and a wildlife sanctuary that is home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys. It is just 25 minutes from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodge has 17 well-appointed guest rooms. The...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Samia Asindamu

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      Bonaventure Kivuyo

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 6+ (Very Strenuous) according to our trip grading system, our most strenuous rating. There are no alternative hiking options available. Despite the fact that the Kilimanjaro climb doesn't require climbing equipment or technical skills, it is extremely challenging and considered a real physical test. All trip members must be in excellent shape—both physically and mentally!

      Challenge Days

      • Day 9 - 7-9 hours, 2 miles, 2,500 feet ascent/descent
      • Day 10 - 8-10 hours, 8 miles, 500 feet ascent, 9,200 feet descent

      How Tough is This Trip?

      You need to be able to hike on steep, uneven surfaces and over loose scree. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for an average of 8 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 10 miles in a day. There are dangers inherent in any expedition to high altitude—in this case, 19,340 feet, with an overnight at 18,500 feet.

      Trail conditions, weather and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times. Normally, some trip members hike faster than others. Our climbing groups are accompanied by highly experienced Kilimanjaro mountain guides in addition to the Wilderness Travel Trip Leader so that we can divide into smaller groups, each hiking at their own pace and each with its own guide.

      Review Trip Level Details

      You will be hiking through a variety of different terrain along your ascent and descent. From forested areas with low angle dirt trails, into loose lava flows and valleys, all the way up to steep volcanic scree. In general, the trail is a tight footpath, rocky underfoot, winding its way across lava flows and exposed ridges. As you gain elevation, the mountain becomes steeper and the footing becomes looser. Compounded by the high elevation, these last days cover less ground but are the most physically demanding.


      Along this trek, dangers include everything from rock falls to the possibility of a serious fall, accident, or sickness without access to a means of rapid evacuation, adequate medical supplies, or adequate medical attention once provided. Although we carry oxygen and Gamow bags on every climb, it is important that all participants understand that the climb is very challenging. Our Trip Leaders and crew are experienced veterans of the mountain, but it takes cooperation and flexibility from each participant to ensure a successful ascent.

      Every participant must understand that this trek is truly challenging — you should be in excellent physical condition. Even though trip members carry only a daypack (with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities you may need during the day), we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip by hiking, running, swimming, bicycling, or engaging in other forms of aerobic exercise well beyond your normal routine. Many activities get heart and lungs into shape, but the most effective way of getting fit for hiking is to hike! Walking up and down flights of stairs is also an effective way to train. Bending your knees as you go down stairs will help strengthen your quad muscles. At least two months prior to your trek, we urge you to go on weekend day hikes that involve long uphill and downhill walking.

      For this trek, we require your doctor sign the Wilderness Travel Medical Form. Once Wilderness Travel has confirmed your place on the trip roster, no refunds beyond our standard fees will be made if your physician refuses to sign the form. It is very important that you and your physician fully agree that you are physically capable of undertaking a strenuous trek, and equally important that you undertake proper conditioning prior to the trek

      The Trek Leader has the right to disqualify any member from the trip at any time if it is medically necessary, to avoid endangering the group, or if the participant in question is physically unfit for the rigors of the trip. Refunds are not given under such circumstances.

      As in most mountain areas, the weather on Kilimanjaro can and does change abruptly. Usually, Kilimanjaro's summit clouds appear around 10:00 am and then disappear from around 4:30 pm until sundown. The snow line usually begins at 17,000 or 18,000 feet, but a sudden storm may bring it as low as 14,000 feet (the snow line is usually at its lowest after the two rainy seasons). Daytime temperatures range from the 50s to the 70sF at altitudes from 7,500', where we start the climb, to about 12,000'. Above this altitude, daytime temperatures are lower and evening temperatures can drop to 10°F or even lower. 

      Above 16,000', daytime temperatures most often are in the high teens to low 40's, but on the occasional clear calm day, because of the lack of atmosphere to filter the UV, it can feel hot. At this altitude, you should expect nighttime temperatures to be below freezing, and temperatures below zero are not uncommon. At the summit, it is rarely above 45°F during the day. Kilimanjaro is the first high-altitude obstacle facing the moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean, so it receives higher than average rainfall. We don't offer climbs during the rainy months of April and May or November. 

      As with most mountain areas, the weather on Kilimanjaro can change abruptly so you need to be ready for these sudden changes with extra layers of clothing, including waterproof gear, in your day pack at all times. Usually, Kilimanjaro's summit clouds appear in the late morning and then dissipate shortly before sundown.

      On the Kilimanjaro climb, porters carry the group gear and you carry a daypack for your wind/rain jacket, water bottle, and camera (depending on your equipment, this can weigh approximately 10 pounds). The camp crew sets up camp each day and we are served dinner in a dining tent with tables and chairs. We use American-made mountaineering tents rated by the manufacturer as 3-person tents but we use them for only two people, ensuring a fair amount of space for sleeping. Sleeping bags are rated to -30°F and sleeping pads are three inches thick and over two feet wide. Fires are not allowed on the mountain so there are no hot showers available at camps (hot showers are available at all of our safari camps).

      For more information about our accommodations, please reference our “Camping with Wilderness Travel” and “Climb Kilimanjaro Lodging” pages of the detailed itinerary.

      While there are certainly limits as to what can be done in such a setting, our Kili climbs have become renowned for the excellent meals served on the mountain, even at the highest altitudes. We have put a great deal of effort into combining proper nutrition with appealing and varied dishes; WT even launched the first chef training school in Tanzania over twenty years ago to create the highest standard of food quality for our high-altitude climbs.

