Day 1 – Arrivals: Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania (4600’).  Members arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport throughout the day.  We’ll receive you at the airport and transfer you to lodge accommodation in Arusha.  In-country briefings, team orientation and a gear shake-down is typically conducted in the evening.

Many members choose to arrive in Arusha a day before our itinerary begins to rest and adjust for time differences. We arrange lodging for members with early arrivals or late departures for your added convenience.

Day 2 – Forest Camp: This will be the first day on the mountain.   After a 4-5 hour drive from Arusha, we arrive at the Londorossi National Park entrance (7742’) where we complete registrations with park staff and set out on an easy day of trekking through beautiful forest to Lemosho Forest Camp (9500’). Have your camera ready – this area is home to a variety of wild game, including buffalo, elephant and colobus monkey.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 1758’ / 536 m (From Arusha 4900’ / 1494 m)
Distance: 3.72 miles / 6 km
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

Day 3 – Shira 1 Camp: Leaving the forest behind, we cross a savannah of high grass and heather before climbing to the rim of the Shira Plateau and the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock flanked by steep stone pinnacles. We camp near Shira Cave (11500’). The Shira 1 campsite has some of the most excellent views on Kilimanjaro.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2000’ / 609 m
Distance: 4.9 miles /8 km
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 4 – Moir Hut: Enjoy a morning of gentle ascents and panoramic views as we continue further up the plateau and trek east toward the glaciers on Kibo. We continue toward Moir Hut (13800’), a beautiful camp at the base of Lent Hills, offering excellent opportunities for members to explore the surrounding plateau and ascend nearby ridgelines to improve acclimatization.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2300’ / 701 m
Distance: 8.7 miles /14 km
Trekking Time:5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 5 – Barranco Camp: Our route leads us toward lava ridges sitting below the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (14750’), commonly referred to as the “Shark’s Tooth,” we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco Valley sheltered by towering cliffs and extensive views of the plains below. We overnight at Barranco Camp (13000’). Although the next two days are relatively short trekking days with little to no elevation gain, they represent an important part of a thoughtful and comprehensive acclimatization schedule as we close in on our summit bid.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: – 800’ / – 244 m
Distance: 4.4 miles / 7 km
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: High Desert

Day 6 – Karanga Camp: Our route climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley and leads to a trail on the southeastern flank of Kibo that continues to Karanga Campsite (13100’).

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 100’ / 30 m
Distance: 3.1 miles / 5 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7 – Barafu Camp: The terrain changes to scree as we climb steep slopes to Barafu Campsite (15300’) by way of the Mweka Trail.   Uhuru Peak is very close. We can take in wonderful views of Mawenzi (16890’) from our camp as we spend the remainder of the day resting and preparing for a very early departure for Kilimanjaro’s summit.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2200’ / 671 m
Distance: 2.49 miles / 4 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 8 – Summit Day and Mweka Camp: We frequently have a wake-up time at 1:00 a.m. so that we can achieve the summit early in the morning and make a timely descent to Mweka Camp (10000’). We have the opportunity to watch an unforgettable sun rise over the African continent as we make our way between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers toward Stella Point (18810’).  This is a challenging section of the route and our movement over the loose volcanic scree is slow and steady to Stella Point.  Most trekkers find this section to be the most physically and mentally demanding – a well deserved meal and short break will be waiting for you at Stella Point in preparation for our final push to the summit at Uhuru Peak (19344’).

As we traverse across the ridge above Stella Point, the final stretch toward the summit is uniquely wonderful. Kilimanjaro’s volcanic rim is crowned with snowy glaciers appointed with walls of blue ice dropping abruptly into the steep slopes around us.  A thick cushion of clouds can often be observed resting on the earth several thousand feet below.  Those arriving to the summit in the early morning hours are frequently graced with a view of the sun rising into the darkness on the horizon as they make their final steps to Uhuru Peak.   After taking in the beautiful view over the African continent, we descend to Mweka Camp (10000’) by way of Barafu Campsite (15300’) to celebrate our success.

Crater Rim Trek Option  The crater floor of Kilimanjaro is an extraordinary and surreal landscape.  After achieving the summit, we extend an opportunity for members to descend into the crater to explore the surrounding glaciers.  We encourage our members to join us for this unique adventure at no additional cost.  Our ability to enjoy the crater is dependent on weather conditions, as well as individual acclimatization and performance.

Crater Rim Overnight Option  Individuals with a high level of fitness and performance are invited to customize their trip to include an overnight in Kilimanjaro’s crater.  This provides an extended opportunity to circumnavigate the rim, closely study our landscape and enjoy a walk on the surrounding glaciers.  The high altitude and clear atmosphere also gives us an exceptional and unforgettable view of the constellations. Experienced trekkers and mountaineers will also find this option useful in evaluating personal acclimatization, performance and altitude ceilings.

Advance planning for an overnight in Kilimanjaro’s crater is required along with an additional cost of $275US.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: Barafu Camp to Stella Point: 3510’ / 1070 m
Stella Point to Uhuru Peak: 534’ / 165 m
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp: – 9344’ / – 2848 m
Distance: Ascent: 3.1 miles / 5 km
Descent: 7.45 miles / 12 km
Trekking Time: Ascent from Barafu Camp to Stella Point: 6-7 hours
Ascent from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak: 1-2 hours
Descent from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp: 5-7 hours

Day 9 – Mweka Gate: Our descent continues through open moorlands, forest glades and rain forest to the park gate at Mweka (5412’). From Mweka gate we return to our lodge in Arusha by vehicle and celebrate our accomplishment. This is typically accompanied with several bottles of Tusker, a local beverage!

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: – 4588’ / – 1398 m
Distance: 2.49 miles / 6.2 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 10 – Departures: Departures for wildlife safaris or Kilimanjaro International Airport for members returning home.

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