Kilimanjaro Africa's Highest

Trip:
Kilimanjaro- All routes with Ireland's leading adventurer Company
Altitude:
5,895m/19,340ft
Route:
Machame and Marango: all other routes available on request
Dates:

Trips All Year round, additional dates to join our escorted trip with our Irish Guided Groups led by Pat Falvey or one of our Irish group leaders, fly from Dublin. March: April : May: June : July:  August : September and December

Duration:
11 Days total - 7 Days climb
Grade:

Trekking – Moderate

Price:

From 2,050 euro - including Mountain permits: contact us 1 free meet day also included Presentation on Fitness, Altitude, Training, Route, Food, Gear, Communication and a meet and greet the team. Open decision on all other aspects of the expedition.

Flights: We can also book flights for individuals or you could preferably join one of our Groups from Ireland, UK, Amsterdam, or Frankfurt. From €1150 pending dates of your expedition.

Climb Kilimanjaro

Cimb Kilimanjaro with Ireland's leading high altitude adventure Company.

We have had over 1500 people to the summit.  Our expedition will take you on an adventure of a life time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the ‘Roof of Africa’ with one of the world's leadings adventure companies and some of the most experienced and passionated guides from Ireland and Tanzania. Many companies underestimate this mountain and ascend too fast, leaving many of the team with altitude sickness, we allow 7 days to acclimatise and this maximises your chance of a successful summit attempt. We have over 1,500 of our team reaching the summit over the last 14 years with a 98% success rate.  You couldn’t be in better hands with Pat Falvey Irish & Worldwide Adventures to make your dream a reality.

Additional Adventures:  Why not add on an exciting Safari to see Africa’s wildlife including the ‘big 5’ to Lake Manayara and Ngorongoro, the crater of the rain gods. And to top it all off, a short flight to Zanzibar for some much deserved rest will be the perfect ending to a trip that will be remembered for a life time. Latest Trek Photos & more in our gallery.

Please contact Pat Falvey or one of our Adventure Travel Consultants for personal service to find out more about your adventure.

Overview

Mt. Kilimanjaro – This climb is a favourite for many travellers to the African continent and can be achieved anyone with a good level of fitness who enjoy's a challenge, or the average hillwalker looking for their first high altitude climb.

It is not only Africa's highest point, it is the highest free standing mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro is actually a huge crater known as Kibo over 2km wide with several distinct cones, the highest being Uhuru Peak. The name is believed to come from Swahili, 'Kilima' meaning 'white or shining' and 'Njaro' meaning ' hill or little mountain'.

The variety of scenery, ancient cultures, flora and fauna coupled with the challenge of this amazing and spectacular climb can stay with a person forever. Our team will provide you with everything required for a safe and memorable climbing experience that we have been improving since 1998. Our team in Africa abide to local guidelines by providing all staff with proper wages, safety, and weight restrictions. The Machame route covers 100km approx. and elevates 4,400m from route start to summit.

Map of TanzaniaMt. Kilimanjaro’s five Major zones:
It is a unique mountain with temperatures from +20 degrees Celsius in the cultivated zone to –10 degrees Celsius in the Arctic zone.

* In the low lands we go through the cultivated land of the banana and coffee plantations.
* We then make our way through the rain forest.
* Then up into the open moorland or alpine meadows.
* Then onto a high desert that is like a moonscape terrain.
* Finally onto the upper slopes of the mountain in Arctic conditions.

Africa is a continent of contrasts, it accounts for over a quarter of the world’s land mass and 10% of the worlds population. It’s the fastest growing continent on our planet. Its variety of tribal people and cultural customs are unequaled in the world. The diversity of landscapes that these people live on are equally interesting, ranging from arid deserts to equatorial forest. Our planned trip to the cradle of mankind will take you on a journey of adventure that will challenge you physically as well as stimulate and open your senses to Africa’s people, scenery, culture and wildlife. It will promote a greater awareness and understanding about Africa as it is today.

Route

Machame Route - Our route will take us up the Machame route to the summit. This is the most impressive route of ascent for the ordinary mountain walker and one of the most interesting treks on the mountain. The route culminates with an exciting easy scramble through the huge amphitheater of the Western Breach before a traverse of the upper plateau to the summit. Acclimatisation is covered in Grade section.

