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CLIMB KILIMANJARO (8 days) Marangu Route

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Kilimanjaro Climb - Marangu Route

Countries Visited: Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's tallest free-standing mountain, and the highest African mountain. Rising 3 miles straight up out of the surrounding game-filled plains, Uhuru peak stands at 5895m! Made up of three extinct conical volcanoes, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, Mount Kilimanjaro houses a diverse range of ecosystems, so that trekkers experience everything from lush tropical rainforest and savanna grasslands through to magical alpine woodland and vast moorland, concluding with the summit's snow fields and stunning glacial region. The Marangu Route - Ascending Mount Kilimanjaro along the Marangu Route is steady and gradual, so naturally it is one of the most popular route on the mountain. The rainforest section of the trek is also seen as the most beautiful of any of the routes. Of the seven routes up the mountain, it is the easiest so it's the ideal trek for less confident hikers. It is also the only route that offers sleeping huts on the way so there is no need to camp.
This itinerary includes an acclimatisation day part way up to give you more time on the mountain and the best chance of reaching the summit. 

Route Map

CLIMB KILIMANJARO (6 days) Marangu Route
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Highlights

  • Hike through vast grasslands, scenic alpine meadows and giant cacti fields
  • Experience panoramic views with a backdrop of dramatic mountain peaks
  • Enjoy a memorable sunrise over Africa as you make your way to the summit
  • Conquer Uhuru Peak - the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro

Includes

  • 2 nights' accommodation at Springlands Hotel, Moshi (or similar - breakfast included) 
  • 6 day Marangu Route Kilimanjaro climb (including meals & drinking water, hut accommodation, services of guide, porters and cook)
  • All National Park fees

Excludes

  • Visas
  • Personal hiking equipment, oxygen supply
  • Optional Excursions as listed in the Pre-Departure Information
  • Any internet charges
  • Airport Taxes
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Trip Itinerary

At 5896m Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Few mountains can claim the grandeur of Kilimanjaro, with it's breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley and the Maasai Steppe. Unlike many of the world's other high peaks, no climbing is actually required and even first-time enthusiasts can hike to the top.

Your Kilimanjaro adventure begins at the tour hotel in the town of Moshi at the foot of the mountain. Airport transfers from Kilimanjaro Airport are available on request. Feel free to the make use of the swimming pool or explore the friendly town of Moshi before your trek briefing at the hotel with our mountain guide in the late afternoon.

After an early breakfast we will leave Moshi at 8:30am, drive for approximately 50 minutes to Kilimanjaro’s Marangu Gate on the eastern side of the mountain. Your guide will handle your registration before we begin the hike around 10:30am.

We start off in the rainforest – enjoy the towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colubus monkeys. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts should be sufficient, but keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy. We will stop at the halfway mark for lunch, and reach the Mandara Huts at 2 or 3pm. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee. A 15 minute side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Dinner is served during the early evening at around 7pm. Bathrooms with running water are available.

Marangu Gate to Mandara Huts

  • Elevation: 1830m to 2740m
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Today we will have a fairly leisurely wake up in time for a 7:30am breakfast. We’ll aim to set off by 8:30am and hike for an hour through rainforest glades. We will then follow an ascending path through heathland where we’ll be able to look for giant lobelias and groundsels. We continue up into open moorlands where small shrubs comprise the majority of vegetation. Again we’ll stop halfway for lunch, where we will enjoy amazing views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo, if the weather is clear. We should arrive at the Horombo Huts by 3pm, where Kibo summit is visible on clear days. Rest, unpack, and prepare for dinner. Bathrooms with running water are available.

You may start to feel the effects of altitude here. We do also offer a version of this trip which is one day longer, and spends an extra night here acclimatising, either resting at Horombo or climbing the nearby Mawenzi peak. If you have enough time and budget available, we do recommend you look at that option too. 

Mandara Huts to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 2715m to 3705m
  • Distance: 11.5 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Heathland and moorland

We spend a second night at the Horombu Hut tonight, giving our bodies the chance to acclimatise to the altitude. This should make the next two days of hiking feel easier and give you a better chance of reaching the summit. 

During the morning you can walk up the steep grassy slope to Mawenzi Hut for some great scenic views over towards Kibo. The rest of the day can be spent resting or taking some other short walks in the area. Your guides are on hand to provide advice and ideas based on how you are feeling. 

We will wake up for breakfast as usual – or wake up early to capture an amazing sunrise. The first part of the day’s hike climbs through the dwindling heathland that blends into what can best be described as moonscape as we enter the sweeping saddle connecting Mawenzi and Kibo. When we stop for lunch, and later when crossing this surprisingly large saddle, take in the summit climb up to Kibo that we will be starting in just a few hours. Be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness. There is no running water at the Kibo Huts.

