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DURATION:
22Days
Spirit:
Trekking, climbing, must-see, landscape, cultural encounters, food
Effort Level:
3
Comfort Level:
3
Accomodation:
Hotel, tent, safari camping
Ways to travel:
Terra Ultima Canadian Guide and local guides (mountain and safari)
Group:
5 à 13 personnes
TYPE:
Treks & Summits
Treks & Summits

These treks involve ascending one or more moderate-altitude summits (+/- 5,000 meters) or high mountains (6,000 meters and higher) over several days of hiking. The summit isn’t the primary objective, but rather a rewarding cherry on top of the sundae. Travellers carry only a day backpack, except when ascending summits. The rest of the equipment is transported by a team on site. These treks are relatively comfortable, considering the remoteness of the destinations. Nights are spent in a “lodge” or tent.

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THE VOYAGE

KILIMANDJARO TREK

Mt Kilimandjaro rises like a solitary giant above the savage plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Climbing this imposing mountain is no small feature and it is rewarded by sublime panoramas all along the way. Here we approach the ascent by the Shira route that begins west of the Shira plateau. The many days of this itinerary between 3000 and 4700 meters will create optimal conditions for the body to acclimatize to this high altitude environment and increase your chances of getting to the summit ! We have planned two excursions on the flancs of nearby Mt. Meru and its surroundings for you to get to know the local culture better and also acclimatize, and most importantly done at the rhythm and pace of the inhabitants of the region.

The adventurers will also be seduced by a spectacular safari in the Serengeti National Park et the Ngorongoro Crater to observe herds of wild animals in their natural environment. And at the end of our trip, we are giving you the opportunity to do a short visit to the idyllic island of Zanzibar, jewel of the Indian Ocean.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Climb the highest of the African summits : the mythical Kilimandjaro, following the Shira route.
• Spend the day hunting with the Hadzabe, one the last remaining hunter-gatherer people of the world. A very particular encounter where time stops for a moment.
• Embark on an excursion to the Ngorongoro Crater, well-known and unique observation site of the fauna in Tanzania.
• Take part in a safari in the famous Serengeti National Park, renowned for its massive migration happening in the year.
• Enjoy a relaxing time in the enchanting setting of Zanzibar, also known as « Spice Island », a jewel of the Indian Ocean that once was a commercial trade post for Arabic Sultans.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER

• Trip is accessible to anyone in good physical condition, with a keen sense of curiosity and an open-minded spirit.
• Climbs up to 5,895 m in altitude, without technical difficulty; average daily walking time 4 to 6 hours summit day 9 to 12 hours.
• Accommodation in tents during the hike.

DATES & PRICES
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GROUP DEPARTURE DATE - TO BE ANNOUNCED

DATES AND PRICES

HOW TO BOOK ?

Complete the registration form and send it to us. A $500 deposit per person is required to confirm your booking. The amount of this deposit will be deducted from your final invoice. The first payment of 50% is required 90 days before the start of the trip. Full payment must be made 45 days before the date of your trip.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Local flight between Kilimanjaro Airport and Zanzibar (if chosen option)
• Ground travel across the visited country
• Qualified Terra Ultima tour guide
• All meals in the city and on expedition
• Full board accommodation (double occupancy)
• Admission to sites during the trip
• Baggage transport
• All common materials for the trek (tents, food, toiletries, etc.)
• All security equipment used in the mountains (security oxygen, pulse oximeter, telephone, VHF radio).
• Travel taxes

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• International flights
• Drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
• Tips for Terra Ultima tour guides
• Tips for local guides (approx. $250 USD for Kilimanjaro and $50USD for the safari).
• Insurance
• Vaccines
• Personal materials (backpacks, sleeping bags, clothing, etc.)
• Excess baggage fees
• $50USD Visa fee (in cash, before arriving in Tanzania).
• Anything else not indicated under “PRICE INCLUDES”
• Contribution to Compensation Fund ($1 per $1000).

VALIDITY OF OFFER

• Pricing is valid for all bookings before September 15, 2019.

Conditions of participation
PRACTICAL INFO

PRACTICAL INFOS

SUPERVISION

• Small group
• Trip supervised by a Terra Ultima guide who will ensure the successful completion of the tour, manage the technical aspects of the hikes, provide excellent quality of service, and impart their knowledge of the country to travellers.
• Participation of locals as guides, baggage carriers, cooks, drivers, etc.
• Information meeting with your group before departure.

LUGGAGE AND EQUIPMENT TRANSPORT

Terra Ultima enlists the transport services of baggage carriers for the transportation of luggage, food, and common materials. As such, you will only need to carry one backpack daily for the duration of the climb. During the climb, personal belongings are limited to 15kg per person. The rest of your belongings will be kept safe at the hotel.

The same services will be offered throughout the safari but at a greater convenience, thanks to a support truck. There will also be a fully-equipped marquee tent and our group will enlist the services of a private cook and assistants. Each 4×4 will be driven by an experienced driver who knows everything there is to know about the national parks.

TRANSPORTATION

Walking is the main feature of this trekking expedition to Kilimanjaro. Most of the travelling (to the safari and otherwise) will be done in 4×4 Jeep Land Cruisers and 24-seat passenger buses (airport transfers).

