Mt. Kilimanjaro Trip
Join us for a Mt. Kilimanjaro Trip in Tanzania
Day 1: Pick you up from the Airport and drive to a hotel in Arusha (Lush Gardens Hotel) for dinner, Bed and breakfast.
Day 2: After breakfast, drive to the Machame Park gate, set off climbing gently through the south-western slopes of the mountain. This is original montane forest, carpeted with unique “busy lizzie” flowers, begonias and ferns. First camp amongst the giant heather at 3,000m. A 1,200m ascent and 6 hours walking.
Day 3: Emerging from the forest into the giant heather zone and out onto fine open moorland to camp by the Shira Cave at 3,840m. We’ve seen herds of eland up here and there are fascinating geological features in the old volcanic caldera which can be viewed during a half hour optional walk in the afternoon. 840m ascent and 4-5 hours walking.
Day 4: from Shira, climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. Skirting around its base and under the imposing western Breach, descend into the sheltered Barranco Valley for mid-way and dropped back down assists acclimatization.
Day 5: Up the steep Barranco wall with some sections of very easy scrambling and drop down again to the Karanga Valley. This is a short walking day, 3-4 hours, with an optional acclimatization hike in afternoon up onto the scree below the glaciers.
Day 6: Up to about 150m, above Barafu Hut perched high on a rocky bluff at 4,750m Fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak, and a bit less to climb tomorrow morning! This is immediately before the hard summit day.
Day 7: A bracing am start to climb the steep frozen scree. This is unavoidable on any route but we aim to reach Stella point on the crater rim for sunrise, another 40 minutes and you’re the highest point on the continent, usually in warm sunshine.
Day 8: Less than 4 hours descent through the forest to Mweka Gate and meet our vehicle for a transfer to Arusha.