Horombo Huts to Kibo Huts

  • Elevation: 3705m to 4730m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

We will wake at midnight, have a light breakfast and prepare for our summit ascent. The goal is to reach Uhuru Peak around sunrise. We leave Kibo Huts at 1am, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Gilman’s Point on the crater rim at 5861m around 4-6am. Here, views of the fabled crater and its icecaps greet us. Another 2 hours of hiking along the crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro’s true summit, Uhuru Peak, by 6-8am. This is Africa’s highest point – we’d have to travel more than 3,000 miles toward the Himalayas to find a higher peak! Be sure to have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends. After our time on top, we descend back to the Kibo Huts, have lunch and rest a while. We’ll then collect our things and cross the saddle and head back to the Horombo Huts. After dinner, get some well-deserved sleep!

Please note that we will be doing the beginning of this climb in the dark with headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is, by far, the most difficult part of the trek. Slowly, slowly, or, “pole, pole,” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!

Summit Day - Kibo Huts to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Huts

  • Elevation: 4730m to 5895m to 3705m
  • Distance: 5.4 km up, 15 km down
  • Hiking Time: 13-16 hours
  • Habitat: Stone scree/ice-capped summit

Today we descend through the moorland back to the Mandara Huts (2,700m). We’ll have lunch there and continue down through lush forest on a good path to the park gate at Marangu (1,830m), which we should reach around 2 or 3pm. It can be weat and muddy at these lower elevations, and gaiters and trekking poles will help. It will also feel considerably warmer, and shorts and T-shirts will probably be sufficient, though keep your rain gear and warmer clothing handy.  Here you will be presented with your certificates! At this point we’ll say goodbye to our guides, cooks, and porters and a vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to Moshi where it is definitely time for celebration!

Horombo Huts to Marangu Gate

  • Elevation: 3705m to 1830m
  • Distance: 19 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Your trip ends after breakfast today and your time is then free. Airport transfers to the nearby Kilimanjaro Airport are available from your hotel or can be pre-booked if you prefer. There are also regular shuttle buses to both Arusha and then on to Nairobi on a daily basis if you are connecting with one of our other trips or a safari. 


Trip Joining Point: Springlands Hotel, Moshi

Start Time Day 1: 17:00 (or 08.00am Day 2 for private bookings)

Address: Tembo Road, Pasua Area, Moshi, Tanzania

Telephone: +255 784 451 000

All prices listed are approximate and subject to limited availability.

Room Type Price Description
Single en-suite On request Per Room
Double/Twin en-suite    On request Per Room
Triple en-suite On request Per Room

Situated in a rural community, this comfortable hotel offers good value en-suite rooms with showers, mosquito netting and fans. There are pleasant gardens with indoor and outdloor bars and a large swimming pool. 

PRE-TRIP ACCOMMODATION:

We provide a free service for booking pre-trip accommodation and airport transfers. Just contact us to request the accommodation / transfer required. We will require your flight number, arrival time, and arrival date so please ensure this information is forwarded to us as soon as you have booked your flight. Please book this service as soon as you have booked your flight and no later than 6 weeks prior to departure, after which a late booking fee will apply. If you have booked through a travel agent, please contact your agent to request pre-trip accommodation and airport transfers.

If you are arriving early in the morning and you would like to check in immediately, you may have to reserve your room for the previous night to ensure direct check in, otherwise you may have to wait until normal check in times (usually 1pm to 2pm).

AIRPORT TRANSFERS:

Airport Transfers are not included between Kilimanjaro International airport and Moshi but can be added to your booking on request provided you request these via the UK office at least four weeks before your departure). 

If you book an airport transfer, then on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by a representative holding an Oasis Overland sign or with your name displayed. The representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall and then transfer you to the hotel.

Day 1 of your trip is an arrivals day, there will be a pre-departure meeting in the starting hotel this afternoon / evening. There will be a notice in reception advising the exact time and here you will be briefed on the day to day running of your climb. You will need to have a photocopy of your passport information pageinsurance policy details with policy number and confirmation that the duration will cover you for the entire trip and a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number. It is essential that you attend this meeting - please let the UK office or your tour leader know if you are unable to do so.

Post-trip accommodation & airport transfers can be arranged by emailing your departure flight details to our office at africa@oasisoverland.co.uk or with your tour leader at your tour briefing on Day 1.

Day 1 in your departure city, is an arrivals day. For your convenience we would advise that you arrive at the latest, on the afternoon of this day. You may wish to allow some extra time to explore your arrival and departure cities.

We recommend allowing an extra day post trip before booking a return flight, just in case of any unexpected delays.

There are many online flight search engines such as www.skyscanner.net or www.ebookers.co.ukflights can also be booked direct with airline websites or through travel agencies. Please inform us of your flight details through your online account, as airport transfers can be arranged for various trips.

