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Price is USD $3450.00 per person
There are two sister hotels – Keys Mbokomo and Keys Uru. Both of these hotels have good views of Mount Kilimanjaro and are classified as modern “tourist” standard hotels. They are of medium size, and rooms are all en-suite.
Some have air-conditioning, television and mini-bar. Meals consist of buffet continental breakfast, full restaurant meals, bar snacks served all day and occasional barbecues. A bar with a full range of drinks including beers, bottled water and soft drinks is available. Amenities include room service, full laundry service, swimming pool, international telephone, facsimile and internet services, car parking and security.
Leave any excess clothing and valuables at the hotel – they will lock them up for you. Pack your bag carefully for the climb – remember the weight limit of 12kg.
Our representative will meet you either today or tomorrow morning, please feel free to ask her for any assistance you may require.
Please also chat to her about the tipping situation (I have attached a document for your perusal).
You will start off walking through the tropical rain forest with magnificent tree ferns and you might even be lucky enough to spot some of the colobus monkeys.
The first part of the hike follows a 4×4 track, after which it becomes narrower and steeper, following one of the ridges up the mountain. A packed lunch will be handed to you when you depart the hotel, and the guide will stop the group at the appropriate place for you to have your lunch and a bit of a breather. At the end of the day’s walk you will end up at Machame Hut at around 3000m.
Pack all your gear in plastic bags inside your duffel bag, and cover the bag with a bin liner to ensure that it is waterproof. Keep one out for your personal backpack too if it does not have a built-in splash cover!
Wear your hiking boots today and ensure you keep your wet weather gear with you. Shorts and t-shirt should be sufficient.
Although National Parks have done a LOT of work on the trails, there are patches on the route where it might still be VERY wet and muddy, and you may end up with pretty wet boots this evening.
Ensure your boots are waterproofed, and that you have spare lightweight shoes to wear in camp this evening. ALWAYS keep your boots and water bottles INSIDE the tent at night – otherwise they will freeze.
Fill up your water bottle at night, and purify it – allowing some of the chlorine fumes to dissipate. Take it SLOWLY today; you will encounter some steep parts on the climb – but generally it’s not too strenuous.
The porters walk ahead and sometimes with you – make sure every day, that you have all your personal gear needed with you, as you will not have access to your bag.
The porters will set up Camp and the guide will prepare your meals. Conditions are difficult on this route, and your guide / porters will do everything they can to make your climb pleasant and as comfortable as possible.
In addition to this your guide will discuss each day’s activities with you after dinner each night on the mountain. Eat well – at higher levels your appetite will diminish.
From here there are a few steep downhill sections, especially to get back down to Barranco.
The night temperature – again cold with night frosts, especially if the wind drops down from the peak over the glaciers. Magnificent view of Kibo from camp and the Umbwe Valley below you.
There are some sections on the downhill that are quite slippery, so take care, but your trusty guides will always be with you to advise the best options. There is a short, but steep ascent out of the valley to the camp on the other side at 4 200 m where you will overnight (+- 4 hours walking).
Once again, pace yourself to graduate slowly. Tonight you may experience further headaches, nausea and breathing problems. Night temperature – again cold (night frosts). Overnight camping.
Steep ascent to the camp. You will be able to rest up at Barafu to gather strength for the summit attempt that will follow this evening. Learn to pace yourself with your breathing – do not try to rush to catch up with anyone, go at your own, most comfortable speed and you will arrive at base camp relatively comfortably.
Listen to your guide/s they will help you.
It could be very cold today – especially when you rest or the wind picks up – dress warmly, again you may expect some sleet on this day. You will be walking through the cloud. Relax for the rest of the afternoon after arriving at camp.
After supper, drink as much tea as possible settle down (option with a sleeping pill**) for an early night. You are likely to have a pretty bad headache at this stage.
If you are vomiting, or hallucinating, talk to your guide. He will make the decision as to whether you are able to continue. If you plan to take Decadron, do so before going to bed. Drink plenty of fluids, as you are in a ‘desert’ area – albeit cold, and tomorrow will be a long hard day. Overnight camping.
You will overnight at the Keys Hotel with a continental breakfast included.
Please note that the hotel will be pretty busy this evening, and it is wise to stagger showering if there are other large groups in – otherwise you may not get hot water.
The bar will be well stocked with cold beers however!
Please re-confirm the time of your departure for the transfer tomorrow morning