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Luxury Kilimanjaro: The Western Breach View Full Screen Itinerary

11 DAYS, 9 KILIMANJARO NIGHTS, THE FAMOUS WESTERN BREACH, LAVA TOWER, LUXURY SAFARI, LUXURY ARUSHA LODGE, 

Climb the famous Western Breach to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions' Luxury Kilimanjaro treks offer you the chance to scale this world famous giant in total comfort. All you need to carry on this luxury trek is a small day sack which offers you the best chance to reach the summit. Each day you will benefit from camps that have been professionally set up prior to your arrival by your private team of local porters. All amenities from dining tents, mess tents, to your own private tents will be at your disposal. Our luxury camps also feature a chemical 'toilet' tent unlike many other operators on the mountain.

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival in Arusha

Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed. A Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable lodge or hotel in the city of Arusha.

Arrive this evening into Arusha where you will be warmly welcomed. A Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your comfortable lodge or hotel in the city of Arusha.

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Day 3

Day 3: Arusha to Foothills of Kilimanjaro

After breakfast and a climb briefing, make your way to the scenic foothills of Kilimanjaro. Take a day to acclimatize as you walk the plains and woodlands with a guide. The foothills cover a diverse terrain of acacia-covered savannah, open grasslands, forests, farms, and mountain villages.

Nature Trail on the Slopes...

After breakfast and a climb briefing, make your way to the scenic foothills of Kilimanjaro. Take a day to acclimatize as you walk the plains and woodlands with a guide. The foothills cover a diverse terrain of acacia-covered savannah, open grasslands, forests, farms, and mountain villages.

Nature Trail on the Slopes of mount Meru in Arusha

Take a guided walk on the 11,000-acre ranch focusing on birdlife or large mammals depending on the season or your interests. Over 350 bird species and 65 mammal species can be seen on the ranch as a direct result of the conservation work that has been going on here since 1994.

Depending on season, you might come across anything from giraffe on the plains to blue monkeys in the trees. As you hike, stretch your limbs, enjoy the surroundings, and relax. You will be all the more prepared for your trek up Kilimanjaro.

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Day 2

Day 2: Preparation and recuperation

Today you are able to enjoy resting and recuerating after your long international travel to get to Tanzania. You will feel the benefit of today's additional rest when out on trail on the mountain in the coming days. Sandgrouse Travel & Exepditions can arrange for you should you wish an...

Today you are able to enjoy resting and recuerating after your long international travel to get to Tanzania. You will feel the benefit of today's additional rest when out on trail on the mountain in the coming days. Sandgrouse Travel & Exepditions can arrange for you should you wish an excursion to a local attraction, school or project - for more information please speak to your Sandgrouse Travel consultant. 

Have a trek briefing this morning, during which you will receive your rental gear (if applicable) Please try on and inspect each item to make sure that it’s comfortable and that you understand all the features. This will be your last chance before the trek to modify exchange or add gear.

Your duffel will be weighed at the park gate tomorrow before you begin your trek. Today is a good time to make sure that it does not exceed the 33-pound limit. Your duffel will be carried throughout the trek by a member of your porter team. If your duffel weights more than 33 pounds, or if you would like someone to carry your day pack, a personal porter may be hired for an additional fee.

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Day 4

Day 4: Arusha lodge or hotel to Forest Ridge, Park Gate

Meet Your Guides and Porters

Complete Registration Formalities

Begin Your Trek up Kilimanjaro

3-4 Hours Trekking

Accommodation: Forest Camp (9,281 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meet Your Guides and Porters

Complete Registration Formalities

Begin Your Trek up Kilimanjaro

3-4 Hours Trekking

Accommodation: Forest Camp (9,281 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6

Day 6: Forest Ridge to Heat

Make your way out of the forest this morning, where the high trees will give way to scrubland thick with heather that is draped in bearded lichen.  Climbing rolling hills, you will enjoy spectacular views of the forest canopy and plains below. As the air thins and the clouds part,...