One way ticket: If you intend to travel on a one way ticket to meet up with one of our trips, without possessing an onward flight ticket - we recommend that you  have a copy of your payment confirmation/receipt (that you will be sent at time of your balance payment) available at immigration to assist easy entry.

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER your trip finishes. This is a general requirement for all of the countries we travel to on our trips.

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip. It is your responsibility to ensure you have all the relevant visas you require.

The information below is to be used only as a guide and may change without prior notice. It is advisable to contact the relevant embassy in plenty of time before the trip departs to check the current visa requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure you have all the relevant visas you require.

Visas must be paid for in USD cash ONLY.

For more information on other nationalities & visas checkout www.projectvisa.com

Tanzania

Passport Holders from UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most EU countries will require a visa to enter Tanzania. The current cost is $50 USD with the visa available on arrival at the border. Passport holders from the USA also need a visa and can obtain it on arrival, but the cost is $100 USD. Alternatively visas are available in advance via the Tanzanian government's e-visa website. South African passport holders are Free of charge.

Passport Holders from other countries, will need to check the current visa requirements with the relevant consulate, and whether you need to obtain the visa in advance.

For those travelling on the Grand Adventurer, Apes & Lakes and Gorillas, Gameparks & Zanzibar trip, the Tanzanian visa is a Single entry visa and also covers you for Zanzibar. 

It is possible that you may require some vaccinations for your trip, depending on the areas that you are visiting. As we are not medically trained, we are unable to give detailed advice on vaccination requirements, so please use the information below as a guide only. We have worked closely with Nomad Travel Clinics for many years and they offer Oasis travellers a 10% discount on vaccinations, anti- malarial drugs, first aid items, clothing and equipment, just enter discount code OASIS1000 at www.nomadtravel.co.uk. Alternatively you can check out the fit for travel website for more travel health information or consult a reputable travel clinic or your GP for information and advice. We suggest that you allow at least 8 weeks to get all your vaccinations.

Yellow Fever - Being vaccinated against Yellow Fever and having a valid certificate and a photocopy is deemed compulsory in nearly all the countries we visit in Africa, especially at certain borders and are needed if you are entering from an infected country. You can view a list of countries requiring a certificate through the World Health organisation http://www.who.int/ith/ITH_country_list.pdf 

Rabies - Vaccinations are regularly advised for all countries that we travel through in Africa - especially if time and money are not a deterrent.

Malaria - In some of the areas we visit there is a risk of contracting Malaria. You must be aware that whatever malaria prophylactics you are taking, they only offer partial protection. They must be coupled with your own physical efforts against being bitten - which is the best prevention. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes come out at sunset so from this time you should wear long sleeves and trousers.  Exposed skin, especially ankles, should have insect repellent containing 'Deet' applied to them. Your crew will advise on where the worst affected areas are on the trip. There are a number of prophylactic malaria treatments on the market & requirements change. It is also wise to take a sample of whichever prophylactic you choose, a few weeks before you leave. This way you may determine early on if you have any adverse reactions so you can change the regimen if necessary. Please consult a reputable travel clinic or GP for advice. For more information visit www.nomadtravel.co.uk or www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk

Altitude sickness - This is caused by thin air (due to lack of oxygen) and can affect anyone arriving at high altitude (above 3000mtrs). The symptoms are headaches, dizziness, shortage of breath and possibly nausea. To avoid this or alleviate the symptoms make a point to acclimatize by arriving into a  high altitude destination a few days early and make sure you do not over exert yourself, rest for a few hours, avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, large meals and drink plenty of water.

As we are travelling mostly by land (as opposed to flying into a high altitude location) we should acclimatise gradually, and so avoid 'soroche', mountain sickness.

Dengue - Unlike the malaria mosquito, which bites at night, the dengue carrying mosquito bites during the day. Some areas we travel to do have occasional outbreaks & it is therefore advised that you take care not to be bitten during the day as well as at night. There is no vaccine available.

Health - To join our trips you should be in good general health. Your medical insurance company must be told if you have any pre-existing medical condition / allergy or if you are on any regular medication, otherwise you may not be covered under your policies for these. Our crew will need to know of any medication or conditions you may have. For general health advice log onto www.nathnac.org/travel/

It is a compulsory requirement that you have adequate travel insurance before you join any Oasis Trip & at the very least are insured for all necessary medical & repatriation costs incurred.

You will be asked to provide the following details if you have not already done so: travel insurance company name, insurance policy number & insurance emergency telephone number. You will also be required to give a copy of your policy with this information to your Tour Leader on arrival with confirmation that the policy duration is sufficient to cover you for the entire duration of your trip.  It is also wise to leave a copy of your insurance policy with a friend or relative for safe keeping.

