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. There is nothing like the exhilaration of reaching the summit! We have chosen to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho Route.

Normally this is done over seven or eight days; Back Track takes nine days. We have added an extra acclimatisation day to maximise your chance of a successful summit bid … you will be well prepared and ready for your conquest of Kilimanjaro in 2018.

But this trip is not all mountain walking. Why go to Africa and not see the wildlife? After the summit, relax and enjoy a safari through the Serengeti National Park, visiting Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge and Tarangire National Park … and so much more.

It’s your choice … before your Kili trek there is an optional trek to the summit of Mt Meru, and after Kili you have the option of enjoying the best wild game viewing areas in Africa, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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 Select from 3 trip options, and mix-and-match:

  • Trek Mt Kilimanjaro – 12 days from Arusha
  • Trek Mt Meru  – 5 days from Arusha
  • Wildlife – Safari Only – 6 days from Arusha

 


TRIP LEADERS Ray Baker, Megan Davidson, Dan Tones, Gareth Ward and Ian Arnold

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Mt Meru trek, Mt Kilimanjaro trek, Tarangire National Park, Serengetti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge

GRADING Challenging

Costs/dates 2018

 

TRIP 1: 01 June – 22 June 2018 TRIP 2:  31 August – 21 September 2018 TRIP 3: 29 December 2018 – 19 January 2019
Trek Mt. Meru only (5 days) Trek Mt. Meru only (5 days) Trek Mt. Meru only (5 days)
Dates – 01 – 5 June 2018 Dates – 31 August – 4 September 2018 Dates – 29 December 2018 – 02 January 2019
Cost – AUD$1590 Cost – AUD $1590 Cost – AUD $1590
Trek Kilimanjaro only (12 days) Trek Kilimanjaro only (12 days) Trek Kilimanjaro only (12 days)
Dates – 05 – 16 June 2018 Dates – 04 – 15 September 2018 Dates – 02 January – 13 January 2018
Cost – AUD$5640 Cost – AUD $5640 Cost – AUD $5640
Wildlife Safari only (6 days) Wildlife Safari only (6 days) Wildlife Safari only (6 days)
Dates – 16 – 22 June 2018 Dates – 15 – 21 September 2018 Dates – 13 – 19 January 2019
Cost – AUD$2895

Cost – AUD $2895

Cost – AUD $2895

*Click on each individual tour overview for a list of inclusions

Overview Kilimanjaro

TREK ITINERARY OVERVIEW KILIMANJARO

  • DAY 1 Arrive in ARUSHA. Met and transfer to Outpost Safari Lodge.
  • DAY 2 Free day in ARUSHA. Optional visit to School of St.Jude. Pre-trek briefng in afternoon. (B)
  • DAY 3 (Trek Day 1) Departs in the morning from Arusha to Londorossi village/gate. The trek winds up through the lush forest zone on to the lower slopes of the northern side, going to Shira Plateau. Camp at Mti Mkubwa. (BLD)
  • DAY 4 (Trek Day 2) Trek to Shira Hut walking through the fine open moorlands. Camp at Shira 1 (3840m) (BLD)
  • DAY 5 (Trek Day 3) from Shira to Moir Hut – A walk thru the open moorland. Overnight at Moir Hut. (4140m) (BLD)
  • DAY 6 (Trek Day 4) Acclimatization at Moir Camp (BLD)
  • DAY 7 (Trek Day 5) After a good night’s rest, this day is a challenging trek to Barranco; the route turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding via Lava Tower. Barranco 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. Camp at Barranco Hut. (BLD)
  • DAY 8 (Trek Day 6) We trek a short day to the only water before the summit at Koranga campsite (4100m). (BLD)
  • DAY 9 (Trek Day 7) Our slow acclimatising ascent places us tonight at Barafu Hut (4600m) from where we will launch our summit bid tomorrow. (BLD)
  • DAY 10 (Trek Day 8) 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 11 (Trek Day 9) This morning it is an easy descent to the park entrance and then back to the Outpost Safari Lodge in ARUSHA. (BL)
  • DAY 12 Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight departure. OR If you are joining our Wildlife Safari, today will be a rest day in ARUSHA. There is plenty to see and do in Arusha. Souvenir shopping is superb. (B)

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

INCLUSIONS:

  • Australian trek leader;
  • Arrival & departure transfer in arusha on group flight;
  • Arusha accommodation;
  • All park fees;
  • All ground transportation;
  • All camping fees;
  • All camping equipment including sleeping bag;
  • Services of local crew – cook, porters and guides;
  • Tips for trekking crew; and,
  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners as shown on the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED: International flights (we can arrange your flights; please contact us for the best airfares) • any meals not shown on itinerary •  alcoholic drinks • items of a personal nature • laundry • visa fees

