Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

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Location: Tanzania, Africa

Altitude: 5,895m

Grade: Moderate

Fitness level: Good

Route:  Machame Route – Marangu Route – Rongai Route – Lemosho Route

Travel period: Throughout the year

Duration: 11 days (trekking for seven days) (17 days including safari and trip to Zanzibar

Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures limited is bonded and fully licenced by the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation, TA0791.

Dates 2022

Dates 2023

Dates 2024

The Kili climb, as it is known, is a favourite among many people and can be achieved by anyone with a relatively good level of fitness who enjoys a challenge or the regular hillwalker looking for a high-altitude climb. A huge crater, Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s highest point, but it is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain is made up of five distinct climate zones: Cultivation, Rainforest, Heather-Moorland, Alpine Desert and the Arctic zone as you approach the summit.

All routes offer the chance to experience the different zones as you climb, but the Machame Route is the most impressive and probably the most beautiful route of ascent. The route, which covers approximately 100km and rises to 4,400m, culminates with an exciting, easy scramble through the huge amphitheatre of the Western Breach before a traverse of the upper plateau to the summit. Outside of your day rucksack, all your equipment and supplies are carried by porters and cooks prepare all meals. Accommodation at the camps on the Machame Route (or ‘Whiskey Route’) is in tents.

We have taken thousands of people to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Pat himself has submitted over 45 times while Freddy, our main Sirdar on Kilimanjaro, has climbed to the summit over 400 times already. Our track record of 98% success for our clients reaching the summit is second to none in the world, ensuring that you have the best chance in making your dream a reality on an adventure of a lifetime to the ‘Roof of Africa’.

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For those who would like to spend more time exploring Tanzania. We offer the options of adding on a wildlife safari to Lake Manayara and Ngorongoro Crater and/or a break in Zanzibar where you can have a luxurious and well-deserved rest after your climb.

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ITINERARY


Day 1: Fly Ireland – Kilimanjaro  

Day 2: Arrive Kilimanjaro and rest day

Zone 1: Cultivation (800m – 1,800m). Rest and briefing day at the hotel.

Day 3: Trek Machame Gate (1,950m) – Machame Camp (2,980m)

Zone 2: Rainforest (1,800m – 2,800m).

Day 4: Trek Machame Camp (2,980m) – Shira Camp (3,840m)

Zone 3: Heather-Moorland (2,800m – 4,000m).

Day 5: Trek Shira Camp (3840m) – Lava Towers (4,637m) – Barranco Camp (3,950m)

Zone 4. This is one of the hardest days as we rise to 4,637m before descending again to 3,950m. 

Day 6: Trek – Barranco Camp (3,950m) – summit of the Barranco Wall

Zone 4. Acclimatisation trek to Karanga Camp (4,030m).

Day 7: Trek – Karanga Camp (4,030m) – Barafu Camp (4,600m) 

Zone 4.

Day 8: Trek Barafu Camp (4,600m) – Stella Point – summit of Kilimanjaro (5,895m).

Zone 5: Arctic (5,000m – 5,895m). Descend to Barafu Camp and on to Mweka Camp (3,100m).

Day 9: Trek from Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (2,000m)

Return to hotel. 

Day 10: Departure for Ireland or transfer to hotel if opting for safari and/or Zanzibar

Day 11: Five-hour game drive to Lake Manyara

Arrive at Ngorongoro for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12: Five-hour crater tour

After tour drive to Arusha. Stay overnight.

Day 13: Fly to Zanzibar

Transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14:  Zanzibar

Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 15: Return to airport to travel home

 Day 16: Arrive Ireland

Note: Land-only option – arrive at the hotel on the afternoon on Day 2. Depart from hotel on the morning of Day 10.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change

DATES





Contact us for more dates if the above dates don’t suit you.

Note: Minimum group size of two applies for the above dates. If you are interested in traveling to Kilimanjaro on dates other than those listed, we would be delighted to organize the trip for whatever dates you wish for groups of two or more people.

PRICE


Land-only €3,850

Flight prices will be quoted when booking your adventure.

If you are booking your own Flight, please ensure you arrive on time before our adventure briefing.

