MT. KILIMANJARO - 5895m
Private & Custom Itineraries
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"Becky, We had the best trip ever. Words cant describe the feeling we
had, when we got to the top of the mountain. Everything was 110 % The food
/ hotel / pickup and drop- off at airport was excellent. Edita and the staff at
the Keys Hotel were outstanding. Just to give you the heads-up, I have passed
your company name on to 3 friends, who will be booking the Kili hike next year.
As far as the safari went, it was awesome and the lodges we stayed at were 5
Star plus. Thank you for making our dream trip so great. Regards Manny and
Climbs via the Machame, Marangu, Umbwe or Mt. Meru can be done at anytime with any size of group or even just you!
MARANGU ROUTE- (HUT BASED) plus optional 3- day Wildlife Safari. This route is extremely busy and especially during the holidays. People think it is an easier route but we don't think so. The days are long because of the long traverse up to gain altitude. We would rate the Machame easier in that regard and much less traffic. Our pick is the Machame camping route.
INCLUSIONS - All prices are in US dollars and based on twin sharing.
* Peak Freak Expeditions adds an extra day for Kilimanjaro on the Machame route for better success rates than the standard 6 days offered by others.
our group departure New Years of each year we have one Western
guide, a registered African guide plus 5 to 6 assistant African guides. Our
staff will also include a chief cook, and several assistant cooks, tent porters
(responsible for pitching tents), servers (responsible for meal service), and
many porters to carry it all.
On independent departures you will provided with all African staff, as many
that are need for just your or your small group.
On independent departures you will provided with all African staff, as many that are need for just your or your small group.
We will take great pride
in making sure local staff will have adequate clothing, equipment, shelter,
sleeping arrangements, food, cooking equipment and water. Sick or injured
porters are properly cared for. All loads are weighed to ensure that porters
are carrying loads that don’t exceed their physical ability or legal limits.
Porters are paid a fair wage for their work and are paid tip money directly from
the tip pool at the end of the climb (no middle man taking a cut). We encourage
our team members to observe and participate in the staff tipping session at the
end of the climb.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Peak Freak Expeditions is
committed to Leave No Trace. On Kilimanjaro this means working with the
Kilimanjaro National Park staff to ensure that the Park regulations are
followed. Garbage will be carried down from the climb and turned into the Park
rangers, per the regulations. Pit toilets are used at the camps to ensure that
human waste is disposed of correctly.
No previous climbing
experience or technical climbing skills are required. The hiking is on rough
trail. A small amount of snow may be encountered below the summit but it does not necessitate the use of crampons or an ice axe. Trekking
with ski poles can
Good conditioning is the
primary requirement for the climb of Kilimanjaro. This is a strenuous trip.
Participants must be in sound “hiking shape” and capable of traveling for a
full day with a light weight back pack which includes (clothing, lunch, water, camera, etc.). Don’t
underestimate this mountain. We’re going high and the summit day is long.
Follow a conditioning program that will strengthen your lungs, legs and heart.
Any hiking you can do before the trip will be of the most value. At home, we
recommend stair climbing, biking riding and running hills. Conditioning is a
process that continues throughout the year.
The equipment list
be provided meant to help you compile your personal gear for a high altitude
trekking trip. You’ll notice that the gear is essentially the same as that
required for a summer ascent of Rainer without the inclusion of any technical
climbing gear. Most items are required, while a few are optional. Please
consider each item carefully and be sure you understand the function of each
piece of equipment before you substitute or delete items from your duffle. Keep
in mind, that experienced expedition organizers have carefully compiled this
list. Don’t cut corners on the quality of your gear.
January and February and
mid-June through mid of October are normally very stable weather periods. That
said, it is always difficult to predict the exact weather conditions we will
encounter during our ascent. Warm rain can occur down low and we can experience
cold and windy conditions higher on the mountain ay time of the year. It is not
unusual for the temperatures to be well below freezing on summit day before the
sun comes up. A down jacket (or equivalent) is required. We expect that the
weather be perfectly reasonable but it is important to prepare for all
possibilities. Safari and travel days should be comfortably warm and the
evenings may require a light sweater or jacket.
None-are required, but
they are cheap insurance to be on the safe side. Start preparations now so that
these vaccinations can be completed before your departure. For more information
consult your physician, travel clinic or the Centers for Disease Control.
Malaria is of concern in the past couple of years so the risk is on the rise so
please make this important when discussing your needs with your travel clinic
Malaria is of concern in the past couple of years so the risk is on the rise so please make this important when discussing your needs with your travel clinic nurse.
All meals on the climb
and during the safari are included. You will be responsible for your bottled
drinks and alcoholic beverages. You may want to bring powdered drink mixes for flavor
in your water bottles. We recommend you bring a modest personal stash of
your favorite trail and snack foods (nuts, bars, jerky etc.) primarily for
summit day and also to supplement the lunches provided by our African staff on
the climb. The Chagga cooks will prepare meals using local food and quantity and
quality are excellent.
Your passport must be valid for 6 months after the trip and have empty pages. Advanced visas are not required for entry into Tanzania or Kenya. You can get them upon arrival at the airport: Cost $50US and $100US for USA passport holders. You will also need one passport size photo for this process.
AND TRAVELING SUGGESTIONS
For this type of
expedition we will each carry a small daypack/rucksack as carry-on and check two
lockable bags. One of those bags can stay at the hotel while climbing for
storage of your travel clothes. Your other bag will be for your carriage of your
personal gear on the climb by the porters. We limit this to 30 pounds maximum
per climber. Most climbers find the 30 lb. Allowance to be quite reasonable for
a climb of Kilimanjaro. The welfare of the team is our primary importance. You
bag will be weighed prior to the climb to be in compliance with Kilimanjaro
National Park porter regulations.
Each participant is asked
to contribute $120 into the group tip pool. In addition, the Chagga porters
always gladly accept used shoes, clothes and gear etc. They are great guys and
you’ll really enjoy their help and friendship.
A small camera is perfect
for the climb. While on safari, the longer the lens the better. A pair of
binoculars is great for the safari, too. Sometimes it’s more fun to just watch
the animals than try to take pictures. On safari you will be standing up in the
back of the “pop top” vehicles, leaning against the roof. In this situation,
serious photographers will find that a sandbag type stabilizer is more useful
than a tripod.
We recommend about $500
(or more if you plan to do gift/memorabilia shopping). Nice shops will accept
credit cards. We suggest carrying personal money in the form of smaller
denominations, new conditions bills, in US dollars (twenty $10.00 bills and the
rest in$10’s and $20,s).
INCLUDES Ngorongoro Conservation
area and Serengeti National Park.
Siringitu, for the
is “the place where the land moves on forever”. The Serengeti ecosystem is
one of the oldest on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation and
fauna have barely changed in the past million years. The park covers 14, 763 sq.
km. Of endless rolling plains, which reach up to the Kenyan border, and extends
almost to Lake Victoria.
The conservation area is
located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara. It is home to the famous
volcanic Ngorongoro Crater, which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.
The crater (610 metres dep and 260 km squared) is a microcosm of East African
scenery and game.
is a small, beautiful park at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment and
compromises of forest, woodland, grasslands, and swamps. The park is 300sq. km
in size, of which 230 occupied by the lake.
TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Covers approximately 2600 square kilometers and, in the dry season, is second only to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in concentrations of wildlife. Tarangire lies to the south of the large, open grass plains of southern Maasailand, and derives its name from the Tarangire River, which provides permanent water for wildlife in the area
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HIMALAYAN HIGH ALTITUDE SPECIALISTS since 1983