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15-Day Kilimanjaro Marathon

15-Day Kilimanjaro Marathon

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15-Day Kilimanjaro Marathon
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This itinerary combines a group Kilimanjaro trek, a group safari, and the Kilimanjaro Marathon in one fantastic package!

The next Kilimanjaro Marathon is scheduled for March 3, 2019. There is a full marathon, a half-marathon, and 5k fun run, so there is something for everyone.

The course starts and ends in the town of Moshi and goes uphill towards Mt. Kilimanjaro (from 2600 feet / 800 meters up to about 3700 feet / 1120 meters). Racers have amazing views as they run through local villages, farms, banana and coffee plantations, and forests with lots of local villagers to cheer you on. The race is fully supported with water/aid stations and medical support. The finish is the Moshi Stadium with bands, spectators, and lots of prizes to welcome you back.

February/March is a fantastic time to visit Tanzania. The migration is typically in the southern Serengeti or northern Ngorongoro area, so it is easy to get to, and the weather is usually warm and sunny.

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Day 1: FEB 23: Arrive Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Moshi

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Halisi at Machare Farm

Day 2: FEB 24: Free Day in Moshi, Kili Briefing (B)

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Free Day to explore Moshi on your own.

There will be a trek orientation with your Kilimanjaro guide today and an opportunity to get any rental items that you may need and also pack for the trek. You can leave extra luggage that is not needed on the trek at the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Halisi at Machare Farm

Day 3: FEB 25: 6-DAY GROUP KILIMANJARO TREK / Hike Machame Gate to Machame Camp (BLD)

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The drive from Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park Gate takes about 45 minutes. The journey passes through the village of Machame which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. We now leave the park gate and walk through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Machame Camp.

-- 1,830m to 3,100m / 6,000ft to 10,200ft
-- Distance: 18km
-- Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
-- Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Machame Camp

Day 4: FEB 26: Hike Machame Camp to Shira Camp (BLD)

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After breakfast, we leave the glades of the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, crossing the little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route now turns west onto a river gorge. Time for rest, dinner, and overnight at the Shira campsite.

-- 3,100m to 3,840m / 10,200ft to 12,600ft
-- Distance: 9km
-- Walking Time: 4-6 hours
-- Habitat: Moorland

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Shira 2 Camp

Day 5: FEB 27: Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp (BLD)

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From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4,876m / 15,997 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3,860m / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

-- 3,840m to 4,630m to 3,860m / 12,600ft to 12,700ft
-- Distance: 15 km
-- Walking Time: 5-7 hours
-- Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Barranco Camp

Day 6: FEB 28: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (BLD)

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From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth" (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

-- Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
-- Distance: 10km/6mi
-- Walking Time: 5-6 hours
-- Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Barafu Camp

Day 7: MAR 1: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut (BLD)

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Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (5,685m / 18,652 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

-- 4,600m to 5,895m (and down to 3,100m) / 15,100ft to 19,300ft (and down to 10,200ft)
-- Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent
-- Hiking Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent
-- Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Mweka Camp

Day 8: MAR 2: Mweka Camp to Moshi (B)

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After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Halisi at Machare Farm

Day 9: MAR 3: KILIMANJARO MARATHON (B)

Kilimanjaro Marathon -- Good luck! (Entry fee and transfers not included.)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Halisi at Machare Farm

Day 10: MAR 4: 5-DAY GROUP SAFARI / Moshi to Lake Manyara, Game Drive (BLD)

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Drive 3-4 hours from Moshi to Lake Manyara, lunch enroute. Afternoon game drive in Lake Manyara.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Endoro Lodge

Day 11: MAR 5: Serengeti/Ndutu Game Drive (BLD)

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Drive 3-4 hours to the Serengeti/Ndutu, afternoon game drive.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Serengeti Halisi Camp

Day 12: MAR 6: Serengeti/Ndutu Game Drive (BLD)

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Full day game drive in Serengeti/Ndutu in search of the migration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Serengeti Halisi Camp

Day 13: MAR 7: Drive to Ngorongoro via optional Olduvai Gorge and Maasai village (BLD)

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Drive from the Serengeti to the scenic Ngorongoro Crater enjoying wildlife viewing along the way. En route, you'll have options to visit the Olduvai Gorge and/or an authentic Maasai village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget/Mid-Range Accommodations: Rhino Lodge

Day 14: MAR 8: Ngorongoro, half day game drive, drive to Moshi (BL)

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Enjoy a morning game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon, return to Moshi.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Halisi at Machare Farm

Day 15: MAR 9: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport, depart (B)

Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

15-Day Kilimanjaro Marathon

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2+
17-Day Kilimanjaro Marathon: $4045

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Accommodations in Moshi per itinerary
  • Meals per itinerary

Kilimanjaro:

  • National Park gate fees
  • Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
  • Camping fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Oximeters

Safari:

  • Transport with qualified driver/guide in 4x4 vehicles with viewing roof 
  • Accommodation per itinerary
  • All meals
  • National Park gate fees, park commission, government tax
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals not listed
  • Entrance fee and transfers for Kilimanjaro Marathon
  • Personal expenses

Kilimanjaro:

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Sleeping bags and personal items

Safari:

  • Tips for safari guide
  • Bottled water and drink
  • Optional visit to Olduvai Gorge and a Maasai village
  • Optional hot air balloon

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