      Breakfasts typically include tea, coffee, fruit, eggs, bacon, porridge and homemade granola. Picnic lunches set up along the trail midway through the day can include sandwiches, soup, energy bars, nuts, fruit, cheese, crackers, and guacamole. Dinners vary day by day (and with elevation moving to foods that are easier to digest) but include soups with baked bread, an assortment of salads, pasta with garlic bread, spaghetti Bolognese, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, and of course brownies and apple pie with cream!

      We have a separate dining tent with food available upon request at any time, and provide an assortment of snacks for you to take on the trail, including mixed nuts, energy bars, homemade granola, dried fruit and much needed sugary sweets to boost your energy at higher elevations such as chocolate bars.

      Please let us know of any dietary needs and we will accommodate as best as possible.

      From our Kilimanjaro camps, we try to carry out every item of trash that we cannot burn easily. Toilet paper, which is put in a can beside the chemical toilet, is burned by the crew before leaving each camp and some small easily burnable items can be given to them to burn at the same time. For pit stops on the trail, carry toilet paper back to camp in a plastic bag. Please keep your own trash in a trash bag and pack it in your porter duffel for removal from the mountain. Take chemical or toxic trash (such as dead batteries) back to the US with you so they can be disposed of properly.

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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We recommend booking with Delta\/KLM Airlines as it offers the most convenient schedule overall from the US to Arusha (via Amsterdam).<br \/><br \/>There are many online consolidators for booking travel, but for more personal help arranging air transport, you can contact Exito Travel at 1-800-655-4053 in the US or 1-800-670-2605 in Canada. They are very adept at putting flight itineraries together, to even the most far-flung places. More information can be found at <a href=\"https:\/\/exitotravel.com\/\">www.exitotravel.com.<\/a><br \/><br \/>Depending on your routing, it is necessary to depart from the US one or possibly two days prior to Day 1 of the trip itinerary. 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It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. The service of adding pages for visas was discontinued as of January 1, 2016. You can request a new passport through <a href=\"http:\/\/travel.state.gov\/passport\">US Passport Services Office<\/a> or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a>. Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>It is very important to carry photocopies of your passport's photo page and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable) in case your passport is lost or as an additional piece of identification, as well as two extra passport photos.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens need a visa for Tanzania. While visas can be obtained upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, or Dar Es Salaam airports, you should expect a wait of up to 2 hours. No passport photos are necessary, and the visa must be paid for in US dollars only (if arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport) and credit card only (Visa or Mastercard) if arriving at the Dar Airport. The current fee is $100 USD for each applicant for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Note: US bills need to be new, dated 2009 or newer. <br><br>Alternatively, you can purchase a visa through the <a href=\"https:\/\/visa.immigration.go.tz\/\">Tanzanian government<\/a> or through our recommended service <a href=\"http:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/?affId=2120\">Passport Visas Express<\/a> (PVE). You will need the following information to complete your visa application no matter which service you choose.<br><strong><br>Visa Type\/Number of Entries:<\/strong> Multiple<br><strong>Local Host:<\/strong> African Environments<br><strong>Full Name:<\/strong> Elia Amon<br><strong>Mobile No:<\/strong> +255 756 854 246<br><strong>Email:<\/strong> elia@africanenvironments.com<br><strong>Relationship: <\/strong>Tour Operator<br><strong>Physical Address:<\/strong> P. O. 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Please, however, tip your personal tent porter in person.<br><strong><br>Serengeti Safari Extension<\/strong><br>Trip Leader: $75 USD per trip member<br>Assistant Trip Leader: $60 USD per trip member (with groups of 6 or more only)","Custom_Tipping":"","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. We can easily make arrangements for most diets, but please keep in mind that certain cultural differences or logistical limitations can make it difficult or at times impossible to accommodate all requests. With this in mind, please inform us at least eight weeks before your trip if you have a special diet, and any food allergies in particular, so we can do our best to meet your needs.","Custom_Communications":"<strong>Telephone<\/strong><br>The international dialing code for Tanzania is 255. 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This is where strengthening up those quads really pays off. As the time for departure approaches, try to climb a high peak near you. Past trip members have hiked up Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta, or the volcanoes in Hawaii. If you do not have high mountains nearby, then try to increase the length and intensity of your training regime. A backpacking trip can give you an excellent idea of what this trip is like and is great for conditioning and aerobic capacity. Backpacking also gives you experience in organizing and testing your equipment and in proper walking technique. Most importantly, take care of yourself and exercise regularly to improve your aerobic capacity, but do not overexert yourself before departure.","Custom_Medical_Care":"","Custom_Altitude_Considerations":"Individuals vary widely in their ability to acclimatize. Since physical fitness does not confer any protection or facilitate acclimatization, it is impossible to predict how you will adapt to the altitude. 