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 of the rainforest below.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 2000’ / 609 m
Distance: 5.0 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′ / 701m
Distance: 8.7 miles /14 km
Trekking Time:5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 5 – Buffalo Camp: Our route leads us up a moderately steep trail out of Moir Valley to the sub-peak of Lent Hill (14354’).  The short trip to this rocky point improves acclimatization and provides a stunning view of the plateau and rainforest below.  From here our route traverses around the northern slope of Kibo as we navigate a series of volcanic drainages fanning out from the glaciers above.  Our arrival at Buffalo Camp (13189’) is met with grand vistas spanning for miles across Tanzania and the Kenyan savannah to the North. Although the following two days have no elevation gain, they represent an important part of a thoughtful and comprehensive acclimatization schedule as we continue toward the summit.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: – 591’ / – 180 m
Distance: 7.5 miles / 12 km
Trekking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: High Desert

Day 6 – Rongai Third Cave: Our route climbs steadily up the Buffalo ridge to Porfu Camp and then east to the northern slope of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  We have circumnavigated nearly half of the mountain by the time we reach the Rongai Third Cave Camp (12467’).  Notably, we have experienced a descent of just over 1300’.  In preparation for an ascent, a common and prudent strategy among experienced mountaineers is to descend just before a summit bid to “take in some Os.”  Oxygen volume is higher at lower elevation, allowing us to rest easy and prepare physically and mentally for the climb ahead.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: – 722’ / – 220 m
Distance: 5.0 miles / 8km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7 – School Hut 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 School Hut (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.

Daily Trekking Data
Elevation Gain: 3281’ / 1000 m
Distance: 9.3 miles / 15 km
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine

Day 8 – 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 on the way to Gilman’s Point.  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 us.  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: School Hut 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 School Hut 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 9 – 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 10: Departures for wildlife safaris or Kilimanjaro International Airport for members returning home.

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