Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa which is a superb challenge for fit trekkers and walkers a highly memorable and diverse experience. The flora, fauna and landscape around you changes continuously as the journey takes us higher, eventually reaching 5895m above sea level.
Who is it for?
Anyone who has good previous hill walking/ hiking experience and a good level of fitness. You can expect rough, rocky footpaths in more remote areas. You may encounter snow or straight forward glacier crossings and you may be above 3000m for days at a time. Endurance is key to successful mountaineering several days in a row. A Typical days require 6-8 hours of climbing, and summit days can be up to 10-15 hours!
If you are looking for a straight forward trekking route we normally recommend a 10 day itinerary via the Lemosho Glades, and if you are looking for a more remote and more difficult scrambling route we recommend a 15 day route via the Western Breach. The itinerary is designed to provide gradual acclimatisation, with a total of eight days spent making a rising traverse of the mountain. Starting at Lemosho on the Western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain it joins the Machame route above Shira camp on day 4 and then from Barafu camp ascends to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route.
Day 1: Arrival. Meet & greet and transfer to Lodge. Overnight Rivertrees Country Lodge.
Day 2: Optional daytrip at Arusha National park. Afternoon briefing and kit check with a climbs manager and your head guide. Overnight Rivertrees Country Lodge
Day 3: From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Overnight Forest Camp.
Day 4: From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Overnight Shira 1 Camp.
Day 5: Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning we hike for around 3-4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch we ascend to Moir camp. dinner & overnight Moir Camp.
Day 6: From Moir we traverse across the slopes of Kibo. Lunch is normally taken close to Lava Tower and for those that feel very strong there is an optional ascent of Lava Tower before descending down to Barranco camp in the afternoon. Dinner & overnight Barranco camp.
Day 7: An early start to hike the Barranco wall. After about 2 hours you reach the top and then hike over glacaial valleys to Karanga camp. Sunsets here are particulary spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp.
Day 8: Ascending to Barafu camp. Overnight Barafu Camp.
Day 9: Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Descent to reach Mweka camp. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Day 10: After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your lodge for a well deserved shower! Overnight Rivertrees Country Lodge.
Day 11: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport in time for you international departure or optional additional 3 or 4 day safari or beach trip!
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