Mt. Kilimanjaro: Lemosho/Shira Plateau/Stella Point Route (8day summit ascent) This is the ultimate experience on Africa's greatest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Beginning at the rarely visited western edge of Kilimanjaro, we traverse the wild and unspoiled Shira Plateau to approach the crater rim. We take more days to acclimatize because we will actually sleep inside the crater of Kilimanjaro, at 18,700 ft (5,700m) This is an exceptional chance to look closely at the marvels of Kili's inner crater, set against the backdrop of towering glacial walls of ice.
Camping at this elevation is a serious objective. Equipment of the highest quality is used to ensure the comfort and safety of our climbers and our Chagga staff, as well as to protect the delicate and unique environment within the crater. We carry medical oxygen and bring with us years of experience and judgment gained on the highest peaks of the world.
September 18 / Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel.
September 19 / Day 2 – Team orientation at 8 a.m. Packing and trip preparation. Afternoon for hiking, a visit to the town of Arusha, or sleeping off jet lag.
September 20 / Day 3 –Drive to Lemosho Glades 6,890 ft (2100m). Meet local staff and porters. Hike to Big Tree Camp 9,200 ft (2804m) in a beautiful old growth forest.
September 21 / Day 4 – We cross the spectacular and remote Shira Ridge, then descend a short distance to Shira I Camp on the Shira Plateau 11,450 ft (3500m).
September 22 / Day 5 – Today we move even higher to the Moir Camp, 13,500 ft (4114m). This spectacular camp is located beneath the Northern ice fields of Kilimanjaro.
September 23 / Day 6 – We ascend through the moorland and alpine desert zones to the Lava Tower Camp at 15,090 ft (4600m).
September 24 / Day 7 – Travel from Lava Tower Camp to Karanga Valley Camp, 13,900 feet (4235m).
September 25 / Day 8 – From Karanga Valley Camp we climb past the crowded Barafu Camp and make our way to the Kossovo Camp 15,970 feet (4867m).
September 26 / Day 9 – Today, near Stella Point, we enter the crater where we will spend the night and wake early the next day to reach the summit during daylight hours, camping at 18,700 ft (5700m).
September 27 / Day 10 – Summit day. In less than two hours from camp, a measured pace will get us to the highest spot in Africa, Uhuru Point (19,339 ft / 5894m). We descend the Barafu Route all the way to 10,000 feet at the top of the forest.
September 28 / Day 11 – We walk through the forest to the park gate, where our Land Cruisers are waiting to take us back to Arusha.
Ngorongoro Crater and Olduvai Gorge, Tangire National Park and Serengeti National Park (3 or 6-Day Safari)
September 29 / Day 12 –Our safari adventure begins after a restful morning back at the hotel in Arusha. We will drive through a classic African landscape; Tarangire National Park is the land of baobab trees, and the best place to view an undisturbed elephant society. It has been the favorite park of many experienced travelers to Tanzania over the years, and you will see why once you enter its peaceful expanses.
September 30 / Day 13 – The best wildlife viewing is in the morning and we will take advantage of this as we drive to visit Lake Manyara before lunch. We will stop for lunch at the Serena Lodge on the rim of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment before we make our way to Ngorongoro Crater. We will then drive to visit our favorite Masai boma, or village, which is located nearby. Tonight we will spend the first of two nights at Ngorongoro.
October 1 / Day 14 – You will find yourself waking to have tea or coffee at the lodge in the early morning darkness. The next few hours could be the highlight of anyone's East African safari dream. Our driver / guides always ready for a pre-dawn departure to drop from the rim down into the expanse of Ngorongoro. We will be looking for lions, cheetahs and leopards. We will gaze in awe at herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo. We may see massive black rhinos. We usually return exhausted and satisfied for a lunch at our lodge on the Crater rim and an afternoon of relaxing.
October 2 / Day 15 – Today we leave Ngorongoro and visit Olduvai Gorge, "the cradle of mankind". It was here that Mary Leakey found fossil remains of our ancestors who walked the swamps of Africa long before Kilimanjaro was formed. Later we enter Serengeti National park. The endless African landscape stretching out in every direction is, like Kilimanjaro, strangely familiar and inviting. Our lodge is in the heart of Serengeti National Park and will offer access to superb game viewing drives during our two night stay.
October 3 / Day 16 – Up in the early morning again for tea and coffee. We will drive through the wild dawn, perhaps seeing lions and other predators active in the morning chill, on our way to the launch point for the optional balloon ride over Serengeti National Park. (The balloon ride involves a supplemental charge). The ride is an unforgettable experience, but if you choose not to go, we will have the guides and vehicles available for game viewing while the balloon is in the air, and your morning will be full and rewarding. We will all be back together by mid morning and will continue exploring the park for the rest of the day.
October 4 / Day 17 – If you choose your guide will be up early again to take you to see more wildlife on your last morning in the Serengeti, or you might decide to relax in the morning at the lodge. In the afternoon we will take you back to Arusha where you will have the opportunity to freshen up at the hotel before leaving for your evening flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
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Paul Blanchard Going to New Heights for United Way
By placing one foot in front of the other for over 20 years, Paul Blanchard has crossed the arctic
circle on foot, hiked the West Coast Trail of British Columbia, trekked to the base camp of Mount
Everest in Nepal, been pecked by birds on Ellesmere Island while on a hike, and in September of this
year, he'll be trekking up Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro.
Not only is Blanchard doing his hike to maintain his health, enjoy nature and network with other
IP professionals, he is also donating all funds raised for this trek to the United Way. The United
Way has been Blanchard's charity of choice for many years in helping the disadvantaged.
On 19 September IP-Trekker Anna Carboni and her husband Marius will set off up the western slopes
of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with a group of like-minded and adventurous trade mark lawyers.
If all goes well, they will spend the seventh night on the mountain sleeping (or possibly just
shivering in our sleeping bags) in a volcanic crater 18,700 feet (5,700 metres) above sea level
before the final push for the summit. At 19,340 feet (5,895 metres), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest
mountain in Africa, the world's highest free-standing mountain, and one of the largest volcanoes
(currently inactive, one hopes). They are doing this not only as something exciting to experience,
but also to raise some money for ActionAid, with the hope of targeting the funds raised towards its
work in Tanzania.
Annette Freeman is an intellectual property lawyer in Sydney, with big plans to climb Mt Kilimanjaro
in Africa in September 2007. Annette is a member of a loose association of friends and colleagues in
the IP world known as IP-TREK. In association with the climb, Annette plans to raise funds to support
the region of Africa that she will be visiting. She has chosen Oxfam Australia.
John Hackett dedicates his Kili climb to Breath4CF
John is a founding member of IP-Trek. Breath4CF is an organization formed to fund awareness of
Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and to provide sufferers of CF with a better quality of life. John's godchildren,
were born with CF. They are now 16 and live as normal a life as possible while suffering from this
debilitating disease. Make no mistake - this disease will greatly curtail their life expectancy, and an
organisation like Breath4CF is there to help them enjoy as normal a quality of life as they can hope to
Catherine Nursaw Attempts Kili in aid of MS Society
Catherine will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro September 2007. She previously raised over £2000 for the MS Society in her Clipper ship round the world sailing race. The sheer insanity of this year's attempt should be worth a few quid, surely? Super-fit people go into intense training for this trek for at least six months in advance - my rigorous training regime to date has primarily consisted of reading other people's accounts of their own training activities and then lying on the sofa to recover from the resulting shock and exhaustion. Anyone feeling inclined to add a "summiting" bonus to their donation would probably find their money fairly safe...
Every donation helps, however small. The easiest way to donate is online, by credit or debit card at the following address:
Katie Robinson climbs Kili for CureKids
In September 2007, I am traveling to Tanzania with IP-Trek, an international group of trekking enthusiasts
who happen to also be intellectual property law specialists. It is my hope to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro
on September 27! I'd like my trip away, and efforts on the climb not only to benefit me, but to benefit others.
I'd like to dedicate my effort to Matthew Davys. He died from leukaemia nearly 20 years ago. He was 8. He would
have been 26 on Monday 13th of August. Although it was a long time ago, I remember him, and that time well. His
bravery and endurance, with still a smile on his face, was something we could all learn from.
Vaughan Barlow, Paul Blanchard, Anna Carboni, Nancy Lee
Carter, Andy Coombs, Annette Freeman, John Hackett,
Linda Harland, Michael Holihan, Alan Kasper, David Keltie,
Chander Lall, Vera Moll, Catherine Nursaw, Paul Previde, Katie Robinson, Ken Ross, Jim Slattery,
Carlos Vicente, Alexander Zuazo