Yes, I Can
Guided Climb of Mount Kilimanjaro – a Bucket List Adventure
DO YOU WANT TO:
Accomplish an epic feat in your life?
Perch on the roof of Africa and gaze across the continent?
Stand on a mighty summit and shout to the world, I DID IT!
Put a big checkmark on your bucket list?
Have a once in a lifetime adventure?
If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, then you belong with us.
GIVE ME DETAILS!
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa at just over 19,000 and one of the Seven Summits (highest peak on each continent). It is surrounded by plains and sits all by itself in northern Tanzania.
Dates: Oct 6 – 15, 2013 (9 nights)
The itinerary has been carefully chosen to both maximize chances of successfully summiting while providing stunningly majestic scenery on an uncrowded route. The biggest reason for climbers not summiting and having significant altitude illness is that most itineraries climb the mountain too fast and in too few days and do not allow the proper amount of time to acclimatize to higher altitude. Other itineraries start too high on the mountain and climbers run into the same problems acclimatizing. Some routes are downright crowded during certain times of the year. We have taken all this into consideration in crafting a custom climbing itinerary and carefully choosing the time of year for the climb.
Professional expedition leadership, National Park entrance fees, camping fees, crater service fees, vetted local English speaking guides, porters for gear, group gear: [tents, dining tent, medical kit, radio gear], cook and cooking facilities, 3 meals a day and water while on the mountain, hotel before and after climb (2 nights), B at hotel.
Air transportation, travel insurance, L,D, beverages at hotel, items of a personal nature, departure tax where applicable, excess baggage fees, personal equipment, gratuities.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A CLIMBER?
Training: We will be sending you a simple training program that we recommend for this climb. Kilimanjaro is one of the most underestimated mountains in the world. While the mountain does not involve technical climbing and therefore is a “trek”, it tends to be thought of as easy. It is not. This will be a challenging climb and consistent training is mandatory for success.
You will not be expected to carry all of your gear. We have hired porters to carry the majority of your personal gear and all group equipment. You will be expected to carry a day pack of approximately 15 lbs. While we have factored in everything we can to ensure your success, you will be expected to be well trained for the climb.
Do I have to be an experienced mountain climber?
No. Kilimanjaro is not technical nor does it require the use of ropes, crampons, ice axes or other equipment used on many high altitude climbs. You will need good hiking boots, training and a great attitude!!
What to Bring:
We will provide you with an extensive gear list for the trip as well as recommended places to get the gear you will need. We will provide all group equipment including tents, camp and cooking equipment and food for all group meals on the mountain. Prior to departure for the trip, we will confirm with you that you have everything you need and will do a gear check in Africa prior to climbing the mountain.
What not to bring:
EGO. This is not a race to the top or a competition. We want you to join us only if you are willing to bring enough YES I CAN attitude to share. We are fostering an atmosphere conducive to helping everyone reach their full potential on the mountain.
WHO IS ORGANIZING AND LEADING THIS TRIP?
Ridlon and Carin Kiphart are two of the world’s most accomplished expedition leaders, have guided on all seven continents and are members of the prestigious Explorers Club. Ridlon is an experienced high altitude guide and mountaineer having most recently summited Cho Oyu, the 6th highest mountain in the world at 26,900 ft. in Tibet. (that’s the stuff with crampons and ice axes and ropes). Carin learned technical climbing with Exum Mountain Guides in the Tetons and grew up hiking the Continental Divide Trail.
It is required by law to climb with a local outfitter and we have hand picked one for our climb. We will have a full support team of porters, guides, and cooks. No, you don’t have to cook or wash dishes or build a fire! You are there to climb and enjoy the amazing scenery on the way to the roof of Africa!
HOW DO I JOIN?
All you have to do is say, Yes, I Can. Send a 25% deposit, and a reservation form and then you’re space is reserved. That simple.
We hope you will be inspired to join us!
To your Adventures!
DETAILS YOU WANT TO KNOW:
When should I arrive and depart?
Its best if you fly into Moshi (JRO) on the 5th or earlier. We are planning on arriving on the 5th. If you come in on the 6th, we depart for the mountain the next day which is a quick turn around. If you come in earlier, it will just be time you will need to fill – not hard in Africa. You can depart on the 15th (or later) at any time – we will be back into Moshi the night of the 14th.
Should I Get Travel Insurance?
We always recommend this in case unforeseen circumstances – health or otherwise – prevent you from coming. For travel insurance: For more info or to enroll, please contact CSA at (800)348-9505 or www.csatravelprotection.com. Reference ID# 83070679 when you call or sign up on the web (that’s our ref #). As with all insurance plans, please read the details to understand what is and is not covered.
Do I Need a Visa?
A visa is required to enter both Tanzania and Kenya. You can obtain a visa at the airport, upon arrival, or in advance from the Kenyan or Tanzanian embassy. Visit their sites for details.
What is the Climbing Schedule?
This is our approximate climbing schedule dependent on a host of factors:
Stage 1 : Arrival in Tanzania 10/6
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort where you will spend a night before your trek begins the next day. Overnight accommodations include bed and breakfast. You will have an opportunity to go over any last minute questions and do a gear check. Plan on leaving a bag behind with anything you don’t need on the trek. Your left-behind gear will be securely a stored and will be available to you upon your return.
Stage 2: LONDOROSSI GATE to MTI MKUBWA (8,692 ft.) 10/7
- Hike time: 3hrs, Elevation Change + 650 m (2,132 ft)
- Estimated distance: 10 km ( 6 miles) Final Elevation 2650 m (8,692 ft.)