We believe that your safety and holiday enjoyment are very important. It is a mistake to think that "it will never happen to me". It is also very important that you are covered for all the activities that you may wish to undertake while on our trip. It is extremely important that you check the full extent of your cover related to 24 hour Medical Emergency Assistance. In the event of you needing medical treatment you want to know that you have the best cover available to you. Your policy should include adequate Medical Emergency and Repatriation cover as well as Cancellation, Baggage and Personal Liability cover. You need to be aware of EXACTLY what activities your policy covers you for. Please note that skiing is not usually covered in most insurance policies. Please note also that many of the areas we visit are not as developed as the UK and we have no control over the availability or standard of medical and repatriation services and facilities in the areas we visit and these do not form any part of our contract with you.

You should also note that passenger liability insurance covering vehicles, particularly in Third World countries, may be unavailable or inadequate; it is therefore important that your insurance cover makes sufficient provision for you and your dependents in the event of an accident.  

We are happy to refer our UK based travellers to the travel insurance specialists Campbell Irvine who have a policy suitable for overlanding which covers most of the adventure and sporting activities on our trips.

Please be aware that most travel insurance policies will not cover you if you are visiting areas against government travel advice.  If your trip will go through areas like this (for example, some of our Trans Africa routes through West Africa) then you may need to look at an alternative policy for these sections, for example Battleface or SafetyWing.

For further information, check out the Travel Insurance section of our website. 

Spending Money

From past trips and travellers feedback £20 to £30 per day per person whilst not climbing, should cover costs such as meals not included, soft drinks and beers, email & communications, souvenirs and other general spending. Personal spending habits & budgets differ greatly from person to person, so it is difficult to give a specific amount. Budget separately for optional activities (see optional excursions page). 

How to bring your currency?

Past Oasis travellers have fed back that they have felt, as a general rule it is best to bring your money as US$ Dollars/Euros or English Pounds Sterling cash (exchange rates in Tanzania are normally better than in the UK). 

Please remember that visas need to be paid for in US$ CASH ONLY!

Make sure that all your notes are in good condition. Old, torn or marked notes are often refused by the banks and shops. Please ensure your notes are dated post 2006 and do not have a serial number starting with CB. Scottish pounds are also not accepted. 

Changing money

Change your money only at banks or forex bureaus. It is illegal to change money on the street, as these people will normally be opportunistic thieves or undercover police.

Credit & Debit Cards 

If you are intending using your credit or debit card, we suggest taking more than one card with you as you may find that your card is not accepted in the first ATM you try. Visa and Maestro cards are best. We do not recommend using MasterCard based cards in Africa as they have very limited access through large parts of Africa. Please note that usually you will be given local currency and NOT US$ or £GB. We recommend that you inform your bank that you will be using your card abroad to avoid it being blocked. Please see the optional excursions page for activities that can be paid for using a Credit or Debit Card. Commission rates vary between 2-8%.

Pre-Paid Travel Currency Cards

These cards are similar to normal Credit and Debit cards but they can be pre loaded with cash before you travel with a set amount allowing you to withdraw this cash using the card at normal ATMs. It is a more secure way to access cash on your trip, but again do not rely on these as your sole means of funds on a trip - (please refer to the ATM section). Several banks and companies now offer these cards, but be sure to look into the rates for withdrawing cash when making your decision. When using these cards abroad you will use them to withdraw the local currency from an ATM and not the currency that you loaded onto the card.

ATMs

These are available in Kilimanjaro airport and Moshi which allow you to withdraw local currency only. We discourage you from relying on your ATM card as a primary source of funds in case it is lost/stolen/swallowed, or the machine isn't working. Besides memorising your PIN, it is also important to be aware of your daily withdrawal limit and bank withdrawal costs.

Tipping

Is often expected and relied upon. It is often more than a reward for services well done, but, as wages are extremely low, it is an accepted means of supplementing an income. If you would like to leave a tip for any activity/individual, you could organize this as a group and give a tip at the end. A recommended amount for restaurants is usually 10% of your total bill and similar for activities. Some countries also add an extra Government tax on restaurant bills.

Tipping your guides, porters and cooks for your climb is highly recommended, and customary on Kilimanjaro. See the Kilimanjaro tipping guide below. 

In East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) the year is loosely divided into the 'short' rains (November) and the 'long' rains (March to May). The 'rains' usually last for one or two hours each day followed by hot sunny weather. Nights can be surprisingly cold at higher altitude in the Ngorongoro Crater & The Rift Valley. 

Mt. Kilimanjaro can be trekked at all times of the year, but it is worth taking into consideration the seasonal rains and varying weather patterns on the mountain. It is commonly suggested that some of the best months for trekking Kili are:

January, February, early March & September, which are the warmest months and relatively clear of cloud with the occasional brief shower. August and September are the driest months, while October and November also enjoy mild weather and little rain.

