Kilimanjaro "Spring Break" Trek
The Ultimate Christian Trekking Adventure
March 5 - 14, 2021 * (For Ages 16-24)
The Kilimanjaro Trek
When you climb Kilimanjaro and stand on the roof of Africa, you see the world in a different way. What seemed impossible in your life, might just be doable. The mountaintop is a place for celebration, but the climb is a place for vision, reflection, grit, inspiration, and a new beginning. Climbing this once-in-a-lifetime mountain for an amazing cause can be a transformational step in your life. Whether it's deepening your walk with the Lord, contemplating a change in direction for your life or career, looking to overcome a fear, or simply wanting to dig deep inside and see what you're made of ... Kilimanjaro delivers.
So, give your sweat this summer for a different kind reward! All (ages 16-24) are welcome for this trip ... individuals, students, groups, and friends!
Kilimanjaro is a non-technical climb. If you are in good shape, just do some basic training; if you have a positive mental outlook to conquer Kilimanjaro, then you will!
Kilimanjaro 2021 Trip Itinerary
Itinerary: March 5-14
March 5 Team Gathering, Reception Dinner, Worship time in NYC
March 6 Depart NYC for Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, Tanzania
March 7 Arrive Arusha, Evening dinner, Kili Prep and itinerary briefing
March 8 Day one: Drive to the base of Kilimanjaro, sign paperwork and begin climb
March 9 Day two on Kilimanjaro
March 10 Day three on Kilimanjaro
March 11 Day four on Kilimanjaro
March 12 Day five on Kilimanjaro * Finish trek and depart for Arusha. Maasai Market, Dinner/Overnight
March13 Depart Arusha, Arrive NYC. Overnight in NYC
March 15 Everyone departs for home.
Reach life-changing elevations ... this incredible trip will have you climbing the highest peak in Africa! (19,341 ft.) and hiking a total of 41.5 miles from gate to gate.
We utilize local guides as well as porters to carry our gear, cook, and handle all the duties while you hike with a small pack by day and relax in camp by night. Join us for the Mount Kilimanjaro climb of your dreams!
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the largest freestanding mountain on the planet. This astounding mountain is composed of three volcanoes: Shira, Mawenzi, and our target, Kibo, the tallest of all three. Most fit and determined adventurers can reach the summit with the assistance of guides and porters and require no technical climbing skills.
Our 5-day Marangu climbing route has a moderate slope, making it less difficult to climb. The 5-day itinerary is the most popular way up Mt. Kilimanjaro and is the only route with emergency evacuation service. Also, it is the only route with dormitory huts and simple dining rooms.
• 5-day climb of Marangu route on Mt. Kilimanjaro
• International ticket from NYC to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania
• All lodging throughout the trip (huts with beds on the climb), meals, and transportation
• Expert local guides, porters, and chefs; park fees, hut accommodation fees, and all guide and porter fees
• Trip T-shirt and always lots of bottled water
• Medical emergency insurance
What’s Not Included:
• Personal gear, sleeping bag, and clothing (Kilimanjaro packing list will be sent to you)
• Extras: laundry, souvenirs, airport snacks
• Tanzania Visa
• Gratuities for Kilimanjaro guide, chef, and porters
Duration of climb: 5 days
Marangu Gate (6,102 ft.) – Mandara hut (8,907 ft.)
Hiking time: 5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5.03 miles
Habitat: Montane forest
Once we reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the park office and make their final preparations for the climb. Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs containing the food, water, and cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. We will make sure that you have all your day pack items (containing drinking water, snacks, camera, your lunch, extra clothing, etc.) with you, as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.
Our guides will be available to assist with any additional information or needs we might have. We now leave the park gate and ascend on a cleared ridge trail through the rain forest. The forest, suffused with mist and dripping with beards of moss, is also where most of Kilimanjaro’s animals are found.
Our first night's stop, Mandara hut, consists of a group of wooden A-framed huts in a forest clearing. Each hut features 6–8 sleeping bunks with solar generated lighting. The total capacity of the camp is 60 climbers. Water is piped into the camp from springs above, and there are flush toilets behind the main hut. Dinner is prepared by our cooks and served in a communal dining area.
Mandara hut (8,907 ft.) – Horombo hut (12,155 ft.)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 7.2 miles
From Mandara hut, the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirts the base of the Maundi Crater ,and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland. We'll take a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for our first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning sun.
Once we are in the open moorland, you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants: the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3 meters in height and the giant groundsel. After about a 6-hour trek from here, you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have a hot bowl of washing water, rest, an evening meal, and an overnight.
Horombo hut (12,155 ft.) – Kibo hut (15,518 ft.)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 5.96 miles
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, we continue our ascent into the Alpine desert habitat. From Horombo, there are two trails to the “Saddle” (which refers to the area located between the peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo). We will take the recommended lower route as it is much easier and nearly an hour shorter. Situated in the barren Alpine desert is Kibo hut, a stone-built block house which has bunk beds and toilets.
The summit is now a farther 3,920 ft. up, and we will make our final ascent the same night. Here we will prepare our equipment—ski-sticks/poles, gaiters, and thermal clothing—for our summit bid. We'll go to bed around 7 p.m and try to get as much rest and sleep as possible.
Kibo hut (15,518 ft.) – Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft.) – Horombo hut (12,155 ft.)
Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 6 to 8 hours to descend to Horombo 3.36 mile ascent and 9.32 mile descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
We will rise around 11:30 p.m., and after some tea and late dinner, we will head to the summit. The first section of the trail consists of a rocky path to the Hans Meyer Cave, also a good resting spot. The path then zigzags up to Gillman’s point, which is located on the crater rim. This section is very steep with a lot of stone scree, requiring a great mental effort.
From Gillman's Point, we will normally encounter snow all the way up to Uhuru peak (19,341 ft.), the highest point in Africa. Total exhilaration and satisfaction—you made it! Weather conditions will determine how long you will be able to spend on the summit taking photographs before the 3-hour descent back to Kibo hut. After a short rest, we will gather all our gear we left behind for the ascent and head down to Horombo hut (3 hours) for our overnight. The return to Horombo hut will seem surprisingly fast compared to the ascent. The total time spent walking on this day is around 14 hours, so be prepared for a very tough day. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and some serious sleep, filled with massive satisfaction.
Horombo hut (12,155 ft.) – Marangu Gate (6,102 ft.)
Hiking time: 6 hours
Distance: Approximately 12.24 miles
After breakfast, we continue our descent (6 hours), passing the Mandara hut, down to the Marangu Gate. At Marangu Gate, you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where we receive our summit certificates. We now drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner, and celebrations! We will spend the night at the Impala Lodge.
Altitude – Our trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro will take us to remote regions at high altitude. We will take our time to acclimatize properly by allowing for additional rest. When gaining in altitude above 10,000 feet, we have included sufficient rest or “layover” time to ensure that you acclimatize properly. While many people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms that require returning to a lower altitude. We will do our best to allow a pace for everyone to acclimatize. Listening to our guides will help a great deal. We cannot determine how you will do at higher altitudes, but being in the best shape possible and having a lower body fat percentage will help greatly.The ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a strenuous adventure and should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions that may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the mountain. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself. Medical supplies in Tanzania are not reliable or guaranteed, though we will have a fully stocked medical kit on the trip.
Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Malaria pills, as well as any prescriptions you are currently taking or should take in case you get sick.
*A WAM Acceptance Package with all the specifics on this Kilimanjaro trip will follow after being accepted.