Trek to Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp or Machu Picchu

If standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro, or exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu or meeting the would-be climbers of Mount Everest at Base Camp is on your bucket list, then we can get you there safely, cheaply and with the best guides, porters and chefs that these regions have to offer. We have been working with them for 12 years !  Of course, this is assuming that you cannot join us on one of our infamous expeditions or maybe the time frame doesn’t suit you in which case we would be delighted to help you organise your trekking experience of a lifetime. All you have to decide, is which one to do first !!

6 day Marangu route to ‘Summit of Kilimanjaro’

7 day Machame trek to ‘The Roof of Africa’

13 day Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp

 

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Detailed Itinerary : 6 Day Marangu route to ‘Summit of Kilimanjaro’

At 5,985m there is no greater adventure available to the common person then the ascent of Kilimanjaro. You do not need climbing experience. There are no ropes or harnesses, for this is a TREK … a HIKE to the top of the world’s highest free-standing mountain. The Marangu Route is the classic trail with comfortable mountain huts and good facilities intermittently spaced at ideal locations. and a terrain that is manageable by most. Its challenge lies in that most memorable night, when you leave Kibo Hut at midnight and begin a 7 hour ‘plod’ to Gilman’s Point on the Crater Rim, and hopefully onto Uhuru. What a journey that is … and one in which learning and self-discovery is guaranteed.

Day 1 We will have you picked up from Arusha Airport, Moshi Bus Station or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be transferred to a most comfortable hotel. That afternoon / evening you will hear from your guide and his assistants about the mountain trek that awaits and have a gear check to ensure that you are ready for the grand experience that awaits.
Day 2
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TREK TO MANDARA HUT … A most enjoyable first day, but slightly more challenging than most expect. It is a 9 klm or 5 hour hike through a glorious and cooling rain forest, that can offer you picturesque waterfalls and colobus monkeys swinging from the tree tops. But make no mistake about it, the environment can also live up to its reputation and give trekkers a severe drenching !! Our destination is Mandara Hut (2750m), a tidy bunkhouse equipped with beds and foam mattresses. If time and energy is on your side, you can also enjoy a short acclimatisation walk to Maundi crater from where you can enjoy splendid views of plains, lakes and scenic volcanic formations below.
Day 3
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ONTO HOROMBO … Yes, it is always best to leave early so a 7:00 to 8.00 am departure is advisable. First walk through the upper forest before you enter the sprawling moorlands, a zone which abounds in giant groundsels, flowers, tussock grasses and many other interesting plants. This is a biologist’s dream. After a long walk of 6 – 7 hours, you arrive at your next camp — Horombo Hut (3720m) which is the dominant base for all trekkers going up and down the mountain. Consequently, there is always plenty of evaluative discuss with fellow hikers at the dining table !!
Day 4
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ACCLIMITISATION DAY … They say this day increase your chances of summiting by 15 %, and the main reason for that is your morning walk to Zebra Rock, which takes you to a height equivalent to what you will experience at the halfway mark tomorrow’s Alpine Desert hike.. The afternoon and evening is a wonderful chance to rest, recuperate and allow those tired muscles to replenish, before the enormous challenge that lies ahead.
Day 5
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ACROSS THE SADDLE – ALPINE DESERT … It’s up and down out of Horombo before the top of a final ridge reveals the remarkable Alpine Desert. With Kibo hut in the distance you cross this dry and desert-like rocky region. It’s quite possible that at this stage the body is starting to slow, as it realises that there is only half the amount of oxygen available here as there would be a sea level. If your 5 – 7 hour walk has been steady and strong you should arrive into Kibo Hut (4700m) at approximately 3 pm. It’s advisable you go to bed early tonight in readiness for the midnight wake-up call and attack on the summit of ‘The Roof of Africa’.
Day 6
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THE NIGHT AND DAY YOU WILL NEVER FORGET … It’s a long and hard night and day. First of all, there is the wake-up call at 11.00 pm and a decision to be made. Will you take on the challenge ? If the answer is ‘Yes’ then you dress in your minimum three layers of warmth and protection to attack the summit between midnight and 7 am. From Kibo hut to Uhuru Peak (5896m) is a distance of 7-8 klms at a rate of 1 hour per klm. Experienced guides monitor your progress and keep you at the right pace. Hopefully, you arrive at Gillman’s Point (5685m) in time to catch a glorious sun rise over Mawenzi Peak. If you have it in you, then there is another 90 minutes to Uhuru Peak (5896m), the highest point in Africa. Then comes the one part of the climb that most people forget … the descent all the way down to Kibo Hut for lunch and a snooze before trekking out that afternoon to Horombo Hut. In all, 28 klms up and down that mountain over 18 hours !! What a journey !!
Day 7
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YOUR GREATEST PRIVTAE VICTORY … It is amazing what a good night’s sleep, a hearty breakfast and the thought of going home does for one’s spirit, because it is with surprising energy that you complete the18 kms back to the Park Gates, before connecting with your transfer vehicle which takes you back to Moshi for a well earned shower and celebration
Day 8
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TRIP ENDS … OR DOES IT ? We transfer you to the Bus station or airport or better still, we would love to escort you to a magnificent Safari experience or a few memorable days working with the incredible ‘School of St Judes’.

SYNOPSIS

Max. Altitude: 5,985m6day3

Land Cost: $1895 AUD per person and that includes …

• Tuition and preparation over phone or in person from Bernie Kelly who has summited the mountain 9 times.
• All transport to and from the mountain, airport or bus station by private vehicle.
• 3 star twin share Bed and Breakfast accommodation in township of Moshi or single room accommodation at ‘School of St Judes’. The choice is yours.
• Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions and your private bags.
• National Park entrance, hut accommodation and park fees.
• All food and catering equipment – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals prepared by your own cook — Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra costs.
• Certificate of Achievement/appreciation if you make the summit.
• Free storage of excess baggage at hotel accommodation, not required on the mountain hike.
• Rescue fees and Crisis management apparati — VHF 2-way radio, basic first aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
• Extra Acclimitization Day is at no cost

Single Room Supplement: Additional $150 AUD if requested

Best Time: June to March

Departure dates: Any time preferably with a minimum of four people, but there is always a chance that we can get you into one of our many groups who are leaving for Kilimanjaro throughout the year.

Cost Excludes:

• Travel and personal accident insurance.
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Personal Mountain equipment.
• Tips (Bernie will advise).
• Expenditure on drinks and beverages, souvenirs and other personal items.
• Additional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
• Treated drinking water other than boiled.
• Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
• Extra porter required in case you give personal luggage in excess of 16Kg

General: Accommodation while on Marangu route is in National Park mountain lodges. These are shared accommodation. Depending on which National Park lodge and room, there may be as few as 2 bunks or as many as 8 bunks per room. All your equipment will be carried by vehicles or local porters; you only carry a daypack with personal gear. We buy fresh produce locally and to ensure good standards of hygiene all food is prepared by our own staff. We can cater for special dietary requirements and there are no extra food-kitty payments.

Contact: For more information contact Global Immersion direct on 07 3269 9118

 

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Detailed Itinerary : 7 day Machame trek to ‘The Roof of Africa’

There are two possibly three distinct advantages of taking on the Machame Route …
1. It is free of the continuous flow of people that frequent the Marangu Trail
2. It finishes at a point much closer to Uhuru Peak then is Kibo Hut on the Marangu Route, which means that theoretically you are more acclimatized. This should make the last night assault on the summit a little easier, and
3. Finally, the up and down nature of the trek in the middle days also aids acclimatization.
In contrast the earlier terrain is tougher and it is camping, which means if it rains than it ain’t no fun !!
All things considered, if the desired outcome is standing on ‘the Roof of Africa’, then the Machame Route will certainly support your attempt.

