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Friends on Mount Kilimanjaro

Trip Information

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Accommodation Levels

Lodges and Camps

Included Features

*All meals, accommodation and park fees

*Camping equipment and transportation

*local guides, porters, cook and camp hands

*Kilimanjaro climbing guides

*Overseas guide and interpreter

*Cultural orientation

*Authentic, interactive and exclusive exploration of Chagga culture

*Pre-departure kit and materials

*Private pre-trip consultation

*Village development contributions

*Membership to the Flying Doctors Society

Mount Kilimanjaro

This view of a sunrise over Mount Kilimanjaro is just one of many beautiful sights you may come across during your climb.

Friends on Mount Kilimanjaro

Now you can envision those same snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro as they await you on your horizon. Along with the great climb, this 10-day itinerary allows you to learn the ways of the Chagga people on Kili’s slopes and enjoy the splendor of a wildlife safari before your return home. It’s an adventure that combines challenge, the beauty of the land and culture. You’ll connect with Africa in a meaningful way, and your trip will benefit African villages in the spirit of fair trade.

You’ll take on Kili via the Machame Route, which has also been nicknamed the Whiskey Route. With some of the most stunning views on the mountain, Machame takes you through five ecological zones, from rainforest on the lower slopes to the heath and moorlands to alpine desert and finally to the icy peaks themselves. You will be led throughout this amazing journey by expert local drivers and guides, rangers, cooks and porters, artisans, and village elders. In addition to being Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. It formed 750,000 to 360,000 years ago from the lava of its now inactive volcanoes. Today it stands among the Serengeti and Zanzibar as one of Tanzania’s great destinations known all over the world. Almost half of the travelers who attempt Kilimanjaro never make it to Uhuru Peak at 19,340 feet even though the climb is not technical and rarely exceeds an arduous hike. Many times the ones who fall short are those who underestimate the climb and are unprepared for the thin air at high altitudes.

A day with the Chagga on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro will help you acclimatize and prepare. You can also view it as a rite of passage before the trek. After all, the Chagga are the people who have lived around Kilimanjaro for hundreds of years. They have fought wars on those slopes to protect their land. You’ll take a full tour of the village. Then, it’s on to Kilimanjaro. To celebrate your achievement, you may follow your climb with a fabulous safari in the most amazing, wild regions on the planet.

Itinerary Overview

Day 1 - Arrive in Tanzania

Day 2 – Chagga Village Program and Kili climb preparation.

Day 3 – Chagga traditional song, cuisine, dance and storytelling.

Day 4 – Mt. Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Begin the climb

Day 5 - Continue the Climb to Shira Hut (12,500 ft.)

Day 6 – Continue the Climb to Barranco Hut (13,000 ft.)

Day 7 - Continue the Climb to Barafu (ice) Hut (15,500 ft.)

Day 8 – Reach the top of Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft.)
Reach Stella's Point and/or Uhuru Peak and descend to Mweka Hut.

Day 9 - Decend to the park gate and receive a certificate.

Day 10 - Farewell to Kilimanjaro

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"It was relaxing and fun interacting with the Chagga people near Mt. Kilimanjaro, in their thick banana tree forests - sitting in their huts and houses, being part of their rituals, eating with them, joining the 1st grade class in school, the blacksmiths, hearing what the young people want to do with their lives, enjoying their humor, love of life and each other. They made us feel very welcome."
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