Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s Seven Summits
and the tallest peak in Africa
with an altitude of 5, 895 meters.
Mt. Kilimanjaro “Kili” as it is usually called rises out of the African savannah in Tanzania.
And as such it is the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Mt. Kilimanjaro Itinerary
Day 1 Meet in Beijing / Shanghai and prepare to set off together
Day 2 Fly from Beijing / Shanghai to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Moshi (Tanzania)
In the afternoon, we will arrive in Moshi and settle in to our hotel. After a nice dinner we will get some extra rest in order to get ready to climb the mountain.
Day 3 Moshi to Mandara Hut (2,700 meters)
After breakfast, we will travel one hour by car to reach Kilimanjaro National Park where we will stop to finish our mountain registration procedures. Then, we will begin our hike on foot about 9 km through the tropical rainforest (look out for monkeys and all sorts of birds) until we reach then Mandara Huts (3-4 hours). Once we arrive at Mandara Huts, we will have a nice tea and then a sumptuous alpine feast.
Day 4 Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut (3,720 meters)
Today’s plan is to hike 11 kilometers in about 6 hours to the Horombo Huts taking us through three different ecosystems in one day – tropical forest, alpine meadows, and low alpine moorland.
Day 5 Horombo Hut to Mawenzi Hut (4,037 meters) to Horombo Hut
After breakfast, we will do an acclimatization hike (2 hours) to over 4,000 meters and then head back to the Horombo Hut. We will enjoy the low alpine moorland scenery on our hike.
Day 6 Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (4,700 meters)
Today’s plan is to hike 10 kilometers in about 6 hours to the Kibo Huts. As we continue to climb higher, we pass into the high alpine moorland zone and eventually into a high altitude desert where rock and boulders dominate the landscape.
Day 7 Kibo Huts to Kilimanjaro Summit (5,895) to Horombo Huts
Today is the day all of us have been waiting for, summit day! Leaving in the middle of the night, we will first reach Gilman’s point at around 5 AM. Later, we will reach the summit (Uhuru Peak – 5,895 meters) around sunrise with spectacular views of the surrounding glaciers and scenery. After enjoying our moment and taking pictures on the summit, we will trek back down to the Horombo Huts.
Day 8 Horombo Huts to Moshi
Leaving Kili behind, we will once again come back to the comforts of a hot shower and a hight quality hotel in Moshi. A celebratory dinner with savory African cuisine will be accompanied by each climber receiving their climbing certificate.
Day 9 Moshi to Manyana Lake Conversation Area
Today, we will have a full day of safari in the Manyana Lake Conservation Area taking in the spectacular African scenery and wildlife. The conservation area is 325 square kilometers and with luck we will be able to see lions, zebras, giraffes, antelope, gazelle, wildebeest, and hippos.
Day 10 Manyana Lake Conservation Area to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today we will have another full day of safari in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is home to arguably some of the most abundant concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa. With good luck black rhinos and leopards can even be spotted on today’s safari!
Day 11 Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi
Today is on our last day of safari and we will spend the afternoon on a visit to the Maasai people. The Maasai are a nomadic tribe of warriors that raise cattle, sheep, and goats on the Serengeti Plain. After our time with the Maasai, we will leave the grasslands with memories for a lifetime and head back to Moshi.
Day 12 Return back to China
With bittersweet hearts we will return back to China taking with us all our memories. Flying from Moshi to Addis Ababa and back to China we will return as new and changed people.
Who can participate in the expedition?
– All participants to Mount Kilimanjaro are required to be in good health and be regular exercisers and at least 12 years of age. Although it is preferable to have had experience hiking at over 4,500 meters, it is not required.
A special note about the accomidation: Our plan includes the comfort of staying overnight each night in comfortable huts along the path.
When is the expedition?
– The expedition to Mt. Kilmanjaro will take place from July 21 to August 1, 2018 (12 days). Meet in Beijing/Shanghai on July 21 and leave early in the morning of July 22. We will arrive back in China on August 1.
The standard cost per participant is 50,800 RMB for a group of 6 or more. But we can offer you a discount of 3,800 RMB per person for a cost of 47,000 RMB for a group of 6 or more.
The cost per participant includes airfare and arrangements from Beijing to Mount Kilimanjaro and back to Beijing. As well this includes 3 meals a day, local transportation after arrival in Tanzania, climbing permits, climbing certificate fees, and climbing insurance.
The Cost Does Not Include
The does not include arrival in Beijing transportation cost, departure from Beijing to respective destination transportation cost, checked luggage above the weight limit, alcohol, personal porters, tips for local Tanzanian guides, internet fees, phone fees, snacks, other personal expenses, and costs inquired in unforeseen circumstances, i.e., airline strikes, cancelled flights, natural disasters, etc.