After a three-hour drive from the Hotel you will arrive at the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After gate formalize we will drive to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades and start our trek through the rain forest. In places, the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. The trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. In about 3-4 hours, we will reach our camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).
Stage 3: MTI MKUBWA to SHIRA ONE CAMP (11,841 ft.) 10/8
- Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs, Elevation change + 950 m (3,116 ft)
- Estimated distance: 12 km (7.5 miles) Final Elevation 3,610 m (11,841 ft)
After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. We will stop for lunch at one spot which overlook a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 10,000 ft. After lunch, we will cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is the third peak of Kilimanjaro volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you will get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro.
Stage 4: SHIRA ONE CAMP to SHIRA TWO CAMP (12,628 ft.) 10/9
- Hike time: 5 to 6 hrs Elevation change: + 240 m (787 ft)
- Elevation distance: 5 km ( 3 miles) Final elevation: 3,850 m (12,628 ft)
After breakfast we continue to hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. We only gain 700 feet in elevation – this allows slow acclimatization to the altitude and increases the likelihood of successful summit. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular
Stage 5: SHIRA TWO CAMP to BARRANCO HUT (12,956 ft.) 10/10
- Hike time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: +100 m (328 ft)
- Estimated distance: 6 km (4 miles) Final elevation: 3950 m (12.956 ft)
Today is the last of the “easy days”. It is superb, abouta 7-hour hike. We pass the Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo, and slowly descend into the spectacular Barranco Valley, interspersed with giant lobelia and senecia plants. After arriving at our most spectacular campsite, everyone stands in awe at the foot of Kibo Peak, looming high above, on our left. Our camp is only 465 feet higher than where we were last night, but during the day, we will have climbed to just over 14,000 feet. This is one of our most valuable days for acclimatization.
Stage 6: EXTRA DAY FOR ACCLIMATIZING. SCHEDULE TBA. 10/11
Stage 7: KARANGA TO BARAFU CAMP (15,088 ft.) 10/12
- Hike time: 3.5 hrs, Elevation changes: +410 M (1,345 ft)
- Estimated distance: 4km (2.5 miles), Final elevation: 4600 m (15,088 ft)
The Seventh day follows the path up and across a rocky zone, finishing at the high camp Barafu. Very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain. A field of sedimentary rocks litters the ground like many broken mirrors. (Note – the 6 day From Machame route trek omits the Karanga campsite, and climbers continue directly to Barafu on the same day.)
Stage 8: BARAFU to UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft.) to MWEKA CAMP (9,550 ft.) SUMMIT DAY! 10/13
- Summit time: 7 hrs, Elevation change: +1300 m (4,264 ft)
- Estimated distance: 5km (3 miles), Final elevation: 5896 m (19,340 ft)
- Descent time: 5 hrs, Elevation change: -2800 m (-9,184 ft)
- Estimated distance: 12km, Final elevation: 3100 m (9,550 ft)
The summit is usually attempted in the very early morning hours of the Eighth day (around midnight). Barafu is also used as a summit campsite for the Umbwe route. Climbers typically take somewhere between 5-7 hours to ascend, using headlamps and cold weather gear. The first milestone is Stella Point (18,652 ft/5,685 m), which is on the crater rim. Following Stella Point, the trail continues for another 30 minutes to the summit – Uhuru Peak. The descent back to Barafu takes roughly 4 hours. Some climbers ‘scree slide’ down the slope, which entails skidding/running down the loose gravel at medium speed. From Barafu, climbers typically take a short break, and continue downwards through the alpine desert and ensuing moorlands to Mweka Camp.
Stage 9: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI 10/14
- Descent time: 4 hrs, Elevation change: -1250 m (4,100 ft)
- Estimated distance: 10km (6 miles), Final elevation: 1828 m(5,996ft)
The Ninth day and final day has trekkers continue through the montane forest to Mweka gate. Troops of black-and-white colobus monkeys can often be seen.
How Much Weight Will My Porter Carry?
A maximum of 18-20KG or 40-45lbs. Remember, this isn’t a fashion outing. Everything you bring should be functional and much of what you bring should be mulituse. Pls refer to our packing/gear list. As you do your preliminary packing one month prior to departure, you need to weight your equipment – fully loaded daypack and fully loaded porter bag – and confirm weights are within the limits. There is a careful balance as bringing too much is just as much a detriment as bringing too little.
Am I at risk of Malaria in Tanzania?
All areas of Tanzania below 5,906 ft (1800 meters) are at risk. Here is the recommendation from the Center for Disease Control in the USA. It is, however, always a personal choice. Note that malaria in this area is resistent to some drugs. We personally use Doxycycline.
Areas of Tanzania with Malaria:
All areas <1,800 m (<5,906 ft).
If you will be visiting an area of Tanzania with malaria, you will need to discuss with your doctor the best ways for you to avoid getting sick with malaria. Ways to prevent malaria include the following:
- Taking a prescription antimalarial drug
- Using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites
- Sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms or using bednets
All of the following antimalarial drugs are equal options for preventing malaria in Tanzania:
Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.
Note: Chloroquine is NOT an effective antimalarial drug in Tanzania and should not be taken to prevent malaria in this region.
Do I need any other immunizations?
YES. Currently, Tanzania requires all entrants to have a yellow fever vaccination regardless of exposure or country of origin.
What about tips?
Tipping is customary. USD$30/day is a good guideline and you can adjust up or down as you see fit. Tips are given to the head guide and he distributes them throughout the team. We go to great lengths to ensure that we have the best local guides on the mountain.