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Giluwe & Kilimanjaro

On top of the highest volcanoes in Africa and Oceania. An incredible journey along the Equator from Papua New Guinea to Tanzania.

This trip definitely also deserves the predicates “original” and “varied”. After all, not only will you have mastered two continents and their highest volcanoes but you will also have crossed the entire Indian Ocean. Although the two mountains are over 12,000 km apart as the crow flies, it is still makes a lot of sense to combine them in one trip. For acclimatization to the altitude and to the tropics, we first travel via Singapore to Papua New Guinea, where we will conquer the highest volcano in Oceania (including Australia) – the Giluwe (4.367m) . A leap across the Indian Ocean to Tanzania, and we embark upon the most exclusive and most original of all routes – the Northern Circuit route to the highest mountain and highest volcano in Africa – Kilimanjaro (5.895m).

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  • The highest volcanoes in Oceania and Africa
  • A unique combination of these two amazing mountains in one unforgettable trip
  • Mountain climbing in the exotic pacific paradise that is Papua New Guinea
  • Rarely climbed yet extremely rewarding Northern Circuit Route on Kilimanjaro
  • Continuous support from our English-speaking mountain guide

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Because of the complex logistics of this double expedition, changes to the planned itinerary may need to be made during the trip. Especially the logistics regarding the flights are especially a challenge during this trip. The exact plan will also depend on weather and snow conditions. In addition, we will be in a very remote and politically highly sensitive area where regulatory or environmental restrictions can be expected at any time.

The following schedule is planned:

1. - 8. Day: Arrival and Climb Mt. Giluwe in Papua Neu Guinea

1.-2. Day: Flight to Singapore and overnight stay at the hotel.

3. Day: Flight from Singapore to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea followed by a short inland flight to Mt. Hagen. Transfer to a cosy lodge at the foot of Mount Hagen.

4. Day: After breakfast we will head of on a first acclimatization tour through the lush rainforest. In the afternoon we will return to the lodge where we will spend the night.

5. Day: Acclimatization tour.

6. Day: Jeep transfer to the small village of Mailka and from there we continue on foot for about 6 hours to our base camp. Overnight stay in simple huts and tents.

7. Day: Summit day. Early departure at 5 a.m. for the 3-4 hour trek to the summit of Giluwe. Descent to the base camp and further on to Mailka where our jeep awaits to bring us back to our lodge for the night.

8. Day: Transfer to Mt. Hagen airport and flight to Port Moresby, where we will go on a guided tour in the afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel.

9. - 19. Day: Let´s go, Kilimanjaro!

9. Day: Flight via Singapore to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, where we will land late at night. Transfer and overnight stay in a very nice lodge.

10. Day: Reserve day or day of rest. Relax after the long journey, material sorting and getting to know our team.

11. Day: First stage of the Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro route from Londorossi Gate (2360m) to Mti Mkubwa at 2890m (3hrs, 6km). In the coming days we will hike through all vegetation zones ranging from the rainforest to the glacier forelands and enjoy the unique views which this particular route has to offer.

12. Day: Mti Mkubwa to the Shira 2 Camp at 3810m (7-8hrs, 15km).

13. Day: Shira 2 Camp to the Moir Hut (3hrs, 7km).

14. Day: Acclimatization trek from the Moir Hut via the „Lent Acclimatisation Trail“ to the massive lava ridge (= 2,5 km, 4.650 m) then back to Camp Moir Hut.

15. Day: Moir Hut – Pofu Camp at 4020m (4-5hrs, 9km).

16. Day: Pofu Camp – School Hut at 4750m (5-6hrs, 10km).

17. Day: A long summit day. Early departure for the approximately 6-7hrs and 6km climb to the 5895m high summit. Descent via the Mweka route to the Mweka Camp at 3070m (4hrs, 12km).

18. Day: Mweka Camp – Mweka Park Gate at 1640m (3hrs, 10km). Jeep transfer to the lodge for the night.

19. Day: Homeward journey with arrival home on the same day.

The Giluwe is a comparatively old, eroded shield volcano and the highest volcano on the island of New Guinea. It is the second highest mountain in the independent state of Papua New Guinea in the eastern part of the island. The well-known and much-climbed Carstensz Pyramid (4884 meters) in the Indonesian province of Papua in the western part of New Guinea island is admittedly higher, but not of volcanic origin. The island of New Guinea is geotectonically a part of the Australian continental shelf.

