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 – Simba Camp (also commonly known as First Cave Camp): We wake early today for the drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park office to complete permit registrations at the Marangu Gate, then transit to the Rongai Route trailhead.  We’ll enjoy lunch and be ready to hit the trail by early afternoon. The climb begins at the village of Nale Moru (6398’) on a small path that winds through local farm fields before entering pine forest. The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the Kilimanjaro Colobus monkey. These monkeys are black with a long cape of white hair and a flowing white tail. Their distinctive calls are haunting in the evening hours.  Nearby, the forest begins to thin out at the edge of the moorland zone (8531’) where we can enjoy extensive views over the Kenyan plains.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2297’ / 700 m (From Arusha 3931’ /  1198 m)
Distance: 4.4 miles / 7 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rainforest

Day 3 – Second Cave Camp: The morning walk is a steady ascent up to an area known as the ‘Second Cave’ (11322’).  The high moorland environment is carpeted with heather, erica and other flowering plants as we move higher toward Kibo.  We’ll enjoy our first view of the twin peaks of Kilimanjaro – Mawenzi and Kibo.  We’ll also have our first glimpse at the glacier crowning the eastern rim of Kilimanjaro’s crater.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2789’ / 850 m
Distance: 3.7 miles / 6 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 4 – Kikelewa Camp: Advancing from Second Cave Camp, we trek to the southeast toward Mawenzi, an impressive tower of jagged rock on Kilimanjaro’s eastern shoulder.  We have ascended well beyond tree line during the day’s ascent, and we sometimes encounter cloud fronts passing across the high moorland.  Our campsite (12041’) is in a sheltered valley appointed by a small stream to replenish water and groundsels and lobelias for our enjoyment.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 558’ /  170 m
Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 5 – Mawenzi Tarn Camp: A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by excellent views and a sense of open wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (14206’) situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding ridge lines as an aid to acclimatization.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2165’ /  660 m
Distance: 3.1 miles / 5 km
Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: High Desert

Day 6 – Kibo Camp: The terrain changes to scree as we slowly ascend to the saddle between Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks.  The landscape here is expansive and desolate.  Cloud systems regularly roll across our route with changing pressure systems.  From Kibo Camp (15748’), 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.  Members are encouraged to hydrate, nourish and rest.  Your guides will also be checking in to ensure you’re prepared for our summit bid.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 1460’ /  445 m
Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
Trekking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: High Desert

Day 7 – Summit Day and Millenium Camp: We frequently have a wake-up time at midnight or before so that we can achieve the summit early in the morning and make a timely descent to Millenium Camp (12959’). Our combined ascent and descent time may take up to 14-16 hours.  We navigate through the darkness as we make our way past Hans Meyer Cave and then to Gilman’s Point (18638’).  It’s important to rest and gaze at the stars above from time to time along the way.  We then traverse along the inside of the crater as we make our way toward Stella Point (18810’).  This is a beautiful section of the route, navigating around massive volcanic blocks and pinnacles that circle the rim.  Our movement over the loose volcanic scree is slow and steady.  A well deserved 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 often rests 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 Millenium Camp (12959’) 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: Kibo Camp to Gilman’s Point: 2890’ / 881 m
Gilman’s Point to Stella Point:  190‘ / 58 m
Stella Point to Uhuru Peak: 534’ / 165 m
Uhuru Peak to Millenium Camp: – 6388’ / – 1947 m
Distance: Ascent: 3.7 miles / 6 km
Descent: 6.5 miles / 10.5 km
Trekking Time: Ascent from Kibo Camp to Gilman’s Point: 5-6 hours
Ascent from Gilman’s Point to Stella Point: 2-3 hours
Ascent from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak: 1-2 hours
Descent from Uhuru Peak to Milenium Camp: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Day 8 – Mweka Camp: Our descent from Millenium Camp (12959’) 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: – 7579’ / – 2310 m
Distance: 6.2 miles / 10 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 9: Departures for wildlife safaris or Kilimanjaro International Airport for members returning home.

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