Day 1 – ARRIVE TANZANIA
On arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha, Tanzania, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. This afternoon,a full brief on what lies ahead will be conducted, as well as a full kit check.
Overnight – Mt Meru Hotel – Dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 2 – BEGIN THE CLIMB – LEMOSHO FOREST CAMP
This morning you are transferred to the starting point of the Kilimanjaro climb, the Lemosho Trail where you meet the rest of your crew. Considered by many to be the most beautiful and scenic route to climb; you pass through tropical montane rain forest to the snows of Kilimanjaro. You will be climbing with excellent guides, a cook, camp sta and porters. Accommodation throughout is in mountain tents, and all camping equipment is provided to a high specification, including sleeping bags, linen, thick foam mattresses to ensure as comfortable a night sleep as possible, a toilet tent, tables and chairs, 2-way radio and mobile telephones to maintain communication with the Arusha base. You set o at a leisurely pace into the afro-montane forest. Lunch is taken on the trail and camp is reached mid-afternoon.
Overnight – Lemosho Forest Camp (2,860m) – Full board basis
Day3–To SHIRA 1 CAMP
After an early start you ascend the forested slopes of Lemosho, through Podocarpus and Juniper forests, onto the heath zone and the moorland of the Shira Plateau, one of the most fascinating areas of the mountain. Lunch is taken on the trail and you arrive in camp by mid-afternoon.
Overnight – Shira 1 Camp (3,560m) – Full board basis
Day4–To SHIRA 2 CAMP
Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning you hike for around 3 – 4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch you ascend to Shira 2 Camp, arriving mid-afternoon.This is a good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides.
Overnight – Shira 2 Camp (3,850m) – Full board basis
Day 5 – To BARRANCO CAMP
From Shira we traverse across the slopes of Kibo. Here relatively little ora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. As you continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, you come to the second
junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4871m. You now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 3910m. Here you rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. This day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. You are rewarded for our e orts with spectacular views of the Barranco Valley.
Overnight – Barranco Camp (3,910m) – Full board basis
Day 6 – To KARANGA CAMP
After the last two half days, you now have a relatively long day to Karanga Camp. The selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – signi cant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatisation and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice elds towering 1000 meters above you.
Overnight – Karanga Camp (4,100m) – Full board basis
Day 7 – To BARAFU CAMP
Today is a half day walk through to Barafu. About 2 hours from Karanga you come out on the Barafu path (part of the Mweka Trail). It is a further 1 to 2 hours to our camp at Barafu. The last stage to Barafu Hut is quite steep, and as always you are advised to take it as easy as possible. Being as relaxed as possible both mentally and physically is the best advice (physical relaxation is often as di cult as mental relaxation!) This afternoon presents an opportunity for you to rest up before your assault on the summit. Late in the afternoon you will be briefed for the night ascent.
Overnight – Barafu Camp (4,600m) – Full board basis
Day 8 – THE SUMMIT
You depart for the summit at around midnight. It will take upward of 7 hours to reach the top. Once on the rim at Stella Point (+6 hours) you traverse onward to Uhuru Peak (5,896m) where you catch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa! You are there! You then descend via Stella Point to Mweka Camp for an overnight stay (3,100m). Overnight – Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Full board basis.
Day 9 – BACK TO ARUSHA
This morning you make the final descent to the Mweka Gate from where you are transferred to the Arusha Hotel for an overnight stay. This is a good opportunity to recoup and re ect on the achievements of the week just past.
Overnight – The Mt Meru Hotel – Dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 11 – DEPART
Today you depart Africa.