Make your way out of the forest this morning, where the high trees will give way to scrubland thick with heather that is draped in bearded lichen.  Climbing rolling hills, you will enjoy spectacular views of the forest canopy and plains below. As the air thins and the clouds part, you might just have a stunning view of the snow-streaked Uhuru Peak above. Arrive at your camp in the health zone this afternoon.

5-6 Hours Trekking

Accommodations: Shira Camp 1 (11,499 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

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Day 6

Day 6: Heath to Moorland

As the sun’s rays stretch over the mountain face this morning you will resume your trek from the savannah of heather and grasses into the moorlands. Pass bizarre flora, such as giant groundsels, and a misty, cloud-covered terrain of volcanic rock. Move up the mountain steadily and gradually, heeding your...

As the sun’s rays stretch over the mountain face this morning you will resume your trek from the savannah of heather and grasses into the moorlands. Pass bizarre flora, such as giant groundsels, and a misty, cloud-covered terrain of volcanic rock. Move up the mountain steadily and gradually, heeding your guides’ advice to go “pole pole” or slowly, slowly, and eventually arrive at your camp in the moorlands.

3-4 Hours Trekking

Accommodations: Shira Camp 2 (12,795 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7

Day 7: Moorland to Alpine Desert

Continue up expansive ridges on a long, climb to an extraordinary rock formation called lava Tower, Camp is nestled at its base, and if the weather is right, and your are up for a challenge, you can scramble to its top for spectacular views.

4-6 Hours Trekking

Accommodations: Lava Tower Camp (15,213...

Continue up expansive ridges on a long, climb to an extraordinary rock formation called lava Tower, Camp is nestled at its base, and if the weather is right, and your are up for a challenge, you can scramble to its top for spectacular views.

4-6 Hours Trekking

Accommodations: Lava Tower Camp (15,213 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

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Day 8

Day 8 : Alpine Desert to Moorland

You’ll drop down from the alpine desert into the moorlands today, giving you time to acclimatize in the lower altitudes. Explore the valleys and undulating, starkly beautiful landscapes. The terrain of volcanic rock and boulders is dotted with strange plant life, such as groundsels, giant lobelias, and everlasting flowers. You...

You’ll drop down from the alpine desert into the moorlands today, giving you time to acclimatize in the lower altitudes. Explore the valleys and undulating, starkly beautiful landscapes. The terrain of volcanic rock and boulders is dotted with strange plant life, such as groundsels, giant lobelias, and everlasting flowers. You will also trek up the towering Barranco Wall over a narrow switchback that will require some scrambling, but, ultimately, pays off with extraordinary views of glaciers above the clouds. With such surroundings, it’s easy to stay motivated and inspired.

6-7 Hours Trekking

Accommodations: Karanga Camp (13,231 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9

Day 9: Moorland to Alpine Desert

Winding through a forest of towering scenery of Kilimanjaro, proceed steadily upward into a high alpine desert where the air thins and cools. Hike over fields of scree, and enjoy the other-worldly environment. Only white-necked ravens and a handful of other birds venture this high. You’ll camp in this lunar-like landscape...

Winding through a forest of towering scenery of Kilimanjaro, proceed steadily upward into a high alpine desert where the air thins and cools. Hike over fields of scree, and enjoy the other-worldly environment. Only white-necked ravens and a handful of other birds venture this high. You’ll camp in this lunar-like landscape where you might also see hanging glaciers glinting in the sunshine above.

3-4 Hours Trekking

Accommodations; Barafu Camp (15,331 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10

Day 10: Crater Camp: Alpine Desert to Arctic Zone

Depart the stark alpine desert this morning and venture into Kilimanjaro’s final climate zone you’ll trek over a varied terrain of switchbacks, rock fields and loose scree, and snow-packed trails. Enjoy spectacular views of jagged, tower-like Mawenzi Peak and the slopes below. Then, continue the gradual journey toward Kilimanjaro’s glaciers...

Depart the stark alpine desert this morning and venture into Kilimanjaro’s final climate zone you’ll trek over a varied terrain of switchbacks, rock fields and loose scree, and snow-packed trails. Enjoy spectacular views of jagged, tower-like Mawenzi Peak and the slopes below. Then, continue the gradual journey toward Kilimanjaro’s glaciers and Uhuru Peak.

