Back Track Adventures Kilimanjaro Safari 2013

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Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5890 metres above sea level is the highest mountain on the African continent. This snow covered summit soars high above the plains of East Africa. Back Tracks experienced approach to acclimatisation significantly increases your chances of summiting!


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    Mount Kilimanjaro at 5895 metres is the highest mountain on the African continent. This snow covered summit soars high above the plains of East Africa. Theextreme altitude of Kilimanjaro prevents many people who attempt the trek from actually reaching the summit. Back Tracks success rate over the past three years is 100% compared with the industry average which is believed to be below 50%. Most tour companiesdo not allow adequate time for their clients to acclimatise to the lack of oxygen intheatmosphere.

    Fortunately, if you trek with Back Track this problem can be overcome. Near Kilimanjaro is the extinct volcano of Meru, the fifth highest mountain in Africa. This 4566 metre mountain provides an excellent place to help acclimatise for Kilimanjaro. Prior to climbing Kilimanjaro we complete a 4 day trek to the summit of Meru. In addition we add an extra acclimatising day while actually on the Kilimanjaro trek. We ascend Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route over 5 days and on Day 6 strike out for the summit from our high camp. We descend to lower altitude via the Mweka Route after spending enough time on the summit for photographs and to celebrate our success. We are back in Arusha on Day 7. With our Pre Departure Information Booklet and our willing

    With a focus on acclimatisation, trek to the snow covered summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, soaring 5895m above the plains of East Africa. But note that this trip is not all mountain walking. Why go to Africa and not see the wildlife?After Meru and Kili were off to see the best wild game viewing areas in Africa, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

    the Dierence Between Success & Failureassistance at any time on our 1300 Africa Assist line, you will be well prepared and ready for your conquest of Kilimanjaro in 2013.

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    On this adventure you will be accompanied by a Back Track trek leader from Australia. In Africa your team will be joined by our African safari crews made up of experienced guides, cooks and drivers. You will be camping on the Kilimanjaro trek and the wildlife safari and sleeping in comfortable mountain huts on the Mt. Meru trek. In Arusha, we stay in comfortable lodge accommodation. This holiday is in 2 parts. During the first part, the treks on Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, all camp duties are performed by our staff. On the second part, the wildlife safari, you may be asked occasionally to help the camp staff to put up and take down your own tents. As a team member you will need a sound level of fitness in order to enjoy this trip. The trek up Meru and Kilimanjaro involves long hours, steep trails and extremes of heat and cold. A high degree of stamina is required. No prior experience is necessary but this will be suited to people who are comfortable in the outdoors and prepared to do some fitness training before departure.

    Back Track Adventures have operated small group guided adventure holidays worldwide since 1985. Our experience in organising African safaris would be hard surpassed by any other Australian Travel Agency. Add to this our years of experience on high altitude trekking trips in the Himalaya and we are perfectly placed to offer you a very genuine opportunity to successfully trek to the summit of MtKilimanjaro.

    Our aim is to get you to the summit and back safely and ensure that you have the best holiday you have ever had. As part of your holiday and after reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, youll be going on safari in the Serengeti. Why go all the way to Africa and not see the amazing wildlife. Our camping safari will take you to some of Africas best nationalparks. See you on safari!

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    DAY 1: ARUSHA,TANZANIAMeet in Arusha, the commencement point for both the Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro ascents. This thriving town sits in lush countryside at the foot of Mt Meru (4556m). The towns market is alive with colour, its stalls piled high with fresh fruit and vegetables. The craft shops offer a range of superb ebony makonde carvings, malachite jewellery and bright local fabrics. In Arusha we stay at the comfortable, well appointed Ilboru Safari Lodge.

    DAY 2: ARUSHAFree day in Arusha. Theres an opportunity to visit the remarkable School of St Jude, founded by an Australian lady to provide free education to underprivileged children. There will be a pre-trek briefing in the afternoon.

    DAY 3: ARUSHA TO MOMELLA GATE TO MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2514M) Mt. Meru, at 4566m is the 5th highest peak in Africa. Far less visited than Kili, it was formed by volcanic activity and features a classic volcanic cone. It is almost extinct and volcanic activity is extremely rare. The trek to the summit involves exhilarating trekking through grassland and lush forest on lower slopes, to a dramatic walk along the narrow edge of the crater. There are excellent views of surrounding countryside and Mt Kilimanjaro.