Overview Mt Meru

TREK ITINERARY OVERVIEW MT MERU

  • DAY 1    Arrive in ARUSHA. Met and transfer to Outpost Safari Lodge.
  • DAY 2    (Trek Day 1) Commence our MT MERU acclimatising trek through lush forest and grasslands to Miriakamba Hut (2514m). (BLD)
  • DAY 3    (Trek Day 2) Trek higher to Saddle Hut (3570m). (BLD)
  • DAY 4    (Trek Day 3) Today we trek to the summit at 4566 metres and back down to Miriakamba Hut (2514m). (BLD)
  • DAY 5    (Trek Day 4) Trek to the park entrance drive back to ARUSHA and rest up at Outpost Safari Lodge. (BL)

Meals  Included as indicated: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

INCLUSIONS:

  • Arrival & departure transfer in Arusha on group flight;
  • Arusha accommodation;
  • All park fees;
  • Hut fees;
  • All ground transportation;
  • Sleeping bag;
  • Services of local crew – cook, porters and guides;
  • Services of an armed ranger; and.
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners as shown on the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED: International flights (we can arrange your flights; please contact us for the best airfares) • any meals not shown on itinerary • tips • alcoholic drinks • items of a personal nature • laundry • visa fees

Overview Wildlife Safari

TREK ITINERARY WILDLIFE SAFARI

  • DAY 1 Fly from Arusha to the Serengeti. Met by our guides and commence a full day game drive.
  • Overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
  • DAY 2 Full day game drive in the Serengeti. Overnight Serengeti Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
  • DAY 3 Morning game drive en route to Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (BLD)
  • DAY 4 Game drive on the oor of the Ngorongoro Crater. Afternoon drive to Tarangire National Park.
  • Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge. (BLD)
  • DAY 5 Morning game drive in Tarangire. Afternoon drive to ARUSHA. Overnight at Outpost Safari lodge (BL)
  • DAY 6 The tour ends in ARUSHA. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. (B)

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

INCLUSIONS:

  • Arrival & departure transfer in Arusha on group flight;
  • Serengenti flight;
  • Arusha accommodation;
  • All park fees;
  • All ground transportation;
  • Services of safari vehicle, driver/guide on safari; and,
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners as shown on the itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED: International flights (we can arrange your flights; please contact us for the best airfares) • any meals not shown on itinerary • tips (except on the Mt Kili trek where tips are included for the crew) • alcoholic drinks • items of a personal nature • laundry • visa fees

Combine the Mt Kilimanjaro trek with the Wildlife Safari for extra adventure – cost : $8235

EXTRA ACCOMMODATION in Arusha
Outpost Safari Lodge: Twin share bed & breakfast,
$65 per person, per night. Single room bed & breakfast
$100 per person per night.

 

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Kilimanjaro Safari Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

Please a read below comments from Back Track trekkers who have travelled with Back Track Adventures in Africa on our Kilimanjaro Safari:

All in all great trip – physically and mentally challenging.  Spectacular safari as well! Geoff, Kilimanjaro Safari June 2014


Thanks Back Track for an enjoyable and memorable trip.  Thanks for all the effort you guys have gone to help ensure we reach our goal of summiting Kili!
Karen, Kilimanjaro Safari June 2014

All up I thought it was a great experience.  Two hard climbs well coordinated and successfully completed.  hardest things I have done and probably could have trained more but all up I got there and that’s all that matters! Safari was great!  Trek crew and Safari crew were fantastic.  Arnold is brilliant and your local crew is fantastic.  Well done and keep up the good work.
Pete, Kilimanjaro Safari June 2014

As I told Ray (our Australian Trek Leader), I am so glad that I did this trip under the ‘old’ way of driving to safari and camping which was a most enjoyable way of getting to know more of our excellent crew.  I love the journey and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the countryside that I could.  We were extremely lucky to see such a wealth of animal and bird life on this safari.  It felt like the migration came to us and slept with us several nights. I cannot thank enough the wonderful guides on the safari for their excellent knowledge and patience but especially the guides who helped us and encouraged us on Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro.  I know that I could not have reached the summit of either without their caring attention and help.  Ray was very kind to me on the last bit of Mt Meru and I thought he put in a sterling effort to return to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro with our last person.  He then ensured my daypack was carried after I fell at camp that last morning.  The thought and preparation which has gone into this trip has guaranteed great success.
Betty, Kilimanjaro Safari June 2014

Congratulations to the leaders on their professionalism.  With a good sense of humour they nurtured, guided and assisted in our every need.  Loved every minute.  What an amazing experience to hold onto forever.
Joy, Kilimanjaro Safari June 2014

Fantastic having such kind, supportive and happy staff on Mt Meru & Mt Kili and a bonus much appreciated of our guides ability to spot/identify birds, animals and vegetation whilst on safari. Thanks Ray (our Australian Trek Leader) for an amazing experience doubtless made possible through meticulous planning and organisation.
Heather, Kilimanjaro Safari June 2014

Challenging, great company and group of people
Anon, Kilimanjaro Safari

Fantastic leadership by Ray and Megan. Fantastic ground crew, couldn’t have done it without them. I had a most wonderful experience, the support and encouragement during the tough times was superb! Thank you!
EC, Kilimanjaro Safari 2012

Awesome, though a rugged experience. Organisation was great in Australia and locally. Not sure much more can be done to prepare before you get here as it is unlike, for me anyway, any other experience I have had. Looking forward to trying some other tours with Back Track.
AIW, Kilimanjaro Safari 2012