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Please be aware that carrying on with the climb in spite of alarm signals from your body may result in serious illness or even death. Medical conditions that are aggravated or complicated by high altitude include heart diseases, lung diseases, pregnancy, anemia, and sickle cell disease. It is imperative that anyone with these conditions consult his or her physician in detail before joining this climbing expedition. There are several excellent books about altitude sickness and prevention written for hikers and climbers (see the recommended reading list at the end of this booklet). <br><br>Severe progressions of AMS are high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE). Symptoms of HAPE include breathlessness that continues at rest, severe cough with watery or bloody sputum, and noisy, bubbling breath. Symptoms of HACE include extreme weariness, vomiting, severe headache, staggering walk, irrational behavior, drowsiness, and unconsciousness. 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On the last day on the mountain (Day 11 at Mweka Gate) we'll have a victory lunch at the trailhead and then put our donated items on a tarp for the porters (they have a system where one by one they are able to choose an item from the pile). Note for a group of 6-8 climbers there are more than 50 porters! You may also want to bring additional items from home (old hiking boots in good shape, caps with logos, t-shirts, jackets, Camelbak water bladder, gloves, etc). If you bring items to donate that you do not wish to bring on the climb, tell your Trip Leader at the beginning of the trip so that he can arrange to donate items pre-climb. Wilderness Travel cannot ship items to Tanzania after you return home.<br><strong><br>School Donations<\/strong><br>Wilderness Travel sponsors several local schools in Arusha and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, but clients have expressed an interest in making additional donations (e.g money, stationary, pens, books, sports equipment, etc). We believe providing such donations to a school, rather than handing out items to individual children, gives the best advantage to local kids. If you have supplies you would like to donate to a school, please bring them with you and give them to your Trip Leader. Please avoid excessive plastic wrapping, or items that will end up in refuse.","Custom_Enviromental_Concerns":"From our Kilimanjaro camps, we try to carry out every item of trash that we cannot burn easily. Toilet paper, which is put in a can beside the chemical toilet, is burned by the crew before leaving each camp and some small easily burnable items can be given to them to burn at the same time. For pit stops on the trail, carry toilet paper back to camp in a plastic bag. Please keep your own trash in a trash bag and pack it in your porter duffel for removal from the mountain. Take chemical or toxic trash (such as dead batteries) back to the US with you so they can be disposed of properly.","Custom_Shopping_and_Souvenirs":"Shopping for curios and souvenirs in Tanzania can be a varied and sometimes frustrating experience. During our safari extension, we will see many curio shops, with different quality and prices for similar looking items. Due to the pace of our safari, we cannot stop at every shopping opportunity&mdash;or there would be little time for safari. Hotel boutiques are as great a place to shop as any and offer realistic prices, so we recommend purchasing items you like at places we stay. Cultural Heritage, Arusha's largest emporium, carries objects from across Africa and we do schedule a stop there (after the safari). It also offers a wide selection of Tanzanite. There is also a fascinating art gallery next to the Cultural Heritage. There are many beautiful goods for purchase, such as Makonde woodcarvings. If you buy gems, be sure to get a receipt to show customs officials on your departure. Please note that Wilderness Travel is not responsible for any shipping arrangements, including quality or condition of goods received, even if you have enlisted your Trip Leader's assistance in making those arrangements.","Custom_Seasickness":"","Custom_Explore":"","Custom_Additional_Information":"<strong>Renting Gear<\/strong><br>For certain gear that you may only need once, we offer gear rentals from Wilderness Travel. You can see the list of gear available to rent at the end of our Packing List. Please let us know if you would like to rent any equipment or clothing and we will add the charge to your Final Invoice. The majority of our clients decide to rent the sleeping bag and sleeping pad.","Custom_Essentials":"<ul><li><strong>Air tickets (or E tickets)<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>\r\nPassport<\/strong> &mdash; Additionally, we suggest you have a copy of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen&mdash;either a photocopy stored separately, or a picture saved in your phone or in email.<\/li><li><strong>\r\nSecondary Picture ID <\/strong>&mdash; Such as a driver's license.<\/li><li><strong>\r\nTanzania Visa<\/strong> &mdash; Can be purchased on arrival at the Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) or in advance through the Tanzania Consulate or through our recommended service, Passport Visas Express (PVE). Please note that the line to obtain a visa at the Kilimanjaro Airport can be quite long (up to 2 hours), so if you have time to get the visa in advance, you can avoid a long wait upon arrival. Please review the Visa section above.<\/li><li><strong>\r\nYellow Fever Certificate<\/strong> &mdash; Required only if traveling to Zanzibar or Rwanda or from Kenya. Review the Medical section.<\/li><li><strong>\r\nExpense Money<\/strong> &mdash; Bring US dollars for tips (you will have the option to pre-pay tips on your Final Invoice). See tipping section for guidelines. Bring any additional spending money (USD is acceptable) for pre- or post-climb travel and souvenirs, so there will not be a need to exchange money.