    Drive to Momella gate at the foot of Mt Meru. The trek winds through the forest towards the crater floor, and then climbs steeply up to Miriakamba Hut. Buffalo may be seen just after Momella gate on the wide, open plain. Further on there is the impressive Fig Tree Arch, streams and waterfalls. Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

    DAY 4: MIRIAKAMBA HUT TO SADDLE HUT (3570M) The trek continues up to Elephant Ridge where lunch is taken and there are spectacular views down into the crater and up to the main cliffs below the summit. From Saddle Hut the peak of Little Meru

    ItineraryTRIP OVERVIEWDay 1 Arrive in Arusha. Met and transfer to Ilboru Safari Lodge.

    Day 2 Free day in ARUSHA. Optional visit to School of St.Jude. Pre trek briefing in afternoon. (B)

    Day 3 (Trek Day 1) Commence our MT MERU acclimatising trek through lush forest and grasslands to Miriakamba Hut (2514m). (BLD)

    Day 4 (Trek Day 2) Trek higher to Saddle Hut (3570m). (BLD)

    Day 5 ( Trek Day 3) Today we trek to the summit at 4566 metres and back down to Miriakamba Hut (2514m). (BLD)

    Day 6 (Trek Day 4) Trek to the park entrance drive back to ARUSHA and rest up at Ilboru Safari Lodge. (BL)

    Day 7 (Trek Day 1) An early drive from Arusha to our starting point for our KILIMANJARO ASCENT. We ascend via the Machame Route and descend via the Mweka Route. Tonight we camp at Machame Hut (3000m). (BLD)

    Day 8 (Trek Day 2) The vegetation and panoramas change as we ascend to our next camp at Shira Camp (3840m). (BLD)

    Day 9 (Trek Day 3) The trail continues through increasingly large boulders and rocky slopes to our next high camp at Barranco (3950m). (BLD)

    Day 10 (Trek Day 4) We trek a short day to the only water before the summit at Koranga campsite (4100m). (BLD)

    Day 11 (Trek Day 5). Our slow acclimatising ascent places us tonight at Barafu Hut (4600m) from where we will launch our summit bid tomorrow. (BLD)

    Day 12 (Trek Day 6) Up very early for our trek to the summit. We head off by torch light and arrive at the crater rim at Stella Point (5700m). We continue clockwise around the crater rim for 1-2 hours to arrive at the highest point at UHURU (5896m). After we soak in the atmosphere of being on the highest point in Africa we start our descent via the Mweke Route to Mweke Hut (3100m). (BLD)

    Day 13 This morning it is an easy descent to the park entrance and then back to the Ilboru Safari Lodge in ARUSHA. (BL)

    Day 14 Rest day in ARUSHA. There is plenty to see and do in Arusha. Souvenir shopping is superb. (B)

    Day 15 (Safari Day 1) We head for TARANGIRI NATIONAL PARK, famous for its large elephant herds and lion population. Camp at Zion Camp. (BLD)

    Day 16 (Safari Day 2) Into the SERENGETI today via Oldupai Gorge, where fragments of bone belonging to pre-homosapien man were discovered. Camp for 2 nights at Seronera campsite deep within the Serengeti. (BLD)

    Day 17 (Safari Day3) Using Seronera as our base we head out to explore and discover the wildlife. (BLD)

    Day 18 (Safari Day 4) We travel across the plains and over the northern rim of the famous NGORONGORO CRATER to camp at Simba campsite on the crater rim. (BLD)

    Day 19 (Safari Day 5) We spend the morning in the crater viewing the wildlife before heading to Jambo camp in MTO WA MBU. (BLD)

    Day 20 (Safari Day 6) Our last day on safari as we visit LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK for lunch enroute to ARUSHA and overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge. (BL)

    Day 21 The tour ends in ARUSHA. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. (B)

    Meals included as indicated: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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    can be reached in approximately an hour and offers impressive and imposing views of the summit and the sheer cliffs of the craters inner walls. Overnight at Saddle Hut.

    DAY 5: SADDLE HUT MERU SUMMIT (4566M) MIRIAKAMBA HUT (2514M) Depart Saddle Hut around midnight to reach the summit for sunrise over Kilimanjaro. This exhilarating trek follows the narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall. Descend to Miriakamba Hut for overnight.