Mid March, April and May are the main rainy seasons in Tanzania and it can be quite wet at lower elevations, with the chance of heavy rain below and snow on top. Temperatures are still quite high but this is the time there may be large cloud formations which can block the views.

You will undoubtedly pack and unpack your bags at least 3 or 4 times before finally feeling satisfied that you’ve included what you need for this adventure of a life time! Your preparation for your climb needs to be well thought out and executed wisely, which is why we’d like to give you a helping hand with a comprehensive packing list.

Remember that you are packing for a period of 7 days or more, and will have no facilities or time for washing or drying clothes on your climb. So having plenty of the essential clothing packed away in separate bundles and in water proof bags (plastic/zip lock bags) is highly advisable. You will never believe how thankful you will be on the mountain when you come across a clean and dry pair of socks! At the same time, please try not to overpack. The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day. You can leave your remaining luggage locked in storage in the hotel in Moshi. 

In your day pack, take along water, camera, binoculars, waterproof trousers and jacket at a minimum. Add any other items you might need during the day because you may not see the porters until the end of your trek for that day.

Equipment

Personal Effects & Toiletries 

  • Sleeping Bag - 3-4 season bag (sleep liner recommended if you have a 3-season bag)
  • Small waterproof day-pack or rucksack
  • Water proof larger rucksack or holdall (to be carried by porter)
  • Insulated water bottle/bladder/camel pack, flexi flask
  • Travel pillow
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Camera with protective case, spare batteries, film/memory card
  • Torch & spare batteries (head torch is best)
  • Soap, toothbrush/paste, antibacterial
    hand wash, lip balm & moisturiser
  • Sun block 35 + after sun, hat & sun glasses or goggles polarized
  • Towel &/or sarong
  • Toilet roll

Clothes

Clothes

  • Comfortable waterproof hiking boots plus light walking shoes (for wearing at the huts)
  • Waterproof, breathable and windproof trousers & jacket
  • Several sets of underwear
  • Several pairs of thick socks and lightweight inner socks
  • Thermal underwear
  • T shirts/shirts
  • Hiking shorts, and pants
  • Long sleeve thermal
  • Fleece/sweat shirt/jumper
  • Water proof gloves/mittons
  • Glove liners for added warmth
  • Warm head cover 

Recommended Medical Kit List

  • Antiseptic ointment/Antihistamine cream & tablets
  • Nurofen or equivalent pain-killer
  • Appropriate pain killer for children-eg calpol
  • Eye-drops/bath
  • Anti-diarrhoea treatment
  • A couple of bandages (elasticated & triangular)
  • Medication for personal allergies/asthma etc
  • High factor sun cream
  • Insect repellent containing Deet
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Assorted plasters
  • 1 Course of malaria treatment per traveller
  • Some suitable antibiotics as recommended by your doctor for infected cuts or to treat severe dysentery
  • Malaria Tablets - see Vaccinations & Health section

Equipment Hire available locally

(paid at the hotel in USD)

  • Rucksack - $12
  • Balacava $6
  • Mont Bell Sleeping bag (-25°C) $40
  • Duffel bag $6
  • 2 walking poles (like ski sticks) $12
  • Gaiters $8
  • Torch (purchase only) $15
  • Gloves $6
  • Thick sweater $5
  • Poncho (waterproof, lined) $18
  • Waterproof trousers $12
  • Fleece trousers $6
  • Hiking boots $9
  • Water bottle (purchase only) $8
  • Warm jacket (Goretex) $12
  • Warm jacket (down) $12
  • Hat or neck scarf $6
  • Sunglasses (purchase only) $12 - $15

 

Cameras (incl. Digital & Video Cameras) - An easy to use 'point and press' will get you some good photos. For memorable shots, it may be worthwhile investing in an SLR camera, but be sure to get some practice in before the trip! Most towns and cities have internet cafes where you can download onto CD/internet sites - but don't rely on it.

Photography - Be aware of your surroundings when taking photographs and filming. Some locations will be sensitive or have local laws banning photography. For example it is usually forbidden to use cameras at borders or around government buildings, military installations, bridges and airports or to take photos of local officials. If you do take photos or film where it is not permitted you may find yourself being questioned by irate officials who may decide to confiscate your camera or instruct you to delete all the images/footage on your device. If in doubt ask for permission, or if there is no-one to ask use some common sense.

Drones - As the use of drones becomes more common, countries throughout the world are gradually updating their laws and restrictions on usage. The specific regulations will vary from one country to another, so do check the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for the latest information. As with cameras, use your common sense if you do use a drone and avoid operation in sensitive areas. If you plan to bring a drone on your trip with us please contact us first to ensure there will be a suitable place to store it while on your trip.