Include international flights allow from €1000 

Deposit: €500 due at time of booking

Inclusions:

  • Ireland – Tanzania – Ireland international flights
  • Airport pick-ups
  • All accommodation is based on twin/treble sharing of rooms and tents (if you require single accommodation, please let us know, and we will advise of additional cost)
  • National Park entry fees (these are subject to government change. If this happens, the excess will be added to the overall cost)
  • All guide, porter and cook fees
  • All meals and fully serviced trek
  • Group Zoom meeting before departure

Exclusions:

  • Visa fee (~ €50)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals en route before and after final destination
  • Bar bills, tips and laundry
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal gear
  • Medication
  • Insurance liability and hospital costs
  • Independent flights: Pick-up and drop-off costs to the airport are not included
  • Our trips are designed to avoid any extra cost to the client. If you choose to leave the trip early, There will be additional expenses.
  • Optional extras

If you wish to arrange and pay for your own flight to Tanzania, we will meet you at the airport. Full refund applies only if cancellation is received and acknowledged 20 weeks prior to departure. For bookings where flights have to be paid for in advance, the flight cost is non-refundable once paid.

PREPARATION & TRAINING


Climbing to Kilimanjaro’s summit is physically and mentally challenging but with the help of our experienced guides and leaders, it is a challenge that can be met by most fit people. The climb does not require any technical mountaineering skills and Kili is classified as a trekking peak, suitable to all and one that can be achieved by a beginner with training. A good level of fitness and some experience on a mountain is recommended prior to departure. You will enjoy your trip a lot more if you have prepared well.

We recommend that you attend our free Meet Weekend in County Kerry to say hello to the group and meet with our guides. This is an ideal opportunity to check out your fitness levels when you are assessed by our experienced guides on this preparatory hill walk. The day also provides a good opportunity to get any questions answered or concerns dealt with that you may have in relation to the trip. We talk about dealing with altitude and different weather conditions as well as giving tips on gear and general training.

We consider ourselves among the world’s leading experts in high-altitude trekking and pride ourselves on putting together trips that provide the best possible opportunity to succeed. Acclimatisation is key to success and it’s important that you don’t underestimate the time you allow yourself to adjust to your new environment. Pace is key to preventing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and our guides monitor the group at all times for signs and symptoms.

On the Saturday of our Meet Weekend we climb one of Ireland’s highest peaks during the day while, very early on Sunday morning, we undertake a night hike. The hike simulates the requirements on the summit day/night of the actual trek, taking you out of your comfort zone and helping you learn how to prepare your mind and body for the challenge ahead.

For beginners, we offer fitness testing weekends and a variety of hillwalking options (see our Courses &Training section) and recommend a 12-month personal training programme for Everest Base Camp. If you have some degree of fitness and experience, we recommend a six-month training programme to ensure that you can trek comfortably between 4,000m and 6,000m. Our suggested programme is as follows:

  • Months 1-2: These should include fortnightly hillwalking treks lasting three hours and including carrying a small/medium pack weighing 5kg approx.
  • Months 3-4: Increase your fortnightly treks to last six hours plus and increase your pack weight to 7kg approx.
  • Month 5: Do two walks on consecutive days twice during the month. Do a five-hour walk the first day and a six-hour trek the second day. Be careful to avoid injury.
  • Month 6: Continue with some hillwalking but reduce to lower peaks and durations of a maximum of four hours.

Ask your GP for advice on vaccinations, keeping in mind your travel history to date. You are required to have a valid and up-to-date Vaccination Card (yellow in colour) approved for the destination. You can get this from your doctor.

Passport/visa:
You will need a valid full passport. Please ensure it has six months before expiry prior your departure date. All visitors are obliged to get a visa at the airport in Tanzania so please ensure you have four passport-size photos of yourself before we depart.

Money:
It is advisable to bring some money in cash for the trip. ATMs are not always reliable or might have a low daily withdrawal limit. Once en route, Euro or US Dollars in cash are the best way to pay for services including porters, tips, etc.

GEAR FOR KILIMANJARO


This part one of gear required and packing for Kilimanjaro by world-renowned explorer and adventurer Pat Falvey.

If you have any questions please email info@patfalvey.com or call +353 64 6644181.

Clothing: gear list

  • Lightweight, long thermal underwear – tops and bottoms
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Expedition-weight long underwear – tops and bottoms
  • Fleece jacket – mid-weight to heavy-weight; wind stopper an advantage
  • Fleece trousers
  • Parka jacket – down or synthetic parka with hood
  • Jacket – waterproof and breathable
  • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable

Headwear:

  • Sun hat with good visor and white bandana or buff for protecting your neck
  • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
  • Wool or pile ski hat
  • Head torch (inc. spare bulbs & spare batteries); suggested: Petzl LED
  • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection

Handwear:

Footwear:

Travelling:

  • Large duffel bag 100 litre
  • Smaller duffel with a lock to store excess gear in the hotel
  • Plastic bags to line stuff sacks to keep gear dry or a dry bag
  • Travel clothes
  • Travel towel
  • Toiletry bag
  • Camera gear

Miscellaneous items:

WHY TRAVEL WITH US?


Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures limited is bonded and fully licenced by the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation, TA0791.

Our passion for your adventure treks and expedition is one of the defining characteristics of Pat Falvey Irish & Worldwide Adventures. We love what we do, the places we travel to and the people we work with in each destination. After 25 years of worldwide travel, we remain curious about learning more and retain our delight in sharing what we know with you. We are a hands-on company whose staff are available to answer your queries both inside and outside usual office hours.

Our staff and partners in Nepal, Russia, Africa, Argentina, Peru and Antarctica are as close to us as family members and share our enthusiasm for your trips. We see their work as a vital part of each adventure and have always ensured that local staff, most of whom have worked with Pat for many years, are fairly and honourably treated. The experience and expertise of everyone who works with us is guaranteed and makes for adventures that are high on safety, support and good fun.

Our company is one of the world’s leading experts in high-altitude trekking in remote regions and we pride ourselves in putting together trips that give you the best possibility of success on your adventure. To ensure this, we have a comprehensive acclimatisation formula, designed to maximise each person’s chances of completing their trek without falling prey to the effects of high altitude or acute mountain sickness (AMS). Our guides closely monitor the group at all times for symptoms of the effects of high altitude and are always ready to take the necessary precautions when necessary.

We are not only willing to go the extra mile to make your trip our priority, we are happy to do so.

DAILY VIDEO DIARY


VIDEO : Frequently Asked Questions

Kilimanjaro: The Most Frequently Asked Questions
In this video, I have tried to deal with the most frequently asked questions that I have been asked over the last 20 years about climbing Kilimanjaro. 


Climb Kilimanjaro and succeed – Testimonials 

Get an insight into the mindset of a team of 18 ordinary men and women aged 24 to 65 that give their advice, expectations and honest opinions of how they felt while climbing Kilimanjaro. They walked, climbed, slept in tents, ate in mess tents and put their heart and souls into the challenge of a lifetime to stand on the summit of the worlds highest free-standing mountain. 

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Safari & Zanzibar

Our guides are second to none when it comes to sharing their knowledge and passion of their home country, especially when on safari where the glory and wonder of Tanzania glitters. Covering about 330km², of which about two-thirds is underwater, Lake Manyara National Park is small by African standards. However, it’s also very beautiful and contains a tremendous diversity of habitats and wildlife. Set beneath the spectacular backdrop of the Great Rift Valley’s steep western escarpment, this long, narrow park protects an area between the escarpment and Lake Manyara.

The Ngorongoro conservation area covers 2286 km² and encompasses the volcanic area around the Ngorongoro crater, including the still active Oldonyo Lengai and the famous Olduvai Gorge. This conservation area is quite simply the most spectacular tourist destination in Africa, unequalled for its magnificence, its wildlife and its atmosphere. Added to the beautiful scenery, the archaeological wealth and the wildlife is a proud people and pastoral tribe, the Maasai.

Zanzibar has for centuries attracted seafarers and adventures from around the world. Just the name itself evokes dreams of romance and mystery. We are delighted to organise your holiday here where you can visit Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town where sultans once ruled and relax on one of 25 dazzling white, palm-fringed beaches where the azure water of the Indian Ocean beckons. It is a haven for swimmers, divers and water sports enthusiasts.

Breathe in the fragrant scent of cloves, vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg to discover why Zanzibar is called the ‘Spice Island’. Explore the forest with their rare flora and fauna or visit some of the ancient archaeological sites. Spend a few days here after a safari on the mainland or, better still, allocate a week or two and immerse yourself in the magic that is Zanzibar.

Safari add-on: 3-day safari From €1,750 this includes park fees. Single supplement applies

Zanzibar add-on: 3 nights From €750 this includes full board in a 5-star hotel. Flights not included.

Best time to go on Safari:

The best time for general wildlife is from June to September.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1Arusha – Lake Manyara

After breakfast leave your hotel at 8.3 am for Lake Manyara National Park arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight in Lodge.

Day 2Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast leave Lake Manyara for Ngorongoro crater arriving in good time for lunch at the hippo pool. After lunch descend 670m into the crater floor for full day crater tour with a break for lunch at Ngoitoktok Springs picnic site. Black-maned lions, rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and other grazing animals abound. Evening game drive. Return to Ngorongoro wildlife campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 3Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

After breakfast and morning game drive, drive to Arusha where your safari ends in the afternoon.

Day 4: Fly to Zanzibar

Transfer to Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Zanzibar

Visit Stone Town if you wish or stay in the luxury of the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6: Leisure day and depart for home

Day 7: Arrive Ireland

 

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