Even according to the definition of Oceania, which includes New Zealand, Polynesia and the Pacific Islands of Hawaii, the Giluwe is the highest volcano, since its height surpasses that of the Hawaiian Mauna Kea (rising 4205 meters above sea level and approximately 9300 meters from the seabed) and of all volcanoes in New Zealand. After all, the Volcanic Seven Summits encompass the “highest” and not the “largest” volcanoes of the seven continents. The Giluwe thus distinguishes itself as the highest volcano throughout Oceania and the Australian continent.

The sleeping giant stratovolcano Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania has three cone summits: Kibo (5895m), Mawenzi (5148 meters) and Shira (3962 meters). The currently inactive volcano is the highest mountain in Africa, the fourth highest peak of the Seven Summits and the second highest of the Volcanic Seven Summits.

The Kilimanjaro, with a prominence of over 5500 (!), ranks as the highest single standing mountain in the world. The highest point along the crater rim of Kibo is called Uhuru Peak, meaning “summit of liberty.”

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • Planning and organization of the whole trip
  • All accommodation incl. breakfast in a double room (Hotels, Guesthouses, Huts)
  • flights between Papua New Guinea – Tanzania
  • All transfers according to the programme
  • Climbing permits
  • Lift tickets
  • Continuous support from our English-speaking mountain guides
  • Porters
  • Half and full board during the whole trip (except on flight days)
  • Pharmacy, high altitude emergency medicine
  • Kitchen team
  • Satellite communication upon availability
  • Radio communication
  • All fees & permits
  • Weather reports
  • Safety and liability of an EU based tour operator

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Single room supplement: € 700 (not possible in all accommodations)

highlight_off  Not included:

  • Personal insurance
  • Intl. flights
  • Visa for Papua New Guinea (must be applied for on time by the participants in their home country)
  • Visa for Tanzania (must be applied for on time by the participants in their home country)
  • Personal medication
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Personal mountain and climbing equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fees for satellite phone usage / emails

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

Even despite modern equipment and altitude tactics, an expedition to great heights still poses a major challenge. In addition to the conditional requirements, the altitude itself is the greatest difficulty. We attach great importance to a prudent, slow acclimatization.
Weather and mountain conditions can lead to program or route changes.

Participation in the expedition is solely at your own responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures is not liable for accidents, damages or losses.

If you are not sure that taking part in an expedition like this is the right thing for you, feel free to contact us on Tel +43 512 204134 or e-mail [email protected] for a personal consultation.

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

language  Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Regulations

Citizens of the EU and CH:

Papua New Guinea: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry (a visa can be applied for in your home country, but is also available at the airport upon entry). Further information:

Tanzania: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry and online visa before departure.

Information regarding recommended vaccinations and health requirements:

Further travel information:

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

work  Equipment

You will need your own mountain equipment and a down sleeping bag with a comfort range from -5 degrees. After booking, we will send you a detailed equipment list. We are happy to advise you personally in the selection or purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what is best to avoid.

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

The ascent lies in the individual responsibility of the participants under the supervision of an expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and independently create rope teams when necessary. Showing cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for everyone. The participants are obliged to follow the instructions and accept the decisions made by the expedition leader. Each participant must know his/her own physical boundaries in order to be able to make the decision to turn back if need be.

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is a good physical condition and stamina. Work out in the months prior to the expedition! Several hours of climbing with a heavy backpack over 1000 meters in altitude per day should not be a problem for you. We are happy to advise you personally on how you can best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

local_hospital  Health

We recommend each participant to undergo a medical check-up prior to embarking on the expedition. Sound health is a prerequisite for taking part in an expedition. Of particular importance is a trip to the dentist, because previously unnoticed dental problems can suddenly become acute due to altered pressure conditions resulting from higher altitudes.

For this expedition, we recommend consultation with a tropical physician at least 2 months prior to departure.

how_to_reg  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

payment Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH.
The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.