ACCOMMODATION

Tents will be used for lodging during treks and safaris. In the mountains, travellers will sleep 1 to 2 persons per Mountain Hardwear tent. In the parks, there will be larger safari tents, equipped with mattresses, sheets, and blankets. We have camping installations complete with shared tents, mess tents, ablution tents. In Arusha, lodging is at a 4-star hotel (Illboru Lodge or Planet Lodge), with double or triple occupancy rooms that include a private bathroom. Single occupancy rooms are available on request at an extra cost.

EATING & DRINKING

All meals during the trek and the safari will be prepared by our Tanzanian cooks. These fresh, nutritious, and tasty meals will consist of potatoes, rice, and noodles, along with meat (including poultry and fish). In the mountains, we will offer you buffet-style meals comprised of stews and their side dishes. During the safari days, we will have picnics. In Arusha, meals will be eaten in high quality restaurants that specialize in local flavours. This is a key part of our service, as we know the importance of food before a grand expedition. Besides, delicious food ensures the enjoyment of a trip !

WEATHER

Our departures coincide with the best times to visit Tanzania. There are two rainy seasons in East Africa, the longer one being between March and June, and the shorter one between October and November. As such, we hold our climbs during dry seasons, from July to September and from December to the beginning of March. The climate is relatively hot and humid around Arusha, hot and dry at the safaris, and hot and tropical in Zanzibar. That said, at high altitudes on the mountain, nights can be anywhere from freezing to 20°C approaching the summit!

Average temperatures :
Day: 20°C to 30°C at base altitude and 0°C to 10°C in the mountains
Night: 10°C to 25°C at base altitude and -15°C to 0°C in the mountains

MONEY AND CURRENCY

Tanzania’s currency is the Tanzanian shilling. Credit cards (mainly Visa) are accepted at souvenir shops in Arusha. Traveller’s cheques in Canadian currency are accepted, but difficult to exchange. Cheques in U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere but must have been issued in 2006 or earlier. It would be wise to bring a good amount of American cash with you (it’s always good for troubleshooting).

TIPPING

Tips are a custom in Africa and Terra Ultima covers a good amount. You will cover tips for the two main services: the Kilimanjaro expedition and the safari. Each person should anticipate a $250 tip for the Kilimanjaro team and a $50 for the safari team. You are also invited to give a tip in the amount of your choosing to a local staff member (or several members) who offered you a particular service (carried your day bag, offered you personalized services, etc.). Furthermore, each person should put aside $5 per day towards their Terra Ultima tour guide. This is at your discretion but please consider this information as indicative of the norm in the travel sector. That said, this fee can be increased based on your appreciation !

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is important to have medical insurance to avoid being left with a huge bill in case of hospitalization abroad or medical repatriation. It is also important to have cancellation insurance to cover the non-refundable portion of the cost of your trip. We offer complete travel coverage, with or without cancellation insurance. Contact us for pricing. If you wish to subscribe to our cancellation insurance, it is possible to do so upon final payment. You may also purchase your cancellation service outside of Terra Ultima; however, you may have to pay for the insurance at the time of your initial deposit. Finally, if you are using your credit card to purchase insurance, it is imperative that you pay your initial deposit with the same card.

Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) for this trip (class is in bold) :
The YDS divides trails into 5 classes :
• Class 1 : Walking
• Class 2 : Possible use of hands for stability.
• Class 3 : Easy climbing with some exposure. A rope is sometimes used.
• Class 4 : Easy climb with exposure. A rope is often used.
• Class 5 : Free climbing technique.
N.B. – Mountaineering insurance is generally required from Grade 3 and/or from 6,000 m of altitude.

VISAS/FORMALITIES

In order to travel to Tanzania, you must obtain a visa. The cost of a visa is $50 U.S. dollars and it is possible to receive it upon arrival to the airport. In this case, be prepared to pay in U.S. tender, with good quality notes. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months prior to your departure date. You will be asked to fill out two copies of a form, including one that you must keep with you at all times.

HEALTH, VACCINATIONS AND SECURITY

Yellow fever vaccines are no longer mandatory but still may be asked of you upon your arrival to the Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar airport in Tanzania. Vaccines for Hepatitis A and B and Typhoid are required. There are other suggested vaccinations but receiving them is at your discretion. Malaria tablets are also mandatory due to the elevated risk in this region of Africa. We strongly urge you to seek medical advice by consulting a doctor at a traveller’s clinic near you.

INTERNET AND ELECTRICITY

Tanzania uses 220/250 volt plugs. Consult the following website (https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/) to see different types of plugs. Internet access is generally accessible in Tanzania. Wi-Fi is also available in the majority of hotels and in certain restaurants, though prices vary.

EQUIPMENT AND LUGGAGE

All you need to carry is a day bag large enough to hold what you need to get through the day. This will be the bag that you will carry with you and that you may use on the plane. This bag can be either a backpack (whether with handles or wheels) or a duffel bag. Hard shell suitcases (especially large ones) are not recommended, as they are not practical for storage on smaller transport vehicles, like minibuses. Don’t forget to label all your bags with your name and address.

A complete list of equipment will be given upon registration for the trip (See the appendix).

VOYAGE DOCUMENTS
Here are a few complimentary documents to download: