Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and experiencing the African Safari
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa at an altitude of 5895 meters.
It is located in northwest Tanzania and is very close to the Equator. This is the fourth highest of the 7 Summits (the highest peak of every continent) and Uhuru peak (which means "Freedom") constitutes the ultimate goal of many climbers from around the world.
Kilimanjaro is the only mountain in Africa, covered in glaciers, but because of global warming they are now melting and they will continue to in the next decades.
There are six main routes that lead to the mountain's peak. "Machame" is considered to be the most beautiful and the longest one. This route has also the highest success rates, because of the altitude, which helps for a better acclimatization. That is the reason we have chosen this route to introduce to you the magnificent beauty of this area, with the most amazingly unique fauna and flora.
So, if you are in good physical health and you believe that you have the will power, join our team and experience a once in a lifetime journey! Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a very demanding task and, of course, the proper preparation and training is essential. Trekking is not so difficult, but it can be very tiring because of the altitude. We will spend our nights at organized campsites along the way. Walking time ranges between four to six hours daily, and in between we stop at various campsites. The ascent for the peak starts from the night before, in order to be on time to admire the magical African scenery at dawn. The day that we "conquer" the peak is extremely difficult and tiring, because of the high altitude and the many hours of walking. But in the end we are all rewarded with the most amazing experience!
During our trek, professional porters, cooks and local guides accompany us to ensure our stay will be as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. “One Step Further” provides you with an experienced group leader, who will be with you at all times to make sure that you succeed with this amazing task and of course to ensure that everything goes as planned.
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi village. There, we will enjoy our dinner and rest at the hotel for the night.
Breakfast and rest at Moshi. We stroll around the village, prepare our equipment and go through our schedule. Dinner and rest for the night.
Breakfast and departure from Moshi, towards Machame gate (1810m). We go through the necessary procedures and paperwork at the gate and we then continue our trekking through the tropical woods up to Machame Camp at 3020m, where we enjoy our dinner and camp for the night.
Distance: 10,5km / Altitude difference: 1210m / Duration: 7 hours
Trekking to Shira Hut at 3840m. Break for lunch and then dinner at the campsite.
Distance: 5,5km / Altitude difference: 820m / Duration: 8 hours
Departure for Barranco and lunch at Lava Tower, at 4627m as an aid to a better acclimatization. Descent to Barranco at 3990m to enjoy our dinner and rest for the night.
Departure for Karanga (4030m). We will attempt to climb Barranco Wall for 40' and then we will descent to Karanga valley for dinner and rest for the night.
Distance: 5km / Altitude difference: 40m / Duration: 7 hours
Departure for our last campsite, at "Barafu Hut" (4660m). Arrival at noon for lunch. We rest in the afternoon to prepare for our ascent.
We wake up at 23:00, for tea and biscuits. We prepare to climb Uhuru peak (5895m) through Stella Point (5745m), just in time for sunrise. Picture taking at the peak and then we continue for our descent back to Barafu for breakfast. We then descent to Mweka Hut for the night.
Distance: 15km (5+10) / Altitude difference: 1230m / Duration: 10 hours
We descent through the tropical woods, towards gate Mweka. Our guides will sing a traditional song, called the "Kili Song", to celebrate our big success! There, you will get the certificate that proves your climbing success and we will then continue to Arusha to rest and celebrate!
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro National Parks
As Ernest Hemingway stated, Lake Manyara is the most beautiful lake of Africa! Covering an area of 329 square kilometers, the Lake gives "shelter" to many wild animal species and birds. This is the only place on earth that lions actually climb on trees and visitors can come face to face with a hippopotamus!
Ngorongoro on the other hand, is included in UNESCO's world cultural heritage. Ngorongoro is part of Serengeti National Park, where every year in June, one can actually admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the world’s biggest migration of more than one million wildebeest, an antelope species, travelling from Serengeti to Masai Mara. Ngorongoro crater is one of the most popular destinations for wild life observation. Here, the visitor can observe an amazing number of wild animals and birds, at their natural environment. It has one of the highest calderas in the world, with a width that reaches an area of 20 kilometers.
Departure for the picturesque Lake Manyara. Safari and lunch next to the lake. We depart in the afternoon for Ngorongoro. Dinner, relaxation and rest at a lodge.
Departure for Ngorongoro crate. Safari and wild animal observation. Dinner at a restaurant and departure for Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Next scheduled trip:
Fall 2016 (end of September)
Passport, vaccinations certificate, VISA / three passport photos for non-EU residents, travel insurance, medical confirmation from your personal doctor.
The necessary equipment needed for the group (tents, chairs, tables, kitchenware, plates, cutlery) will be provided by the organizer. Everyone participating should have their own clothes and personal gear. A complete and analytical list as well as a discount voucher will be sent, stating all the details, right after the participation confirmation. The analytical presentation of what is needed to take to the trip will be pointed out at a scheduled meeting.
Available on request
The price includes:
- Suggested preparation program / physical condition
- Experienced group leader from “One Step Further” and local guides
- Planning - Organization - Supervision - Escort
- Transportation to and from the airport and inland transportations
- Cook, assistant cook, porters on location
- Permits for the parks, for hiking and camping
- Accommodation with breakfast in tents for two persons and double rooms for all nights. (Extra charge for single rooms).
- All meals mentioned in the program. (Hotel drinks are not included. Every participant is responsible for settling the drinks bills at the hotel).
- Safari at Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro crater
- List with all the necessary personal gear and equipment with directions on what you should buy and presentation/ training on how to use everything
- Camping equipment for the whole team (tents, tables, chairs, cutlery, plates)
- Rescue cost
The price does not include:
- Personal gear
- Tips for the guides/cooks/porters (suggested tip: US$150-200 for local staff. Final tip amount will be calculated, when the final number of people on the team is determined).
- Medical tests before departure
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses, shopping, etc.
You can reserve a space with a non-refundable deposit of €500.
Settlement of the remaining amount:
The remaining amount must be settled at least 90 days before the departure date.
All payments can be settled in euro with a bank deposit at the following Bank of Cyprus account:
One Step Further Ltd
IBAN: CY33 0020 0111 0000 0011 0259 9300 Swift BIC: BCYPCY2N
You can pay the deposit with a credit card (VISA, Mastercard, AMEX). All payments can be made in cash or with a cheque.
- The deposit is non refundable, in case of a cancellation 90 days later.
- In case of cancellation 60 days later and up to 89 days before the departure date, you will be charged 50% of the whole amount.
- In case of cancellation 59 days later and up to 0 days before the departure date, you will be charged with the whole amount (100%).
How to reserve:
If you wish to join the team, contact us for more details.