Electrical charging & power supply - It may be difficult to find a power source for charging at times, so a spare battery is a must. Log onto www.whatplug.net for information regarding the different electrical plugs and voltage used in each country.

The internet and WiFi are available in many towns / cities you will visit. Do bear in mind that the connections can be unreliable and will not always be as fast as you are used to at home.  If a lot of people try to use the internet at the same time the speed will be slower still, especially if trying to make Skype calls or upload photos / videos.  During periods of the trip where we are wild camping, internet will be less common.

Some travellers choose to take an unlocked mobile phone with them and buy local SIM cards in each country, allowing them to use mobile data.  If you particularly want or need regular internet access this may be a good option. Telephone calls can be expensive usually £1 to £5 for a three minute call.

Online Diaries - A great variety of free "travel blogs" are now available online, they are a good way of keeping relatives and friend up to date with what you are doing and a good place to upload photos, collecting messages as well as keeping a record for yourself.

Before you go

  • Remove unnecessary packaging before you go - waste disposal facilities are often stretched or non existent in the places we visit. To avoid unnecessary pollution of local water supplies take environmentally friendly toiletries with you.
  • Why not invest in a wind-up or solar-powered torch or media player before you travel or at least rechargeable batteries.
  • Learn some of the local language and read up on the local history/culture before you go. You'll get so much more out of your trip.
  • Why not pack some pens/pencils exercise books in your rucksack and they can be donated to a local school or project while you're away. You can also purchase these items cheaply, locally which will help local businesses.
  • Take a sturdy water bottle with you from home that you can re-use throughout your trip. We carry large quantities of purified water with us on our Expedition vehicles and it is much better for the environment if you drink this, rather than purchase bottled water along the way. (It also saves you money).
  • Water-to-Go: Oasis Overland have partnered with Water-to-Go to help reduce the number of plastic water bottles consumed during a trip. Water-to-Go is a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals from any non-salt water source. Click here and enter the code OASIS15 to purchase your Water-to-Go products at 15% discount. Water-to-Go will then donate a further 15% to Oasis Overland Charity projects.
 
While you're travelling

From experience gained in running trips, we have developed our own practical and manageable environmental policy which all of our crew practice on the trips we operate, and they will share this information with you at the start of your trip. We welcome your input on this, plus any new ideas you may have, to improve our existing procedures. As a guide here's a few tips to bear in mind.

  • Don't waste water. It is a scarce resource in many of the places our trips visit. On all our Ultimate and Overland Expeditions we carry large quantities of purified water with us. We encourage you to refill your own water bottles from this supply, rather than purchase bottled water along the way-much more environmentally friendly and saves you money.
  • Never buy endangered species or endangered habitat products. Apart from the fact of it being illegal it also encourages the trade to continue.
  • Look after and preserve the areas we visit. Be careful about stepping on coral reefs or trekking on undesignated tracks.
  • Buy locally made crafts and products helping to support the local economy.
  • Don't feel when bargaining that you have to get the cheapest price possible just for the sake of it. Pay what the item is worth to you & don't worry about what someone else has paid.
  • Try the local food and drinks - this will help to support local farmers and food sellers. Sitting in a local cafe is also a great way to meet local people.
  • Dispose of litter appropriately on your trip. This includes cigarette butts. Not only does litter look unsightly it can be lethal to wildlife.
  • Where any toilet facilities exist, however unsavoury they might seem to you, they should be used. Where they do not, always bury your waste and make sure it is never near (at least 30m) a water source.
  • When game viewing do not encourage your guides to get too close to the wildlife so that their natural behaviour is impeded.
  • Respect local customs, traditions and beliefs of the people in the different regions that you travel through.
  • Do not take photos of people, ritual events or special places unless you have asked first. Dress appropriately according to local codes and show respect around religious festivals.
  • Recycling is almost non-existent in many of the areas and countries we visit - we do the best we can with limited resources & space on our vehicles.
  • For books dedicated to travelling more responsibly & ethically see: www.tourismconcern.org.uk
 
Community Projects - Oasis are active in raising awareness and providing support to a number of projects and local schools where we believe we can make a positive difference. More information on the projects we support.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) offer country-specific advice, regarding not only security but also entry regulations, local laws and customs and health. We strongly recommend all travellers visit the FCO website, or the equivalent in their home country, to familiarise themselves with local conditions and issues in the countries they plan to visit before committing to a trip with us. You can view their website here.

If you have any questions at all about the safety or security of your trip, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss your trip in more detail.

In cities - All major cities have their share of petty crime (just like our cities) and sensible precautions need to be taken.  Wearing expensive looking jewellery or watches and carrying cameras will draw unnecessary attention to you.  Leave valuables such as passports and excess money in your hotel safe (we recommend carrying a copy of your passport details page at all times). You may find a simple money belt is more discreet than a bag. Always be aware of your surroundings and when approached by people you do not know, use your common sense. At night in cities it's best to use a taxi, rather than walking around the streets, single women in particular need to be careful and we would suggest that it is safer to be in a group.

