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Day1: Londorosi Gate - Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp (2180m- 2650m)
Transfer from your hotel in Moshi or Arusha to Londorosi Gate on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. After registering, a game ranger will accompany the group as you might encounter dangerous animals such as elephants and buffaloes during the trek. You drive in a 4WD through the forest track to Lemosho Glades and start you trek through the beautiful rain forest. The vegetation throughout is unspoilt and as the route less crowded that it tracks grows right across the narrow track. In about 3-4 hours, you reach your first camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree). Hours trekking: 4-5 hours Overnight: Mti Mkubwa Camp
Day 2: Mti-Mkubwa Camp – Shira One Camp (2650m- 3655m)
Breakfast, hike through gradually steeper trails across the rain forest toward the giant heather moorland zone to Shira ridge. Around mid-afternoon, stop for lunch at the beautiful valley outside of Shira crater, then cross the into the rarely visited Shira caldera, a high altitude desert plateau (11,550ft), and descend gently to Shira camp 1 for dinner and Overnight. At the camp, stunning views of Kibo - the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro are just on your doorstep.
Hours trekking: 6-7 hours Overnight: Shira One Camp
Day 3: Shira One Camp – Shira Two Camp (3655m- 3840m)
Today, you will significantly acclimatize slowly as the attitude affect you goes up the mountain. You continue hiking to the east across the sparsely and desert like vegetation Shira plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. Around this area, a seldom seen animal includes eland and rarely leopard can be spotted as fur-filled dropping are found along the trek trails.
Hours trekking: 4-6 hours Overnight: Shira Two Camp
Day 4: Shira Two Camp – Barranco Camp (3840m- 3950m)
After breakfast, leave Shira Two camp and hike up east for Barranco camp (12,980ft). Today is your day last easy day and one of most important acclimatization days. You pass the highest vegetation of the giant lobelia and senecia plants. Hike through the rocky landscape before you reach the Lava Tower around the southern edge of Kibo stop for lunch, then descend slowly into the Barranco valley below the tower cliff of the western Breach and Breach wall to Barranco Camp. The camp is just 110m (465 feet) higher than Shira Two camp. You will be amazed by the looming high above you Kibo peak on the east, the western Breach and great breach walls festooned with ice and picturesque sunset, a perfect moment for taking photos.
Hours trekking: 6-7 hours Overnight: Barranco Camp
Day 5: Barranco Camp- Karanga Valley Camp (3950m- 4170m)
In the morning, start your first challenge of the day evading the base of Kibo peak by hiking toward the eastern side of the valley and cross the stream up a steep ridge to the Great Barranco wall (formed more100, 000 years ago when a huge landslide came down from the summit creating the steep sided Barranco Valley and the western breach of the Kibo Crater). Even though huge and steep as it looks, turn out to be easier than an obstacle. The views of Heim glacier below and Kibo’s glacier rising overhead uncover magnificent beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. You descend into the lush Karanga Valley, having a good water source, well vegetated with plants from the moorland zone. You will have hot lunch, relaxing or exploring and spend the night at the Karanga Valley campsite before the demanding hike up to Barafu Hut.
Hours trekking: 3-4 hours Overnight: Karanga Valley Camp
Day 6: Karanga Valley Camp- Barafu Camp (4170m- 4600m)
After breakfast, leave the last water drop at the Karanga Valley and make a rewarding steep hike out east over the ridge and valley through the sparse, rocky and steep slopes landscape to Barafu Camp (14,910ft). Barafu (ice) Camp is proximate to the summit of Kibo where there is exceedingly cold weather, quite thin air and you may run short of breath as the amount oxygen is almost half compared to that on above sea level. After having your hot lunch, there is ample time for you to relax, prepare your equipment’s and warm clothing; and most important familiarize yourself terrain to avoid accidents your last summit is done at midnight with flashlights only. You are advised to drink a lot of fluids, have an early dinner and go to bed early too before your climb at around midnight. Hours trekking: 6-7 hours Overnight: Barafu Camp
Day 7: Barafu Camp- Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp (4600m- 5895m- 3100m)
Wake up around midnight and have breakfast before you start hiking up into the night on the steepest and demanding part of the Kilimanjaro. If you are lucky enough, the moonlight will light your steps up on the northwest through the most challenging heavy loose scree and boulders trails all the way to Stella point. At this point, you will have a short rest and welcome a new dawn with amazing and stunning sunrise. Then continue to Uhuru Summit, the highest point in Africa and the world's highest freestanding peak where you create memories of lifetime. Take time to celebrate with your fellow trekkers, and snap once-in-a-lifetime photos before descending to Barafu camp. At the camp, pack your belongings then descend to Mweka through empty rocky landscapes, moorland and lush forest. At the camp, you will celebrate the successful summit by grabbing some soft drinks or couple of beers and spend your last precious sleep on the cool mountain weather. Hours trekking: 6-7 hours Overnight: Mweka Camp
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate (3100m- 1828m)
After a hearty breakfast, you will head down to Mweka gate with picnic lunch box. At the gate, you will do some clearance by signing in a register and receive summit certificates if you are a successful climber and gold certificates if you reached Uhuru peak from park authority. Our representative will be waiting for and thereafter transfer you to a hotel in Arusha Town for an outstanding hot shower for a couple of minute and comfortable night.
Hours trekking: 6-7 hours Overnight: Hotel in Arusha
Day 9: Arusha – Fly Home
After breakfast, you can head to KIA and catch your flight home.
Or prolong your stay in Tanzania by opting our Northern Tanzania Safari or for luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.
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