Day 1 We will have you picked up from Arusha Airport, Moshi Bus Station or Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be transferred to a most comfortable hotel. That afternoon / evening you will hear from your guide and his assistants about the Machame Route and have a gear check to ensure that you are ready for the grand experience that awaits.
Day 2
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KILIMANJARO CALLS … We drive to the Machame Gate from where we embrace a short walk through the attractive banana and coffee farms of Machame village. The path follows a ridge through the dense forested area of the mountain and the zone from where 96% of Kilimanjaro’s water originates. On sunny days and especially in dry season, this section is very lush and beautiful. After lunch the gradient becomes gentler as the forest slowly merges into giant heather, close to our campsite near the ruins of Machame Hut (3,000m.) We may get our first closer look at the glaciated peak of Kibo if the evening clouds permit. It’s 4-5 hours of walking today.
Day 3
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BEST VIEWS ON KILI … We emerge from the giant heather zone and begin by climbing a steep ridge to reach a small semi-circular cliff known as Picnic Rock. There are excellent views of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira from here, and a good rest point too ! The trail continues less steeply to reach our campsite near Shira Hut (3,840m), where some of the most spectacular views on Kilimanjaro, close to the huge volcanic cone of Kibo, are available. Ascent 840m and 4 – 5 hours of tough walking today.
Day 4
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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH GLACIER TERRITORY … From Shira we hike towards the main Kibo peak, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, we descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for our mid-way camp at 3,950m, so you can see we have only ascended 110 metres, but having climbed much higher and dropped back down to assist our acclimatization.
Day 5
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STEEP TO KARANGA … A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south – eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (3,892m.)
Day 6
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BARAFU … A short but steep climb out of Karanga, and an easy path on compacted scree to Barafu campsite (4,600m.). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent. 3 hours walking only today.
Day 7
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THE NIGHT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET… We will start our ascent by torch-light at 1am, so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well graded zig-zags which will guide us to Stella Point (5,735m.) in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to hopefully enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895m.) … The Roof of Africa … passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite at the edge of Mweka Forest. It’s a big one today 11-15 hours walking …. But on Marangu it is 18 hours !!
Day 8
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YOUR GREATEST PRIVTAE VICTORY … A sustained 4-5 hour descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate and on through coffee and banana plantations to Mweka village, where we celebrate, collect certificates and meet the vehicle which will transfer you to Arusha or Moshi for that most welcome shower or laze in the pool.
Day 9
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TRIP ENDS … OR DOES IT ? We transfer you to the Bus station or airport or better still, we would love to escort you to a magnificent Safari experience or a few memorable days working with the incredible ‘School of St Judes’. What will it be ??

SYNOPSIS

Max. Altitude: 5,985m7day6

Land Cost: $1995 AUD per person and that includes …

• Tuition and preparation over phone or in person from Bernie Kelly who has summited the mountain 9 times.
• All transport to and from the mountain, airport or bus station by private vehicle.
• 3 star twin share Bed and Breakfast accommodation in township of Moshi or single room accommodation at ‘School of St Judes’. The choice is yours.
• Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions, tents, kitchen materials and your private bags.
• Fully-equipped mess tent
• Your tent and mattresses
• National Park entrance, hut accommodation and park fees.
• All food and catering equipment – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals prepared by your own cook — Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra costs.
• Certificate of Achievement/appreciation if you make the summit.
• Free storage of excess baggage at hotel accommodation, not required on the mountain hike.
• Rescue fees and Crisis management apparati — VHF 2-way radio, basic first aid kit and oxygen cylinder.
• Extra Acclimitization Day is at no cost

Single Room Supplement: Additional $150 AUD if requested

Best Time: June to March

Departure dates: Any time preferably with a minimum of four people, but there is always a chance that we can get you into one of our many groups who are leaving for Kilimanjaro throughout the year.

Cost Excludes:

• Travel and personal accident insurance.
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Personal Mountain equipment.
• Personal Medication & private antibiotics
• Tips (Bernie will advise).
• Expenditure on drinks and beverages, souvenirs and other personal items.
• Additional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
• Treated drinking water other than boiled.
• Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
• Extra porter required in case you give personal luggage in excess of 16Kg

Contact: For more information contact Global Immersion direct on 07 3269 9118

 

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Detailed Itinerary : 13 day Himalayan trek to Everest Base Camp

Is there a more glorious trekking experience in the world ?? If there is, it is hard to identify, because no other trail can offer you 7 of the highest 10 peaks on Planet Earth to supervise your progress, including Everest herself. Everest must be a ‘she’ because the Tibetans call it ‘Chomolungma’, the mother goddess of the earth. The Nepalese simply call it ‘Sagarmatha’. Irrespective of its many names, Everest is the Queen of all peaks and when it comes to spectacular breathtaking mountain panoramas, I believe the trail from Lukla to Everest Base camp is without equal. Mind you, Everest Base Camp itself is dull, sometimes desolate as it sits on top of the dirty Khumbu Glacier, but the journey to get there is stunning, as is the view from Kala Pattar [5554m] from where the Himalayan giants can be seen in all their glory. In addition, you have sherpa hospitality whose desire to serve and please you has no boundaries, making their behaviour so congruent with the tranquil spiritual nature of this exceptional experience.

Day 1 ARRIVAL … We will have you picked up from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International airport, where you will be transferred to a most comfortable hotel in the very vibrant Thamel district of Kathmandu. That evening your expert host Nima T Sherpa will brief and ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for the magnificent journey that waits.
Day 2 DAY IN KATHMANDU … There are so many things to do in this chaotic metropolis, but my best and simple suggestion is …. Stroll to the Monkey Temple !! It will give you some land legs. It will take you through the shopping areas where you will be stopping every 30 metres, but more importantly it will offer you a glimpse of suburban life outside the obvious tourist areas. The Nepalese people are very friendly, so when you see things that you haven’t seen before …. Just ask them, and learn from the simple neighbourly way that is their hallmark.
Day 3 BLD LUKLA – HERE WE COME … In the morning we have a spectacular 40 minute flight to Lukla, perched at 2850m in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. The flight is bound to be one of the most exhilarating you will ever take. Much of it is only 1000 metres above ground, and the views of the river valleys and terraced landscapes below as well as the hovering Himalayan giants on the horizon make it a truly memorable experience. Meet your trekking staff and porters, and then begin your glorious hike to Phakding over 3 afternoon hours.
Day 4 BLD TOUGH TRAIL TO NAMCHE …We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. From the river, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views to Namche Bazaar, the gateway and main trading centre for this Khumbu region. Magnificent forests of blue pine, juniper and rhododendron as well as our first views of Everest help ease the challenge.
Day 5 BLD REST AND ACCLIMATIZATION DAY IN NAMCHE BAZAAR …Well it is an acclimatisation day because we trek to a higher point before resting in the afternoon, so the day isn’t as easy as it reads. The morning hike to the small airstrip at Shyangboche before detouring to the Everest View Hotel with its spectacular views of Sagamartha and Ama Dablam is memorable. A brunch must be had on the verandah of this glorious hotel, after which we descend briefly to the village of Khumjung famous for the “yeti scalp” and the Hillary School. Rest peacefully that afternoon and don’t get too distracted by all those Namche markets. They will be there on the way back too !
Day 6 BLD TENGBOCHE TOUGHNESS, BUT OH ! – THE REWARD … Unlike the step climb to Namche, this morning is a series of zig-zags to the world famous Tangboche Monastery, site of the Khumbu’s most important Buddhist abode in the region. We won’t stay at Tangboche that evening preferring a little village down the road called Dehuchi, which is a little more protected from the elements.
Day 7 BLD DEHUCHI TO PANGBOCHE … If Namche is the business hub of the Khumbu Region then Pangboche (4350 meters) is its cousin. It’s a busy little village with so many restaurants and hotels for budding trekkers. Just at the entrance to this appealing establishment are small limestone caves, the first sedimentary rocks, proof that millions of years ago the Himalayan peaks formed part of the seabed.
Day 8 BLD PANGBOCHE TO DINGBOCHE … You will love this day as we spend our morning visiting the local monastery and visiting the primary school on the upper ridge. If you want you can teach for a lesson or join our project which contributes fund-raised money to a shining beacon on the slopes of the overhanging foothill … A giant Bhudda.
Day 9 BLD GETTING CLOSE NOW … From Dingboche to Lobuche (4910 meters) and if your post lunch energy is good, we will take on Kalopather a low key mountain that gives you a 270 degree vista of the towering Himalayas that surround you. We return to Gorak Shep the last village before Everest Base Camp.
Day 10 BLD EVEREST BASE CAMP (5365 METERS) … We just always hope that the morning winds are kind for if it is blowy then the wind chill factor makes it a very cold journey to the base of the world’s highest peak. This is where they all camp in preparation for their assault, so enjoy the view of spotted tent sites particularly in April and May, belonging to climbers who are about to take on what Hiliary and Tenzing first conquered in 1953. Return to Gorak Shep for rest that is so well earned !
Day 11 and 12 BLD PANGBUCHE and NAMCHE … These are long walks, but probably the most enjoyable of the whole trip. The destination has been achieved and now it is just about enjoyment, environment and awonderful feeling of empowerment which comes from the peace, tranquility and respect of the mountain spirit which surrounds you. I reckon a little celebration at Namche is not out of the question either !
Day 13 BLD PHAKDING and LUKLA … Yes, we could walk out all the way to Lukla, but this walk is a long one and the last trail to Lukla is steep, and who is in a rush anyway ? Why would you want to leave this environment ? Enjoy it one day more at Phakding and then take on the climb to Lukla fresh the next morning. That night Lukla and all its restaurants, taverns and bars are waiting for you and all the other successful trekkers, who have just completed one of the great fortnights of their entire lives.
Day 15 B BACK TO KATHMANDU … Did you get to bed early ? I hope not, but ‘wakey wakey’ for it is an early 9 am flight back to the Nepalese Capital, which gives you so much time to enjoy the afternoon and evening at Rum Doddle … the place where all successful trekkers hang out to share their growing stories.
Day 16 B TRIP ENDS … OR DOES IT ?We transfer you to Tribhuvan International airport or better still, we would love to escort you to a magnificent Safari experience in Royal Chitwan National Park or maybe a rafting experience on the Trishuli River. What will it be ??

