An 10 day trip to the roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the Western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain. It joins the Machame route above Shira camp on day 4 and then from Barafu camp ascends to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route.
Afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!
The complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more spectacular scenery.
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DAY 1. UK to ARUSHA
On arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you are transferred to Arusha. In the afternoon briefing and thorough kit check with a climbs manager and your head guide. Overnight Rivertrees Country Lodge, Garden Room (full board)
DAY 2. KILIMANJARO – FOREST
From your accommodation in Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight Forest Camp (full board).
DAY 3. KILIMANJARO – SHIRA 1
From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniperforest and break out
of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp
mid afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp (full board).
DAY 4. KILIMANJARO- SHIRA 2
After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides. Overnight Shira 2 Camp (full board).
DAY 5 KILIMANJARO – BARRANCO
The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A full day where lunch is taken at Lava Tower in 4600m. In the afternoon descend into Barranco valley camp instead of camping at Lava Tower.
DAY 6. KILIMANJARO – KARANGA
After 2 half days you now have a relatively long day to Karanga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatisation and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particulary spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp (full board).
DAY 7. KILIMANJARO – BARAFU
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening slendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm. Overnight Barafu Camp (full board).
DAY 8. KILIMANJARO – MWEKA
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp. Overnight Mweka Camp (full board).
DAY 9. ARUSHA
After breakfast you deScend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower! Overnight Rivertrees Country Lodge, Garden Room (full board)
DAY 10 AIRPORT
You will be transferred to Kilimanjaro in time for check-in for your international departure.
All relevant park fees
Transfers from accommodation to Kilimanjaro
Top trained head guide
Expedition class lightweight mountain tents
Lightweight mess tent
2 inch foam mattress
All meals as per itinerary
Drinkable water on the mountain
First aid kit
Oxygen and stretcher
Travel insurance for evacuation
Tips for porters
Items of a personal nature
Alterations to this itinerary, ei. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down
Beverages in hotels