Oasis does not take responsibility for clients' personal items and we advise you to not take items of value that are not essential for the journey.

Kilimanjaro guides all receive a licence to work on Kilimanjaro from the National Park. Without this they are unable to operate as guides. The licence is obtained after several years of experience of working on the mountain as porters or cooks then as assistant guides after which they attend courses in First Aid, Mountain Rescue, Flora and Fauna and History.
From the guides that have acquired their guide qualification, we select those that are recommended by our local partners and who have an excellent record of working on the mountain. Their professionalism is hard to rival anywhere in the world and one of their prime objectives will be to help you achieve your dream and gain the summit of Kilimanjaro, safely. If at any stage they suggest you should turn back then trust them, respect their experience - they must have an excellent reason for this as this is one of their last resorts.

It is customary tip the guides and porters on the Kilimanjaro Trek.  It is important to understand that this is an essential part of the porters, cooks, drivers and guides income who work very hard to provide the best possible services.

We have found that the simplest and fairest way to provide the trek team with tips is to ask each climber to pay a tipping kitty.  This covers tips for all the staff on your trek (which can be several!).  

The suggested maximum amount is given in our tips guide below. Note that this is the total amount to be given by each group (not per climber). So, if only 2 pax are climbing it comes out to a total of $265 for a 5 day climb (1 guide, 1 cook and 4 porters). This system works best because the alternative is to increase the staff salary to compensate and add it to the tour price. So the current system is actually the fairest and cheapest way for climbers and is standard on Kilimanjaro. 

Staff member & Suggested tips per day in USD

Chief guide $20-$25
Assistant guide $15-$20 
Cook $10-$15
Porter $8-$10

Trekking teams generally consist of 1 guide per group of 8, 1 assistant guide per 4, 1 cook per 8. Porters (per person): 2 on the Marangu route, 3 on Machame, Umbwe and Rongai and 4 on the Lemosho route.


Oasis Representatives & Local Guides

On your Kilimanjaro trip you will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Guide who is experienced and has climbed with people of all different fitness and skill levels. There will also be porters and cooks travelling ahead of you carrying your luggage / and preparing hearty meals for you every day. 

Accommodation & Transport

In Moshi you will be staying at Springland's Hotel (or similar property) before and after your climb, and whilst on your Kilimanjaro climb you will be camping or staying in basic huts on the mountain. Transport to and from the mountain will be in a 4x4 mini van with your porters and guides.

  • Marangu Route - huts
    This is the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts at every camp site with solar lights and comfortable beds. The huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and a pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. Mens' and ladies' latrines are available at the last camp which are basic. All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are for sale at the huts. Bring small Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices do tend increase with elevation).
  • Machame and other routes - camping
    We provide 2-person tents, which your porters will erect, and sleeping mats (1.5 inches thick), plates, cutlery, cups etc. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag. We will set up our own camp area, but this will be part of a public camp site with communal facilities. 

Whichever route you take, we allocate our own trekking team of a guide, cook and porters to our group. 

Toilets on the trek

There are public toilets at all the camp stops on the Kilimanjaro trekking routes. These tend to be simple wooden huts with long drop 'holes in the ground'. No nice fancy porcelain flushing toilets or bidets here! The local National Park staff do their best to keep these clean, but they do get used by a lot of people every day, so don't have high expectations.

We do offer the option of a private toilet for you and your group. This costs £90, should be arranged in advance, and basically comprises of a private toilet tent with a chemical toilet to sit on and do your thing. Your porters will carry it up and down the mountain and keep it clean and it will be available for your use in the mornings, evenings and overnight (not during the day's hiking).

Food & Drink

Three meals a day are prepared for you by the cook. Coffee and tea are included, but soft drinks, mineral water and alcoholic drinks must be paid for locally. 
You will be provided with fresh fruits and vegetable for the first few days on Kili and after that much of your food will come from tins and packets. The food is of a good standard and will be prepared for you. If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know before your trek begins.
For lunch, in addition to the above, you are likely to have some extra item or items - eg biscuits, nuts, small fruit drink. 
Camp staff will heat all water to boiling point before giving it to clients. However, we request that all clients bring water filter bottles or take their own water purification tablets to add to their water before drinking
It is a good idea to bring some mint cake, dried fruits (such as apricots) or snack bars to boost your energy level whilst on the mountain.
In the event that you suffer a stomach upset we recommend that you take Imodium (or Lomotil). Eat lightly, take as much safe non-alcoholic liquid as you can and take Dioralyte which will help to re-hydrate you.
Personal hygiene and common sense should help in avoiding any gastric problems.