This is probably the most beautiful route to climb Kilimanjaro. All your equipment and supplies are carried by porter and a cook prepares all your meals. Where accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Machame route offers strictly tents only. This makes Machame (also referred to as the ``Whiskey route``) better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him/her with a scenic splendor not seen on the Marangu route. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco wall, the Machame route is normally completed in a minimum of 6 days, we will be taking 7 days.

machame route image

Grade

Grade & Acclimatisation

Grade: Trekking - Moderate

This trek is suitable to all and 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 prepared well. We recommend that you attend our free meet day to join your group and our experienced guide to go for a preparatory hill-walk. This provides a good opportunity to get any questions answered or concerns that you may have dealt with in relation to the trip. Tips on gear, altitude and conditions will be also covered. We also run Fitness assessment and Hill-walking weekends that are ideally suited for those who need a little more preparation. We recommend these options to ensure a good level of understanding of the requirements for the upcoming trek.

Grade is: Trekking - Moderate (Streneous for some)

Moderate on good tracks that most people with a good level of fitness should be able for. This trek is Moderate but can be strenuous for some. Most days will require 6 hours walking, excluding acclimatizing days.  We recommend that you attend our free meet day to join your group and our experienced guide to go for a preparatory hill-walk. This provides a good opportunity to get any questions answered or concerns that you may have dealt with in relation to the trip. Tips on gear, altitude and conditions will be also covered. We also run Fitness assessment (link) and Hill-walking (link) weekends that are ideally suited for those who need a little more preparation. We recommend these options to ensure a good level of understanding of the requirements for the upcoming trek.

Acclimatisation
We at Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures Ltd are one of the world's leading experts in High Altitude trekking. We pride ourselves on putting trips together that provide the best possible opportunity to succeed.
Acclimatisation, is key to success and its important that you dont underestimate the time you allow yourself to adjust to this new enviroment, most teams who fail do so because they do not allow enough time, or do not have a good level of experience before taking on these types of treks or expeditions. We have had thousands of people to altitude and have devised what we consider a winning formula.

It is worth spending a bit extra time to stay safe and achieve your goals. The pace is key to preventing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The group will be monitored by the guides at all times for signs & symptoms. Only if these symptoms persist that a person should get advice or will be advised to decend. At our meet & greet days, we discuss on how to detect, moniter and deal with AMS. (Acute Mountain Sickness)

More detailed information on Acclimatisation, Health Guidelines and Personal Safety Guidelines will be available when you sign up. Otherwise we recommended you contact your family Doctor for further advice

Prices

Climb Kilimanjaro,

Inclusions and options

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From €2,050 euro Land only All-in from Moshi (see below for inclusions)

Flights: from €1150 pending booking dates.  individuals and groups from Ireland.

Land only Inclusions

  • * Hotel Accommadation B&B 2 nights (min. 3 *)
  • * Park fee’s $750 Goverements fees subject to change.
  • * Camping all all meals on the mountain.
  • * Guides, Porters & Cooks
  • * Price is basedon shared rooms/tents, if single accommadation is wanted a supplement applies

Exclusions

  • * Flights from / to Ireland depending your booking.
  • * Visa for Tanzania (€70)
  • * Meals en route
  • * Bar Bills & laundry
  • * Travel Insurance ( This is critical to have)
  • * Tips ( this is up to each individual)

Optional Extra’s


Safari – 3 days - from €850 euro

Transfers & Guided Safari - 2 nights Safari Hotel - Accommodation Full board

We only use the best hotels with excellent rooms and food.

Lake Manayara - From our Safari lodges, we will travel into camp the base of the Rift Valley. The escarpment of the Rift valley looms high on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake and the town. The large variety of mammals, reptiles and birds and the different types of vegetation are all within this area, which will make our visit to Lake Manayara a diverse and particularly memorable place to see.

