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Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure
After early breakfast you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro entrance gate with picnic lunches. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate we start climbing through the forest up to the Forest camp – a gentle walk of a few hours to stretch our legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead. Dinner and overnight at Forest Camp 2780m
After breakfast in the chattering forest, we start a slow walk to aid acclimatisation through the forest and into the Hagenia zone, where the vegetation begins to thin out as we approach the Shira Plateau. Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif, the others being Mawenzi and Kibo and from our camp we have great views of the Shira needles and the distant form of the Mount Meru. Dinner and overnight at Shira 1 Camp 3500m
We explore beneath the Northern Icefields, an area almost totally unvisited by tourists and with unusual views of Kibo. The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills, with expansive views in all directions. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (4,200 m), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (4,700 m). Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro. [3-6 hours walking]
After breakfast you will start crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp. The descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco. Along the way, you will see numerous waterfalls, which are fed, by streams coming from the mountain, converging here to form the Umbwe River. Your camp is set at almost the same altitude as the night before. Today's trek lasts for about six hours and arrival at camp is between 4:30PM and 5:30PM. Dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp
A steep descent into the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. A short climb up the famed Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain is volcanic scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga Camp (4,000 m), the last water point on the approach to the summit. [5-7 hours walking]
We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. [3-5 hours walking]
Thanks to our careful acclimatisation and slow ascent to this final camp, we are closer to the summit than any of the other climbers and do not have a gruelling final day with only a final two hour hike to the crater summit and a ten minute final stretch to Uhuru Summit 5895m, the Roof of Africa. Arriving at the summit for sunrise, we are captivated by the sweeping vistas in all directions, applauding the sheer magnitude of our achievement before we start our descent After a thrilling scree run for two hours, we follow the Mweka descent path, feeling the air thicken as we descend, as we reach Mweka Camp after a tiring but rewarding seven hour trek and descent. Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp 3080m
After breakfast then continue to go down to Mweka gate 1630m where you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Meet by a driver guide and drive to Arusha. It is a welcome treat to take a hot shower and celebrate the climb.
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.