The Ecumenical Prayer Expedition
On Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 4200m/13776ft ASL
2nights 3days Trekking with 60 WCC Change Agents
Departure date: Saturday 14th March, 2018
Returning Day: Monday 16th March, 2018
The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.
Day 1: Arusha – Lemosho View Point
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven to the Londorossi Park Gate (2250m ASL). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then continue driving into a 4WD road to the View Point (Moram Gate) where you will start hiking to for about 5-6hrs reaching SHIRA 1(3500m ASL) that will be your camping site. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. There are chances for wildlife spots, including Colobus monkeys on your way.
In the late evening you will have time for Mountain fellowship and prayer followed by a good night sleep in the tents.
Day 2: SHIRA 1 – SHIRA 2
Following breakfast, you will begin with a gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850m ASL). It will be a wonderful day to exploring some of the features of the Shira Ridge, including the Cathedral, from where we get great views across the plateau towards Kibo and along the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. At the Cathedral we can have moment of prayers before descending to Shira 2 Camp where we will overnight.
Day 3: SHIRA 2 – LONDOROSI GATE
After morning breakfast you will join what we will refer to as the Kilimanjaro Morning Prayer for the final Mountain Prayer and then continue descending back to Londorosi Gate where the car will be waiting to take you back to Arusha.
Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favor the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, given its gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts in dormitory style accommodations.
Day 1: Arusha – Mandara Hut
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and driven to the Marangu Gate (1980m ASL). At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your guide register with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest (Montane forest). During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. There are chances for wildlife spots, including Colobus monkeys on your way. After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will reach the Mandara Hut (2700m ASL).
After the noon prayer at Mandara Hut you will visit the Maundi Crater with a possibility of climbing up to its rim for a spectacular view of the Kibo Crater. In the late evening you will return at Mandara hut for overnight fellowship and prayer followed by a good night sleep from 11hrs p.m. in the wooden huts.
Day 2: Mandara Hut – Horombo Hut
Following breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heathen moorland. In the moorland, you will spot exotic plants, including giant lobelia and groundsel. After 6 hours of hiking, you will reach Horombo Hut (3720m ASL). Horombo Hut is located on a small plateau with a breathtaking view of the towns and villages of Kilimanjaro region. Here is where you will overnight delivering another Mountain prayer for Tanzania & Africa.
Day 3: Horombo Hut – Zebra Rocks – Marangu Gate
After morning breakfast you will hike to Zebra Rocks area (4200m ASL) for the final Mountain Prayer while exploring the awesome wonders of God creation. You will then descend to Horombo hut for lunch and then continue descending back to Marangu Gate where the car will be waiting to take you back to Arusha.
- Day pack, for you to carry
- Large duffel bag or backpack with your personal items, for porters to carry – The weight per porter is limited to 15 kg (35lb) which is enough for 3days trek. Your backpack/duffel bag will be brought from campsite to campsite – before you arrive it will already be there.
You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there! You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cotton. Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable. Remember we will not attempt to summit the highest peak on this expedition.
- Shorts, for hiking during the day only
- Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
- Short-sleeved or t-shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
- Long underwear
- Fleece jacket or wool sweater
- Fleece pants
- Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
- Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
- Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
- Sport bras, for women
Cold Weather Accessories
- Mittens and/or gloves (waterproofed & one thin pair for warming)
- Wool or pile hat for warming in the evenings
- Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated – optional)
- Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
- Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy (no need for gaiters)
- Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
- Hiking socks for warmer conditions
- Wool socks for colder conditions
- Water bottles and Camelback
- Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
- Sun hat with brim
- Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
- Electricity adapter for charging your mobile phone or laptop
- Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
- Toilet papers
- Small towel
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hand sanitizer
- Comb and mirror if necessary
- Yellow fever certificate
- Tanzania Visa
- Medical insurance
- Address book
- Vaccination records
- Airline tickets
- Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers. Leave a copy with someone at home/ conference and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
- Ibuprofen, Aceteminophen, or Paracetamol
- Throat losenges
- Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
- Bandages and tape
- Diarrhea medicine
- Ace bandage
- Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
- Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
- Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
- Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
- Diamox (talk to your doctor)
Foreign Delegates price per person (Marangu Route): US $ 960
East African Delegates price per person (Marangu Route): US $ 350
Foreign Delegates price per person (Lemosho Route): US $ 750
East African Delegates price per person (Lemosho Route): US $ 400
GETI participant’s foreigners per person (Rongai Route): US $ 650
- Park fees ($ 70 per day, per person)
- Mandara & Horombo mountain huts ($60 per night, per person)
- Rescue fee (non-refunded $20 per person per trip)
- Transportation from Arusha to/from Marangu Gate
- Sleeping Mattresses/ bags & accessories
- Pulse oxi-meters
- First aid kit & service
- Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
- Hot water on the mountain
- Bottled Drinking Water
- Ski-Trekking poles (optional because no summit attempt)
- All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
- Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
- Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
- Meals and drinks not specified
Items of personal nature