Ngorongoro Crater - Few places in the world have such spectacular scenery as this vast and arid area. No words or pictures can prepare the visitor for the beauty of their first view of this magical crater. The crater of the Rain Gods was formed aeons ago when layers of heat and boiling magma beneath the surface of the Great Rift Valley sought release. It was born in the same kind of mighty explosion that lifted the nearby Kilimanjaro towards the heavens. Over the Millennia, as the fires died and the volcano sank back beneath itself, leaving the walls of the crater as a protection to the mystical mysteries that was created within the crater floor. Now it is teeming with wildlife including Elephants, Giraffes, Lions, Rhino’s, Crocodiles, Antelope, Wilderbeasts, and much more including many species of birds, insects plants and grasses. It is impossible to give a description of the size and beauty of the crater; you will just have to see it yourself. It is a wonder of the world.

Zanzibar – 3 days - from €700 euro

Flights & transfers - 2 nights Hotel Accommodation Full board

Zanzibar - Our three day excursion to Zanzibar will provide the perfect opportunity to relax before returning home. Top class accommodation and beautiful surroundings make your stay here enjoyable and unforgettable. A visit to stone town prior to dinner on our second night here rounds off the chance to understand better what Africa is all about.

Cancellation:
Full refund applies if cancellation is received and acknowledged more than 20 weeks prior to event.
Desposits will not be refunded for cancellations received within 20 weeks.

For bookings made where flights have to be paid for in advance, the flight cost is non- refundable once paid

Guides

Walking and trekking guides & tour leaders

Pat Falvey - One of the worlds best expedition leaders, Pat Falvey has led adventures to some of the most remote regions of the world. With over 69 expeditons and 2 succesful summits of Mount Everest, you can be sure you are in the best of care.

Gerry Walsh is one of our senior tour leaders. He is a co-ordinator for those interested in pursuing walks and treks in other countries. Gerry also leads some of our international treks and safari’s to Africa and Nepal. He has a vast experience in Africa and has climbed Kilimanjaro over 10 times.

Tony Nation- Tony's love for nature and adventure has taken him to some amazing places such as Nepal, Africa, Russia and South America. Like many of our adventure guides and trainers his passion is instilling the local culture and traditions of the places we visit to those that join us on our many expeditions.

Fredrik Tarimo (Chief Trekking Guide)

Fredrik Tarimo is our Chief Guide and has travelled with Pat for nearly 20 years. Fredrik has rarely travelled out and this is primarliy because he meets people from all over the world

See also our Travel team page

Info on Porters

We at Irish and Worldwide Adventures ensure that all our staff and agents in every destination value and treat their employees including porters with respect and ensure their working rates and conditions are adhering to the local employment and Health and Safety guidelines. We have also built up a excellent relationship’s with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is priority and expect the highest standards. For more guidelines and information on porters please contact us.

Itinerary

Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version as flights times may affect the overall Itinerary. Land only option is from: Arrive afternoon at hotel on Day 2*, Depart morning at hotel on Day 10*.

  • *Day 1: Leave ireland - Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport - Hotel B&B
    *Day 2: Rest & Briefing day - Hotel B&B*
    *Day 3: Start the trek to Machame camp (2980m)
    *Day 4: Shira Camp (3840m)
    *Day 5: Baranco Camp (3950m)
    *Day 6: Acclimatisation Trek Karanga Camp (4100)
    *Day 7: Barafu Camp (4550m)
    *Day 8: Summit (5895m) - descend down to Mweka camp (3100m)
    *Day 9: Mweka Camp to Base Hotel - Hotel B&B
    *Day 10: Departure for Ireland or transfer Safari with overnight - Hotel B&B (transfer 5 hour)*
    *Day 11: Game drive Lake Manyara proceed for Ngorongoro for dinner - Hotel B&B (Game 5 hour)
    *Day 12: Crater tour late noon drive to Arusha for overnight Safari hotel - (Crater 5 hour)
    *Day 13: Departure or Fly to Zanzibar; pick up transfer to Mtoni Marine Beach
    hotel for dinner overnight.
    *Day 14: Excursion in Zanzibar visit Stone town tour dinner overnight
    *Day 15: Leisure at the beach hotel - dinner overnight Mtoni Marine
    *Day 16: Departure for Ireland
    *Day 17: Arrive Ireland

