- 25th Sep 2021 – 7th Oct 2021
- 12 Nights / 13 Days
- INR 4,95,000 + 5% GST Per Person
(EMI Option Available)
Today is going to be the beginning of one of the most memorable adventures of your lives. As soon as you reach Tanzania, you will be transported into a world of its own. The journey begins as soon as you touch down at Kilimanjaro International Airport, after which you will be transferred to your hotel in Arusha. The drive from the airport to your hotel will take over an hour, so sit back, relax and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. In the evening, you will get to meet your fellow participants and expedition leaders over dinner. You will also be briefed in detail about the trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro, followed by a question/answer session to clarify any doubts or questions you may have about the journey.
Post a hearty breakfast, leave Arusha for Machame Gate from where the hike for Kilimanjaro trek will begin, along with a group of guides, porters and cooks who will spend the next seven days trekking with you to Uhuru Peak - the roof of Africa. The drive-through coffee farms and villages to Machame Gate takes about an hour. Once you arrive here, you will wait at the gate while the team registers for the climb and makes final preparations. Your halt of the day will be at Machame Camp. Each day, porters and cooks will walk ahead to set up the camp in time for your arrival. On this day, you will hike through the moss-covered trees of Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear, take a view of the surrounding area of Kibo Peak.
Although considered the easiest day on the Machame Route, today's trek includes several uphill sections. You must continue drinking plenty of water, as the hike can be dehydrating on a clear sunny day. There are several viewpoints on the way from where you can see the plains and forests below and Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks above. As you gain altitude, you will notice the changing vegetation. The trees will keep diminishing in size, giving way to Kilimanjaro’s famous high-altitude plants, Senecio Kilimanjari and Lobelia Deckenii. After grabbing lunch, climb the Shira Plateau formed by Kibo Lava which filled the Shira Crater. Continue to Shira Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Notice that Kibo lies to the West and Mount Meru to the East.
By now, you would have got used to the daily schedule of climbing with the group and would find yourself comfortable with the climb, camps, food etc., as you get closer and closer to the summit. Although this day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 m, you will have climbed 690 m to a height of 4530 m before beginning your descent towards Barranco Camp by early afternoon. This day is crucial for acclimatisation. After breakfast, you will start hiking East on the Shira Plateau before reaching the important junction for the Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue through the barren landscapes and, by afternoon, reach the highest point of the day before descending to Barranco Camp. Barranco Camp is considered to be one of the most scenic campsite on this route.
Post breakfast, leave Barranco Camp and head towards Karanga Valley. Soon after starting in the morning, you will be hiking for 1.5 hours on the Barranco Wall. Climbing this wall is a bit technical and the hardest part of the entire trek. You might be required to crawl in some places using your hands to pull up your body. Your team leaders and crew will guide you, help you climb the wall, and make sure that you comfortably get on top of the wall. After reaching the top of the wall, make a short descent into the beautiful Karanga Valley filled with lush green plantations. We generally camp on the ridge above the Karanga Valley as it allows for better acclimatisation and is one of the most comfortable and scenic spots in the region.
Today’s trek will be unique and rewarding in its way as we begin the hike to Barafu Camp soon after breakfast. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo's Glaciers and trek through the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. Today’s trek will be a feast for the eyes as you will cross the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu Camp passes through an alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. Even though today’s hike is not too long and we should arrive at our campsite by early evening, try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner, as you have to be up before midnight for the final summit hike.
Around midnight, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, you will hike using the light of your headlamp. The ascent to the crater rim is the most challenging part of the entire trek. The trail is very steep until you reach the crater rim at Stella Point. Despite the distance being relatively short, the progress will be slow as the oxygen level is comparatively less than at the sea level. Uhuru Peak provides a unique satisfaction and usually releases a plethora of emotions. The hike from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual climb and is not very challenging. The altitude, however, makes the hike long and tiring. Upon reaching Uhuru, soak in the feeling of reaching the highest point of Africa before starting the descent towards Mweka Camp!
It is time to head back into civilisation after having climbed the highest mountain in Africa! The final descent takes you through the lower section that quickly turns into a rainforest. An easy descent will bring you to the end of your Kilimanjaro trek as you reach the Mweka Gate, where a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to the hotel. Check into a luxurious, comfortable and cosy hotel, take a much needed hot shower, relax and spend the rest of the day at leisure after conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro. If you are joining us for the safari over the coming days, get ready to wear your safari hats to embark on yet another adventure. If not, we will make the necessary arrangement to have you transported to the airport for your flight back home.
After witnessing nature’s magnificence from the towering peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, it is time to experience the wilderness of Serengeti National Park. You would never have appreciated spending a night in a comfortable, cosy and luxurious room as you must have on your last night! Treat yourself to a hearty breakfast before heading towards the Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s best-known wildlife - viewing areas. The crater is about 20 km wide, and it is one of the largest calderas in the world. Within its walls is a variety of animals and vegetation, including grasslands, swamps, forests, salt pans, and a freshwater lake. It is home to rich wildlife, which includes lions, elephants, buffaloes, wildebeests, Thomson’s gazelles, zebras, reedbucks etc. Spend the night in a luxury lodge located on the edge of the crater.
A day in the wild in Serengeti National Park is one of the most sought-after wilderness experiences in the world, making you witness first-hand the beautiful creations of mother nature in all its glory. After breakfast, we will depart from the lodge in Ngorongoro Crater and head towards Serengeti National Park. We will make a quick stop at the gates of Serengeti National Park, do the registrations and as we enter into the world of Serengeti National Park, keep your cameras ready as you will be welcomed with open arms by the African wildlife. By afternoon, we will reach our luxurious lodge in Serengeti National Park, and you will find yourself enveloped with the sounds, sights and smells of the wild.
“Exploration is the essence of the human spirit”, said Frank Borman. And today is all about exploring Serengeti National Park. You are bound to fall in love with the splendid landscapes and unending beauty of the Serengeti National Park, the largest and the most famous national park in Tanzania, which covers an area of 14,763 sq. km. You will be rewarded with never seen before wildlife roaming around freely without any care in the world. The park is famous for the annual migration of wildebeest herds in search of better grazing. The park is also renowned for sightings of lions, cheetahs, large herds of zebras & giraffes, impalas, warthogs, and various birds. After a full day game drive-through Serengeti National Park's vast plains, we will return to the lodge in the evening and enjoy a lavish dinner.
You will wake up feeling content, satisfied and definitely with a smile on your face after having experienced magic the previous day! We will pack the cars and head out of Serengeti National Park towards Lake Manyara National Park, where a game drive and a Treetop walk awaits you. Lake Manyara National Park is unique in its own way. It offers a wilderness experience in diverse habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to dense woodlands and steep mountainsides. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is also famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and the vast elephant herds it was established to protect. Spend the night in a luxury hotel and relish each moment with your fellow travellers, as tonight is the final night of your great African adventure.
All good things must come to an end, and so is this exciting journey. We will head out of Lake Manyara National Park and drive towards Kilimanjaro Airport for our flight back home. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers with a promise to embark together on another journey in some other unique corner of our beautiful world. As you take off from Africa, take a moment to reflect on the experiences over the days gone by and return home with a heart full of memories.
1. Full Trip: INR 4,95,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)
2. Kilimanjaro Trek (25th Sep – 2nd Oct 2021): INR 2,70,000
3. Serengeti Safari (2nd Oct – 7th Oct 2021): INR 2,25,000