<\/li><li><strong>\r\nTravel Insurance Documents<\/strong> &mdash; With 24-hour emergency contact telephone number for insurance company. (Paper or digital version)<\/li><li><strong>\r\nWilderness Travel Final Documents<\/strong> &mdash; Don't forget to bring your Final Bulletin that includes helpful information and phone numbers should your flight be delayed.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Luggage":"One mistake climbers commonly make is overpacking for the climb. We remind you that on Kilimanjaro, porters will carry your duffel, and they are limited to 35 lbs. Please try to follow our packing list so the porters are not overloaded. Our Trip Leader will check your gear before the ascent to make sure you have everything you need and are packing efficiently. <br><br><ul><li><strong>Medium (70-110L) Soft-Sided Duffel Bag for the Climb <\/strong> &mdash; Your porter will carry your duffel bag in our waterproof mountain bags. No wheels and no hard frames. Please remember that porters are limited to carrying a maximum of 35 lbs.<\/li><li><strong>Medium to Large (70-140L) Soft-Sided Duffel Bag for the Safari <\/strong> &mdash; You can store your safari bag, or other non-mountain gear, securely in our office in Arusha and then switch bags upon your return from the climb.<\/li><li><strong>Locks for Duffel Bags (2)<\/strong> &mdash; Locks should be TSA-compliant.<\/li><li><strong>Small (30-40L) Daypack<\/strong> &mdash; Your daypack should be large enough for a jacket, raingear, water bottles, camera, snacks, and other items you want on the trail. It should be a shoulder pack with a supporting waist belt.<\/li><li><strong>Waterproof Cover for Daypack<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>Stuff Sacks or Dry Bags <\/strong>&mdash; We recommend bags of various sizes to organize items in your duffel and keep gear dry.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Clothing":"Packing the appropriate gear for your Kilimanjaro trek is integral to a successful climb, and you must have good quality equipment and several layers of clothing. With the various ecological zones of Kilimanjaro, the weather changes dramatically from the first warm days in the montane forest zone to the final frigid days in the glacial zones where nights at camp (particularly Crater Camp) will be at or below freezing with the potential for wind, rain, or snow. Trip members who have little experience with cold-weather camping or who already know that they &#8220;sleep cold&#8221; should bring additional layers for warmth.<strong> <br><br>Clothing: Upper Body<\/strong><div><ul><li><strong>T-Shirts (2-3) <\/strong>&mdash; Synthetic, moisture-wicking. Avoid wearing cotton that will get damp with perspiration and is hard to dry at high altitudes.<\/li><li><strong>Long Underwear Tops (2-3)<\/strong> &mdash; Polypropylene, Capilene, or merino wool. 2 medium-weight, 1 thermal-weight.<\/li><li><strong>Insulation Layers (1-2) <\/strong>&mdash; Fleece jacket, wool sweater, or down\/fleece vest. The Wilderness Travel Patagonia R-1 pullover (available to purchase) is a great option. <em>&ast;A Fleece Sweater is available to rent<\/em><\/li><li><strong>Outer Jacket <\/strong>&mdash; Insulated down or synthetic jacket or parka.<\/li><li><strong>Shell Rain Jacket <\/strong>&mdash; Should be waterproof (Gore-Tex), lightweight, breathable, with hood, and large enough to fit over a fleece or down jacket. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><\/ul><strong><br>Clothing: Lower Body<\/strong><br><ul><li><strong>Underwear (3-6)<\/strong> - Moisture wicking.<\/li><li><strong>Long Underwear Bottoms (2) <\/strong>&mdash;Polypropylene, Capilene, or merino wool. 1 medium-weight, 1 thermal-weight.<\/li><li><strong>Hiking Shorts<\/strong> &mdash; (Optional) Quick-dry. Good for hiking at lower elevations.<\/li><li><strong>Hiking Pants<\/strong> &mdash; Synthetic. Pants with zippers to convert into shorts are a practical choice.<\/li><li><strong>Fleece Pants<\/strong> &mdash; For use in camp, sleeping, and hiking in higher elevations. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><li><strong>Rain Pants<\/strong> &mdash; Should be Gore-Tex, waterproof, and breathable, with leg zippers (so that they can be taken off without removing your boots). <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><\/ul><div><strong><br>Warm Accessories: Head &amp; Hands<\/strong><br><ul><li><strong>Warm Hat <\/strong>&mdash; Fleece or wool. Should cover your ears and fit under a helmet that Wilderness Travel will provide on the day before the summit.<\/li><li><strong>Balaclava or Neck Warmer<\/strong> &mdash; Quick drying and breathable. Recommend merino wool. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><li><strong>Shade Hat <\/strong>&mdash; We recommend a wide brimmed hat for more sun protection.<\/li><li><strong>Lightweight Gloves<\/strong> &mdash; Light, warm, and wind-resistant. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><li><strong>Shell Gloves <\/strong>&mdash; Must be waterproof, insulated, and fit over your lightweight gloves \/ liners. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><\/ul><div><strong><br>Footwear<\/strong><br><ul><li><strong>Hiking Boots <\/strong>&mdash; Medium to heavyweight hiking boots. Waterproof and fully broken in with ankle support. Wear your boots on the plane (in case of delayed baggage).<\/li><li><strong>Traction Cleats <\/strong>&mdash; To aid in stability when walking over ice or snow.<\/li><li><strong>Light to Midweight Sneakers <\/strong>&mdash; For use in the campsites.<\/li><li><strong>Liner Socks (4-5) <\/strong>&mdash; Very thin, wool or polypropylene liner socks. No cotton. To be used as base layer under thicker socks. Liner socks help to prevent blistering and allow you to wear thicker socks for multiple days and keep them fresh.<\/li><li><strong>Midweight Hiking Socks (2)<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>Thick Hiking Socks (2) <\/strong>&mdash; Heavy wool or synthetic.<\/li><li><strong>Trekking Gaiters <\/strong>&mdash; (Required) These prevent snow, small rocks, and mud from entering your boots and keep your feet and lower legs warm. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><\/ul><\/div><\/div><\/div><div><em><strong><br>Additional Equipment &amp; Clothing for Safari Extension<\/strong><br><\/em>On safari, most people wear shorts and a T-shirt during the day and long-sleeved shirts and long pants in the evening. In a few areas we visit, it can get quite chilly at night. If you are sensitive to the cold, bring a warm layer for early morning and late-night game drives, when riding in an open vehicle can feel cold. It is preferable that your daytime clothing be in neutral colors to blend in with the surroundings. White and bright colors tend to scare away the animals. <br><br> Limited overnight laundry service is available at the Mount Meru Game Lodge (Day 11) at an extra charge if you give them the laundry as soon as you arrive, otherwise it may not be done when you depart the next day (note this option is expensive). Laundry service is not available in safari camps. If you do not plan to do laundry at Mount Meru Game Lodge, we recommend that you bring separate clothes for the safari, since your trekking clothes will get quite dirty. <br><br><br><ul><li><strong>Camera with Zoom<\/strong> &mdash; With spare batteries or charger, spare memory cards.<\/li><li><strong>Binoculars<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>Plug Adapter \/ Converter<\/strong> &mdash; Bring Type D (3 Round Pins) and Type G (3 Rectangular Prongs). On safari, the main lounge tent will have outlets to charge camera batteries.<\/li><li><strong>Game Drive Attire<\/strong> &mdash; Shorts, long pants, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, wide brimmed hats, and sunglasses.<\/li><li><strong>City \/ Hotel Attire<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>Lightweight, Waterproof Windbreaker<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>Tevas or Rubber Thongs<\/strong><\/li><\/ul><br><strong><br>Zanzibar Extension<\/strong> &mdash; The climate is tropical; temperatures are warm to hot. For cultural reasons, please dress modestly in Stone Town, the capital. Female travelers in Stone Town should wear clothing that covers shoulders and legs.<\/div>","Custom_Hiking_Boots":"Your boots are probably the most important item you'll take to the mountain, and they must be waterproof, warm, comfortable, and broken in! Please choose them carefully. It is a sensible precaution to wear or hand-carry your hiking boots on the plane. Nearly everything else can be replaced in case of baggage loss, but not a pair of well-fitted, fully broken-in hiking boots. <br><br>For this trip, you need medium- to heavyweight hiking boots designed for on- and off-trail hiking with multi-day hikes in mind. Lightweight boots don't offer the high degree of ankle support and foot protection you need. Full-grain leather is extremely water-resistant and durable and is preferable to split-grain leather or nylon. Remember that full-grain leather boots tend to be stiffer and will need a break-in period. If you are shopping for new boots, ask your store about boots with built-in Gore-Tex type waterproof barriers that enhance water-resistance. If you have old full-grain leather boots, coat them with silicon waterproofing material to increase their water resistance. Waterproofing materials wear off over time and need to be re-applied. Gore-Tex boots are considered waterproof for one year unless the membrane is punctured. <br><br>If you're buying a new pair of boots, make sure a qualified salesperson gives you proper guidance in determining fit. Don't buy any boots that you are not permitted to return after wearing for several hours around the house. Blisters caused by improperly fitted or insufficiently broken-in boots are the most common and painful problem encountered on hiking trips. Before you depart, you should be able to wear your boots for a full, active day with no discomfort. Even boots you have owned for years can sometimes produce blisters when you are doing this amount of hiking. Limber up feet and boots before departure, and bring a blister kit with an ample supply of Second Skin and long-lasting gel-type bandages.","Custom_Equipment":"<ul><li><strong>Reusable 1L Water Bottles (2-3)<\/strong>\r&mdash; i.e. Nalgenes. Wide-mouth bottles are easier to fill. Single-use plastic water bottles are not allowed on the mountain. <em>&ast;Available to rent<\/em><\/li><li><strong>\rHeadlamp<\/strong>\r&mdash; Quality LED headlamp. Bring plenty of extra batteries (3-4 extra sets) because cold temperatures on Kili significantly reduce their life. Bring a spare bulb as well.<\/li><li><strong>\r\rCollapsible Walking Poles<\/strong>\r&mdash; Strongly recommended for the entire climb, and especially important for support on the descent. &ast;Available to rent<\/li><li><strong>\rSunglasses (2)<\/strong>\r&mdash; We recommend sunglasses with side shields and 100% UV protection. A spare pair of sunglasses is invaluable should your first pair be broken or lost.<\/li><li><strong>\rTrail Snacks<\/strong>\r&mdash; There is plenty of food on the trip, but for variety and snacks during the climb, we encourage you to bring a small supply of your own favorite trail snacks, such as raisins, hard candies, M&amp;Ms, dried fruits, chocolate bars, granola bars, decaffeinated tea\/coffee, powdered drink mixes, trail mix, and energy bars (we recommend 2 energy bars per day). Ginger candies or chews have been said to help with nausea that may come with the altitude.<\/li><li><strong>\rCarbohydrate Energy Gels &amp; Chews<\/strong>\r&mdash; At high altitudes, we find that high energy chews are key (easy to digest and high calorie). Clif Shot Bloks or Gatorade Prime Energy Chews are both good options.<\/li><\/ul><div><strong><br>Sleeping Gear<\/strong><br>Wilderness Travel provides a high quality sleeping bag (with stuff sack) and pad. We recommend that you use these items as they are high quality and will save space in your luggage. Let us know if you prefer to bring your own equipment.<br><ul><li><strong>\rSleeping Bag<\/strong> &mdash; The Wilderness Travel bag is a Mountain Hardware Lamina sleeping bag rated to -30&deg;F. At 18,800 feet (the summit campsite), you may be camping on snow and the cold is intense. If you bring your own bag it should be rated to at least -20&deg;F (synthetic fill is better than down because it keeps you warm even if it gets wet). Stuff your sleeping bag into a standard &#8220;stuff sack&#8221;.<\/li><li><strong>\rSleeping Pad<\/strong> &mdash; The Wilderness Travel pad is a Therm-a-Rest pad (full length). If you bring your own pad make sure it is Ensolite or Therm-a-Rest (not foam), full length only.<\/li><li><strong>\rSleeping Bag Liner<\/strong> &mdash; This adds a lot of extra warmth to your bag. For clients who sleep warm, Wilderness Travel's -30&deg;F sleeping bag should suffice.<\/li><\/ul><div><br><strong><br>Available to Rent from WT<\/strong><br>We have a selection of high quality gear available to rent in our local Arusha office. This is a great option for any equipment that you will not need to use again after the climb or any equipment that you do not wish to carry with you to Tanzania. Please refer to your Extra Services Request form for the list of items available to rent.<\/div><\/div>","Custom_Personal_First_Aid":"<ul><li><strong>Basic First Aid Kit <\/strong> &mdash; A small, basic First Aid kit can be purchased at REI, Eastern Mountain Sports, or your local outdoor store. Should include Band-Aids, Neosporin, blister bandages (i.e. Moleskin or 2nd Skin), and throat lozenges.<\/li><li><strong>Ibuprofen<\/strong> &mdash; For muscle pain or headaches that are common at altitude. On the mountain, stronger medications such as Tylenol with codeine may mask symptoms of altitude sickness and are not recommended.<\/li><li><strong>Altitude Medication <\/strong> &mdash; i.e. Diamox, Procardia, or Decadron. This prevents and combats altitude sickness. Please consult your physician.<\/li><li><strong>Anti-Malarial Prophylaxis<\/strong> &mdash; Anti-Malarial medication is recommended for all travelers who will be arriving for a pre- or post-climb safari or other travels in Tanzania, including Zanzibar. You are highly unlikely to contract malaria on the actual Kilimanjaro Climb, which is too high and cold for the anopheles mosquito (the species that carries malaria); however, there is a risk of coming in contact with anopheles mosquitos at the Kilimanjaro Airport and in Arusha. Please consult your travel clinic to discuss your full travel itinerary and whether they recommend anti-malarial medication.<\/li><li><strong>Anti-Diarrheal<\/strong> &mdash; i.e. Imodium. If you wish to also bring an antibiotic for diarrhea prophylaxis, please consult your physician.<\/li><li><strong>Anti-Nausea <\/strong> &mdash; i.e. Compazine. (Suppositories work the best with nausea)<\/li><li><strong>Antihistamine for Colds <\/strong> &mdash; i.e. Sudafed. Avoid codeine as a cough suppressant because it slows respiration.<\/li><li><strong>Prescription Medications<\/strong> &mdash; Properly labeled.<\/li><\/ul><br><strong><br>Toiletries<br><\/strong>Every trip member should bring a small kit for personal use. Your own experience will influence your choices. <br><div><ul><li><strong>Basic Toiletries<\/strong> &mdash; Toothbrush, small tube of toothpaste, deodorant.<\/li><li><strong>Spare Contact Lenses and\/or Prescription Glasses<\/strong> &mdash; If applicable.<\/li><li><strong>Biodegradable Soap<\/strong> &mdash; i.e. Dr. Bronner's or No Rinse body wash.<\/li><li><strong>Small to Medium Trekking Towel<\/strong> &mdash; Small and quick-drying. Twice a day, your porters will deliver a basin of warm water so you can wash up in your tent using your bio-degradable soap or face wash and your small camp towel.<\/li><li><strong>Cleansing Wipes<\/strong> &mdash; Wet wipes can be used for personal hygiene and washing your face.<\/li><li><strong>Anti-Bacterial Gel <\/strong> &mdash; For hand sanitizing.<\/li><li><strong>Sunscreen<\/strong> &mdash; Sunscreen is vital at high altitudes. Bring SPF 30 or stronger. At moderate to high altitudes on Kilimanjaro, we strongly recommend the additional use of zinc oxide.<\/li><li><strong>Insect Repellent<\/strong> &mdash; Repellents with DEET are recommended. DEET content of about 30-35% is ideal (higher DEET content is not recommended). Wipe DEET off your hands before touching plastic surfaces (such as binoculars) as it can damage plastic.<\/li><li><strong>Moisturizer<\/strong> &mdash; For dry air on Kilimanjaro.<\/li><li><strong>Lip Balm<\/strong> &mdash; SPF 30 or stronger.<\/li><\/ul><br><\/div>","Custom_Optional_Items":"<strong>\rOptional Electronics \/ Entertainment:<\/strong><br>\r<br><ul><li><strong>\rCamera<\/strong> &mdash; With extra memory card and battery.<\/li><li><strong>\rSmart Phone or MP3 Player<\/strong> &mdash; To listen to music or audiobooks, take photos, use as a travel clock, etc. (If you use to listen to music, don't forget earbuds).<\/li><li><strong>\rExternal Battery Pack<\/strong> &mdash; If you would like to use to charge your electronics. There will be no outlets on the climb.<\/li><li><strong>\rPlaying Cards<\/strong> &mdash; For downtime in camp.<\/li><li><strong>\rReading and Writing Material<\/strong><\/li><\/ul><strong><br>Optional Clothing \/ Accessories:<\/strong><br>\r<br><ul><li><strong>\rKnee Support<\/strong> &mdash; If you anticipate knee problems, bring ACE bandages or knee braces for the descent.<\/li><li><strong>\rBandana<\/strong> &mdash; To protect your neck from the sun.<\/li><li><strong>\rHand and Foot Warmers (3-5 sets)<\/strong> &mdash; For high altitude days and cold nights.<\/li><li><strong>\rDown Booties<\/strong> &mdash; To keep your feet warm at night in the tent. It can get muddy around the camp, so most climbers do not wear booties outside their tent.<\/li><li><strong>\r2-3L Water Bladder<\/strong> &mdash; i.e. Camelback. These are good at lower elevations and make it easier to drink frequently and stay hydrated on the trail. But they are prone to freezing at higher altitudes unless you have a tubing insulator. If you bring a water bladder, you should also bring at least 2 water bottles. Always use a cover on the mouthpiece. Mouthpieces are easily contaminated with bacteria and can cause sickness.