This was a wonderful trek and safari which I would recommend to anyone. The food, organisation and friendly crew made the trip very special. Thanks Ray and Megan for a great time, your good humour and gentle concern got everyone to the top.
RB, Kilimanjaro Safari 2012

This is the third trip with Back Track and each time the team has come together as if we had known each other for years. I love the support, friendship and guidance from the trek leader, crew and team members. Thanks for a great time. Mercy and Simon from Easternsun (Back Track’s partners in Tanzania) looked after me so well and nothing was too much trouble.
DB, Kilimanjaro Safari 2012

Thank you for a wonderful experience. Kili has been the hardest thing I have ever achieved. What a thrill to see everyone summit both Kili and Meru – thanks to your professional preparation and steady encouragement. The safari was fantastic – very well run and all boxes ticked, right down to the snake versus bat at the last moment! Thanks to Ray Megan and the crew for an amazing experience.
JM, Kilimanjaro Safari 2012

I would just like to thank you for our recent trip to Africa and particularly to climb Mt Kili. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip especially the climbs of Mt Meru and Kili and also the safari aftrwards. Sorry because I was so slow if I caused any problems with the group. If I had of went faster I probably would not have made the summits of both mountains’. Once again many thanks for organising this great trip and being our ‘great white leader’ – I would not have missed it for anything. Some of my photos are quite good and I look forward to our get together night whenever.
M.B., Kilimanjaro Safari

Ian…(our Trek Leader)… where do I start… Ian was fantastic! The coordinator, the smoother, diplomat, endlessly cheerful and patient. A mine of information. I would travel to the ends of the earth with this guy ?
C.L., Kilimanjaro Safari

Acclimatising

Back Track Adventures take a serious approach to acclimatisation when attempting to summit Mt Kilimanjaro. Our sensible approach ensures a very high summit rate. Only about 60% of trekkers who attempt to reach the 5,895m summit of Kilimanjaro succeed. Approximately 1,000 trekkers per year are evacuated from the mountain with altitude sickness (or Acute Mountain Sickness AMS). Altitude sickness is caused when a trekker ascends too rapidly to high altitude thus not allowing sufficient time to acclimatise to the lack of oxygen in the high, thin air. The best way to acclimatise is to have a slow rate of ascent over a number of days while on Kilimanjaro, or preferably, an acclimatisation trek beforehand on a nearby mountain such as Mt Meru or Mt Kenya. It’s also helpful to choose a route on Kilimanjaro that allows an extra night to be spent on the ascent. This is possible on the Machame Route where you can insert an intermediate camp at Karangu, between Barranco and Barafu Camps. This route also allows the trekker to follow an important maxim of acclimatisation – ‘walk high and sleep low’. This can be done by ascending from Shira Camp at 3,850m to Lava Rock at 4,600m before descending to Barranco Camp at 3,950m.

Other ways to assist acclimatisation are:

  • Walk slowly. On ‘Kili’ you’ll often hear the expression, ‘pole pole’, which means slowly, slowly. Walk only as fast as you can comfortably breathe and never allow your-self to become breathless. Your experienced guide will set a slow, comfortable pace. Stick with him and don’t race off ahead.
  • Stay well hydrated. The thin, dry will cause you to lose fluid by respiration. Dehydration is to be avoided at all costs as it can worsen the effect of altitude sickness. Start the day well hydrated and continue to drink throughout the day. Purchase a water bladder with a tube and mouthpiece so you won’t have to stop to drink.
  • Eat well. It’s important to maintain a high energy level and food fuels energy. Eat well at meals and carry snacks during the day. Loss of energy is a contributor to altitude sickness.
  • Stay warm. Shivering with cold will use energy that you’ll need when trekking. Have multiple thermal layers of clothing and a wind and water proof outer layer.
  • Don’t overload your pack. A heavy pack will drain your energy. Your porter is there to carry the heavy load. You need only carry to minimum amount of gear to get through the day.
  • Consider taking Diamox. Diamox (generic name acetazolamide) is a prescription drug for the prevention and treatment of altitude sickness. The medication works by acidifying the blood, which causes an increase in respiration which assists acclimatisation. Diamox does not disguise symptoms of altitude sickness, it prevents it. Taking a 250mg dose of Diamox every twelve hours before and during rapid ascent to altitude should result in fewer, less severe symptoms of altitude sickness. The side effects of Diamox include pins and needles in the hands and feet and increased urination. It is a personal choice of the trekker whether or not to take Diamox as a preventative measure against altitude sickness. Back Track Adventures neither advocates nor discourages the use of Diamox.

Our Safari Style

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 trekking and 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 will be in the capable hands of our safari guides. 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.

Independent Trekking and Safaris

Any date, any day, minimum two trekkers, lots of inclusions, lots of support.

If the departure dates for the Back Track group treks or safaris don’t suit you, or you wish to have a private trek, we can offer many exciting alternatives. With a minimum of two people up to a full team of 14, we can look after your Kilimanjaro adventure! Please contact the team at Back Track Adventures for further details and costs.

 

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