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Mt. Kilimanjaro : The highest free standing mountain of Africa

At 19,341 feet (5,895m),  Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa, but also the highest free-standing mountain in the world exhibiting five delicate ecosystems as you snake through them one after the other.

OVERVIEW

Remember this picture?

kilimanjaro

If you do then you really had the most idyllic childhood days! May be you should relive the childhood for a moment. The song ‘He lives in you’ will make you feel nostalgic and the scene of Mt. Kilimanjaro cannot be more appealing than the one in this song.  

So how about a trek to kili and see with your eyes Simba’s mighty jungle from top of it. Standing atop the Uhuru summit on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you won’t be able to comprehend the overwhelming sense of accomplishment until you get down the sanctuary gates, turn around and look back at the beautiful snow-capped mountain. And no wonder if the first thought that struck your mind is ‘Whoha! Have I really made it up there?’

It is said that out the seven tallest summits on seven continents, Mt. Kilimanjaro is perhaps only second to Mt. Everest’s fame and the number as high as 40000 people a year, seeking to climb this highest free standing volcanic mountain, makes it famous as ‘Everyman’s Everest’. Unlike Everest, there is no technical climbing involved. Wait.. but don’t be complacent. Kili, with an altitude of 5895 meters (19, 340 ft) is a serious challenge to even the fittest athlete. And she is notoriously known for claiming on average two lives per year. So the bottom line is, you have to dedicate time to train, be familiar with basic backpacking skills, and be properly equipped to have a successful summit.

WHY GGIM? 

Mt. Kilimanjaro, aka Kili, is the highest free standing mountain of Africa and is one of the seven summits. Each year as per the statistics, 35000 climbers attempt the summit. Out of them, depending upon the route chosen max. success rate is 85% and the success level drops to as low as 27%. Approximately 5-10 members die each year mainly due to HAPE or HACE. Again the fundamental remains the same. That the mountain holds the last authority and allows well trained and well acclimated climbers to embrace her only in her best times.

GGIM puts paramount focus on Thorough Preparation, Absolute Safety and Sufficient Acclimatization of  the team. For that purpose, we have chosen Machame route with 7 climbing days which makes it an optimally paced trek with enough acclimatization.

Here’s a link to know about high altitude challenges and how to deal with them.

With detailed planning and preparation, we intend to give our climbers best possible climbing experience on Kili. Please go through the brochure for more details.

SCHEDULE:  (GGIM has a 9 days tour.)

9th August to 17th August 2021 (Participants are expected to report at Kilimanjaro airport on 9th Aug 2021)

The best part of this expedition is Summit will happen on 15th August.

We also conduct customized special batches for this trek provided the group size is 5 and above.

When to go for Kilimanjaro climb?

Generally Kili can be attempted throughout the year. But each season has its own unique features to offer.

January – March: Weather is dry after a mild rains. However less crowded.

April – May: Rainy season, but the rains are a bit irregular since the past few years.

June – September: Early June could offer you some rains but rest of the season is very almost rain free. That means it is the busiest season on the mountain.

November – December: Mild rains. If they don’t bother you much, then it’s a great time to climb Kili.

At 19,341 feet (5,895m), Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa, but also the highest free-standing mountain in the world exhibiting five delicate ecosystems as you snake through them one after the other.

 

OVERVIEW

The song ‘He lives in you’ will make you feel nostalgic and the scene of Mt. Kilimanjaro cannot be more appealing than the one in this song.

So how about a trek to Kili and see with your eyes Simba’s mighty jungle from top of it. Standing atop the Uhuru summit on Mt. Kilimanjaro, you won’t be able to comprehend the overwhelming sense of accomplishment until you get down the sanctuary gates, turn around and look back at the beautiful snow-capped mountain. And no wonder if the first thought that struck your mind is ‘Whoa! Have I really made it up there?’