Preparation

Preparation, Passports / Visa's & Vaccinations

Preparation - We have selected a walking weekend to help you adjust to the goal of the trek. The weekend has two walks with advice and techniques for clothing and gear given also. On the Saturday we will climb one of Irelands highest peaks during a day hike and on Sunday morning early we will go on a night hike simulating the requirements on the summit day of a trek which takes you out of your comfort zone prior to the real thing. This method allows your body and mind to adjust to the challenge ahead. For more info on this We also run Fitness assessment and Hill-walking weekends, go to our Irish training section.

We suggest a training program of at least 6 months intensive to comfortably trek to 4000-6000m.

Months 1-2 This should include weekly/fortnightly hillwalking for 3hrs+ with a small/medium pack of weight of 5-10kg approx

Months 3-4 This should be increased to include longer days (6hrs+) and pack weight of 10kg approx. Attend our Free meet day!

Month 5 Two days walking back to back twice giving 4 days total. Example: Saturday 7hr & Sunday 6hr = 13hrs walking. Avoid injuries at all costs!!

Month 6 Continue with some walking but reduce to lower peaks and durations of 4hrs, avoid injuries at all costs!!

Passport / Visas - You will need a valid full passport, please ensure it at least have six months before expiring before we leave, please check dates on passport. We will need to get a visa and this can be got on entry.

Vaccinations - Please ask your GP for advice on this. Shots like tetanus, Hep A, then Typhoid, Hep B, Yellow fever, rabies will be considered. You will also require Malaria tablets, Malerone being a popular one with less side effects.

Important - You are required to have a valid up to date Vaccination card (yellow in colour) approved for the destination. Please check this resource for further reading.

Gear

For general wear on trek: cotton pants, t-shirts and if you have light thermals these will be ideal.

  • *One pair of trekking boots for trek. These boots can be used for good wear. If you have a hillwalking pair of boots you can also bring them.  If you like comfort we recommend boots with extra insulation in sole around 150euro with vibram or similar sole.
  • *Four pair of warm trekking stockings. (Thorlo or similar)
  • *Adjustable ski poles: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. Some use two spring loaded ones as it takes 36 ton of pressure off you knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when you are tired.
  • *Thermal under-wear heavy gauge: 2 Tops and 2 bottoms. Dryflo etc.
  • *1 fleece or pile jacket. Windproof is good.
  • *Wind and water proofs (Gortex or similar): Top jacket and bottoms.
  • *Sleeping bag range to - 15/20 degrees make sure it packs small.
  • Also for sleeping it is important to bring an insulating sleeping mat. I usually bring a Thermarest full-length non-slip. There is insulating mattresses provide on trek but for extra comfort bring a Thermarest.
  • *1 Water bottles with wide neck and one with narrow neck (Nalgene or similar) or one Platypus container, the platypus is ideal for trekking as you can stay hydrated by drinking from a tube as you walk.
  • *Gloves: 1pair of thermal and 1 pair over gloves or mitts, no harm in bringing spare sets.
  • *Headtorch, Petzl with spare batteries and bulbs. I cannot stress the importance of this to have in good working order. (New LED versions are also lighter and smaller)
  • *Peak hat for the lower regions to protect your head from the sun. (bandana or neck gaiter also)
  • *Ruck sack 30 liters daypack for mountain to carry your camera food and day gear.
  • *For traveling, 70-100 liters rucksack or strong gear bag- this will also do to give to porters on trek to carry your general gear.
  • *Optional for night up high for cold, a light down top or extra fleece.
  • *Personal first aid and medicine kit. (All our guides will have these for emergencies only)
  • *UV sunglasses – Cat. 3 or Cat. 4 recommeded if there is a lot of time in or near snow.
  • *2 x Earplugs pairs – If you have an inside pocket in sleeping bag, leave one there fulltime.


Miscellaneous items:
Sun-block (very important and use it!!)
Backpacking towel and general toiletries.
Insect repellent
Extra Clothes for travelling and/or socialising.

