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Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and Safari June 30th - July 14th  2007

This trips will not only climb the highest mountain on the African continent, but also include a safari in Tanzania. This is a great opportunity to reach the highest point on the African contineKilamanjaro


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1: Depart for Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, Tanzania. Those who would like to fly via Nairobi, Kenya, should plan on leaving at least one day earlier. Flights can be arranged through our consolidators: Himalayan Treasure and Travel, 1800-223-1813 ask for Govind).

 

Day 2: Arrive in Arusha. The group will meet in Arusha, We will be met at the airport by Pemba’s staff, who will escort us to our Hotel. We will stay at the Impala, a first class Hotel in Arusha.

Day 3: Arusha. A rest day to relax following the long trip. We will explore the schools and villages around Arusha. We will also have an equipment check today and briefing for the climb.

Day 4: Machame Camp (10,000 ft.) We continue the beautiful drive through cultivated coffee fields and small forests of ferns and flowers to the Machame trailhead. From the Machame Park Gate we start our hike on the edge of a rain forest, through the Montane Forest; it will take us about 4-6 hours to reach our camp.

Day 5: Shira Plateau (12,500 ft.) We ascend the Machame route through the giant heather known as the upper Heath Zone, climbing above the old Shira Hut. We head to the edge of the Shira Plateau where we are treated to spectacular views of the western plains, and a glorious sunset on Kibo. Camp will be in the upper Heath Zone.

Day 6: Barranco Camp (12,900 ft.) Today the route will take us up to 15,000 feet just below Lava Tower and then back down to our camp in the Great Barranco Valley.  The views of the Great Breach Wall are better from this camp than anywhere on the mountain.

Day 7: Karanga Valley (13,000 ft.) Our route today climbs out of the Barranco Valley and ascends up and over the Great Barranco to about 14,500 feet, helping us in our acclimatization.  We then traverse under the glaciers of the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro before we descend into Karanga Valley for the night. We pass below the famous Breach Wall on our left, the largest ice and rock face in Africa. The Breach Wall was first climbed in the early 1970’s by Reinhold Messner.

Day 8: Barafu Camp (15,500 ft.) As we continue our traverse from Karanga valley we will have close-up views of the mountain's Southern Glaciers.  We will traverse for a couple of hours through the high desert plateau, covered by volcanic boulders, before we begin the long ascent to Barafu Hut. The pinnacles of Mowenzi rise above us, and the desert plains spread to our south. We want to rest and get sleep early in preparation for the demanding summit day to follow.

pembaonsummitDay 9: Uhuru Peak/ 19,340Ft.) Then descent to Mweka Camp (10,500 ft.) Summit day!  We will start our ascent to the summit (19,340') at about 2am, traveling by headlamp. We follow a ridge to approach the crater's rim, watching the sun rise along the African plains as we reach the rim. We then traverse along the rim to the true summit of Uhuru Peak. From the summit we view the Bismarck Towers (rock pinnacles along the crater's rim), the hanging Rebman Glaciers, Mt. Kenya to the North (17,056ft, the second highest mountain in Africa), and the sprawling plains of East Africa to the south.

After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent back to Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut.

Day 10: Arusha. A final morning’s descent of 4,500 feet, traveling through a thick jungle of 20 foot-tall fern trees, brings us to the road. We will have lunch in Mushi and transfer to the Impala Hotel for showers and a celebratory dinner.

Days 11: Lake Manyara, We will visit some of the world's most fascinating safari destinations during the next few days. Expect to see an abundance of wildlife, including herds of zebras, antelopes, buffalo, elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs and hippos.

Day 12: Serengeti: After breakfast we will depart for Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge, the site of the Leakey family discovery of fossils of human and animal ancestors dating back to almost two millon years. Meal and camp will be Seronera.

Day 13: Serengeti: Today we will  starts our tour 6:30 AM and will have brunch around 10:00 AM, after brunch we will depart for Serengeti, our overnight camp will be rim of the crater Simba campsite

Day 14: Ngorongoro: We will have early breakfast then descend into the crater for game drive. Lunch will be picnic, after lunch we’ll drive back to Arusha for flight back home in evening

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Day: 15: Arrive in USA!

LAND COST:
$3,722

Payment Schedule:
Initial deposit to hold space: $300
Final payment due six weeks before departure.
Make a check payble to Pemba Sherpa and mail it to Pemba Sherpa 455 S. 39th St. Boulder, CO. 80305

Cost includes:
1.Land cost of climb and safari
2.All meals while on climb and safari
3.4WD Land Cruisers or Land Rovers with roof hatches for safari Guide, siddhar, porters,
4. Cook, and staff for climb
5. Tent and foam sleeping pads
6. Climbing permit and all park fees
7. All nights lodging and mealls (double occupancy)
8. Airport transfers in Tanzania

Not included:
International airfare
Transportation to Arusha from Nairobi (for those flying to Kenya)
Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
Visas
Immunizations (Travel insurance (recomended)

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
In addition to personal gear, you should bring a sleeping bag (rated 0 degrees or less), a daypack, and a large duffel bag with a double zipper that locks (for porters to carry with your personal gear). You will be provided with a two-person tent, full-length foam sleeping pad, all commissary gear, and eating/drinking utensils.
All personal gear, camp stools, folding tables, and dining tent are carried by porters. Climbers carry only a daypack with water bottles, camera, extra jacket, and items you may need during the course of the day. A full equipment list is available after signing up.

HEALTH
Immunizations will be necessary before leaving the United States. You and your doctor are responsible for determining what is necessary for you. All cost for evacuation, hospitalization and other medical expenses are the responsibility of the individual.

LEADERSHIP
Pemba Sherpa will organize and lead this trip. He grew up in the khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. Pemba has been guiding since 1986. He has led over 25 trips to Nepal for the Colorado Mountain Club and the HEC, including Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, Chulu East, and Ama Dablam. He has lived in the Boulder, Colorado since 1991, but spends three to four months a year guiding trips throughout the world. Pemba has guided this climb four times before.

QUALIFICATIONS
Participants should be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition, and should have the willingness to undergo the hardships of outdoor living and long days of strenuous hiking, often at high altitude, with a smile! We also recommend that participants train before the trip by running and hiking as much as possible – the more fit you are, the more enjoyable the trip will be

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