Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. You will be picked up at the airport by our driver for the transfer to Villa Naerebout. Upon arrival at the villa you feel that you've really arrived in Africa. This will be your African home. A house built under South African architecture. It is bright, spacious and relaxed, a boutique lodge where you can fully relax, approximately 2 acres large, located at an altitude of 1400 meters. The view is overwhelming, at the foot of the second highest mountain in Tanzania, Mount Meru. On a clear day you can even see the highest mountain on the continent’ Mount Kilimanjaro, breath taking! The rooms have private bathrooms and are decorated in African style. A paradise with a tropical garden. The staff welcomes you (Karibu sana) and offers a refreshing welcome drink.
Day 2: After breakfast a briefing will follow by the head guide under whose leadership the expedition takes place. Your equipment is checked and details of the Expedition is discussed with each other. After lunch, we will exercise by taking a walk of about 8 km to help us acclimatize, the duration is approximately 2 hours. During this walk, the first impressions of life in Africa can be observed. Walking through villages we will pass schoolchildren, cyclists, sheep, cows and goats. In the evening dinner will be served at Villa Naerebout, and a nightcap can be enjoyed on the terrace in the dark night.
Day 3: This is the day where you can physically and mentally prepare for the Expedition. Everyone is obviously allowed to his or her own interpretation. There's a car available for those who want to visit Arusha, there you may have lunch and also you may get a good impression of the daily life in this second largest city of Tanzania. In the evening the permanent kitchen staff of Villa Naerebout will be serving a beautiful dinner and wish you a good safari / journey. The next morning, you will start the adventure of a lifetime!
Day 4: Machame Gate (1650 meters) - Machame Camp (2850 meters), 5 to 7 hours, 11 km
Tropical rainforest. Depending on your arrival, you are leaving early in the morning, and drive by bus / car to the starting point, which in this case is Machame Gate Park. The climb takes you through the tropical rain forest at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, where you will see the inevitable tropical birds, monkeys including the Collobus monkey and other animals. The first climb is long but easy. Overnight at the Machame Camp.
Day 5: Machame Camp (2850 meters) - Shira Camp (3810 meters), 4 to 6 hours, 5 km
Moorland (lunar). You’ll leave the tropical rainforest, and go up through the steppes and after some time the steppes are going over in a rocky landscape, with volcanic rock and cacti, during the climb you will already see the snowy peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Overnight at Shira Camp.
Day 6: Shira Camp (3810 meters) - Lava Tower (4630 m) - Barranco Camp (3976 meters), 6 to 8 hours, 10 km
Desert. The walk takes you along the Lava Tower, this is a rocky outcrop of about one hundred meters in height, also known as the Shark Tooth, here you will have lunch. The path to the top is steeper, and the climbing is heavier, normally the first symptoms of altitude sickness are noticeable here. From Lava Tower you will descend to Barranco Camp where you will spend the night.
Day 7: Barranco Camp (3976 meters) - Karanga Camp (3995 meters), 4 to 5 hours, 5 km
Desert, snow/ice fields. Today is your acclimatization day. You will climb a steep rocky trail up through the Barranco Wall, the views here are amazing. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp. This is the last water point. Get enough water, and try to fill at least a thermos with spring water, because the water freezes at these heights.
Day 8: Karanga Camp (3995 meters) - Barafu Camp (4673 meters), 4 to 5 hours, 4 km
Arriving at the camp Barafu (Barafu is the Swahili word for ice cream), pitch your tents. Explore the area well because there are a few deep ravines here. Make sure your head lamp has enough battery power, so if you have go to the toilet it won’t be in total darkness. Go to bed at seven o'clock. Try to get those necessary precious hours of sleep.
Day 9: Barafu Camp (4673 meters) - Uhuru Peak (5895 meters, top) - Mweka Camp (3068 meters) - Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak, 7 to 8 hours - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp, 4 to 8 hours
Snow/ice fields, "moorland". You leave around midnight for the climb to Stella Point (5 to 6 hours), where, if the weather is clear, you will see an unforgettable sunrise. After this, you climb in 1 to 2 hours to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,895 meters, you'll be euphoric. The trail to the summit takes about six to seven hours, then you go down to Mweka Camp at 2800m, this takes about four to five hours. This part of the climb is by far the hardest.
Day 10: Mweka Camp (3068 meters) - Mweka Gate (1640 meters), 3 to 4 hours
Tropical Rainforest. After the descent you will be brought back to the Villa. Followed by a welcome drink., You can enjoy a hot shower, of which you had almost forgotten the existence. This evening the chefs’ culinary performance will largely surpass the ones on the mountain. Until the late hours of the night you will want to share your experiences with your fellow expedition members.
Day 11: One may start the day with whatever you want. At all times one may have a sumptuous breakfast. You may spend the rest of the day as you feel fit. There is a car for those who want to go to the city or to make a trip or wish to visit a Maasai market. It’s always fun to buy local souvenirs.
Day 12: Transfer of choice, this may be a transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight, or the start of a safari or beach holiday in Zanzibar. This is up to you.
Day 13: Arrival at destination.
The presentation of the certificates after reaching Uhuru Peak will take place in party mood at Villa Naerebout with all the guides, assistant guides, porters, cooks and staff.
|+||Transfer from the airport to Villa Naerebout and back;|
|+||Stay at Villa Naerebout full board;|
|+||Walk, visit Arusha and the Maasai market;|
|+||Transfers from Villa Naerebout to Machame gate;|
|+||Kilimanjaro National Park entrance fees, camping fees on Kilimanjaro, mandatory "rescue fee";|
|+||All meals, coffee, tea and water during the climb;|
|+||Tent, guides, assistant guides, porters, cooks and operation.|
|-||International return flight;|
|-||Expenditure of a personal nature;|
All prices offered for the ascend of Kilimanjaro are always exclusive of gratuities for all concerned. This is a mandatory fee and ensures that all supervisors who take climbers to the summit receive what they are entitled to. It is wise to take this into account. You can find all the information on www.tanzaniaparks.com.