Tips on Gear

Make sure your boots are well broken in. For the mountain, a layering system works best to allow you to cool down or warm up with ease - Tshirt or thermals, shirt or warm top, a good fleece and good heavy-duty waterproofs if you intend doing more treks in future. Gloves and hats are vital. Bring waterproof gear that is made of breathable material. You can use a normal 3 season sleeping bag. If you tend to get cold very easily, you can add in a sleeping bag liner. Remember that sleeping bags work on trapping layers of air so wearing clothes in your bag doesn't help. If you wear contact lenses take plenty of saline and comfort drops as the paths are dusty. Also glasses are essential for summit night as temperature and altitude may effect eyes if contacts worn. Common first aid complaints are headaches, dehydration, stomach bugs, diarrhoea, sunburn and occasional mouth ulcers. Looking after yourself with plenty of fluids, rest and enjoying the gentle ascending pace will assist in avoiding these. Your personal first aid kit should contain treatments for these minor aliments. Please get advice from your GP before departure. Money can be left in the Hotel safe. All currency can be easily changed to local currency in the cities you will be staying in. The only money you will need to carry for your treks will be to cover porter and guide tips and bottled water if you choose to purchase. (Hotels offer Launderette facilities if you wish to wash clothes following trek otherwise there is no opportunity to wash clothing. Digital cameras will cope fine with the conditions if you keep them warm close to your body where possible especially on summit morning or when reaching you highest day, otherwise batteries can run down. Spare batteries are a must.

Testimonials

We have had individuals and groups from the age of 13 to 75 succeed to the summit of Africa. If you require further testimonials on how individuals, groups, schools, charities got on please do not hesitate to contact office. Sometime talking to others who have done this trip will put your mind at ease for the expedition ahead. Phone numbers available if you wish to speak to others who have already completed this challenge.

Some Testimonials

''Thanks so much for organising a fantastic trip for us and for taking such great care of us on the mountain - Best adventure of my life!'' Ciara

'' Your help & organisational skills (& patience) in providing a service for us to fulfill our dream was amazing on the mountain and in Tanzania. I had a wonderful time & that's in no small part due to you & the rest of the amazing team in Moshi. Thanks again'' Lisa

'It was the trip of a lifetime and one I thouroughly enjoyed; The office was very helpful and always contactable, which was very reassuring; Documentation - Excellent. Would highly recommend  Pre Departure Meet Day as it breaks the ice and helps in getting to know the team; The whole trip was very well planned. Yea were always there at the end of the phone and brilliant for giving advise on gear. Very good value for money;  Excellent guides, porters and cooks. Would love to trek with you again; - Yvonne

' Thank you for organising the trip for us. I must say it was a trip of a life time- really enjoyed it and your staff on the ground in Tanzania were great. - Joan (Happy Walking xxx)

'Excellent experience. Pre Departure Meet - Excellent. Builds excitement and get to know people; Website was Excellent resource. The family & Aisling were delighted;  Excellent value for money; The whole trip was a truely amazing experience. It was so much better than I could of ever imagined and would say to anyone thinking of it just go for it. It was a very tough challenge but so worth it. The joy and emotion at the top was amazing along with the views, and without the care and attention your company put into it along with your guides. porters and cooks,we would not have got there. Thank yo so much for everything. I'll be travelling with yea in the future. Elbrus maybe next year - Ian

'Excellent trip. All of the team were very helpful and gave good mountain advice; Communications from office was excellent =5 stars! Could not reccommend higher; Excellent value for money; Hope to do Elbrus with yourself later in year - Eanna

'Very Good experience; Communication with office was very good; Good value for money; Thanks for everything Lorraine, your sincerely, Tom

'A great adventure; Excellent office support; Website excellent resource for people at home to follow; I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Pat Falvey Worldwide Team for a very enjoyable & sucessful trip & thanks to all the staff at the office both in Ireland and Tanzania for making this such a memoriable expedition. Greg

' Trip of a lifetime. The 100% success of our group in reaching summit was highlight of trip; Staff and documentation was very informative; Pre Departure Meet and Website were great resources to help me visualize the task ahead. great vaue for money for the fantastic additions services provided'. Sean


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