Day 1: On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your lodge. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Please note, this is an arrival day – you can arrive at any time. The lodge will be selected closer to time.
Day 2: Lemosho Big Tree Camp. Today you’ll meet up with your porters and guides after breakfast, and transfer to the Londorossi Park Gate. After registration drive along the rainforest track until you reach the Lemosho Glades and where the climb begins The trek to Big Tree Camp should take you around two to three hours, reaching a height of 2650m. The night will be spent camping, at around the same altitude. The porters will carry your bag with all of your gear, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet weather gear, camera, lunch and water. The porters will walk ahead so they can reach and put up tents prior to your arrival.
Day 3: Shira Camp :After breakfast, you will leave the camp around 8.00am and head up to the Shira Plateau. From your overnight campsite you will cross a small valley and continue up along a steep ridge, through open moorland, to about 3600 metres. The peak of Kilimanjaro lays straight ahead, and an amazing and inspiring sight after a challenging days walk. After around three to four hours winding ascending routes left before flattening out into a gorge, and from here you’ll gradually ascend towards the Shira Plateau, and your overnight camp, Shira Hut, at 3850 metres, to the west of Kibo.
Day 4: Shira Camp: Today will be a relaxing walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, and across the Shira plateau which leads you to Shira Camp 2. The camp is located on moorland meadows by a stream. You will use today to acclimatize yourself with the mountain and reflect on what you are about to achieve!!
Day 5: Barranco Hut: Today will be another important acclimatization day as you will trek up to 4250 metres before spending the night at Barranco (3950m).This is a high altitude point, offering glorious views of the Western Breach of Kibo. After about four hours the path veers to the right and descends into a gorge (‘barranco’ in Swahili). There’s a lot of steep up’s and downs today. Turning south-east towards the lava tower known as Shark’s Tooth, you will reach Barranco Hut and your overnight campsite at 3950 metres, and hopefully you will be in for a treat with the sunset today.
Day 6: Karanga Valley: This morning you’ll climb the Barranco Wall (not difficult) and then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Expect brilliant views of Kibo’s southern glaciers if the weather is clear. There’s a pleasant lunch stop by the river in the Karanga Valley. This is a relatively short day, and you should arrive at your camp around lunchtime, located just after the Karanga Valley set atop a ridge. Today will be a valuable acclimatisation day as you’ll be walking for the morning only, ascending and descending various ridges and valleys during your walk.
Day 7: Barafu Hut: From Karanga you will walk up to the intersection of South Circuit and the Mweka route where you’ll start the climb up a ridge for two hours to Barrafu Hut, at 4600 metres.You should arrive at Barrafu around late lunchtime, allowing plenty of time to rest before the summit attempt day. Barrafu is Swahili for ‘ice’ – it can be very cold here at night. But I’m sure for all the Canadians it will feel like home.
Day 8: Summit day: Today will be most challenging climbing day. Leaving your campsite between midnight and 2am, the climb from Barafu to Stella Point will be difficult and gruelling. At Rebmann Glacier (4870m) you will head north between Rebmann and Ratzel Glacier, which will bring you up to the crater rim just west of Stella Point (about six to seven hours), where you’ll join the main trail for the last leg (about an hour) to the summit at Uhuru (HIGHEST POINT IN AFRICA) (5895m). YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!
You’ll then head back down, via the Mweka route, where your tents will be pitched for the last time. The section from Uhuru down to Barafu , then you’ll head down through the various vegetation zones, on a continual downhill into mweka.
Day 9: Machame Village – Moshi :From Mweka down to the park gate, is a three to four hour walk, through the rainforest, which may be slippery. At the gate you can often buy beers to celebrate the achievement (or from the villages on the way back). There’s then just a very short hike to the road head where you’ll be met by the vehicle and transferred back to the hotel for a swim, a beer, and a VERY welcome hot shower!
Celebrations at the lodge will, no doubt, continue into the evening with the optional table dance and celebration jumping for joy!!!!! “I JUST CLIMBED KILI”
Day 10: Kilimanjaro Airport: In the morning you’ll be picked up by your private transfer vehicle and driven from Moshi to Arusha. After a brief lunch stop (not included), you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or to the hotel in Arusha.