OPTION 3: FULL ITINERARY- THE KILIMANJARO MARATHON 26.2 TRAIL RACE TO THE SUMMIT
THE KILIMANJARO MARATHON PROGRAM FROM 95 PER RACER SHARING A ROOM/TENT DAY 1: FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH- ARRIVE TO MOSHI Those coming in from our pre-marathon tours will arrive later this afternoon, well acclimated for elevation, and/or rested and refreshed from the safari and ready to go! For people only doing the race package. Today you arrive to Kilimanjaro intl airport on your self booked flight and transfer to the hotel in Moshi. Airport transfer included. (if already in TZ on your own, make your own way to the hotel for check in). Welcome briefing. Overnight in Moshi. Dinner at hotel included. DAY 2 SAT AUG 10TH- RACE PREPARATION DAY. Breakfast at hotel. We can head out on a shakeout run and visit some nearby rice fields and local areas. Later we will pack and prep for race and have our mandatory race meeting and packet distribution. Optional tours are available in the afternoon. The evening is free time. Included dinner at hotel. Overnight in Moshi. DAY 3 SUN AUG 11TH- DEPART FOR KILIMANJARO AND CAMP ON THE MOUNTAIN. Breakfast at hotel. Then we take our gear and drive to the National Park Gate where we take care of some formalities to enter the park. Lunch will be served at the trailhead and then we have about a 4 mile walk (a little over 6km) to our first campsite. Everything will be set up when we arrive and all you have to do is hike with a day pack, we take care of everything at the camp from setting up tents, carrying gear, cooking meals, etc. The rest of the afternoon is for you to relax, prepare your gear for the race, eat a hearty dinner that will be served, and get to bed early for the start of the marathon the next morning. Dinner and Overnight Camping in the National Park. DAY 4 MONDAY AUG 12TH- THE KILIMANJARO TRAIL MARATHON TO THE ROOFTOP OF AFRICA! Today is the day! We will have a very early wakeup, a complete hot breakfast with drinks- (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water) will be served and then it is time to gear up. Later we will make our way to the start line and at 0500 AM, the Race begins! (See race details section for all race information) When you complete your race you will be on the other side of the mountain on the way down. You will be greeted by our staff and other runners celebrating your accomplishment. Then you will have a very hearty dinner and access to your gear. Your tent and sleeping bag will be waiting for you as you will get some well deserved sleep. We will camp at the Horombo hut. DAY 5 TUESDAY AUG 13TH- SLEEP IN! WALK DOWN TO THE PARK EXIT. Sleep in and then we have breakfast. In the late morning we will walk downhill though sections of Rainforest and make our way to the park exit. This is a gentle downhill walk and very scenic. We are not rushed so we will arrive in the afternoon. There our private transport will take us back to Moshi and our hotel where it is time for celebration. Included dinner and awards ceremony tonight. Overnight in Moshi DAY 6 WEDNESDAY AUG 14TH- DEPARTURE. Breakfast at hotel. Turn in Gear. If flying out today, free time until your included transfer to the airport for your flight “End of trip” PLEASE NOTE: Spectators accompanying racers on this trip can do one of the following two options. -OPTION 1: Spend the night of Day 3 and 4 in Moshi and opt for optional tours during that time to Masai Villages, Waterfall hikes, Coffee Plantations, etc. Then wait for runners to return to the Moshi hotel and celebrate with them there. Spectator package option 1- 95 per person sharing a room -OPTION 2: Spectators can head out on the morning of Day 3 for a guided hike on the Marangu route and hike up to the 1st camp on Day 3 (2700m) and spend the night. Then hike up to the second camp on Day 4 (3720m) which is the finish line of the race. There they can greet runners arriving to the finish line, spend the night of day 4 at the same camp and return of the mountain on Day 5 with the runners as per the above Day 5 itinerary. Spectator package option 2- 95 per person sharing a roomPlease note- All times for tours, transfers, daily arrival/departure times, etc. are approximate and subject to modification at the guide and/or host’s recommendations. Erik’s Adventures reserves the right to alter the itinerary if necessary due to safety concerns, circumstances outside its control (i.e. worker strikes, weather, government, etc.). During the portion of the trip on Kilimanjaro trail (including the race), which is controlled by the Tanzanian government and national park system, we reserve the right to make changes if needed for passenger safety, changing or new government regulations, and other concerns. Hotels mentioned are subject to availability. We may use hotels similar to the ones mentioned in the itinerary.