11 Days Mt Kilimanjaro & Gorillas Trekking Adventure

 11 Days Mt Kilimanjaro & Gorillas Trekking Adventure

Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro and Volcanoes National Park

Day 1: Arusha/Moshi – Hibo – Mandara Hut

Depart from either Arusha or Moshi, heading for a village called Himo, situated about 40km east of Moshi where you will meet your guide and porter team. Once everyone is organised and equipment is checked we head to the start point, Marangu Gate, which is at approximately 1900m. At the gate we collect our park tickets and then begin the 4-5 hour walk through forest towards Mandara Hut which is at approximately 2700m. The hut is a 2 hour return walk to the Maundi crater, where you can get good views of Kilimanjaro’s main peaks. Return to huts for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Dorm-style huts

Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut

Awake for breakfast we start the steep climb through forest and then giant heather before passing across moorlands on the southern slopes of Mawenzi. The ascent is approximately 1000m and the day finishes at Horombo Hut (3720m). Today’s walk will be around six hours and roughly 12km. Here you will rest, have dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Dorm-style huts

Day 3: Horombo Hut – Kibo Hut

Wake for breakfast, start the 1000m ascent to Kibo Hut (4300m). On the way you will pass through the valley behind Horombo Hut and onto the saddle. This area is quite wide and flat compared to the rest averaging around 4200m. You will pass the last water point and proceed to Kibo for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Dorm-style huts

Day 4: Kibo Hut

It is at Kibo Hut (4300m) that you will have an acclimatisation day. We build this into the programme at this point to maximise your chances of reaching the summit. There are a number of acclimatisation walks that can be done on this day or you can simply relax preparing for your summit tomorrow morning and a long, tough day. Return to hut for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Dorm-style huts

Day 5: Kibo Hut – Uhuru Peak – Horombo Hut

After a day resting you will be ready to start very early for a big day of trekking. Today is a long day and can take around 12-15 hours, starting with an ascent of around 1200m, followed by a descent of 2200m to the next nights hut. At around midnight , you will set off from the hut for the tough climb to the Uhuru Peak (4895m). Today will not be easy and it is estimated only 40% of trekkers reach the summit – but the rewards will be well worth the effort. If you make the summit, weather permitting, you may have exhilarating views across Tanzania and into Kenya and possibly catch a glimpse of Kenya’s highest mountain Mt Kenya. On arrival to the highest point in Africa, Uhuru peak (4895m) you will have around 20 minutes to take photos and catch your breath. Then we start the descent to Horombo Hut for a well-earned rest, dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Dorm-style huts

Day 6: Horombo Hut – Hibo – Moshi/Arusha

Today is the last day and we spend it descending to Marangu Gate, back through some of the fantastic scenery passed on the way up. On arrival to Himo we take transport to either Moshi or Arusha for overnight and recovery.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 7: Arusha – Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport, you will be received by our driver/guide and be transferred to your hotel in Kigali arriving for overnight on bed and breakfast.

Day 8:  Kigali – Gisozi Genocide Memorial – Kimironko Market  – Kigali City – Nyamirambo women center.

At 10:00 depart for a day of up close memorable experiences with some Rwanda beautiful people and culture.

1. Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site

The was officially opened on April 7th, 2004 (on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide). This site was built to commemorate the 250,000 Tutsis murdered during the genocide. Special tribute goes to the Aegis Trust, a UK based charity organization in collaboration with the Kigali High Council. Aegis signifies “shield” or “trust”. This organization campaigns against crimes against humanity and genocide. It was established in 2000.

The memorial site has the following: the main historical exhibition, a Children’s Memorial exhibition and an exhibition on comparative genocide – called Wasted Lives. The 4-acre memorial gardens contain 10 mass graves and the National Genocide Documentation Centre

2. Kimironko Market

This is a huge local market. You can buy almost anything there. Alley upon alley of fascinating products / produce and vendors. I loved the bantering interaction with the vendors. Outside the main market, stalls sell everything from meat and fish to sunglasses and household items.

Meals: breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Kigali – Ruhengeri

After your morning breakfast, depart for Ruhengeri area the second largest town in Rwanda, with its stunning backdrop of five volcanic mountains – The Virungas  . Arrive in time for your hotel check in. Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 10; Gorilla trekking

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the National Park headquarters – Kinigi to meet your guides for the day. After completing our park formalities, we are embark on a once in a life time experience on the gorilla trek tour. Once you spot the gorillas, you are allowed to spend an hour watching your closest long lost cousin. Return to your hotel for lunch and later afternoon at leisure.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 11; Golden Monkey – Kigali

After an early breakfast, you will again drive to the park headquarters where you will have briefings and formalities for the golden monkeys trekking. The golden monkeys are rare, beautiful, and distinctive bamboo-associated primates of the blue monkey family and endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. After golden monkeys trekking, you will have lunch and then enjoy the scenic transfer back to Kigali with onward transfer to the airport for your evening outbound flight.

Meals: breakfast, lunch,

Comments are closed.