It is said that out the seven tallest summits on seven continents, Mt. Kilimanjaro is perhaps only second to Mt. Everest’s fame and the number as high as 40000 people a year, seeking to climb this highest free standing volcanic mountain, makes it famous as ‘Everyman’s Everest’. Unlike Everest, there is no technical climbing involved. Wait.. but don’t be complacent. Kili, with an altitude of 5895 meters (19, 340 ft) is a serious challenge to even the fittest athlete. And she is notoriously known for claiming on average two lives per year. So the bottom line is, you have to dedicate time to train, be familiar with basic backpacking skills, and be properly equipped to have a successful summit.

WHY GGIM?
Mt. Kilimanjaro, aka Kili, is the highest free standing mountain of Africa and is one of the seven summits. Each year as per the statistics, 35000 climbers attempt the summit. Out of them, depending upon the route chosen max. success rate is 85% and the success level drops to as low as 27%. Approximately 5-10 members die each year mainly due to HAPE or HACE. Again the fundamental remains the same. That the mountain holds the last authority and allows well trained and well acclimated climbers to embrace her only in her best times.

GGIM puts paramount focus on Thorough Preparation, Absolute Safety and Sufficient Acclimatization of the team. For that purpose, we have chosen Machame route with 7 climbing days which makes it an optimally paced trek with enough acclimatization.

Here's a link to know about high altitude challenges and how to deal with them.

Schedule for 2021: (GGIM's 9 day tour to Kilimanjaro)

9th Aug to 17th Aug 2021

We also conduct customized special batches for this trek provided the group size is 4 and above.

Itineraries

Day 1 : 9th Aug 2021

Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport

Pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport. You will stay in a hotel and do the preparations for the trek.

Day 2 : 10th Aug 2021

Drive from Hotel to Machame Gate and Trek to Machame Camp

Drive to Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park. Its around 50 min journey and it will take us through the base village Machame. From Machame gate, we will begin trekking through the rain forrest.

Day 3 : 11th Aug 2021

Trek from Machame Camp to Shira Camp

Today we walk through the moorland, crossing the valley along the steep rocky ridge till Shira Camp.

Day 4 : 12th Aug 2021

Trek from Shira Camp to Barranco Camp

From Shira plateau we continue up the ridge, towards the Peak Kibo. As we continue, our direction will change to the south east, towards the Lava Tower. It is also known as 'Shark Tooth'.After the Lava Tower, we head to Barranco Hut.

Day 5 : 13th Aug 2021

Trek from barranco to Karanga Camp

Today we continue on a steep ridge up the barranco wall to the karange valley. It is a relatively easier trek through the alpine desert.

Day 6 : 14th Aug 2021

Trek from Karanga Camp to Barafu Hut

From Karanga Camp, we walk upto the Barafu hut. Another smaller trek through the alpine desert.

Day 7 : 15th Aug 2021

Summit attempt to Kilimanjaro (5895 m) and back to Mweka Hut

Early in the morning , by 2:00 AM, we leave for Summit attempt via Stella point. From Stella Point the hike to summit is approx. 1 hr. After the summit,we descend down to Barafu for lunch and after the lunch, we head down to Mweka Hut.

Day 8 : 16th Aug 2021

Trek down from Mweka Hut to Mweka gate

Next day, we descend down to Mweka gate. At Mweka village, a bus will drive us back to the Hotel in Moshi. You can have a leisure time at the hotel and celebrate the success Kilimanjaro Summit.

Day 9 : 17th Aug 2021

Departure from Kilimanjaro

You will be driven to the Kilimanjaro airport for your international flight. Have a safe journey and cherish the memories forever !
  1. Transfers as per itinerary
  2. Accommodation according to the itinerary ( in Hotel bed & breakfast only. In tents, all meals will be served as per itinerary)
  3. Full board throughout the trip
  4. Experienced English-speaking Mountain guide
  5. Outdoor cook
  6. Visa support, Passport Registration
  7. Purified water during the climb
  1. Flights to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  2. Insurance
  3. Equipment rent
  4. Porters for personal equipment
  5. Personal expenses, alcohol
  6. Portable toilet
  7. Visa cost
  8. Extra beverages and mineral water during the trek
  9. Personal expenses during trek like wi-fi, battery charging, hot water bath, etc
  10. Emergency Medical Evacuation
  11. Tips for guides and porters
  12. GST at actual
  13. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, flight delay and any other circumstances beyond our control

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