<\/li><li><strong>\rUrine Bottle<\/strong> &mdash; To urinate in a water bottle at night. This is helpful for the cold, high-altitude nights when you prefer not to leave the tent for the toilet tent.<\/li><li><strong>\rMoney Belt or Neck Pouch<\/strong> &mdash; Carry your passport, credit cards, and cash with you when you travel in a money belt or neck pouch tucked down inside your shirt. Not needed for the climb.<\/li><\/ul><strong><br>Additional Suggestions for Women:<\/strong><br><ul><li><strong>\rSports Bras (2) <\/strong>&mdash; Moisture-wicking.<\/li><li><strong>\rHair Ties<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>\rFeminine Hygiene Products<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>\rPanty Liners <\/strong> &mdash; To keep underwear fresh for longer.<\/li><li><strong>\rPee Funnel <\/strong> &mdash; Some female climbers swear by the Sani-Fem Freshette or Go Girl, funnel-type devices that women can use to urinate into a bottle. This is helpful for the cold, high-altitude nights when you prefer not to leave the tent for the toilet tent.<\/li><\/ul><br><strong> Optional Toiletries \/ Personal First Aid:<\/strong><br><ul><li><strong>Ear Plugs <\/strong> &mdash; To block out snoring and camp noise.<\/li><li><strong>\rSmall Nail Brush <\/strong>&mdash; To keep hands and nails clean.<\/li><li><strong>\rFingernail Clippers<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>\rSmall Mirror<\/strong><\/li><li><strong>\rTube of Vaseline <\/strong> &mdash; To protect face and hands from dryness at altitude.<\/li><li><strong>\rDry Shampoo <\/strong> &mdash; Or No Rinse Shampoo. Twice a day, your porters will deliver a basin or warm water so you can wash up; however, it is difficult to wash your hair as often as you may like (and you probably won't want to get your hair wet at the colder high altitudes!), which makes dry shampoo a great option.<\/li><li><strong>\rToilet Paper<\/strong> &mdash; Toilet paper will be provided, but the local variety is very coarse. You can bring travel packets or a roll from home and remove the cardboard.<\/li><li><strong>\rPepto-Bismol<\/strong> &mdash; For heartburn or indigestion at altitude.<\/li><li><strong>\rHydrating Eye Drops<\/strong> &mdash; The mountain air is very cold and dry.<\/li><li><strong>\rOther First Aid Kit Items<\/strong> &mdash; Antiseptic wipes\/spray, tweezers, nonstick sterile pads, baby powder\/foot powder, insect bite treatment, aloe vera.<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_Prohibited_Items":"Please note that Tanzania has outlawed the use of plastic bags. Please do not bring plastic bags, as they will be confiscated on arrival.","Custom_When_to_Go":"","Custom_Children":"","Custom_Tag_Line":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>Trek to the Summit of Africa's Highest Peak<\/body>","Custom_Lodging":"8 nights mountain camps, 2 nights private acclimatization camp","Custom_Meals":"All meals included","Custom_Difficulty":"Physically demanding 9-day trek to 19,341 feet, difficult terrain including scree (loose rock) and snow, extreme altitudes, overnight at 18,800 feet","Custom_Currency_Exchange_Rate":"","Custom_Fuel_Surcharge":"","Custom_Signing_Up_For_a_Trip_-_Email":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_This_Year":"","Custom_Optional_Hotel_Upgrades_-_Next_Year":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Header":"","Custom_Trip_Cost_Misc_Text":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like":"<p>This trip is rated a <strong>Level 6+ (Very Strenuous)<\/strong> according to our trip grading system, our most strenuous rating. There are no alternative hiking options available. Despite the fact that the Kilimanjaro climb doesn't require climbing equipment or technical skills, it is extremely challenging and considered a real physical test. All trip members must be in excellent shape&mdash;both physically and mentally!<\/p><p><strong>Challenge Days<\/strong><\/p><ul><li>Day 9 - 7-9 hours, 2 miles, 2,500 feet ascent\/descent<\/li><li>Day 10 - 8-10 hours, 8 miles, 500 feet ascent, 9,200 feet descent<\/li><\/ul><p><strong>How Tough is This Trip?<\/strong><\/p><p>You need to be able to hike on steep, uneven surfaces and over loose scree. You must feel comfortable and confident on your feet for an average of 8 hours a day, with recent experience hiking 10 miles in a day. There are dangers inherent in any expedition to high altitude&mdash;in this case, 19,340 feet, with an overnight at 18,500 feet.<\/p><p>Trail conditions, weather and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times. Normally, some trip members hike faster than others. Our climbing groups are accompanied by highly experienced Kilimanjaro mountain guides in addition to the Wilderness Travel Trip Leader so that we can divide into smaller groups, each hiking at their own pace and each with its own guide.<\/p>","Custom_Terrain":"<p>You will be hiking through a variety of different terrain along your ascent and descent. From forested areas with low angle dirt trails, into loose lava flows and valleys, all the way up to steep volcanic scree. In general, the trail is a tight footpath, rocky underfoot, winding its way across lava flows and exposed ridges. As you gain elevation, the mountain becomes steeper and the footing becomes looser. Compounded by the high elevation, these last days cover less ground but are the most physically demanding.<div><br><\/div><div>Along this trek, dangers include everything from rock falls to the possibility of a serious fall, accident, or sickness without access to a means of rapid evacuation, adequate medical supplies, or adequate medical attention once provided. Although we carry oxygen and Gamow bags on every climb, it is important that all participants understand that the climb is very challenging. Our Trip Leaders and crew are experienced veterans of the mountain, but it takes cooperation and flexibility from each participant to ensure a successful ascent.