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Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax and prepare for you trek tomorrow.
After an early breakfast and a briefing of your Mt Kilimanjaro climb you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro entrance gate with your picnic lunches. After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate we start climbing through the forest up to the Forest camp – its a gentle walk for a few hours to stretch your legs in anticipation of the long climb ahead. 7km (3 hrs) Overnight Forest Camp 2780m.
This morning 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 amazing views of the Shira needles and the distant silhouette of the Mount Meru. 12km (5 hrs) Overnight Shira 1 Camp 3500m
After a spectacular sunrise that reveals the magnitude of the distant snow-capped crater, we slowly climb into the alpine heather zone, approaching the Kibo massif from the west, to our camp. Today is a shorter walk allowing for further exploration of the lobelias, senecios and other endemic plants on an acclimatisation walk. 7km (3 hrs) Overnight Shira 2 Camp 3900m
We explore beneath the Northern Ice fields, 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 at the 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. 5km (2 h30) Overnight Moir Hut 4200m
Today is a gentle climb with panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. We stop for lunch at our Lava Tower campsite where there is a steep and spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach to reach the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier. This afternoon excursion is highly recommended both for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. 5km (2 h30) Overnight Lava Tower Camp 4640m
This morning begin your hike to Karanga Camp. You will encounter a steep climb at Barranco Cliff, then spend the rest of the trek climbing up and down the slopes of the mountain most of the way to camp. The climbing is not considered difficult and you should arrive in time for lunch (approximately 1:00PM) having trekked for about four hours. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to hike in the Karanga Valley where giant senecios and lobelia grow; however you are advised to rest as much as possibe to prepare you for the climb ahead. 7km (4-5 hrs) Overnight at Karanga Camp 4035m
The scenic climb to Barafu is mostly on a moraine with a view of Mawenzi peak towering majestically to the right, and overhead, Kibo peak seemingly just out of reach. The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with few lichens and mosses. Lunch will be taken half way. Climbers are advised to have an early night tonight, as tomorrow is a big day. 5km (2:30 - 3 hrs) Overnight at Barafu Camp
We start our ascent by torchlight at about 1am so we can be at the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzag and a slow but steady pace takes us to Stella Point. We will rest here for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the 2 hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite at the edge of Mweka Forest. Barafu – Uhuru 9km (6-7hrs), Uhuru-Barafu 9km (3hrs) + Barafu-Mweka 14km (4hrs) Overnight Mweka Camp 3080m
Continue on down to Mweka gate 1630m where you sign a register with your name and details. 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. You will be met by a driver guide and driven to Mount Meru Hotel for a well deserved rest. 12km (3 hrs)
Today enjoy a game drive in the Arusha National Park. The entrance gate leads into montane forest inhabited by inquisitive blue monkeys and colourful turacos and black-and-white colobus monkeys. In the midst of the forest stands the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater, whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor dotted with herds of buffalo and warthog. Further north is the Momela Lakes, each one a different hue of green or blue that are sometimes home to thousands of flamingos. Other animals in the park include giraffe, zebra, dik-dik, leopard and hyena. Includes a picnic lunch.
Sadly your tour comes to and end with us today. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.