SYNOPSIS

13 day trek with highest point at 5,364 metres13day5

Land Cost: $1895 AUD per person and that includes …

• Tuition and preparation over phone or in person from Bernie Kelly who has trekked this trail on many occasions.
• All transport to and from Tribhuvan International Airport to your centrally located Kathmandu Hotel with escort.
• 3 nights 3 star twin share Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Kathmandu
• Hotel accommodation in Lukla.
• Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu Airfare
• Comfortable Hut and Lodge share accommodation on every night of the trek
• Services of a private mountain guide, cook and adequate ‘Yak/s’ to carry both trip provisions and private bags.
• Sagarmatha National Park fees.
• All food – breakfasts, lunches (packed when necessary) and evening meals — Special dietary requirements are catered for with prior arrangements at no extra costs.
• Free storage of excess baggage at Kathmandu hotel accommodation, not required on the mountain hike.
• Rescue fees

Single Room Supplement: Additional $195 AUD if requested

Best Time: Feb to May and Sept to Dec

Departure dates: Any time from Feb to May and Sept to Dec preferably with a minimum of four people, but there is always a chance that we can get you into one of our many groups who are leaving for Everest Base Camp throughout the year.

Cost Excludes:

• Travel and personal accident insurance.
• Visa, passport, vaccinations, medicines
• Personal Mountain and trekking equipment.
• Personal Medication & private antibiotics
• Tips (Bernie will advise).
• Expenditure on drinks and beverages, souvenirs and other personal items.
• Additional accommodation added at the base hotel or extra days on the mountain.
• Treated drinking water other than boiled.
• Extra costs incurred in case of own intentional change of itinerary while already on trek.
• Extra porter required in case you give personal luggage in excess of 16Kg
• Additional charges for hot showers
• Nepal single entry Visa
• International Flights to Kathmandu
• Lunch and Dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
• Extra Baggage charges if your baggage has excess weight.

Contact: For more information contact Global Immersion direct on 07 3269 9118