7-8 Hours Trekking

Accommodation: Crater Camp (18,802 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 11

Day 11: Arctic Zones to Heath

Wake to the glow of a brilliant sunrise reflecting off the glaciers that surround your camp. After breakfast, make your way to the summit this morning! Enjoy the views, and then begin your descent of almost 8,000 feet to your camp nestled in thick heather.

1-2 Hours Trekking to Uhuru Peak

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Wake to the glow of a brilliant sunrise reflecting off the glaciers that surround your camp. After breakfast, make your way to the summit this morning! Enjoy the views, and then begin your descent of almost 8,000 feet to your camp nestled in thick heather.

1-2 Hours Trekking to Uhuru Peak

6-7 Hours Trekking to Mweka Millenium Camp

Accommodations:  Mweka  Millenium Camp (11,500 feet)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12

Day 12: Mweka Millenium and Depart

Complete your descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate at 5,364 feet. Our driver guides will be waiting to take you back into town for a shower and some rest before your transfer to the airport this evening.

5-6 Hours Trekking

Celebrate with Guides and Crew. Celebrate the completion of your mountain adventure...

Complete your descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate at 5,364 feet. Our driver guides will be waiting to take you back into town for a shower and some rest before your transfer to the airport this evening.

5-6 Hours Trekking

Celebrate with Guides and Crew. Celebrate the completion of your mountain adventure with a farewell lunch at the park gate. This is a great opportunity to thank your crew and say your goodbyes to those who made your trek a success!

Day Room in Arusha

Enjoy a day room in Arusha, resting up and readying yourself for your departure

Lunch will be at the Gate at Mweka

Enjoy an happy Lunch at the gate during the afternoon

Transfer as a group to the Airport

Accommodations: Day Room at KIA Lodge/ Hotel in Arusha

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Legendary Lodge

A COLONIAL GEM FROM A BYGONE ERA On the western side of Arusha at the foot of the magnificent Mount Meru...

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Kilimanjaro Climb Camping

BE PART OF A REAL EXPEDITION TO THE SUMMIT OF AFRICA'S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN During your ascent of Africa's highest mountain you...

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Fully Licensed Kilimanjaro Guides

In 1991, the park authorities at Kilimanjaro made it compulsory for all trekkers to arrange their walk through a licensed agency. Furthermore, they insist that all trekkers must be accompanied throughout their walk by a guide supplied by the agency. Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions are partnered with a fully licenced agency and guiding service company regarded as one of the most respected guiding companies on the mountain. Your team of 30 or more guides and porters will be at your disposal no matter what size of group you climb in.

 

Top Tips:

Buy a good Kilimanjaro Guide Book or go to the library and rent one – read it thoroughly if you can many weeks before your trip. The extra knowledge on flora and fauna on the mountain will be enjoyable and add to your experience whilst there. Finding out the geological history and human interaction and connection with the mountain also will add depth to your overall experience.

Remember lip balm. The air is thin and very dry and your lips will start to crack in this desert environment. Breathe through your nose so as to conserve body moisture and keep lips from drying out for longer.

If you have flexibility, September and October are great months to trek – crowds have desperate somewhat from the busier summer months. February is also great however, after the shorter rains, the mountain is snow covered and looks utterly beautiful.

Speak to your Sandgrouse Travel consultant, we will try to coincide your trek with a full moon, if you have flexibility with when you can go it is worth it.

Pack a wide brimmed sun hat. Bring a buff or Arabic head scarf. Sun cream on your ears. Drinking lots of water. Taking enough clean socks – this is an amazing moral boost whilst on the mountain. Well-worn in boots. Tried and tested kit before leaving for trip. Good organization – planning and preparation well before departure date. Pack tissues or a roll of loo roll. Try and learn a few Swahili phrases before you go – it helps break down barriers with your guides and porters and is fun. Personal medical kit including Imodium pills, pain killers, aspirin. Diamox for altitude. Alcohol based anti-bacterial hand wash. Good packing – familiarise yourself with packing your bag, good organization. A quality head torch is essential. Walking poles/sticks. These act as third and fourth legs and as you tire are a real Godsend. It is a good idea to lay out all your kit before travel and make sure you tick off the items you think you will need.

