Beautiful and inspiring, there are few experiences that can match scaling Africa's highest mountain. This epic adventure combines climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with four days relaxing in Moshi and Arusha National Park for an unforgettable wildlife safari tour. The challenging Umbwe Route is regarded as the most spectacular way up the mountain, and it offers an unforgettable ascent to 5,895 meters.
Moshi – Relaxing in Moshi
Moshi is the gentlest of Tanzanian towns and makes for the perfect start to any African vacation. You'll be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Moshi and your comfortable hotel. It's a one hour journey and glimpses of Mount Kilimanjaro should accompany the trip. Lounge by the hotel pool, enjoy the relaxing terrace and savor the serenity. Just around the corner, the enchanting sights of east Africa are yours to explore. Take a walk through the market, enjoying the vibrant colors and bizarre collections of things for sale. Sample fresh fruit from roadside stalls or find a cafe terrace for a fresh cup of local coffee. Then return to the hotel and rest up after your long international flight.
Kilimanjaro – Exploring the Land Beneath Kilimanjaro
Umbwe Cave Camp – Start the Kilimanjaro Climb and Ascend Through Dense Rainforest
Baranco Camp – A Beautiful and Steep Climb to Baranco Hut
Barafu Camp – Spectacular Ascent to Barafu Hut
Mweka Camp – Conquering Kilimanjaro and Standing on the Roof of Africa
Moshi – Stunning Scenery on the Descent
Moshi – Colorful Moshi Town Tour
Arusha – A Beautiful Safari in Arusha National Park
Arusha – Transfer to Airport
- Take the challenging five day Umbwe route up Mount Kilimanjaro, widely regarded as the most spectacular way up the mountain
- Reach the summit at 5,895 meters and savor the unique feeling of standing on the roof of Africa
- Take a game drive through Arusha National Park and marvel at some of East Africa's unique wildlife
- Enjoy the colors and vibrant culture of Moshi, one of Tanzania's friendliest towns
- Trek along the least populated of Kilimanjaro's trails, meaning that it's often just you, your guides, and the mountain
- Climb through rich rainforest, before hiking along alpine deserts and into a snowy wonderland
- Enjoy thrilling and safe scrambles on the very edge of Africa's highest mountain
Mount Kilimanjaro towers over the town of Moshi, the world's highest free-standing mountain always igniting the imagination. It looks imperious, the 5,895 meter high summit almost seeming out of reach. Not only will this itinerary take you to the snow-capped peak, it takes the Umbwe Route, the most challenging and spectacular trail up the mountain. After two days relaxing in Moshi you set off on an epic five day climb. The trail is steep and exhilarating. But it's also quiet. Umbwe Route is the least used Kilimanjaro route, meaning that there are very few other hikers on the trail or at the campsites. You're hiking in untouched nature, on a route that ascends through lush rainforest, alpine desert, and a snowy wonderland.
It's not always easy, and that's part of the Umbwe Route's appeal. You'll be camping in virgin rainforest, wandering across lunar-like landscapes, and safely clambering along steep walls with the whole of Africa beneath your feet. Easing you into Tanzania is two nights’ stay in Moshi, where you'll explore its colorful markets and vibrant atmosphere. Then the trek starts with a 1200 meter vertical ascent through coffee plantations and thick tropical forest. You just carry a day-pack as your team of guides and porters carry the equipment, set up camp, and cook filling meals throughout. Their intimate knowledge of the trail keeps you safe, particularly as you make a breathless scramble up to the Baranco Hut. After two days of hiking you're almost at 4000 meters and the stupendous views accompany every step.
The Baranco Wall provides a thrilling challenge the next day as you ascend towards the snowline. Then you make a 1am start on the fourth day of hiking, weary legs galvanized by the thought of the summit. A slow sunrise bathes the African savannahs in red and yellow as you press on from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. Each step brings you closer to 5,895 meters, and the sign located there confirms that you've scaled the world's highest free-standing mountain. Your dreams have been realized and it will take weeks to wipe the smile off your face. Savor the views and congratulate your fellow climbers. But take time alone to appreciate the very special feeling that accompanies the summit.
After one more night on the mountain you descend to Moshi and a relaxed two days that will complete your vacation. Rest the legs before going on a gentle Moshi town tour on day eight. Gaze up at Mount Kilimanjaro. Yes, you really did just climb it. Then, see another wild side of the country as you go on a Tanzania safari through Arusha National Park. Elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and elusive leopards all await you. But, like mighty Kilimanjaro, it's often the beauty and serenity of the landscape that will linger longest in the memory. A spectacular climb, a gentle town, and a stunning safari; this itinerary will offer a multitude of experiences that showcase the inimitability of Tanzania.
$4,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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