Vegetarians / Vegans / Coeliacs / Gluten & Lactose intolerance - your Guide and cook will always do their best to cater for any dietary requirement or intolerance whenever possible. However they do not cater for fussy eaters. It must be remembered that the variety of dishes available may not be the same as available to meat eaters. If there is anything in particular you require in your diet or because of an allergy or would miss from home, it would be best to bring these with you.

Remember that when eating out in local restaurants & hotels that vegetarianism or food allergies / intolerance's, are still not widely known about or understood by many local people. i.e Vegetarians or Vegans will often be offered fish or chicken in error.  Most large towns or areas used to tourists, will often have more choice but please be aware that it will probably not be as varied as you are used to when eating out at home.

Safety on the Mountain

All climbers on Kilimanjaro are registered with KINAPA who are in charge of Mount Kilimanjaro National park and are responsible for mountain rescue. The tour cost includes mountain rescue by KINAPA rangers. The following items are carried by our guide and his team or are available at the mountain huts/camps:

  • Mobile phone
  • VHF radio
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen for emergency use (bottle, regulator, mask)
  • Pulse oximeter

Additional safety equipment such as a Hyperbaric chamber or additional oxygen cylinders may be hired at the base hotel but may require extra porters to carry them. 

Seasons for Climbing

  • Mid Dec to March: Excellent period with mild temperatures and good visibility. Less snow.
  • April and May: The long rains mean wet conditions at lower altitudes with limited visibility
  • June to August: Cold temperatures but good visibility at higher altitudes.
  • Sept to October: Good time to climb with higher temperatures. Maybe some mist patches.
  • Nov to mid Dec: Short rains give good visibility night and morning, possible afternoon rain.

Kilimanjaro Climate

Lying just south of the equator Kilimanjaro is affected by the passage of the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone, which brings with it the main rainy periods. The highest rainfall occurs between mid March and early May, and slightly less between the beginning of November and late December. Maximum rainfall occurs in the forest belt and on the south side of the mountain where it reaches 2000mm. per year. Precipitation on the summit is about 100mm. per year; this coupled with the very porous ash soils results in the Saddle being considered a high altitude desert. Rain and, higher up, snow, can however be encountered at any time of year - even in the driest periods (January, February and September).
Normally the drier seasons are associated with clear, dry weather which can last for weeks on end. The best weather is generally encountered in the mornings, and convectional rainfall, if any, tends to come in mid-afternoon. After long periods of dry weather some of the higher streams dry up.
Temperatures vary considerably with height and time of day. On the plains surrounding Kilimanjaro the average temperature is about 30°C. At 3000m. frosts can be encountered at night while day time temperatures range from 5 to 15°C. Night time temperatures on the summit can be well below freezing.
When to go . . . Anytime! All seasons have their attractions - a good day in the rainy periods can sometimes provide superb views as the air is then very clear, however deep snow and heavy rain could stop or marr your trip. The safest months are: mid-December to mid March and then June to October.


2024

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Fri 28 Jun Fri 05 Jul Dates: Fri 28 Jun - Fri 05 Jul
Special Events: Adult Price: £1995 Book
Fri 19 Jul Fri 26 Jul Dates: Fri 19 Jul - Fri 26 Jul
Special Events: Adult Price: £1995 Book
Wed 07 Aug Wed 14 Aug Dates: Wed 07 Aug - Wed 14 Aug
Special Events: Adult Price: £1995 Book
Sun 08 Sep Sun 15 Sep Dates: Sun 08 Sep - Sun 15 Sep
Special Events: Adult Price: £1995 Book
Fri 27 Sep Fri 04 Oct Dates: Fri 27 Sep - Fri 04 Oct
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Thu 31 Oct Thu 07 Nov Dates: Thu 31 Oct - Thu 07 Nov
Special Events: Adult Price: £1995 Book
Tue 19 Nov Tue 26 Nov Dates: Tue 19 Nov - Tue 26 Nov
Special Events: Adult Price: £1995 Book

Please Note: The departure dates shown are timed so that you can do this trek immediately before joining one of our Overland trip departures starting in Nairobi. You will need to arrange a shuttle bus transfer from Moshi to Nairobi on the final day. These tend to leave very early in the morning from Moshi and take around 7 hours. Our overland trip would then start the next morning. Prices are based on a minimum of 2 people doing the trek. 

It is also possible to do this trip on any other date of your choosing. The trek is run privately, though you will share the same hut accommodation as other hikers. Please contact us to check prices and availability which will be based on your preferred dates and the number of people in your party. 

Please be aware that up to 2 months before your departure, the cost of the Kilimanjaro climb may change. This may be due to currency fluctuations & /or price increases by the National Park authority.

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  • Region
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