8 Days
Duration
Tanzania
Location
Challenging
Physicality
OneSeed Expeditions
Operator

Summit Africa’s Tallest Mountain

When visiting Mars still seems like too distant a possibility, summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania may be the next best thing. On that final summit-day push, wake up at midnight under a sky full of stars. Then trek until dawn breaks, to watch the sunrise over Africa, with sweeping views of the red earth near the highest point on the continent. Expert local guides will ensure a smooth journey from the moment you land in Moshi, the basecamp at the foot of the giant mountain. This 8-day trip has been carefully curated by OneSeed Expeditions—a company that chooses to invest in people by loaning 10% of their profits to local entrepreneurs in need of capital. Don’t just visit local communities, empower them.


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Itinerary

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Day 1: Moshi (2,800ft/853m)

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where our team will be awaiting your arrival. Drive 1 hour to the town of Moshi to check into our partner lodge to catch up on your jetlag. Join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner at the lodge.
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Day 2: Moshi to Mandara Hut (8907ft/2715m)

The adventure begins! Drive 1 hour to the Kilimanjaro National Park. Depart with only a daypack and begin your ascent through the mossy rain forest. Keep your eyes out for monkeys in this lush area. Stop at a picnic spot to enjoy your box lunch before continuing to ascend. Spend the first night on the trail at Mandara Hut, a solar generated, A-frame hut. Enjoy a delicious dinner before getting some well-deserved rest. Total distance: 5 miles. Approximately 5 hours of trekking.
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Day 3: Mandara hut to Horombo Hut (12,155ft/3705m)

The scenery transitions from rain forest to moorland and it is possible to catch your first glimpses of the Kibo Crater. Check out the unique plant life that can live for 100 years and reach up to 16 feet tall! Pass an ancient burial ground and learn about Chagga culture. Retire to Horombo Hut for the evening. Total distance: 7.2 miles. Approximately 6-8 hours of trekking.
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Day 4: Horombo Hut (12,155ft/3705m)

 Spend a rest day at Horombo Hut. To acclimate to the altitude, head out on a day hike to Zebra Rock, a geologic phenomenon in a beautiful setting. Don’t forget to check out the star-covered sky. With almost no light pollution, the mountains are an astronomer’s paradise.
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Day 5: Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut (15,518ft/4730m)

 The hike continues through yet another microclimate, the alpine desert. This moon-like landscape gives you great views of the summit. Reach Kibo Hut for some rest before heading out that same evening for your final ascent. Total distance: 6 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.
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Day 6: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut (12,155ft/3705m)

Arise just before midnight to begin the long ascent to the top. Steep switchbacks lead you to the summit. Gain almost 4,000ft as you reach the summit at 19,341ft above sea level. With the crater on one side and a glacier on the other, this spot is breathtaking. Enjoy a beautiful view of the sunrise before you return to Kibo Hut and on to Horombo Hut for the night. Total distance: 12.7 miles. Approximately 13-16 hours of trekking.
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Day 7: Horombo hut to Moshi (2,800ft/853m)

 Continue your descent back through the rain forest. Stop at Mandara Hut for lunch and continue all the way back to the park gates. Return to Moshi for a hot shower and a celebration dinner with your team. Total distance: 12.2 miles. Approximately 6 hours of trekking.
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Day 8: Moshi (2,800ft/853m)

International flights depart.

 

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. OneSeed Expeditions reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide.

Overview

TOUR DATES


(Custom trip dates available on request)

4 – 11 August 2017
1 – 8 September 2017
22 – 29 September 2017
6 – 13 October 2017
20 – 27 October 2017
17 – 24 November 2017
15 – 22 December 2017
29 December – 5 January 2018
9 – 16 February 2018
16 – 23 February 2018
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE LOCATION Moshi, Tanzania
INCLUDED  Medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date
Airport transfers
Hut accommodations on trail
2 nights accommodation in Moshi
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
Trekking permits and entry fees
Farewell and welcome dinners
Guide & porter services
All ground transportation to/from trail
NOT INCLUDED Personal items (laundry, clothing, snacks, etc)
Trip cancellation insurance (offered as an option)
International airfare and meals during travel
Snacks during trek
Beverages outside of designated meals

Packing List 

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Moshi – to be kept in storage during expedition
  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
  • Fleece jacket or vest (1)
  • Synthetic hiking pants (1)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Synthetic long underwear (1-2)
  • Synthetic T-shirt (2)
  • Wool or synthetic hat
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
  • Sandals/Crocs/Old Sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
  • Day pack
  • Water bottles (2) or bladder may be substituted for one water bottle
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen
  • SPF 50+ Sunglasses
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Personal toiletries and medicine
  • Sleeping bag w/ 0ºF rating
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Swimsuit for lodge in Moshi
  • Bug spray
  • Balaclava
  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag
  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the trail
  • OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)
  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Tanzania (if applicable)
  • Guidebooks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Bandana (for dust and wind)
  • Energy bars
  • Yaktrax
  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

Note: This expedition includes porters for bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. Carried Bag Weight Limit: 22lbs/10kg

Why Choose OneSeed Expeditions?

OneSeed Expeditions was founded with a simple goal: Explore the world. Invest in people. They have been recognized as a leader in socially minded travel.

They Hire Local Guides

OneSeed hire professional, experienced guides from local communities.

They Invest in Local Economies

OneSeed invest 10% of total revenue in the form of microcredit to local small-scale entrepreneurs. They partner with small businesses to maximize local benefit from tourism.

They Protect Local Environments

OneSeed practice ‘Leave No Trace’ principles on all of their expeditions and incentivize environmental best practices among their partners.

They Respect Local Customs

OneSeed operates with respect and mindfulness everywhere they travel.

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