Visas

Almost everyone needs a visa. A single-entry visa valid for up to three months costs approximately $50, depending on nationality. Your visa can be purchased on arrival at JRO International Airport.

Difficulties to overcome on your trek: 

Fitness

The obvious: a general good level of fitness. It’s hard to quantify someone’s level of fitness, and each sport is very different. The best form of training and gauging weather you’re capable of this is to actually walk/trek. A few weekends training with walking in the hills trekking would be suitable. This will also serve people very well trying out their kit prior to the expedition a few times. No doubt many people will be popping out and accruing new items, perhaps new boots even. It is important to have well worn in boots for this trip.

Positive Mental Attitude

Keeping a Positive Mental Attitude. Hugely important on any challenge, especially physical challenges. If you have the general level of fitness mentioned above, coupled with the mental grit and determination you will likely succeed in this sort of event – especially taking a well thought and planned out route I’ve suggested earlier. A good sense of humour will help too.

Dealing with the altitude

The main difficulty is the altitude. The walking is not hugely strenuous, with an average of about 3 to 4 maybe 5 hours a day (not including the Summit Day which is a BIG day at nearly 13 to 16 hours). It’s recommended that clients take Diamox a prescription based drug that helps the body realise it’s at altitude and start acclimatizing soon. 

Keeping yourself together on the mountain. It may sound silly, but as you start to physically and mentally crack around the edges it’s easy to let things slip a little. You have to remember to keep drinking, keep washing your hands, applying your lip balm, suncreams etc. As you go on throughout the trek these things play a vital role in wheather you’re successful or not. It would be a great shame to be beaten by sunstroke or dehydration. However, your Guides are pretty good at reminding you of these things. 

 

Sample Food Menu:

BREAKFAST: Eggs made to order, sausages, toast, hash browned potatoes, banana bread / muffins, granola with cold milk, fresh fruits, fruit juice, hot coffee, lemongrass tea, cocoa.

LUNCH: Chicken breast sandwiches, pasta salad, crudites, salami, fresh fruits.

AFTERNOON TEA: Hot coffee, Lemongrass tea, cocoa, cookies with cheese, popcorn, roasted nuts.

DINNER: Different soups, Chinese rice / Italian-style lasagna, green bean salad, fresh fruit salad served in a watermelon.

TRAIL SNACKS: Mixed nuts or fresh-roasted peanuts, mixed dried organic fruits, fresh locally grown fruit, home-made cookies, candy bars, popcorn. We advise bringing a small selection of your favourite snack bars from home too. 

Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten –free and other special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. 

For further information on Mount Kilimanjaro nutrition, search our articles within our magazine and blog: Sandgrouse Traveller. 

Read our recent food article: Mountain food is the source of success

On Day two at camp, in the evening you will have a full safety briefing with your head guide and also the medic who is with you almost like your silent shadow the whole trek. The medic is also a trained first aid responder. The head guide is also a trained first aid responder. The medic is trained to a very high standard and carries all the medical gear you will need in the event of an emergency. The briefing consists of a gear demonstration. The safety briefing is hugely important and puts your mind at rest.

Oxygen for emergency use - For groups of 6+, 2 kits (2 x 100L medical oxygen bottle, regulators & masks) are provided.

* Pulse-oximeter - The head guide checks and charts these numbers daily at dinner time, for each climber.

* Hyperbolic Chamber  - a portable altitude chamber, for emergency use

* Automated External Defibrillator (optional) - Included on treks with a night in the Crater Camp

* Stretcher - Converts into a rigid steel-framed litter

* First-aid & medicine kit, comprehensively stocked and kept as per WFR guidelines

* VHF handheld radios - Carried for quick communication between head and assistant guides. An extra battery accompanies each radio.

* Mobile phones - carried by all guides, for daily communications with our base in Arusha.

* Satellite phone - carried by the head guide for emergencies (in areas with no mobile network)

* Medical equipment porter – to stay with the group at all times, to ensure that the safety gear is always nearby and ready to employ.

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