    DAY 6: MIRIAKAMBA HUT MOMELLA GATE - ARUSHA Trek down to the crater floor and then on to Momella gate where your transport will be waiting to take you back to Ilboru Safari Lodge in Arusha.

    DAY 7: COMMENCE CLIMB OF MT KILIMANJARO MACHAME HUT/CAMP (3000M) Kilimanjaro, at 5896m, is the highest peak in Africa and one of the highest volcanoes on earth. There is no need for ropes or technical equipment to reach the summit. This imposing mountain is revered by the local Chagga people and our chosen route on Kili is the Machame/Mweka trail. This is the most scenic trail and passes through Kilis complete range of landscape and vegetation types. It is also quieter than the usual tourist trail. The Machame route is normally done over 5 nights. Weare doing it over 6 nights to allow for extra acclimatisation.

    Drive to Machame village. The trek begins from the gate winding up to the lush tropical forests and out into heather moorland. Overnight at Machame Camp.

    DAY 8: SHIRA CAVE (3840M) Trek to Shira Plateau, trek through the fine open moorlands. Overnight at Shira Cave campsite.

    DAY 9: BARRANCO CAMP (3950M) A long trek to Barranco. This camp lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach Wall. The Breach Wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley. Overnight at Barranco Camp.

    DAY 10: KORANGA CAMP (4000M) Today is an integral part of our acclimatising programme. By only moving camp a little higher we greatly increase our chances of a successful summit bid. Here is our last water point.

    DAY 11: BARAFU CAMP (4600M) In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Overnight Barafu Camp.

    DAY 12 MWEKA HUT (3100M) At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella Point. Walk steadily up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to overnight at Mweka Hut.

    DAY 13: ARUSHA Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where our vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha. Overnight in Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge.

    DAY 14: ARUSHA A rest day in Arusha today. Catch up on some washing and spend time exploring the local markets for some excellent souvenirs.

    DAY 15: ON SAFARI TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Drive from Arusha to Tarangire National Park. Have a picnic lunch in the park, followed by an afternoon game drive. Drive through the parks varied landscape, which is scattered with huge baobabs trees and home to herds of elephants. Stay overnight at ZionCamp.

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    Ilboru Safari Lodge: Twin Share bed & breakfast, $69 per person, per night.

    DAY 16: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Drive to the Serengeti National Park visiting Oldupai Gorge enroute. For those with an interest in archaeology, this was the site, in 1959, where fossil fragments of a skull belonging to pre homo-sapien man were discovered. The Serengeti is the largest of all the parks in Tanzania, famous for both its migratory and resident animal population. Stay overnight in the Seronera Campsite in the Serengeti. We spend two days exploring the vast grassy plains, rocky outcrops and sparsely wooded river valleys of this incomparable park where lion, cheetah, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, gazelle, elephant, and Cape Buffalo can be seen. In general, you search for the animals in the early morning and late afternoon, while you follow the animals example and rest during the heat of the day. We camp within the Serengeti, listening to the sounds of the nocturnal animals and birds.

    DAY 17: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Full day in the Serengeti. Stay overnight at Seronera Campsite in the Serengeti.

    DAY 18: NGORONGORO CRATER Morning game drive in the Serengeti or an optional balloon flight which includes a champagne breakfast (*this costs extra and must be pre-booked well in advance. Contact the Back Track office for details). In the afternoon drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Stay overnight at Simba Camp overlooking the Crater. From the crater rim there are magnificent views down into the caldera.

    DAY 19: MTO WA MBU Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive. This 100 square mile natural amphitheatre is host to an astonishing array of wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see rhino, elephant and lion, as well as large herds of zebra and wildebeest. In the crater we travel in smaller four-wheel drive vehicles, accompanied by a local guide. There is excellent game viewing with 30,000 resident animals and the photographic opportunities are unrivalled. This is one of the best places to see the endangered Black Rhino. A picnic lunch will be taken in the crater. After the game drive we exit the crater and drive to Mto Wa Mbu Stay at Jambo Camp overnight.

    DAY 20 : ARUSHA On the return journey to Arusha we stop for a picnic lunch at Lake Manyara National Park, followed by an afternoon game drive. This is an opportunity to see Manyaras marvellous concentration of game, including 350 species of birds. Afternoon drive back to Arusha. Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge.

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