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Refuga trip to Kilimanjaro
March 4, 2017 - March 14, 2017
The ultimate networking experience
After a successful trip to Kilimanjaro in 2014, we’re now returning to the amazing country of Tanzania and the highest mountain in Africa.
We are getting a small, exclusive group of ambitious people together for this incredible expedition and once in a lifetime experience. We have made an intensive program, where you will both get to explore Tanzania and challenge yourself by climbing Kilimanjaro.
Standing on the top of a mountain like Kilimanjaro expands your world and is a journey in personal development. Doing the whole thing with other entrepreneurs from around the world sparks some super interesting conversations on the mountain and just adds to the overall experience.
Before we head to Kilimanjaro we will kick off the trip by doing a safari and visiting a Maasai village.
We can’t wait to climb Kilimanjaro with you!
Arrivals, introductions, welcome dinner
You will be picked up at Kilimanjaro Airport and taken to our hotel. You will meet the whole group today and we will all have dinner together. Tonight we will have an introduction going over the trips and getting you prepared.
Full day safari
After breakfast, we will be picked up by a few jeeps and we will go to the amazing Ngorongoro Crater, one of the very best places in Tanzania for a safari. Here it’s likely we will see lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and zebras. It’s an easy start to our adventure where we have a chance to get to know each other.
First day on Kilimanjaro
After breakfast, we will be driving to Machame gate. Here we recorded before we can start to get up the mountain. We set out on a pleasant path through the rainforest. After a few hours of walking, we come to a narrower path which leads us to where we will have camp the first night. On day 3 we will be walking 5-7 hours.
Out of the rainforest
After breakfast at camp, we will get ready for the second day of hiking. We are now out of the rainforest and the landscape will be more open. If the sky is clear it will be possible to see the top of Kilimanjaro from our next camp. The air is now getting thinner, so it’s important to drink plenty of water and walk slowly. Day 4 is around 5 hours of walking.
Lunch at Lava Tower
Today we will go up to the impressive rock formation called Lava Tower, which is at 4,700 meters. We go this high to get acclimatized, so we will stay here for a while and have lunch. After that, we head down lower to Barranco Camp, where we will have a camp for the next day. Here it’s possible to see the glaciers on the top of the mountain. On day 5 we will walk for 8-9 hours, but at a slow pace.
The Barranco Wall
Today we start the hike up a steep section called Barranco Wall. It’s the only section of our whole trip that is a bit technical. This day is important for acclimatization and we will arrive at camp early to relax or go for small hikes in the afternoon.
Arriving at Base Camp
The first part of today is the step Barranco Wall and then it’s over valleys and ridge. After lunch, we continue through the Karanga Valley to reach Barafu Camp, which will be our highest camp. The landscape has now changed again to dry, cold and with no plants. From here we can really see that we are getting closer to the peak and we will have some amazing views today. Todays walking will be around 6-8 hours.
Starting our attempt to the summit
We will be woken up around midnight and after eating and getting ready, we are heading for the summit. The temperature is freezing and it gets colder as we climb up. It’s a tough day and we can really feel the altitude now. After a long steep climb, we reach Stella Point. Here the temperature can be as low as -25 degrees Celsius, but from here we only have around an hour of walking on the ridge which just has a small elevation, before reaching the top of Africa!
Standing on the top of Africa
While on the last part towards the top the sun will rise and an incredible view of the mountains and sky will appear. At the top, we will enjoy the view and take the summit photos, before heading down to our last camp. After getting a bit of sleep and something to eat, we will walk on to get lower for the next night. The hike to the top will take around 8 hours and the total descent of the day will be around 6 hours.
Descent and celebrations!
We wake up at our last camp which is down in rainforest. After breakfast, we say goodbye to all our helpers that have been working hard for the week to get us to the top. Helpers that has become friends during the days. We all celebrate by listening to the whole group of guides, helpers and cooks sing their traditional Kilimanjaro song. After this, we do the last bit of hiking down to the foot of the mountain, where a bus will bring us back to the hotel. Time for a beer and a celebration dinner!
Local living and relax
Today is your chance to relax a bit after climbing Kilimanjaro. You can hang out by the pool at the hotel or you can go out and check out the nearby villages. Go for a walk down small gravel roads or take a dala dala (small crowded minibus) into Moshi and check out the city.
The trip official ends after our last breakfast together at the hotel and people depart throughout the day.
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