<\/p>","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"<p>Every participant must understand that this trek is truly challenging &mdash; you should be in excellent physical condition. Even though trip members carry only a daypack (with camera, jacket, rain gear, water bottle, and other small necessities you may need during the day), we recommend you make a special effort to get in top physical shape for the trip by hiking, running, swimming, bicycling, or engaging in other forms of aerobic exercise well beyond your normal routine. Many activities get heart and lungs into shape, but the most effective way of getting fit for hiking is to hike! Walking up and down flights of stairs is also an effective way to train. Bending your knees as you go down stairs will help strengthen your quad muscles. At least two months prior to your trek, we urge you to go on weekend day hikes that involve long uphill and downhill walking.<\/p><p>For this trek, we require your doctor sign the Wilderness Travel Medical Form. Once Wilderness Travel has confirmed your place on the trip roster, no refunds beyond our standard fees will be made if your physician refuses to sign the form. It is very important that you and your physician fully agree that you are physically capable of undertaking a strenuous trek, and equally important that you undertake proper conditioning prior to the trek<\/p><p>The Trek Leader has the right to disqualify any member from the trip at any time if it is medically necessary, to avoid endangering the group, or if the participant in question is physically unfit for the rigors of the trip. Refunds are not given under such circumstances.<\/p>","Custom_Weather":"As in most mountain areas, the weather on Kilimanjaro can and does change abruptly. Usually, Kilimanjaro's summit clouds appear around 10:00 am and then disappear from around 4:30 pm until sundown. The snow line usually begins at 17,000 or 18,000 feet, but a sudden storm may bring it as low as 14,000 feet (the snow line is usually at its lowest after the two rainy seasons). Daytime temperatures range from the 50s to the 70sF at altitudes from 7,500', where we start the climb, to about 12,000'. Above this altitude, daytime temperatures are lower and evening temperatures can drop to 10\u00b0F or even lower.&nbsp;<div><br><\/div><div>Above 16,000', daytime temperatures most often are in the high teens to low 40's, but on the occasional clear calm day, because of the lack of atmosphere to filter the UV, it can feel hot. At this altitude, you should expect nighttime temperatures to be below freezing, and temperatures below zero are not uncommon. At the summit, it is rarely above 45\u00b0F during the day. Kilimanjaro is the first high-altitude obstacle facing the moisture-laden winds from the Indian Ocean, so it receives higher than average rainfall. 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Sleeping bags are rated to -30\u00b0F and sleeping pads are three inches thick and over two feet wide. Fires are not allowed on the mountain so there are no hot showers available at camps (hot showers are available at all of our safari camps). <\/p><p>For more information about our accommodations, please reference our &#8220;Camping with Wilderness Travel&#8221; and &#8220;Climb Kilimanjaro Lodging&#8221; pages of the detailed itinerary.<\/p>","Custom_Cuisine":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-08T14:58:14 --><p>While there are certainly limits as to what can be done in such a setting, our Kili climbs have become renowned for the excellent meals served on the mountain, even at the highest altitudes. We have put a great deal of effort into combining proper nutrition with appealing and varied dishes; WT even launched the first chef training school in Tanzania over twenty years ago to create the highest standard of food quality for our high-altitude climbs. <\/p><p>Breakfasts typically include tea, coffee, fruit, eggs, bacon, porridge and homemade granola. Picnic lunches set up along the trail midway through the day can include sandwiches, soup, energy bars, nuts, fruit, cheese, crackers, and guacamole. Dinners vary day by day (and with elevation moving to foods that are easier to digest) but include soups with baked bread, an assortment of salads, pasta with garlic bread, spaghetti Bolognese, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, and of course brownies and apple pie with cream! <\/p><p>We have a separate dining tent with food available upon request at any time, and provide an assortment of snacks for you to take on the trail, including mixed nuts, energy bars, homemade granola, dried fruit and much needed sugary sweets to boost your energy at higher elevations such as chocolate bars. <\/p><p>Please let us know of any dietary needs and we will accommodate as best as possible.<\/p>","Custom_Transportation":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-08T14:58:43 --><p>Environmental Concerns<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_1":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-08T14:58:37 --><p>From our Kilimanjaro camps, we try to carry out every item of trash that we cannot burn easily. Toilet paper, which is put in a can beside the chemical toilet, is burned by the crew before leaving each camp and some small easily burnable items can be given to them to burn at the same time. For pit stops on the trail, carry toilet paper back to camp in a plastic bag. Please keep your own trash in a trash bag and pack it in your porter duffel for removal from the mountain. Take chemical or toxic trash (such as dead batteries) back to the US with you so they can be disposed of properly.<\/p>","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Header_2":"","Custom_What_the_Trip_is_Like_-_Text_2":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_1":"","Custom_Trip_Level_Note_2":"","System_Choosing_the_Right_Trip":"<p>Adventure travel often involves exotic destinations, unusual levels of physical exertion, or activities you may not have participated in previously. We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance<div><br><\/div><div><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $600 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}